Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Constitution

Senator Collins’ Anti-gun Bill Likely to Be DOA

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 22, 2016:  

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Susan Collins (R-ME), member of the United States Senate.

The day after four anti-gun bills were defeated along party lines, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins rolled out her “Feinstein-lite” bill, claiming that it was a “bipartisan” measure sure to appeal to enough senators to pass.

Her bill would still infringe on precious rights in the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments, just as the previous four bills would have, but she pressed on regardless, saying,

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Three Liberal Justices Dissent in Supreme Court Fourth Amendment Ruling

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 22, 2016: 

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The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, in 2010.

Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented inUtah v. Strieff, a decision that was announced by the court on Monday. On the surface the decision appeared to allow an unconstitutional expansion of police powers.

In a case dating back to 2006, a narcotics detective in Salt Lake City was watching a suspected drug house. He noticed a man leaving the house and the detective stopped him, demanding to know what he was doing in the house. In the process he demanded his identification, which he forwarded to his dispatcher to run through the police database. When he learned that the man had an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation, the detective, Douglas Fackrell, arrested Edward Strieff, searched him, and found various drug-related paraphernalia.

Strieff moved to suppress the damning evidence, claiming

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Justice Sotomayor Attacks Supreme Court Majority in Fourth Amendment Decision

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 21, 2016:  

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Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling in Utah v. Strieff that an illegal stop that uncovered evidence of criminal activity excluded that evidence from being used against the defendant.

There was no question that it was an illegal stop. In 2006, a police officer, after surveilling potential drug activity in a private home in Salt Lake City, stopped an individual exiting the house and asked him what he was doing there. He demanded his identification, and when the information was relayed to his police dispatcher, he learned that the defendant, Edward Strieff, had an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation.

That permitted the narcotics detective, Douglas Fackrell, to

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Senate to Vote on Four Gun Bills on Monday, Including NRA-backed Cornyn Bill

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 20, 2016:  

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The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution

Although none of four gun bills, offered as amendments to a Justice Department spending bill, is expected to pass the Senate on Monday, special attention is being paid to two of them. Both infringe on Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, one by a little, the other by obliterating them altogether.

In her efforts to have the Senate expand the two current watch lists — the no-fly list and the terror watch list — to prohibit anyone on either list from being able to purchase a firearm, California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein is presenting her “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act,” which would

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Trump, the Constitutionalist?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 17, 2016:  

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National Constitution Center

Missing from Donald Trump’s many public pronouncements and offerings is any clear understanding of the limitations, restrictions and “chains” of restraint placed on the federal government by the republic’s founders. In his business life he is certainly acquainted with at least one part of the Fifth Amendment: “no person’s private property [shall] be taken for public use, without just compensation.” He used that to wrest a private home from its owner simply because it was in the way of the parking lot of one of his casinos.

As for the other part, equally obscure but increasingly threatened by a government no longer bound by those chains, Trump may be ignorant:

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UN Demands “Robust Gun Control” After Orlando Terror

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 15, 2016:  

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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Responding to the Islamist terror attack in Orlando that killed 50 people in a “gun-free zone,” the United Nations and its “High Commissioner for Human Rights” claimed again Tuesday that the U.S. government has an “obligation” to implement “robust gun regulation.” According to UN human-rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the terrorist massacre and other killings are a “direct result” of the U.S. government’s adherence to the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which protects the God-given right of Americans to keep and bear arms from infringement.

However, critics ridiculed both the idea and the UN itself, noting, among other facts, that the attack occurred in a “gun-free zone.” In light of the controversial remarks, gun-rights leaders also reiterated calls for the United States to withdraw from the UN and stop funding it with American taxpayer dollars.

The scandal-plagued UN human rights boss, currently under fire worldwide for persecuting whistleblowers to protect child-raping UN “peace” troops, used multiple outright falsehoods to demonize the rights of Americans. Among other claims, the Islamic UN bureaucrat insisted that

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The President Speaks and Gun Sales Soar, Again

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 15, 2016:  

Sixteen times since he was first inaugurated, President Obama has chosen to speak against guns following a shooting. Sixteen times he has either directly or indirectly assailed American citizens’ right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Sixteen times he has demanded that Congress do something about it. Sixteen times the American people have bought more guns.

Monday’s speech was no different. He spoke of the “assault” rifle used by the monster in the Orlando shooting on Sunday morning. He spoke of how “easy” it was for the shooter to obtain his weapons:

It appears that he was able to obtain these weapons legally because he did not have a criminal record….

It was not difficult for him to obtain these kinds of weapons….

We are … so lax in how we make very powerful firearms available to people in this country….

We ignore the problems with easy access to firearms….

We have to make sure that it is not easy for somebody … to be able to obtain weapons….

How easy it is for [self-radicalized individuals] to obtain weapons….

We make it very easy for individuals … to get very powerful weapons very quickly. And that’s a problem.

Translation: Government is determined to make it more difficult than it already is for honest law-abiding citizens to purchase a firearm. Result? Those honest law-abiding citizens head to the gun store.

Target World, a gun store in Cincinnati, is seeing a spike in gun sales, including people who have never bought a gun before. Said Bob Freeland, who brought his girlfriend to the store to buy her first gun, “It’s not at all out of the ordinary for gun sales to spike following mass shootings. Here at Target World people are buying everything from AR-15s, hunting rifles and handguns.” Said his girlfriend, Kimberly, “With the concerns in the United States, it’s just — you don’t feel safe anywhere you go, so I decided to go ahead and purchase a gun.”

The Gun Room, Denver’s oldest firearms dealer, is seeing three to four times the usual volume of sales following Orlando. Background checks are taking hours to complete, not just minutes as they usually do.

Hunters Warehouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, sells firearms to dealers over the Internet and the owner, Tom Engle, told reporters for WeAreCentralPa that, as of early Tuesday morning, his store had sold between 13,000 and 15,000 semi-automatic rifles through his website since the shooting.

And many are new, and different, customers. More are women and older people arming themselves for the first time. And another niche has opened up: the lesbian and gay community. Pink Pistols is a national gun club for the LGBT population that saw its membership more than double over the weekend, with dozens of new chapters being started.

Gun makers are seeing their stocks rise in tandem with the increased demand. Sturm, Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson have seen their stock prices soar as well. Smith & Wesson Holding Company (stock symbol: SWHC) has seen its stock rise from $3 a share to over $21 since 2011, a seven-fold increase. One analyst has charted the sixteen times that Obama has railed against guns against SWHC stock. Every time the president speaks against guns, SWHC stock moves higher.

If anti-gunners were really interested in reducing the number of guns owned by Americans they would keep their mouths shut, or else talk about real remedies to thwart terrorist attacks by radical Muslims and others, such as eliminating gun-free zones and encouraging even more Americans to exercise their Second Amendment-guaranteed rights. But, no. The push by totalitarians to remove guns from innocent citizens is so strong that they warn the citizenry of more sanctions against guns, and the more strident the attacks, the more those citizens head to the gun stores to stock up.

What is the Definition of Tyranny? Ask the Bureaucrats in the Social Security Administration

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 13, 2016:  

The Founders, the beneficiaries of a classical education that far exceeds that present in the United States, knew the enemy of freedom intimately. George Washington said that “Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is both a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Thomas Jefferson expressed it differently:

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9th Circuit: Second Amendment Doesn’t Guarantee Right to Carry Concealed

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 10, 2016:  

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Thursday’s decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was highlighted by nearly every media outlet with some rejoicing and some lamenting. The majority decision in the 7-4 ruling, which decided two nearly identical cases, was written by Judge William A. Fletcher , a Clinton appointee:

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Year-to-date, Background Checks Jump Nearly Three Million From 2015

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 8, 2016:  

The latest report from the FBI on the NICS background checks shows 1,870,000 Americans applying for permission to purchase a firearm in May. This number doesn’t include private unchecked transfers, as many states still allow the freedom of individual citizens to buy, sell, transfer, or give away their firearms without a background check. It also, of course, doesn’t count police departments, government agencies, or criminals.

But it illustrates the direct correlation between political pressure on the Second Amendment and the natural, predictable result:

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Katie Couric’s Producer Broke Federal Laws With Anti-gun “Documentary”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 6, 2016:  

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The so-called documentary Under the Gun, hosted by Yahoo’s Global News Anchor Katie Couric (shown), was so deceptive that other members of the mainstream media were forced to call her out for it:

Washington Post: “Katie Couric Documentary Falsely Depicts Gun Supporters as ‘Idiots’”

 

New York Times: “Katie Couric Interview Shows Editing Slant in Gun Documentary”

 

Fox News: “Katie Couric Slapped for ‘Deceptive’ Documentary About Gun Rights”

What they didn’t know at the time was that Couric’s producer, Stephanie Soechtig , broke at least three federal gun laws in the process.

In her quasi-apology, Couric said, “I regret that those eight seconds were misleading.” She is about to have three more regrets, as her producer’s violations of federal law come to light.

The original deception was bad enough, as The Federalist explained:

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Seattle Gun & Ammo Tax Appealed to Higher Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 25, 2016:  

Map of Washington highlighting King County

Map of Washington highlighting King County

When Seattle’s city council unanimously passed an ordinance last August taxing guns and ammunition ($25 per firearm and 2¢ to 5¢ per round, depending upon caliber), it was sold as a revenue-raising tactic and not an attack on gun owners’ rights or the Second Amendment. It was sold as a way to raise between $300,000 and $500,000 to “study” gun violence and implement programs to reduce the excessive gun violence in Seattle.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and the National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF), along with some gun owners and gun-store owners, filed suit. They claimed that the tax was in effect a

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Trump vs. Clinton on Gun Control & Second Amendment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 23, 2016:  

Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, perceived as far back as last October that gun control (i.e., control of people owning guns) would be a key issue in the 2016 presidential election, and Trip Gabriel picked up on it in his comments in the New York Times this weekend. Said Gross: “This issue is at a tipping point. You’re going to hear about it as a differentiator for the first time in decades.… Change is in the air.”

Gabriel is right about one thing:

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America’s Gun Violence and the Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 18, 2016:  

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The Independent Journal Review (IJR) has rocketed from obscurity in 2012 to co-hosting the February 6 Republican Presidential Debate with ABC News. Its “viral news” website is visited by more than 35 million unique visitors every month. With just ten journos, it often puts out excellent work.

An example is its recent effort to “Put America’s Gun Violence into Perspective,” published in January. It shows graphically the paradigm shift over gun rights and the Second Amendment that has taken place over the last 20 years. It provides evidence, if more be needed, that

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Missouri Lawmakers Pass “Stand Your Ground,” No-permit Concealed Carry

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 17, 2016: 

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Image of the Bill of Rights (United States Constitution) cropped to show just the Second Amendment.

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill expanding Second Amendment-protected self-defense rights just as the legislative session was coming to a close last Friday night. The bill is now on Governor Jay Nixon’s desk awaiting his signature.

Once it becomes law, it will allow Missourians to carry concealed, if they care to, without first being forced to apply for permission to do so. The new law also enacts a “stand-your-ground” right allowing citizens to defend themselves against attack in any place where they have a right to be. This would make Missouri the 31st state in the union where those laws (or court precedents) already exist, and the first since 2011 to enact such a law.

The bill passed both state houses with more than enough votes to override a veto if Nixon decides to turn it down.

Missouri is just one more example of pro-Second Amendment victories being enjoyed by citizens across the land as momentum continues to build for such expansions.

Beginning with a concealed-carry law in 2004,

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Driver Arrested for Remaining Silent, Sues Police and State

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 9, 2016:  

American Civil Liberties Union

At 9:30 p.m. on October 16, 2015, attorney Rebecca Musarra was driving in Warren County, New Jersey, when she was pulled over by two state troopers. Trooper Matthew Stazzone followed protocol and asked to see her driver’s license, her vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. While she was providing them, Stazzone asked, “While you’re looking for that, do you know why you’re being pulled over tonight?”

Musarra, aware of her right to remain silent, remained silent. Stazzone asked her again, “Do you know why you’re being stopped tonight?” Again, no answer.

Things then went off track. Stazzone said,

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During a Traffic Stop, What Happened When She Remained Silent?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 9, 2016;  

New Jersey State Police

For years the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), through its FlexYourRights.com website, has been teaching what to say – and what not to say – during a traffic stop:

You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.

 

You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car, or your home.

 

If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.

 

You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.

It also teaches what else to do:

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Gun Sales Set Records, Likely to Continue

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 6, 2016:

According to the FBI, more than two million gun-purchase background checks were conducted in April, 400,000 more than in April a year ago. In fact, every month since last May, background checks have set new records, putting 2016 on track to beat 2015 for the number of checks conducted by the National Instate Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

In its report the FBI noted that there is no direct one-to-one correlation between background checks and gun sales, but it’s close. Especially if one tracks the performance of stocks of Sturm Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson in the last 12 months.

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A Tipping Point in Texas? It’s Building Its Texas Bullion Depository Bank

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 6, 2016:  

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Description: Newspaper clipping USA, Woodrow Wilson signs creation of the Federal Reserve. Source: Date: 24 December 1913 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A modest bill, getting little press and clothed in innocuous terms, could spell the end of the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on its “federal reserve note” currency. When Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed it into law almost a year ago, he said:

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Texas Contracts to Build Nation’s First State Gold Bullion Depository

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 5, 2016:  

The Texas Comptroller’s Office has begun to receive bids from private contractors interested in building the country’s first state gold storage facility, the Texas Bullion Depository (TBD). When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law the bill providing for it last July, he said it was all about saving fees being paid to store the state’s gold in New York banks:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.