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

Cruz Tosses Second “Hail Mary” Pass, Names Carly Fiorina as His VP

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 28, 2016:  

When he announced Carly Fiorina (shown) as his running mate, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said on Tuesday, “It’s unusual to make the announcement as early as we’re doing so. But this race, if anything, is unusual.”

Others viewed his decision to name former GOP candidate Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential running mate in different terms.

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Will Cruz’s Hail Mary Save His Campaign?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 29, 2016: 

Before that miraculous toss that put the Dallas Cowboys on top of the Minnesota Vikings in an NFL playoff game in 1975, the last-second desperation throw was called the “Alley-Oop.” But when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was asked about it after the game, he said “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary” and changed its name forever.

History is replete with Hail Mary tosses that worked.

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Hillary Says Americans “Have Just Too Many Guns”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 22, 2016:  

During a campaign event in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaned into her favorite topic, gun control: “When it comes to guns, we have just too many guns on the streets, in our homes, in our neighborhoods,” she insisted.

Then she added that the reason there are so many guns is the success of the “gun lobby” in keeping Congress from passing more laws to restrict their ownership:

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Much Work Still To Be Done To Restore Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 18, 2016:  

Recent victories, both small and large, are reflective of the paradigm shift in thinking about guns, gun ownership, self-defense, and the Second Amendment. After victories at the Supreme Court level, the restoration of gun rights battle has moved to the state and local levels.

For instance, last Friday Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Church Protection Act, which now allows church authorities to develop security programs involving church members with concealed carry permits to keep their churches safe. The law grants the same “Castle Doctrine” rights they enjoy at home in the event of a shooting incident.

The new law also expands the state’s permitless carry law to include belt and shoulder holsters in addition to the already allowed carry in purses, handbags, satchels, briefcases, and other fully enclosed cases.

Most importantly, the new Mississippi law prohibits state and local officials from enforcing federal gun control laws that haven’t been passed by the Congress and violate the federal and Mississippi constitutions.

Mississippi is the ninth state to recognize the right of a citizen to carry concealed without government permission.  Only two states – Georgia and North Dakota – ban all guns from places of worship, while eight states prohibit those with concealed carry permits from carrying into places of worship. Every other state leaves the matter up to the churches individually.

Larry Dean, pastor of the Bridgetown Baptist Church in Nesbit, Mississippi, favors the new law, telling The Daily Beast, “The reality is that we’re a soft target. Anyone can carry a weapon at any time and do whatever evil they are going to do. Having a gun [owner among our parishioners] is one way to stop or restrain them.”

Not everyone was in favor of the new law, however. Larry Decker, the executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, called it “the worst bill in America,” adding that it puts “soldiers of God above the law, allowing them to act as judge, jury and executioner … this legislation emboldens extremists by creating a legal means for radical preachers to enlist their congregants into ‘God’s army.’”

The new law in Mississippi on Friday follows hard after the victory in Iowa allowing that state’s citizens to purchase, own, and use suppressors on their weapons without governmental permission, registration or fees. The Iowa bill took three years of hard work by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and the American Suppressor Association to persuade legislators to pass the bill. Said Joshua Waldron, the CEO of SilencerCo:

SilencerCo has been a strong supporter of the American Suppressor Association since its inception. We’re proud of the hard work they have put behind [the bill], along with the help of the NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

 

Because of the determination and educational push by these groups, Iowans can now enjoy the same rights as are held by law-abiding citizens in 41 other states.

And the Iowa victory followed two more in Florida in January. One exempts a “recreational discharge if ‘under the circumstances, the discharge does not pose a reasonably foreseeable risk to life, safety, or property’” while another stops prosecutors from putting people in jail for 10 years if they show a gun to scare off an attacker or 20 years for firing a warning shot.

Neither space nor time permits listing the victories, both large and small, being registered and enjoyed by pro-Second Amendment advocates simply because the list is too long. Suffice to say that there remains much work to be done. For instance, Iowa’s American Suppressor Association is now going after those few states, like California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York, that still have suppressor restrictions with their program “No State Left Behind.” Arizona congressman Matt Salmon is going after the 1934 National Firearms Act, which requires a $200 fee from a citizen who wants to own a suppressor. It’s that act which began the attack on guns in earnest under President Roosevelt and has served as the basis for all manner of mischief ever since, culminating in the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Clinton assault ban in 1994.

But a measure of the success in restoring Second Amendment rights is the fact that, despite massively funded efforts by gun-controllers like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros, there has been no major incursion into the Second amendment since 2004 when the Clinton assault weapons ban was allowed to expire. Efforts to restore that ban were rebuffed in the Senate with a vote of 84 to 16.

As Winston Churchill famously said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

And pro-gun advocates are pressing their advantage.


Sources:

Washington Times: Mississippi governor signs law allowing church members to carry guns

GunDigest.com: Iowa Passes Bill Legalizing Suppressors

Huffington Post: Mississippi Bill Would Let Churches Create Armed Security Squads

AmmoLand.com: BIG Day for Gun Owners in Florida – Four Victories

Background on the National Firearms Act

Churchill quote

 

Victories in Gun Wars Mount in Mississippi, Iowa, Florida

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 18, 2016:  

On Friday Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Church Protection Act, which, effective that day, allows church authorities to develop security programs that permit those carrying concealed to protect those churches, granting those individuals the same protections offered under the state’s “Castle Doctrine” laws.

It expands the state’s permitless carry law to include belt and shoulder holsters in addition to the already allowed carry (without a license) in purses, handbags, satchels, briefcases, or other fully enclosed cases.

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Anti-gun Senator Schumer Calls for Investigation Into iPhone-shaped Gun

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 6, 2016:  

Senator Charles Schumer

In a news conference on Monday anti-gun Senator Charles Schumer announced he had asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (known as ATF) to investigate a firearm that looks, from a distance, like an Apple iPhone 6. Schumer rolled out all the scary words he could think of in his attempt to describe it: deadly, nefarious, outrageous, threatening, dangerous, and a disaster about to happen:

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Chicago Gun Violence Up More Than 70 Percent This Year

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 5, 2016:  

American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Liberties Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the first quarter, more people have died by gun violence in Chicago than at any time since 1999. One hundred forty-one people have been killed through the end of March, according to the Chicago Police Department, compared to 82 who died during the first quarter of 2015 — nearly a 72 percent increase. People who were shot but survived also jumped enormously: At least 727 people had been wounded in the first quarter, compared to 422 a year earlier — a 73 percent increase.

If this continues, 2016 could see more than 500 people killed by gunfire with nearly 3,000 shot and wounded.

Pro-gun advocates were quick to point out that

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GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Meets With Obama’s SCOTUS Nominee; Calls for Vote

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 30, 2016:  

On Tuesday liberal Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) met with Merrick Garland (see above), President Obama’s nominee to replace deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Afterward Kirk called on other senators to meet with Garland as well, to set the stage for a confirmation vote before the November election.

Reports of the meeting indicated that the topic was the Constitution. Based upon Kirk’s voting record and Garland’s judicial history, it must have been a very short meeting.

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Soaring Gun Sales Cause Crime Rate to Plummet

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 29, 2016:  

Following the record-setting year of gun purchases and ownership, Smith & Wesson projected increasing sales for 2016, coming in at between $150 million and $155 million for the first quarter of the new year. Once all the data was in, however, the nation’s oldest gun maker was forced to revise those numbers upward by 16 percent, to between $175 and $180 million for the next quarter.

This squares with the increasing number of background checks, which

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Council on Foreign Relations Doesn’t Understand Voters’ Anger

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 25, 2016:  

In his article published by the Project Syndicate on Thursday, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) revealed that he doesn’t understand voters’ anger manifesting itself in the unexpected success of candidates viewed as establishment outsiders such as Senator Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.

He noted voters’ “considerable anxiety” and even their “outright anger” but cannot understand why they feel that way. After all, he said,

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Federal Court Slams IRS in Tea Party Targeting Case

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, March 24, 2016:  

Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Ser...

On Thursday a federal appeals court finally ran out of patience with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and slammed the attorneys defending the agency. Judge Raymond Kethledge, writing for the three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, said:

Among the most serious allegations a federal court can address are that an executive agency [such as the IRS] has targeted citizens for mistreatment based on their political views. No citizen … should be targeted or even have to fear being targeted, on those grounds.

 

Yet those are the grounds on which the plaintiffs allege they were mistreated by the IRS.… The allegations are substantial.

Kethledge then directed his ire specifically at the IRS:

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Exposing Judge Merrick’s Anti-gun Bias

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 18, 2016:  

English: The current United States Supreme Cou...

The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States in 2006.

Merrick Brian Garland, nominated by President Obama on Wednesday to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court with the untimely passing of Antonin Scalia, has left footprints. They tell of a judge who isn’t interested in supporting the rights America’s citizens enjoy under the Second Amendment.

In 2007, Garland voted to rescind a D.C. Circuit court’s decision that invalidated Washington D.C.’s strict ban against handgun ownership. That law, which even prohibited guns citizens might keep at home for self-defense, was struck down by a three-judge panel, but Garland voted

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Clinton Ramps Up Her Rhetoric Against the NRA

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 11, 2016: 

In attempts to differentiate herself from her Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton is ramping up her rhetoric against the National Rifle Association (NRA). During a town hall meeting in Durham, North Carolina, on Thursday, Clinton said, “I will take on the gun lobby.… It is time, my friends, [to] stand together and say enough.”

On stage with her was a recently formed group called Mothers of the Movement including the mothers of victims of gun violence, such as the mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton. The group first popped up four days before the Democratic primary in Columbia, South Carolina, in February to voice their support for Clinton’s anti-gun agenda. At that meeting each of the mothers shed crocodile tears over the loss of their sons who, they said, were killed not because they were committing a crime but instead because they were “racially profiled” and “mistreated” because of their skin color.

This was red meat for Clinton, who outlined an updated and refined agenda that she promised to enact if elected president. She said she would move ahead by executive order if Congress didn’t go along. Her agenda includes:

  • Reinstate her husband’s ban on assault weapons, enacted in 1994 but allowed to expire 10 years later because of its ineffectiveness;
  • Provide more federal aid (and strings) to “support” local police departments;
  • Expand domestic violence to include not just married people, but also anyone dating someone, as well;
  • Pass a bill repealing the ban on suing gun manufacturers over illegal use of their products by criminals;
  • Turn gun hobbyists into gun dealers by redefining just how many guns a hobbyist is allowed to sell privately before having to register with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and
  • Close the “Charleston loophole,” referring to the current rule that if a background check hasn’t been completed within three days, that the purchase is allowed to be completed. The criminal who gunned down churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, was allowed to purchase his weapon after three days when the FBI hadn’t blocked the purchase within the three-day period.

Clinton continues to promote her anti-gun agenda in the face of increasing public support not only of private ownership of firearms, in accordance with rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment, but for the NRA itself. A Rasmussen poll in December last year asked those polled if they agreed, or disagreed, that “the NRA supports gun policies that make all Americans safer.” Sixty-one percent of those polled agreed, with 35 percent indicating that they agreed strongly.

Previously a poll conducted by Gallup last October asked those polled if they held a “favorable” or “unfavorable” view of the NRA itself. Fifty-eight percent held a “favorable” view, with 26 percent holding a “very favorable” view of the group. An indication of just how much the culture has shifted in favor not only of the NRA, but gun ownership in general, can be shown: When Gallup asked that same question in 1995, just 42 percent of those polled held a favorable view, a 16-percentage point improvement in just 20 years. As Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist noted: “These poll results are even more striking given the negative attacks leveled at our organization during the last several months by President Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg, [Hillary] Clinton, and other anti-gun elites who leverage vast media conglomerates to do their bidding. That a majority of Americans are able to see through the propaganda shows how much anti-gunners continue to underestimate the NRA.”

And not just the NRA, either. Support for Clinton’s reinstatement of her husband’s assault-weapons ban continues to diminish, as well. A poll conducted by the anti-gun establishment ABC/Washington Post following the shooting in San Bernardino, California, showed a majority opposed to reinstatement of the ban. Back in 1994, support for the ban touched 80 percent. Now it’s just 45 percent.

Clinton is speaking into the wind. Her message is not resonating in an increasingly pro-gun culture, but it does serve as reminder that the attack on the Second Amendment continues despite that cultural shift.

$3.6 Million for Baby Bou Bou; Nothing for the Fourth Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 2, 2016: 

Last Friday a federal judge signed off on settlements totaling $3.6 million to be paid to the family of Bou Bou, an infant who was blown up in his crib during a no-knock raid in May, 2014. Said the family’s attorney:

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Family Gets $3.6M; Deputy Gets Off; 4th Amendment Gets Trashed

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 1, 2016:  

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, nine sheriff’s deputies from Rabun, Stephen, and Habersham Counties in Georgia enforced a “no-knock” warrant at 2:25 a.m. by battering down the door where Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh and their four children were staying. To stun and incapacitate them a deputy launched a “flash-bang” grenade, which inadvertently landed in the crib where 19-month-old “Bou Bou” was sleeping, nearly killing him.

According to Jacob Sullum at Reason magazine, baby Bou Bou suffered

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An Atlanta Business Owner Gets It

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 26, 2016:  

Gun-maker Taurus International calls it The Judge “because of the number of judges who carry it into the courtroom for their protection.” Lance Toland calls it a “hand cannon”; perfect as a gift to his employees once they obtain their concealed carry permits.

Six months ago Toland, the owner of a high-end aviation insurance agency in Metro Atlanta, had a heart-to-heart conversation with his long-time employee Mary Brannon, who was about to retire. Brannon is also an NRA instructor and has been carrying a sidearm to work for 30 years. But, asked Toland,

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Business Owner Requires Employees to Carry in the Office

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 25, 2016:  

English: Taurus Public Defender revolver, cham...

Taurus’ The Judge revolver, chambered to fire both .45 Long Colt and .410 Bore shot shells.

After WSBTV aired the story of a business owner in the Atlanta Metro area who requires all of his employees to get a permit and carry a firearm in the office for self-defense, it went viral and reporters inundated him with questions as to his reasoning.

Lance Toland, who founded Lance Toland Associates in 1975, has three offices near downtown Atlanta, staffed and run mostly by professional women. The company insures corporate aircraft and represents a number of main-line aviation insurers.

One of his employees, Mary Brannon, has been with Toland for nearly 30 years and was about to retire. Also an NRA instructor, Brannon talked with Toland about how his employees could best protect themselves in the future.

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Media and the President Ignore Mass Shootings that Never Happened

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 24, 2016:  

Looking southwest from N. Edwards Street in do...

Looking southwest from N. Edwards Street in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Round-topped towers are the Radisson Plaza hotel.

The media’s rush to support the president’s call for more gun controls following the shooting in Kalamazoo on Saturday was breath-taking. Sunday morning the Washington Post editorial board hurriedly issued this predictable homily:

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NYPD “Stingray” Use Exposed by the NY Civil Liberties Union

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 12, 2016:  

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NYPD Communications Division van

In November the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) received part of what it requested from the New York Police Department under the Freedom of Information Act: What is “stingray,” and how often are you using it, and under what conditions and restraints?

The rest of the information requested arrived earlier this week, and NYCLU went public with what it found.

A “stringray” is

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Article I Project Aims to Restore Balance Between Congress, White House

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 5, 2016:  

Following the three-day National Lawyers Convention in Washington in November sponsored by the Federalist Society, the Article I Project was announced. Designed to restore the balance of powers provided for by the Founders in Article I of the U.S. Constitution, the project was picked up quickly by Representatives Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

The project is necessary, according to the Federalist Society, because

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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.