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

Do Only Two Supreme Court Justices Really Understand the Second Amendment?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 9, 2015:  

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Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Lip service is often given to the meaning of words, especially those contained in the Second Amendment: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Those recognizing that the Second Amendment is the anchor to the Bill of Rights, designed to keep government in its place, have since the founding of the Republic argued “original intent.” Those who would, for their own reasons, abrogate the Second Amendment, have tried for decades to change that “original intent” into “whatever works for today.”

Witness the efforts by the Seventh Circuit court in its finding for the law passed by the Highland Park, Illinois city council in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting. That ill-conceived law was

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Happy Anniversary John Birch Society!

This article by Bill Hahn, the Society’s Public Relations Director, appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 9, 2015:  

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Sign from the John Birch Society advocating US withdrawal from the United Nations

It was 57 years ago at the Indianapolis home of Miss Marguerite Dice when businessman Robert Welch began his marathon two-day lecture that launched The John Birch Society. There were 11 friends and business associates present and they listened intently as the philosopher-historian and great lover of America told them during 17 hours why they should join with him in an organization designed to preserve the American dream. Most agreed on the spot to be the Society’s first members and the organization was born on December 9, 1958.

A child prodigy who had read a nine-volume history of the world at age seven and asked for more, Welch was

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Gun Restrictions

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 8, 2015:  

With Monday’s refusal by the Supreme Court to hear on appeal Friedman v. City of Highland Park, Illinois, the Second Amendment has, by default, suffered a grievous blow.

After the New Town, Connecticut, shooting, the Highland Park city council, following a contentious public debate, enacted a law banning possession of semi-automatic “assault rifles” similar to the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It also banned possession of “high-capacity” magazines (those containing more than 10 rounds). Law-abiding citizens owning them were instantly — and now, apparently permanently — turned into criminals unless they could get rid of the now-illegal items within 60 days, as they would face either fines or jail.

Appeals by Dr. Arie Friedman and the National Rifle Association (NRA), along with those of 24 states’ attorneys general, were turned back

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Detroit Police Chief: Terrorists Want Unarmed Citizens

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 4, 2015:  

Following the Paris attacks, Detroit police chief James Craig (shown above) reiterated his policy of encouraging his citizens to continue to arm themselves:

A lot of Detroiters have CPLs (concealed pistol licenses), and the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug: if you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens.

Since his arrival in Detroit in 2012, Craig has seen his citizens heed his call and has simultaneously seen violent crime fall significantly. Seven thousand of them received their CPLs the year after Craig took over, and another 7,500 were added to the rolls a year later. At present nearly one in every 20 Detroiters is carrying concealed.

Added Craig:

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Kansas Universities Prepare for Students Carrying Concealed on Campus

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 30, 2015:  

Kansas State University

Kansas State University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Effective July 1, residents of Kansas may carry a concealed firearm without any type of permit or license, except for students at the state’s universities. For them, the freedom to carry begins July 2, 2017.

The Wichita Eagle conducted a survey of students and some administration officials about the new freedom to carry and received mixed reactions. Some they called “hardliners” for taking the Second Amendment at face value and iterating the results from studies showing that more guns = less crime, including less chance of getting caught defenseless in a mass shooting.

Some they called “doomsayers” for holding the view that

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Where is This “Safe Space” Yale Students are Preparing for?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 11,2015:

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“A Front View of Yale-College, and the College Chapel, New-Haven, printed by Daniel Bowen from a woodcut.

Yale University adopted the first section of the Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale back in 1975 as official policy, and has continued to abide by it, at least up until last Friday. Apparently, claims for a “safe space” for students is now the rule at Yale: no dissenting opinions, no contrarian points of view, no First Amendment rights.

Named for the committee’s chairman, C. Vann Woodward, the final paragraph of that now defunct policy reads:

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Yale Students Protest Free Speech Conference, Spit on Presenters

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 10, 2015:  

In a remarkable example of unrestrained infantile anger, a Yale student rushed to the front of a lecture hall last Friday where a conference on free speech was being held, disrupted the meeting, failed to end his shenanigans when other more mature students called for him to sit down, and then challenged a police officer who asked him to leave, shouting, “You’re going to have to carry me out!” The officer happily obliged.

Police at a free speech conference? At Yale, the home of free speech and the Woodward Document of 1975 that has been adopted by Yale as official policy for 40 years?

Apparently the exercise of free speech at Yale encompasses only free speech of which radicals approve.

Hundreds of student protesters gathered outside the hall where the Fifth Annual Conference on Free Speech was being presented by the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program. The title this year was “The Future of Free Speech: Threats in Higher Education and Beyond.” The presenters — 14 worthies from across the political spectrum — and the audience on Friday got an instant preview of just what that future looked like.

The conference came at a bad time.

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Is Bloomberg’s Anti-gun Money Becoming Toxic?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 5, 2015:  

In its post-mortem on the Virginia State Senate races decided on Tuesday, the Washington Post nearly ran out of adjectives in describing the extent of the loss suffered by anti-gun Governor Terry McAuliffe and his anti-gun financier, Michael Bloomberg (shown above): “Their aggressive advocacy in a pivotal [state] Senate race in the Richmond area may have backfired by producing a pro-Republican backlash.… [Democrat Daniel] Gecker’s loss was the key setback in an election that tarnished McAuliffe’s reputation as a political wizard.… [McAuliffe] gambled big and lost.”

McAuliffe wasn’t just gambling with his own money, either.

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Cato: American Decline Accelerating

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 3, 2015:  

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The 2010 Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom.

The latest report from the Cato Institute comes on top of a long and increasingly unhappy series of reports on freedom’s decline in America. Enitled the “Economic Freedom of the World” and updated with the latest data available (through 2013), the report ranks the United States in 16th position, down from second place when the index was first published in 2000. The United States has fallen behind such countries as New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, Jordan, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Chile.

Last year’s report showed the United States in 12th position.

The study measures freedom in five broad areas:

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Getting Inside a Liberal Judge’s head

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 21, 2015:  

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Vladimir Lenin’s famous quote, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted,” seems to apply to Jose Cabranes, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His parents were both school teachers, he attended public high school and then studied history at Columbia College. After that he got a law degree from Yale and then returned some years later to serve as Yale’s first general counsel at the invitation of Yale’s president, Kingman Brewster.

He served as a consultant to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance for two years. He joined the ultimate insider’s club, the Council on Foreign Relations, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President’s Commission on Mental Health. He just missed being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton who instead nominated far-left Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In other words, Cabranes had no choice but to adopt the worldview that government is a good thing, and more of it is better. When it comes to the Second Amendment to the Constitution, Cabranes considers it a minor impediment to doing whatever it takes to keep the public safe.

Take, for example, his ruling on Monday

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Appeals Court Upholds New York, Connecticut “Assault Weapons” Bans

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 20, 2015:  

On Monday a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that bans on possession of “assault weapons” by New York and Connecticut did not infringe on rights of citizens in those states guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

According to Tom King, the president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, one of the numerous plaintiffs bringing the complaint, the decision was expected, was no surprise, and will be appealed:

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Supreme Court Could Review Chicago “Assault Rifle” Ban

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 19, 2015:  

In December 2013, Arie Friedman, M.D., a pediatrician and gun owner from Highland Park, Illinois joined with the Illinois State Rifle Association to sue in District Court, alleging that the city’s ban on “assault rifles” and their attendant large-capacity magazines (LCMs) infringed his Second Amendment rights.

The court upheld the ban, and the doctor appealed. The Supreme Court put off consideration of that appeal last week, laying the groundwork for a possible reconsideration of the case this week. Either way, whether the Supreme Court decides to look at the case or not, there are huge ramifications involved.

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Democratic Debate: a Kabuki dance with Alice in Wonderland

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 14, 2015:  

Last night’s “debate” had one winner and six losers in showcasing the Democratic Party’s potential nominees for president in 2016: Hillary Clinton, according to all liberal commentators, was the winner going away.

The losers were everyone else on stage — Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee — plus Joe Biden, and the American taxpayer.

It was all Kabuki dance:

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California Bans Concealed Carry on Campuses

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 12, 2015:  

On Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that, according to anti-gun Democrats who supported it, closed a loophole in the state’s current law making it illegal to possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or a college campus without permission. Up until Saturday, that loophole allowed those carrying concealed to bring a firearm onto those properties.

State Senator Lois Wolk introduced the bill in February. It was supported by Peggy McCrum, president of the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, who stated:

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Eight Years Ago, Good Confronted Evil at New Life Church

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 12, 2015:  

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“The Tent” at Ted Haggard-founded New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It’s been nearly eight years since Jeanne Assam confronted the killer at New Life Church, and five years since she wrote about it in God, the Gunman & Me.  She described her confrontation with evil that cold December Sunday in 2007. What she saw that day is what unarmed victims face whenever a deranged killer targets them:

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Want a Raise? Work for the Government

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 9, 2015:  

It used to be that the way to get ahead was to work harder, work smarter, find your passion (à la Tony Robbins), marry the boss’s daughter, or be the boss’s daughter (or son). But, according to the latest study from the Cato Institute, the best way is to “sell your soul to the company store” (apologies, Johnny Cash): Work for the government. Preferably, the federal government.

Since the 1990s, federal government employees have enjoyed greater increases in salary growth than those in the private sector, with federal workers in 2014 earning 78 percent more, according to the latest report from Cato, entitled “Downsizing the Federal Government.”

In 2014, based on numbers provided by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the average federal worker in 2014 made

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Obama Ramping up the Rhetoric on gun Control

This article appeared in the October 8, 2015 issue of the New American magazine:

 

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Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California

Ever since Barack Obama first surfaced in public, he expressed opposition to the private ownership of guns by American citizens, and has been working ever since to limit that ownership with the goal of eliminating it altogether.

In 1996 when Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate, he was asked if he supported legislation to “ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.” He answered simply: “Yes.” He also wanted to ban “assault weapons” (semi-automatic firearms) and supported mandatory waiting periods, along with background checks, in order to make it more and more difficult for Americans to exercise their gun rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

In his third term in the Illinois Senate, he

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Obama Wants US to Emulate Australia’s Gun Laws

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 7, 2015:  

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Frustrated with the failure of his frontal attack on the Second Amendment, President Obama has chosen another approach: the United States should emulate Australia’s gun laws. A year ago, Obama said:

A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, Well, that’s it, we’re not doing … we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since.

 

Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no advanced, developed country that would put up with this.

In June he iterated the meme:

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Thousands of Residents to Protest Obama’s Visit to Roseburg, Oregon

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 7, 2015:  

Following the massacre of students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, last Friday, President Obama issued a statement of condolence and reiterated his determination to press for more gun laws.

On Monday he announced that he would visit Roseburg to console the families of the victims. But apparently this was not by invitation, and resistance to his unwelcome intrusion is building.

In last Friday’s remarks, the president made clear his agenda:

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Where Did Sydney Jihadi Shooter Get a Handgun in “Gun-free” Australia?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 6, 2015:  

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia.

Following the deliberate, cold-blooded murder of a Sydney, Australia police force employee by a 15-year-old jihadi last Friday, local authorities have been trying to find the answers to many questions.

On Friday afternoon, 4:30 p.m. local time, Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad, dressed in Islamic garb, walked up behind Curtis Cheng as he was leaving police headquarters in Parramatta on Sydney’s west side, pointed his handgun at the back of Cheng’s head, and squeezed the trigger. Cheng was dead before his body hit the ground. The teen then danced a jig in the street, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” Constables from headquarters who rushed outside found themselves targeted by the teen before they returned fire, killing the assassin.

The investigation, which is ongoing, determined that the youth,

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