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: Second Amendment

The Senate Charade on Gun Control

Leave it to ABC News to misdirect the conversation about gun (people) control once again. This time it’s all about the Orwellian-titled bill, The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, that the Senate is jousting over. See how they do it:

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Colorado Sheriffs to File Lawsuit Against State’s New Gun Laws

37 of Colorado’s 62 county sheriffs are in the process of filing a lawsuit to block implementation and enforcement of the state’s new gun laws which are scheduled to go into effect on July 1st. Weld County Sheriff John Cooke is the de facto spokesman for the plaintiffs who will claim that the new laws violate the Constitution’s Second and Fourteenth Amendments.

However, the County Sheriffs of Colorado will not be joining Cooke as a plaintiff, according to Executive Director Chris Olson: “The Board of Directors made a decision that this was not something that the association should join in.” This decision was made despite its publication of a position paper posted during the debates opposing most of the new gun laws. According to that paper,

We believe the Second Amendment is no less important [than] the other nine Amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.

The paper opposed a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” on any person’s right to sell privately firearms to another person, any limitation on magazine capacity or a state-wide database for concealed carry permit holders. It urged legislators to go slow in enacting new laws following the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut: “We urge our elected state elected officials not to make decisions during this grieving period because it would likely lead to policies that are unenforceable and possibly unconstitutional, while punished law-abiding citizens and doing nothing to reduce violent crime.”

A glimpse into the possible arguments to be brought to light in the lawsuit was provided by Dave Kopel, the lawyer likely to direct the prosecution. Kopel, an adjunct professor of advanced constitutional law at Denver University and research director at Denver’s Independence Institute, in an article in National Review on April 5th, entitled “Turning Gun Owners into Felons.” Although directed to efforts to blunt federal efforts to pass universal background checks, Kopel’s arguments might just appear in the Colorado lawsuit. Wrote Kopel:

 [The legislation being considered in Congress] would turn almost every gun owner into a felon … the language under consideration applies not only to sales but also to “transfers” which are defined to include innocent activities such as letting your spouse borrow your gun for a few hours.

Kopel paints a picture of a woman who bought a rifle when she was 25 years old. Looking back years later, she remembers times when she loaned the gun to a friend, or took it over to a neighbor’s house because he wanted to learn more about guns, or when she took it on a camping trip and let her niece do some plinking with it. She remembers teaching a class to some young people on gun safety and bringing the rifle to class to let her students become familiar with it. She remembers her time as a Boy Scout den mother when she taught the boys how to handle and shoot the rifle. As Kopel writes:

Every one of [these] activities would be a federal felony, subject to precisely the same punishment a person would receive if [she] had knowingly sold a firearm to a convicted felon.

This is not “gun control” in the constitutionally legitimate sense: reasonable laws that protect public safety without interfering with the responsible ownership and use of firearms.

It is likely that Kopel will invoke the Heller case as well as the McDonald case which extended the rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment to individual citizens living in the several states. It isn’t clear whether the lawsuit will be filed in state court or in federal court. What is clear is that this will be a long journey beginning with the first step: the Colorado sheriffs protesting by legal means the unconstitutional incursion of the state legislature into Colorado citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas Legislature Sends Country’s Strongest Pro-Gun Bill to its Governor

Late last Friday, as both houses of the Kansas legislature were ending its current session, Senate Bill 102 and House Bill 2199 were passed overwhelmingly, putting the matter firmly

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Colorado Sheriff Exposes Obama’s Hyprocrisy on YouTube

Shayne Heap is the sheriff of Elbert County, Colorado, one of 62 sheriffs who weren’t invited to serve as a backdrop for President Obama’s latest trip to Denver to push for his gun controls. Instead, Heap took the opportunity to vent his spleen at Obama’s hypocrisy and it’s a wonderful thing to watch.

He said “it’s too bad these tragic events have only served to be a launching point for political agendas and grand standing … to make laws that are constitutionally questionable and punitive to law-abiding citizens, who’ve done nothing wrong, borders on legislative abuse.”

He added that Obama left Washington, DC, which enjoys the highest murder rate per capita in the country in order to tell Colorado how to

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Furor over new Colorado law giving Secret Service agents police powers continues

The furor over the signing into law of Senate Bill 13-013 earlier this week by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper went viral following the publishing of an article by Mike Opelka at theblaze.com. Opelka suggested that the new law could be “used to

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OK for Indiana school teachers to return fire

Now and again a waft of fresh untainted air blows in, usually from places far away from Foggy Bottom where there hasn’t been a breath of fresh air in years. This from Indiana shows that some people still have a brain and are able to use it:

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Georgia Town Requires Every Homeowner to Own a Gun

On Monday evening, the town council in Nelson, Georgia, located about 50 miles north of Atlanta, passed its Family Protection Ordinance requiring the head of every household to own a gun and the ammunition to feed it. It exempts felons and those with certain disabilities and it comes without penalties for noncompliance. It was passed to make a statement

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Connecticut Lawmakers to Infringe Further on Citizens’ Gun Rights

On Monday afternoon lawmakers in Connecticut announced success in molding a bi-partisan approach to gun violence following weeks of closed-door negotiations. It will be voted upon on Wednesday and is expected to pass the Democrat-controlled General Assembly with ease.

Rather than focus on improving security at schools, lawmakers instead turned their attention to

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Some common sense about the Aurora shooter and the death penalty.

George Brauchler is the district attorney for Arapahoe County, where James Holmes entered a theatre last year and started shooting the innocent and unarmed viewers and where Holmes has just asked for a bargain:

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Mark Kelly’s gun purchase is cancelled.

This is a story that simply won’t go away. Mark Kelly, the hypocrite, the well-intentioned fellow (and husband of hypocrite Gabby Giffords) who just wanted to buy a gun or two for himself, now finds himself fully illumined as perhaps the world’s most famous

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Liberal hypocrites: guns ok for me, not ok for you

Hypocrisy is high on my list of annoyances, right up there along with deceit. They aren’t one of the “seven deadly sins” but if there were nine, these two would be on the list.

Number one on my list would be

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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.