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

Dick’s Sporting Goods Doubles Down: Hires Three Anti-Gun Lobbyists

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 14, 2018: 

Lobbying records uncovered by The Federalist in early May show that Dick’s Sporting Goods hired three anti-gun lobbyists to push for gun-control legislation in Washington. The Federalist noted:

The three lobbyists tapped by Dick’s to push for gun control are … Joel Johnson, who worked for both President Bill Clinton and Senate Democrat leadership; Andrew King, who worked for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); and Christina Brown, a former staffer for Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.).

This latest development is more evidence of what the National Rifle Association (NRA) calls the “irrational” behavior of Dick’s Chairman and CEO Edward Stack, son of the chain’s founder, Dick Stack. First, Stack announced in February that his stores would no longer be selling handguns to anyone under age 21, that he was removing all AR-15 semi-automatic rifles from his stores’ shelves, and that those stores would no longer sell “high-capacity” magazines that carried more than 10 rounds.

Next, Stack announced that, rather than return that inventory to the gun manufacturers under their return policies — or donate them to local police departments or armed security service companies — he would have his company destroy them.

In conjunction with his first announcement in February, Stack issued this statement:

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Is Edward Stack Insane?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 14, 2018: 

Two lifetimes of blood, sweat, effort, and tears have gone into building Dick’s Sporting Goods from a small bait and tackle fishing supply store in Binghamton, New York into a corporate giant. Its chain of 610 stores plus Field & Stream, Affinity Sports, Golf Galaxy, Oshman’s Sporting Goods, and True Runner generates, until recently, $8 billion in annual sales with a total asset value of over $4 billion.

So why would Dick’s Chairman and CEO, Edward Stack, son of founder Dick Stack, want to burn the place down, just to make an ideological statement? The NRA has called his actions “irrational” and “strange” while other observers have called them bizarre, inconsistent, and hypocritical.

It started in February, following the high school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day. One of his stores sold a shotgun to the perp and Stack felt personally responsible even though it wasn’t used in the massacre. Something had to be done, he felt, even if it was irrational. In announcing that his stores would no longer sell AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, nor handguns to anyone under age 21, nor “high capacity” (over 10 rounds) magazines, Stack said:

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Pro-gun “Sanctuary” Counties in Illinois Are Putting Democrats in a Bind

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 7, 2018:  

When Effingham County, Illinois, passed a resolution declaring itself a sanctuary county for gun owners, The New American failed to give sufficient credit to Effingham’s state attorney Brian Kibler for generating the idea. Joe Thoele, an Effingham County board member, took the idea and ran with it, persuading seven of the eight members of the board to pass it. Said Kibler at the time: “If you can be a sanctuary county for undocumented immigrants, why can’t you be one for firearms [owners]?”

It was later revealed that Kibler’s use of the word “sanctuary” was deliberate and intentional:

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“Stand for the Second” Student Walkout Extends Across the land

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 2, 2018: 

Will Riley, a senior at the 1,600-student Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, New Mexico, got upset when he saw the mainstream media fawning over the likes of David Hogg and his March for Our Lives rally. He decided to do something about it: “I’m watching the news and I see they’re saying, ‘Well, we have to do something about [school shootings]. We have to enact some sort of gun control legislation because this is what the kids are asking for.’ And I’m thinking, ‘I’m not asking for that. I look at my friends and I think, ‘They’re not asking for that.’”

So, on his own, he started “Stand for the Second” — a 16-minute walkout by students at Carlsbad to support the Second Amendment. The walkout took place today at 10 a.m. Said Riley, “I wanted to give a voice to all of the people who feel that they’re being misrepresented by the media.”

Riley was invited to express his views by the Washington Examiner, and he unloaded on the mainstream media’s attempt to apply the views of David Hogg to every student in the country. He wrote in April:

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More Fake News: NRA Bans Guns at Its Own Convention!

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 1, 2018:

It all started with an Associated Press (AP) tweet: “NRA bans guns at President Trump, VP Pence speeches during it’s [sic] annual meeting in Dallas.” The Washington Post jumped on it, as if it were real news, offering a misleading headline to its story: “The NRA said guns will be banned during a Pence speech; Parkland students see hypocrisy.”

This likely reflected a tweet from one of the “heroes” of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, Cameron Kasky, who is credited with founding the anti-gun group March for Our Lives. Tweeted Kasky: “The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself.”

The Huffington Post chimed in:

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Banks, Credit Card Companies Attack Second Amendment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 30, 2018: 

When the Bank of America (BofA) and Citigroup announced changes in their policies earlier this month restricting loans to companies that sell or manufacture firearms, Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to the CEO of each bank:

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The War Against Guns Ramps Up

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 30, 2018: 

This writer remembers a time in this country when a customer could purchase a firearm over the counter at Sears. “Did you want some ammunition with your purchase, sir?” and out the door. No showing of a driver’s license. No Form 4473 to complete. No phone calls to the NICS to see if you had a criminal record.

Then came the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the war against the private ownership of firearms began in earnest. Most Americans weren’t aware that war had been declared until 1994, with the Clinton gun law banning semi-automatic rifles.

Since then, the NRA and its variants have awakened from their slumber, and, with the help of the internet, the war has been joined.

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Parkland High School Survivor Questioned After Going to a Shooting Range

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 27, 2018: 

When Kyle Kashuv, one of the more prominent figures in the ongoing debate about what to do to reduce high school mass shootings, went to a shooting range with his father last Friday, the first thing he did was post some pictures and some pro-Second Amendment comments on Twitter.

He should have known better. With the pain still fresh from the massacre that took place there on Valentine’s Day, he shouldn’t have been surprised at the response. A few of his fellow students at Marjory Stoneman High School took umbrage and reported his Twitter pictures and comments to school authorities. Kashuv explained what happened next:

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Gary Kleck’s Vindication, 25 Years Late

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 25, 2018:  

Gary Kleck, professor of criminology who is now retired from Florida State University, and another professor at FSU, Marc Gertz, teamed up to do a study in the mid ’90s about how often Americans used firearms to defend themselves. The study was so carefully crafted that Marvin Wolfgang, acknowledged by the British Journal of Criminology as “the most influential criminologist in the English-speaking world,” was forced to admit its excellence:

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CDC Buried Data Supporting Defensive Use of Firearms

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 24, 2018:  

Gary Kleck, a criminologist now retired from Florida State University, was likely astonished to learn that his controversial study, The National Self-Defense Survey, was accurate after all. He and FSU fellow professor Marc Gertz concluded, based on their carefully-crafted surveys conducted in 1993, that there were more than 2.2 million defensive gun uses (DGU) each year in the United States. The results were presented in 1994, published in 1995, and have been incessantly attacked by the anti-gun movement ever since. His conclusions didn’t fit the anti-gun narrative that guns are used in crimes far more than in self-defense and therefore private ownership must be abolished.

Kleck just learned that almost immediately after the publication of his study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency that receives more than $11 billion of taxpayer money every year, conducted its own study of the matter. It conducted three separate studies, in fact, and each of them came to the same conclusion as Kleck and Gertz: indeed, about 2.5 million Americans use guns to defend themselves or their families every year.

But the CDC studies were never published.

It would have infuriated the powers-that-be in the Clinton administration, and so the results were buried.

After reviewing the newly-discovered/recovered studies, Kleck — in his best professorial manner — wrote:

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Sarcasm is a Dangerous Weapon, as Chicago Tribune Writer Shows

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 20, 2018: 

Sarcasm, in the hands of an expert, can elucidate without harm. In the hands of an amateur, it offends and reveals a supercilious attitude toward the intended victim. Rex Huppke is an amateur.

Rather than examine the desire of the board of Effingham County, Illinois to be left alone, he attacks it with his pen:

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Effingham County, Illinois, Declares Itself a Sanctuary — for Gun Owners!

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 19, 2018:

Joe Thoele, an Effingham County, Illinois board member, was tired of his state’s continued assault on the Second Amendment and decided to do something about it. On Monday he persuaded seven of the other eight board members to declare his county a “sanctuary” county, ordering county employees not to enforce any new infringements coming from Springfield, the state’s capitol. Said Thoele, “I would just like to send a statement to Springfield that I don’t want them to be infringing on our Second Amendment rights as legal gun owners.” After all, echoed Effingham state’s attorney Bryan Kibler, “If you can be a sanctuary county for undocumented immigrants, why can’t you be one for firearms?”

The board meeting was attended by a near-record number of Effingham County’s 34,000 residents, according to local news sources. The Fox News affiliate reported that the resolution was motivated by a similar resolution passed by Iroquois County, Illinois, in March, “opposing the passage of … any bill where the 100th Illinois General Assembly desires to restrict the individual right of U.S. citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.” That resolution resolved

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Deerfield, Illinois, Passes “Assault Weapons” Ban Effective June 13

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 9, 2018:  

The unanimous approval by the Deerfield, Illinois, Village Board of Trustees of a nearly complete ban on all manner of loosely defined “assault weapons” last Monday night has made headline news. It has also generated at least two lawsuits complaining that the law, to become effective June 13, is unconstitutional under Illinois state law.

In addition, the ban has generated significant pushback from enraged citizens who are threatening to ignore the law if it becomes effective.

The Chicago Tribune explains the extent of the ban and its definition of an “assault weapon”:

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High-school Students Stage Walkout to Support the Second Amendment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 2, 2018:

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del...

The completely unplanned, unstaged, unfunded, and spontaneous gathering of 75 students outside Rockledge High School in Brevard County, Florida, last Friday morning was almost completely ignored by the mainstream media. Organized by Chloe Deaton, a sophomore, and Anna Delaney, a junior, the event lasted 20 minutes, just long enough to make their point: Other students in the same high school and around the country who urged more infringements on the people’s right to keep and bear arms didn’t speak for them.

After playing the national anthem (no one kneeled) and “God Bless America” on loudspeakers set up on the school’s track, Delaney told her classmates, “We were built on certain rights and that was one of the original rights, that we should have the right to bear arms.” She can be forgiven for failing to note that the right to self-defense and, thereby, the access to tools useful for self-defense are natural rights and pre-date the Constitution.

She made up for her misstatement by quoting President Ronald Reagan, who got it right:

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Other Gun Makers Nervous Over Lawsuit Against Remington

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 28, 2018: 

Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut

One of the many factors behind the decision by the board to seek bankruptcy protection for Remington Arms on Sunday was likely the pending lawsuit against the company stemming from the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

The 40-page lawsuit, filed two years after the horrific murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, names as defendants not only Remington Arms (the maker of the Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle that Adam Lanza used on December 14, 2012 to commit those murders) but the entire supply chain. The suit named Camfour, the distributor; and Riverview Sales, the retail gun store where Adam’s mother, Nancy Lanza, purchased the weapon.

The lawsuit begins by claiming

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New Poll a Healthy Antidote to Adolescents’ Phony “March for Our Lives” Rantings

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, March 25, 2018:

A healthy antidote to the histrionic rantings of propagandized and beguiled students flooding the Washington Mall on Saturday was released on Thursday. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey found that the average American has an increasingly favorable view of the legal possession and use of firearms when it comes to self-defense. The polling results were based on questioning 1,100 adults, in contrast to the adult-manipulated adolescents who participated in what amounted to a day-long temper tantrum.

The key questions asked were:

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Anti-gun Hollywood Turning off Americans

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, March 18, 2018: 

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Photo taken in Minute Man National Historical Park in Middlesex County, Massachusetts

A poll conducted by Zogby Analytics during the last week of February showed how the combination of hypocrisy and real-world facts are negating Hollywood’s anti-gun message. When 869 likely voters were asked by Zogby, “When Hollywood actors and actresses speak out about gun control, does that make you want to support or oppose our constitutional right to bear arms (the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution)?”, the response across every class, age group, and political party affiliation indicated that Hollywood’s anti-gun message is being increasingly rejected. Taken altogether, 56 percent of those polled said Hollywood’s anti-gun rants make them want either to “somewhat” support or “strongly support” the Second Amendment. Just 28 percent are reflecting the bias pitched by Hollywood, with 16 percent “strongly opposed” to the right guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, and 12 percent “somewhat opposed.”

But support for the Second Amendment was strongest among Millennials:

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Trump Softens Gun-control Plan, Enrages Anti-gun Liberals

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 12, 2018: 

Senator Chuck Schumer

Senator Chuck Schumer

So much softer were the president’s gun proposals released Sunday night than were expected that liberals started howling immediately. They were expecting President Trump to push for a raise in the age to purchase rifles, possibly a ban on so-called assault rifles, support for universal background checks, and the NICS “fix” promoted by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). Instead they got this tweet from the president: “Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House. Legislation moving forward. Bump Stocks will soon be out. Highly trained teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!”

Sorting it out, the president’s “gun plan” consists of

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Red Flag Warning: States Confiscating Guns by Ignoring Fourth Amendment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 12, 2018: 

An assortment of new restrictions on the Second Amendment in Florida also launched an attack on the Fourth Amendment, as well. As The New American noted last week, Florida’s new “red flag” law abrogates the Fourth Amendment on the way to violating the Second Amendment:

Simply put, someone who thinks someone else might be a danger to himself or others can present his arguments to a judge who then, based upon those arguments, is free to decide whether the state (police armed with guns and badges) can forcibly remove privately and legally owned firearms from that person’s possession. The “red flag” provisions do not allow the person charged to defend himself or even to know who his accuser might be. Further, he must prove his innocence in order to get his confiscated firearms returned to him. He is “guilty until he proves himself innocent.”

All in violation of the Fourth Amendment, which states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Jonas Oransky, deputy director of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, was delighted, calling the adoption of such laws a “new frontier” in the long war against private gun ownership in America:

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The Minority Report is Now a Reality

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 12, 2018: 

Cover of "Minority Report [Blu-ray]"

Cover of Minority Report DVD

Movie buffs will remember the 2002 science fiction film Minority Report based on a short story written by Philip Dick. Set in 2054 in Washington, D.C., a division of the local police department called PreCrime would arrest individuals based on crimes that they were going to commit. The precriminals were targeted by three psychics called “precogs.”

That “PreCrime” unit is now called the Crisis Response Squad, is part of the Seattle Police Department, and is now arresting precriminals based on testimonies from family members, friends, former wives or husbands, and even former roommates. This isn’t 2054, but 2018.

Here’s this from Seattle.gov, dated March 2, 2018:

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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.
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