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

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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Florida Republican Legislators Turn Backs on Second, Fourth Amendments

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, March 9, 2018: 

Official photo of Florida Governor Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott

In 1970, Florida’s legislature officially adopted “The Sunshine State” as the state’s nickname. It was designed for the tourists: beaches, warm weather in the winter, and so forth.

About the same time, a 4’10” grandmother teamed up with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and, over time, successfully added another nickname to the state: “The Gunshine State.” When the Gun Control Act was passed in 1968, Marion Hammer decided to do what she could to overturn it. She started in Florida. She was the first female president of the NRA, and the rest, as they say, is history. In 1987, she almost single-handedly persuaded the state’s legislature to pass the first concealed carry law in the nation. In 2005, she was inducted into Florida’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

That was then. This is now.

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No Weapons Violations in First Six Months of Campus Carry at KU Lawrence

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 6, 2018: 

John Lott (left) being presented SAF's Journal...

John Lott (left) being presented SAF’s Journalist of the Year

In a report that the national media didn’t deem newsworthy, the Office of Public Safety at the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas (KU) said last week that during the first six months that students were allowed to carry concealed on campus, there were no incidents — zero criminal weapons violations — to report. But the office did report that overall crime, mostly thefts, dropped by 13 percent.

The report said nothing about the freedom granted students starting last July to carry concealed on campus if they so desired, but instead stated that the drop in crime and the utter lack of weapons violations were likely due to “the use of security technology on campus, such as cameras … and more police and security officers [that] were added to the Public Safety Office in 2017.”

Undoubtedly, if there had been one weapons violation — just one — it would have made headline news in every liberal media outlet in the country. But in its absence, the media has remained silent.

The Kansas City Star noted that prior to July 1,

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When Firearms are Present, Shooters are Absent

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 7, 2018: 

John Lott being presented SAF's Journalist of ...

John Lott

John Lott, in his book, The War on Guns, gave his readers an astonishing statistic:

Since 2011, there have been only three mass public shootings in areas where concealed carry was allowed … these cases are very rare. From 1950-2010, not a single mass shooting occurred in an area where general civilians are allowed to carry guns.

 

Over the entire period from 1950 through February 2016, just over 1 percent of mass public shootings occurred in such places.

Put another way, according to Lott more than 98 percent of the time shooters choose places where their intended victims aren’t allowed to defend themselves with firearms!

Those shooters may be certifiably insane, but they aren’t stupid. Take, for example, Khalil Abu-Rayyan, an ISIS supporter who was planning an attack on one of the biggest churches in Detroit. According to Lott, Rayyan explained his choice of target this way:

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Do Anti-gun Democrats Have a Death Wish, Offering a Gun Ban Bill in an Election year?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, March 2, 2018: 

When the liberal Huffington Post did its research, it was horrified to find not only that the worst political disasters took place during mid-term elections, but that third on the list was the cleansing of anti-gun Democrats in the 1994 midterms. Voters, outraged at their passage of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (aka the Clinton assault weapons ban), removed eight Democrat senators and 56 House Democrats. This resulted in the first time Republicans were in control of the House since Eisenhower.

But, as philosopher George Santayana noted, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Guilty of not knowing or remembering their political history are some 165 House Democrats who have signed on to a bill echoing Clinton’s gun ban: Rep. David Cicilline’s Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. Cicilline’s bill prohibits the “sale, transfer, production, and importation” of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that can hold a detachable magazine, as well as semi-automatic rifles with a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds” of ammunition. Also to be banned would be semi-automatic shotguns and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. His bill lists 205 specific firearms that would be prohibited, including the AK-47 and the AR-15.

These anti-gun pols also have forgotten why the Clinton-era gun ban failed to be resurrected in 2004: there was no credible evidence from any source that it had any impact on gun violence. As recently as April 17, 2013, the Senate voted down a measure that would have restored it, 40 to 60.

Nevertheless, ignoring history and its lessons, Cicilline announced his offering last week:

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Media Celebrate Companies Severing Ties With NRA

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

Following the announcement by a few well-known companies that they were “severing” their relationships with the National Rifle Association (NRA), the New York Times wrote positively of the actions. In just the last few days, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Chubb Limited (insurance), MetLife, and Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise, Alamo, and National car-rental affiliates) have announced they would no longer offer discounts for their various services to NRA members. Also included in the list is First National Bank of Omaha, whose credit card was the official card of the NRA and which offered a $40 cash-back bonus, enough to pay for a membership in the organization.

The Times overstated the impact by calling the decisions a “boycott” of the NRA, adding, “Through an uncoordinated but simpatico collection of Twitter hashtags, retweeted lists, Facebook groups, online petitions and carefully orchestrated campaigns, the protest has pushed a major bank, several car rental companies, two airlines and other businesses to publicly cut ties with the N.R.A.”

Some companies were clearly posturing, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, which hasn’t sold semi-automatic rifles in any of its 800 stores since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. But the president, Ed Stack, saw his opportunity to promote his anti-gun views on ABC News, telling the network that “We’re taking these guns out of all of our stores permanently.” What was missing is that his decision impacts only 35 stores in its Field & Stream chain.

What impact the so-called “boycott” of the NRA is likely to have is highly questionable. By the numbers, those posturing are an infinitesimally small percentage of the business community. A most generous estimate is that fewer than three dozen companies have cut benefits previously being offered to NRA members. But there are 22 million active businesses in the United States, most of whom aren’t joining the parade of naysayers. FedEx, for example, is keeping its discount program in place for NRA members.

But there are other numbers, too,

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Anti-gun Democrats Introduce Clinton-style Assault Weapons Ban

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, March 1, 2018: 

House Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.) introduced a bill last week similar to the Clinton-era Federal Assault Weapons Ban but with even greater restrictions. So far 163 of the 193 House Democrats have signed on in support of the bill. Cicilline’s rant against semi-automatic rifles is familiar:

Assault weapons were made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short period of time. They do not belong in our communities.

 

I am proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban with the support of leaders in law enforcement. It’s on all of us to end this carnage.

Of course, if semi-automatic firearms were actually able to commit crimes without human assistance, then the ban would make sense. Who would want self-firing weapons walking around the neighborhood unrestricted? But that appears not to matter to Cicilline — who sports a F-minus rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a Freedom Index (FI) rating of 26 percent from The New American , and who was a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns while he was the mayor of Providence.

Such illogic also appeared in the words of Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), representing several counties including Broward where the Valentine’s Day massacre took place) — with an FI of just 17 percent — as he announced he was supporting Cicilline’s bill:

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Media Celebrate Companies Severing Ties With NRA

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

Following the announcement by a few well-known companies that they were “severing” their relationships with the National Rifle Association (NRA), the New York Times wrote positively of the actions. In just the last few days, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Chubb Limited (insurance), MetLife, and Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise, Alamo, and National car-rental affiliates) have announced they would no longer offer discounts for their various services to NRA members. Also included in the list is First National Bank of Omaha, whose credit card was the official card of the NRA and which offered a $40 cash-back bonus, enough to pay for a membership in the organization.

The Times overstated the impact by calling the decisions a “boycott” of the NRA, adding,

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Media Stacking the Deck for Gun Control Following Florida Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 22, 2018:

During the two-day White House conference on school safety, Andrew Pollack, the father of a child who was killed during the Florida school massacre last week, summed up the feelings of many: “How many schools, how many children need to get shot? I am not going to sleep until it is fixed!”

The question is, what is “it” that needs to be fixed?

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Trump Orders Ban on “Bump Stocks” in Wake of Florida School Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, February 21, 2018:

English: Badge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobac...

During a two-day White House meeting this week on making schools safer, President Trump reversed his solemn promise repeatedly stated as a candidate to support and defend the Second Amendment. He said: “Just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the Attorney General to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.”

Trump referred to an effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (still known as ATF) to expand its statutory definition of “machine gun” in both the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) to include “bump stocks,” which could then be banned altogether. On Tuesday Trump ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to

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Gun Rights Expanding After Florida Shooting

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 20, 2018:

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

Following mass shootings at the Connecticut elementary school, the Orlando gay nightclub, the Las Vegas concert, and now the massacre at the Florida high school, anti-Second Amendment groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety and others ramped up pressure on federal legislators to “do something, anything” about the violence. Happily, very little further infringements of precious rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment have occurred.

On the state level, in fact, much progress has been made in reasserting those rights.

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Another Mental Case Shoots Up Florida School

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 15, 2018:

Almost immediately after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety decried it as the sixth school shooting so far this year. Others claimed that the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who was previously expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons, was a mental case who should never have had a firearm in the first place. In most media the common theme was the danger of guns and their proliferation.

Cruz left abundant clues about his mental instability:

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Why do Anti-gun Politicians Continue to Push for Buyback Programs?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 17, 2018: 

English: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie

Former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie

After all, they don’t work. They are fraudulent from the very beginning, implying that a government is merely buying back firearms from private citizens that it initially sold to them. But still the failed “experiments” in reducing gun violence continue.

They lack logic. Criminals seeking to rid themselves of an offending weapon aren’t likely to show up at a police station or other public place, relying on the promise that there will be “no questions asked.” Not when a much easier alternative exists: toss it into the river.

Studies showing their failure to reduce crime don’t impress anti-gun politicians. The first gun buy-back program in the United States happened in Baltimore, Maryland in 1974. It was considered a failure when, during the program’s two-month existence, gun violence and assaults actually increased.

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New Jersey to Start Statewide Gun Buyback Program

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 16, 2018: 

The state-wide gun buyback bill headed for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s desk, A-2374, contains dangerous language. The state’s attorney general would be obligated to hold “at least” three gun buybacks every year throughout the state. The bill’s sponsor wants nine. Now that anti-gun Democrat Phil Murphy is governor, he is likely to press for even more.

State Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex) sponsored the bill and declared that

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Efforts to Pass National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Focus on Senate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 29, 2017:

Riding the momentum from passage of the National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry bill by the House on December 9, attention of the National Rifle Association (NRA) is now being directed to the Senate’s version, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, S. 446.

The NRA’s arguments are simple:

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National Reciprocity Likely to Pass House, Get Bogged Down in Senate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 4, 2017:

With the House due to take up, and likely pass, the national reciprocity bill this week, attention is being given to the argument often presented to support it: all that’s wanted is to treat CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) permits like drivers’ licenses. After all, goes the argument, states allow drivers from other states to drive on their roads with licenses issued by those other states, why shouldn’t they allow CCW permits issued by others states as well?

On December 1, 24 state attorneys general sent a letter summarizing the argument: the patchwork quilt of state laws is so cumbersome that some get caught in the trap of carrying illegally when they didn’t know it. Besides, the laws not only contradict other laws in other states not only in their language but in their enforcement. And, finally, they inhibit rights under the Second Amendment. Said the AGs:

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Active Shooter Defense Classes Springing Up Following Texas Church Massacre

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 10, 2017: 

FBI New agent training.

In just the last two years, former FBI agent J. Pete Blair, author of the FBI’s “Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013,” has trained more than 130,000 citizens in how to respond to the sudden presence of an active shooter. Blair now leads the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program at Texas State University. Said Blair: “We’ve seen a series of incidents and an increase in lethality [but] it could be that we’ve had a really unlucky few weeks.”

Lucky or not, American citizens are flocking to training classes offering strategies they can use if they are confronted with an armed attacker. Churches are

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Crazed Atheist Shoots Up Texas Church; Dems Call for Gun Control

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 6, 2017: 

Five years before Devin Patrick Kelley entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas, on Sunday and opened fire on the 50 or so worshippers there, he had been court-martialed for “bad behavior.” That behavior consisted of at least two beatings of his wife and child, which resulted in him being confined for a year and demoted. He left the U.S. Air Force in 2014 with a dishonorable discharge. According to federal law, someone who receives a dishonorable discharge is not supposed to be able to purchase a gun, but Kelley had recently done just that, after filling out the federal paperwork as he was supposed to do. Kelley was an angry atheist, whom school acquaintances had been unfriending from Facebook because of his angry diatribes.

Kelley, clad in black and wearing a ballistic vest, entered the church around 11 a.m. on Sunday and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle,

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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.