Just when I was beginning to think that 1) all common sense had vanished from the public square and 2) that our privacy was inevitably and eternally to be violated by government snoops, along comes Judge Illston
When defense counsel for James Holmes, the alleged Aurora, Colorado shooter, said on Monday that Holmes was not ready to enter a plea in his murder trial, Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Sylvester entered one for him: not guilty. The judge also said Holmes could change that plea to
When three Democrats said they were going to side with Republicans on two of the gun bills being debated in Denver, the Democrats pulled them, claiming victory. By pulling the bills that would have included a gun ban on campuses and another holding firearms owners liable for damages, Democrats claimed victory over those that were left: a restriction on ammunition magazine limits, and universal background checks.
Nothing was said about the Constitutional right to bear arms in Section 13 of the state Constitution, which, just for the record says:
The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property … shall be called in question…
and precious little had to do with logic. Instead it was all about feelings. Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs)led the way:
Cleansing a sickness from our souls doesn’t come easy.
Mike Johnston (D-Denver) claimed these were “policy” questions, not constitutional ones:
What is before us is not a constitutional question but a policy question.
Mary Hodge (D-Adams County) said:
This bill is merely an attempt to reduce the slaughter.
But Ted Harvey (D-South Denver) took the prize. [Note: please see comments at the end of this article] When Amanda Collins said that if she had had a gun she would have been able to repel an attacker who raped her, Harvey replied:
What we’re trying to do here tonight is not protect ourselves from violent crime … but to protect students and teachers from feeling uncomfortable by you carrying a gun to protect yourself. (emphasis added)
I’m not making this up. You can click this link which will take you to a YouTube video of Harvey’s “explanation” – you’ll find it at the 1:30 point in the video.
Even Governor Hickenlooper is drinking from the same glass, claiming with a straight face that he supports all of the bills and will sign any that reach his desk, but
I’m not in any way an anti-gun person.
That’s really good to know, Governor, as guns don’t have feelings and we certainly wouldn’t want them to be offended, would we?
Note: Readers have asked me to review the Harvey video again, suggesting that I was misreading Harvey’s comments. I have done so and have concluded that I have done the man a disservice in making it appear that he was expressing his opinion about feelings when he was in fact apologizing to Amanda for others in the legislature who were more concerned about their constituents’ feelings than about her right to self defense. For that I apologize.
However, the intent of the article remains intact. Logic is rarely involved by those in the anti-gun camp. History means little to them. Well-founded arguments presented in opposition to their position are ignored, or ridiculed. Feelings are how they govern.
Don’t worry, he says. We’re in charge here, we know what we’re doing and while we appreciate your input, we’re going to go ahead and trample on your constitutional rights to own firearms. But hey, it’s just a little trample. Don’t get excited.
Here’s his standard reply
That is a good question and several states have enacted (or are considering enacting) “hands off” laws under the idea of state sovereignty. I always get nervous, however, when a mainstream source like Yahoo asks the question and then says
When Frank Lautenberg, the liberal senior Democratic Senator from New Jersey, announced on Thursday that he wouldn’t be running for reelection in 2014, some said it signaled the end of a long and illustrious career. Lautenberg rejoined:
Everything author Jeff Wright does is deliberate, including the title of his latest book. It is singular, not plural. It is pointed, not generalized. And it asks the reader if he is ready, or not.
Ever since leaving the Navy as a cryptologist and his position as managing general partner for an information technology consulting company, Wright has been a political activist. In 1992 he
George Will is hard-pressed to make a cogent and persuasive argument in favor of a balanced budget amendment. Perhaps he had a deadline to meet and had to write something, even if it turned out incoherent. He starts off by
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This is a local issue, but it represents a much larger, much more important issue: pushback against – or more properly, nullification of – unconstitutional federal intrusions into state and local matters where they don’t belong.
This morning, Tuesday, January 22nd, at approximately 9:30AM, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners will be considering, and likely voting favorably for, a “Resolution in Defense of 2nd Amendment Rights.”
As is typical in such a resolution, there are lots of “whereases” but the first “whereas” is the most important:
Whereas, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that “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”…
And then it gets to the good stuff:
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An estimated 20,000 pro-gun enthusiasts braved cold weather and a national media blackout on Saturday to support their rights to own guns, according to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid. This was a grass-roots movement, called Guns Across America, that began, according to the tabloid, when Eric Reed, an airline captain in Houston, decided that a response to the threats to the Second Amendment coming from the Obama administration was demanded. He started a group on Facebook called “More Gun Control = More Crime,” which as of this writing has more than 19,000 “likes.” Most of them kept their promise to show up at state capitols on Saturday.
What Reed wanted to do was to send “a very, very strong message to Congress and to our president that we the people are against any more gun control.” He added,
Admitting that passing his ambitious plan to rein in shooting incidents like the one that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut last month would “be difficult,” President Obama published a 22-page explanation of exactly what he has in mind. There are “four common-sense steps we can take right now,” according to the White House blog. The two steps meeting the most resistance are:
At President Obama’s final press conference of his first term held on Monday, he made clear his intentions not to negotiate with the Congress over the debt ceiling. Said the president, “We are poised for a good year if we make smart decisions … and as long as Washington politics don’t get in the way…”
His position on the debt ceiling issue is
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It takes awhile, but eventually reality sets in. Biden’s attempt to enact new restrictions on gun ownership will die ‘aborning. It took Reuters (a liberal paper in Great Britain) to see that reality. From Reuters,
Even some congressional Democrats indicated that a bill to revive the U.S. assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 would have a difficult time winning passage in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate.
Liberal Democrat Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, who sports a dismal Freedom Index rating of just 35 out of 100, won’t be voting for it: “An assault weapons stand-alone ban – on just guns alone … in the political reality that we have today, will not go anywhere.” What’s interesting is that, when it comes to guns and the Second Amendment, Manchin is taking the NRA’s position, most likely for political survival purposes. He also happens to be
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A modest little bill, H.B. 0104, called the “Firearms Protection Act” has the potential to re-ignite the whole states’ rights issue that many think was long settled by the Civil War. All it says is this:
Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.
That’s all. Simple. Easy. Clear. And profoundly important in the freedom fight. Alex Newman, writing for The New American, says it exactly right. This is “nullification legislation that would void unconstitutional infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, even providing prison time for any federal agents who may try to enforce Washington, D.C., gun control in the state.”
The key word here is
When Trevin Wax wrote in Baptist Press News back in July 2011 that “the pro-life movement is winning,” he likely had no idea that Time magazine would one day agree with him.
With the cover of its current issue declaring that “40 Years Ago, Abortion Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory with Roe v. Wade, They’ve Been Losing Ever Since,” Kate Pickert backs up the claim by noting that 24 states have adopted more than 90 new restrictions on abortions just since 2010, and then adds,
With the passing of economist and scholar James M. Buchanan, a voice of insight and understanding in a tumultuous world has been stilled.
Born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1919, Buchanan built his understanding of how the world works with degrees from the University of Tennessee and the University of Chicago (the “Chicago School”). He taught at a number of universities from 1950 to 1969 after which he served as Distinguished Professor Economics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute – Virginia Tech – where he
Here’s another trial balloon, this time from Vice President Joe Biden who, according to the Washington Times, “floated the possibility that President Obama will take unilateral action to impose gun control in the wake of last month’s Connecticut school shooting.” Biden said Obama would do a
Katie Kieffer has named them: They are all Senators: Rand Paul, Richard Shelby, Chuck Grassley, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee. Each voted “no” on the fiscal cliff deal that roared through the Senate like a runaway pickup truck leaving the scene of an accident.
I expect my leaders to keep their word. If they tell me they are Republican, I expect them to
Here are two views of Rep. Pete Stark‘s legacy in Congress. If you ever want to see how the liberal media portrays a liberal congressman’s legacy compared to how a conservative views the same legacy, compare these two articles.
Julie Rovner writes for NPR – National Public Radio – and she laments that
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This is breathtakingly audacious. The Constitution – what little remains of it – ought to be chucked out the window altogether. If such a suggestion appeared on Facebook or Twitter, I’d just delete it as the ramblings from a disaffected ignorant leftie who hasn’t done his homework.
But the author, Louis Michael Seidman, tells us (proudly) that he’s taught constitutional law for 40 years:
As someone who has taught constitutional law for almost 40 years, I am ashamed it took me so long to see how bizarre all this is. Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country. Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that
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