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
At noon on Thursday Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a wide-ranging bill in response to last year’s shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. After weeks of closed-door negotiations between Republican and Democrat leaders and another 13 hours of debate on Wednesday, the 139-page bill was passed by the House, 105-44. It had previously passed the Senate, 26-10.
The new law
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
On Wednesday, April 1st, 1942, Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt issued “Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry” that they “will be evacuated from the above designated area [north San Francisco] by 12 o’clock noon Tuesday, April 7th… The Civil Control Station at 1701 Van Ness Avenue will provide temporary residence elsewhere…[and] transport persons…to their new residence…”. Some 120,000 persons were deported from California and sent to internment camps in
When a CBS affiliate reported on Wednesday the existence of a hotline that anonymous callers could use to report neighbors who possibly might illegally possess a firearm, some claimed the timing with the recent passage of New York’s SAFE Act was just too coincidental.
The new law turns many gun owners into
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is going to sign new gun bills into law tomorrow even though he knows they won’t be enforced. That’s the mindset of a dictator. This reminds me of the
Two Colorado sheriffs, John Cooke of Weld County and Terry Maketa of El Paso County, have vowed not to enforce the new gun bills just passed by the Colorado legislature that are about to be signed into law by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Said Cooke, “They’re just feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are
On Friday afternoon a federal district court judge ruled that National Security Letters (NSLs) are unconstitutional under not only the First Amendment but under the “separation of powers” principle as well. As Alex Johnson, a staff writer for NBC News put it, those NSLs are
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
Minuteman statue at sunset (Photo credit: Muffet)
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:
Small Gun Rally (Photo credit: JAYRNIV)
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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