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

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Former Maryland Governor to Announce Presidential Bid

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 20, 2015:

Martin O'Malley, Governor of the U.S. state of...

Martin O’Malley

 

Martin O’Malley, former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor, told reporters on Tuesday that he will announce his candidacy for the Democrat Party’s presidential nomination over Memorial Day weekend.

Despite claims that he only recently had been considering the possibility of running against Hillary Clinton and liberal Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, O’Malley has been gearing up for this since August 2013. At a National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee, he stated then that he was already laying “the framework” for a presidential run.

And so he has.

In just the last 18 months, O’Malley has appeared in 23 states, notably in Iowa (where he already has a staff of 11 in place laying that groundwork), New Hampshire, and South Carolina, each conveniently holding early primaries for 2016.

 

On paper he appears to be a formidable opponent to Clinton, with his long list of progressive achievements. As governor he signed into law a bill that makes certain illegal immigrants eligible for in-state college tuition and another legalizing same-sex “marriage” (even though he calls himself a Roman Catholic). In order to close the state’s $1.7 billion deficit in 2008-2009, rather than cut government spending, he raised income, sales, and gasoline taxes. He also implemented a traffic speed camera enforcement program to raise additional revenues. He presided over the implementation of gun control laws that make it virtually impossible for Maryland residents to obtain a concealed carry permit. He ended the state’s death penalty and raised the minimum wage to $10.10.

He earned an award from Planned Parenthood of Maryland and a 100-percent rating from the Maryland chapter of pro-abortion NARAL.

It also caught the attention of leftist publications such as Esquire magazine, which named him “The Best Young Mayor in Country” in 2002, and Time magazine, which put him into their list of America’s “Top 5 Big City Mayors.”

None of which was new news to Bill Clinton, who wrote to O’Malley while he was still Baltimore’s mayor: “I wouldn’t be surprised if you go all the way [to the White House].” In 2006, the Clintons helped him gain reelection as governor by hosting fundraisers, headlining political rallies, and connecting him with their massive network of Democrat sponsors and contributors. O’Malley won in a walk.

To return the favor, O’Malley endorsed Hillary in 2008, raising at least $500,000 for her campaign for president, defending her on cable news, and even travelling out of state to campaign for her.

O’Malley has at least two problems, however: name recognition and distinctiveness. Current polls show him in the low single digits among likely Democrat voters, while Hillary has an attractiveness rating among the same group of 84 percent. When asked what makes him different from Hillary in ways that will draw some of her supporters to his campaign, he replied:

The thing I believe presents something of value to my country, especially in these times, is my experience as an executive, and as somebody who was able to bring people together in order to get things done.

In other words, nothing whatsoever. Which can only mean that he has other purposes in mind. After all, as one of his supporters noted, O’Malley is “very much like Bill Clinton in being slow and deliberative and calculating in everything he does.”

He could be a sparring partner for Hillary in the primaries, giving her additional airtime and adding interest to a campaign that at present is vacuous. That would work, of course, only if he stayed away from her various and sundry issues, i.e., missing e-mails, Benghazi, her foundation, and her character.

Or he could be waiting for Hillary to stumble, which would put him squarely in contention against Sanders, the aging liberal war horse from Vermont.

Or he could be polishing his political skills and his name recognition for another run in 2020. He’s only 52. In 2020, Hillary will be 73, and Sanders would be 79.

Or he could be a foil in the media’s attempt to make the present campaign look like a real election rather than just a coronation.

In any event, liberal observers will likely welcome the airy, handsome, articulate, far-left political conniver to add spice and flavor to the Democrat Party’s so far lackluster campaign for the White House in 2016.

Another Second Amendment Victory, This Time in Tennessee

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 27, 2015: 

When Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was mayor of Knoxville in 2009, he supported gun restrictions in city parks, but since then he has had a change of heart. On Friday he signed into law a bill that invalidated an older law prohibiting gun owners with permits from carrying concealed in parks across the state. 

Haslam is a living, breathing example of former Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen’s famous dictum:

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ATF Reports Sea-Change in Attitude Towards guns

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 10, 2015:

No wonder ATF head Todd Jones bailed. With the monumental failure of his “framework” proposal to ban the popular “green tip” ammo in the US, he saw little reason to stick around. Surely he must have known that his agency would have to report, reluctantly at the very least, the firearms manufacturers’ data that came out earlier this week: those gun makers produced 10 million guns in 2013 (the latest year for which the ATF has reliable data), twice the number they produced just three years earlier!

What the ATF is facing is a “sea-change” in Americans’ attitude towards guns, defined by Collins as “a seemingly magical change as brought about by the action of the sea.”

There’s nothing magical about it. The shift was perceptible back in 2004 when

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Gun Makers Produced 10 Million Firearms in 2013, a Doubling in Three Years

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 9, 2015:

ATF inspector at a federally licensed gun dealer

The release of the latest data from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) showing that gun manufacturers doubled their output of handguns, rifles, and shotguns in the three years between 2010 and 2013 (the latest year for which data is available) caused both rejoicing and consternation among participants in the long war against guns.

In 2010, America’s firearms industry produced 5,460,000 guns while in 2013 that number jumped to 10,840,000. And this despite (or perhaps because of) pressure from the Obama administration to restrict gun ownership among law-abiding citizens. Efforts to impose new background checks, and ban “military-style assault weapons” and their “high-capacity” magazines all failed, even during years when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress.

The president, frustrated at his lack of success, moved to the use of his pen,

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O, the Irony! Sarah Brady Passes the Day after Kansas Adopts Permitless Carry law

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 6, 2015:

Sam Brownback, U.S. Senator from Kansas.

Sam Brownback

Last Thursday Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a bill expanding Kansas’ permitless open carry laws to include concealed carry, adding Kansas to the ever-growing list of other states to do so.

Otherwise called “Constitutional carry” or “Vermont carry,” permitless carry satisfies most Second Amendment purists who believe that the phrase “…the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” means exactly what it says: one doesn’t need permission to exercise a right.

For years Kansans have enjoyed the right to carry a firearm openly, without permission. But if a coat or a jacket covers it, or if one wishes to carry it in a purse or satchel, he would need to obtain a concealed carry permit from the state to do so. And so he will, until the new law becomes effective July 1.

At the moment, Kansas will join numerous other states with similar freedoms, including

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Kansas is the Next State to Allow Permitless Open Carry

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 6, 2015: 

On April 2, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill into law expanding the state’s permitless open-carry laws to include concealed carry. The concealed carry permitting process will remain in place for citizens who wish to travel to other reciprocity states where that concealed carry permit allows them to carry concealed there.

Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association (NRA), declared, “This new law is a common sense measure that allows law-abiding Kansans to exercise their fundamental right to self-protection in the manner that best suits their needs.”

Kansans already had the right to carry a firearm openly without a permit, but if that firearm was covered by a shirt or a jacket, or carried in a purse, the citizen would need a concealed carry permit. Effective July 1, no such permit will be necessary.

Last year, Kansas enacted a law

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D.C. Drops Appeal of Court Ruling Against Its Handgun Ban

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 2, 2015:

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The announcement on Wednesday by Washington, D.C.’s attorney general was no surrender but rather a strategic withdrawal. The district has decided not to press forward on its appeal of Judge Frederick Scullin’s ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia last summer that the district’s total ban on handgun possession (except inside a home) was unequivocally unconstitutional. Wrote the judge:

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.

The judge then remanded the district’s council to “adopt … a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards to enable people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

Instead of continuing to press a battle they could not win, D.C.’s Attorney General Karl Racine said,

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ATF Backs Away from Ammo Ban, for the Moment

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 11, 2015:

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The capitulation was stunning, even if it is only temporary. After bearing the brunt of a targeted campaign by pro-gun groups like the NRA, Gun Owners of America, and the Second Amendment Foundation that resulted in nearly uniformly bad press, letters of opposition from majorities in the House and the Senate, and more than 80,000 individual responses to its proposal to ban a popular rifle cartridge, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), posted on its website Tuesday afternoon the terms of its temporary surrender:

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ATF Bans Popular Rifle Ammunition It Says Is “Armor-Piercing”

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 16, 2015: 

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

On Friday night President Obama was out on the hustings, raising money for Democrats and confirming that his mandate to change America remains in place. He told those attending a DNC fundraiser at the home of Sandy and Jeanne Robertson in San Francisco — each of whom contributed at least $10,000 to hear the man — that he plans to be very busy during the final two years of his second term: 

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Obama’s ATF bans “green tip” 5.56 mm ball Ammunition

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 16, 2015:

A collection of 5.56mm caliber ammunition. Ima...

A collection of 5.56mm caliber ammunition.

All the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (commonly called the ATF) needed was an excuse. With President Obama’s promise that he would, during the remaining two years of his second term, continue his efforts to transform America, and the growing popularity of handguns chambered for the 5.56mm “green tip” NATO ball ammunition, the ATF had two. Although the ATF has been working on banning this inexpensive and consequently very popular round for more than two years, the agency’s announcement on Thursday coincided nicely with Obama’s speech at a Democrat fundraiser in San Francisco the very next day.

Said Obama:

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Anti-gun Groups Seeking to Build on Washington State’s “Victory”

Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 2, 2015:

Apparently the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America didn’t get the memo from November: You lost big in the midterms. Instead, MDA just announced it is targeting country music star Alan Jackson and comedian Jeff Foxworthy for agreeing to open the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, in April. In its Facebook announcement, MDA criticized the two for accepting the invitation from the NRA — the group which, according to the MDA, “pushed to arm convicted criminals, blocked federal gun violence research and [their] board members promoted armed insurrection.” 

MDA then urged its members to “educate these celebrities on the dangerous and irresponsible policies of the [NRA].” 

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More Proof That as Gun Ownership Increases, Violent Crime Decreases

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 30, 2014:

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe raised the ire of conservatives on Monday by proposing a package of gun control measures for the upcoming General Assembly. What irritated them most was that the governor claimed that these measures are designed to “keep people safe” from criminals. McAuliffe might better spend his time perusing the latest update from John Lott, showing that people are keeping themselves safe from criminals by obtaining their concealed carry permits. 

Lott, the author of More Guns, Less Crime noted in a July 9 report for Crime Prevention Research Center that the number of citizens now permitted to carry concealed exceeds 11 million, up from eight million just three years ago. And even that number may be far too conservative: 

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The Second Amendment continues to Thrive, says Pew Research

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 15, 2014:

Life has lately been hard for the anti-gunners and those opposed to the Second Amendment. According to Pew Research, it isn’t likely to get easier any time soon. For 20 years, Pew has been asking Americans a simple question:

What do you think is more important – to protect the right of Americans to own guns, OR to control gun ownership?

In 1993, the Second Amendment guaranteeing American citizens the right to keep and bear arms had few friends. According to Pew, just 34 percent of those polled thought it was more important than passing more gun control laws, while 57 percent favored more gun control legislation.

Its popularity hit bottom in March, 2000, about a year after the Columbine High School massacre in a Denver suburb, with just 29 percent supporting it compared to 66 percent wanting more controls.

Since then, however, Pew has been measuring a resurgence of support for the beleaguered guarantee,

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Pew Research Shows Increasing Public Support for Gun Rights

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 12, 2014:

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Cover of The Second Amendment by Historian David Barton

On Thursday, just four days before the second anniversary of the horrific Newtown, Connecticut, massacre by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Pew Research released its latest poll on Americans’ view on the Second Amendment versus gun control. To some their conclusions were startling, while to others it was dismaying. The Washington Times reported that Americans’ support for gun rights “is higher than it’s been in decades,” while left-leaning CS Monitor was much more subdued, saying only that “Americans say protecting the rights of gun owners is more important than gun control.”

A closer look at the exact wording of the question that Pew has been asking Americans for 20 years, however, reveals a

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The UN Arms Control Treaty Meets the Gallup Poll

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 10, 2014:

John Lott

John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime

Last Friday, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs announced that its totalitarian Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will become effective on Christmas Eve. The good news is that the treaty has no chance of being ratified by either the lame duck Senate this year or the 114th Senate next year.

Its terms are positively evil:

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Gallup Poll: Homes Are Safer if Guns Are Present

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 10, 2014:

Residential area in Helena, Montana, USA

Residential area in Helena, Montana)

The latest Gallup Poll results announced on Friday that, for the first time since 2006, a majority of Americans think having a gun at home makes their home safer. Further, the gain is all across the board, politically and demographically. The poll results also serve to diminish still further the likelihood of additional gun control measures by governments, local and federal, as more and more Americans now have a vested interest in gun freedom.

According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans who believe having a gun at home makes the home safer has nearly doubled just since 2000, from 35 percent to 63 percent, while the number of those who think that the presence of a gun at home makes it more dangerous has fallen from

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gets a “B” from Cato

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 29, 2014:

In a remarkable display of pure unadulterated pragmatism, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law in 2014 an unheralded tax reform bill that has won approval from two conservative think tanks: the Cato Institute and the Tax Foundation. In Cato’s “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors” released earlier this month, the authors were positively ecstatic about him:

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Are Chicago’s gun permit laws racist?

This article first appeared at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 1, 2014: 

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When John Lott, Second Amendment expert and author of More Guns, Less Crime, learned about how Chicago’s gun permit laws were impacting the city’s poor blacks, he said:

You really need to ask whether or not politicians are consciously trying to disarm certain groups of people. Why do they want a law that primarily disarms blacks and gives guns to the well-to-do whites? Don’t they think it should be equal for everyone to protect their lives?

Lott was referring to Chicago’s draconian gun permit laws which require an applicant to

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Chicago’s Gun Laws Prevent Poor From Defending Themselves

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 30, 2014:

The West Garfield Park neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago is one of the deadliest places in the country, according to the Washington Times. Following receipt of information requested under the Freedom Of Information Act, the Times discovered that ZIP Code 60624 (which includes West Garfield Park) has, in the last month, “recorded more homicides, robberies, assaults, thefts and narcotics charges combined than any other ZIP Code in Cook County.”

In contrast, ZIP Code 60464 has experienced only one homicide in the last 10 years. The difference in demographics explains part of the reason why:

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Americans Not Buying Billionaires’ Anti-gun Propaganda

This article was first published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 15, 2014:

Joyce Foundation Funding Patterns

Joyce Foundation Funding Patterns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite efforts by Michael Bloomberg’s group, Moms Demand Action (MDA), to pressure the Kroger Company into changing its firearms policy regarding its customers, most Americans aware of MDA’s attack on the grocery chain are supporting Kroger. Earlier this month, MDA, with Bloomberg’s money, bought a series of newspaper ads and billboards in an attempt to force Kroger to stop operating its stores under prevailing state laws regarding unlawful firearms carry, and instead ban them altogether. Almost immediately thereafter, MSNBC launched a public opinion survey, asking:

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