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

Tag Archives: Gun Control

Hillary Says Americans “Have Just Too Many Guns”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 22, 2016:  

During a campaign event in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaned into her favorite topic, gun control: “When it comes to guns, we have just too many guns on the streets, in our homes, in our neighborhoods,” she insisted.

Then she added that the reason there are so many guns is the success of the “gun lobby” in keeping Congress from passing more laws to restrict their ownership:

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Much Work Still To Be Done To Restore Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 18, 2016:  

Recent victories, both small and large, are reflective of the paradigm shift in thinking about guns, gun ownership, self-defense, and the Second Amendment. After victories at the Supreme Court level, the restoration of gun rights battle has moved to the state and local levels.

For instance, last Friday Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Church Protection Act, which now allows church authorities to develop security programs involving church members with concealed carry permits to keep their churches safe. The law grants the same “Castle Doctrine” rights they enjoy at home in the event of a shooting incident.

The new law also expands the state’s permitless carry law to include belt and shoulder holsters in addition to the already allowed carry in purses, handbags, satchels, briefcases, and other fully enclosed cases.

Most importantly, the new Mississippi law prohibits state and local officials from enforcing federal gun control laws that haven’t been passed by the Congress and violate the federal and Mississippi constitutions.

Mississippi is the ninth state to recognize the right of a citizen to carry concealed without government permission.  Only two states – Georgia and North Dakota – ban all guns from places of worship, while eight states prohibit those with concealed carry permits from carrying into places of worship. Every other state leaves the matter up to the churches individually.

Larry Dean, pastor of the Bridgetown Baptist Church in Nesbit, Mississippi, favors the new law, telling The Daily Beast, “The reality is that we’re a soft target. Anyone can carry a weapon at any time and do whatever evil they are going to do. Having a gun [owner among our parishioners] is one way to stop or restrain them.”

Not everyone was in favor of the new law, however. Larry Decker, the executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, called it “the worst bill in America,” adding that it puts “soldiers of God above the law, allowing them to act as judge, jury and executioner … this legislation emboldens extremists by creating a legal means for radical preachers to enlist their congregants into ‘God’s army.’”

The new law in Mississippi on Friday follows hard after the victory in Iowa allowing that state’s citizens to purchase, own, and use suppressors on their weapons without governmental permission, registration or fees. The Iowa bill took three years of hard work by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and the American Suppressor Association to persuade legislators to pass the bill. Said Joshua Waldron, the CEO of SilencerCo:

SilencerCo has been a strong supporter of the American Suppressor Association since its inception. We’re proud of the hard work they have put behind [the bill], along with the help of the NRA and the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

 

Because of the determination and educational push by these groups, Iowans can now enjoy the same rights as are held by law-abiding citizens in 41 other states.

And the Iowa victory followed two more in Florida in January. One exempts a “recreational discharge if ‘under the circumstances, the discharge does not pose a reasonably foreseeable risk to life, safety, or property’” while another stops prosecutors from putting people in jail for 10 years if they show a gun to scare off an attacker or 20 years for firing a warning shot.

Neither space nor time permits listing the victories, both large and small, being registered and enjoyed by pro-Second Amendment advocates simply because the list is too long. Suffice to say that there remains much work to be done. For instance, Iowa’s American Suppressor Association is now going after those few states, like California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York, that still have suppressor restrictions with their program “No State Left Behind.” Arizona congressman Matt Salmon is going after the 1934 National Firearms Act, which requires a $200 fee from a citizen who wants to own a suppressor. It’s that act which began the attack on guns in earnest under President Roosevelt and has served as the basis for all manner of mischief ever since, culminating in the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Clinton assault ban in 1994.

But a measure of the success in restoring Second Amendment rights is the fact that, despite massively funded efforts by gun-controllers like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros, there has been no major incursion into the Second amendment since 2004 when the Clinton assault weapons ban was allowed to expire. Efforts to restore that ban were rebuffed in the Senate with a vote of 84 to 16.

As Winston Churchill famously said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

And pro-gun advocates are pressing their advantage.


Sources:

Washington Times: Mississippi governor signs law allowing church members to carry guns

GunDigest.com: Iowa Passes Bill Legalizing Suppressors

Huffington Post: Mississippi Bill Would Let Churches Create Armed Security Squads

AmmoLand.com: BIG Day for Gun Owners in Florida – Four Victories

Background on the National Firearms Act

Churchill quote

 

Victories in Gun Wars Mount in Mississippi, Iowa, Florida

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 18, 2016:  

On Friday Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Church Protection Act, which, effective that day, allows church authorities to develop security programs that permit those carrying concealed to protect those churches, granting those individuals the same protections offered under the state’s “Castle Doctrine” laws.

It expands the state’s permitless carry law to include belt and shoulder holsters in addition to the already allowed carry (without a license) in purses, handbags, satchels, briefcases, or other fully enclosed cases.

Finally, the new law

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Obama’s Gun-control Hypocrisy Called Out by Alabama Senator

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 11, 2016:  

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On March 30, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 62 criminals, 12 of whom were behind bars for gun-related drug crimes. This was just too much for Alabama’s senior Senator Richard Shelby (R), so the next day Shelby sent a stinging letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He asked her about the president’s hypocrisy and demanded answers to questions that he posed to her during a committee hearing back in January. Wrote Shelby:

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Chicago Gun Violence Up More Than 70 Percent This Year

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 5, 2016:  

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American Civil Liberties Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the first quarter, more people have died by gun violence in Chicago than at any time since 1999. One hundred forty-one people have been killed through the end of March, according to the Chicago Police Department, compared to 82 who died during the first quarter of 2015 — nearly a 72 percent increase. People who were shot but survived also jumped enormously: At least 727 people had been wounded in the first quarter, compared to 422 a year earlier — a 73 percent increase.

If this continues, 2016 could see more than 500 people killed by gunfire with nearly 3,000 shot and wounded.

Pro-gun advocates were quick to point out that

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Why Violent Crime Continues to Drop

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 30, 2016:  

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Extreme anti-gunner California Senator Dianne Feinstein

As violent crime in the U.S. continues to drop, more and more theories surface that try to explain away the phenomenon while studiously avoiding the real reason. What isn’t in question is how much violent crime has dropped. According to the FBI, incidents of violent crime in 1994 were 713 per 100,000 population. Ten years later it was 463 per 100,000, and by 2012 it had dropped further, to 387 per 100,000.

First, it was the

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Soaring Gun Sales Cause Crime Rate to Plummet

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 29, 2016:  

Following the record-setting year of gun purchases and ownership, Smith & Wesson projected increasing sales for 2016, coming in at between $150 million and $155 million for the first quarter of the new year. Once all the data was in, however, the nation’s oldest gun maker was forced to revise those numbers upward by 16 percent, to between $175 and $180 million for the next quarter.

This squares with the increasing number of background checks, which

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Media and the President Ignore Mass Shootings that Never Happened

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 24, 2016:  

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Looking southwest from N. Edwards Street in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Round-topped towers are the Radisson Plaza hotel.

The media’s rush to support the president’s call for more gun controls following the shooting in Kalamazoo on Saturday was breath-taking. Sunday morning the Washington Post editorial board hurriedly issued this predictable homily:

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Gun Permit Applications Swamping Local, Federal Agencies

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 20, 2016:  

In the month following the San Bernardino shooting, applications for concealed weapons permits in San Bernardino County and neighboring Riverside County jumped from the usual 80 requests per month to more than 750, swamping officials in both counties. In San Bernardino, applications are being delayed up to 18 months, while in Riverside application appointments are being scheduled out to September.

John Lott, founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, expressed the frustration of many:

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Second Amendment Momentum Builds; More Law Officers Urge Gun Ownership

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 18, 2016:  

An increasing number of law enforcement officials are publicly encouraging citizens to take personal responsibility for their own safety.

Florida Sheriff Grady Judd was blunt in speaking to criminals considering invading any citizen’s home in Polk County: “If you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot.”

In speaking to his constituents, he was equally blunt:

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Many Challenges Face Obama’s Gun Control Executive Orders

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 6, 2016:  

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President Obama’s attempts to usurp legislative authority in his executive orders issued on Tuesday are meeting escalating resistance — enough resistance that may, for all intents and purposes, negate his efforts entirely.

Most commentators seized upon the threat to the separation of powers doctrine upon which the Constitution is based, including this author’s article published immediately after the announcement. While valid, likely court challenges aren’t the only obstacle standing in the way of the implementation of those orders.

For one thing, the ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) already faces immense difficulties in successfully charging someone with illegally selling firearms without a license. Said Daniel O’Kelly, a retired ATF agent:

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Freedom Depends on an Informed Electorate

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 6, 2016:  

President Obama’s latest incursion into the legislative realm is being met by informed resistance. Without such resistance his Executive Branch would soon become the only branch. Thomas Jefferson knew it: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people … they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” So did Robert Welch: “All we must find and build and use, to win, is sufficient understanding.”

The Constitution of the United States was built on this fundamental belief:

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Obama’s Executive Orders Threaten Separation of Powers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 5, 2016:  

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There were few surprises in President Obama’s announcement of new executive orders on Tuesday as most of them had been deliberately leaked to the press in advance, reviewed by others sworn to anonymity, or covered in his radio address last Friday. Many of them are rehashes of previous attempts to nibble away further at Americans’ right to keep and bear arms guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

They included

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Obama Pushes More Gun Control; Most Americans Don’t Want It

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 4, 2016:  

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Just as President Obama is amping up the volume on his gun-control agenda, the American people are telling Gallup they really couldn’t care less.

Today the president will be conferring with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to confirm his opinion that he can issue gun-control regulations by executive order without congressional approval. Later, the president is expected to announce those orders, which are likely to include

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Obama to Announce New Gun Controls by Executive Order Next Week

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 1, 2016:  

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With time running out for his presidency, President Obama is hurrying to issue another executive order further infringing on Americans’ Second Amendment-guaranteed rights.

It’s taken longer than expected, as the Obama administration and its friends in the gun-control movement have had to work around existing law and find areas where they can impose those additional restrictions without having to go to Congress for approval. As White House spokesman Eric Schultz explained,

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Gun Restrictions

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 8, 2015:  

With Monday’s refusal by the Supreme Court to hear on appeal Friedman v. City of Highland Park, Illinois, the Second Amendment has, by default, suffered a grievous blow.

After the New Town, Connecticut, shooting, the Highland Park city council, following a contentious public debate, enacted a law banning possession of semi-automatic “assault rifles” similar to the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It also banned possession of “high-capacity” magazines (those containing more than 10 rounds). Law-abiding citizens owning them were instantly — and now, apparently permanently — turned into criminals unless they could get rid of the now-illegal items within 60 days, as they would face either fines or jail.

Appeals by Dr. Arie Friedman and the National Rifle Association (NRA), along with those of 24 states’ attorneys general, were turned back

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Obama and the New York Times Work to Increase Crime in the United States

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 7, 2015:  

Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) reviewed the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and discovered that, contrary to views perpetrated by the likes of President Obama and the New York Times, gun violence in the United States is continuing to decline sharply as gun ownership increases. In 1993 there were seven firearm-related homicides for every 100,000 Americans, but by 2013 that had fallen by 50 percent,

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John Lott Shoots Holes in Obama’s Claims About Gun Violence in America

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 4, 2015: 

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President Barack Obama signs into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as Vice President Joe Biden looks on.

President Obama’s reiteration of his claim that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency” on Tuesday following the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs, galvanized John Lott to refute it. Lott, the author of More Guns, Less Crime and founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, examined the facts and published them at Fox News.

First, Lott noted, Obama was

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Detroit Police Chief: Terrorists Want Unarmed Citizens

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 4, 2015:  

Following the Paris attacks, Detroit police chief James Craig (shown above) reiterated his policy of encouraging his citizens to continue to arm themselves:

A lot of Detroiters have CPLs (concealed pistol licenses), and the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug: if you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens.

Since his arrival in Detroit in 2012, Craig has seen his citizens heed his call and has simultaneously seen violent crime fall significantly. Seven thousand of them received their CPLs the year after Craig took over, and another 7,500 were added to the rolls a year later. At present nearly one in every 20 Detroiters is carrying concealed.

Added Craig:

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“Sheepdogs” Aren’t Allowed in San Bernardino, California

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 4, 2015:  

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Shetland Sheepdog

All it would have taken to end the massacre before it started at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Wednesday is one sheepdog. But in San Bernardino, sheepdogs aren’t allowed. Only sheep.

And wolves.

Sheepdogs – that rare breed of individuals who are willing to take on the responsibility not only of defending themselves but others as well – will be dismayed to find it

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