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: pro-gun

Supreme Court Again Refuses to Settle Second Amendment Issue

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 27, 2017:  

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest member on the court.

By refusing to consider Peruta v. San Diego on appeal on Monday, the Supreme Court once again sidestepped an opportunity to clarify the Second Amendment issue of carrying a firearm outside the home. That issue has remained open since the court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald, dating back to 2008 and 2010, respectively. Those cases didn’t clarify whether the right guaranteed in the Second Amendment extends to public places, and anti-gun states such as California have rushed in with state laws that virtually prohibit the exercise of rights guaranteed by that amendment.

That was the problem faced by Edward Peruta back in 2009.

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Second Amendment Victories Continue to Pile Up

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 3, 2017:

The restoration of Second Amendment-protected rights in the states is happening so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. On Friday, the Georgia legislature sent a bill to Governor Nathan Deal that would allow concealed handguns on public college campuses, with some exceptions built in to appease Deal, who vetoed a similar but stronger measure last year. Jerry Henry, executive director of GeorgiaCarry.org, a pro-gun rights group, was realistic: “It’s not the bill that we wanted but it’s the bill we got. It gives [us] a foot in the door.” If Deal signs the bill, Georgia would become the 11th state with this kind of campus-carry law.

Georgia legislators also sent to Deal’s desk a bill that

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Aussies Know When Their Rights Are Being Violated

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 13, 2017:

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Location of Port Arthur, where the majority of the shootings occurred

A series of referendums from 1898 to 1900 led to the ratification of Australia’s constitution, which became effective on January 1, 1901. Unfortunately, the idea of adding a Bill of Rights similar to those contained in the United States Constitution was voted down, with the majority holding that the traditional rights of British subjects were sufficient to keep the national government in check. Some rights are included, including the right to trial by jury, the right to just compensation for government’s “acquisition” of private property, the freedom of religion, the freedom of “political” communication, and the right to vote. Missing are explicit guarantees of the freedom of association, the freedom of assembly, and the Second Amendment.

Also missing from the country is the National Rifle Association or anything like the “gun” culture present in the United States.

That’s why, following the ghastly atrocity known as the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996, it was fairly easy for the national government to pass the

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Trump Protects Gun Rights of Social Security Beneficiaries

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 3, 2017:

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Image of the Bill of Rights (United States Constitution) cropped to show just the Second Amendment.

President Donald Trump kept another of his campaign promises on Tuesday by signing into law House Joint Resolution 40, rejecting a final rule submitted by the Social Security Administration. That rule would have infringed upon precious rights protected by the Second and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. The White House explained the dangers of the SSA rule had it been implemented:

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Don Kates, the Igniter of the Second Amendment Movement, Passes

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 8, 2017:  

Compact Glock 19 in 9x19mm Parabellum.

Glock Model 19, the world’s most popular handgun

One week ago today, Don Kates, a scholar with the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, passed away at the age of 75. He leaves a remarkable legacy of influence in the long war on guns, single-handedly igniting the renaissance of today’s pro-gun movement with his scholarly work.

During the iron age of gun control — the decade prior to the passage of the Brady Bill in 1994 during the Clinton administration — Kates’ voice was the only one heard that supported an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. So carefully crafted was his work that his article

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Year-to-date, Background Checks Jump Nearly Three Million From 2015

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 8, 2016:  

The latest report from the FBI on the NICS background checks shows 1,870,000 Americans applying for permission to purchase a firearm in May. This number doesn’t include private unchecked transfers, as many states still allow the freedom of individual citizens to buy, sell, transfer, or give away their firearms without a background check. It also, of course, doesn’t count police departments, government agencies, or criminals.

But it illustrates the direct correlation between political pressure on the Second Amendment and the natural, predictable result:

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America’s Gun Violence and the Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 18, 2016:  

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The Independent Journal Review (IJR) has rocketed from obscurity in 2012 to co-hosting the February 6 Republican Presidential Debate with ABC News. Its “viral news” website is visited by more than 35 million unique visitors every month. With just ten journos, it often puts out excellent work.

An example is its recent effort to “Put America’s Gun Violence into Perspective,” published in January. It shows graphically the paradigm shift over gun rights and the Second Amendment that has taken place over the last 20 years. It provides evidence, if more be needed, that

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Missouri Lawmakers Pass “Stand Your Ground,” No-permit Concealed Carry

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 17, 2016: 

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Image of the Bill of Rights (United States Constitution) cropped to show just the Second Amendment.

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill expanding Second Amendment-protected self-defense rights just as the legislative session was coming to a close last Friday night. The bill is now on Governor Jay Nixon’s desk awaiting his signature.

Once it becomes law, it will allow Missourians to carry concealed, if they care to, without first being forced to apply for permission to do so. The new law also enacts a “stand-your-ground” right allowing citizens to defend themselves against attack in any place where they have a right to be. This would make Missouri the 31st state in the union where those laws (or court precedents) already exist, and the first since 2011 to enact such a law.

The bill passed both state houses with more than enough votes to override a veto if Nixon decides to turn it down.

Missouri is just one more example of pro-Second Amendment victories being enjoyed by citizens across the land as momentum continues to build for such expansions.

Beginning with a concealed-carry law in 2004,

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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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The ACLU, the “Laquan McDonald” Effect, and Chicago’s Spike in Gun Violence

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

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The spike in gun violence in Chicago has drawn the attention of pro-gun advocates, some of whom are blaming it on Second Amendment infringements by the city. Tim Brown of Freedom Outpost said the massive increase in people shot and killed or wounded by gunfire is “the product of infringement upon the Second Amendment and restrictive gun measures that leaves guns in the hands of criminals [but] law-abiding citizens as defenseless victims.”

He got part of it right.

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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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Latest Survey Shows Arizona First for Gun Owners, Washington DC Last

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 21, 2015:  

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Justice Antonin Scalia

The results of the annual survey, “Best States for Gun Owners 2015,” just released in July, showed little change at the top, or the bottom, of the states’ ranking: Washington, DC still ranks dead last, while Arizona continues at the top of all states for gun freedom. In its introduction, G and A noted:

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Gun Ownership Explodes Under Obama

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 29, 2015:  

The latest report from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) merely confirms what most sentient souls living in the US already know: more Americans are becoming aware not only of their Second Amendment rights but of the increasing threat posed against them by the current administration. More people are learning about that “palladium” of their liberties:

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Another Anti-Gun Politician Feels the Heat, Sees the Light

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 27, 2015:

Representative Everett Dirksen of Illinois

Former Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois

 

Former Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen (1951-1969) was such a studied and careful elocutionist that he was called “The Wizard of Ooze.” Known for such aphorisms as “A billion here and a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talk about real money” and “I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times,” his most famous one was this:

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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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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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It’s Not a Surrender but a Strategic Retreat

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 3, 2015:

 

Some in the media called the announcement by the District of Columbia’s attorney general that he was dropping the appeal over Judge Frederick Scullin’s decision (see Palmer v. District of Columbia) a victory in the gun wars. Even the usually sensible Washington Times called it a “surrender,” headlining: “D.C. Surrenders to 2nd Amendment, Gives up ban on Carrying Guns in Public.”

To be generous, that is an overstatement. What Attorney General Karl Racine really announced was a strategic retreat. The war against guns remains active:

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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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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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