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: rights

New York City Council Passes Bill Forcing Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

On Wednesday the New York City Council voted 45-3 to pass the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, a bill which will require employers with more than 20 employees to

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Brownback pushes back!

Yesterday I opined that I could hardly wait to see what would happen following Eric Holder’s letter to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback over the new Kansas law nullifying federal attempts at gun control in Kansas.

I didn’t have to wait long! Here is Brownback’s response:

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Gun Confiscation via the Therapeutic State Moves Ahead in California

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Wednesday legislation that provides $24 million in funding to hire another 36 “special agents” to scour neighborhoods starting in July to confiscate an estimated 40,000 firearms owned by citizens deemed to own them illegally due to reasons which include a diagnosis of mental illness.

Those approximately 20,000 citizens likely purchased them legally but

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“Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns” by Glenn Beck

His latest book arrived on Tuesday on my Kindle and I read it into the wee hours last night. I’m not finished with it but I thought I’d pass on some initial reactions to it in case you’re thinking of getting a copy.

Beck cranks these out on a regular basis using the skills, abilities and experience of others. I think that’s a good strategy, but

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42 House Republicans Propose Ending “Obama phone” Subsidy

When Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), the sponsor of legislation to end the Lifeline mobile-phone subsidy for the poor, noted that “It’s not fair that people save and work and pay for phones from whatever funds they have, and other people get them for free,” he also said that

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As gun owner base shrinks its voice gets louder

Following the defeat of the gun control bill in Washington this week, pundits from across the political spectrum have commented on it. They range from outrage to joyous celebration. A rather thoughtful and fair article was written by Andy Sullivan of Reuters which often has a more balanced perspective than many others. He reviewed the clout of the NRA and its organized and effective resistance to Obama’s infringements but

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The Real Reason Gun Control Failed

In Gabrielle Giffords’ editorial in the New York Times on Wednesday about the failure of Senators to pass the so-called Toomey-Manchin compromise amendment that doomed Senate Bill 649, she expressed her frustration through vituperation without understanding why the amendment, and consequently the bill, failed to pass the Senate on Wednesday. She wrote:

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What’s all the fuss about CISPA?

Nothing. Just privacy. And the breaching of private contracts. And the rule of law. Aside from that, CISPA is just fine.

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CCRKBA and IFOA fall off the wagon, support background check bill

I generally hold Alan Gottlieb in high regard. He runs both the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA). The latter was founded 40 years ago and has more than 600,000 members. I contribute to both. But I didn’t get Saturday’s email:

“If you read the Manchin-Toomey substitute amendment, you can see all the advances for our cause that it contains,” Gottlieb wrote. He then listed the gun rights advantages in the bill: “interstate sales of handguns, veteran gun rights restoration, travel with firearms protection, civil and criminal immunity lawsuit protection, and most important of all, the guarantee that people, including federal officers, will go to federal prison for up to 15 years if they attempt to use any gun sales records to set up a gun registry.”

The Washington Post filled in some of the blanks:

While leading gun-control advocates — including President Obama and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) — back the bipartisan proposal, the announcement of support Sunday from the Citizens Committee reveals that substantial parts of the bill are viewed as “wins” for the gun lobby, including provisions that would prohibit a government registry of gun ownership and make it easier to transport and market weapons across state lines.

Another gun rights group, the Independent Firearm Owners Association (IFOA), also is going along with the compromise. Headed up by Richard Feldman, a former successful regional director for the NRA, endorsed the measure as well. Feldman blew the whistle on the NRA in his book, Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist, but thinks there’s enough in the compromise for his much smaller group to support.

According to WaPo, even with the new language and new promises and guarantees and such, the bill has little chance of passing the Senate because too many Senators are fearful of losing their seats in 2014:

Some have already rejected its argument.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who voted to proceed with debate, labeled the Manchin-Toomey agreement “unworkable and unfair to gun owners” in a message sent to constituents late last week. Because the plan would require gun purchasers to pay for a background check, “visitors to . . . gun shows across America will face a new tax of $30 to $50, and sometimes more, as they exercise their constitutional right to buy a gun,” Coburn said, adding that gun owners “will ignore and reject these changes.”

Other Republican senators who voted for debating the gun bill but plan to vote no on the amendment are Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), John Hoeven (N.D.) and Johnny Isakson (Ga.), their spokesmen said Sunday.

Among Democratic senators, moderates Mark Begich (Alaska) and Mark Pryor (Ark.), who face difficult reelection fights in 2014, voted against proceeding with debate and are expected to oppose the overall gun bill. Max Baucus (Mont.), Kay Hagan (N.C.) and Mary Landrieu (La.), who are also facing difficult reelection prospects, voted for debate but have signaled they may vote against the Manchin-Toomey deal.

There must be some political benefit to Alan Gottlieb and Richard Feldman to go along with any attempt to infringe, but I don’t see it. If the bill infringes, it’s wrong and should be opposed. Making deals with politicians is highly risky, especially when they concern inalienable rights.

NRA’s A-Rated Senators Caving on Gun Control

With Senate Bill 649 likely to be the last chance Senate Majority Leader Harry will have to pass gun control legislation in this session, West Virginia Democrat John Manchin has been working hard to bring the National Rifle Association (NRA) into the discussion on how to

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Colorado Sheriffs to File Lawsuit Against State’s New Gun Laws

37 of Colorado’s 62 county sheriffs are in the process of filing a lawsuit to block implementation and enforcement of the state’s new gun laws which are scheduled to go into effect on July 1st. Weld County Sheriff John Cooke is the de facto spokesman for the plaintiffs who will claim that the new laws violate the Constitution’s Second and Fourteenth Amendments.

However, the County Sheriffs of Colorado will not be joining Cooke as a plaintiff, according to Executive Director Chris Olson: “The Board of Directors made a decision that this was not something that the association should join in.” This decision was made despite its publication of a position paper posted during the debates opposing most of the new gun laws. According to that paper,

We believe the Second Amendment is no less important [than] the other nine Amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.

The paper opposed a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” on any person’s right to sell privately firearms to another person, any limitation on magazine capacity or a state-wide database for concealed carry permit holders. It urged legislators to go slow in enacting new laws following the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut: “We urge our elected state elected officials not to make decisions during this grieving period because it would likely lead to policies that are unenforceable and possibly unconstitutional, while punished law-abiding citizens and doing nothing to reduce violent crime.”

A glimpse into the possible arguments to be brought to light in the lawsuit was provided by Dave Kopel, the lawyer likely to direct the prosecution. Kopel, an adjunct professor of advanced constitutional law at Denver University and research director at Denver’s Independence Institute, in an article in National Review on April 5th, entitled “Turning Gun Owners into Felons.” Although directed to efforts to blunt federal efforts to pass universal background checks, Kopel’s arguments might just appear in the Colorado lawsuit. Wrote Kopel:

 [The legislation being considered in Congress] would turn almost every gun owner into a felon … the language under consideration applies not only to sales but also to “transfers” which are defined to include innocent activities such as letting your spouse borrow your gun for a few hours.

Kopel paints a picture of a woman who bought a rifle when she was 25 years old. Looking back years later, she remembers times when she loaned the gun to a friend, or took it over to a neighbor’s house because he wanted to learn more about guns, or when she took it on a camping trip and let her niece do some plinking with it. She remembers teaching a class to some young people on gun safety and bringing the rifle to class to let her students become familiar with it. She remembers her time as a Boy Scout den mother when she taught the boys how to handle and shoot the rifle. As Kopel writes:

Every one of [these] activities would be a federal felony, subject to precisely the same punishment a person would receive if [she] had knowingly sold a firearm to a convicted felon.

This is not “gun control” in the constitutionally legitimate sense: reasonable laws that protect public safety without interfering with the responsible ownership and use of firearms.

It is likely that Kopel will invoke the Heller case as well as the McDonald case which extended the rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment to individual citizens living in the several states. It isn’t clear whether the lawsuit will be filed in state court or in federal court. What is clear is that this will be a long journey beginning with the first step: the Colorado sheriffs protesting by legal means the unconstitutional incursion of the state legislature into Colorado citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas Legislature Sends Country’s Strongest Pro-Gun Bill to its Governor

Late last Friday, as both houses of the Kansas legislature were ending its current session, Senate Bill 102 and House Bill 2199 were passed overwhelmingly, putting the matter firmly

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Colorado Sheriff Exposes Obama’s Hyprocrisy on YouTube

Shayne Heap is the sheriff of Elbert County, Colorado, one of 62 sheriffs who weren’t invited to serve as a backdrop for President Obama’s latest trip to Denver to push for his gun controls. Instead, Heap took the opportunity to vent his spleen at Obama’s hypocrisy and it’s a wonderful thing to watch.

He said “it’s too bad these tragic events have only served to be a launching point for political agendas and grand standing … to make laws that are constitutionally questionable and punitive to law-abiding citizens, who’ve done nothing wrong, borders on legislative abuse.”

He added that Obama left Washington, DC, which enjoys the highest murder rate per capita in the country in order to tell Colorado how to

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Bank of Cyprus Expands Robbery of Depositors’ Money

Outrage upon outrage. Audacity upon audacity. In an email to its depositors last week, the wonderful amazing Bank of Cyprus informed its trusting depositors that it was going to take more of their money. Instead of limiting the theft of amounts over $130,000 to 40% the BOC is raising the amount of the robbery to 60%!

But there’s good news!  37.5% of the theft will be converted into ownership in the wonderful amazing bank with – ready? – full voting rights! And, in addition – wait for it! – they will receive any dividends the bank might declare in the future accruing to that ownership!

Oh, but there’s bad news as well. Sorry. The wonderful amazing BOC is going to withhold “temporarily” an additional 22.5% to “ensure” that the bank can meet the terms imposed by its new true real owners: the Eurozone commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

It gets even better. The BOC is setting up a commission (always good to hear that) to study 1) just how long that “temporary” hold will be, and 2) the possibility that that additional amount will also be converted into ownership of the wonderful amazing bank. Here’s how Bloomberg phrased it:

The Central Bank of Cyprus will appoint an independent valuer for the commercial lender and all or part of the 22.5 percent additional haircut may also be converted into shares within 90 days of that process being completed, according to the statement. Any remaining amount will be returned to customers with interest, the central bank said.

But not everyone gets to participate in this wonderful amazing opportunity to own a part of a wonderful amazing bank. Only if you have more than $130,000 in your account do you get to participate. If you have less than that, well, too bad, you’ll just have to muddle through without being offered this grand opportunity:

The so-called bail-in won’t apply to Bank of Cyprus account holders whose debts to the lender bring their net balance below the 100,000-euro threshold, according to the statement. Holders of accounts at other banks on the Mediterranean island aren’t being touched.

Well, shoot! It must mean that only depositors at the wonderful etc. BOC will be able to participate. This is discrimination! This is unfair! There ought to be a law!

The message being sent via email by the BOC is being received by every bank depositor in the world: your bank can take your money and keep it. That’s just how things are these days. Get used to it.

 

 

 

Georgia Town Requires Every Homeowner to Own a Gun

On Monday evening, the town council in Nelson, Georgia, located about 50 miles north of Atlanta, passed its Family Protection Ordinance requiring the head of every household to own a gun and the ammunition to feed it. It exempts felons and those with certain disabilities and it comes without penalties for noncompliance. It was passed to make a statement

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Connecticut Lawmakers to Infringe Further on Citizens’ Gun Rights

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

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The Connecticut letter – combining foolishness with illogic

The letter I’m referring to is the one sent by grieved parents to Connecticut legislators about limits to magazines for firearms and published by NBC News.

At least it’s sincere:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.