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: Second Amendment

Obama Progressing in Plan to Make “Smart Guns” Operable Only by Owners

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 2, 2016:  

On Friday President Obama posted on his Facebook page the progress being made in his attempt to develop “smart gun” technology that would make guns inoperable unless fired only by their owners. He claimed it was all about preventing accidental shootings and tracking down stolen guns. He asserted:

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Are Voters Beginning to Reject Obama’s and Clinton’s Gun Control Agenda?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 2, 2016:  

For months now national polls of likely voters in November have given Hillary Clinton high single- or low double-digit leads over Donald Trump, allowing Clinton to push her anti-gun agenda with impunity. She bragged last week on MSNBC that, once elected, she would take on the gun rights crowd (read: NRA, GOA, JPFO, The 2A Foundation, the NAGR, the CCRKBA, etc.) from the very first day:

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Shootings Set Records in Chicago as New Police Rules Inhibit Enforcement

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 25, 2016:  

New rules, new training (especially sensitivity training), and fear of additional mandates coming when the Department of Justice completes its investigation into the shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014 are forcing members of the Chicago Police Department to hunker down and hide behind those new rules rather than risk their careers in Chicago’s politically correct and criminally volcanic West and South sides.

By the end of March, the numbers of people being shot were already setting records. Three weeks later, a “grim milestone” was reached: more than 1,000 Chicagoans have been shot so far this year, with nearly 200 of them dying from their wounds. The Chicago Tribune has been tracking the violence, starting in 2012, and noted that

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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

 

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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More Obama Hypocrisy Exposed: Executive Clemency Putting Convicted Criminals Back on the Street

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 11, 2016:  

Richard Shelby

Senator Richard Shelby

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson thinks kids are amazing:

Kids have what I call a built-in hypocrisy antenna that comes up and blocks out what you’re saying when you’re being a hypocrite.

Richard Shelby, Alabama’s senior Republican senator (who will be celebrating his 82nd birthday in three weeks) must be a kid at heart. The day after President Obama announced that he was commuting the sentences of 61 more convicted criminals under his new touchy feely “executive clemency” program, Shelby smelled hypocrisy. This was the same president who, in January, announced a bevy of executive actions designed, he said, to reduce crime. Last week’s announcement brings the total number of criminals who have had their sentences commuted or eliminated altogether to 248, more than the total of the last six presidents combined. Thirty-three of them were convicted of gun-related crimes.

Shelby may be a kid at heart but he’s also old enough not to be concerned about what people think. He wrote a scathing letter about Obama’s hypocrisy to his legal enabler, Attorney General Loretta Lynch. One can read the whole thing by clicking through the source below, but here is the choicest part:

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Schumer’s Anti-gun Rant Reveals Much More About the Next Senate Minority Leader

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 8, 2016:  

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In the grand scheme of things, New York Democrat Senator Charles Schumer’s excessive anti-gun rant at his news conference on Monday means nothing at all. But as a peek into his ideology, background, and networks, it reveals a great deal about the man next in line to replace Harry Reid as the Senate Minority Leader in next year’s Congress.

Schumer qualifies for four pages at DiscoverTheNetworks.com (DTN),

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Anti-gun Senator Schumer Calls for Investigation Into iPhone-shaped Gun

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

Senator Charles Schumer

In a news conference on Monday anti-gun Senator Charles Schumer announced he had asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (known as ATF) to investigate a firearm that looks, from a distance, like an Apple iPhone 6. Schumer rolled out all the scary words he could think of in his attempt to describe it: deadly, nefarious, outrageous, threatening, dangerous, and a disaster about to happen:

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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:  

Chicago police car

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:  

American Civil Liberties Union

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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GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Meets With Obama’s SCOTUS Nominee; Calls for Vote

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 30, 2016:  

On Tuesday liberal Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) met with Merrick Garland (see above), President Obama’s nominee to replace deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Afterward Kirk called on other senators to meet with Garland as well, to set the stage for a confirmation vote before the November election.

Reports of the meeting indicated that the topic was the Constitution. Based upon Kirk’s voting record and Garland’s judicial history, it must have been a very short meeting.

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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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Exposing Judge Merrick’s Anti-gun Bias

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 18, 2016:  

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The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States in 2006.

Merrick Brian Garland, nominated by President Obama on Wednesday to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court with the untimely passing of Antonin Scalia, has left footprints. They tell of a judge who isn’t interested in supporting the rights America’s citizens enjoy under the Second Amendment.

In 2007, Garland voted to rescind a D.C. Circuit court’s decision that invalidated Washington D.C.’s strict ban against handgun ownership. That law, which even prohibited guns citizens might keep at home for self-defense, was struck down by a three-judge panel, but Garland voted

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How Hillary Plans to Defeat Donald, and Vice Versa

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 2, 2016:  

Polls taken before and during Super Tuesday show Hillary Clinton maintaining a slight edge over front-running Republican Donald Trump among likely voters in November, but well within the margin of error. Real Clear Politics gives Clinton a “spread” of between 3 and 8 points, down considerably from when Trump first announced his candidacy last summer. Rasmussen Reports shows a slightly wider gap, 41 percent for Clinton versus 36 percent for Trump, but warns that one in every four voters quizzed on Monday and Tuesday still hadn’t made up their minds.

For Ed Rollins, Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager during his reelection efforts in 1984, it’s over: Trump will take the GOP nomination:

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An Atlanta Business Owner Gets It

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 26, 2016:  

Gun-maker Taurus International calls it The Judge “because of the number of judges who carry it into the courtroom for their protection.” Lance Toland calls it a “hand cannon”; perfect as a gift to his employees once they obtain their concealed carry permits.

Six months ago Toland, the owner of a high-end aviation insurance agency in Metro Atlanta, had a heart-to-heart conversation with his long-time employee Mary Brannon, who was about to retire. Brannon is also an NRA instructor and has been carrying a sidearm to work for 30 years. But, asked Toland,

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Business Owner Requires Employees to Carry in the Office

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 25, 2016:  

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Taurus’ The Judge revolver, chambered to fire both .45 Long Colt and .410 Bore shot shells.

After WSBTV aired the story of a business owner in the Atlanta Metro area who requires all of his employees to get a permit and carry a firearm in the office for self-defense, it went viral and reporters inundated him with questions as to his reasoning.

Lance Toland, who founded Lance Toland Associates in 1975, has three offices near downtown Atlanta, staffed and run mostly by professional women. The company insures corporate aircraft and represents a number of main-line aviation insurers.

One of his employees, Mary Brannon, has been with Toland for nearly 30 years and was about to retire. Also an NRA instructor, Brannon talked with Toland about how his employees could best protect themselves in the future.

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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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Following Kalamazoo Shooting, Obama Calls for More Gun Laws, Again

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 23, 2016:  

Compact Glock 19 in 9x19mm Parabellum.

Compact Glock 19 in 9x19mm Parabellum.

Predictably, President Obama saw another opportunity to inveigh against guns following the Kalamazoo shooting last Saturday. On Monday Jason Dalton, the Uber driver charged with the murder of six, waived his right against self-incrimination (his right under the Fifth Amendment) and admitted that he “took people’s lives.”

The same day, while addressing the National Governors Association, the president said:

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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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