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

Seattle Gun & Ammo Tax Appealed to Higher Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 25, 2016:  

Map of Washington highlighting King County

Map of Washington highlighting King County

When Seattle’s city council unanimously passed an ordinance last August taxing guns and ammunition ($25 per firearm and 2¢ to 5¢ per round, depending upon caliber), it was sold as a revenue-raising tactic and not an attack on gun owners’ rights or the Second Amendment. It was sold as a way to raise between $300,000 and $500,000 to “study” gun violence and implement programs to reduce the excessive gun violence in Seattle.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and the National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF), along with some gun owners and gun-store owners, filed suit. They claimed that the tax was in effect a

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Trump vs. Clinton on Gun Control & Second Amendment

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 23, 2016:  

Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, perceived as far back as last October that gun control (i.e., control of people owning guns) would be a key issue in the 2016 presidential election, and Trip Gabriel picked up on it in his comments in the New York Times this weekend. Said Gross: “This issue is at a tipping point. You’re going to hear about it as a differentiator for the first time in decades.… Change is in the air.”

Gabriel is right about one thing:

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Trump Lines up Financial Backers, Gains NRA’s Endorsement

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 23, 2016:  

In a brazen but brilliant marketing move, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made public his list of potential Supreme Court nominees, which were analyzed and pronounced “acceptable” by many of those not yet in Trump’s corner. He managed to secure the blessings — including financial —of several wealthy supporters. He spent time calling on Republican Party insiders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his attempts to enlist their support for his campaign. And then, to cap off the week, he secured the endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA) at its annual convention even before he had said a single word.

In preaching to the choir at the NRA’s convention Friday evening, he took the opportunity to make clear — if clarity was necessary for that partisan audience — how much of a threat he thinks Hillary Clinton would be to gun ownership and the Second Amendment:

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Trump’s Momentum Continues to Build While Hillary Struggles with Bernie

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 23, 2016:

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This photo depicts Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Donald Trump had, simply put, an amazing week. With two billionaires already endorsing him (T. Boone Pickens and Sheldon Adelson), he added several more, including one with enormous credibility in Republican circles. To top it off he was endorsed by the NRA at its annual convention Friday night even before he got to the podium.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand,

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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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Gun Sales Set Records, Likely to Continue

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 6, 2016:

According to the FBI, more than two million gun-purchase background checks were conducted in April, 400,000 more than in April a year ago. In fact, every month since last May, background checks have set new records, putting 2016 on track to beat 2015 for the number of checks conducted by the National Instate Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

In its report the FBI noted that there is no direct one-to-one correlation between background checks and gun sales, but it’s close. Especially if one tracks the performance of stocks of Sturm Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson in the last 12 months.

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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:  

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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:  

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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