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

The Cure for Political Insanity? Vote Them Out

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 23, 2015:

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Albert Einstein. the alleged author of the world’s most overused cliche

According to the slick, sophisticated, progressive Salon magazine, the oldest cliché in journalism is Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. And there’s no proof that Einstein ever said any such thing! But if he had, it would certainly apply to Reps. Steve Israel and Eliot Engel.

Just days after the ATF came to its senses and decided that its proposed ban on “green tip” 5.56 M855 rifle ammunition was just a bridge too far, Israel unleashed a vitriolic barrage at the ATF, calling the decision “cowardly,” “reckless,” and a “cave-in” to the gun lobby. In his attack he dredged up old and long-discredited terms like “cop-killer” bullets and “armor-piercing” ammunition to round out his attack.

Facts don’t matter to Israel. In 38 years the FBI has not

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AG Holder Teaches Idaho Senator a Lesson

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, March 20, 2015: 

Mike Crapo, the senior senator from Idaho, has been around the block more than once. Before being elected to the Senate in 1999, he served as the state’s representative in the House for three terms prior. Before that he served as a state senator, and the state senate president from 1988 to 1992.

It’s safe to say that he’s run into his share of thugs, criminals, and ideologues so that nothing that Eric Holder, soon to be former Attorney General, does would surprise him.

Last fall Crapo and four other senators wrote Holder a nice, polite letter asking him to please

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ATF Drops Proposed Ammo Ban; Agency’s Very Existence Threatened

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 11, 2015:

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The groundswell of public and congressional opposition against the ATF’s proposed ban on 5.56 M855 rifle ammunition was so swift and strong that the agency announced on Tuesday that it was backing down. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was not only bombarded with more than 80,000 negative responses to its latest anti-Second Amendment maneuver, but it also was blasted in Congress, where 238 House members and 52 senators signed letters opposing the ammo ban. Not only that, but legislation has been introduced to abolish the agency.

One of those signing the letter of opposition in the House — the one circulated by Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) — was none other than the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Representative John Culberson (R-Texas). Culberson is a Tea Party favorite and no friend of the ATF, and his committee has jurisdiction over funding for the ATF.

Goodlatte was pleased that the ATF backed down: 

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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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ATF’s Ammo Ban Ignores Facts and Common Sense

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 9, 2015:

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Colt AR-15

President Obama’s official mouthpiece, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, had scarcely uttered his support of the ATF’s pending ban on M855-type AR-15 “green tip” ammunition when much of his statement was exposed as lies and propaganda. Last Monday Earnest told reporters:

[The president] has long believed that there are some common-sense steps that we can take.… This seems to be an area where everyone should agree that if there are armor-piercing bullets available that can fit into easily-concealed weapons, that puts our law enforcement [officers] at considerably more risk.

But Obama’s “beliefs” have little to do with logic or history or experience or support from those law-enforcement officers the ATF’s measure is allegedly supposed to protect. It’s a belief, an ideology, with consequently little support coming from those involved in or closely related to law enforcement.

When asked if any law-enforcement officers had been killed or even wounded by the M855 round fired from a handgun, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sheriff David Clarke responded,

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Barely Half the House Opposes the ATF’s ammo ban

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 9, 2015:

When the 114th Congress was sworn in in January, each member of the House took this oath:

I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

By failing to sign Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s letter to the chairman of the ATF, could one assume that a member of the House is violating his oath of office? After all,

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Florida Court Rules Open Carry Illegal

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 23, 2015: 

Within hours of the ruling by the Fourth District Court in Florida that the state’s prohibition of open carry is constitutional, at least two groups have come out against the ruling, with one of them announcing its intention to file an appeal.

At issue was the arrest in February 2012 of one Dale Norman as he was walking down the streets of Fort Pierce sporting a holstered handgun outside his tank top shirt. The initial investigation revealed that Norman held a newly issued concealed carry permit, but

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ATF Bans Popular Rifle Ammunition It Says Is “Armor-Piercing”

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 16, 2015: 

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

On Friday night President Obama was out on the hustings, raising money for Democrats and confirming that his mandate to change America remains in place. He told those attending a DNC fundraiser at the home of Sandy and Jeanne Robertson in San Francisco — each of whom contributed at least $10,000 to hear the man — that he plans to be very busy during the final two years of his second term: 

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Obama’s ATF bans “green tip” 5.56 mm ball Ammunition

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 16, 2015:

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A collection of 5.56mm caliber ammunition.

All the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (commonly called the ATF) needed was an excuse. With President Obama’s promise that he would, during the remaining two years of his second term, continue his efforts to transform America, and the growing popularity of handguns chambered for the 5.56mm “green tip” NATO ball ammunition, the ATF had two. Although the ATF has been working on banning this inexpensive and consequently very popular round for more than two years, the agency’s announcement on Thursday coincided nicely with Obama’s speech at a Democrat fundraiser in San Francisco the very next day.

Said Obama:

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Modest Government Retrenchment Called “Dramatic”

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Saturday, January 31, 2015:

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Kelsey Harkness, a journalist at The Daily Signal, let her enthusiasm for modest retrenchments at the FDIC override her good judgment, calling them “dramatic.” She was referring to the measures the chairman and the vice chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) promised to make in their efforts to enforce Operation Choke Point. In a phone conversation she had with Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer on Wednesday morning, she heard him say:

We’re very pleased they’ve acknowledged their wrongdoing and they’ve accept our suggestions to put in place measures to stop this activity.

What suggestions, exactly?

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Small Victory in Congressional War Against Operation Chokepoint

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 29, 2015:

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Following a meeting between Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) and the chairman and vice-chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Wednesday morning, the FDIC issued some changes in how it will enforce Operation Chokepoint.  

Luetkemeyer, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, and Representative Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, have focused on the abuses, intimidation, and blackmail tactics used in the Operation Chokepoint program to shut down retail gun shops, along with payday lenders and other businesses suffering from what the Obama administration calls “reputational” risks. 

In what Kelsey Harkness, a journalist at the Daily Signal, called “dramatic steps” in the battle to dismantle the program, she said that Luetkemeyer told her in a telephone conversation: 

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New York State County Sheriff Trashes State’s Handgun Renewals

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 23, 2015:

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Map of New York highlighting Fulton County

The sheriff of Fulton County, New York, Thomas Lorey, made a presentation to some Second Amendment supporters on Friday, January 16. The next day seven minutes of it was posted on YouTube. He told them that Fulton County has been targeted by New York’s state capital, Albany, for a “pilot program” to see if those owning handguns in his county would desire to renew their permits to possess them early, for a small fee of $15. (In New York, one must have a permit to even own a handgun.) He was very against renewing the permits early, or renewing them at all, for that matter. He explained:

I want to set the record straight. Fulton County is one of the pilot counties.… They are going to send out 500 invitations to my county and that’s all they are … invitations.

I’m asking everyone that gets those invitations to throw them in the trash because that is where they belong.

Mike Piccone, the Guns & Gear editor for the conservative blog The Daily Caller, gave a bit of background to the circumstances:

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John Lott Is No Longer Alone: More Guns Do Mean Less Crime

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 31, 2014:

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Recent Status of Shall Issue Laws in America

With degrees from the University of Chicago, Yale, the Wharton School and UCLA in economics, it was clear from the beginning that John Lott wanted to become an academic, burying himself in esoteric econometric modeling for a narrow audience.

It was not to be. Lott became interested in how anti-gunners were using statistical analysis to prove that more guns would mean more crime, which analysis was then used to buttress political agendas to emasculate the Second Amendment.

He decided, in 1998, to write a small book entitled More Guns, Less Crime, to refute that analysis and present his own. As far as gun ownership was concerned, Lott was an agnostic.

When it was published in June, 1998, his book ignited such a firestorm of protest and indignation among the anti-gunners that he was forced to

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More Proof That as Gun Ownership Increases, Violent Crime Decreases

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 30, 2014:

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe raised the ire of conservatives on Monday by proposing a package of gun control measures for the upcoming General Assembly. What irritated them most was that the governor claimed that these measures are designed to “keep people safe” from criminals. McAuliffe might better spend his time perusing the latest update from John Lott, showing that people are keeping themselves safe from criminals by obtaining their concealed carry permits. 

Lott, the author of More Guns, Less Crime noted in a July 9 report for Crime Prevention Research Center that the number of citizens now permitted to carry concealed exceeds 11 million, up from eight million just three years ago. And even that number may be far too conservative: 

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Court Rejects Attempt to “Regulate” Bullets & Shot

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 29, 2014:

 

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A 12 gauge shotgun shell in a transparent plastic hull, allowing the contents to be seen. From left to right: gunpowder, over-powder wad, shot wad, #8 birdshot, and over-shot wad

On Tuesday, December 23 Judge David Tatel of the District of Columbia’s Circuit Court of Appeals rejected another attempt to force the EPA to regulate bullets and shotgun shells out of existence. 

It wasn’t even close. The first time the environmentalist groups sued back in 2010 it was a frontal attack, demanding that the EPA prohibit the “manufacture, processing and distribution in commerce of lead shot [and] bullets.” The petition was thrown out on the basis that the EPA’s rules expressly and unambiguously prohibited the agency from making any such rules regarding bullets and shotgun shells. 

While the lawsuit was portrayed as “concern” for the Trumpeter swan and other creatures that might ingest the highly toxic lead bullets or shot lying on the ground left behind by hunters and shooting sportsmen, many saw it as a backdoor attack on the Second Amendment. 

Tatel had to wade through all the underbrush in order to reach his conclusion:

The EPA had no such power. 

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The Second Amendment continues to Thrive, says Pew Research

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 15, 2014:

Life has lately been hard for the anti-gunners and those opposed to the Second Amendment. According to Pew Research, it isn’t likely to get easier any time soon. For 20 years, Pew has been asking Americans a simple question:

What do you think is more important – to protect the right of Americans to own guns, OR to control gun ownership?

In 1993, the Second Amendment guaranteeing American citizens the right to keep and bear arms had few friends. According to Pew, just 34 percent of those polled thought it was more important than passing more gun control laws, while 57 percent favored more gun control legislation.

Its popularity hit bottom in March, 2000, about a year after the Columbine High School massacre in a Denver suburb, with just 29 percent supporting it compared to 66 percent wanting more controls.

Since then, however, Pew has been measuring a resurgence of support for the beleaguered guarantee,

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Pew Research Shows Increasing Public Support for Gun Rights

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 12, 2014:

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Cover of The Second Amendment by Historian David Barton

On Thursday, just four days before the second anniversary of the horrific Newtown, Connecticut, massacre by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Pew Research released its latest poll on Americans’ view on the Second Amendment versus gun control. To some their conclusions were startling, while to others it was dismaying. The Washington Times reported that Americans’ support for gun rights “is higher than it’s been in decades,” while left-leaning CS Monitor was much more subdued, saying only that “Americans say protecting the rights of gun owners is more important than gun control.”

A closer look at the exact wording of the question that Pew has been asking Americans for 20 years, however, reveals a

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Black Friday Gun Sales Outstripping Government’s Ability to Keep up

This article first appeared at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 1, 2014: 

Leaving a meeting with Vice-President Joe Biden, NRA official Jim Baker told The Daily Caller that Biden said the government simply couldn’t keep up with tracking, following, and monitoring Americans buying guns:

Regarding the lack of prosecutions for lying on the [gun registration] Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or [the] manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, who checks a wrong box, [or] who answers a question inaccurately.

That was before Black Friday virtually inundated the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NCIS). According to the FBI, on Friday background checks were running at

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Gun Sales Triple on Black Friday

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, November 30, 2104:

The national media were full of reports from retailers of Black Friday consumers driving sales to record levels, with some retailers estimating sales jumping 15 to almost 40 percent over last year. Consumers not only took advantage of specials being offered the day after Thanksgiving, but in many cases even shopped on Thanksgiving Day, perhaps foregoing a little turkey and football in the process.

It’s called Black Friday for a very good reason:

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Blowback Against Washington State’s Anti-gun Initiative Just Beginning

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 21, 2014:

Despite opposition from individual gun owners, Washington State sheriffs, the state’s Republican Party, and the National Rifle Association, Initiative 594 passed easily on Tuesday, November 4, by 59 percent to 41 percent, with Bloomberg’s money promoting myths about it.

This makes Washington the seventh state (along with the District of Columbia) to require universal background checks not only on all sales of firearms but on “transfers” as well, even between friends. Washington is the first state to pass such restrictions through a citizen-driven initiative.

Largely unknown to voters, the complex 18-page initiative also greatly expands the state’s handgun registration program, with every sale or transfer of a handgun resulting in

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