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

Some Good News on the Home Gun Front

I live in Colorado Springs, located in El Paso County, and I have some good news to share: the County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) has just issued a position paper in response to the knee-jerk liberals’ attempts to

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Sunday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Funny the media ignored it.

I did find this, however, from the AP which was picked up by Yahoo! News, from Warsaw, Poland:

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Holocaust survivors, politicians, religious leaders and others marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday with solemn prayers and the now oft-repeated warnings to never let such horrors happen again.

Events took place at sites including

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El Paso County Stands Strong Against the Feds!

Minuteman statue at sunset

Minuteman statue at sunset (Photo credit: Muffet)

This is a local issue, but it represents a much larger, much more important issue: pushback against – or more properly, nullification of – unconstitutional federal intrusions into state and local matters where they don’t belong.

This morning, Tuesday, January 22nd, at approximately 9:30AM, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners will be considering, and likely voting favorably for, a “Resolution in Defense of 2nd Amendment Rights.”

As is typical in such a resolution, there are lots of “whereases” but the first “whereas” is the most important:

Whereas, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”…

And then it gets to the good stuff: 

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Pro-Gun Rallies Attended by Thousands at State Capitols

Small Gun Rally

Small Gun Rally (Photo credit: JAYRNIV)

An estimated 20,000 pro-gun enthusiasts braved cold weather and a national media blackout on Saturday to support their rights to own guns, according to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid. This was a grass-roots movement, called Guns Across America, that began, according to the tabloid, when Eric Reed, an airline captain in Houston, decided that a response to the threats to the Second Amendment coming from the Obama administration was demanded. He started a group on Facebook called “More Gun Control = More Crime,” which as of this writing has more than 19,000 “likes.” Most of them kept their promise to show up at state capitols on Saturday.

What Reed wanted to do was to send “a very, very strong message to Congress and to our president that we the people are against any more gun control.” He added,

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MLK, Unjust Laws and the Second Amendment

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deuts...

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I do not honor Martin Luther King Day by taking the day off, and I do not honor MLK. For more information about why I don’t, you can click here to learn about his background. Warning: if you decide to check it out, you won’t like what you find. Forewarned is forearmed.

With that disclaimer out of the way, I was reading King’s letter and thought something he said was relevant to some decisions many of us are making now, or may be forced to make soon, about just how far we’re willing to go to comply with gun control regulations before becoming an outlaw. He was responding to some clergymen who were critical of his “work” in Birmingham:

You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.

Where does the Second Amendment come from? It is a reflection of God’s law that life is a gift from Him, and was expressed perfectly by Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…” If God gave us life, it follows that he intends for us to

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Obama Directs Tax Dollars to Fund Gun Control Groups

Anti-Barack Obama direct mail from NRA

Anti-Barack Obama direct mail from NRA (Photo credit: Kevglobal)

This has been prohibited since 1995 when Bill Clinton was caught using federal funds (taxpayer monies) to promote gun control laws. But not any more. Emily Miller, writing in the Washington Times (no relation, thankfully, to the New York Times), caught something in Obama’s 23 executive orders that I missed. She calls it “a sneaky assault on congressional authority in order to fund gun-control propaganda.”

Buried in his 22-page “explanation” of his 23 executive orders is funding to the Centers for Disease Control to prove that gun violence is a mental illness. She quotes The King:

While year after year, those who oppose even modest gun-safety measures have  threatened to defund scientific or medical research into the causes of gun violence, I will direct the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to go ahead and  study the best ways to reduce it.

Notes Miller, “under the terms of the memo, CDC may ‘sponsor’ another entity to conduct the research, which is a handy way of funneling taxpayer cash to

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NYT Wrong—Again—on Gun Control

Brady Campaign

Brady Campaign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Times editorial board, a collective effort of liberals who write for the mouthpiece of the establishment, has written about how the states are responding to Obama’s gun control orders. They look at what’s happening in the states, just as I do, and come out on the exact opposite end, concluding that what the states are doing is just awful.

Let’s look:

Republicans introduced a bill in the Wyoming Legislature to block any federal limitation on firearms, such as an assault weapons ban. A federal agent seeking to enforce such a ban would be guilty of a felony and face five years in prison…

A similar bill filed in Tennessee would also make federal gun enforcement a state crime…

Inevitably, a bill like Wyoming’s has been filed in Texas. And, in Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant announced that [his] state would block federal gun measures.

I consider each of these as worthy efforts. It’s based on the premise that the states are sovereign, and granted limited powers to the federal government under the Constitution. The Second Amendment was put in place to make sure that the

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Resistance to the President’s Gun Control Plan Continues to Build

Admitting that passing his ambitious plan to rein in shooting incidents like the one that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut last month would “be difficult,” President Obama published a 22-page explanation of exactly what he has in mind. There are “four common-sense steps we can take right now,” according to the White House blog. The two steps meeting the most resistance are:

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de l’audace, encore de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace

“Audacity, more audacity, and ever more audacity” is Merriam-Webster’s definition of The One’s proclamation yesterday about how he’s going to protect the little ones by taking increasingly drastic measures against those who had nothing to do with the shootings in Aurora or Newtown or anywhere else. The target isn’t making the kiddoes safer, but

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Wounded Knee and disarming citizens

Two caveats here: I don’t normally comment on articles written anonymously. I want to know who wrote it and what his or her agenda might be. Secondly I don’t normally link to websites that I’ve never heard of before. This time I’m breaking both rules because

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New Gun Control Laws Will Go Nowhere

Biden wants inoperable "smart guns",...

(Photo credit: Robert Reed Daly)

It takes awhile, but eventually reality sets in. Biden’s attempt to enact new restrictions on gun ownership will die ‘aborning. It took Reuters (a liberal paper in Great Britain) to see that reality.  From Reuters,

Even some congressional Democrats indicated that a bill to revive the U.S. assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 would have a difficult time winning passage in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate.

Liberal Democrat Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, who sports a dismal Freedom Index rating of just 35 out of 100, won’t be voting for it: “An assault weapons stand-alone ban – on just guns alone … in the political reality that we have today, will not go anywhere.” What’s interesting is that, when it comes to guns and the Second Amendment, Manchin is taking the NRA’s position, most likely for political survival purposes. He also happens to be

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Amazing Nullification News from Wyoming

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A modest little bill, H.B. 0104, called the “Firearms Protection Act” has the potential to re-ignite the whole states’ rights issue that  many think was long settled by the Civil War. All it says is this:

Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.

That’s all. Simple. Easy. Clear. And profoundly important in the freedom fight. Alex Newman, writing for The New American, says it exactly right. This is “nullification legislation that would void unconstitutional infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, even providing prison time for any federal agents who may try to enforce Washington, D.C., gun control in the state.”

The key word here is

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How I’m learning to love Mayor Bloomberg and Senator Schumer

And it’s not because I’m originally from the east coast, either. As my bumper sticker used to say: “I’m not a native but I got here as fast as I could.” No, it’s because their actions are wonderfully self-defeating. Bring it on!

They want to ban guns. More precisely they want to keep private citizens from

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Register hammers and clubs!

That’s the answer. According to the FBI, more people are killed each year with hammers and clubs than with rifles. In looking at the stats from 2005 through 2011, the number of people murdered using hammers and clubs

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The San Antonio Theater Shooting the Media Ignored

Non Violence Gun Sculptute. Caen Memorial (3)

Non Violence Gun Sculptute. Caen Memorial (3) (Photo credit: Gouldy99)

At approximately 9:25PM on Sunday night, December 16th, just two days after the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Jesus Manuel Garcia, age 19, entered the China Garden restaurant across the mall from the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 theater complex in San Antonio, Texas, looking for his ex-girlfriend. Angered that she had just broken up with him, he sent her a text message that he planned to go to the restaurant where she worked and “shoot somebody.”

Before she could warn patrons at the restaurant Garcia entered and started shooting. One bullet slightly wounded one patron while others scattered out the exit doors and headed for the safety of the theater lobby across the mall. Garcia chased them and continued shooting.

This got the attention of an off-duty security guard, Bexar County sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa Castellano, who chased Garcia to the back of the theater where he ducked into the men’s room. When he emerged, Castellano shot him four times which immediately and effectively ended the threat. Garcia was handcuffed with the help of another off-duty officer and was taken to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Garcia was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and his bail was set at $1 million.

In reporting the incident, the local CBS affiliate tried to link the shooting with

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Obama Administration to Ramp up Limits on Gun Ownership

Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, President Obama confirmed his intentions to infringe on peoples’ Second Amendment rights in his eulogy for the victims on Sunday night following the attack:

We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We can’t accept events like this as routine.

Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?

If we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change.

To the Washington Post writers covering the event, this was a

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National Rifle Association responds to the Connecticut shooting

Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association (NRA), explained his delay in responding to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in Friday’s press conference that “Out of respect for those grieving families, and until the facts are known, the NRA has refrained from comment. While some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain, we have remained respectfully silent.”

LaPierre then said:

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Another turncoat on the Second Amendment

Joe Scarborough has sold out. How do I know this? Because Chuck Baldwin and Michael Bloomberg have said so. In yesterday’s column Baldwin recounts his personal history with Scarborough:

This is the same Joe Scarborough who was elected to Congress in 1994 from the First Congressional District of Florida. He ran as a staunch pro-Second Amendment conservative. He was elected to Congress by staunch Pro-Second Amendment conservatives. Now, Scarborough is joining the chorus of the anti-gun left by adding his voice for more gun control.

At one time, Joe and I were fairly close. I hosted a prominent radio talk show in Joe’s district at the time and did everything I could do to help him win that US House seat. At one time, Joe, and several members of his family, verbalized to me that had it not been for my support, he would not have won his congressional seat. At the time, I was proud to do it.

And then Scarborough got the Godfather offer:

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Here come the anti-gunners

They’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this. Now that the election is over, the real anti-gun politicians are showing their true colors, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association. In his speech on the Senate floor earlier this week, Reid said:

As President Obama said last night, no one law can erase evil. No policy can prevent a determined madman from committing a senseless act of violence, but we need to accept the reality that we are not doing enough to protect our citizens. In the coming days and weeks, we will engage in a meaningful conversation and thoughtful debate about how to change laws and culture that allow violence to grow.

It’s revealing that not only does he want to “change” the laws but also the culture. I wonder how he intends to do that?

Reid isn’t alone.

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More questions without answers in Connecticut

Some say I am blessed (others say cursed) with a skeptical mind and an undying curiosity about how things work, especially in the political realm. I posed some questions last Saturday, rhetorical to be sure, but others with a sharper sense and more incisive mind have raised more. Anthony Wile of The Daily Bell has uncovered one of those “others”

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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.