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’s Reelection May Lead to Gun Confiscation

Arms Trade Treaty Banana Shootout

Arms Trade Treaty Banana Shootout (Photo credit: Eyes on Rights)

Pastor Chuck Baldwin is long past being polite and pulling his punches. In his latest newsletter he reminds us that people are beginning to become restless. The petitions on secession are mounting in numbers daily, and he thinks that’s a good thing. Not that they will have any impact whatsoever:

Does anyone believe that these states are really going to secede from the union? Of course not. At least, not yet. Citizen petitions are just that. In order for a State to secede it would have to be formally declared by an act of the State’s legislature and governor. Good luck finding many of those.

But they do represent a stirring of discontent which could be the beginning of something much bigger and more ominous. Baldwin thinks that Obama is going to be successful in ramming the UN small arms treaty through the Senate, which is the next step to enforced confiscation. He sees it coming,

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Obama’s Support for the UN Arms Treaty is Back On

The 2nd Amendment: America's Original Homeland...

The 2nd Amendment: America’s Original Homeland Security (Photo credit: afagen)

Less than 24 hours after being reelected, the president has taken the gloves off. Obama supports the UN gun control treaty but put his support “on hold” until after the election. He didn’t want to give Romney any more ammunition (so to speak) about Obama’s anti-Second Amendment intentions. Here’s the lead:

Last July, the U.N. General Assembly  began formal discussion of the Arms Trade Treaty [UNATT], which seeks to establish “common international standards for the import, export and transfer of  conventional arms…

Gun rights supporters blasted the treaty as it inched toward approval, and many  suspected U.S. procedural maneuvers were intended to delay the treaty so it wouldn’t become a topic of discussion during the election.

Naturally, the White House intones that it’s just a coincidence, and besides, the arms treaty doesn’t

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Obama Unleashed

The Debt StarAs if he ever intended to pull his punches in his continuing drive to establish a totalitarian state in America, newly reelected Obama has wasted no time in extending and expanding his illegitimate powers. As Mike Adams (one of the more astute and insightful of writers I try to read daily) noted in his daily blog on Wednesday:

He’s the one who issued an executive order claiming  government ownership over all farms and farm equipment, in case you forgot  that little fact.

He’s also the guy who just  recently issued an executive order merging Homeland Security with local  corporate entities to grant the executive branch of government a power  monopoly over the nation, bypassing the courts and Congress. You probably  haven’t even heard about that one, because he secretly signed it during  Hurricane Sandy.

From there, Adams speculates on Obama’s second term and his continuing attack on our freedoms:

  1. He sees an expansion of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the surveillance state by setting up arbitrary “check points” on roadways, at sporting events, at shopping malls, and other “surprise” locations. He expects to see even more belligerent and invasive  behaviors, conditioning us for the coming police state.
  2. He expects secret arrests of American citizens and even “kill orders” to be issued against his political opponents.
  3. He anticipates additional government spending without limit, the current debt ceiling notwithstanding.
  4. He thinks our foods will increasingly be modified genetically (GMO) while attempts to let consumers know about them will be overridden and rejected.
  5. He is sure that health care will look more and more like a government agency, with mandatory vaccinations and the war against raw milk continuing.
  6. His push to emasculate the Second Amendment will drive gun and ammunition sales much higher, along with prices for them. It’s interesting to note that Wednesday’s selloff in the stock market didn’t include shares of Ruger and Smith & Wesson, both of which rose substantially.
  7. He expects to see continued and accelerating disregard for the niceties contained in the Bill of Rights.
  8. Government expansion will include increases in food stamps and other entitlement programs.
  9. He expects more and more large employers to move their operations offshore to avoid the onerous demands and mandates under Obamacare which is now firmly cemented into place as a result of the election.
  10. Preppers and veterans will increasingly be targets for reprisals, with the government calling them “potential terrorists” for engaging in what he calls “fundamental preparedness strategies” such as storing water, food, medicines and ammunition.

There are millions of us who see clearly, some perhaps for the first time, exactly what’s coming. Adams just sees over the horizon a little farther than most.

The Not-So-Lame Duck Session

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 12, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Phyllis Schlafly, a long-time activist and freedom fighter, just turned 88 in August, and is just as vigorous and vociferous in her views as ever. One of her concerns is that the lame duck session of the Senate could vote to approve one or more of those vicious UN treaties that haven’t been getting much attention in the mainstream media. Schlafly knows the score, and who’s behind the push:

The globalists have been plotting to use the volatility of this lame-duck session to achieve some of their internationalist goals that they couldn’t get passed during the last four years. In particular, they would like to lock us into treaties that slice out various parts of our national sovereignty, a concept that they have been trying to promote as obsolete.

One of the major pieces of a national sovereignty which the “globalists” consider as obsolete – actually more of an an impediment – is the Second Amendment:

The globalists could make a surprise treaty push for ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (UNATT). This treaty is coming under the radar since gun control advocates know it could never pass the U.S. Senate after debate in broad daylight.

The gun control advocates assume that private ownership of guns is inherently dangerous. They hope they can achieve their goal of prohibiting private ownership by the covert strategy of a treaty with vague language, and, so far, they have been successful in avoiding media attention.

But this isn’t the only treaty that could be presented to

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Obama’s Second Term and the Second Amendment

Statuesque Obama

Obama (Photo credit: jurvetson)

I’m taking literary license here, writing this on Election Day, so I don’t know if the Annointed One will capture a second term. But this from Katie Pavlich is a good reminder, regardless of who is president. Pavlich, as you may remember, wrote a devastating expose, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Shameless Cover-Up, about which I did a review.

Here, she posits his reelection, and reminds us of Obama’s promise:

During the second presidential debate of 2012, President Barack Obama said, “What I’m trying to do is get a broader conversation about how we reduce the violence generally. Part of it, is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.”

Obama is strongly opposed to concealed carry, has supported gun owner licensing and gun registration and voted to ban semi-automatic rifles, handguns and ammunition during his time in the Illinois State Senate. He even voted for the criminal prosecution of those who use a firearm in self-defense. (my emphasis)

She reminds us of the potential for mischief during

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BATFE Empowered to Override the Constitution

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Seal of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after it moved to the Department of Justice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Justice Department under Obama is no friend of the Second Amendment. It has just issued, on its own authority, a new rule allowing the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) to help themselves to your guns without a warrant. As Nita Chei, a writer at the Washington Times, explains:

The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due  process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice  Department granted the Bureau  of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)  authority to “seize and administratively forfeit property involved in  controlled-substance abuses.” That means government can grab firearms and other  property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any  crime.

What this does is dispense altogether with the need for a search warrant as required under the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Under the rule, the items to be seized are

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Democrats Hate the Second Amendment

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Guns and Roses (Photo credit: wallyg)

Need proof? This comes directly from the Democrat Party platform:


We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms.

We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation.

We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms.

We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements–like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole–so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few. (my emphasis)

The intent and purpose are obvious: anything that looks like a military assault weapon, even if it is more accurately described as semi-automatic, is subject to ban, including

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Call 911 But Carry a 1911

M1911 A1 pistol in .45 ACP by Remington

M1911 A1 pistol in .45 ACP by Remington (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is another example, exasperatingly but predictably missing from the nightly news, of how the Second Amendment saves lives. Imagine what went through this 12-year-old girl’s mind when a thug entered her home after kicking in the back door. Imagine what would go through yours if one entered yours.

Here is what happened:

Frantically, she called her mother who advised her to grab their household gun, hide in the closet, and call 911.

The intruder made his way through the house, and as he was opening the door of the closet, the young girl

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Obama earns an “F” from the National Rifle Association

Anti-Barack Obama direct mail from NRA

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

This falls into the category of “so what else is new?” Of course the National Rifle Association (NRA) gives Obama an “F” because they have looked at his legislative record going all the way back to 1996, including his denials and dismissals concerning where he really stands on gun ownership and the Second Amendment.

Most people familiar with his record might be surprised, however, at just how consistently anti-gun (anti-freedom) he really is. Here’s a quick summary that answers the question about his “F” rating:

  • Why did Obama ban 1 million collectors grade Korean War Rifles from being imported and sold to citizens?
  • Why did Obama want to scrap military brass casings rather than sell them to reloading companies as has always been done?
  • Why does Obama support a federal assault weapons ban?
  • Why doesn’t Obama talk tough and make DC submit to the ruling of the supreme court and allow citizens the right to own handguns instead of letting them sidestep the ruling?
  • Why did Obama attempt to use ‘fast and furious’ as an anti gun prop to push for anti gun legislation?
  • Why does Obama support banning magazines over 10 rounds?
  • Why did Obama change our position in the UN and support the UN small arms treaty (gun banning legislation) once he came to office?

Here is some of his record, going back to 1996: 

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A Reminder of How Tenuous the Second Amendment Is

John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court justice.

John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court justice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens spoke on Monday in Washington at a luncheon hosted by the virulently anti-gun group, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and reminded us of just how tenuous the hold the Supremes have on our precious Second Amendment rights.

Stevens wrote dissents to both of the Court’s recent decisions supporting those rights, and noted that even Justice Scalia in his assent to those decisions, Scalia “left the door open to regulations regarding who can carry guns and where, and what kinds of guns are lawful.”

Stevens added: “The fact that Congress doesn’t address [gun violence], I find mind-boggling, to tell you the truth.”

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of

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3-D Printing Technology Soon to Allow Printing Guns at Home

3D Printed Gun

3D Printed Gun (Photo credit: Pete Prodoehl)

Cody Wilson, a 24-year-old law student at the University of Texas, believes in the free flow of information and created a company to promote it. He went online to raise some capital for his idea, using a crowd funding website, IndieGoGo, which has funded more than 100,000 campaigns in areas such as music, charity, films and small business startups.

But when IndieGoGo got word of the kind of information Wilson wanted to offer for free, they closed his site and refunded the contributors’ money.

His information? Blueprints for making guns at home using 3-D printers.

Wilson refused to be deterred and created an Internet “collective” called Defense Distributed, where Wilson, in a seven-minute video, explains

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Gun Sales Spiking Thanks to Obama, “Preppers” and Even Zombies!

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After gunmaker Smith & Wesson announced late Thursday afternoon, September 6, that their sales had jumped by nearly 50 percent from a year ago, the company’s share price rocketed from $9 to $11 within minutes of the opening of trading on Friday morning.

Specifically, the company announced that sales were up 48.3 percent from the same quarter last year and that profits had nearly doubled. In addition, its backlog of orders jumped more than 163 percent, causing Jeffrey Buchanan, Smith & Wesson’s chief financial officer, to raise the company’s expectations for 2013:

Based on our stronger than anticipated first quarter, [and] current consumer orders for our products … we are increasing our full year 2013 financial guidance.

S&W’s announcement followed a similar announcement by Sturm, Ruger & Company — better known simply as Ruger — on August 20 that the gunmaker was on schedule to beat last year’s record of 1,114,700 firearms produced in a year, having already made one million of them by

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Our Constitution is Gun Control On Government

George Reisman: Gun Control — on the Government’s Guns

Literally everything the government does is ultimately a threat to point a gun at someone and use it if necessary. If this were not the case, the law, regulation, ruling, or whatever, would be without force or effect. People would be free to ignore it if they wished. Because of the government’s implicit threat to use deadly force to uphold its decisions, any meaningful program of gun control must above all focus on strictly controlling and regulating the activities of the government. (emphasis in the original)

Summer's End. Lexington Green, 11 September 20...

Summer’s End. Lexington Green, 11 September 2002. Photo taken in Minute Man National Historical Park. Sculpture : “Minuteman” by sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson (1863-1947), dedicated April 19, 1900. Erected 1899 : SIRIS (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think Reisman makes a very good point here, one that we tend to forget. George Washington said it well: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire, it is both a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

The Constitution is designed to control government, and its guns.

Reisman adds:

The threat of deadly force is implicitly present in every law, regulation, ruling, or decree that emanates from any government office, at any level. The threat of such force is what compels obedience on the part of the citizens.

Even such an innocuous offense as a parking violation is capable of resulting in death if a person persists in not paying the fine imposed and, when ultimately confronted with arrest, resists by physically defending himself.

He’s very good at explaining what the Constitution really does: it controls the government’s guns:

Our entire Constitution and Bill of Rights are essential measures of gun control — this time, gun control directed against the government.

For example, the First Amendment prohibits the government from using its guns to abridge the freedoms of speech or press.

The Second Amendment prohibits the government from using its guns to abridge the freedom of the citizen to keep and bear arms.

Indirectly, the Second Amendment also operates to limit the government’s use of its guns to abridge freedom in general. This is because, in our system of checks and balances, an armed citizenry constitutes a check on the possibility of the government becoming tyrannical and attempting to use its power to threaten the citizens’ lives and property. It should be understood as protecting a balance between the power remaining in the hands of the people and the power they have delegated to their government.

Indeed, the language of the Second Amendment — “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” — should be understood in this way.

Thanks for the reminder.

The Lamestream Media Misleads on Assault Rifles

John C. Goodman: The Truth About Guns

What disqualified a weapon (when the short-lived assault weapons ban was in effect) was looking like a military weapon. The offensive features included plastic stocks, extended ammunition clips, collapsible butt-stocks, and other decorative devices that made them look like, but not operate as, a fully functional assault rifle. (my emphases)

Semi automatic rifle FN FS2000

Semi automatic rifle FN FS2000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My thanks to John Goodman for explaining this. Gun manufacturers like to sell guns just like Dodge likes to sell pickup trucks. They find that the more “masculine” they make them look, the more people buy them. That’s why the term “Dodge Ram” with a husky voice-over on their TV ads is so deliberate. They’re selling the dream, not the reality.

And so is the media. If enough people can be deceived into thinking that anyone can go into a store and buy a fully automatic, 600-rounds-per-minute true military assault rifle without raising an eyebrow, then that becomes “their” reality. And the demand for further restrictions is the natural, if misguided and misinformed, result.

To make it even clearer, Goodman quotes Steve Chapman:

Assault [rifles] are functionally indistinguishable from ordinary semiautomatic hunting rifles. They don’t fire more rapidly, they don’t deliver more lethal rounds, and they don’t spray bullets. They only look like military arms.

The misleading is deliberate in my opinion. The media wants us to think machine guns can be bought down at the local hardware store without difficulty. But that not only isn’t true, it hasn’t been true in this country for 80 years.

But some 250,000 machine guns are owned by Americans: those who have gone to the trouble, and the expense, of obtaining a special government permit. Question: how many of those machine guns have actually been involved in a crime over the past 80 years? NONE! Not one! But to hear the media tell it…well, you get the idea.

There’s more to this excellent article. I hope you read it. This will confirm that the MSM is not on our side.

A Second Amendment Refresher

Michael Scheuer: To President Obama: The 2nd Amendment is about fighting tyranny, not hunting deer

At day’s end, then, the 2nd Amendment exists to permit American citizens to perform the “duty” Jefferson describes by resisting and defeating with arms a federal government that knowingly produces a “train of abuses and usurpations” that is designed “to reduce them under absolute Despotism.”

Tree Of Liberty

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” -Thomas Jefferson (Photo credit: CmdrGravy)

I’d never heard of Michael Scheuer, the author of this fine article, until today. His Wikipedia entry is seven printed pages long and tells us that he is a former CIA officer (who obviously decided to “come in from the cold”) and is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security. Normally that would make me nervous, but here it reinforces my belief that this guy knows what he’s talking about. Not everyone who teaches at Georgetown is a traitor, thankfully.

He posits a series of “what ifs” in his article, and then asks rhetorically, what would you do?

[What if] multiple U.S. presidents take the United States to war without the formal declaration of war irrefutably demanded by the U.S. Constitution, and then intentionally fail to win the wars they start and so kill thousands of America‘s soldier-children for nothing?

[What if] senior elected officials in both parties, as well as senior federal bureaucrats constantly leak highly classified intelligence information to advance their partisan interests and thereby knowingly undermine U.S. national security?

[What it] presidents and attorney generals from both parties pick and choose what laws they will enforce, in direct and flagrant violation of the oath to execute all laws that the Constitution mandates they swear on taking office?

[What if] the federal government so overspends the public treasury that the national debt can never be repaid, and that in funding the debt it also compromises U.S. independence and citizens’ economic well-being via massive borrowing from malign foreign powers and by exacting half-a-year’s wages from each American taxpayer?

Well, you get the idea. After exploring rhetorically several other “what ifs,” Scheuer gets to the point:

If the sorry day ever dawns when one or more of the above depredations occur, I would suggest Americans might well think about taking recourse to the arms guaranteed them by the 2nd Amendment, arms with which to defend their liberty, economic welfare, national independence, and their Constitution’s viability.

Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Scheuer. The Second Amendment, as they say, “ain’t about duck huntin’.”

Eating the Establishment Elephant One Bite at a Time

Newsmax: Texas GOP Chooses Tea Party-Backed Cruz for Senate

Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz scored a stunning upset over a longtime Texas state officeholder in a Republican U.S. Senate primary runoff on Tuesday, transforming Cruz into a national conservative star and marking a resurgence of the movement to shrink the size of U.S. government.

Cruz, 41, a former state solicitor general who has never held elected office, became the third insurgent Republican this year to defeat an establishment Republican in a U.S. Senate primary.

He scored a surprisingly comfortable victory with about 56 percent of the vote to about 44 percent for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who a year ago was considered the front-runner.

Republican Elephant - 3D Icon

Republican Elephant – 3D Icon (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

This is how we reverse the push towards totalitarianism and martial law in our country: focusing on races “we” can win and ignoring those we can’t.

I’m no political expert but for me the presidential election is inconsequential. The real battle is in the Congress. And Cruz is just one of three recent “freedom candidates” to win their primaries, with excellent chances of winning again in November.

The other two are Steve Stockman, running for the House from the newly redrawn 36th District in Texas, and Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia’s 10th Congressional District.

Here is what Gun Owners of America had to say about them:

Steve Stockman, as a Congressman in the mid-1990s, drafted legislation to repeal gun control laws from the books.  Rep. Stockman also opposed every single attempt to restrict your gun rights, earning a perfect A+ rating from GOA and every national gun group in the country.  Like Cruz, he will be a powerful advocate for 2nd Amendment rights…

And then there is Rep. Paul Broun in Georgia.  For the past several years, he has been THE pro-gun leader in the House of Representatives.  As the head of the Second Amendment Task Force in Congress, Broun has used his platform to advance pro-gun legislation and rally opposition against gun control.

All three are favored to win in November. As I said, one bite at a time.

Just Exercising His Second Amendment Rights

Observer & Eccentric: Gun Case Raises Firearm Law Concerns

Combs just graduated high school in June and had received the long gun—a vintage 1942 M1 Garand .30 caliber combat rifle—as a gift from one of his brothers on his 18th birthday.

In his testimony, Combs said he decided to walk around with the rifle to exercise his civil rights.

“I was just exercising my rights,” he testified. “Freedom of expression, freedom of speech.”

The M1 Garand rifle, typical of the Second Wor...

The M1 Garand rifle, typical of Second World War era weaponry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We need more people like this, willing to step up and exercise their rights. This young man may have been injudicious—inexperienced in the ways of the world, perhaps—but he certainly had the right idea.

I remember seeing a bumper sticker not too long ago: “It’s OK. I wasn’t exercising those rights anyway.”  Well, I don’t think so. Use ‘em or lose ‘em.

More from the article:

Michigan is an open carry state that does not require a person to produce ID when stopped by the police. In this case, however, the three officers involved in the arrest each testified they wanted to see some ID from Combs because he did not appear to be 18, the legal age to openly carry a firearm.

When he refused to produce ID, they arrested him. He was charged with brandishing a firearm in public, disturbing the peace and obstructing a police officer. Judge Marc Barron of the 48th District Court dismissed the third charge on a lack of evidence.

Here’s the point. He was exercising his second amendment rights. The police claimed that he didn’t look to be 18 years old. But you and I both know that they were nervous about anybody—anybody—just walking around exercising their rights to open carry. This can’t happen!  This must be stopped!  Who do these people think they are? It just isn’t right! We must do something!

Good for Sean Michael Combs. May his number increase.

Bill O’Reilly Goes Off the Deep Left End

Doug Giles: O’Reilly is O’Really in Left Field on the Guns and Ammo Issue

O’Reilly: “Anyone who sells a heavy weapon or ammo should be compelled to report the sale to the FBI. It’s a felony if you don’t. That’s what we should have in the USA and it just makes sense in this age of terrorism. Right now some gun dealers do background checks but nobody reports the sale of heavy weapons like AK-47s to the feds. That’s insane.”

Bill O'Reilly - Caricature

Bill O’Reilly – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

What’s really insane is O’Reilly’s ridiculous statement that people should be compelled to report the sale of a “heavy weapon.” O’Reilly has the annoying frequent tendency to promote a leftist “meme” while cloaked in conservative aura. But this really is too much.

Watch the video now.

First, what exactly is a “heavy weapon?” Is this an anti-tank gun or a 50 caliber machine gun? No. He refers instead to the AK-47, a semi-automatic (one shot per trigger squeeze) rifle that shoots the 7.62x39mm cartridge. This cartridge has the same “ballistic profile” as the common .30-30 Winchester round. Many manufacturers make this rifle but no one can buy it from a gun shop without a background check.

As a supposedly great researcher, O’Reilly certainly must know this. And yet he says “some gun dealers do background checks but nobody reports the sale of heavy weapons like AK-47s to the feds.” Sorry, Bill. Yes they do. Every purchaser must complete Federal Form 4473, which asks the purchaser about any criminal history and citizenship, and which also records the type, model number, manufacturer and serial number of the rifle being purchased. Every gun dealer is required to complete this form for every rifle purchased. If he fails to do so, he faces serious charges and perhaps some jail time. And, yes, Bill, this is a federal form. It goes to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—the BAFTE—but you already know that, don’t you Bill?

And so why the misinformation, Bill? Since you no doubt know all this things, you must have an agenda. What is that agenda, Bill? Are you promoting the same line that gun-controllers are promoting—more, tighter, more invasive and restrictive rights to own guns? Is that your agenda, Bill?

Gee, and I thought you were a good “conservative.”

How Armed Citizens Thwart Thugs

Larry Elder: Yes, Guns Kill, But How Often Are They Used in Self-Defense?

Professor Emeritus James Q. Wilson, the UCLA public policy expert, says: “We know from Census Bureau surveys that something beyond 100,000 uses of guns for self-defense occur every year. We know from smaller surveys of a commercial nature that the number may be as high as 2 1/2 or 3 million. We don’t know what the right number is, but whatever the right number is, it’s not a trivial number.”

English: Larry Elder

Larry Elder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Statistics don’t work for me unless they’re personalized. As Joseph Stalin once said: “The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of a million is a statistic.”

So Elder, in his column, personalizes the statistics of armed citizens:

In Pearl, Miss., a gunman who killed two students and wounded seven at a high school was stopped by an assistant principal, who rushed to his car and got his gun. The assistant principal, running back with his .45, spotted the rifle-carrying shooter in the parking lot. Ordering the teen to stop, the vice principal held his gun to the shooter’s neck until police arrived.


In Salt Lake City, a man purchased a knife in a grocery store, walked outside and stabbed and critically injured two men. He was threatening others, when a store patron with a concealed weapons permit drew his gun, forced the attacker to the ground and held him until police arrived.


In Grundy, Va., a disgruntled student on the verge of his second suspension at Appalachian School of Law shot and killed the dean, a professor and a fellow student. Two students, both off-duty peace officers, ran to their cars, retrieved their guns and used them to halt the attack.

There, that personalizes it. That should offset some of the moaning and weeping emanating from the disaster in Aurora. Something should have happened to keep this monster from carrying out his mission. Just one, with a gun, could have ended the situation quietly, and the rest of the folks could just go back to watching the movie!

NRA Goes to Bat in Chicago

NRA-ILA Legal Update- June 2012

In perhaps the clearest case in the country addressing the right to bear arms outside the home for self-defense, oral arguments took place June 8 in Chicago, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Shepard v. Madigan involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and trained gun owner with no criminal record, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida.  Unfortunately, she has no legal way to do so in Illinois as soon as she steps away from her home or place of business.  The National Rifle Association is funding this case, and our state affiliate, the Illinois State Rifle Association, is a co-plaintiff on behalf of its members who share Mrs. Shepard’s plight.

National Rifle Association

National Rifle Association (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mary Shepard was attacked while working at her church in 2009 by a 245-pound thug and nearly killed. She suffered massive injuries that required numerous surgeries and she still suffers today. No wonder she wants the freedom to carry outside of her home, for self-defense.

But Illinois is having none of it. After all, the government knows best how to protect people. And “guns kill people.” And they just can’t have people running around with guns in their pockets or on their hips just waiting for trouble!

Illinois’ argument is false, and provably so. And the NRA, in its brief, made that clear:

Illinois is the only state in the Union that flatly forbids law-abiding citizens from carrying operable firearms in public for self-defense.  Illinois attempts to defend this ban as a public safety measure, asserting that mayhem would ensue if law-abiding citizens were licensed to bear weapons in public.

The inconvenient truth that every other state in the nation allows some form of public carriage of firearms by at least some private, law-abiding citizens—and does so without fostering the mayhem forecast by the Defendants here—gives the lie to Illinois’s pleas that firearms in the hands of any and all law-abiding citizens are uniquely a threat to public safety in this state, even if nowhere else in America.

Hopefully the three-judge panel hearing the case will decide in favor of Shepard, and be done with it. But this, of course, is Illinois, the land of Obama and Rahm Emanuel and other government thugs who care little about facts. Good for the NRA in funding this effort.

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