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

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",...

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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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Why not arm the teachers?

On Saturday morning I wrote about my immediate reactions to the Connecticut school shooting and asked rhetorically who was to blame. Among others I blamed the teachers. Why wasn’t anyone armed? Did they not conceive of such a threat to their charges?

I didn’t realize it at the time (having not read anything but the headlines) but

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Some initial thoughts on the shooting in Connecticut

When I first learned of the shooting, I became angry: angry that such a horrid thing could happen, angry that it gave gun-grabbers another opportunity to wrest essential rights from the rest of us. Then I became frustrated that there is so little I could do, so little I could have done, to prevent such a tragedy.

I have not read anything more than the headlines. I have not read what other people think about the matter. So consider the following

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Another small victory for the Second Amendment

The decision by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is being touted as an overwhelming victory by supporters and a disaster by those opposed to the Second Amendment. Both are wrong. It is instead

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Homicides in Chicago to Establish a New Record in 2012 – Who’s to Blame?

Chicago is about to set a new record for violence, according to the Chicago Tribune. In the first eleven months of this year, homicides have risen from 398 a year ago to more than 480 at the end of November, with some predicting a new record of 500 before the end of the year.

Some have blamed the weather, including Jeremy Gorner, the Chicago Tribune reporter, who said that they “skyrocketed amid unseasonably warm weather,” while others say that the real rate of homicide in the windy city has actually declined recently thanks to “gang audits” being conducted by Chicago police. Robert Tracy of CPD said “I think we’ve done a very good job with that.”

The inevitable college professor tried to explain that the increase in homicides is all just a statistical aberration. Arthur Lurigio, a professor of criminal justice at Loyola University Chicago, was actually quoted as saying: “Last year’s total was markedly low, so we should expect an uptick this   year simply because statistics fluctuate…”

Bob Costas, the NBC sports commentator, explained that he thinks crime  can be traced to a “gun culture.” In defending what many considered to be improper remarks about the shooting by Jovan Belcher, a Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker, Costas tried to explain:

What I was talking about here – and I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear to everybody – was a gun culture…

It demonstrates itself in the Wild West, Dirty Harry mentality of people who actually believe that if a number of people were armed in the theater in Aurora, [Colorado], they would have been able to take down this nut-job in body armor and military-style artillery.

It plays itself out in the inner cities where teenage kids are somehow armed to the hilt. And it plays itself in the sports world where young athletes are disproportionately armed.

Katie Pavlich thinks that Costas is right, sort of. She thinks there are two cultures in America: the “peaceful, traditional” gun culture, and the “violent” gun culture found in gangs in Chicago and elsewhere:

The first gun culture is deeply seated in American history and her founding. Founding Fathers like George Washington understood that an armed citizenry would prevent government tyranny, which is why we have the Second Amendment…

The other gun culture in America can be found in the inner city of Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and others. Ironically, violent gun culture is found within gangs in cities with the strictest gun laws.

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), blames Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago’s city council for the increase in homicides:

Rahm Emanuel has some blood on his hands. He and the city council have done everything possible to prevent law-abiding Chicago residents from exercising their restored Second Amendment rights in the two years since the Supreme Court’s landmark McDonald ruling.

Just four days after that ruling the city council adopted the Responsible Gun Owners Ordinance which required prospective gun owners to take a firearm safety course at a gun range in order to obtain a permit to own a gun in their home. But then the council banned all gun ranges in Chicago.

Gottlieb and his organization sued the city and obtained a ruling that the city could not ban gun ranges. When that came down, the council then put such onerous restrictions on potential gun ranges that makes it nearly impossible to start one, thus keeping Chicago citizens defenseless in the face of rampant crime. Concluded Gottlieb:

So nobody has a way to protect themselves from the bad guys who obviously don’t care about the gun laws – [who are] are going to commit murder or rape or robbery because [they] don’t care about what the gun law says, [they’re] going to get the gun illegally anyway — and so the good people are penalized by the law and the bad people, basically have targets of opportunity to shoot at.

John Lott, gets even closer to the underlying reason why Chicago is about to break its own record on homicides in a single year. He has studied the matter for years, has written extensively about it including six books which include his highly-acclaimed More Guns, Less Crime, a scholarly study of 29 years’ worth of data which concludes that there is a predictable inverse relationship between gun laws and crime. He thinks it’s the criminal culture that thrives in Chicago that’s to blame:

To put it bluntly, criminals are not typical citizens. About 90 percent of adult murderers have an adult criminal record. They tend to have low IQs and long histories of social problems. Murders are also very heavily concentrated among minorities in urban areas.

Over 70 percent of murders occur in about 3 percent of the  counties in the US. Even if our country passed laws banning guns, most of these murderers are not the kind of people who are going to voluntarily turn in their weapons.

It seems that everyone has an opinion about why Chicago’s homicide rate is so high: it’s the weather, it’s a statistical aberration, it’s the gun culture, it’s Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s city council, it’s the criminals.

One part that is missing from nearly every conversation is any discussion of the deeply imbedded violence in professional sports, especially and particularly professional football, and how it supports the violence off the field as well as on. Jeff Benedict and Don Yeager produced a damning indictment of professional football in 1998 in their book Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL.

By simply collecting readily available public data on the criminal records of those playing professional football in just the 1996/1997 season, they discovered that more than one in five players “had been arrested or indicted for serious crimes ranging from fraud to homicide,” and that coaches not only ignored such information when considering hiring them but some actually sought those with violent criminal records to play for their teams.

There’s a lot of blame to go around to explain why Chicago’s homicide rate is about to set a record. It’s too bad that no one is talking about the sport that Jovan Belcher, the player for the Kansas City Chief who ignited all the conversation in the first place by murdering his girlfriend, was engaged in before turning the gun on himself: the deliberately violent sport of professional football.

 

 

 

 

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.

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Obama’s Second Term and the Second Amendment

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