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

Category Archives: Constitution

Biden’s ATF Nominee David Chipman to Ban All “Assault-type” Weapons

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 27, 2021:

During a Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pressed Biden pick, David Chipman, who is poised to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), to explain his position on banning the popular semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. Asked Cruz, “The AR-15 is one of if not the most popular rifles in America. It’s not a machine gun, it’s a rifle. Your public opinion is that you want to ban AR-15s. Is that correct?”

Chipman was crystal clear: “With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban.”

He then expanded on his remark, calling the rifle “particularly lethal”:

The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on ATF’s S.W.A.T. team and it’s a particularly lethal weapon, and regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons, I have advocated for.

This was the first among many lies, distortions, and prevarications that punctuated the nominee’s responses to intense probing and questions by Republican senators. The lie: the firearm Chipman was issued was no doubt a fully automatic weapon, capable of firing many rounds rapidly with a single press of the trigger. This is a far cry from popular AR-15s now owned by an estimated 20 million law-abiding American citizens.

The second statement — that the AR-15 is a “particularly lethal weapon” — is even more chilling:

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Newsom Must Pay $1.35 Million to Harvest Rock Church

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 27, 2021:  

In his final judgment in the case Harvest Rock Church v. Gavin Newsom, U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal ordered Newsom to pay the church’s legal fees and related expenses, totaling $1.35 million.

Of course, since the complaint charged Newsom with unconstitutional restrictions against California churches in his “official capacity” as governor, he won’t pay a dime. The citizens of California will.

In November, California voters will likely remember this, along with a very long list of other grievances, when they vote to oust Newsom.

More importantly, however, is what else the ruling accomplished. As Bernal wrote:

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17 State Attorneys General File Brief Supporting SD Governor’s Suit Over Biden’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Ban

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 24, 2021:  

Fourth of July celebrations at Mount Rushmore — the iconic carving of Rushmore Mountain in South Dakota celebrating four of America’s most revered past presidents — have been canceled. Predictably, COVID is being used as an excuse. Seventeen states are now suing to reopen the celebrations.

Under an agreement crafted in 2019, the state was allowed to celebrate Independence Day (independence, by the way, from overreaching government) with fireworks at the popular tourist site. But, using COVID as cover, Herbert Frost, a regional director for the National Park Service (NPS), pulled the plug in March for any plans the South Dakota Governor had for celebrating the event this year:

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South Carolina Now an “Open Carry” State, But Not “Constitutional Carry”

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 21, 2021:  

When South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster last week signed into law an “open carry” bill that barely squeaked by the State Senate, he said, “I will proudly support any legislation that protects or enhances a South Carolinian’s ability to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.”

What he got was close to “constitutional carry,” i.e., no infringements on citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. Unfortunately, the state’s senators aren’t quite ready to allow the citizenry to exercise the full and robust nature of those rights.

The title of the bill — Open Carry With Training Act — gives it away.

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Supreme Court: Gun Confiscation Without a Warrant Is Unconstitutional

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 18, 2021:  

In a major setback to efforts to disarm American gun owners, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously — unanimously! — that the seizure of handguns from a residence by police without a warrant was unconstitutional.

The facts of the case — Caniglia v. Strom — are these, from the ruling:

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Texas Congressman Roy Challenges New York Rep. Stefanik, Calling Out Her Awful Voting Record

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 13, 2021: 

House Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas) did the unthinkable on Tuesday: He called out Representative Elise Stefanik’s (R-N.Y.) ghastly voting record:

We are falling prey to the high drama of swamp politics — the art of shuffling around the deck chairs [while ignoring the] large iceberg in front of our country….

 

Let us contemplate the message Republican leadership is about to send by rushing to coronate a spokesperson whose voting record embodies much of what led to the 2018 [shellacking] we received by Democrats….

 

We must avoid putting in charge Republicans who campaign as Republicans but then vote for and advance the Democrats’ agenda once sworn in.

Roy proceeded to list Stefanik’s specific positions and votes on key issues, including:

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House Republicans Vote Out Liz Cheney as Conference Chair

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 12, 2021:  

The phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” attributed to English playwright William Congreve in The Mourning Bride, applies to Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). Formerly third in command of the Republican Party in the House and head of the party’s conference, she is soon to be the former Representative from Wyoming.

She saw it coming. Once the No.1 and No. 2 powers-that-be — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) — pulled their support, it was all over but the voting.

The voting took place early Wednesday morning, and Cheney is gone.

But she isn’t leaving quietly. On Tuesday night, to a nearly empty House chamber, she claimed that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to the Republic:

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Trump-appointed Judge Defends Second Amendment

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 11, 2021:  

One of President Donald Trump’s appointments to the federal court ruled that another of the anti-gun Left’s attempts to abrogate the Second Amendment has failed. In an obscure but vitally important ruling, U.S. District Judge Susan Brnovich tossed a lawsuit brought by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The decision — Travieso v. Glock Inc. — is one in a long line of cases over similar lawsuits meant to bankrupt the American gun-manufacturing industry. And it squarely upholds a federal law designed to prevent just this sort of frivolous lawsuit from succeeding.

In March 2018, Carlos Travieso was shot in the back with a Glock 19 while traveling home from a youth camping trip. A passenger in the vehicle discovered the semi-automatic pistol and, noting that the magazine was missing, pulled the trigger. Unfortunately, there was a round in the chamber. The bullet entered Travieso’s back, severed his spine, rendering him a paraplegic.

The Brady bunch sued Glock, claiming that

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Constitutional Carry Gets Another Boost, This Time from Texas

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 6, 2021: 

After eight hours of debate, the Texas Senate finally voted on Wednesday, 18-13, to pass a bill allowing any state resident over age 21 to carry a handgun without first having to seek government permission, unless he or she has a criminal history. The bill now goes to Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who has promised to sign it into law.

The new legislation makes Texas the 21st “constitutional carry” state, though two weeks ago, after the House passed the measure, there was serious doubt whether it would pass the Senate. During the debate, dozens of amendments were proposed, either watering down the bill or designed simply to delay the vote.

The final bill now contains more punishments for felons found with a weapon, including domestic violence offenders, and those carrying while intoxicated.

Upon learning that the Texas Senate had passed the bill, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick celebrated:

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Pressure Building to Oust Liz Cheney as House Republican Conference Chair

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 5, 2021:  

In comments made to Fox News hosts just ahead of his interview with them on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said this about Liz Cheney: “I think she’s got real problems. I’ve had it with her. You know, I’ve lost confidence.”

McCarthy expanded on Cheney’s problems when the show went live: “I have heard from [Republican] members [who are] concerned about her ability to carry out her job as conference chair, to carry out the message. We all need to be working as one if we’re able to win the majority [in 2022].”

According to Cheney, it’s all about “unity,” but only as defined by her. As The New American reported, Cheney has said:

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Gun Sales Continue to Soar, Setting Records for 16 Months and Counting

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 4, 2021:

The FBI conducted more than 3.5 million gun-related background checks in April, an increase of more than 20 percent during the same month last year. For 16 months in a row, that upward trend has not abated, with the FBI continuing to process a record-setting number of background checks.

Nearly 1.7 million of the applications in April were directly related to the purchase of firearms, also a record, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Records indicate these are first-time buyers from a range of backgrounds: young, old, black, Asian, Latino, Republicans, and Democrats. When it comes to fear driving the need for a means of self-defense, ideology means nothing. More remarkable is the number of black women seeking to purchase their first firearm.

Even anti-gun NPR (National Public Radio) was forced to admit that

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State Department Demands “Ghost Gun” Company Stop Publishing 3D Files. Too Late.

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 30, 2021:  

Two days after Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed (DD) 3D software-publishing company was allowed to resume publishing its files, free to the public, Biden’s anti-gun State Department demanded it stop.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed DD to resume feeding computer software files relating to the 3D printing of various firearms already in public use to its website defcad.com, and by Thursday it had published more than 16,000 of them. By the time Wilson learned that the State Department was coming after him, those files had already been downloaded more than 40,000 times.

In a public declaration issued on Friday, Wilson stated:

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RINO Liz Cheney Won’t Rule Out 2024

This article was first published by  TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 28, 2021:

Liz Cheney, Wyoming’s RINO representative and surviving leader of the House Republican Conference, saw her chance and she took it. Despite claiming that all is well inside the GOP — unity, confidence, enthusiasm over the party’s prospects to retake the House in 2022, etc. — she never misses an opportunity to speak to the press or sit for an interview and indirectly bash Donald Trump and his supporters.

When asked about whether she was considering running for the presidency in 2024, she gushed: “I’m not going to rule anything in or out — ever is a long time.”

The GOP conference held in Orlando last week (close to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, although Cheney didn’t invite him to attend) is an annual affair, situated far from Washington, where the party regulars gather to lick their wounds and plan for their future.

This year it was all about “unity,” but Cheney made sure that that “unity” did not and would not ever (if she had her way) include Donald Trump.

Or anyone who supports him:

I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge — particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge not to certify the election … in my view that’s disqualifying.

For Cheney, Trump’s popularity is a mirage: “I think right now the Republican Party is headed by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy.… I think our elected leaders are the ones who are in charge of the Republican Party.”

Nothing was mentioned about her low polling numbers in Wyoming. Following her noisy vote to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting the January 6 Capitol Hill riot, her popularity in a state that voted for Donald Trump 70-30 over Biden dropped like a stone. The latest poll shows that only 10 percent of Republican voters (and 13 percent of all Wyoming voters) said they would vote to reelect her in 2022. Further, several opponents are challenging her in the state’s primary, with one of them, State Senator Anthony Bouchard, already holding a 30-point lead over Cheney.

She did it to herself, by declaring on January 12:

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Supreme Court Finally Agrees to Review Lower-court Ruling Against Second Amendment

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 27, 2021:  

The National Rifle Association (NRA) was delighted to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court, after more than a decade of silence on continuing infringements by various states on citizens’ abilities to exercise their Second Amendment–protected right to keep and bear arms, agreed to hear New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett (New York State’s superintendent of police) and other cases on Monday.

The pro-gun group exuded:

Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear an NRA-backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime.

 

This sets the stage for the Supreme Court to affirm what most states already hold as true, that there is an individual right to self-defense outside of the home.

The NRA-ILA’s Executive Director Jason Ouimet expanded:

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Small Christian College Sues Biden Administration Over Campus-housing Rules

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 26, 2021:  

The College of the Ozarks, a small Christian college, has sued the Biden administration over its demand that, following an outrageous ruling by the Supreme Court, colleges must allow male and female students in the same bathrooms, dorm rooms, and dormitories.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is assisting the college in its fight to retain its right to follow its religious tenets. The suit declares that the Biden administration, through its administrative agency Housing and Urban Development (HUD), now suddenly “requires private religious colleges to place biological males into female dormitories and assign them as females’ roommates.”

The president of the college, Dr. Jerry Davis, said the move is just part of the escalating attack on religious freedom in the United States: “Religious freedom is under attack in America, and we won’t stand on the sidelines and watch.”

He added,

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“Ghost Gun” Laws Likely to Fail

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on  Friday, April 23, 2021:  

A slipshod piece of propaganda written by Annie Karni and published by the anti-gun establishment mouthpiece the New York Times reveals only how concerned the powers that be are about people exercising their Second Amendment rights without government awareness or permission.

Karni said there is now a “proliferation” of so-called ghost guns and, as a result, they “are a growing problem.” She built her case on “data” (without sources) that “show that their prevalence appears to be growing every year.” Their “numbers are rising at what the authorities [source also missing] say is an alarming rate every year.”

Something must be done, she warns,

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Mike Lindell’s New Social-networking Site Hacked, Not able to Accept New Accounts — for Now

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 21, 2021:

My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell said he invested millions in frankspeech.com, his new social-networking site — a cross between Facebook and Twitter — that would be invulnerable to outside attacks. He said people would be able to create their own personal profiles and make comments.

His efforts to generate interest exceeded his fondest expectations: During the opening “Frankathon” at his website, more than 90 million people viewed it.

But, thanks to “a massive attack,” most of them weren’t able to create accounts. Lindell didn’t elaborate. Instead, on his site he explained why he spent four years and millions in building it:

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Indiana’s Red Flag Law Failed to Prevent FedEx Shooting

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 20, 2021:  

Indiana’s unconstitutional red flag (Extreme Risk Protection Order, or ERPO) law failed to keep the FedEx shooter from legally purchasing the firearms he used to kill eight people and himself last Thursday at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis.

Under Indiana’s red flag law, the oldest in the country, a police officer can seize a firearm from its rightful owner without a court order. Due-process rights are ignored for 14 days, after which the officer must “prove” to a judge that his seizure was merited by the circumstances. The officer must show that the citizen “presents an imminent risk” to himself or others or he “has the propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct.”

If the judge doesn’t agree,

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Nebraska Joins Growing Number of Second Amendment Sanctuary States

This article was initially published by TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 15, 2021: 

When Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation on Wednesday declaring his state a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” he joined an increasing number of other governors pushing back against unconstitutional federal overreach at the hands of the Biden administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

He said:

Nebraska has always been a state that has supported our Second Amendment rights. As a symbol of that support, I am signing a proclamation declaring Nebraska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, and, with my signature, it will become official.

He also thinks it’s enforceable against federal encroachment:

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Latest 5-4 Supreme Court Decision Reveals Danger of Court Packing

This article was first published by TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 12, 2021:

The Supreme Court got it right on Friday, April 9, when it ruled that California’s COVID shutdown rules violated both the First and the 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

But it was by the narrowest of margins: 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts once again siding with the liberals on the court.

This is the fifth time the high court has been forced to overrule similar decisions from the Ninth Circuit on California’s COVID-19 restrictions on religious exercise. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett made up the majority, while Justices Roberts, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor supported California over the complaints brought by Santa Clara pastor Jeremy Wong and others.

Liberal Justice Elena Kagan wrote the dissent, claiming that California was fully justified in impinging and infringing upon people’s First- and 14th Amendment-guaranteed rights because the state was relying on “experts’ scientific findings” to justify those infringements.

In his book One Vote Away, published last September, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made the point that Americans are just one vote away from not only losing precious rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights but losing the Republic altogether. He used numerous close calls to illustrate and prove his point: just one vote on the Supreme Court preserves the right to speak freely, to keep and bear arms, and to exercise freedom of religion.

As we noted on Saturday, regarding Biden’s executive order establishing the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court will explore much more than just the need to expand (read: pack) the Supreme Court:

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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.
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