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

Court Reinstates Lawsuit Against Gun Maker Over Sandy Hook Massacre

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 15, 2019: 

Following the horrific murder of 20 young children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, in December 2012, families of the victims filed a lawsuit against the maker of the weapon Adam Lanza used in the massacre.

The lawsuit was tossed in 2016 when a lower court ruled that Remington Arms, the maker of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle Lanza used, was immune thanks to the PLCAA — the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act — that Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law in October 2005.

But anti-gunners never give up. Upon appeal, the Connecticut Supreme Court just ruled that the lawsuit may proceed despite that ruling, claiming that Remington used illegal marketing strategies that somehow enticed Lanza to purchase that particular weapon and use it in his killing spree.

The bias of the court’s Chief Justice Richard Robinson was clear from his comments following the resurrection of the lawsuit:

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Marilyn vos Savant Is right: an Opinion Without Proofs Is an Empty Opinion

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 11, 2019: 

According to the Guinness Book of Records, Marilyn vos Savant has the highest recorded IQ in the world. She said that, without proofs, any opinion is an empty opinion: “Proofs are excellent lessons in reasoning. Without logic and reasoning, you are dependent on jumping to conclusions or – worse – having empty opinions.”

Enter the anti-gun media. When the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published its study of gun violence, “State gun laws, gun ownership, and mass shootings,” last Wednesday, in which it concluded that states with “weak” gun control laws suffered more mass shootings than those with “strong” gun control laws, the MSM were jubilant. Here, at long last, was proof – proof!– that more guns meant more mass shootings. The study put the lie to the “more guns, less crime” narrative supported by the NRA (“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.”)

The headlines reflected their jubilance:

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Media Tout British Medical Journal Study’s Anti-gun Conclusions, While Ignoring Study’s Limitations

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, March 10, 2019: 

When the British Medical Journal (BMJ) released the results of its study of gun violence on March 6, its conclusions matched the media’s anti-gun narrative. Immediately, members of the media breathlessly reported them without noting the study’s limitations. From The Hill: “States with stricter gun control regulations have fewer mass shootings: study.” From Yahoo: “State by state, more gun ownership equals more mass shootings, study shows.” From Vox: “Study: where gun laws are weaker, there are more mass shootings.”

To his credit German Lopez, in his 10-page analysis of the BMJ report for Vox, did mention that the study’s conclusions were tentative and that more work needed to be done to confirm them. Deep into his article, on page five, Lopez wrote:

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Second Amendment Sanctuary County Movement Gaining Momentum

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 6, 2019:

As Democrats celebrate taking over several states in the 2018 mid-term elections, there is a movement to restrict their egregious planned infringement of precious rights. It’s called the “sanctuary county” movement, the “Second Amendment Sanctuary” movement, or the “Second Amendment Preservation” movement, and it’s based on the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

And the political subdivision closest to “the people” is the county. There are 3,000 counties in the United States, and most of them elect their chief law-enforcement officer, the county sheriff. Reuters reported on Monday that “a rapidly growing number of counties in [five] states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce gun-control laws that they consider to be infringements on the U.S. Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Those states, so far, are Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Voters in Washington State

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Physician PACs Favor Pro-Second Amendment Candidates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 4, 2019: 

A surprising study released late February concluded that when physicians and other healthcare professionals contribute their own funds to political action committees, those committees, in turn, reflect pro-Second Amendment viewpoints.

The study, completed by Jeremiah Schuur, M.D., and published at the JAMA Network Open — “open access medical research and commentary” — supported by the American Medical Association, compared political contributions during the 2016 election cycle (from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016) to various House and Senate candidates running for office.

Schuur was surprised at the outcome:

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Yellen’s Chance to Respond to Trump’s Criticism of the Fed

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 27, 2019: 

Following its fifth interest rate hike last June, President Trump exploded, complaining that the Federal Reserve was deliberately interfering not only with his economic recovery but with his trade strategies in reducing tariffs. On Twitter he almost yelled: “China, the European Union, and others have been manipulating their currencies and interest rates lower, while the U.S. [the Federal Reserve] is raising rates … the dollar gets stronger and stronger with each passing day – taking away our big competitive advantage. As usual, not a level playing field.”

His newly minted Fed Chair, Jerome Powell, said only that “We don’t take political considerations into account” when making policy.

On Monday, former Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen (whom Powell replaced) was given the opportunity to respond more completely to Trump’s criticisms. Rather than answering them directly, she took the “ad hominem” approach. In a radio interview on Marketplace with host Kai Ryssdal, she said, “President Trump’s comments about Chair Powell and about the Fed do concern me, because if that [criticism] becomes concerted, I think it … could undermine confidence in the Fed. I think that would be a bad thing.”

Ryssdal asked: “Do you think the president has a grasp of macroeconomic policy?”

Yellen: “No, I do not.”

Ryssdal: “Tell me more.”

Yellen:

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Why Are CCW Permit Holders Even More Law-Abiding Than Law Enforcement Officers?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 15, 2019: 

Those deciding to take the time and invest the money into obtaining their concealed carry (CCW) permits take their new responsibilities very seriously. On their person they now carry lethal power to maim or kill. In addition there is the great likelihood that the aftermath of a shooting, fatal or not, is going to cost them thousands of dollars in legal fees, not to mention much mental anguish.

That’s why the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network has grown so rapidly. It declares that you don’t have to face the legal system alone. It helps pay some or most of the legal fees incurred following a self-defense incident, including a fee deposit paid to an attorney immediately after such an incident. It helps with bail, if necessary, and further funding assistance if a member is criminally charged or sued in civil court.

That’s why it isn’t a surprise – or shouldn’t be – that CCW permit holders hold themselves to a very high standard of conduct in public. Not only are they provably more law-abiding than members of the general public; they are much more law-abiding even than law enforcement officers!

It was Guy Smith, writing in his Gun Facts blog, who first alerted his readers to a study showing that

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More Guns, Less Crime: Concealed-carry Permit Holders More Law-abiding Than Police

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 14, 2019: 

More than 17 million Americans have obtained their concealed-carry permits, and about four out of every 10 of them carry a firearm with them at least some of the time.

This has been the cause of much angst among the anti-gun crowd, which still believes that more guns will equal more crime. Exactly the opposite has been proven to be the case.

It was Guy Smith, writing in his Gun Facts blog, who first alerted his readers to a study showing that “people with concealed carry licenses are 5.7 times less likely to be arrested for violent offences than the general public and 13.5 times less likely to be arrested for non-violent offenses than the general public.” Referring to another study, Smith noted that “the four-year violent crime arrest rate of CCW holders is 128 per 100,000 [but] for the general population it is 710 per 100,000. In other words, CCW holders are 5.5 times less likely to commit a violent crime [than the general public].”

But it was John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, who went one step further:

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Latest Gun Death Scorecard From Giffords Is Grossly Misleading

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 11, 2019: 

For years the Giffords Law Center (GLC) has released its annual scorecard on how well states’ gun laws match its bias toward more infringement of the Second Amendment. It then “proves” that those infringements of law-abiding citizens’ rights reduce “gun deaths” in those states. Its latest release illustrates the point.

Consider its ranking of Wyoming, a state that historically has allowed its citizens maximum freedom in exercising their Second Amendment rights:

In 2018, Wyoming legislators put their constituents at risk by enacting a dangerous Stand Your Ground law and passing legislation allowing people with concealed carry permits to bring guns into places of worship.

 

The state has very weak gun laws and a remarkably high gun suicide rate. Wyoming could save lives by, among other things, passing universal background checks and imposing waiting periods on gun purchases.

On the other hand it ranks California as its “best state” in its survey:

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3D Gun Software Developer Sues New Jersey’s AG Over His Attack on Its First Amendment Rights

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 8, 2019:

Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed (which provides firearm-related software for 3D printers), was delighted when the Department of Justice relented last July in its attempt to shut him and his company down. Without fanfare the DOJ not only settled with Cody and his company, it agreed to pay a large part of his legal fees as well.

Cody celebrated and then put his people back to work on developing more software for firearms enthusiasts, saying: “I have developers for anything and everything, some of the best talent in the world.… It’s all ready to go. I have interested stakeholders [and] a large network [of supporters who] care about what I do.”

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal did not share in Cody’s victory. Instead he launched an attack on Wilson, his company, and the website that hosted his software. He frequently threatened Wilson publicly, declaring he would “come and get” him, and would “stop him” from exercising his newly resurrected First Amendment rights to freedom of speech over the Internet.

Grewal upped the ante on February 2 by sending this letter to Wilson’s company’s webhost Cloudfare:

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Another Small Step Towards Sound Constitutional Mone

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 8, 2019: 

Doug Casey, writing for his blog International Man, gave his readers a history lesson including the most important one: nearly every currency that blew up through inflation was replaced by sound money, usually gold and silver.

Wrote Casey:

In late 18th-century America, something of minimal value was often described as being “not worth a continental,” which referred to the continental dollar, the American currency at the time of the revolution.

 

The continental was paper money. It had occurred to the colonists that, as their revolution was costing quite a bit to maintain, they could go into “temporary” debt to finance the war.

 

Soon it became clear that the debt could not be repaid. Also, the printing of paper banknotes resulted in inflation. The solution? Print more of them. Further devaluation of the continental motivated the colonists to print more … then more … then still more. The continental became worthless, either for local trade or for repayment of debt.

The Founders learned the lesson:

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Kansas Joining Parade of States Reestablishing Constitutional Money

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 7, 2019: 

Another step toward the reestablishment of sound Constitutional money was taken on Wednesday in Kansas with the introduction of a bill (H.B. 2093) by the House Committee on Taxation exempting gold, silver, and other precious metals from sales taxes. It joins an increasing number of states exercising their sovereignty in such matters, ultimately exposing the fraud of Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) posing as money.

As Mike Maharrey wrote in the Tenth Amendment Center blog: “By removing the sales tax on the exchange of gold and silver, Kansas would treat specie [gold and silver coins] as money instead of a commodity. This represents [another] small step toward reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender and [more importantly] breaking down the Fed’s monopoly on money.”

He added that the bill,

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South Dakota Takes Every Word of the Second Amendment Seriously

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 1, 2019: 

This writer (who lives in the now dark blue state of Colorado) wishes his governor would sound more like South Dakota’s. Before signing into law a bill removing state requirements that a citizen must first obtain a permission slip before carrying a firearm concealed, Governor Kristi Noem tweeted:

Our Founding Fathers believed so firmly in our right to bear arms that they enshrined it into the Constitution. Tomorrow [January 31] I will sign SB47 into law. This constitutional carry legislation will further protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans.

It does a whole lot more than that.

First,

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South Dakota Allows Constitutional Carry, Mississippi Fights “Bump-stock” Ban

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 2019: 

The day before signing South Dakota’s “constitutional carry” bill into law, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem tweeted:

 Our Founding Fathers believed so firmly in our right to bear arms that they enshrined it into the Constitution. Tomorrow [Thursday] I will sign SB47 into law. This constitutional carry legislation will further protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans.

This echoed the sentiments of the bill’s sponsor, Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield: “We’re simply trying to create a situation in which we recognize that the Second Amendment is paramount and will not be infringed.”

SB47 does much more than that.

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As the Noose Tightens, Will Maduro Leave Peacefully, or Not?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 30, 2019: 

Maduro has entered his own chamber of horrors: everywhere he looks there are wax-like figures of tyrants from past days and years who have met an untimely death. His decision: will he remain obstinate and join them or will he escape in the dark of night, saving himself and his country?

It’s just a matter of time. With his oxygen hose being clamped shut by the U.S. government on Monday, he faces a certain future: no cash, support for his replacement growing, and his military’s loyalty fading away when he can’t pay them.

In addition, if Maduro retaliates by threatening Americans living in Venezuela and serving in the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, the “option” of U.S. military intervention to protect them will be activated.

He has fewer and fewer friends,

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U.S. Oil Blockade Puts Existential Pressure on Maduro Regime

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 29, 2019:  

Monday’s announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department that it would apply further sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PdVSA accomplished three purposes.

First and most importantly, it ends the $25 million daily flow of desperately needed American dollars into Maduro’s treasury. Second, the blockade of oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries strengthens the position of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president. And third, it will greatly reduce the loyalty of Maduro’s military when he is unable to pay them.

As a bonus,

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The Fed’s Fraud is Being Exposed in Wyoming

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 23, 2019: 

Wyoming legislators are determined to expose the fraud of the Federal Reserve Note. Last summer they overwhelmingly passed the state’s legal tender law, which brought the state back into compliance with Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution: “No State shall … make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.”

Last week those legislators presented three more bills that, if passed, will require the state’s treasurer to invest 10 percent of the funds held in the state’s pension fund, its reserve fund, and its mineral trust fund in gold and silver. Each bill has 15 or more cosponsors and they are being sold to other legislators as a necessary counterbalance to those funds’ traditional holdings of government bills, notes, bonds, and other investments. This is especially persuasive as those funds have suffered paper losses of more than $200 million thanks to investments in foreign securities.

Not only does the state’s legal tender law restore citizens’ right to use specie instead of Federal Reserve Notes in their daily transactions, the new law removes the state’s previous taxation of those transactions. But it does much more than that:

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear First Gun Case Since 2010

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 23, 2019: 

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear on appeal a Second Amendment case. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. City of New York, a District Court’s three-member panel ruled unanimously that New York City’s ban on transporting firearms outside the home was constitutional.

Although the issue is “transporting” (as in carrying a firearm in a sealed container to take to a gun range) as opposed to “carrying” or “bearing” a firearm in public, UCLA law professor Adam Winkler think’s “It’s the biggest open question in Second Amendment law today.”

The last time the Supreme Court considered gun laws, it left open the question of whether

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Wyoming Bills Would Require State’s Trust Funds to Hold “Monetary Metals”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 22, 2019:  

Three bills presented by Wyoming legislators last week requiring the state’s treasurer to invest in gold and silver are the logical follow-up to the state’s decision last summer to declare gold and silver as legal tender, just like the Constitution demands in Article I, Section 10: “No State shall … make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.”

If signed into law, the three bills would direct the state’s treasurer to invest 10 percent of the funds held in the state’s pension fund, its reserve fund, and its mineral trust fund in gold and silver. Each bill has 15 or more cosponsors, and they are being sold to other legislators as a necessary counterbalance to those funds’ traditional holdings of government bills, notes, bonds, and other investments. This is especially persuasive, as those funds have suffered paper losses of more than $200 million thanks to investments in foreign securities.

The bills would also reinforce the state’s decision last summer to allow its residents to use gold and silver alongside Federal Reserve Notes (either paper or digital) in daily transactions, and eliminate any taxes on those transfers. That bill received overwhelming support in both the Wyoming House and Senate, and the bills presented last week are expected to get similar support.

Mike Maharrey, communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, was delighted:

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Ninth Circuit Could Lose Its Liberal Lustre Under Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 21, 2019: 

President Donald Trump has the opportunity to turn the Ninth Circuit from blue to red before the end of his first term. In October, after months of fruitless negotiating with California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, the president finally gave up and nominated three conservative judges from the Federalist Society to fill three of the six vacancies on the court.

Not only is the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals the largest in the country, covering nine states including Hawaii and Alaska, it is arguably the most liberal in its rulings. More than 80 percent of them, when reviewed by the Supreme Court, are reversed. Of its 29 judgeships, 16 were nominated by Democrat presidents, while only seven by Republicans.

But Trump has already filled two open slots,

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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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