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

Second Amendment Freedom Fighter Bill Richardson Dead at 92

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 21, 2020: 

Gun Owners of America (GOA) announced the passing of its founder, Hubert Leon “Bill” Richardson, on January 13, calling him a “feisty” Republican from Southern California who challenged the powers that be. Called “Wild Bill” by his friends, Richardson served as a California state senator for 23 years, from 1966 to 1989. He failed in efforts to gain a seat in the U.S. Congress, but left a legacy in how successful political campaigns are run.

Blessed with an effervescent personality and a sense of humor, he galvanized efforts to

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Another Campaign Promise Fulfilled: Marines Now Allowed to Carry Concealed on Base

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 3, 2020:

On the day he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump made a number of promises, including this one: “[I will] get rid of gun-free zones on schools and on military bases.” It took three years and two attacks on military bases in December to get Lieutenant General G. W. Smith, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations, to implement Trump’s promises.

Smith’s memorandum, signed on December 31, reads:

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Pa. Attorney General Declares “Receivers” Are Now “Firearms” Under State Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 24, 2019:  

Just days after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued his “legal opinion” that “receivers” — the part of a firearm that contains the trigger mechanism — are now to be treated as complete firearms by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed suit. The group claimed that Shapiro stepped outside his legal authority:

Rule by executive fiat was rejected by the 13 American Colonies, including Pennsylvania, when they declared independence from England, and we reject such lawlessness today. The attorney general’s revisionist legal opinion adds an entire class of inanimate objects to the definition of “firearm” under Pennsylvania law that the General Assembly never considered, nor intended.

Federal law holds that receivers may be bought and sold (as well as created at home using 3-D printing technology) without federal notice as long as they aren’t completely operable. Referred to as “80 percent receivers,” they can be purchased and then finished at home without having to put a serial number on them or otherwise notify the government.

But, according to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, this is a federal “loophole” that he hopes the expanded opinion from his attorney general will plug:

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Why All the Fuss Over “Ghost Guns” in California and Pennsylvania?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on December 25, 2019:

The manufacture and sale of “ghost guns” – those without serial numbers – is a virtual cottage industry in California, and The Trace (a Bloomberg-funded anti-gun outlet) is unhappy about it. Back in May, it claimed that “nearly a third of firearms recovered in the state are homemade, unserialized, and untraceable.”

In a totalitarian society, such a situation cannot be tolerated. The government must know the location of every firearm owned by every citizen. Otherwise the natives might get restless over the onslaught of progressives seeking to control their lives.

In 2016, California decided it was time to take aim (sorry) at those citizens who had the audacity to make their own guns at home using 3-D technology, or purchasing receivers (the part of a firearm that contains the firing mechanism) from gun dealers and making them operational at home.

The legislature passed a law requiring gun owners to register their homemade firearms with law enforcement. (It also passed a second law that outlawed the possession of any firearm that wasn’t registered.) To its dismay, the anti-gun outlet reported that “records obtained by The Trace and NBC indicate that the law has had little effect. Compliance with the law is low, and prosecutors have never brought charges under the new statute.”

The group noted that,

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Pa. Attorney General Declares “Receivers” Are Now “Firearms” Under State Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 24, 2019:  

Just days after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued his “legal opinion” that “receivers” — the part of a firearm that contains the trigger mechanism — are now to be treated as complete firearms by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed suit. The group claimed that Shapiro stepped outside his legal authority:

Rule by executive fiat was rejected by the 13 American Colonies, including Pennsylvania, when they declared independence from England, and we reject such lawlessness today. The attorney general’s revisionist legal opinion adds an entire class of inanimate objects to the definition of “firearm” under Pennsylvania law that the General Assembly never considered, nor intended.

Federal law holds that receivers may be bought and sold (as well as created at home using 3-D printing technology) without federal notice as long as they aren’t completely operable. Referred to as “80 percent receivers,” they can be purchased and then finished at home without having to put a serial number on them or otherwise notify the government.

But, according to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, this is a federal “loophole” that he hopes the expanded opinion from his attorney general will plug:

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Enjoy the Pause in the Impeachment Action. It Won’t Last Long.

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 23, 2019:

Like two sumo wrestlers circling each other at the beginning of a match, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican) are each waiting for the other to make the first move.

The analogy is imperfect: one of the wrestlers can’t wrestle, doesn’t want to wrestle, and knows the outcome if she does wrestle.

After rushing to judgment, Pelosi now wants to delay the process, using the flimsiest of excuses: “We cannot name managers [to present our case to the Senate] until we see what the process is on the Senate side. So far, we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called her move a stall and a comedy:

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Mexico Protests USMCA Labor Provisions

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 16, 2019:

One of the sticking points during negotiations over the USMCA between Mexico and the United States was the issue of national sovereignty. Ironically, it’s Mexican trade negotiator Jesús Seade, not America’s Robert Lighthizer, who considers the matter worth fighting over.

After a very long day of heavy negotiations on Friday, December 6, Seade warned, “We are very willing to find mechanisms … provided it’s all done in a manner that is consistent with our constitution and laws and our sovereignty.”

What’s at issue is

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World Trade Organization Becomes Irrelevant on Wednesday, Thanks to Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 9, 2019: 

The supreme court of world trade, otherwise known as the “appellate body” of the World Trade Organization, will cease functioning on Wednesday. The court is supposed to have seven members but it currently has four vacancies, with two more members retiring on Tuesday. That leaves one active judge, two short of the number required to rule on international trade disputes.

Those vacancies haven’t been filled thanks to the Trump administration’s war on the WTO. The president has criticized the WTO for allowing China to retain its special status as a developing nation (though it’s now number two in the world economically) while looking the other way when it violates WTO rules. Instead of sanctioning China for subsidizing many of its products to gain a special advantage over its global competitors, the supreme court has instead ruled against Trump’s tariffs, which were enacted in part to deal with such subsidies. Accordingly, the Trump administration has refused to allow those vacancies to be filled.

Not only do WTO rulings against Trump’s tariffs violate the U.S. Constitution, they also

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Senate Confirms Another Originalist Trump Appointee to the Federal Bench

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 6, 2019: 

The United States Senate on Wednesday confirmed Sarah Pitlyk to the federal bench, the 165th Trump appointee to be confirmed. So far.

Voting 49-44 to confirm (with Senator Susan Collins of Maine the only Republican to vote against her), the Senate filled an open position on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Since his inauguration, the president has nominated 230 people to the federal bench and expects that more than 180 of them will have been confirmed by the end of the year.

Erielle Davidson of The Federalist Society, which has provided vetting for Trump’s appointments, is delighted: “Almost 30 percent of all circuit judges in the United States are now Trump appointees [with] nearly one in five … district court judges … Trump appointees.” Their average age, according to Davidson, is 49, which translates to 30 years or more of “originalist” interpretation of the Constitution in cases brought to their consideration.

The White House calls this

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Senate Preparing for Trump Impeachment Trial

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 4, 2019: 

With an impeachment vote against the president by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives almost a sure thing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing for his trial. On Tuesday he said the first step would be to see if he could cobble together some sort of bipartisan agreement on procedure with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Barring that, McConnell said he would let his Republican conference set the rules. If that doesn’t happen, then the third option would come into play: Let the House members make their case for impeaching the president before the entire Senate, with rebuttal provided by Trump’s lawyers. Then the Senate, vote by vote, would determine the next step to take.

The process could take months.

Or it could end with that first vote.

Much depends upon the Senate majority leader,

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What Does Record Number of Gun Background Checks Really Mean?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 4, 2019: 

Brian Miller, co-founder and owner of the Ammo.com blog, thinks he knows:

So what does this mean for America? It means that guns and the law-abiding citizens who carry them make and keep it a safer country. It means when a criminal knows you’re carrying a firearm, you’re less likely to become a victim. It means that there are positive benefits of gun ownership for Americans and that gun legislation is not the best way to safer streets.

Rising anti-gun rhetoric from Democrat presidential hopefuls, and the entry of anti-gun Michael Bloomberg into the fray last week, have driven gun background checks to record levels, according to the FBI. The agency reported that it conducted 202,465 gun background checks on Black Friday, the second-highest number since the bureau implemented the background check system (NICS, or National Instant Criminal Background Check System) in 1998. The record was recorded on Black Friday 2017 when the FBI ran 203,086 checks.

While gun background checks do not have a one-on-one correlation to purchases (many purchasers buy more than one firearm with a single background check), it indicates that more Americans than ever are enjoying their Second Amendment right to purchase, possess, and use (“keep and bear”) firearms. By the end of the year it is estimated that Americans will own upwards of 400 million of them.

And the far-left progressives now in control of the Democrat Party want to take them away. Hard-core progressives like Biden, Warren, and Sanders have used the English language to cover up their intentions, claiming they “respect” the Second Amendment but want “common sense” gun laws to reduce gun violence.

But during a Democrat debate in September, candidate Beto O’Rourke lifted the veil: “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!”

Matt Boggs, the owner of Alpha Dog Firearms in Tempe, Arizona, saw this blatant announcement of intent as a marketing opportunity, posting this on his store’s Facebook page:

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Americans Arming Themselves at Record Rates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 3, 2019:  

Rising anti-gun rhetoric from Democrat presidential hopefuls, and the entry of anti-gun Michael Bloomberg into the fray last week, has driven background checks to record levels, according to the FBI. The agency reported that it conducted 202,465 gun background checks on Black Friday, the second-highest number since the bureau implemented the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. The record was recorded on Black Friday 2017 when the FBI ran 203,086 checks.

While gun background checks do not have a one-on-one correlation to purchases (many purchasers buy more than one firearm with a single background check), it indicates that more Americans than ever are enjoying their Second Amendment right to purchase, possess, and use (“keep and bear”) firearms. By the end of the year it is estimated that Americans will own upwards of 400 million of them.

And the far-left progressives now in control of the Democrat Party want to take them away, or at least greatly restrict their ownership and use. 2020 Democrat presidential candidates such as Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders have used the English language to cover up their intentions, claiming they “respect” the Second Amendment but want “common sense” gun laws to reduce gun violence.

But during a Democrat debate in September, former candidate Beto O’Rourke lifted the veil: “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!”

Matt Boggs, the owner of Alpha Dog Firearms in Tempe, Arizona, saw this blatant announcement of intent as a marketing opportunity, posting this on his store’s Facebook page:

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Justice Ginsburg Released From Hospital on Sunday

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 25, 2019: 

The oldest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, returned home on Sunday after having been hospitalized on Friday with a fever. A court spokesman said she is at home and “doing well.”

She’ll be 87 in March and has suffered a long series of health issues. Last fall, she fractured three ribs after falling in her office. She has undergone surgery for lung cancer and radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer. This follows surgery she underwent in 2009 for early stage pancreatic cancer and treatment for colon cancer in 1999.

Despite these issues, she is determined to remain active “as long as I can do it full steam,” she said.

She’d also like to outlive Trump’s first term in office so that he can’t nominate someone to replace her. In July 2016, three months before Trump was elected president, Ginsburg told the New York Times: “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t image what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be … I don’t even want to contemplate that.”

It’s time to contemplate that.

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The Next Supreme Court Nominee Better Be Made of Stern Stuff

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 25, 2019: 

After interviewing more than one hundred people, including President Trump and several Supreme Court justices, authors Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, in their just-released Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, warn: “It’s hard to imagine how a confirmation battle could compete with Kavanaugh’s for ugliness.”

But as the war being waged by the progressive left against America ramps up, it’s more than likely to get even uglier. And that’s part of the strategy, say the authors: “Vicious confirmation battles will unfortunately dissuade the best Americans from being considered for the nation’s judiciary … one of Kavanaugh’s colleagues says the process is so tough that it isn’t worth it.”

That next confirmation battle could begin shortly.

The oldest member of the Supreme Court,

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Sandy Hook Lawsuit Against Remington Sent Back to State Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 13, 2019: 

When Connecticut’s Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling last March that Remington Arms was protected from a lawsuit by families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, Remington appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Without comment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday turned back the appeal that allows the lawsuit against Remington to proceed.

The essence of the case against Remington is this:

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Pregnant Wife Defends Husband With AR-15 During Home Invasion

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 5, 2019: 

Jeremy King, a resident of Lithia, Florida, a small town east of Tampa, was enjoying a quiet evening at home last Wednesday night with his wife, who is eight months pregnant, and their 11-year-old daughter. Suddenly, without warning, two masked and armed thugs broke down his back door and started demanding money and anything else of value.

Here’s how it went down, according to King:

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A “Good Gal with a Gun” Makes All the Difference

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 6, 2019:

Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s CEO and Executive Vice President, caught a lot of flak in 2012 when he said, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 people dead, that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” Suggesting that teachers should be allowed to be armed, along with armed security personnel, was “ludicrous,” “an insult,” and “insane,” according to his critics.

What no one said was that LaPierre’s suggestion was “sexist.”

Jeremy King was very happy that his wife could handle a firearm just as well as he could. Not only was she his wife, she was also good with a gun.

King, a resident of Lithia, Florida, a small town east of Tampa, was enjoying a quiet evening at home last Wednesday night with his wife, who is eight months pregnant, and their 11-year-old daughter. Suddenly, without warning, two masked and armed thugs broke down the back door and started demanding money and anything else of value.

Here’s how it went down, according to King:

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Anti-Gunners Fail to Derail Oklahoma’s New Constitutional Carry Law

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 4, 2019:

Somehow Oklahoma City Democratic representative Jason Lowe didn’t get the
memo – or, if he did, he’s ignoring it: Oklahomans want full enjoyment of
their God-given rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Simply put,
those citizens want to make their own decisions on when to carry a firearm
for their own protection, and where. They don’t think they should have to
request permission from the government to exercise their rights.

In his first official act as Oklahoma’s new governor, Kevin Stitt

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Constitutional Carry OK in Oklahoma Despite Attempts to Deny, Delay, Derail New Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, November 3, 2019: 

Between 250 and 300 Oklahoma gun owners joined with Oklahoma’s Second Amendment Association in celebrating the state’s newly-minted “Constitutional Carry” law — carrying in public without government permission — in front of the state capitol in Oklahoma City on Friday. The new law became effective that day.

State Senator Nathan Dahm, the author of the bill that had previously been vetoed by former Governor Mary Fallin, exulted:

It’s a great day and a historic day. Throughout this process we faced committee chairmen who refused to hear a bill to restore our constitutional rights, or a Republican governor who broke her word, violated a campaign promise and vetoed the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms….

 

Today we celebrate being victorious.

In his first official act as Oklahoma’s new governor, Kevin Stitt, signed Dahm’s bill into law earlier this year that had previously been overwhelmingly approved by both the House (70-30) and the Senate (40-6). The previous governor vetoed the bill.

Oklahoma joins 16 other states with similar “constitutional carry” or “permitless carry” laws: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Montana, and Kentucky.

An outline of the state’s gun laws reveals just how free its citizens are to exercise their Second Amendment rights:

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Tacoma to Tax Gun Stores, Pawn Shops Out of Existence

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 28, 2019: 

The bill proposed by Tacoma city council member Ryan Mello heads for a final reading tomorrow. If passed, it will start levying a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city starting January 1, along with two cents per round on ammunition of .22-caliber or less, and five cents per round on all other calibers.

Mello admits that his bill probably won’t do anything about gun violence, but it would raise an estimated $30,000 to study the problem:

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