Join Jim and Greg as they remember the late former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and discuss how he will be remembered if history is accurate. They also welcome news that Herschel Walker now enjoys a slight lead in the Georgia U.S. Senate race and dissect John Fetterman’s decision to drop out of a Senate debate in Pennsylvania. And they cringe at President Biden’s numerous gaffes and lies as he campaigned for Fetterman and others Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that after big fundraising numbers and weeks of intense campaigning, that Beto O’Rourke is still well behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and hasn’t improved his numbers at all. They also cringe as the National Republican Senatorial Committee shifts resources around to help candidates who have underperformed in their own fundraising. And as Alaska voters head to the polls they give thumbs down to the state’s system of advancing four candidates to the general election and using ranked choice to determine a winner.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three very bitter martinis. First, it’s a double shot of bad as Sen. Joe Manchin abandons his inflation concerns to push corporate tax increases and hundreds of billions in climate change programs – and it’s all going to happen because the GOP got outsmarted by Senate Dems. They also fume as the Biden administration offers to free one of the world’s worst terrorists in exchange for two Americans held in Russia. And they lament a new Gallup poll showing that just 29 percent of Americans think couples with children should be married. And the numbers aren’t that much better among conservatives.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they recoil at the horrific assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and discuss why he was such a valuable U.S. ally. They also welcome better than expected job growth in June. And they wonder if New York Democrats learned anything from the Supreme Court decision as they pass new hurdles for residents to get concealed carry permits – including submitting their social media accounts for an evaluation of their character and conduct.

Gun Rights Are Civil Rights

 

Gun control tended to be used to disarm blacks when they were first introduced. Has the justification changed that much since then? Do the leaders of the democratic party actually have a much higher view of blacks than when Wilson was watching Birth of a Nation in the White House theater, or LBJ was cynically using the Civil Rights Act for votes?

Join Jim & Greg as they dissect new polls showing that inflation, gas prices, and other economic issues are the top concern for for more than three of every five Americans. They also welcome news that Florida leans increasingly to the right as GOP voter registrations dwarf the numbers put up by the Democrats. And they’re a bit stunned to hear Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney admit that he’s looking forward to the day he’s no longer mayor.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the Supreme Court marshal urging state officials in Virginia and Maryland to protect Supreme Court justices and stop protests outside their private homes. But they do wonder why it took her almost two months to do this. They also get a kick out of California Gov. Gavin Newsom trying to claim there is more freedom in California than in Florida in his laughable attempt to troll Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. And they fume as yet another mass shooter littered the internet with his fascination with other mass killings.

As the United States celebrates 246 years since we declared our independence, Jim and Greg each list three things they love about America.

 

NY Responds to the Bruen Decision Overturning Its Concealed-Carry Law

 

It did not take long for New York to respond to the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the onerous conditions placed on lawful gun owners who applied for a concealed-carry firearms permit.  The Wall Street Journal says:

On Thursday, New York lawmakers will vote on a bill that would require people applying for a concealed-weapons permit to attend in-person training sessions and let officials access their mental-health records during a background check, according to people briefed on the measure.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the second amendment conversion of a New York liberal who now sees the value of a gun for self-defense and how restrictive laws don’t keep weapons away from bad guys. They also cheer the news that many environmental activists are packing up and leaving D.C. after Thursday’s Supreme Court decision on the EPA. And they sigh as President Biden tells Americans they will be stuck with high gas prices until Ukraine defeats Russia.

 

Is This Some Kind of Weird Irony?

 

In September of 2021, Newsom signed Assembly Bill 173 into law.

The bill requires the California Department of Justice to supply information identifying firearm and ammunition purchasers to a newly created research center at the University of California Davis or any other university that requests them. The information includes details such as the buyer’s name, address, date of birth, what they purchased, when and where they bought it, and more.

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Dear Ricochetti, My husband Dave passed away last September. He was a passionate 2nd Amendment supporter, and also an avid collector and shooter. We spent many a summer Sunday morning, after Mass, at an outdoor shooting range. He was also a reloader, which certainly helped keep all of that shooting affordable! Preview Open

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This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with CATO Institute research fellow Trevor Burrus about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision New York State Rifle and Pistol Associate v. Bruen and its implications for an individual’s right to carry a fire arm in states such as Massachusetts.

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Guns, Abortion, and the Clashes Yet to Come

 

Last week, the Supreme Court delivered two blockbuster opinions. The first, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, struck down a New York state law provision that required any person who wished to carry a concealed handgun in public to first demonstrate to a public official that they had “proper cause” to do so for self-defense. In practice, this meant that applicants had to show that they faced a special risk above and beyond the ordinary risks that everyone runs in society. The second, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, put an end to the forty-nine-year period in which Roe v. Wade (1973) guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion.

The response to both these decisions was strong and emphatic—from both sides. However, because the six conservative justices stuck together for both decisions, the left howled far louder than the right. Sadly, advocates on both sides treated their positions as self-evident truths, ignoring difficult conceptual and administrative challenges. Thus, in Dobbs, there was no middle ground. Forces on the right took great pleasure in concluding that Dobbs is a “triumph of democracy, constitutionalism, and courage,” and that the court rightly rejected living constitutionalism and returned the question of abortion rights to the people. The liberal dissenters asked not whether the people had the right to regulate abortion but rather whether each woman had the right to decide for herself whether to have a baby. By throwing the issue back into the hands of legislatures, the Supreme Court gave only modest comfort to many states, such as Illinois, that decided to protect Roe, while others—like Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa—sought to reinstate restrictions that could turn the clock back beyond the bad old days before Roe.

Bruen reversed those roles: progressives thought legislative discretion should control, while conservatives took the view that the Second Amendment gives the right to bear firearms strong constitutional protection.

Red Flag Laws Will Disarm America

 

Yeah, it will take a bit of time to do it, but leftists play the long game.

I don’t know why I am so surprised that so many conservatives seem so naive about this. Red flag laws are cracking the lid on Pandora’s box on taking away your 2A rights and the uglies are sliding out as we speak. I would like to see how well this post has aged in 20 years’ time. I would hate to be right, but I’m pretty sure I will be.

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I’ve mentioned in the comments that I do not necessarily oppose the bipartisan “gun control” bill currently being passed in the Senate. Based on my, admittedly brief, read of the bill, it actually seems tailored to addressing legitimate problems related to mass shootings. I’m glad the bill does not seek to ban gun sales to 18 […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the Supreme Court decision confirming that gun owners do not need to “show cause” to get a concealed carry permit. They also criticize four Senate Democrats for demanding Google not include any information on pregnancy resource centers when people search for abortion services. And they wonder why the Biden administration is banning Juul vaping products.

Rob Long is in for Jim. Join Rob & Greg as they cheer a Republican victory in a very unlikely place. They are also excited to see the skyrocketing number of African-Americans purchasing firearms. They then go on to criticize the Biden administration for punishing border patrol agents for a “whipping” allegation that never actually happened.

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I know he’s not a fan favorite around here, but this is a pretty good take-down of a poorly written article for ABC News re: guns.   https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/copy-desk-memo-to-abc-news/?utm_source=blog-landing&utm_medium=desktop&utm_campaign=continue-reading  Preview Open

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