Tag: Second Amendment

More Rats! And Racism?

 

RatsThe left has settled on the election strategy of screaming “racist, racist, racist” at President Trump and any who dare show any support for him. It need not be true if it works, as Senator Harry Reid shamelessly admitted after smearing Mitt Romney into defeat. Yelling “that’s racist!” is also a defensive move by Democrats, fearful of President Trump showing they no longer have a monopoly on peoples’ votes based on skin color. President Trump can win bigly in the 2020 election, and put his tormentors on the back foot now, if he simply goes on offense, keeping his promises made in on Trump’s New Deal for Black America. In so doing, he can make a substantial positive difference in the lives of forgotten and exploited Americans, cleaning up the rats, and the dirty rotten rats in local and state governments.

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A friend (a liberalish Millenial, while I’m a Gen-X right-winger) posted this on his Facebook wall; I found it interesting & thought provoking, so thought I’d share it here. Thoughts? More

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It’s almost beyond belief that the same gun control partisans whose refrain is, “but the militia clause” also tell us that “military-style” weapons don’t belong in private hands. One would think that mention of a militia (well-regulated or otherwise) would be a fairly straightforward indication that the weapons the authors most especially had in mind […]

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Now I have a question for 2A supporters. I have been a member of the NRA for a long time. Have thought about a lifetime membership, but could not ever afford it: I think I still have a year left on my last NRA renewal. More

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“I think about it all the time,” Ford said of the shootings that plague his community. “That’s why I’m working with a concealed carry instructor and we’re going to go through the neighborhood and we’re going to encourage people to get their concealed carry license because it makes no sense for people not to have […]

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Culture Clash

 

Right wing virtue signalllingMy good friend Michael Bane has an interesting podcast up this week, talking about American gun culture and how that culture is perceived in American media. On the podcast, he compares an article in Forbes by Elizabeth Macbride, which claims that guns in America are mainly used as a political virtue signal to others who have a certain belief in the American dream, with a blog post which talks about how guns mean many things in America, but one of the biggest reasons why guns are so popular is because they’re so much fun to shoot.

And they are.

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The (ill)Logical End of the “Why Does Anyone Need That Kind Gun?” Argument

 

David French has an excellent piece in National Review on the new push for gun control within the Democratic Party.

As a doctor, I feel I have a duty to inform the public of what I have learned as I have observed these wounds and cared for these patients. It’s clear to me that AR-15 and other high-velocity weapons, especially when outfitted with a high-capacity magazine, have no place in a civilian’s gun cabinet.

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Gun Owners Are Being Othered, And We’re Letting It Happen

 

In the wake of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, “bump stocks” became the cause célèbre of the gun control crowd. A bump stock, to be honest, is a rather silly device that attaches to the back of a rifle which allows you to rapidly increase the rate of fire of the gun, letting it mimic the effect of a fully-automatic rifle. Bump stocks specifically designed to get around the restrictions on civilian ownership of fully-automatic firearm that were imposed by the passage the National Firearms Act and the Hughes Amendment, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives decided (at President Trump’s urging) that they made a mistake back in 2010, and such things shouldn’t be in civilian hands.

The fact that you can replicate automatic fire with training and practice, (or even with something as prosaic as a belt loop) seems to be lost on the BATFE, but that’s a topic for another time.

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The common theme in this month’s Group Writing group is “Order”. I am interpreting “order” as analogous to “well-regulated”, specifically as in, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I think it is time to […]

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Hillsdale College, Shooting Guns, and More

 
From left to right: Sheila Brey, instructor; Gena Grant, event coordinator; Shannan Chada, instructor; and Sheila Hoekstra, lead instructor

Trust me: if you love to shoot pistols, trap, skeet, archery, 3-D archery, and sporting clays, you must check out Hillsdale College! I’ve been here for just under a week, and I have grown in so many ways. It’s so satisfying to visit a college that is so deeply committed to the Constitution and is preparing our young people for the future; to be with people who share my values and where I’m supported in practicing Judaism; and where I have excellent instructors who have improved my shooting skills dramatically.

As I wrote in an earlier post, we scheduled attending this workshop, not realizing that Yom Kippur fell right in the middle of the week. I asked the Hillsdale representative if there was anyone who would be holding Yom Kippur services—at a Christian college, right!—and they found a group that was holding abbreviated Erev Yom Kippur Services and morning services. Even though both services were short, I was so moved to be praying with other Jews and they were so welcoming, too. I did fast from sunset until lunch the next day. I do not think in any way that this was a “replacement” worship—there are no substitutes—yet I was so contented having Hillsdale College support my faith.

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Illinois House Passes Firearms Restraining Order

 

We passed a “Firearms Restraining Order” bill in the Illinois House Wednesday. I spent a lot of time on this bill, and have written about it on my blog. I believe it strikes a balance between preserving civil liberties and Second Amendment rights with the responsibility we have to protect public safety. Here are my initial floor comments on the bill:

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number 176 (gads!) it’s the Lib on Lib edition of the show with you Conservative on Conservative hosts Todd Feinburg, radio guy, and Mike Stopa, nano-artificial-intelligencist. Welcome. Yes, welcome! This week we discuss the lovely noises and gnashing of teeth that ensues when liberals face off against […]

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Caution: Using This Product Against Armed Citizens Might Result in Injury or Death

 

A video showing an armed plainclothes Brazilian police woman fighting back against an armed attacked has gone viral and is popping up all over my social media feed. My friend John Corriea breaks down the video from a tactical perspective on his YouTube channel, but caution: There is no blood shown, however, someone does wind up assuming room temperature. The video itself and how’s it’s gone viral, though, have some interesting implications for the larger efforts to fight back against gun control and keep and expand our right to self-defense.

One of the methods currently used by those opposed to the right of self defense is the proven strategy of making guns “uncool,” and holding gun manufacturers liable for their misuse, which is essentially the same methods used against the tobacco companies to limit the use of their products.

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Former FBI Director James Comey is a fan of gun control. Referring to “reasonable restrictions” on the right of the people to keep and bear arms, Mr. Comey recently said that gun control is “Not a slippery slope, it’s a concrete set of stairs built by America’s founders.” More

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I’ve just posted an article on my blog about a Firearm Restraining Order bill that I’ve been negotiating in the Illinois House. My aim is to help deter the instances of mass shootings while protecting civil liberties. I’ve also posted a video discussing the bill: More

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Something Isn’t Working as It Should

 

In a few short months, gun owners have gone from counting votes in the Senate to get CCW reciprocity passed nationwide to fighting for our Second Amendment lives.

Gun owners are in a culture war and we’re losing. The forces of civilian disarmament are using the techniques of the anti-smoking movement against the private ownership of guns and they’ve had more success curbing civilian gun ownership with this tactic than they’ve had fighting a political war over the previous 10 years.

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I don’t think the left believes they can repeal the second amendment, or even significantly strengthen gun laws. I think they have adopted the model of the anti-tobacco movement: Taking a legal product and making it so socially disapproved that anyone who uses it is considered outside the pale of acceptability. That worked really well […]

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John Paul Stevens’ Gun Problem

 

This past week, former United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens boldly called for the repeal of the Second Amendment, which reads in its entirety: “A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Justice Stevens made two arguments. First, he claimed that the late Justice Antonin Scalia misread the Second Amendment when he held in D.C. v. Heller (2008) that it prevents the District of Columbia from prohibiting Dick Heller, a D.C. special policeman, from keeping or carrying a side-arm in his home for the purposes of self-defense. Justice Scalia said that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, unconnected with service in the militia. Second, spurred on by the mass killings at Parkland High School, Justice Stevens argued that the Second Amendment, as construed, was a “relic” that imposed outdated restrictions on the proper regulation of guns.

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Firearms and Freedom

 

In 1996, a madman murdered 35 people in Port Arthur, Tasmania. As a result, the Australian government, led by one of Australia’s greatest Prime Ministers in John Howard, introduced a ban on all semi-automatic and automatic weapons. To achieve this ban, Howard introduced a buyback scheme in which firearm owners would be compensated for giving up their weapons. Although this move had bipartisan support, at the time it was opposed by many people, particularly those in regional Australia where many primary producers own firearms.

Today, no politician in Australia hoping to get elected would support going back to the pre-Port Arthur firearms laws. Indeed, any change that would help responsible firearms owners, no matter how minor, is opposed by the Green Party and other extremists of the left. Truly, the best we can hope for in Australia is the status quo.

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“Right now, America is in a state of fundamental moral conflict. On the one side, we have a group of people with incredible power available at their fingertips. Most of them have no desire to hurt anyone and simply wish to be left alone. A relatively minor few have abused that power and caused catastrophic […]

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