I believe I have made clear my view Federalism, and the 10th amendment. I believe that states ought to make the vast majority of their own decisions. But, this bill is supported by the Bill of Rights. The second amendment is very clear. The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Certain states have restricted that right in violation of our constitution, and this bill could help in correcting that
Earlier this week, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced Senate Bill 446, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow Americans to conceal carry a firearm across state lines.
“This bill strengthens both the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and the power of states to implement laws best-suited for the folks who live there,” Cornyn said in a statement obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “This legislation is an important affirmation of our Second Amendment rights and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for a long time.”
Both the NRA and Gun Owners of America (GOA) came out in favor of SB 446.
“The current patchwork of state and local gun laws is confusing and can cause the most conscientious and law-abiding gun owner to run afoul of the law when they are traveling or temporarily living away from home,” Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, said in a statement. “Senator Cornyn’s legislation provides a much needed solution to a real problem for law-abiding gun owners. Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines.”
Bob Owens has shared some of his views on federal gun laws, and the second amendment.
I don’t want more federal gun laws, but instead want the federal gun laws that exist (the National Firearms Act of 1934, Gun Control Act of 1968, etc) repealed or declared unconstitutional.
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.
Based upon my plain reading of the Second Amendment, in the broader context of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as written and accepted in the early 1790s, along with the broadsheets, letters, and other collected historical documents of the Founding Fathers, it is very clear that they meant that the federal government had no roll at all when it came to determining the arms and ordnance owned by the American people.
Frankly, I share these views and would prefer that the states simply follow the Constitution. I do not believe the States possess a right to restrict the second amendment anymore than I believe they can restrict freedoms of religion, assembly, or speech. The supreme law of our land is the United States Constitution, as it is written. If that document does not touch on a subject, such as defining marriage for example, then those decisions are clearly left up to the individual states.
APPOINT AN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO WILL PROSECUTE HILLARY CLINTON
Hillary Clinton represents everything that is wrong with the American political class. She epitomizes establishment corruption and wanton criminality, and to ignore her blatantly felonious behavior is to condone it.
REPEAL & REPLACE OBAMACARE
Of all the ruinous policies enacted by the previous administration, none is so egregious and universally despised as The Affordable Care Act. It must be eradicated like the cancer that it is and replaced with a free-market-based alternative as soon as humanly possible.
BUILD THE WALL
This is the primary reason why Donald Trump was elected president, make no mistake about it, and while its construction will not, in and of itself, put an end to illegal immigration, it will symbolize a seriousness of intent with respect to border security that has been sorely lacking in our government for decades.
APPOINT ORIGINALISTS TO THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY
When it comes to our nation’s highest courts, there are essentially two types of judges who oversee them, originalists and activists. Activistic judges believe that our Constitution is a “living, breathing” document that they are free to modify from the bench at any time and for any reason they concoct. As for originalist judges, I think Justice Antonin Scalia put it best when he said: “Our manner of interpreting the Constitution is to begin with the text, and to give that text the meaning that it bore when it was adopted by the people.”
SLASH TAXES ON BUSINESS & RENEGOTIATE INTERNATIONAL TRADE DEALS
Reinvigorating the U.S. economy cannot occur without radically reducing taxes on the companies which make up its foundation. Business taxes amount to taxes on all Americans – be they CEOs, employees, stockholders or consumers – and trillions of dollars have been lost to our economy over the years due to government’s insistence on inflicting punitive taxation upon our nation’s most productive citizens. Adding insult to injury, pro-globalist trade policies like NAFTA have served to accelerate the decline of America’s economic vitality, and any attempts to reverse the trends of the past few decades without addressing these key points will prove futile.
DRASTICALLY CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING & REGULATION
Cutting government spending begins with downsizing the bureaucracies infesting it. This can be done through attrition, which simply means not hiring new federal employees to replace the ones who retire for an extended period of time. Beyond that, there are scores of agencies which should be eliminated entirely, like the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Housing & Urban Development, and the EPA for starters. Furthermore, federal regulations have become so pervasive that reducing their number by 50 percent would still leave the Federal Register with nearly 100,000 pages of growth-killing rules. Yes, certain regulatory powers must be exercised in order to stop bad people from doing harm to the rest of us, but when nanny-state know-it-alls in Washington DC decide to start telling the rest of us how much water we can use to flush our toilets or what sort of bulbs we can screw into our light fixtures, they’ve engaged in the sort of conduct that our founding fathers would have taken up arms to oppose.
By Edward L. Daley
Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Timesdetails how Thomas caused Knotts Berry Farm to close its Halloween-themed amusement park, called FearVR: 5150. Curiously, Thomas expected to be offended by the theme park, yet went anyway. Now, if I find myself offended by an activity, I take action by not engaging in that activity. That is not possible for today’s social justice warriors. Avoiding offense is never an option. Banishing that activity, and preventing others from any possible enjoyment they derive from it, is the only acceptable result.
While Thomas did head over to the attraction, he never got in—the lines were too long. “Instead, he talked to people as they exited and asked them to describe FearVR. They told him they were strapped into seats as if being admitted to a hospital, and then were transported into a frightening scene of mayhem,” Lopez writes. Therefore any outrage and action taken as a result is the result of hearsay.
Yet Thomas went on to complain that the park “perpetuates stereotypes” about mentally ill people. But the use of a mental hospital for psychological fright purposes clearly derives from cinema. Mental asylums have long been a film setting, used so extensively they’ve become a trope in horror movies. Moreover, the attraction could hardly be described as an accurate portrayal of contemporary mental health facilities for other reasons.
Go read the rest, it is a valuable lesson in why we cannot appease grievance mongers who are really just bullies who want everyone else to bow to them
Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly are still trying to milk their gun control crusade for all the publicity it is worth. They recently put on their shocked faces and blasted Donald Trump for demanding that Hillary Clinton ask her body guards to disarm since she is so anti-gun
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly lashed out at Donald Trump on Friday for saying that Hillary Clinton’s bodyguards should be “disarmed.”
“Tonight we have even more evidence of just how dangerously unfit Donald Trump is to be president of this great country,” Giffords and Kelly, both Clinton supporters, said in a statement.
“He is reckless, irresponsible and unworthy of the office he seeks
To be clear, Trump has suggested, and I believe rightfully so, that Hillary Clinton would do everything she could to erase the right to keep and bear arms. His suggestion at his rally was that if Hillary is so vehemently anti-gun, then she should ask her security to disarm. In other words, Trump was asking for consistency from Clinton. Imagine that! Consistency from a Leftist? Never gonna happen. Leftism is an ideology of inconsistency, consistency being highly inconvenient to the Left.
The Cult of Gun Control, of which Giffords and Kelly are prominent members, lie on a regular basis about guns, “gun violence”, and self-defense with guns. The fact is that over the last quarter century, Americans have been buying firearms. Millions of Americans carry firearms for self-defense, and during this time, violent crime, homicides, homicide by firearms, and accidental gun deaths have all steadily decreased. These facts are not up for debate. Yet the Giffords, Kellys and Clintons of the world berate us with lies about the number of mass shootings, which they grossly over inflate, and the dangers of “assault rifles” “high-capacity magazines”, and “weapons of war”. The media, of course, exploits any mass shooting, and ignores the hundreds of thousands of times Americans use firearms in self-defense every year.
It is not that they do not know the truth, they do. It is that they believe lying to get their ends, is OK. Again, the Left does not value truth. The Cult of Gun Control, is most decidedly of the Left, so telling lies, or manufacturing false statistics to panic uniformed Americans is perfectly OK with Michael Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action mouthpieces like Shannon Watts. So, I would say bravo to Trump for actually demanding Clinton put her money where her mouth is. Hillary Clinton is guarded by armed men and women, and she should be. Nothing wrong with security. I would find no issue with Hillary herself packing heat for her own protection. But she should stop demanding steps that would make it harder for Americans to own or carry firearms for their own security. Until she does that, then she is simply another gun control hypocrite. A hypocrite who recognizes the importance of armed protection yet seeks to deny it for average Americans.
As every country that has tried it knows, not only is socialism immoral and inherently tyrannical, it does not work. Ask Venezuelans, half of whom are ready to abandon their own country. Under end stage socialism, food is scarce:
There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty.
There are horrific tales of desperate people slaughtering zoo animals to provide their only meal of the day. Even household pets are targeted as a much-needed source for food.
President Maduro is doubling down on the proven failed policies and philosophies of “Bolivarian Socialism,” while diverting attention away from the crisis — pointing fingers at so-called “enemies” of Venezuela such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and others.
A dozen eggs was last reported to cost $150, and the International Monetary Fund predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year.
To the outrage of many in Venezuela, embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday jokes about the shortages and hardship under his administration.
“The Maduro diet. Makes you hard without needing any Viagra,” said Maduro Sunday, laughing, during an exchange with the audience.
Maduro had asked a man in the audience, “why are you so skinny?” To which several people in the audience responded, on live television: “That’s the Maduro diet!”
The “Maduro diet” is what Venezuelans call slow starvation due to economic dysfunction inflicted by the socialist government.
Get that punchline? People are starving, they are unable to get medicines, medical care, or even properly bury their dead, but to Maduro, it is funny somehow! Suffering is funny because Marxism brings equality comrades. Sure it is always equality of hunger, sickness, suffering and slavery to the State but none of that matters because equality is Utopia! No, as a wise man said, you can have equality or liberty, but you cannot have both. And the results? Well they matter not because in the pursuit of “equality” the individual seeks to matter, and in fact, becomes the enemy. And the Marxist will never admit the evil of their ideology
Hugo Chávez has been dead for more than three years, and the results of his irresponsible fiscal policies and criminally despotic rule have finally come to light in the form of pain and misery.
Images of Hospitals that look like catacombs, and prisons that have become maximum security business centers for criminals where no law applies, have become a reference when speaking about the country. But the wound goes much deeper than that.
We’re not just talking about shortages of basic staples such as toilet paper and soap, or daily electricity cuts, the five-day weekends for public employees, or about any of those stories that have turned Venezuela into a punchline with a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council. No. The economic collapse at the hands of chavista economic policies has brought something deadlier, and so much simpler: hunger.
Children who eat once or twice a day, who don’t go to school because they don’t have the energy. Families of four sharing a portion for one person. These stories have become as common as social media posts from people hunting for medicine to tend the ailments of their loved ones. This is the new kind of misery porn that has been drawing attention to Venezuela. A country that squandered close to a Trillion Dollars of oil revenue under chavista rule. Try to wrap your head around that sum for a sec. And now try to refocus on the country that today drowns in a humanitarian crisis. It’s as if the rate of the fall is proportional to the income received and wasted.
And yet, the Maduro administration remains paralyzed. If Chávez was guilty for the decisions that steered Venezuela onto this collision course, then Maduro’s sin is inaction, watching as the country crashes into the iceberg without lifting a finger, except forcefully preventing anyone else taking the helm.
Sadder still is that right now, today, in America, the nation that better than any other, illustrates how Capitalism and individual liberties benefit all, college students are being taught that Marxism and all the bastard “isms’ it spawned give power to the people, and provide for everyone’s needs. Right now, people here, in this nation, look at policies that are rooted in Marxism and swoon. Just look at both presidential candidates proposals on how to make child care “more affordable”. Of course we now have “affordable” health insurance because of Obama Care right? Yeah, how is that working out? And how about our tax code? It is confiscatory, and punitive, as graduated income taxes, another Marxist ideal, always are. Look at our out of control regulatory overlords that work for the alphabet soup of governmental agencies.
The biggest tragedy of Marxism is that the fools who buy into its false promises never learn from the actual history of Marxism. They never learn from 110,000,000 that it killed in the last century. The gulags of the Soviet Union of the past, or from the modern-day gulags in North Korea. The trampling of liberty? Who cares about that, the lemmings want their promised free stuff. The inherent destruction of everything good that Marxism always brings? Bah, tell the lemmings what they want to hear, to Hell with facts. So, the destruction will come again, and again, and again. And people will continue to believe the lies, the sweet promises that always bring destitution and misery rather than paradise.
I can not bring my mind to envision a more disturbing scenario. History lays out, indisputably, how the American model our Founders laid out, brings prosperity, opportunity, and liberty. That same history also illustrates how the Marxist path leads to evil ends. Yet some, many in fact simply will not see. Yesterday it was Russia and China, today it is North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela, tomorrow, it will be…………May God help us
President Obama called Hillary Clinton the most qualified candidate evah! I would say she is the one of the most undeserving of such an honor. Mike McDaniel reminds us that if her lips are moving………
In her recent interview with Chris Wallace, the one where she famously lied, saying FBI Head James Comey called her many lies to the American people “consistent and truthful,”Hillary Clinton also claimed that the majority of Americans want the kind of “common sense gun safety” she has promised to work every day to obtain. As with Barack Obama, the surest way to determine whether Hillary Clinton is lying is to confirm that her lips are moving:
The Washington Post’s Kessler awarded her ‘four Pinnochios,’ and noted, ‘Comey has repeatedly not taken a stand on her public statements.’
John Hinderaker of Powerline comments on her gun control scheming:
More gun control has never been a winning issue for the Democrats–not on the national stage, anyway. It recent years it has been used mostly as a means of whipping up the Democrats’ base, but conventions are staged for a broader audience, and I take seriously Hillary’s statements to the effect that it is a key part of her agenda. Apparently the Democrats are heartened by recent polls indicating that support for anti-gun measures is growing. This shouldn’t be surprising, given the extraordinary publicity accorded to every ‘shooter’ incident.
As Mark Twain said, “there are lies, damned lies and statistics.” Gun control polls can be, and routinely are, worded and applied so as to obtain predetermined results.
Indeed they are, and no doubt guns, particularly YOUR guns are the number one long term target of the Left, and as I always say, and as McDaniel notes here, the Left will never stop pushing for their aims, because CONTROL of YOU is their long term aim.
The disarmament of the law-abiding American public, like universal health care–Obamacare–is a never-ending goal of progressives. They worked relentlessly for more than a century to get Obamacare, a law based entirely on lies, yet they continue to claim it a wonderful gift to the American people even as they continue to advocate a “single payer” system. Some honest progressives–nearly an oxymoron–admit Obamacare is a lie and a failure, but as is always the case, no progressive policy can possibly be wrong. As a result, they advocate for more of the policy, in effect longer, applied much more rigidly and fervently, and that far more money be spent. Only then will the wonders of universal health care be manifest. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand that gun control is a reflexive feature of progressivism. It is never far from the minds of progressives, even if they aren’t mentioning it in every speech. They are willing to wait for a century or more for an overwhelmingly Democrat Congress, or better yet, for an unassailable progressive majority on the Supreme Court.
Why do they see disarmament as a priority? Because the Second Amendment truly is the provision of the Constitution they fear most. As long as Americans keep and bear arms, progressive’s ultimate desires for domination can never be realized. Their desires have nothing to do with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists; their sights are eternally set on law-abiding Americans, people that represent a threat only to tyrants, and only during the hard tyranny phase of their seizure of absolute power. The most recent proof of this is Mr. Obama’s commutation of the sentences of at least 60 felons, all convicted of violating federal firearm laws. It is a truism, but nonetheless true: criminals don’t obey gun control laws.
Those who do actual research know full well that both violent crime and homicide rates have been falling for 25 years in America, even as more Americans buy guns, and carry guns. So, the fact is more guns have NOT led to more crime. In fact the opposite is the case. Millions of Americans now carry firearms, and yet, violent crimes are falling.
During President Obama’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 14.5 million – a 215% increase since 2007. Among the findings of our report:
■ The increase in the number of concealed handgun permits last year set another record, increasing by 1.73 million. That is slightly greater than previous record of 1.69 million set the last year.
■ 6.06% of the total adult population has a permit.
■ In ten states, more than 10% of adults have concealed handgun permits. Indiana has the highest rate — 15%. South Dakota is close behind with 14.7%.
■ Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas each have over a million residents who are
active permit holders.
■ In another 11 states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state. Thus the growth in permits does not provide a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry.
■ Between 2012 and 2016, in states that provide data by gender, the number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits.
■ Some evidence suggests that permit-holding is increasing about 75% more quickly among minorities than among whites.
■ Between 2007 and 2015, murder rates fell from 5.6 to 4.7 (preliminary estimate) per 100,000. This represents a 16% drop. Overall violent crime fell by 18 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of adults with permits has soared by 190%.
Understand that the Left knows this too, so they know that there is a good chance that gun bans, etc. would increase crime. But, simply put they do not care. Individual rights, and lives are not paramount in the Left’s grand scheme. Installing Collectivism is. Study the history of Collectivism AKA Marxism, it is a story of Democide, and human degradation.
In 1928 Stalin abandoned Lenin’s quasi-capitalist New Economic Policy in favour of headlong state-organized industrialization under a succession of five-year plans. This was, in effect, a new Russian revolution more devastating in its effects than those of 1917. The dictator’s blows fell most heavily on the peasantry, some 25 million rustic households being compelled to amalgamate in collective or state farms within a few years. Resisting desperately, the reluctant muzhiks were attacked by troops andOGPU (political police) units. Uncooperative peasants, termed kulaks, were arrested en masse, being shot, exiled, or absorbed into the rapidly expanding network of Stalinist concentration camps and worked to death under atrocious conditions. Collectivization also caused a great famine in Ukraine. Yet Stalin continued to export the grain stocks that a less cruel leader would have rushed to the famine-stricken areas. Some 10 million peasants may have perished through his policies during these years.
Mao and other Communist leaders set out to reshape Chinese society. Industry came under state ownership and China’s farmers began to be organised into collectives. All opposition was ruthlessly suppressed. The Chinese initially received significant help from the Soviet Union, but relations soon began to cool.
In 1958, in an attempt to introduce a more ‘Chinese’ form of communism, Mao launched the ‘Great Leap Forward’. This aimed at mass mobilisation of labour to improve agricultural and industrial production. The result, instead, was a massive decline in agricultural output, which, together with poor harvests, led to famine and the deaths of millions. The policy was abandoned and Mao’s position weakened.
In an attempt to re-assert his authority, Mao launched the ‘Cultural Revolution’ in 1966, aiming to purge the country of ‘impure’ elements and revive the revolutionary spirit. One-and-a-half million people died and much of the country’s cultural heritage was destroyed. In September 1967, with many cities on the verge of anarchy, Mao sent in the army to restore order.
In late 1934—just when the worst excesses of Stalinism seemed to have spent themselves—the Secretary General launched a new campaign of political terror against the very Communist Party members who had brought him to power; his pretext was the assassination, in Leningrad on December 1, of his leading colleague and potential rival, Sergey Kirov. That Stalin himself had arranged Kirov’s murder—as an excuse for the promotion of mass bloodshed—was strongly hinted by Nikita Khrushchev, first secretary of the party, in a speech denouncing Stalin at the 20th Party Congress in 1956.
Stalin used the show trial of leading Communists as a means for expanding the new terror. In August 1936, Zinovyev and Kamenev were paraded in court to repeat fabricated confessions, sentenced to death, and shot; two more major trials followed, in January 1937 and March 1938. In June 1937, Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky, at the time the most influential military personality, and other leading generals were reported as court-martialed on charges of treason and executed.
Such were the main publicly acknowledged persecutions that empowered Stalin to tame the Soviet Communist Party and the Soviet elite as a whole. He not only “liquidated” veteran semi-independent Bolsheviks but also many party bosses, military leaders, industrial managers, and high government officials totally subservient to himself. Other victims included foreign Communists on Soviet territory and members of the very political police organization, now called the NKVD. All other sections of the Soviet elite—the arts, the academic world, the legal and diplomatic professions—also lost a high proportion of victims, as did the population at large, to a semi-haphazard, galloping persecution that fed on extorted denunciations and confessions. These implicated even more victims until Stalin himself reduced the terror, though he never abandoned it. Stalin’s political victims were numbered in tens of millions. His main motive was, presumably, to maximize his personal power.
Pol Pot. The name is synonymous with horror.
Even in the blood-drenched annals of twentieth-century history, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia stands out for the sheer scale and senselessness of its atrocities. In the name of creating an agrarian communist revolution, Pol Pot and his underlings killed at least 1.5 million of their own people in the infamous Killing Fields. They wiped out between 1/4 and 1/5 of the country’s entire population.
In the name of agrarian communism, the Khmer Rouge decided to completely and immediately remake Cambodian society as a utopian farming nation, free of all foreign influence and the trappings of modernity. They immediately abolished all private property, and seized all products of field or factory. The people who lived in cities and towns – some 3.3 million – were driven out to work in the countryside. They were labeled “depositees,” and were given very short rations with the intention of starving them to death. When party leader Hou Youn objected to the emptying of Phnom Penh, Pol Pot labeled him a traitor; Hou Youn disappeared.
Pol Pot’s regime targeted intellectuals – including anyone with an education, or with foreign contacts – as well as anyone from the middle or upper classes. Such people were tortured horrifically, including by electrocution, pulling out of finger and toenails, and being skinned alive, before they were killed. All of the doctors, the teachers, the Buddhist monks and nuns, and the engineers died. All of the national army’s officers were executed.
Love, sex and romance were outlawed, and the state had to approve marriages. Anyone caught being in love or having sex without official permission was executed. Children were not allowed to go to school or to play – they were expected to work, and would be summarily killed if they balked.
Along with the three previous examples, Hitler (yes, Fascism IS of the Left), Castro, and others slaughtered, starved, worked to death, and tortured well over 100,000,000 souls. And yes, most of those victims were disarmed. Totalitarians understand that removing the most basic human right, that of self-defense makes their perverse pursuit of a Marxist Utopia easier.
Go read the rest folks, McDaniel lays the truth out about Hillary, the Left, and gun