Category Archives: 021 Second Amendment

Senator Chuck Riley Equates Gun Control Laws with Slavery: “Right for the Time”

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“Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) shocked some gun rights advocates when he said slavery in the U.S. was ‘right for the time’ according to a Supreme Court ruling of the day. The comment appeared to be defending slavery, although he made the comment to illustrate the power he believes lies with the Supreme Court and to support his views on gun control, which he said does not infringe on civil liberties given in the U.S. Constitution.

Riley, whose comments were caught on video, held an informal conversation with his constituents on Saturday, April 25, at Insomniac Coffee in Hillsboro during which he faced heat from gun rights advocates. Riley has already come under pressure from opponents, who recently filed a recall petition due to his support of gun control laws in Oregon. House Rep. Susan McLain (D-Forest Grove) is also facing a potential recall…”

(Via.) GoLocalPDX <—Read more here

Where does science fall on the gun control debate? John Lott replies to David Hemenway

“Sixty percent of respondents in Hemenway’s survey agreed that “evidence indicates that background checks can help keep guns out of the hands of a significant number of violent people.”  But only 31% of all those surveyed thought that the evidence was either strong (24%) or very strong (7%).  And even these numbers seem unrealistically high.  Study after study by criminologists and economists find that background checks have no effect on crime rates.  

Economists have done a lot of work on crime.  Unlike the vast majority of work in public health, it is usually much more rigorous with more detailed statistical evidence dealing with issues of causality. Economists are also much more open to the notion of deterrence than the vast majority of authors surveyed by Hemenway.  I myself was chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission.  But Hemenway steers away from economics journals.  In addition, looking at publications from only 2011 through 2013 also picks up a recent surge in public health studies and skews the sample towards those types of authors.

I was included in the list of those surveyed, but when I emailed Hemenway reporting that my responses weren’t be recorded, my emails were ignored.

Ironically, despite over 300 studies on firearms published over about three years, Hemenway frequently complains that firearms researchers just aren’t getting enough money…”

(Via.) Fox News <—Read more here

VA and FBI Work Together To Disarm Vets

“Documents obtained by The Daily Caller and interviews with American veterans reveal a shocking government program: The Department of Veterans Affairs is disarming America’s veterans by getting them placed on the FBI’s criminal background-check list.

The VA sends veterans’ personal medical and financial information directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids.

Veterans deemed mentally incompetent or financially incapable are finally speaking out about the errors in the system and the fearful harassment they and their families face from the federal government. And it all starts when vets go to the VA to get medical help.”

(Via.) Caller

Uber driver, licensed to carry gun, shoots gunman in Logan Square

“Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.

The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.

A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. Friday in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said. cComments

The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said. No other injuries were reported.”

(Via.) Chicago Tribune <—Read more here

Colorado Campus Carry: 12 Years, No Mass Shootings, No Crimes by Permit Holders

“On April 20, The Washington Post ran a column showing that campus carry has been the law of the land in Colorado since 2003, and the results have not been anything like those currently fighting against campus carry claim it should be.

There have been no mass shootings and, apart from one incident in which a gun was accidentally discharged by a Colorado University employee, there have been no crimes by permit holders.

No one was injured in the accidental discharge, and the employee was fired.

The success of campus carry in Colorado is especially good news for women, who are able to level the playing field by being armed and better able to defend their dignity when under sexual attack.

WaPo explains:

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts in-person interviews with several thousand persons annually, for the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). In 1992-2002, over 2,000 of the persons interviewed disclosed they had been raped or sexually assaulted. Of them, only 26 volunteered that they used a weapon to resist. In none of those 26 cases was the rape completed; in none of the cases did the victim suffer additional injury after she deployed her weapon.

So, in the 26 assaults in which a woman had access to a weapon, she was able to stop the rape and was not further assaulted.”

(Via.) Breitbart <—Read more here

Virginia Democrat says he’s okay with extermination of five million Americans

“On Monday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat who sought the House seat formerly held by Eric Cantor, issued a tweet indicating that he’s perfectly okay with the extermination of five million Americans. The reason? They’re members of the NRA.

On Sunday, he said he would pray that God would kill every NRA member with the Ebola virus, claiming he would do so on a local radio program:”

(Via.) Conservative Firing LineConservative Firing Line <—Read more here

Pew first: Gun rights top gun control in major public opinion shift

“Exactly two years after President Obama’s bid for gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died in Congress, a new poll has discovered a huge shift in public opinion to backing Second Amendment gun rights and away from controlling gun ownership.

The reason: Americans now believe having a gun is the best way to protect against crime, 63 percent to 30 percent.

Pew Research Center found that while support for gun control once reached 66 percent, it has dropped to 46 percent while support for gun rights has jumped 52 percent, the highest ever in the past 25 years.

‘We are at a moment when most Americans believe crime rates are rising and when most believe gun ownership – not gun control – makes people safer,’ said the survey.”

(Via.) WashingtonExaminer.com <—Read more here

Help available for McHenry County residents seeking FOID, concealed carry cards

“WOODSTOCK – State Rep. Jack D. Franks, D-Marengo, said residents can contact his constituent service office for assistance in completing applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards and concealed carry permits.

‘With the elimination of paper applications for FOID cards and concealed carry permits, it has become more difficult for many Illinoisans to exercise their Second Amendment rights,’ Franks said. ‘Seniors and others without access to the Internet have been burdened by this change.’

Beginning March 16, the Illinois State Police phased out the use of paper applications for concealed carry permits and FOID cards; the applications can now only be processed online.

Residents who need individual assistance or who cannot complete the applications because they lack Internet access can visit Franks’ constituent service office to complete their applications. Franks’ office at 1193 S. Eastwood Dr. in Woodstock is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are not necessary…”

(Via.) Northwest Herald <—Read more here

Chris Christie calls for ‘the right balance’ on gun rights – Adam B. Lerner – POLITICO

“Chris Christie took a centrist tone on guns Wednesday, calling for the ‘right balance’ between gun control and the Second Amendment.

‘We’ve got to make sure we have public safety, but on the other hand we have to protect people’s rights both as sportsmen and hunters and for self protection too, find the right balance,’ Christie told a group of New Hampshire voters at Chez Vachon in Manchester, according to New Jersey newspaper The Record.

The comments came just over a week after news broke that the New Jersey Republican governor was not invited to address the NRA’s annual conference in Nashville last weekend. The other prominent GOP 2016 contenders were invited, with the exception of Sen. Rand Paul.”

(Via.) POLITICO

Country Singers Tim McGraw, Billy Currington Headlining Gun Control Fundraiser

“On July 17, country singers Tim McGraw and Billy Currington will headline a fundraiser for gun control group Sandy Hook Promise in Connecticut.

Sandy Hook Promise was founded after Adam Lanza stole various firearms then carried out a heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary.

NBC Connecticut quoted McGraw as saying:

Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation. Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise – as a father and as a friend.

McGraw’s ‘A Concert For Sandy Hook Promise’ will also feature country singers Billy Currington and Chase Bryant.”

(Via.) Breitbart <—Read more here

SSI Exclusive: Negotiating Rights Away. Cynical Secret “Deal With The Devil” Confirmed. NRA, ATF& bi-partisan group of politicians agree to save ATF

“SSI Exclusive: Negotiating Rights Away. Cynical Secret ‘Deal With The Devil’ Confirmed. NRA, ATF& bi-partisan group of politicians agree to save ATF from itself and widen the definition of ‘sporting purposes.’ ‘A hole big enough to drive Diane Feinstein’s limousine through.’

From the press room of the NRA National Meeting, Nashville, TN: Sipsey Street Irregulars can now confirm the broad outlines of a story first disclosed two days ago by National Gun Rights Examiner columnist David Codrea. Last week, a secret deal involving the National Rifle Association lobbying arm and brokered by politicians of both national political parties was struck in Washington DC that would save the ATF from the political and legal consequences of its own regulatory errors. In the process, this deal would broaden the language of the 1968 Gun Control Act regarding ‘sporting purposes’ and allow ATF to extract itself from the potentially catastrophic political damage of enforcing its arbitrary ruling that makes every owner of a pistol grip 12 Gauge shotgun like the Mossberg Cruiser a felon in possession of a ‘destructive device’ subject to the penalties of the National Firearms Act of 1934 — currently up to 10 years in federal prison and a quarter million dollar fine.”

(Via.) Sipsey Street Irregulars: <—Read more here

Is the U.S. Government So Powerful that the Second Amendment is Pointless?

Finger explains why the gun collectivists are wrong and concludes:

“Before I finish, I’d like to make a few things clear. This writing is not a call for revolution. If that has been your take-away, you’ve misunderstood me. I, and most everyone else in this country, have plans for the future which require stability and will never come to fruition in a war zone. I’m simply trying to inform the two people who will ever read this that, once again, the gun debate is not as ‘black and white’ as some believe, and many of the arguments against guns are based entirely in ignorance and hearsay. My only goal is to provide a drop of truth in a sea of fallacy and misinformation. Rest assured, anybody who claims that guns should be further restricted or banned in this country because, ‘You can’t beat the government anyway,’ has no real understanding of the issue.

Those who founded this country were able to do so only after waging war against their own government, which had become irreversibly oppressive and corrupt. Being well aware of the dangers of concentrated power and its detrimental effect on personal freedom, they wanted only to erect a system of government that could be kept in check by limiting its power, and its ability to acquire it. The rights outlined in the Bill of Rights were included because they are the rights that, among others, have the most profound impact on the peoples’ ability to remain free in mind and body. And, indeed, they are the same rights that must first be lost in order for those who seek power and true control to achieve that goal.”

(Via.) GunsAmerica Digest <—Read more here

Guns in Schools for Student Safety

“Patrick Neville was a sophomore at Columbine High School when two peers, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, murdered 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

Neville is now a Republican Representative from Castle Rock. On Monday, 16 years after surviving one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, he will defend a bill to allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to bring a firearm to school.

‘I remember fathers coming up to me whose sons I knew well, asking where they were,’ said Neville. ‘People I’d known since elementary school are no longer with us today. I think some of the staff who were heroic in so many ways that day, if they’d had the ability to equip themselves, some of my friends might still be with us.’

Neville said the trauma of the Columbine shooting not only motivated this bill but changed how he thought about life in general.”

(Via.) The Colorado Independent

Bill for concealed carry in evacuations headed to Gov. Rick Scott

More common sense gun deregulation legislation is looking likely in Florida, as the Tampa Bay Times reports: “TALLAHASSEE — Floridians soon could be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in the first two days of an emergency evacuation, even if they don’t have a concealed license to do so.

The House approved SB 290 by an 86-26 vote Thursday, sending the bill to Gov. Rick Scott.

Supporters, backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association, say the legislation is necessary so lawful gun owners can take their weapons with them to avoid looting after a natural disaster.

‘Imagine the thousands and thousands of weapons that are going to be left alone in people’s homes when police are not available and first responders are slow in responding,’ said Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice.”

Of course the proposed legislation has kicked the hyperbole of the gun centralizers and hoplophobes into high gear. Fortunately, more people are seeing through their fear mongering and relegating their message to the trash bin of ideas where it properly resides.  

(Via.) Tampa Bay Times <—Read more here

Bearing ArmsHome Invader Shot, Killed in Georgia – Bearing Arms

“A man attempting to rob a group of people in a Newton County apartment early Friday morning made a targeting mistake. One of the people he attempted to victimize fought back and won.

A 30-year-old man was shot to death during an attempted home invasion in Newton County Friday morning.

It happened at around 2:35 a.m. at the Salem Terrance Apartments in the 3400 block of Salem Road.

Witnesses told police that three men and three women were inside the affected apartment. One of the women left the unit and encountered Quintavious Reed in a breezeway. Reed forced the woman back inside the apartment.

Investigators said Reed got into a struggle with one of the men inside the unit. The victim, who had a gun, fatally shot Reed.”

(Via.) Bearing Arms <— Read more here

Bearing ArmsHero Concealed Carrier Shoots Carjacker, Saves Woman

“A Georgia man is being called a hero after shooting a carjacker, possibly saving the life of the woman who owned the car, who was clinging desperately to the vehicle’s hood.

Surveillance camera at Fast Track Car Wash in Smyrna, Georgia, captured the drama Friday afternoon as the concealed carrier saw the car being stolen with the woman clinging to the hood. He pulled his weapon from a holster under the waistband of his shirt and sprinted after the car before opening fire, striking the carjacker and bringing the chase to a sudden halt.”

(Via.) Bearing Arms <— Read more here

Greg Gutfeld: Gun Control Losing Because Americans Refuse to Feel Guilty over Self-Defense

“On April 3, Fox News’ host Greg Gutfeld explained that the media’s gun control arguments increasingly fall on deaf ears because Americans refuse to feel guilty over using guns for self-defense.

Gutfeld said, ‘No matter how hard the establishment media tries, they can’t convince good people how bad guns are when they’re in the right hands.’

He then explained that the American people, while supportive of the police, have simply come to realize that there are long seconds–and frequently, agonizing minutes–between the time they dial 911 and the time police arrive. Moreover, he stressed that Americans understand that in many instances the police will only be coming to count bodies–that any defense that is going to happen has to happen before badges, handcuffs, or sirens are on the scene.

Gutfeld suggested the gun control media’s inability to understand these things has only placed greater distance between their esoteric arguments and the American people. He said:

Perhaps the media misses the big point. They do their theorizing from the fish bowl of a well-protected studio and travel to and from work at reasonable hours through tiny neighborhoods in secure vehicles. The fine people of Detroit don’t have that luxury; they realize that any argument against arming yourself is full of holes, which is not the way they’d like to end up being.

Empirical support for Gutfeld’s claims can be seen in the pro-gun attitude taking hold in Detroit’s heavily black community right now. Breitbart News recently reported that concealed carry is surging in the black community, and no less a prominent figure than Detroit Police Chief James Craig explained that this is a seismic shift from how things have been historically.”

(Via.) Breitbart <— Read more here

How Gun Rights Harm the Rule of Law — The Atlantic

The Atlantic misses the mark on this story, not shocking due tot he fact it’s a hit piece on your rights.

“But this also has social consequences. Thanks to Stand Your Ground, citizens must now fear their armed neighbors in addition to prospective criminals. What if someone who spies you walking down the street thinks you look suspicious? What if you become a target for would-be George Zimmermans? Or what if the man you argue with, or potentially insult or offend, even unintentionally, is armed and irascible—and the argument escalates? Related Story

The Secret History of Guns

The latter possibility was chillingly illustrated in a movie theater in Tampa last year, when retired police captain Curtis Reeves shot and killed Chad Oulson after the two had argued, and Oulson threw popcorn in Reeves’ face. Reeves initially invoked Stand Your Ground, claiming he did not know if Oulson meant him bodily harm. Florida’s Stand Your Ground law protects gun owners if they so much as sense the threat of bodily harm. In the darkened movie theater, Reeves said he could not tell the nature of his assailant’s weapon—he didn’t know that Oulson was only throwing popcorn. In a Stand Your Ground society, it makes sense to suspect your neighbor—and fear the worst.”

(Via.) The Atlantic

Another Gun Control Failure: N.H., Mother Murdered Her Two Children and Then Killed Herself

“State public records show the Obukhovs had domestic issues and legal problems.

Alexey Obukhov was arrested on Aug. 24, 2013, on allegations of domestic assault against his wife, and police confiscated arms and ammunition from the family’s home, according to state court papers.

The charges against Obukhov were dropped after his wife would not testify, and the guns and ammunition were later returned to the home, the papers state.

Alexey then applied to Bedford police for a license to carry a concealed weapon. But Bedford Police Chief John J. Bryfonski denied the application, determining that Alexey was ‘an unsuitable person to possess a license to carry a concealed weapon,’ according to the court documents.

Bryfonski declined to comment Monday on the apparent murder-suicide.

Obukhov appealed the chief’s denial, and during a Nov. 5, 2013, trial court hearing, the chief cited the wife’s statements to police that she had been assaulted by her husband, as well as photographs of her injuries, as reasons for denying Obukhov’s application. The court upheld the denial.

Obukhov filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court, which reversed the lower court’s ruling on Nov. 20 of last year.

The court said the evidence did not support a determination that Alexey was ‘unsuitable’ to be licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

Alexey’s gun shop drew national attention in 2013 when it covered a window with a picture of President Obama, calling him ‘the Firearms Salesman of the Year,’ alongside pictures of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong. The pictures remain in the window.”

(Via.) The Boston Globe

Push for Concealed Carry on Campuses is Gaining Ground

“At least 11 states are considering whether to allow concealed weapons on college campuses this year, the latest chapter in a now seemingly annual legislative debate between gun control advocates and gun rights supporters.

Bills have been introduced, at least once, in almost half of the 50 states in the past few years. Despite slow success thus far — just seven states have adopted versions of campus carry laws — gun rights advocates have their eyes on two very large prizes this year: Florida and Texas.

Right now, the odds are starting to stack up in their favor. The Texas bill has passed the Senate and is on its way to House. The version in Florida has passed through two Senate committees and is headed to the Judiciary Committee.”

(Via.) Inside Higher Ed

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