Posted tagged ‘Second Amendment’

Must Reads For The Week 4/7/18

April 9, 2018

Mr. Mark Robinson Addresses Greensboro City Council In Support Of The Second Amendment. No one could have made these points better.

Mr. Robinson Nails It. Read this quote from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s of a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against…..We’re after power ad we mean it….There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding Citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

Ayn Rand: “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”

London Mayor Unveils  New Stop-And Frisk Police Policy To Enforce City-Wide Knife Ban, at zerohedge.com. I didn’t think this was real. This could have been from The Onion. This story makes the above quote from Atlas Shrugged ring true. London Mayor Sidiq Kahn said: “….These statistics (37,443 knife offenses) show …… a government that has been desperately weak on crime for the last eight years, as well as weak on the causes of crime.” So what is the ’cause of crime”? Knives! Here is more from Mayor Sidiq Kahn: “Let me be clear – there is no reason to carry a knife. To anyone who does – they will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.

Michelle Obama Says Barack ‘Was Like The Good Parent’, Calls Trump ‘The Other Parent’. by William Cummings, at usatoday.com. The fact that progressive leftists, like Michelle, think of the President and the government as a parent means they think we are their children. The problem with this paternal relationship narrative, constructed by the progressive left, is that close to 50% of the citizenry believe it. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are responsible for yourself. Our Government was not founded to be responsible for you. When Government does something for you, it means that politicians and bureaucrats must first take from what other citizens have produced. Why? Because Government doesn’t produce anything. Individuals in the market produce wealth. Government consumes wealth.

DHS Has Detected Possible Cell Phone Surveillance In D.C. and Doesn’t Know Who Is Doing It, at washingtonpost.com. These StingRay devices have been used against U.S. citizens for years by local and federal law enforcement. So the Government is getting a taste of its own surveillance medicine. Good! Doesn’t taste so good. Does it?

Scott Pruitt Is Trump’s Biggest Asset, So The Left Wants Him Gone, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. Rolling back onerous EPA regulations has made Scott Pruitt a hero in my book. Which is why he is a villan in the eyes of the progressive left.

Illegal Immigrants Shielded From University Of California Out-Of-State Tuition Hike, at thecollegefix.com. Illegal Immigrants in California don’t have to pay out-of-state tuition. But out-of-state U.S. citizens do. This makes perfect sense. Illegals living in California vote in California elections. U.S. citizens living outside of California don’t vote in California elections.

THE ECONOMY

Fed’s QE-Unwind Proceeds Despite Stock Market Sell-Offs, at zerohedge.com. First of all the Fed should never have purchased U.S. T Bills and/or Mortgage Backed Securities. The Fed interfered with what the market would have decided these assets were worth. This interference has kept interest rates below what they would have been on the free market. The liquidation would have been painful but swift. All the Fed has done is allow more pain to be felt incrementally over time.

Subprime Auto Implosion In Full Effect As Lenders Start Dropping Like Flies, at zerohedge.com. This is the automobile businesses version of the popping of the 08 Housing bubble. Loaning money to people who can’t pay it back is a recipe for disaster.

Mall Vacancies At Six-Year High As Local Economies Stumble On Retail Slump, at zerohedge.com. Commercial real estate was over built thanks to easy money from the Fed. Under market interest rates and sound money this commercial bubble would not have gotten off the ground. Building all these malls was a waste of scarce resources. This land (resources), labor and capital could have been used in more productive activities. Artificially low interest rates funneled resources into non productive activities. On a similar note, Retail Real Estate Bubble Turns Manhattan Into A “Shopping Wasteland“, at zerohedge.com, Please. No more government help or bail outs. Government intervention is what caused the bubble in the first place. Allow the liquidation to happen. It will hurt, but it will put the economy on solid ground from which to build.

US Congressman Pushes Bill To Reinstate Gold Standard, at zerohedge.com. Our dollars purchasing power would increase if it was pegged to a certain weight in gold. Prices rising is not inflation. Printing money is inflation. Increased prices is the symptom of the money printing problem.

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Must Reads For The Week 2/24/18

February 26, 2018

FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING AFTERMATH

FBI Tipster Transcript Leaked: Cruz Will “Get Into A School And Shoot the Place Up”: Full Text, at zerohedge.com. No investigative action was taken from the agency that tells us, “if you see something say something”.

“There Was A Mistake Made” – FBI’s No. 2 Refuses To Provide Details On How Cruz Tips Were Fumbled, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of Government failure.

Officer’s Hesitation To Stop Shooting Fits A Pattern Of Police Cowardice, at the federalist.com. Armed school resource officer didn’t try to enter school to stop shooter. Government failure? Excerpt from the article: “It’s a lot easier to police good people than bad ones. That’s why police …….want to take law-abiding citizens’ guns instead of to go after criminal…..Scaring dopey teens and banning AR-15s is easy. Following up on truly dangerous people, building a case about their mental health, getting the evidence a judge needs to act, that’s hard work. So is going into a building where shots are being fired. Cops aren’t heroes for doing “easy”. They are heroes – and most of them are – for doing the hard stuff.”

“Shocked And Outraged”: Four Broward Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Were Massacred, at zerohedge.com. Government failure anyone? Four officers from the Broward County Sheriff department failed to enter the building when they arrived on the scene. And people are blaming the NRA?

Guns And Schools: Can The Market Do Better? by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. Why do people look to Government first when they want “solutions” to “problems”. Government doesn’t provide the incentives to come up with a solution, a trade-off or the tolerable best that can be accepted. Individuals in Government aren’t incentivized to “solve” problems. They need the problem to exist for the simple fact that they can use it for their political benefit. People need to understand that these problems could be dealt with best by allowing each school system to implement their ideas for making their schools safe? Excerpt from the article: There are no top-down political solutions available from Washington. Gun control doesn’t actually prevent crime, but it does provide the political class and media with another diversionary bitter cultural debate. Americans are deeply divided on guns, just as they are deeply divided on abortion and climate change and scores of other issues. And why should we expect otherwise, in a far-flung country of 320 million people with wildly diverse geographies, economies, and cultures? ….. Contrary to popular belief, the Second Amendment neither “federalized” gun laws nor created a right to private ownership of firearms. It simply enshrined the notion that “the people” need to be armed to defend themselves potentially against the state itself.

Security Works At Disney – But Can’t Work At A Public School? by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Those places (private sector) that actually value the safety and quality-of-experience for the people present have a much different attitude about security than public schools do. And, no doubt, part of the reason that public schools and their supporters can continue to get away with their dismissive attitude toward real security is because no matter how many shooting take place on school property, the schools are never held legally accountable. It’s much easier for the counties and the school boards to shrug and say “there’s not enough money.

6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Budging On Gun Control, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “Second Amendment advocates truly view owning a firearm as an intrinsic right and a must to preserve liberty. It has nothing to do with hunting. It has nothing to do with hobbies……..So many gun control advocates are begging for a conversation on this issue, and it’s unfortunate they don’t see the Second Amendment advocates as willing to engage. I find it hard to have an honest and vulnerable conversation about a deeply held right when the starting point is often challenging my motives while coming from a place of ignorance on firearms. If you’re really looking to win over your gun-loving friend, try reading up on firearms, dumping anti-NRA talking points, and assume he or she is equally committed to preventing these evil acts.

GOVERNMENT IS FORCE

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Pulls Stunning Coup In Map Drawing Stunt, by Kyle Sammin, at thefederalist.com. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court usurped the power of the legislature with this ruling concerning the drawing of congressional districts. Courts are not legislative bodies.

CalPERS Is Near Insolvency; t Needs A Bailout Soon” – Former Board Member Makes Stunning Admission, at zerohedge.com. California’s public pension program isn’t going to be able to fulfill its promises to retired workers. This is another example of Government having no incentive to fight the public unions when it comes to increasing benefits. Years of caving to unions has brought California’s pension program to the brink of insolvency. At some point someone will have to give something up. Do you want to bet it will be the tax payer?

In An Unexpected Twist, Judge In Flynn Case Asks Mueller For “Exculpatory Evidence“, at zerohedge.com.  Another example of government abuse of power. The special counsel is supposed to turn over all of its evidence to attorneys for the  defendant. Even evidence that doesn’t help the prosecutions case. They didn’t turn it over before Flynn plead guilty. This is an example of tyrants using the power of government to get the outcome they want.

Scandal, Corruption, And Law Breaking – And So What, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. The breakdown of the rule of law starts with Government. This is an example of individuals in government operating illegally. People don’t respond well to being told to follow the law when the people telling them are breaking the law. This never ends well.

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The Gun Debate

October 13, 2015

This video from Reason.com shows the anti-gun crowd the secret on How To Create A Gun-Free America In 5 Easy Steps. I can’t believe Austin Bragg from Reason is helping the gunphobes in their quest to rid us of gun violence.

1) Elect 2/3rds of Congress who agree with you

2) Have them vote a proposed constitutional amendment that repeals the 2nd amendment.

3) Convince 38 State legislatures to ratify your amendment.

4) Have congress pass a law signed by the President that outlaws guns.

5) Have the police, the FBI, and the ATF confiscate 350 million guns from citizens who would probably not be willing to comply with the new law.

The cost of implementing the 5 steps is very high. This is why the anti-gun people will use political means, executive orders, and friendly courts to try to implement there anti-gun ideology.

GUN CONTROL MYTHS

Here is an article titled 7 Gun Control Myths That Just Won’t Die, by Sean Davis, at thefedralist.com. Mr. Davis takes apart some myths that the anti-gun crowd likes to assert when attempting to convince people their side is right. Here are a few myths from the article.

4) CONCEALED CARRIES DON’T PREVENT MASS SHOOTINGS

“Do armed civilians stop mass shooters?” the liberal magazine Mother Jones asked in 2012. “Actually, no.”

“Mother Jones justified its assertion by citing its own analysis that of the 62 mass shootings between 1982 and 2012, not one was stopped by a civilian with a gun. Shocking, right? Not really, once you consider the logical fallacy underlying the Mother Jones claim.”

“The fact of the matter is that shootings that happen in an area where concealed carriers can immediately respond don’t generally become mass shootings. It’s a bit like saying locked doors and alarms don’t prevent burglaries by only citing burglaries that happened in buildings with no locked doors or alarms as proof of your thesis. It’s no coincidence that so many mass shootings happen in areas declared to be “gun-free zones” by authorities.”

“Instances of concealed carriers stopping shooters in their tracks are too numerous to count. Here are just a few examples found from a few seconds of Googling.”

July 27, 2015:

April 20, 2015:

September 22, 2015:

“Concealed carriers can’t be expected to stop every shooting, just as police can’t be expected to prevent all crime. It is a fact, though, that concealed carriers regularly put an end to violent shootings”

5) THE SECOND AMENDMENT ONLY APPLIES TO MUSKETS

“This trope is a popular one among gun control advocates who imagine themselves as strict constructionists when it comes to Constitutional interpretation. Piers Morgan, the failed CNN host and British tabloid editor accused of hacking into celebrity voicemails in search of tabloid gossip, is the foremost advocate of the notion that the Second Amendment protects only the rights of Americans to carry muskets:”

“As Carol Roth noted, the refusal of the Founding Fathers to precisely name the types of arms which citizens have a right to keep and bear was intentional. The same can be said of their refusal to constrain our right of free expression to quill pens and bulky printing presses. The Second Amendment protects our right to own handguns just like the First Amendment protects our right to criticize the government using the Internet.”

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Politicians on the left will use every crisis to advance their anti-gun ideology, and politicians on the right will defend their pro-gun ideology against the attacks of the anti-gun left.

The one side is attacking a right that each individual has to protect himself. This right was not given by our Government, it predated our Constitutional Republic. Our Constitution puts shackles on our Government, when it comes to Government infringing on the right of each individual to keep and bear arms. Our founders gave individuals this right so they could protect themselves from Government force. Our founders were going to be the people who were in these seats of power. They didn’t trust themselves, why would we trust our present day politicians who are so far removed from our founders understanding of tyranny.

This political dance will continue with no ground being won or conceded by either side. Nothing will happen until the first four steps in the video above are accomplished. Then the s+*# will hit the fan when Government tries to implement step 5.

Related ArticleAnti vs. Pro-Gun Visions Of The World, at austrianaddict.com.

Related Article“You Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste“, at austrianaddict.com.

 

The Best Video About The Second Amendment.

April 5, 2013

This is a video of Suzanna Gretia-Hupp testifying in front of Congress about our second amendment rights. The whole video is powerful, but her last statement to Congress is the most powerful rebuke to authority I’ve ever heard. She tells them exactly why the second amendment was put into the constitution by our founders. I wish we would all stand up to authority, like she does in this video, when they go beyond their constitutionally enumerated powers.

This testimony was about the assault weapons ban legislation in 1994. She was elected to the Texas house in 1996. The Luby’s massacre happened in 1991.

Read this article titled, “Suzanna Gretia-Hupp; From Luby’s to the Legislature“, by Blaine Smith at nrapublications.org.

Senator Ted Cruz Stirs Up A Hornets Nest.

March 17, 2013
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Respect is something that is earned, not given just because of someone’s status. Sen. Cruz is starting to earn my respect because, as you will see in the video, he doesn’t worry about the consequences of challenging  senior members of the Senate who think they are his betters. How dare this freshman Senator talk to these senior Senators like this, doesn’t he know his place? I love the fact that he seems not to care what happens when he hits the hornet’s nest with a seven iron.

Sen. Cruz asks some important questions about the constitution which is that pesky little document that gets in the way of what central planners want to do. The best part of this is toward the end when Sen. Feinstein says, “…sir, congress is in the business of making law, the Supreme Court interprets the law….”. Her comment shows exactly why are country is in the chaotic (more…)

On The Gun Issue: Can We Survive The Arrogance And Ignorance Of People In Power?

March 14, 2013
Loading up the Nerf gun

Loading up the Nerf gun (Photo credit: Rob, Joyce, Alex & Nova)

These are just a few recent examples of…….., well I really don’t know what to call it. Make up your own mind, after you read some of these stories.

Cupcakes decorated with army men confiscated from boy,9, by school.

Boy,7, suspended from school after eating his pastry into shape of a gun.

Fifth grade girl suspended for having piece of paper resembling a gun.

Teacher threatens police action after boy shows picture of new air soft bb gun.

Biden, “no need for an “assault weapon”, get a shotgun”.

Colorado rep, Salazar tells women to use a whistle instead of a gun for protection.

Some of these are examples of people with an irrational fear of guns, who don’t understand that other people don’t share this irrational fear. (more…)