In 1996, in commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the modern Olympics, the German government issued a set of four stamps. One of these celebrates Alfred and Gustav Flatow, cousins, who were gold medalists in the 1896 Olympics. Alfred took the first in the parallel bars and with his cousin also won gold for the German team’s overall performance.
In 1932, Alfred Flatow registered three handguns, as decreed by the harsh gun control laws of the Weimar Republic that were drawn amid the violence and chaos of the aftermath of World War I. The Weimar Republican grew out of the ashes of the Great War. Perceived as an institution imposed by Germany’s enemies, Weimar lacked political legitimacy and was vulnerable to insurrection. Continue reading
There is a prophetic verse of Scripture that records the conquering Messiah as being asked about the wounds that are in his hands. He responds, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” (Zechariah 13:6 KJV) Indeed. It wasn’t the Romans that were fixated with killing Christ; it was the Lord’s own brethren. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11 KJV) In like manner, our nation is quickly losing its liberties and Natural rights, not because of our enemies, but because of our so-called friends and brothers.
Edmund Burke summarized it beautifully: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” And, for the most part, that is what good men are doing today: nothing! Continue reading
Following last month’s terrorist attack at a Westgate shopping mall in Kenya, which left 72 dead and over 200 people injured, the Secretary General of the Interpol is considering what some may call a “controversial” solution to public safety, international security and terrorist prevention.
What is the Secretary General’s suggestion? Arm law-abiding citizens.
In an interview with ABC News, Secretary General Ronald Noble elaborated on that idea, noting that there are two paths governments can go down to protect “soft targets” or unarmed civilians from terrorists and sociopaths. The first is to move in the direction of a police state with armed guards, security checkpoints, surveillance cameras and metal detectors everywhere. The other is to encourage responsible citizens to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Continue reading
There is an all-out effort to demonize gun owners in the United States today. Those that own guns are repeatedly portrayed as being uneducated, mentally deficient racists in the mainstream media. No evidence is ever produced to actually back up those claims. Gun owners regularly make lists of “potential terrorists” in official government documents, and many government officials openly regard them as ultra-paranoid “conspiracy nuts” that are a serious threat to national security. Continue reading
In the fall 2013 edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (JPandS), Jane M. Orient, M.D., takes apart the long standing gun control advocate arguments of many medical groups to show that guns do not cause crime, people do.
Orient looks at “advocacy campaigns” for “treating gun violence” that have been sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) and says these groups have fashioned gun violence as a “health problem” rather than a “crime problem.” In so doing, they have avoided the real causes of violence and to pursue federal funding for research from an advocacy perspective. Continue reading
Joshua Lott – Reuters
A recent poll suggests Americans will consider the gun debate a pivotal point in the 2014 elections. So we wanted to explore how Americans kept the right to bear arms in the first place. As it turns out, grammar is the culprit.
Take a look at the Second Amendment:
“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.”
That little, red comma caused the Supreme Court to strike down D.C.’s ban on handguns, the country’s strictest gun control law to date. Continue reading
A Police Officers Point of View
Gun control! We need to get these horrible, evil guns off the street! Blah, blah, blah! I hear lots of liberals and politicians talking up a storm, but with such selective enforcement of the current laws, I do not know what good they think it would do. Let me offer a sad example.
A few nights ago, my partner and I had a pretty fun night, as in a COPS episode type of fun (dont tell my wife I said it was fun), that eventually turned into a dismal example of gun law failure.
We initially responded to a disturbance between a male and female, both in their early twenties, that boiled down to a whole lot of baby mamma drama. Their parents, who were all there, seemed like regular, caring, concerned, reasonable people. Their kids, the twenty-somethings, not so much. They were turds with turd friends. As we were getting ready to leave, having done our best to quell the situation, one of the parents got a text message warning her that her house was going to get shot up. Friends of the female found out about the drama and were planning on repaying the boyfriend for breaking her windshield. We did our best to convey to the female the importance of preventing her friends stupid behavior on her behalf, but it was falling on deaf ears. Continue reading
“There’s no living with a killing. There’s no goin’ back from one. Right or wrong, it’s a brand… a brand sticks. There’s no goin’ back. Now you run on home to your mother and tell her… tell her everything’s alright. And there aren’t any more guns in the valley.” – Shane
How many innocent gun owners are going to get caught up in this dragnet? The fact is, this law is a disaster waiting to happen and Californians are going to suffer for it.
The state will send dozens of new agents into California neighborhoods this summer to confiscate nearly 40,000 handguns and assault rifles from people barred by law from owning firearms, officials said Wednesday.
The plan received the green light Wednesday, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation providing $24 million to clear the backlog of weapons known to be in the hands of about 20,000 people who acquired them legally. They were later disqualified because of criminal convictions, restraining orders or serious mental illness. Continue reading
…and THIS is what the 2nd Amendment is all about!
A man walks through the intersection at Light Street and Harper Avenue, an area of the North Bronx where there has been a string of armed muggings.
The first armed robbery attempt was in October, on a residential Bronx block near an elevated train stop. The victim fought back. He was shot in the leg.
The next came a month later and roughly a mile away. Once again, the victim resisted and was shot.
After the third robbery attempt, in February, two distinct patterns became apparent. The police suspected a single group was to blame, a group that cruised in cars and attacked lone men at night. But a more unusual pattern was seen among the three victims: when faced with a gun and a straightforward proposition your money or your life they had opted to take their chances with their lives. Continue reading
Gun control and confiscation – tools used by bureaucrats to protect them selves while they overthrow the countries and establish control of the people they profess to protect.
I have read in many sources means of hiding firearms to avoid confiscation by the federal government and its hordes of enforcers. Well, I have a far different outlook. I think if you do hide your firearms and believe you are then safe, that you did or plan of doing one of the worst things possible.
Why do I think that? Well, think, People. First of all, whether they have your firearms or you hid them away, the firearm is useless in using it to defend your rights, your home, and your family. Continue reading
But theres still a very good chance we can win!
Gun Owners of America [has] been pressing lawmakers who may have wavered on this emotional issue of background checks. – CNNs Wolf Blitzer, April 10, 2013
We’ve been fighting these gun control battles for almost 40 years now. And we almost always win. But it’s almost always a nail-biter.
And so it is on Obama’s gun control agenda.
We’d hoped that we could stop the gun control bribe-o-thon early (and risk-free) by blocking the motion to proceed to the package. But thanks to sell-outs like Pennsylvania’s one-term senator, Pat Toomey, we’re going to have to take a different battle position and defeat the package at a later stage.
The Senate today overcame the Paul-Cruz-Lee filibuster and voted to move to proceed to Harry Reids gun control bill (S. 649). Where Reid needed 60 votes, the tally was 68-31. Click here to see if your Senator sold you out by voting to move to proceed to the bill.
Republican defectors who voted anti-gun were: Alexander (TN), Ayotte (NH), Burr (NC), Chambliss (GA), Collins (ME), Corker (TN), Coburn (OK), Flake (AZ), Isakson (GA), McCain (AZ), Heller (NV), Hoeven (ND), Kirk (IL), Graham (SC), Toomey (PA) and Wicker (MS). Continue reading
It is time to speak plainly for the good citizens and patriots of this nation who believe unbendingly in the Constitution of the United States of America. Though foreign governments may disarm their subjects, we will not go down that road. We will not disarm and see our freedoms stripped away. The lessons of history are numerous, clear, and bloody. A disarmed population inevitably becomes an enslaved population. A disarmed population is without power, reduced to childlike obedience to-and dependence upon the organs of a parental state.
A disarmed population will lose-either piecemeal or in one sweeping act those basic rights for which the citizens of America gave their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor over 200 years ago.
We will not disarm. The right to self-protection, the internal directive of every living creature, be it mouse or man, is the most fundamental right of all. It is a right that must be exercised against the predators of the streets, against the predators hidden within agencies of law enforcement, and against the most dangerous predators of all those to be found in government, whose insidious grasping for power is relentless and never-ending. Continue reading
There is a line from the movie Tombstone (one of my favorite westerns, by the way) in which Val Kilmers character, Doc Holliday, says to Wyatt Earp, My hypocrisy knows no bounds. (For the record, Kilmer should have won an Oscar for his performance of Doc Holliday in that movie.) Well, my friends, what Doc Holliday said in Tombstone could be said by virtually every prominent gun grabber in the country, because they are the biggest hypocrites the world has ever seen!
Paul Joseph Watson wrote a very enlightening report relative to the way that proponents of gun control are themselves heavily protected BY GUNS. Watson writes:
The fact that Senator Dianne Feinsteins gun control bill exempts government officials from the planned semi-auto assault weapons ban illustrates the astounding hypocrisy of gun control advocates who, while working feverishly to disarm the American people, own firearms and surround themselves with armed men.
As the Washington Times reported last week, Mrs. Feinsteins measure would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and WEAPONS USED BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. (Emphasis in original)
Back in 1995, while carrying a concealed weapon for her own protection, Feinstein simultaneously called for Mr. and Mrs. America to turn em all in.
Feinsteins hypocrisy has been matched or surpassed by virtually every other public figure now pushing for the second amendment to be eviscerated. Continue reading
Jesse Jackson cracks me up. Like most liberals who discuss the current gun debate, he wants to ban so-called assault weapons because so many people are being killed by handguns. This lack of honesty by all these anti-gun nuts isn’t working for them, but at least Jesse Jackson finally revealed what their real concerns are: Jackson stated on Fox News (2/3/13) that all these people who are unemployed and armed with these assault weapons is a toxic mix. I’ll give him that one! Jackson went on to say that these assault weapons in heavier calibers like .50 BMG, can bring down aircraft and even disable trains. I’ll give him that one too. These are true statements, but then they try to hide their actual motive behind gun death statistics, statistics of gun deaths overwhelmingly caused by people killing other people with handguns! Continue reading
WASHINGTON, DC DECEMBER 19: Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) (C), speaks about high capacity magazines while flanked by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) (L) and other members of Congress during a news conference on December 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. Rep. McCarthy urged Congress to pass the McCarthy-DeGette bill banning assault magazines. Credit: Getty Images
House Democrats will waste no time pushing gun control legislation and plan to introduce a bill to ban the production of high-capacity magazines on the first day of the next congressional session, according to the office of Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), who is co-sponsoring the bill.
The so-called Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act will seek to limit magazines, belts, drums, feed strips and similar device[s] to 10 rounds of ammunition. While people who own high-capacity magazines and devices would be able to keep them, they would be prohibited from buying others or transferring existing ones.
The bill would also exempt retired and current law enforcement officials who use those devices for purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty) as well as contractors who have been licensed to carry the devices for security purposes required by federal law, The Huffington Post reports. Continue reading
I didn’t want to post about this, because frankly, it is exhausting. I’ve been having this exact same argument for my entire adult life. It is not an exaggeration when I say that I know pretty much exactly every single thing an anti-gun person can say. I’ve heard it over and over, the same old tired stuff, trotted out every single time there is a tragedy on the news that can be milked. Yet, I got sucked in, and I’ve spent the last few days arguing with people who either mean well but are uninformed about gun laws and how guns actually work (who I don’t mind at all), or the willfully ignorant (who I do mind), or the obnoxiously stupid who are completely incapable of any critical thinking deeper than a Facebook meme (them, I can’t stand).
Today’s blog post is going to be aimed at the first group. I am going to try to go through everything I’ve heard over the last few days, and try to break it down from my perspective. My goal tonight is to write something that my regular readers will be able to share with their friends who may not be as familiar with how mass shootings or gun control laws work. Continue reading
The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice Department granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authority to seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled-substance abuses. That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime.
Its a dangerous extension of the civil-forfeiture doctrine, a surreal legal fiction in which the seized property not a person is put on trial. This allows prosecutors to dispense with pesky constitutional rights, which conveniently dont apply to inanimate objects. In this looking-glass world, the owner is effectively guilty until proved innocent and has the burden of proving otherwise. Anyone falsely accused will never see his property again unless he succeeds in an expensive uphill legal battle. Continue reading