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Breaking KS Senate Race News
Sebelius said that she was thinking about running for Senate in Kansas against Pat Roberts or Milton Wolf. Democrats believe Sebelius is their best bet to win a GOP senate seat. They believe Wolf would be the weakest candidate, according to sources quoted in the NYT.
Breaking Gun Control News
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg promoted his new $50 million gun control campaign on NBC’s “Today” show this morning, in an aggressive financial push to fight the National Rifle Association’s influence on gun policy.
Bloomberg plans to use the money to merge his Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America into a new group called “Everytown for Gun Safety.” breitbart.com
IRS SCANDAL SPREADS to RANKING MEMBER
There’s little wonder why a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member, Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is anxious to end the investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups seeking nonprofit status.
Evidence now indicates that his own office may have played a key role influencing the agency to single out my friend Catherine Englebrecht and her True the Vote organization for discriminatory abuse. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/LarryBell/Issa-IRS-Scandal/2014/04/16/id/565884#ixzz2z3WMLx24
Holder to Backdoor Gun Control
Holder want to Explore Gun Tracking Bracelets DOJ requesting $2 million for ‘Gun Safety Technology’ grants
“I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe,” Eric Holder said. “By making them either through finger print identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”
He goes on to argue "[W]e can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis.”
On the surface, it might seem reasonable to the anti-Constitutional crowd - but fails to meet even the basics. First, if technology can be built, it can be bypassed. Second, if it that great of an idea, use the technology on police, FBI, CIA, Homeland, the IRS and the military for ten years. Then we can see how it works!
Third, the Constitution demands government protect the rights of those people who respect the rights of others. It protects the process of taking those rights away. If the technology is available and the law abiding person wants that option - it can be supported. However, we already have that technology in the form of trigger locks and safes.
This effort only attacks the lawful, not the lawless. Gangs will still have their guns (sold to Mexican gangs by Holder - Fast and Furious - and issued/resold to US gangs) .
The United States has become a nation that disrespects the rule of law. The President and federal government bypasses a Congress that has abdicated its legislative powers under Article I to the power of the Executive and the progressive movement that now controls both parties (RINO).
This effort is simply to force citizens to give up their Bill of Rights for the Progressive Movements replacement: The Bill of Obligations.
Democrat Conspiracies To Arm Islamic Militants, Accept Bribes, Funnel $, Voter Fraud, & Corruption...
Alleged arms trafficker, and anti-gun California Democratic State Senator Leland Yee knew that an arms deal he was attempting to facilitate would send money to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (M.I.L.F.) in exchange for weapons, and that those weapons were intended to be imported into the U.S., and distributed in North Africa, and Italy. These allegations, along with the allegations below were revealed in the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint against Yee and his co-conspirators.
The M.I.L.F. is a secessionist movement in the Philippines whose goal is to establish an independent homeland that will be governed by sharia (Islamic Law).
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned after being arrested by the FBI on corruption charges in a FBI sting operation. The FBI charged that Democrat Mayor Cannon wanted far more than to help the poor in his city. He allegedly wanted to line his own pockets by demanding bribes from developers for the right to build in his town. He was charged with theft, bribery, fraud, and extortion.
Then Rhode Island Democratic House Speaker Gordon Fox abruptly resigned after an FBI raid on his State House office.
Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox was calling the House into session at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. Law enforcement officials raided the Democratic House speaker’s office and home Friday, March 21, 2014, as part of an investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police.
In California, powerful Democratic State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested alongside his partner-in-crime, a gangster arms dealer. Yee was charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally importing firearms. Yee allegedly accepted $42,000 for introducing an arms buyer to an arms dealer. Investigators said Yee was helping the arms buyer obtain weapons such as shoulder-fired missiles, from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines, in order to pay off campaign debts. Yee was a big gun control advocate – meaning his goal was to take guns away from honest law-abiding citizens.
Democrat Sen. Rod Wright faces voter fraud charges. Democrat Sen. Rod Calderon faces federal charges for accepting $100,000 in bribes for passing bills.
A Philadelphia newspaper reported that the Pennsylvania Attorney General caught four leading Philadelphia Democrat politicians (members of the Pennsylvania House delegation) accepting bribes, but the entire investigation was shut down when a new Democrat Attorney General took office.
The new Democrat Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane claimed the investigation was “racist.” Sources familiar with the sting in Philadelphia say offers of bribes were made to both Republicans and Democrats, but only Democrats took the money.
Pennsylvania Democratic State Sen. LeAnna Washington was charged with corruption.
Democratic Nevada Sen. Harry Reid gave $31,249 in campaign funds to his granddaughter Ryan Elizabeth Reid for “holiday gift expenditures.” Reid claimed there was nothing wrong with what he did. The recipient of the $31,000 in “gift expenditures” was listed on his Federal Elections Commission form as “Ryan Elizabeth.” Reid conveniently left off the last name “Reid” for his granddaughter. Using campaign funds for personal use (like enriching family members) is a crime. Jesse Jackson Jr. was convicted for similar charges and is currently serving time at The Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C.
UKRAINE Gun Owner's Association Demands 2nd Amendment Rights!
As Russians march into the Ukraine, the Ukraine Gun Owners Association wants the new government to add their own right to bear arms to the country’s constitution.
As of today Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms.
People gathered in Independence Square in Kiev after President Viktor Yanukovich rejected a European Union trade deal for a $15 billion bailout from Russia in November. It was relatively peaceful for three months, but violence escalated on February 18. Over 70 people died during the week and amateur videos showed snipers shooting at unarmed protesters.
People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in written into the Constitution.
Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people!
Armed people are treated with respect!
America’s founding fathers implemented the second amendment because it is a natural right for people to defend themselves.
According to GunPolicy.org, Ukraine’s gun laws are described as restrictive. The government owns seven million guns while there are only three million guns for private citizens. A citizen must prove they have a legitimate reason to own a firearm.
This is one more example that governments cannot protect us - always!
Which is the best conceal and carry option? Until now, I have always carried Beretta firearms. That may change with my new Taurus!
We recently added a new Conceal and Carry option to our gun bag. With its lightweight 22 oz. polymer frame, thin profile, and ramped 3.2 inch barrel, the newly designed Millennium G2 is the ideal concealed carry handgun. It just might replace my Beretta Storm.
It is available in two compact models—PT 111 and PT 140—the Millennium G2 features an accessory rail, high-profile sights, an aggressive, textured grip and melted edges for added comfort and easy concealment.
Taurus family of semi-auto pistols now feature the Taurus Security System, which provides instant-ready defense with built-in ability to secure your pistol and make it inoperable at the turn of a key. When the Security System is engaged, the pistol cannot be fired or cocked and the gun's manual safety cannot be disengaged. As with our revolver Security System, the device is part of the firearm and cannot be lost, and the same special Security Key works for both the revolver and pistol Systems (two keys come with each gun).
To engage: simply insert the Key into the button on the rear or side of the pistol and rotate one-quarter turn clockwise. This engages the Security System. The manual safety cannot be moved and the trigger cannot be pulled. To disengage: simply rotate the key one-quarter turn back. This releases the Security System, yet leaves the pistol's manual safety in the "safe" position until you are ready to release it yourself and fire the gun.
It is certainly of the last Consequence to a free Country that the Militia, which is its natural Strength, should be kept upon the most advantageous Footing.
A standing Army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the Liberties of the People. The Militia is composed of free Citizens.
Soldiers are apt to consider themselves as a Body distinct from the rest of the Citizens. They have their Arms always in their hands. Their Rules and their Discipline is severe. They soon become attached to their officers and disposed to yield implicit Obedience to their Commands. Such a Power should be watch with a jealous Eye.
I have a good Opinion of the principal officers of our Army. I esteem them as Patriots as well as Soldiers. But if this War continues, as it may for years yet to come, we know not who may succeed them. Men who have been long subject to military Laws and inured to military Customs and Habits, may lose the Spirit and Feeling of Citizens.
And even Citizens, having been used to admire the Heroism which the Commanders of their own Army have displayed, and to look up to them as their Saviors may be prevailed upon to surrender to them those Rights for the protection of which against Invaders they had employed and paid them.
We have seen too much of this Disposition among some of our Countrymen. The Militia is composed of free Citizens. There is therefore no Danger of their making use of their Power to the destruction of their own Rights, or suffering others to invade them.
Samuel Adams, to James Warren, January 7 1776
1910 Swedish Mauser (M96)
We recently added a 1910 Swedish Mauser in excellent condition to our collection. It came with all numbers matching on plates, bayonet with excellent scabbard, cleaning kits, and original ammo in the ammo box. It also has the sight adjustment indicator and armorer's range accuracy sighting sticker: 3" groups at 300 meters.
"Swedish Mausers" are a family of bolt-action rifles based on an improved variant of Mauser's earlier Model 1893, but using the 6.5×55mm cartridge, and incorporating unique design elements as requested by Sweden. These are the m/94 (Model 1894) carbine, m/96 (Model 1896) long rifle, m/38 (Model 1938) short rifle and m/41 (Model 1941) sniper rifle. In 1898 production began at Carl Gustafs stads Gevärsfaktori in Eskilstuna, Sweden.
All Swedish Mausers were chambered for the 6.5×55mm cartridge, and all Swedish-made actions were proof-tested with a single 6.5×55mm proof round developing approximately 455 MPa (65,992 psi) piezo pressure (55,000 CUP). Swedish Mausers were manufactured by Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf a/N in Germany and in Sweden by Carl Gustafs stads Gevärsfaktori and Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag. All Swedish Mausers, whether built in Germany or Sweden, were fabricated using a Swedish-supplied high-grade tool steel alloyed with nickel, copper, and vanadium, a product noted for its strength and corrosion resistance.
Second Amendment News and Views
Amnesty bill threat to gun owners shows need for organized involvement
Submitted by: David Codrea
... "Activist Russ Howard welcomes GOA’s alert as a desperately needed sea-change adjustment to the single-issue model that prevails in the gun rights community, just in time for a chance to defeat the 'Gang of 10’s' comprehensive open-immigration bill. 'This could be like a call from the governor 10 minutes before execution. What would we do without GOA and the other steadfast groups like Grassroots North Carolina and Oregon Firearms Federation?'" ...
Obama’s 'hatred' of new media understandable but selective
Submitted by: David Codrea
"That said, Obama’s hatred for new media is one-sided, that is, he only hates that which does not promote or defend him, or that which he cannot control. ..."
Putin agrees with anti-gun U.S. ‘monopoly of violence’ promoters
Submitted by: David Codrea
"... His opposition to an armed citizenry, in spite of the demonstrable failure of his own citizen disarmament edicts as an effective public safety policy, may be best explained by another motivation." ...
Illinois AG Madigan wants more time to decide how to keep citizens defenseless
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
... "On Monday, [Illinois State Attorney General] Madigan pulled one more arrow from her quiver. With the May 23 deadline for her decision on whether or not to file a Supreme Court appeal fast approaching, and with no sign that a legislative solution is in the offing within that time frame, she is asking the Court to extend the deadline until June 24. From the Chicago Sun-Times:"
"Madigan would have until June 24 to file a petition for appeal with the high court if it grants her office the 30-day extension. ..."
"This seems a rather desperate move. For one thing, even if the Supreme Court grants her extension, the June 9 deadline for passing a law--or letting concealed carry go unregulated--is still in place. ..." .
‘Our rights are not for sale’ say fired-up gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
"Promises of a big bucks political campaign to force Washington lawmakers to adopt a 'universal background check' law, with threats of an initiative if they don’t, have fired up Evergreen State gun owners since Monday’s press conference by several Seattle religious activists."
"Bellevue’s Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, intended no pun when he told the Seattle Times, 'The devil is always in the details.' What more pointed reaction could one make to an anti-gun political campaign launched by 'a coalition of religious leaders, elected officials and activists?'" ...
Politics, gun safety and separation of church and state
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
"If it were any issue other than firearms, this morning’s press conference involving what a press release described as 'Dozens of interfaith and denominational faith leaders—under the banner of the Faith Action Network (FAN)' would be vilified for crossing the invisible line of separation of church and state."
"They gathered to threaten the State Legislature with an initiative to restrict the rights of gun owners with so-called “universal background checks” as a panacea to violent crime. ..."
A tale of two rallies
Submitted by: John Pierce
"This morning I was reading the press coverage of last week’s Stop The NRA 'rally' in DC."
"Despite the fact that it only attracted a whopping 60 attendees, it received quite a bit of positive attention from the mainstream media."
"Now … let’s compare that to another rally that took place last week with practically no media attention."
"On Tuesday April 23rd, I drove the 430 miles from Bristol Virginia to Harrisburg Pennsylvania for the 8th annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally."
"This rally, which takes place every year, is a gathering of Pennsylvania gun owners who travel to the state capitol to let their voices be heard by those who represent them." So how did the two rallies compare?
'Shills of the gun industry' trying to expand 'prohibited purchaser' list
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
"We hear a lot in anti-gun circles (which would include the President and most of the Democrat Party, and most of the mass media) these days about the evils of the 'gun lobby' (and by 'gun lobby,' they generally mean the NRA, despite the gun lobby being something else entirely). Furthermore, we are told that 'the gun lobby' (which, remember, is being used as just another term for the NRA) is motivated only by fealty to its gun industry masters, and the desire to protect industry profits." ...
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Are There Rational Solutions to the 2nd Amendment Debate?
The issue regarding the 2nd Amendment divides many Americans, and not just by party lines. People’s positions are influenced by personal experiences, preferences, and for many, misinformation. It appears the federal government, for reasons and intentions of its own, seeks to limit all individual rights.
Some people would like to see significant restrictions on the distribution of firearms in our nation. Many would like as few regulations as possible to be imposed by federal government agencies. Others want to restrict types and quantities of ammunition. Some would like all guns and gun owners to be registered. Reasonable people do not favor criminals and mentally unstable individuals to purchase firearms.
Automobiles kill more people annually than are killed in firearm assaults. State and federal government does not regulate the types of automobiles people can buy. You do not have to get permission or approval to buy a car. One does present the motor vehicles department
Government does require that anyone driving a car on the streets of our nation have a license to do so, indicating the successful completion of adequate training and proficiency. We do not grant licenses to certain categories of individuals who would be deemed unsafe drivers. This is done for the safety of the public at large. Unfortunately, there are many instances where the department of motor vehicles and courts award licensure to individuals who are a danger to themselves and the public.
Emotions were high after a judge sentenced the 16-year-old teenager to 10 years probation for a drunken driving crash that killed four people in June. The teenager’s attorneys pleaded for a sentence that involved therapy in California. Therapy is anticipated to cost $450,000 a year, rather than years behind bars. Eric Boyles didn’t agree with the judge’s sentence or the assertion that therapy is what the young perpetrator needed. “Money always seems to keep [the teenager] out of trouble. This was one time I did ask the court, that for justice, for money not to prevail and ultimately today I felt like money did prevail.”
States also regulate those who use firearms. If one is going to use a firearm for personal protection, they demonstrate the knowledge of applicable laws, safety, and proficiency when they obtain conceal and carry permits. As part of the permitting, the state and federal governments examine the person for criminal and mental health issues that would prevent ownership and use.
If one is going to hunt, the individual must go through a hunter safety course and demonstrate they present documentation indicating the successful completion of adequate training and proficiency.
Unfortunately, the federal government has released hundreds, if not thousands, of guns along the US-MEX boarder to drug gangs and non-citizens. Unfortunately, the government imprisons and releases criminal for political games. Unfortunately, the government uses every crisis to circumvent individual rights.
Perhaps states, the federal government, and citizen groups could agree on a universal CCW license issued by the states which restricts firearm purchase and possession to criminal backgrounds and mental health issues with specific definitions to each category based upon prior violence and assaultive behaviors.
Creation of Reserve National Guard Did Not Eliminate Militia and Second Amendment Rights
In 1898 the National Guard was governed by the amended Militia Act of 1792 and almost completely funded, organized, and administered by state governments.
The amount of funding and attention state governments gave to their militia varied tremendously. The organization, the equipment, and the training of units varied from state to state and were not always compatible with those of the Regular Army.
The mobilization of state military forces for the Spanish-American War in 1898, while much more effective than the mobilizations of 1846 and 1861, did clearly demonstrate that the Guard was not a reserve force fit for modern conditions.
Under the amended Militia Act of 1792, the President could only issue a call for troops, with the War Department setting a quota for each state. Each state governor organized the units with which he answered the President's call, usually by requesting that National Guard units volunteer. Guardsmen, however, were under no legal obligation to volunteer, and a significant number refused either because of fears over how their unit would be treated by the Regular Army or from concern over hardships that volunteering would impose on their families.
Large numbers of Guardsmen who did volunteer failed their physical examination. To fill units to full strength, states recruited enlisted men direct from civil life. As a result, most of the units organized for the war had a cadre of Guard officers and noncommissioned officers and large numbers of enlisted men with no prior military training.
Federal service revealed that the training of Guardsmen in all aspects of military operations was, for the most part, grossly inadequate to the demands of active duty and extended field operations. Secretary of War Elihu Root concluded that the Militia Act of 1792 had to be replaced. Root understood that such a reform would require building support in both Congress and the National Guard. He conferred frequently with key congressional leaders, most notably Congressman Charles Dick, chairman of the House Militia Affairs Committee and a long-time Ohio National Guard officer who had served in Cuba during the War with Spain. Since 1882 some National Guardsmen had been lobbying for Congress to repeal the Militia Act of 1792, officially designate the Guard as the Army's reserve force, and greatly increase the federal government's support of state units with funds, equipment, and supplies. These efforts continued after the war with Spain, and Root allied himself with these officers. When Root created a board of officers to study how to reform the Army, he included on it a Guard officer, and the board allowed prominent Guard officers to contribute to its deliberations on militia matters. Because of this preparation, Root's proposals for reforming the National Guard passed through Congress with little opposition.
The Militia Act of 1903--together with its 1908 amendment--was, in the words of a leading historian of the National Guard, "the most important national legislation in militia history." The act, also known as the Dick Act in honor of Dick, repealed the Militia Act of 1792 and divided the militia into two groups:
1. The Reserve Militia, defined as all able-bodied men between 18 and 45, and
2. The Organized Militia, defined as state units receiving federal support.
The War Department would fund the attendance of Guard officers at Army schools. Regular officers would be detailed to serve as inspector-instructors with Guard units. There would be joint Regular-Guard maneuvers and training camps.
The act gave the President the power to call the Organized Militia--the National Guard--into federal service for up to nine months' service to repel invasion, suppress rebellion, or enforce federal laws, but not for service outside the United States.
Guardsmen had to answer a presidential call or face court-martial, and states had to organize, equip, and train their units in accordance with the organization, standards, and procedures of the Regular Army. Finally, if Guard units failed to meet certain standards of training and administration as set by the War Department, they would lose their federal support.
In 1908 the act was amended.
1. The nine-month limit on federal service was deleted;
2. The President would now set the length of federal service. The ban on Guard units serving outside the United States was dropped. Clearly establishing the Guard's role as the Army's reserve force, the amended act stated that during a mobilization the Guard had to be called before the Army could organize a federal volunteer force.
3. Congress agreed to increase the annual federal subsidy of the Guard to $4 million, and the War Department established the Division of Militia Affairs. The division served as the link between the department and the state adjutants general.
Congress passed the National Defense Act in 1916. This law asserted federal control over state military forces. The act doubled armory drill requirements and tripled the length of summer training. The mobilization for World War I demonstrated the triumph of federal control over the Guard that the Root reforms had brought. The Guard contributed approximately 12 percent of the wartime army, a far lower percentage than state units had contributed in previous wars. After mobilization, federal draftees and reserve officers were used to bring Guard units to full strength, diluting their character as state units.
A major reorganization of American tactical organizations, prompted by the demands of combat in Europe, caused further dilution. Once in federal service, many Guard units were reorganized, disbanded, or converted to a different type of unit. Many Guard commanders were relieved and replaced by Regulars. After the war, the Army discharged all Guardsmen as individuals instead of releasing them from federal service with their units.
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In 2008, the Supreme Court by a slim 5-to-4 vote ruled the Second Amendment was a “guarantee of the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,” (www.cga.ct.gov/2008/rpt/2008-R-0578.htm). The majority opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia also said the Second Amendment does not grant the “right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever for whatever purpose.”
The manner of carrying the weapon and the purpose of the weapon for collective or self-defense is subject to the 10th Amendment (state's rights), and the 9th Amendment (The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people).
The Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is somewhat of an enigma. It provides that the naming of certain rights in the Constitution does not take away from the people rights that are not named. This means, the powers of the government are listed in Articles 1, 2, and 3; the government cannot infringe on citizens' rights outside the scope of limited government. Of course, the statist's view is different.