Gun Owners of America
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“[Democrats] just spent all year trying to effectively destroy the gun lobby, so why in heaven’s name [should] we give them this Christmas present?” — GOA’s Michael Hammond on the plastic gun ban (ABC News, Dec. 3, 2013)
The U.S. House of Representatives did a very dangerous thing Tuesday — and, apparently, it did so with the consent of one gun organization.
By voice vote, the House slammed through a ten-year reauthorization of the poorly drafted 1988 plastic gun ban.
Lest anyone be confused about how the anti-gun Left views this, USA Today crowed, on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper that the “HOUSE SAYS YES TO ONE GUN BILL — Plastic gun ban only firearm legislation to pass since November.”
Taken alone, this gives the Obama administration, if it chooses, another three years to use the 1988 law to ban large numbers of guns.
But there is an even bigger danger: Chuck Schumer held a press conference the same day to indicate that he will use the House-passed bill as a vehicle to pass even more gun control. We don’t expect to know Schumer’s bill number or language before he actually offers it, but it will purport to deal with guns from 3-D printers, while actually being much broader.
So here’s what we are doing: We are asking our friends in the Senate to put a “hold” on any effort by Schumer to amend the House bill.
The Senate will only be in session four or five days next week before the House goes out for the year, and Schumer may not be able to get time on the Senate floor without “unanimous consent” from all senators.
So, by doing this, we would force Schumer to give up on his vehicle for banning printer-guns if he wanted any reauthorization of the 1988 bill. If Schumer remains adamant, there will be no reauthorization at all. Even if he capitulates, we’ll see what happens.
It’s not a perfect outcome. But we think it’s an outcome we can probably achieve.
ACTION: Contact your Senators. Ask them to oppose any effort by Senator Chuck Schumer to add gun control to the H.R. 3626, the plastic gun ban reauthorization which passed in the House.
Please click on the link above and let your senators know where you stand on civil rights! Do it TODAY!
Monday could be too late.
(A PHONE CALL WOULDN’T HURT, EITHER! 202-224-3121) Guffaw
h/t Rev. Paul
All but a few states have formally adopted Common Core, the state-driven campaign to improve educational outcomes for K-12 students by meeting common academic benchmarks, particularly in math and English. But the program has faced criticism across the spectrum. The basic flaw of Common Core, according to education policy expert and Independent Institute Research Fellow Vicki Alger, is that its standards are “weak, costly, politicized, and unconstitutional.” In recent pieces in The Beacon, she has focused on two problems with Common Core: the political overtones of some of its reading recommendations, and the program’s threat to student and family privacy.
Common Core reading recommendations, Alger contends, include material that is pro-Obamacare and pro-union; an example of the latter was woven into the civics curriculum for third graders. But Common Core even politicizes math standards. Stanford mathematics professor James Milgram, who served as a member of the Common Core validation committee, complains that scholastic rigor was “compromised for the sake of political buy-in.” The academic content of Common Core is a major worry, but not the only cause for concern.
Alger notes that civil libertarians are increasingly anxious about Common Core’s threat to student and family privacy. Under a law called FERPA—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act—private contractors, consultants, and other non-government personnel may become privy to data about a student’s family income, religion, student disciplinary records, and parents’ political affiliations. Last month, Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) pressed U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to explain why, in at least one state, student Social Security numbers were given to a private data collection company. But “as interesting as any official response would be, there is still no legitimate, much less Constitutional, reason for the federal government to be spying on American citizens or their children,” Alger concludes.
I remember the seeds of this being planted in MY Fourth Grade (1961-62). Along with a universal dumbing down. Spelling words in my Eighth Grade were the same as in my THIRD! And my Fifth Grade teacher (of whom I was very fond) pooh-poohing The Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights studies.
As the bumper sticker states: If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher. If you can support the proletariat’s battle over the bourgeoisie, thank a Common Core Teacher!
”I’m shocked, Shocked!”
h/t Brock Townsend, Free North Carolina, EAG News
N.Y.P.D. has begun sending out the following form letter to registered legal owners of (now illegal, under NY State law) firearms.
AND, there is a push in Congress for the passage of a ‘general warrants’ measure, to make it easier to search homes of legal gun owners to determine if there firearms are ‘stored safely’. (as they already do in Massachusetts!, unwarranted…)
These ‘general warrants’ were proposed by the N.S.A.(!), for the express purpose of (legitimizing actions already taken in) bulk (telephone) data collection. You know, to keep us ‘safe’.
WASHINGTON — THE framers of the Constitution declared that government officials had no power to seize the records of individual Americans without evidence of wrongdoing, and they embedded this principle in the Fourth Amendment. The bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records — so-called metadata — by the National Security Agency is, in our view, a clear case of a general warrant that violates the spirit of the framers’ intentions. This intrusive program was authorized under a secret legal process by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, so for years American citizens did not have the knowledge needed to challenge the infringement of their privacy rights. (NYT Opinion Pages, November 25, 3013)
…Each of these proposals represents real and meaningful reform, which we believe would have fulfilled the purpose of protecting our security and liberty. Each was rejected by the committee, in some cases by a single vote. (IBID) (emphasis Guffaw)
Nothing was mentioned about limiting governmental power of these proposed ‘safety’ measures to just wiretapping.
How many times in recorded history have governments given power back to the people, after having first usurped it? I’ll give you a hint – NONE, without benefit of revolution.
I could probably list about 75 ‘safety’ measures taken by the government ‘for our benefit’ since ‘Dan Cooper’ hijacked a plane for ransom on my birthday in 1971, beginning the steady erosion of THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN. But what would be the point?
I’m pretty certain most of my readers tend to agree with me on liberty issues, or they wouldn’t be my readers. So, I’m preaching to the choir, yet again.
Do YOU see a pattern here? I f’n DO!
h/t Random Nuclear Strikes
(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!) :-P
That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.
Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!
h/t CNN !
WideShut, a British blog, enlightened me to what folks are thinking about in Merry-Ol’-England…
Specifically, Should 16 Year Olds Get The Vote?
Apparently, in the former Great Britain, one is allowed to drive, have consensual sex, join the army and get married. All at 16. Hopefully, not all in the same week. (Nothing was said about signing contracts.)
Much like the old tale, I remember being 16 and thinking my parents were idiots. At 22, I couldn’t believe how much they had learned in 6 years! And the older I get (61 is looming!) the older I think people should be to be able to marry, sign contracts, drive, have consensual sex, and yes, VOTE.
I fear, like so many of the ‘wonderful’ ideas
exported infected into the East Coast of the United States from England – ‘free’ health care, anglo-centric Islamofascism, gun control – that this, too will take hold and arrive on these shores. Complete with a host of other ‘new’ concepts which will be patently un-American, politically-correct and irresponsible to be foisted upon our republican Society.
As I’m fond of saying, “Didn’t we fight a war to get away from these @$$#0les?”
d. all of the above!
One of The President’s top advisors is an Iranian born militant progressive. His Attorney General supports the New Black Panthers. Another advisor was one of the leaders of The Weathermen, involved in bombings and killings – he is completely unrepentant for these acts. His (former) pastor of 20 years is a Black Separatist Revolutionary.
There was a time folks with these kind of credentials would have been shunned by academia and the political world. At the very least. Now they are feted. (fetid?)
From Mark Knapp…
In 1970 Davis was implicated in the an armed invasion of a Marin County, California courtroom. Judge Haley, the prosecuting assistant district attorney, and two jurors were removed from the courtroom at gun point.
Judge Harold Haley’s was blasted in the head with a sawed-off shotgun owned by Davis. She then fled using aliases and had disguised herself when she was arrested two months later in New York City.
At her 1972 trial, Davis acted as her own attorney. Thus, she could not be cross-examined. She presented a number of alibi witnesses, almost all Communist friends, who testified that she had been with them in Los Angeles playing Scrabble at the time of the Marin slaughter. Prosecution witnesses who placed her in Marin were dismissed by Davis and her fellow attorneys as being unable to accurately identify blacks – because they were white.
When Davis was acquitted many of the jurors went to her victory party!
She now has her doctorate (!), teaches at The University of California, and lectures, nationwide. For a big (capitalist) fee. I’m certain she laughs all the way to the bank, a communist, terrorist laugh.
…she recently spoke to our community at the invitation of the Federal Way Public School District, raises the issue of whether she has ever actually changed any of her views regarding violent revolution.
Did the Federal Way School District know any of this history before they invited her? Did anyone on the Board object? Has Dr. Davis ever expressed any remorse for the sorrow she brought to so many lives?
THESE are the kind of people who have wormed their way into schools, universities and governments, pushing an anti-American agenda. As Glenn Beck said, (speaking of Van Jones) First, we were on the outside, now, we are on the inside.
Making law, policy, and destroying everything in their wake.
And they are supported not just by like-minded people, but also well-meaning people, who have no understanding of the agenda they are bringing to the table. People who vote for someone out of fairness, or ‘leveling the playing field’, or even guilt – supporting the underdog.
We’re not going to change the minds of the communist, terrorist, criminal, self-serving fellow travelers of Angela Davis, Van Jones, Valerie Jarrett, and Bill Ayers.
We might be able to change the minds of people who believe things they say, though.
But, like reversing the Progressive policies of the past 100 years, it’s going to take time and patience.
There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch! - Robert A. Heinlein
This is the most basic of economics. Everything costs something.
And yet, it appears roughly half the population of The United States believes in ‘if it’s FREE, it’s for ME!’
The ‘Affordable’ Care Act? Hey, FREE health care! Food Stamps? Hey, FREE Food!
There’s even a circular route short bus system in my college town – it goes and connects all over, in a 10 square mile area, largely around older commercial and university venues. And, even one of my staunchest libertarian friends uses it. Why?
BECAUSE IT’S FREE! (The tax dollars paying for it, notwithstanding)
I, for one, have chosen NOT to use it, thinking doing so only perpetuates the myth of FREE. Of course, as my 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue gets older, and requires more maintenance (at more cost) it may become a necessity.
THEN, I can get a bicycle, and join the hoards of collegiate bike riders ignoring traffic laws, putting themselves in harm’s way, and demanding more bike paths.
Because, eventually, we WILL turn into Beijing.
Going backwards is such a great way to move forward, don’t you think?
Whipped Cream Difficulties reports ‘news’ (such as it is) from The People’s Republic of California.
So Robert “Ratso” Rizzo, former city manager of Bell, is going to prison. He’s expected to be sentenced to somewhere between 10 to 12 years (the actual sentencing is scheduled for March), and he’ll probably do about half that time.
Ratso also has to pay compensation to the city of Bell. As far as I can tell, there hasn’t been a final decision on the amount (I’m guessing that will be part of his sentencing) but it could be up to $3.2 million.
Where will that money come from? Rizzo sold his house at a loss, and it looks like the same thing is happening with his ranch.
Two places the money won’t come from: Rizzo’s retirement account, and his pension of $116,628 a year.
…city officials say they are legally prevented from going after the pension and the retirement account — which appear to be Rizzo’s main remaining assets — limiting how much the city can get back from him.
Are you f’in kidding me?
Of course, this is not unlike The
Honorable Convicted Felon Jesse Jackson, Jr., who will receive $8700 per month plus disability, while he serves his 2 1/2 years in prison!
Just an observation – you notice one doesn’t see such things in Arizona, or Utah, or other States where criminal felons are deprived of such things.
In liberal States, however…
Or rather, Where We ARE Headed!
PrisonPlanet.com shares with us a sad truth.
Most of the folks out there are SHEEP, and will comply!
A film crew set up a phony ‘complete body scan’ outside a candy store, and filmed
the fights, massive protests, refusals and objections people meekly complying with a request to be scanned!
(in fairness, some folks did refuse.)
Being electronically violated to enter a candy store! (video warning – Some images and language NSFW!)
Last week I posted a link to a video of folks gleefully signing a petition to institute an Orwellian Police State!
What the Hell is WRONG with everyone?
Above is the official Cleveland REDSKIN team logo.
In no way does it appear disrespectful to a proud heritage of third Stone Age peoples found on these shores when the Eurotrash first appeared on the scene 521 years ago. (Columbus – or longer? Vikings?)
Nor does the moniker REDSKIN, which while slangy to me, is no different from Black, which seems to be one of the other accepted terms (at least this week).
I love how there were probably six people nationwide who were bothered by REDSKIN, until some politicians decided to make it their cause celebre’. Probably because any other issue – immigration, tax reform, privacy, budgets, national security, the military, wars, debt ceilings, government slimdown ad infinitum, ad nauseum were being ignored by said politicians. They had to hang their hat on SOMETHING!
I wonder if all the previously-conquered peoples of the World – you know, the ones who were outright slaughtered unless they assimilated into the victor’s culture, are even around to complain about the names of sports teams named after them? I suspect most of them are not, or are wise enough to pick and choose their battles if they are.
We certainly didn’t do right by the American Indian*, and ‘awarding’ them crap land and special separate citizen status with their own ‘nations’ is part of that. Didn’t Separate, But Equal fall by the wayside some 117 years ago? (Plessy vs. Fergusson)
Along with the top-flight federal government health care they receive. Wait! What? They don’t?
Perhaps there’s yet another lesson in that?
*NOT Native American. Hell, I was born here, I’M a Native American! I side with Russell Means (now deceased leader of the American Indian Movement and libertarian), who said, “I’m an American Indian. You’ll note American is listed first!”