I am SO GLAD to reside in the Free State of Arizona! – Guffaw
With the ubiquitous-ness of digital cameras (usually attached to cellular telephones) it’s only logical that the civilian populus would film any actions taken by the constabulary in public. Think of Rodney King – squared.
One would think this is only fair, as most populated areas are now replete with cameras either filming the public willy-nilly, or those privately-owned that may be accessed, like ATM cameras. AND, police dash cams. And it would make sense to keep such actions free, as open government is a desirable thing.
Not to mention cases such as Kyllo v. United States and Boyd v. United States, which reaffirmed the English Common Law which said the eye cannot trespass.
Well, forget all that…
As more and more of the public are photographing and filming police activity, more States are acting to suppress the right of a free people to record such actions. Why is that, if the government is acting within the law?
Outrageous and disgusting. Expect more of this coming to your town down the road. Because governments
never rarely* expand to promote individual freedom.
h/t Miss Lisa, wirecutter
Live in New York?
I was born on the East Coast.
Killed me a bar,moved with my parents to AZ when I was only three. Been back a few times. Pretty country in the warm months – debilitatingly cold in the Winter.
New York! Where taxes are high, regulations are massive, and Big Gulps, trans-fats, salt, and guns are verboten. Or highly regulated.
And now, a new law throughout the Empire State includes magazine restrictions to 7 rounds. SEVEN! 8 rounders will get you a felony rap. Don’t worry – you will have a year to sell all your
high capacity, assault , evil over seven round magazines to out-of-State folks! Or face prison time and confiscation.
Now I’m certain all the felonious criminals who possess illegal magazines to go with their evil assault weapons will que up to turn them in, because they are already such good citizens.
Fierce cold weather, no right to an extra large soda and Michael Bloomberg. I want some of that!
h/t The Travis McGee Reader
David White Wolf shares with us text (and link) of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens trashing the rights of Americans, and misspeaking with regard to the actual law:
(Justice Stevens) [Miller] was generally understood to limiting the scope of the Second Amendment to the uses of arms that were related to military activities,” Stevens said today during a question-and-answer session after a speech today with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s Legal Action Project. “The Court did not overrule Miller [in Heller]. Instead it ‘read Miller to say only that the Second Amendment does not protect those weapons not typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, such as short-barreled shotguns . . . Thus, the Second Amendment provides no obstacle to regulations permitting the ownership or the use of the sorts of the automatic weapons used in the tragic multiple killings in Virginia, Colorado, or Arizona in recent years.
(Mr. Wolf) As y’all know, none of those killings involved automatic weapons (already legislated up the wazoo and pretty effectively prohibited from most private ownership, thank you very much), but rather semi-autos like you and I own and use for defense of our home and person.
One would have thought (at least I did) that an honored jurist with years of experience would know the laws about which he expounds!?
Of course, he was speaking at a Brady Bunch gathering…
Go and read the whole thing. Mr. Wolf is more graphic than I have been, and perhaps rightly so! – Guffaw
Forty-two years ago, the great Bill Cosby released the record album 200 MPH. In the album was a long routine entitled as such, regarding his purchase of a sports car from Carroll Shelby, advertised to do over 200 miles-per-hour. Mr. Cosby, you see, liked to drive fast.
The climax of this routine (spoiler alert) was the fast car so scared him, that he donated it to George Wallace, a well-known Dixiecrat Governor and bigot (at the time-he reformed before he died).
But, in the meat of the routine, Bill stops for gas, and it occurs to him he has no idea where the gas cap is located. The gas guy (attention youngsters – others filled your tank for you, way back when!) suggested he pour gasoline all over the car, and maybe it would suck in somewhere.
This leads to the title of this post. After the recent murders in Colorado, the usual folks came out in support of more gun control. As if more legislation would have stopped the carnage before it happened. This presupposes the bad/crazy guys obey the law!
And the anti-rights folks seemed well-prepared, as if these important bills were already on file just waiting for some catastrophic event to trigger them to be brought forth for a vote. (!)
They were already discussing Fast & Furious gun control, and the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, then added two more bills regarding ‘assault’ magazines and other controls. Then yesterday, Internet ammunition purchase control legislation was also introduced. (Bill Seeks Limit On Online Ammo Purchases)
It’s as if they are saying pour
it them over the car Congress, it’ll suck in somewhere!
In other words, a blitzkrieg. Flood the legislature with as many bills as possible, and maybe one will squeak through.
We must remain vigilant, or one or more will.
h/t Bill Cosby, Murphy’s Law
An Ordinary American blogs about the epidemic of bullying, and the demands of parents to have the schools do something about it.
You know, like passing more anti-gun legislation; it solves the problem, and shows the people the government is there to solve all their problems.
Bullies do what they do because they do not respect the person they are picking on. Fear generates a healthy dose of respect. If you don’t believe me, ask any veteran who went through boot camp. We feared our drill instructors and knew, without a doubt, that they could kick our ass seven ways sideways to Sunday.
But because THEY also knew it, the need to “bully” wasn’t there. By the end of our eight or twelve weeks of basic military training, mutual respect had been achieved.
You can achieve the same thing in the civilian world in eight to twelve seconds if you simply stand up to the SOB who is bullying you and promise what we called “violence of action” and have every intention of following through.
It’s a mindset you have to acquire, which is why we’re such a spineless nation ruled by bullies. It’s much easier to run whining to the government to make more laws against bullying than it is to stand up to them and/or teach our kids how to stand up to them.
Spare me the talk about lawyers and courts and police. Simply STANDING UP to a damned bully will win three-fourths of the battles. Tell them to kiss your ass and howl at the moon.
If you live in fear, it is because you choose to live in fear. Bullies are nothing new, nor is standing up to them.
But again, we choose to be spineless.
And to prove it, our U.S. Government is the biggest bunch of bullies there are, and we don’t even have the guts to vote their asses out of office.
That last part of the quote is the core result of not addressing this issue.
Progressives, gun control advocates, anti-rights folks, One-World government types, the usual gang of idiots (with apologies to Mad Magazine) are at it AGAIN!
Yes, the U.N. Small Arms Treaty (with amendments) suggests that it is not only to limit international trade in small arms, but to add prohibitions to the signatory countries. Regarding small arms possession within their own borders.
The President did state he would continue to pursue gun-control measures in a back door fashion, and Secretary of State Clinton certainly agrees with such an agenda.
But, if we are indeed a nation of laws, this does not matter.
There are no doubt plenty of folks who don’t like guns, and wish you didn’t have one.
Fortunately for you, you have the Constitution.
The Supreme Court has ruled, in Reid vs Covert in 1956, that no treaty takes precedence over the Constitution.
There’s the rub.
h/t NBC News, KETK
The Silicon Greybeard lends his sharp analysis regarding the ever-increasing mountain of utterly useless federal regulations polluting the Nation.
A year ago, I asked, “How Many Federal Crimes Did You Commit Today?“, quoting author Harry Silvergate from Reason Magazine saying the average person commits three federal crimes per day. Don’t think that not knowing if something is illegal is any excuse; there are many people in jail who had no idea they were doing anything wrong.
The register Code of Federal Regulations hit a record 163,000 pages in 2009 and the number of pending regulations costing more than $100 million has more than doubled according to Heritage. And once on the books, regulations are almost impossible to get rid of. One regulation that’s been requested for elimination for over four years, says Heritage, is one that treats “milk as an ‘oil,’ thus requiring dairy spills to be treated as hazardous. According to the agency, exempting milk from the regulation will save dairies around $1.4 billion over the next 10 years.” And yet this regulation still sits on the books four years later, even with the support of the Obama administration in getting rid of it.Now, according to the Center for Fiscal Accountability, when we add in the costs of [implementation] of just Obamacare over the next ten years the costs soar another $230 billion per year.
Not including the costs of premiums going up – which is already the case for many people.
Now The Money Quote:
The 163,000 ++ page Code of Federal Regulations must be cut down in size. I swear you could throw out 3/4 of it and not negatively impact a single person’s life – except for the lawyers and prosecutors who would need to find honest work.
Go and read the whole thing at the link. We need to petition Congress to start removing regulations instead of compounding them. - Guffaw
Military Detention Law Blocked by New York Judge
A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that opponents claim could subject them to indefinite military detention for activities including news reporting and political activism.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan today ruled in favor of a group of writers and activists who sued President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Defense Department, claiming a provision of the act, signed into law Dec. 31, puts them in fear that they could be arrested and held by U.S. armed forces. ~
~Hedges, who testified he has been a foreign news correspondent for 20 years, said he has reported on 17 groups that are on a State Department list of terrorist groups. Hedges testified that after the law was passed, he changed his dealings with groups he had reported on, Forrest said.
“I think the ruling was not only correct, but courageous and important,” Hedges said in a telephone interview yesterday.~
Go and read the specifics.
Shall Not Be Questioned links to the NRA/ILA Site with good news.
On Thursday, May 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5326–the appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies fiscal year 2013–by a vote of 247-163.
One of the most important ways that Congress has protected the Second Amendment is through a number of general provisions included in various appropriations bills. We are happy to report that 11 provisions to protect the Second Amendment were included in the bill. (emphasis Guffaw)
Cherry-picking two examples…
DOJ Funding Restriction. Disallows funds to the Department of Justice if the DOJ falsifies documents, makes misleading or inaccurate statements, or covers up or conceals information. It is intended to ensure the Department of Justice is truthful and forthright with ongoing Congressional investigations of “Operation Fast and Furious.” (Also known as the Chaffetz/Gosar/Farenthold “Fast and Furious” Amendment, this provision passed by a vote of 381-41.)
Southwest Border Rifle Registration. Prohibits the use of federal funds to carry out the BATFE’s requirement that firearm dealers in the four southwestern border states file “multiple sales” reports on individuals who buy more than one detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifle of greater than .22 caliber in a five-day period. (Also known as the Rehberg/Boren Amendment, this provision passed in committee by a vote of 30-19, despite a threatened veto by President Obama.)
It IS a shame we have to keep fighting for natural rights, line-by-line, however…Go and read the whole thing at the link. It’s not going back in time to pre-GCA ’68, but it did make my Sunday morning! – Guffaw
h/t Sebastian, NRA