Gun owners who successfully sued the D.C. government to overturn the city’s ban on carrying firearms in public will argue in court Thursday that new laws to regulate concealed carry are unconstitutionally restrictive.
Attorney Alan Gura has said in court filings that the system put in place by the D.C. Council, which requires gun owners to show a need for self-defense in order to obtain a permit, is unreasonable and that a federal judge should bar enforcement of the law.
But the D.C. attorney general’s office, which has appealed the case, argues that because gun owners are challenging new laws they should file a new lawsuit. (The Washington Times – Thursday, November 20, 2014 )
But the good news is so is Alan Gura!
h/t David Hardy
New Jovian Thunderbolt passes along an allegory on one Constitutional Issue versus another.
Both Constitutional and of equal status, right? Wrong!
Stop saying that Washington DC now allows conceal carry. People posted that all over. It’s May Issue. And like most May Issue states it means “nobody without the juice.” It’s not allowing CCW.
Saying DC allows conceal carry is like saying a black man in Alabama in 1885 had the right to vote. Look at the 15th Amendment! It says so! Highest law of the land says a black man can vote. But that’s not the reality on the ground back then, is it?
No, Gun Crow laws are still in effect in DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York… others.
How would you feel if Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada, assuming you don’t live there, were just ignoring the 19th Amendment and didn’t let women vote? Maybe let them pretend they are voting at the polls, but then just not counting those female votes? Would you feel a little less free in North Carolina or Maine, or Wisconsin? Doesn’t really impact women near you, so… What’s the big diff? Just tell women in California to move someplace better. Right? How does that make you feel? It’s not like it’s in another country. It’s still YOUR country out west, there. If you join the military you are fight for those hypothetical and blatant disenfranchising states, too.
People tell me to move out of THIS state because of the gun banning regime. No, I’ll stay here. The state will change. Same with Jersey. Same with DC, and New York…
In fact, YOU should move here.
Mea culpa. I, too, probably jumped on the same bandwagon, extolling the freedom now being exercised in D.C. OOPS. - Guffaw
(I saw this (text) on wirecutter‘s blog, and felt it was meant to be shared – Guffaw)
1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
A. Karl Marx B. Adolph Hitler C. Joseph Stalin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above
2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…… And to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity.”
A. Lenin B. Mussolini C. Idi Amin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above
3) “(We)…..can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”
A. Nikita Khruschev B. Josef Goebbels C. Boris Yeltsin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above
4) “We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own … in order to create this common ground.”
A. Mao Tse Tung B. Hugo Chavez C. Kim Jong Il D. Barack Obama E. None of the above
5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”
A. Karl Marx B. Lenin C. Molotov D. Barack Obama E. None of the above
6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in
(the) entire economy that they are being watched.”
A. Pinochet B. Milosevic C. Saddam Hussein D. Barack Obama E. None of the above
(1) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
(2) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
(3) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
(4) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
(5) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
(6) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
Be afraid. Be VERY afraid! – Guffaw
The MSM has been ruminating, of late, regarding the NEXT Presidential Election. Keep in mind in 2014, it’s the Congressional (off year) election, making the Presidential Election THREE YEARS AWAY (2016) from now!
The reason for all this undesired attention? Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, former Senator, and former First Lady of the Presidency and Governorship (of Arkansas) is making noises about running! After she promised she wouldn’t, of course.
And as the last presidential election was all about electing a Black Man – as though that were some kind of qualification – this one is being countenanced about electing a Woman. Same counter-argument. Of course, we all know that all Blacks think the same and all women do, too. A slam-dunk, right? Tell that to Governor Sarah Palin.
“A woman will get us out of wars, because their’s is the gentle gender.” Just ask Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi and Golda Meir.
So, with regard to qualifications, exactly how does Ms. Clinton qualify?
Uh, she was a lawyer, but never renewed her license. At age ~27 she was fired for being a liar and an unethical lawyer in the Watergate Investigation. Whitewater, Wikileaks, Iran, Iraq, Sandy Berger, Benghazi, Vince Foster, any of those names ring a bell?
Her voting record in the Senate – incidentally, how does a disgraced Arkansas lawyer suddenly become a transplanted New Yorker, and get elected Senator? I guess Bobby Kennedy did it, though. And her non-starterhood as the last Secretary of State.
What has she done, lately, aside from unofficially run for office? And, of course, she was the co-President to her ‘husband’ Bill. Scary stuff.
The scariest is the ‘loyal opposition’ Republicans have very few real contenders. And their party is in a shambles. And the other choice, Libertarians, are by nature and definition not confrontational.
What to do?
Heinlein’s Law – They’re ALWAYS someone to vote against!
PS – This just in – the (Democratic Governor-Elect just made Hillary-for-President noises after winning last night. Not surprising as he was a previous
bag man shill supporter of Bill and Hill !)
h/t HuffPo (believe it or not!)
I receive some diverse emails from varied sources. Last night, not so much…
First from the National Association for Gun Rights:
That’s what Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake said when asked if he supports President Obama’s nationalized gun-control agenda. 1
To make matters worse, he’s now touting President Obama’s rhetoric when it comes to expanded background checks.
“All of us Republicans and Democrats recognize that we need more effective and broader background checks,” he recently told Politico. 1
This sort of Washington beltway blabber is what we’ve come to expect out of Arizona’s Senior U.S. Senator, John McCain…
But watching Junior Jeff fold like a house of cards after spending months paying gun owners lip-service is disappointing. ~
This, after many of us wrote our Senators pleading with them NOT to buckle to Senator Feinstein and the state socialists! I heard back from Senator Flake’s office just a few weeks ago stating he supported us! Is he lying? (I know, his mouth is moving – he’s a politician!)
TODAY, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Senator Dianne Feinstein’s anti-gun bill…which would BAN millions of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and BAN ammunition magazines that hold more than ten rounds.
YOUR SENATORS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU RIGHT NOW!!!
Please call both of your Senators today at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to OPPOSE the Feinstein Gun Grab bill.
Tell your Senators that President Barack Obama’s own Justice Department recently reported that any ban on semi-automatic firearms WILL NOT WORK…unless it includes mandatory gun buy backs, which is federal GUN CONFISCATION!
Senator Feinstein herself told CBS’s 60 Minutes that if she could get the votes “for an outright ban, picking up every one of them — Mr. and Mrs. America turn ‘em all in” she would do it!!!
If you live in Arizona, please call Senators Flake and McCain, TODAY! Hell if you live in Flotsam’s Mistake, NJ! call them. And call your own Senators, too.
I’ve called and sent emails, more than once. They need to hear us…RIGHT NOW!
Don’t count on someone else to do it. Take action! Call the number above an let your voice be heard!
When I was growing up (in Arizona) my father made certain to show me evidence of Western history and culture. Western as in cowboy. 50s/60s TV helped. Not balanced or historically correct.
Part of what was taught to me was the difference between Cochise and Geronimo. Cochise initially fought the incursion of people from the East Coast, but eventually acceded to what was called manifest destiny and gave up. I was taught he was a great hero of his people. (See the 1950 film Broken Arrow for the politically-correct story).
But Geronimo was another matter. A warrior to the end, he never gave up fighting for his people, and was eventually captured and made a prisoner of war. He died in captivity. Some say he was murdered. I was taught he was a rebel and criminal who deserved what he got. We called these battles The Indian Wars.
Between the Indians co-existing with us as citizens, having their own ‘nations’, and being given special status and benefits from the government (based largely on our guilt for never honoring treaties and mistreatment of them), AND, the ever-popular meme of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Noble Savage (the idea that as they were primitive cultures they were automatically more pure than we ‘cultured’ euro-trash) it’s a pretty complex relationship. Until the 1700s, many conquering forces simply eliminated those who didn’t assimilate. Less complex but barbaric. We did do some of that.
Special status, in spite of the whole melting pot meme; E Pluribus Unum, and equal rights for all. Some people are more equal than others.
Purportedly, Geronimo’s last words…
“I should have never surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive.”
As a youth, I admired Cochise for his peaceable acquiescence to federal government authority. I tend to be siding more with Geronimo, now.
h/t Wikipedia, IMDB
Just yesterday Senator John McCain’s conference committee stripped the amendment that protects American citizens against indefinite detention out of the NDAA.
And final passage of the bill will be voted on TODAY.
That’s why it’s vital you call your U.S. Senators IMMEDIATELY and DEMAND they oppose the NDAA. You can reach your Senators at (202) 224-3121.
And while you’re at it, give Senator McCain a call at (202) 224-2235.
Tell him our Bill of Rights is not something that can be cherry-picked at his convenience – and demand he stop shredding our Constitution.
“Never let a crisis go to waste!” – Rahm Emanuel
h/t Rand Paul
Obviously, General Washington didn’t take Christmas off as a Federal Holiday.
He attacked 1400 Hessian troops in an overnight surprise, crossing the Delaware River (although it’s doubtful he actually stood in the boat!)
Yet another reason to celebrate this day. – Guffaw
I’m a big fan of being in Condition Yellow (if you didn’t get that from previous posts).
But, in my personal life, much of the time, I seem to have been in Condition White (or worse).
Many of my personal problems have been the direct result of failing to pay attention.
I’ve recounted some of those dismal failures to do so in this blog.
Signals, direct or indirect, from significant others, for example. (I know women are fans of subtlety over directness, but sometimes, even with directness, my focus has been elsewhere).
At least for me, this comes from complacency.
Hell, they’re here, things are humming along, why worry?
The same thing applies to me in relation to Our Nation.
I’m an American. I was born here, and expect to die here. I was educated in American Schools. I’ve never lived abroad, and have no desire to.
And I was taught The United States IS exceptional. And so are Americans.
I believe this is one reason why our enemies want to destroy or subjugate us.
Enemies both foreign and domestic.
I’m a libertarian – small L. You do as you want or need to, and I’ll do the same. Just don’t mess with me or mine, or my God-given rights. I expect the same respect from you.
But jihadis and big-government advocates aren’t libertarians. They don’t respect my rights, or yours. Even though we begrudgingly respect theirs. I’m thinking prisoners-of-war and Senator Schumer, as examples.
So, my advice to ME is: Pay Attention. Not just to the enemy complacency in my own life, but, to the enemies of Our Nation, who wish us to NOT be exceptional.
Enemies both foreign and domestic.
You, of course, may do as you wish.
There was a time I wanted to travel, internationally. There were many places that sounded intriguing.
Now, not so much. Guess I’m a bit of a xenophobe.
Through Monday proposed changes in passport regulation comments are accepted. After that, it’s up to the bureaucrats to decide.
Below are the specifics of the proposed changes (emphasis mine):
The U.S. Department of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for some passport applicants: The proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around the time of birth; and a variety of other information. According to the proposed form, “failure to provide the information requested may result in … the denial of your U.S. passport application.”
The State Department estimated that the average respondent would be able to compile all this information in just 45 minutes, which is obviously absurd given the amount of research that is likely to be required to even attempt to complete the form.
I find it, well, ironic, that just about anyone can enter this country by walking, or crawling under a fence, but for a U.S. Citizen to leave, lawfully, requires one’s entire personal history!
And, just a reminder, one now needs a passport to travel to Canada or Mexico.
(the blue Form DS-5513 above links to the proposed form!)