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Saturday January 19, 2013
Today on The Pete Santilli Show, Pete discusses the move toward civil unrest and the news coming out of Washington D.C. That effects us the most. During this episode he takes calls from listeners who express their concerns over the apparent push toward gun control and the dismantling of the constitution. Joing Pete in the first hour is Dave Posel Co-Host of the region 10 report that broadcast live on AFR every Thursday at 5:00 P.M. Central time. Susanne Posel joins Pete for an in-depth explanation of her most current articles on occupycorporatism.com Susanne explains just how far the Obama administration is willing to go to take guns away from Americans.
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Editor’s note: Freshman Congressman Mullin is an outspoken advocate for gun rights who recently expressed his outrage at Obama’s executive orders, calling them “outrageous and an outright assault on civil liberties.”
“The president is politicizing a national tragedy to impose his own personal agenda,” U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin said in a statement.
“This is outrageous and an outright assault on civil liberties. I strongly oppose restricting the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms and will do everything I can to protect our second amendment rights,” he said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Sunday mocked the notion that gun laws were unconstitutional because of the Second Amendment.
“To not talk about guns when it comes to gun violence is to not talk about smoking when it comes to lung cancer,” he said. “It just doesn’t make any sense.”
Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s key decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, Schumer noted the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms “in defense of hearth and home” but also allowed for reasonable limitations on gun ownership.
“Just like on the First Amendment, we say you can’t scream fire in a crowded theater falsely,” Schumer explained. “We have anti-pornography laws. We have anti-libel laws. There are reasonable limitations. And some in the pro-gun movement, and the NRA in many instances, doesn’t believe in any limitation at all. That is not unconstitutional, that just is dumb.”
Former President Bill Clinton warned a group of top Democratic donors at a private Saturday meeting not to underestimate the passions that gun control stirs among many Americans.
“Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them,” Clinton said.
“A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things,” Clinton said. “I know because I come from this world.”
Clinton dedicated a substantial portion of his 40-minute address before a joint meeting of the Obama National Finance Committee and a group of business leaders to the issue of guns and gun control, saying that it was a test-case for President Barack Obama’s grass-roots movements. (POLITICO was given a transferable ticket by an invited member of the committee.)
Five people were injured in accidental shootings at U.S. gun shows on Saturday.
A 12-gauge shotgun discharged when its owner presented his weapon for inspection at the entrance to the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, N.C., according to the Charlotte Observer.
Birdshot pellets hit a woman on the right side of her torso and a man in the left hand, the Observer reported. The third victim , a retired sheriff’s deputy, was also hit in the hand.
Police are questioning Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, but told the paper the shooting was accidental and that it was too early in the investigation to say whether charges will be laid.
The show shut down early Saturday and will reopen Sunday, but police said only weapons already in the building will be allowed for sale.
In Indianapolis, Emory L. Cozee, 54, shot himself in the hand by mistake when he was loading his .45-calibre semi-automatic while walking back to his car at the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show, WISH TV reported. He was being treated in hospital, and police said they didn’t expect to lay any charges.
And in Ohio, a gun dealer at the Medina Gun Show was taking a semi-automatic handgun out of its box when it went off and the single bullet inside wounded another man in the arm and thigh, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Police Chief Pat Berarducci told the paper the man was “very lucky” to suffer what appeared to be only minor injuries after the gun was “mishandled.”
Don’t restrict the gun rights of law-abiding Coloradans
Jonathan Schwartz, left, a salesman at the National Armory gun store in Pompano Beach, Fla., helps a customer looking at an assault rifle last week (Joe Raedle, Getty Images )
After the murders in Aurora and Newtown, Conn., we have struggled to understand how such evil can be perpetrated and how to combat it in the future. Gov. John Hickenlooper and his allies in the General Assembly believe that restricting the gun rights of Colorado’s law abiding citizens is the best answer to these difficult questions. This flawed logic misses the very essence of evil involved in these horrific murders.
Any person bent on harming another will find a way to carry out that evil, regardless of what the law permits. By definition, a criminal has no regard for the law in the commission of a crime. A criminal intent on doing harm does not need a firearm to cause mass devastation. The deadliest school massacre in U.S. history occurred on May 18, 1927, in Bath Township, Mich., when 45 people — mostly children — were killed and another 58 injured by a bomb set under the town’s new school.
By greatly restricting the ability of Colorado’s law-abiding citizens to protect the innocent law-abiding members of the public, Hickenlooper and his anti-gun allies in the legislature are giving free license to criminals to prey upon whomever they choose.
The proposed bans on so-called “assault weapons,” or high capacity magazines, are a knee-jerk reaction to certain features that are completely cosmetic in nature and have little bearing on the operation of the firearm. A magazine is no more dangerous than the cardboard box the ammunition is packaged in. In much the same way an oil filter aids an automobile, a magazine is simply a functioning part of a firearm.
Austin Ehlinger helps hold a banner during a Guns Across America rally at the state capitol Saturday in Austin, Texas. Gun-rights advocates rallied across the US Saturday in response to the president’s push for new gun-control laws.
To the surprise of precisely no one within the Beltway, the Senate’s top Republican on Saturday told people across his home state of Kentucky that – if he has his way – President Obama’s gun-control proposals won’t go anywhere.
In a taped phone call sent to Kentucky gun owners, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R) said: “Know that I will be doing everything in my power as Senate Republican leader, fighting tooth and nail, to protect your Second Amendment rights, so that law-abiding citizens such as yourself can properly and adequately protect yourself, your family, and your country.”
Coloradans, who have endured mass shootings at Columbine High School and at an Aurora movie theater last year, have long held a mix of ideas about guns that favor the rights of firearms owners, but those opinions have become more nuanced, according to the findings of a new Denver Post poll.
While a majority of respondents expressed support for gun-owner rights, they expressed greater support for specific limitations that would strengthen gun laws.
Proposals that would ban assault-style rifles, limit the number of cartridges allowed in ammunition magazines and require universal background checks on gun sales garnered more than 60 percent support from those polled.
The findings of the poll come after President Barack Obama last week announced a plan to toughen gun-control laws nationally after highly reported mass shootings. A handful of his proposals are already in the works at the state level.
The latest Post poll, conducted the day after Obama’s announcement, found that overall support for the rights of gun owners shrank from an earlier Post poll in September — conducted shortly after the Aurora theater shootings.
Do you believe in reasonable restrictions on 2A matters? Have you dutifully sent your membership dues each year, called or written your political representatives when NRA issued a call to action?
Consider this quote from Charles Schumer, United States Senator: …the senator responded: “Well they [NRA – Ed] sure are a fringe group, but whether enough of my colleagues are ready to admit that, I’m not sure.” He continued: “They are a very extreme group. They don’t even represent average gun holders.”
A sitting United States Senator has now labeled you as fringe and extreme.
How does that feel? Does your mind and integrity rail at being lumped in with those other fringe and extreme Americans who choose to own and shoot ARs, and Americans who take the position that the Second Amendment should be interpreted literally?
Do you understand that the attacks from the Left in America will not ever stop at “Assault Rifles” or high cap mags? The NRA is the largest 2A group in America. They have been devoted to protecting your right to deer rifles and shotguns, unfailingly. And when they give ground to the anti 2A elements in society on issues like ARs, it is never enough.
Folks like me think NRA gives way too much away. We draw a harder line. But look at what NRA efforts have gotten you.
Look at New York today. A Ruger .22 single action revolver is now an “Assault Weapon”.
Your deer rifle and goose guns are on the list. Schumer simply hasn’t gotten to you yet.
People like me think it is time for NRA and all of its members to take a hard position and defend it.
This is the moment in your life to stand up. Even if you don’t want an AR, even if you think they are unnecessary, even if you do not own a magazine with a capacity of more than 5 rounds, you need to stand with your fellow shooters, your Countrymen, for 2A is not only about deer rifles, it isn’t even about firearms exclusively. It is about your fundamental Right to possess arms.
Stand and be counted.
When Schumer and his ilk decide to come for your duck gun, the men they send will not be carrying single-shots.
The Office of Sheriff is not a department of county government, it is the independent office through which the Sheriff exercises the powers of the public trust. No individual or small group hires or fires the Sheriff, or has the authority to interfere with the operations of the office. Elected sheriffs are accountable directly to the constitution of their state, the United States Constitution, statutes, and the citizens of their county….
Previously Sheriffs from Kentucky, Oregon , Colorado and Alabama have already issued their own letters or spoken out publicly saying they would not enforce or allow and new gun regulations to be enforced in their counties.
Yesterday, via a press conference, the New Mexico Sheriffs Association said that 29 NM Sheriffs stand “behind the right to bear arms.”
The association wanted to take an early stance on gun control “just to get ahead of this thing and say We are going to honor our oath and our oath says we will uphold and honor the Constitution,'” said San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen, chairman of the sheriffs association.
He said in the wake of the recent public shootings he’s fielded questions from San Juan County residents concerned their gun rights might be threatened.
Christesen said existing gun laws provide all the oversight needed to control guns and ammunition. More regulations, such as limiting the amount of bullets in a magazine, are a waste of resources and won’t decrease gun violence, he said.
“We’ve always had gun crimes in San Juan County. It doesn’t matter if it was a single-shot shot gun, an AK-47 or a lever action 30-30. People are still going to do what they do,” he said. “But at least guns give you a chance to protect yourself.
“I don’t think we need to change anything with guns. Especially when it comes to taking away people’s rights.”
Christesen said the best way to respond to the recent shootings is to use existing laws to keep guns away from convicted felons and mentally ill people.
“It’s not a gun problem it’s a criminal problem,” he said.
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Supporting gun control laws means giving government more credit than it deserves. Government is an institution run and staffed by people with their own interests and personalities. Are they really any smarter, more competent, or less likely to escalate violence than the average person?
If anything, institutional interests and incentives combine with the difficulty of holding government actors accountable to make them more dangerous. The laws they enforce make them an even bigger threat to public safety. Government workers with assault weapons break into people’s homes if they are suspected of having unapproved medicine, haven’t paid off the banker, or happen to live at the wrong address. If those government workers feel threatened during their adrenaline rush they are liable to shoot the terrified residents and their pets — and get away with it. I wouldn’t feel any safer knowing that these were the only people who could legally buy 30-round magazines.
Dispersing the tools of personal defense among peaceable individuals and consensual communities makes life safer by reducing the power of (and indeed the perceived need for) militarized official protectors.
Of course, not everyone is average, and gun violence committed by private citizens is frightful. But the prevalence of violence often signals a power imbalance, usually government enforced.
Mass shootings often, but not always, take place in institutions of rigid hierarchy where an individual made powerless by the system sees aggressive violence as a means of empowerment through conquest. Such motivations can be limited through widespread personal empowerment based on respect for autonomy and the cultivation of responsibility rather than obedience.
True, not every mass shooting fits this pattern, and unfortunately it is doubtful that any society can entirely prevent murder. But it is possible to reduce the number of victims. The best way to do that is by reducing institutionalized dislocation and by encouraging people within the community to take responsibility for defense rather than calling on — and waiting for help from — government officials. Having powerful weapons with big magazines can help them accomplish this. After all, police departments point to active shooter scenarios to explain why they need the types of guns targeted by assault weapon bans.
Most deadly violence committed by private citizens occurs in areas suffering from institutionalized discrimination. Unofficial economic segregation leads to some areas getting the worst schools, the most hostile police forces, the lowest levels of investment, and the largest burden of environmental hazards. These are usually places where minority racial groups, targeted by the bigotry of the powerful, live. The Black Panthers recognized this; their gun-toting swagger was part of their community improvement and empowerment program.
Rand Paul vows to fight unconstitutional executive orders and fight Obama’s ‘king complex’
Saturday, January 19, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) One of the U.S. Senate’s newest members is proving the old adage that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, like his father, long-serving U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, is a physician. Obviously, both are politicians. And, most importantly, both are a strict constitutionalists, which explains why they have been – and, in the case of the younger Paul, will continue to be, since dad is retiring this month – a thorn in the side of an increasingly imperial President Obama.
During an appearance on Fox News’ “Sean Hannity” program the evening of Jan. 16, just hours after President Obama announced new measures to prevent gun violence (http://www.whitehouse.gov), he is making to Congress, Paul promised to introduce legislation of his own the following week that would block Obama’s rising attack on the Second Amendment and against lawful gun owners.
Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)- During the 2008 presidential campaign, gun rights author and scholar John Lott recounted meeting Barack Obama for the first time while he was a lecturer at University of Chicago.
When the two met, Lott’s reputation on guns preceded him, and Lott claims Obama said, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”
Read that again, and let it soak in; Barack Obama reportedly said, “I don’t think people should be able to own guns.” In my correspondence with Lott, he stood by his story.
And there’s little reason to doubt Lott’s account, especially when you take Obama’s history of anti-gun legislation into account.
1. In a 1998 questionnaire for the Illinois state legislature, Obama said he wanted to “ban the sale or transfer of all sorts of semi-automatic weapons.”
2. From 1998-2001 Obama was on the board of the Joyce Foundation, the “major funder for gun-control research” at that time.
3. Obama opposes concealed carry and always has (every state but Illinois disagrees with him).
4. Obama only sees two “legitimate” purposes for guns: “hunting and target shooting.” This means using guns for self defense is not legitimate. And this goes a long way in explaining Obama’s past support of laws banning the use of guns for self-defense in Illinois, even in one’s own home.
But all these things and more are simply symptoms of a bigger issue—namely, that Obama doesn’t think people should be able to own guns in the first place.
Lott believes Obama’s lip service to the Second Amendment is simply part of an overarching Democrat strategy set forth by pollster Mark Penn, which instructs Dems to say they support the Second Amendment in order get elected and then to do everything they can to chip away at it via legislation and regulation once they’re in office.
H.R 226, introduced by Representative Rosa DeLauro was brought to the House last Monday and counts with the support of one of her colleagues.
This is the first attempt by a State government to follow up on the steps of the Federal Government to try to limit the possession of lawfully acquired firearms.
The bill clearly intends to bribe the public into complying with government policy recently presented by Barack Obama, who signed 23 Executive Orders that directly attack the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution contained in the Bill of Rights.
When the Government fears the people, there is peace. But when the people fear the Government, well, the United States happens.
The people are no match for domestic or foreign threats once they have been disarmed and the people of the United States are rapidly walking towards that scenario.
Here is the link to the Congressional page where the bill text is hosted. Read the complete bill below.
[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 226 Introduced in House (IH)]
H. R. 226
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against
tax for surrendering to authorities certain assault weapons.
Three people were injured on Saturday after a 12-gauge shotgun went off while being checked at a North Carolina gun show.
Authorities said at a Saturday afternoon press conference that the shotgun was being unzipped from its case at the security entrance to the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina, when a round of birdshot pellets discharged, hitting three people.
The gun owner, who allegedly intended to sell the weapon at the show, was interviewed by police on Saturday afternoon, though there was no decision whether he would face charges.
“I want to emphasize that this was an accident,” said Joel Keith, public safety and security chief for the state Department of Agriculture.
One of the victims, a retired Wake County sheriff’s deputy, was treated and released. The other two victims — 54-year-old Janet Hoover, who was shot in the hand, and 50-year-old Linwood Hester, who was hit in the right torso — were hospitalized.
The show was shut down after the incident. Before closing, however, one attendee told The Raw Story he saw “ten times” the normal amount of people in attendance. Prices were also reportedly higher than normal: 30-round magazines, which normally sell for $12, were being listed at $30 by some sellers; and an AR-15 “Bushmaster” assault weapon, usually priced around $1,200 at the event, was being sold for $2,600.
Keith said that while the event will reopen on Sunday, no private gun sales will be allowed.
Update: Two more accidental shooting injuries have been reported at gun shows as part of “Gun Appreciation Day” Saturday.
According to WISH-TV, a man shot himself in the hand while loading his semi-automatic pistol outside an event in Indianapolis, Indiana.
And WEWS-TV reported that a vendor at a show in Medina, Ohio shot himself while handling a loaded gun. He was taken to a local hospital. His condition has not been reported.
New Proposal Will Force Gun Owners to Store Assault Weapons At Government Authorized Storage Depots
Because you can never have too many laws, regulations and mandates, Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky has filed a new bill that would, among other things, force gun owners to undergo mental health background checks, acquire liability insurance, pay an additional 25% tax on all forms of ammunition, and require firearms categorized as “assault weapons” to be stored outside of their homes and only at government approved storage depots.
“This bill is a comprehensive effort to reduce all types of gun violence – murders, intentional shootings, accidental shootings and suicides.
There is not one solution to reducing gun violence – we can’t eliminate it – but there are a lot of common-sense steps that we can take to significantly reduce the everyday tragedy of gun violence and deaths,” said Linsky.
“I have spoken with hundreds of people over the past few weeks in developing this legislation – victims, police officers, criminologists, physicians, and yes – gun owners and sportsmen,” stated Linsky. “
There are a lot of good ideas out there. We should all have one goal – reducing gun violence and trying to keep more tragedies from happening.”
Provisions in the bill include:
Having one standard of the issuance of all gun licenses, giving local police chiefs the ability to evaluate all aspects of an application for a gun license.
Requires proof of liability insurance for possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun.
Requires that all large capacity weapons and grandfathered assault weapons must be stored at gun clubs or target ranges.
Requires live shooting as part of the curriculum for a basic firearms safety course; this is not a current requirement.
Requires all applicants for gun licenses and FID cards to sign a waiver of mental health records for review to be destroyed after decision.
Imposes 25% sales tax on ammunition, firearms, shotguns, and rifles; dedicates funds towards firearms licensing, police training, mental health services, and victim’s services.
Brings Massachusetts into compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Limits gun buyers to one firearm purchase per month.
A New York lawmaker will introduce a bill designed to ban people from making gun magazines with 3-D printers, following a demonstration of a working model by a Texas firearms group.
According to Long Island.com Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) will push to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act with an added stipulation banning the manufacturing, ownership, transport or purchase of 3-D printed firearms or high-capacity magazines.
Israel said he decided to not just renew, but expand the legislation after his staff discovered footage released by the group, Defense Distributed, of a man firing 86 rounds through a semi-automatic rifle using 30-round magazines created by 3-D printers.
In one video, released earlier this month, a man asks, “How’s that national conversation going?” before firing, a possible allusion to the 23 executive orders signed this month by President Barack Obama as part of his efforts to stem gun violence.
The company has also offered downloadable blueprints for the 30-round magazines. More than 2,200 blueprints have reportedly been downloaded since becoming available.
“We’re not going to solve every problem,” he said in an interview published Thursday. “No law can do that. What we’re trying to do is deal with a very specific problem, which is the lone wolf who uses a 3D printer to make a plastic weapon in his home that can be brought onto a plane or into a secure environment.”
A South Side alderman is asking for City Council hearings on an unorthodox gun control measure that would allow for GPS tracking of firearms. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Ald.
Willie Cochran (20th), a former police officer, has suggested that global positioning system chips be embedded in new guns, and retrofitted on existing firearms, so they could be located if they go missing.
NY Democrat: Please Don’t Release That Document Showing We Actually Do Want to Confiscate Guns (Video)
Late last night, New York Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, one of the few Republicans with a strong enough spine to stand up to the new gun legislation, released the following statement on his Facebook page.
In the video clip (seen below), McLaughlin is prepared to discuss a list of original proposals from the Democrats regarding gun control. The list, much in the same vein that Governor Cuomo himself had discussed, actually proposed the confiscation of guns and clips.”
The list is below the fold
The list of proposals that Democrats would rather you didn’t see, can be seen below.
1. Confiscation of “assault weapons”
2. Confiscation of ten round clips
3. Statewide database for ALL Guns
4. Continue to allow pistol permit holder’s information to be released to the public
5. Label semiautomatic shotguns with more than 5 rounds or pistol grips as “assault weapons”
6. Limit the number of rounds in a magazine to 5 and confiscation and forfeiture of banned magazines
7. Limit possession to no more than two (2) magazines
8. Limit purchase of guns to one gun per person per month
9. Require re-licensing of all pistol permit owners
10. Require renewal of all pistol permits every five years
11. State issued pistol permits
12. Micro-stamping of all guns in New York State
13. Require licensing of all gun ammo dealers
14. Mandatory locking of guns at home
15. Fee for licensing, registering weapons
West Point study identifies ‘violent far-right’ with recognizing tyrannical, corrupt nature of government
In a new study published by the West Point Combating Terrorism Center, the violent far-right is identified with the so-called “anti-federalist” ideology which consists of a belief in a “New World Order” (NWO) and recognizing the “corrupted and tyrannical nature of the federal government and its apparent tendency to violate individuals’ civilian liberties and constitutional rights.”
The study, authored by Arie Perliger, director of terrorism studies at the Combating Terrorism Center, is aimed at providing “a conceptual foundation for understanding different far-right groups and then presents the empirical analysis of violent incidents to identify those perpetrating attacks and their associated trends,” according to the description on the West Point website.
Sandwiched between the ideological foundations for the racist/white supremacy movement and the improperly labeled Christian fundamentalist movement (note the total lack of understanding of the actual definition of Christian fundamentalism), we see the ideological foundations for the “anti-federalist movement.”
Essentially, Perliger argues that the anti-federalist movement’s ideology centers around “the idea that there is an urgent need to undermine the influence, legitimacy and practical sovereignty of the federal government and its proxy organizations.”
He identifies several rationales behind this sentiment including, “a strong conviction that the American political system and its proxies were hijacked by external forces interested in promoting a ‘New World Order,’ (NWO)” and a “perception of the corrupted and tyrannical nature of the federal government and its apparent tendency to violate individuals’ civilian liberties and constitutional rights.”
According to Perliger, “The fear of the materialization of the NWO makes most militias not merely hostile towards the federal government but also hostile towards international organizations, whether non-profitable NGOs, international corporations, or political institutions of the international community, such as the UN.”
A report published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy on Jan. 15 discusses the potential dangers of “violent far-right” organizations, which has angered some conservatives that believe the military should focus on international threats.
Written by Arie Perliger, Director of Terrorism Studies at the Combating Terrorism Center and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, the paper asserts that three distinct ideologies exist in the “American violent far right.” Those are “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement,” the last of which “includes mainly Christian Identity groups such as the Aryan Nations.”
“Findings indicate that…it is not only feelings of deprivation that motivate those involved in far right violence, but also the sense of empowerment that emerges when the political system is perceived to be increasingly permissive to far right ideas,” it later reads.
The rise in attacks in the 21st century were significant, as “Although in the 1990s the average number of attacks per year was 70.1, the average number of attacks per year in the first 11 years of the twenty-first century was 307.5, a rise of more than 400%.”
The study also found that “presidential election years and the preceding year are characterized by an increase of far-right violence,” leading the author to conclude that “in general, far-right groups and individuals are more inclined to engage in violence in a contentious political climate.”
Furthermore, it found that the number of Republicans in the House was positively correlated with an increase in far-right violence, although the causes were not immediately clear. The study posits that it could mean those groups believed those legislators might be “more tolerant of their activities” or possibly that “the high expectations of far-right activists during a conservative legislature” were not “fulfilled.”
(INFOWARS) In their over zealous drive to deny law-abiding citizens the right to own firearms, politicos in New York didn’t take into account that cops would also be limited to seven round magazines.
As the statue is written, reports an ABC News affiliate in New York, it does not exempt law enforcement officers from the ban.
“We are still working out some details of the law and the exemption will be included, currently no police officer is in violation,” said governor Cuomo’s office in response to complaints that cops – both active and retired – will be treated like any other citizen-subject of the state.
State senator and former NYPD captain Eric Adams admitted that the recently enacted gun laws in New York will do little to nothing when it comes to crime and violence.
“You can’t give more ammo to the criminals,” he said in response to the grumbling by cops that they will be limited to seven round clips just like Joe Average citizen.
A handgun was discovered in the backpack of a second grade student at a public elementary school in New York City, just two days after state Governor Andrew Cuomo signed post-Newton gun restrictions into law.
The .22-caliber weapon was unearthed from the 7-year-old boy’s bag on Thursday morning at Wave Preparatory Elementary School in the Queens borough of New York City. The school was then placed on lockdown, just after 10:00am local time.
Alongside the semiautomatic pistol, police also seized ammunition and a flare gun from the young boy’s satchel. The horrifying incident took place amid heightened concern regarding gun violence in US schools, following the December tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six educators were massacred.
Two hours after the boy arrived at Wave Preparatory, his mother learned that he had the gun and attempted to apprehend him at the school, telling administrators that he had a dentist appointment. The boy told his mother that he had given the gun to a second grade classmate, leading her to alert the principal.
Students were then instructed to remain in their classrooms after the principal announced the school was in ‘lockdown’ status. Javier Ferrufino, an 11-year-old in fifth grade, told the New York Times, “I thought we were going to get killed… we went to the back of the classroom. I hid with my friend behind some computers.”
It remains unknown how a boy so young came to be in possession of the handgun. However, he reportedly has two older brothers aged 21 and 27 – the question of whether the young boy was aware of the weapon’s presence in his bag is under investigation.
Heightened fears following the Sandy Hook shooting massacre have led to intense discussions regarding gun control measures in the US. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama urged Congress to approve a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and institute thorough background checks on all gun buyers. However, on Thursday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) derided the President’s attempts to exert power in this arena, comparing his actions to those of a monarch.
Obama’s skepticism over placing armed guards in schools was criticized as hypocritical by the NRA on Tuesday, on the grounds that his children have secret service protection. A Reuters poll on Thursday found that 72 percent of Americans favored the proposal to station armed guards in the nation’s schools.
However, the same Reuters poll found that 74 percent of Americans are in favor of a ban on assault weapons, and 86 percent approve of expanded background checks on all gun buyers.
Guns off the street? Fleet of cop cars robbed of weapons in Kansas City
(RT) Is it really all that easy to just get weapons off the streets? It’s hardly a challenge in Kansas City, Missouri, where six law enforcement vehicles were robbed of weapons in a single morning this week.
Authorities in Kansas City are searching for answers after four police cruisers and two Jackson County Sheriff’s Office cars were broken into early Monday.
Law enforcement officials have refused to identify what possessions in particular were removed from the automobiles, aside from categorizing them vaguely as weapons.
Local network KCTV reports that they were unable to get a clear answer as to whether or not county policy even allows deputies to keep weapons in parked cars, but Kansas City Major Anthony Ell suspects radios, uniforms, bullet-proof vests, weapons and “anything that they somehow think they can use” were removed by the thieves.
“If you’re willing to take the risk and break into a police car, that’s a pretty brazen thief,” Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp tells KMBC News.
The incident occurred early Monday morning when an unknown person or person smashed the windows of vehicles parked in an area of the city’s south side where a number of officers and deputies — and Mayor Ell himself — all reside. A seventh car, owned by a civilian, was also burglarized.
They mayor imagines it could be quite hard for someone without the right know-how to use a police computer or radio, but that of course wouldn’t preclude them from pawning any items of value, selling them on the street or, in the case of a firearm, pull a trigger. Such wouldn’t exactly be out of the ordinary in Kansas City, either, a town considered the “ninth most dangerous city in America” by US News & World Report in 2011. At the time, Kansas City had three times the national average in terms of crime, and things haven’t gotten particularly better in the span since. The Kansas City Star notes that 156 people were victims of homicide in the greater KC-area during 2012, and two have been killed already in the new year.
Of the 108 homicides within the city limits in 2012, 90 involved the use of either a handgun or rifle. Using official crime statistics, the website NeighborhoodScout.com considers Kansas City, Missouri to be safer than only 4 percent of all US towns.
According to KMBC News, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has around 100 vehicles that can be taken home nightly by deputies, with the Kansas City Police Department having around another 700 cruisers that can be brought home by officers and detectives who are on-call around the clock. Sheriff Mike Sharp suggests to KMBC that he isn’t a big fan of the program, though, since the cars can at times contain very valuable items.
“There is a lot of equipment in any police vehicle. We’d like, ideally, to park them in garages,” he says.
Sheriff Sharp adds that his agency is now tasked with conducting inventory in order to take account what exactly could have been compromised. He says that he hopes to review the department’s policies after the latest rash of break-ins, since Monday morning’s activities marked the second time cop cruisers were targeted this week.
Local network KSHB News reports that police sources say the department will file felony charges against the suspect.
As part of the Obama administration’s efforts to curb gun-related violence through actions that do not require congressional approval or legislation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding its “If You See Something, Say Something campaign,” and widening its collaboration with Southern Shield, a consortium of state homeland security and law enforcement officials from 14 Southeastern states and territories.
“DHS will [expand its] work with law enforcement to refresh, expand and prioritize the implementation of nationwide public awareness efforts such as the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign,” DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday in an announcement coinciding with the White House’s unveiling of initiatives it’s implementing to deal with gun violence.
The department’s ‘See something, Say Something’ initiative is already in wide use by police departments and other public service agencies, as well as numerous businesses.
“In the coming days,” Napolitano said, “DHS will expand and formalize coordination of ongoing efforts intended to prevent future mass casualty shootings, improve preparedness and to strengthen security and resilience in schools and other potential targets.”
Napolitano said “This is a critical issue that requires immediate attention and I look forward to supporting the President and this administration as we move ahead,” noting that “twenty states, including Tennessee, already participate in the department’s ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign — as do corporations such as Walmart. Tennessee joined the program in 2010.”
“In the aftermath of the tragic Newtown shooting,” Napolitano said, “the Department of Homeland Security, together with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have worked to identify measures that could be taken to reduce the risk of mass casualty shootings,” Napolitano said.
Napolitano said “DHS will work with partners at all levels of government, to address five critical areas intended to reduce the risk of mass casualty shootings in the United States: Prevention, Protection, Response, Education, and Research/Evaluation. DHS will also work with law enforcement to refresh, expand and prioritize the implementation of nationwide public awareness efforts such as the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign.’”
Referring to the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, Napolitano said “part of the training ‘discusses how to report identified suspicious activity to the proper authorities while maintaining the protection of citizens’ privacy, civil rights and civil liberties. Users can take a short, online quiz and receive instant certification on Suspicious Activity Reporting from the Justice Department.”
The SAR program provides a standard process for law enforcement to identify and report suspicious incidents or activity and share that information nationally so it can be analyzed to identify broader trends.
Most of the nation’s intelligence fusion centers regularly submit, access and investigate SAR reports looking for warnings and indications of both violent crime and terrorist activity.
Pursuant to the Southern Shield program, Napolitano said that as part of the national Suspicious Activity Reporting initiative, expansion of the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign will be extended to fusion centers throughout the Southeast.
Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, Tennesee, Oklahoma, North Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming have proposed legislation to either jail federal officials who violate the second amendment or to nullify federal laws to control guns within state borders.
The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act is a state-level bill that renders all federal gun laws, regulations, rules, acts, orders, etc – null and void within the borders of the state. TRACK HERE
The Firearms Freedom Act declares that any firearms made and retained in-state are beyond the authority of Congress under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states. The FFA is primarily a Tenth Amendment challenge to the powers of Congress under the commerce clause, with firearms as the object. TRACK HERE
Introduced in Texas, House Bill 553 (HB553), is the Second Amendment Preservation Act. The bill reaffirms the 2nd Amendment, as intended, and would nullify potentially anything from the federal government that contravenes in the State of Texas.
It reads, in part:
all federal acts, laws, executive orders, agency orders, and rules or regulations of all kinds with the purpose, intent, or effect of confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing any limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, taxing any firearm or ammunition therefore, or requiring the registration of any firearm or ammunition therefore, infringes upon Texans’ right to bear arms in direct violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and therefore, any such law is not made in pursuance of the Constitution, is not authorized by the Constitution, and thus, is not the supreme law of the land, and consequently, is invalid in this State and shall be further considered null and void and of no effect in this State.The bill goes further than just affirmation of the 2nd Amendment. It requires compliance by by state and federal agents.
A person who is a public servant commits an offense if the person, while acting under color of the person’s office or employment, intentionally enforces or attempts to enforce any acts, laws, executive orders, agency orders, rules or regulations of any kind whatsoever of the United States government relating to confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing any limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, taxing any firearm or ammunition therefore, or requiring the registration of any firearm or ammunition therefore.The legislation specifies that the new law would apply not just to state employees, but federal ones as well.
”Public servant,” includes an officer, employee, or agent of the United States; a branch, department, or agency of the United States; another person acting under a contract with a branch, department, or agency of the United States to provide a law enforcement or security service; or any other person acting under color of federal law.
Introduced by Missouri State Representative Casey Guernsey, with 61 co-sponsors, is the Missouri 2nd Amendment Preservation Act. House Bill 170 (HB170) would nullify any and all federal acts, orders, laws, statutes, rules, or regulations of the federal government on personal firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition.
The bill states, in part: “Any official, agent, or employee of the federal government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the federal government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in the state of Missouri and that remains exclusively within the borders of the state of Missouri shall be guilty of a class D felony.”
North Dakota Introduced by Rep. Streyle, Becker, Brabandt, Grande, Headland, Maragos, Porter, Ruby, Toman
Introduced by Sen. Larsen, Miller, Sitte
A BILL for an Act to create and enact three new sections to chapter 62.1-01 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to forbidding state governmental entities from providing aid and assistance to the federal government or any other governmental entity for the investigation, enforcement, and prosecution of federal firearms laws not in force as of January 1, 2013; to provide a penalty; to provide for retroactive application; and to declare an emergency.
Florida 2ND Amendment Preservation Act
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
STATEMENT OF INTENT – The intent of this legislation is to reject any and all power or influence or interference of and by the federal government regarding the the right to keep and bear arms (including ammunition); and to prohibit prohibit federal actors from infringing on these rights within the borders of FLORIDA; and to prohibit state employees in aiding the federal actors from infringing on these rights; and to provide felonious penalties of such.
SECTION 1 – THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA FINDS THAT:
(a) The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows, “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.”
(b) The Constitution of the United States does not provide the federal government with the authority to impose acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations relating to civilian-owned firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition.
(c) All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding civilian-owned firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition are in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution and the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
SECTION 2 – PROHIBITION ON FEDERAL INFRINGEMENT OF THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
(a) The Legislature of the State of FLORIDA declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations relating to civilian firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition – currently in effect at the time of passage of this act, or implemented after passage of this act – are in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers; and are hereby declared to be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
(b) Any federal act, law, order, rule, or regulation shall be unenforceable within the borders of Florida if the act, law, order, rule, or regulation does or attempts to:
(i) Ban, regulate, or restrict the civilian ownership, sale, transfer, or manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition; or
(ii) Require any civilian-owned firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition to be registered in any manner; or
(iii) Imposes federal taxes or fees on any civilian-owned firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition.
SECTION 3 – OFFENSES AND PENALTIES; DEFENSE OF Florida CITIZENS.
(a) Any public officer, employee, or agent of the State of Florida, or any employee of a corporation providing services to the State of Florida as defined in ___________, who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, law, order, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government relating to a civilian-owned firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned, sold, transferred, or manufactured commercially or privately in Florida shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.
(b) Any official, agent, or employee of the government of the United States, or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a civilian-owned firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is owned, sold, transferred, or manufactured commercially or privately in Florida shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.
(c) The Attorney General shall defend any civilian of Florida who is prosecuted by the United States government for violation of a federal law relating to the manufacture, sale, transfer, bearing, or possession of a civilian-owned firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition owned, manufactured, or retained within the borders of Florida, and the Attorney General shall seek to invalidate any such federal law by all means available.
SECTION 4 – This act shall take effect upon being signed by the Governor
AN ACT relating to firearms; providing that any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming; providing a penalty; and providing for an effective date.
TITLE: “An Act exempting certain firearms and firearm accessories in this state from federal regulation; providing criminal penalties for federal officials who enforce or attempt to enforce a federal law, regulation, rule, or order regulating certain firearms and firearm accessories in this state; and providing for an effective date.”
SB 224 states, “Any federal executive order restricting, abridging, or otherwise infringing upon the free exercise of a citizen’s second amendment right to keep and bear arms is unconstitutional and shall not be enforced by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency within South Carolina.”
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that Rand Paul’s threat to “nullify” Obama’s executive orders pertaining to guns was a poor choice of words; “nullify” is a “code word,” he says. What’s it a code word for? Kaine won’t say:
It’s a states right argument that gets used in times of great controversy. The President is acting by executive power that is legally conferred on him. And as you pointed out, you went over these executive orders. They’re basic, common sense things.
[He is asked once again to clarify what it is a code word for.] We’ll see what it is. But the notion that we’re going to nullify a presidential action when the President is acting pursuant to law, you know, that’s just kind of this anti-government rhetoric that I’m surprised to hear somebody in government using.
Who knows what any of this is supposed to mean, but this is a fairly common tactic: the implication that the Left speaks honestly and forthrightly, while non-leftists use wicked “code words” by which they secretly convey their sinister intentions to their supporters.
Bob Murphy and I dealt with the whole “code word” stuff — e.g., nullification is code for racism, slavery, etc. — right here (the blooper reel is better than the video itself, I might add):
A new National Rifle Association ad takes aim at US President Barack Obama’s kids, asking “Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” because they are protected by armed security.The ad calls Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for not supporting armed security in schools.
“When his kids are protected by armed guards at their school,” the ad states.
The NRA proposed having armed guards at every school following the murder of 20 children and six adult staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month.
The ad states Obama wants the rich to pay their share of taxes, “But he is just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.”
The result, the NRA claims, is “Protection for their kids, gun-free zones for ours.”
Obama is expected to introduce new gun legislation on Wednesday, which is expected to include rule changes for access to firearms and school safety reforms.
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