It’s clear the Founders intended that everyone be armed — not just for hunting or for self-defense, which were givens — but to protect themselves from tyranny. If President Donald Trump is able to appoint a constitutional originalist or two to the Supreme Court before Kettler’s case makes it that far, the 2nd Amendment may be safe for a generation at least. But it will likely also open up a new can of worms: A discussion over whether the 2nd Amendment bars states from regulating gun ownership.
The federal trial of a Kansas man for manufacturing and selling firearms and silencers without a federal license could very well turn out to be the pivotal case that not only challenges the constitutionality of the National Firearms Act of 1934, but also every federal firearms law ever passed in a battle that will determine whether it is the states or the federal government that has the constitutional right to pass gun laws. -- Put bluntly, this could be huge. We indeed live in interesting times, and I look forward to living in a world where the Supreme Court upholds the laws of the land, and not the whims of activists in robes.
What's more, the fear of GunVoter reprisals at the polls, just might be enough to push one or two of those vulnerable, anti-rights senators into bucking their party and voting for passage of these bills. It's a win for gun owners either way, and there's no downside for Republicans.
The mainstream media work hard to convince the public that gun control measures are justified because gun owners are outliers, with gun ownership on the wane across the country. These facts speak for themselves – ever-growing numbers of Americans believe in the Second Amendment, and take active steps to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.
Delta says that under the new protocols, luggage containing firearms will be identified with a special tag indicating that it should not be placed on the regular baggage carousel for passenger pickup, but rather be hand-delivered to the airline's baggage office, where it will be zip-tied shut and only released to its owner after an ID check. In theory, this doesn't seem unreasonable, but practical application often fails to track with theory.
Three teenagers who were dressed in black and wore masks and gloves broke into a home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, in broad daylight. All three were shot dead by the homeowner’s son. Investigators haven’t released the names of anyone involved, but say the deceased suspects are between 16 and 18 years old. One of the suspects had a knife and another had brass knuckles.
The author discusses such issues as; choice of ammunition for self-defense, trigger pull, and even the names of guns. Which you may think isn’t an issue, and you are right it shouldn’t be an issue, but often times it is. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Leftist attempts to attack American 2nd Amendment rights in recent years were a boon for the U.S. firearm industry. And as gun sales increased, leftists shrieked that incidences of accidental shootings were bound to explode. Not so…
Authorities said the resident was not arrested, but the investigation is ongoing and, once completed, the case will be forwarded to the grand jury to decide whether charges are appropriate. However, the police department noted in a press release that charges are not likely, as it appears the resident acted in self-defense.
The Supreme Court of Florida found the open carry of firearms was *not* protected by the Second Amendment. They then found, unsurprisingly, that the Florida Constitution does not protect the open carrying of arms, because the Florida Constitution specifically allows the state to regulate the carry of arms.
The Governor of NH signed his first bill Wednesday, and it’s nothing other than Constitutional Carry for his state. The previous Governor would veto the bill every time it landed on her desk. This brings the total to 13 states that have some form of permitless carry. Other states are discussing the passage of similar legislation and with Republican control now in many states, we anticipate this becoming a reality in a few more.
A right that is subject to government-imposed limitations is not a right in any sense. The innate right of armed self-defense exists whether any government chooses to recognize it. What made the Second Amendment unique was its recognition of the fact that in the constitutional scheme, the government does not have a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. Scalia, like many statist jurists before him, insisted that the permissible civilian uses of firearms are all defined within that government-exercised monopoly on force; they are thus temporary concessions that can be redefined by our rulers at whim. The Fourth Circuit’s ruling thus offered no surprises to anyone who had understood the clear implications of Scalia’s ruling.
In a stunning victory for the pro-gun community, the first bill to repeal an Obama anti-gun measure is now headed to President Trump’s desk. Earlier today, the Senate voted to overturn Barack Obama’s Social Security Gun Ban. [The vote in the Senate was 57-43, with all Republicans voting for the repeal. They were joined by only four Democrats and one Independent. The earlier House vote was 235-180.]
The game wasn’t invented by citizens. It was created by thugs. And day-by-day, people are waking up that if they don’t like the game, they don’t have to play. Clerks, pizza delivery drivers, security guards, and just normal everyday citizens are making the decision to carry a gun.
Overall, I have to say that President Trump appears to have good intentions for the preservation of the Second Amendment. It appears that he is trying to wiggle a lot of the political nuance out of the state level decision-making.
With Republicans in control of Congress, and GOP legislators at the helm in statehouses throughout the nation, 2nd Amendment advocates are confident that the anti-firearm push led by Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in recent years has stalled.
Well, according to WHIO News, two armed robbers must’ve forgot that. As the owner went to open his shop, two armed robbers rushed into the store. No sooner than they breached the doorway, he already had his gun drawn and opened fire. The first robber was struck multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene. The second one was at least smart enough to call himself lucky to still be breathing and beat feet.
It comes as no surprise that President Elect Trump stands behind the 2nd Amendment, and it’s also no secret that Clinton would have passed more restricted gun control legislation. What though, does Trump have planned while in office?
It goes without question that those who support a woman who has violated national security laws are themselves condoning her criminal behavior and would do so themselves, if given the chance. If you or I did what she did, we would be in a federal prison.
Aside from her obvious disdain for 2nd Amendment rights, a Clinton victory in November could have a major impact on the availability of firearms and ammunition because of the tenor of the election season. Trump’s repeated warnings that Clinton is going to win because the election is rigged could encourage an increase in gun-buying as some Americans grow more fearful of what they see as a lawless federal government. Worse, widespread controversy surrounding the election could also lead to government crackdowns on firearm availability.
“A republic, if you can keep it.” is the way that Dr. Benjamin Franklin answered somebody who wanted to know what kind of new government we had. In this instance, “keeping” means “defending”, or else we’ll all be living under Sharia Law before our grandchildren grow up. -- There are many reasons Hillary must go to prison, but her advocacy of gun control is the most important.
The National Rifle Association said of the report: “Melbourne’s recent experience should serve as yet another example of the futility of gun control measures that burden the rights of the law-abiding. Given the ease with which Melbourne’s criminals arm themselves despite the severity of their country’s gun control regime, Clinton and Obama would be wise to look past Australia when putting together their next gun control speech.”
Call it “keeping illegal guns off the street” or call it what it really is, it makes no difference to San Jose politicians. San Jose City Council wants to enact a new measure that will further tie homeowners’ hands behind their proverbial backs. Under the “gun violence prevention ordinance”, practically hand-drafted by lobbyists for gun control movements in California, gun owners in San Jose will face new severe, strict ordinances that promise to make outlaws of law-abiding, armed citizens.
In other words, gun-free zones or gun-restricted zones were the targets of choice. This flies in the face of the 21st-century gun control movement’s claims that gun-free zones do not endanger innocents. It exposes the fallacy of arguments that present attackers as uninterested parties who choose a target by chance, never taking into account whether that target contains people who can shoot back.
Three burglars were confronted by a business owner who discovered them loading one of his air compressors onto the back of their truck. When he confronted them, one of the burglars advanced towards him and the owner shot him in the chest and legs. The other two fled the scene immediately.
If anything, this proposal would do more to push law-abiding gun owners out of the state. For those who can’t afford to pack up and move, they would then be classified as criminals if the police caught them with even one magazine that met Newsom’s definition. Defending your home and you shoot a home intruder? -- “Well, sir, let’s see your gun… Oh, I see this gun holds more than 10 rounds. Come with us to the station.”
In Venezuela, their government is so afraid of them that they are willing to send their police officers out to round up and destroy any remaining guns left. The government is also willing to force them into indentured servitude to work in the fields. Is that a future we’re willing to have in the United States?
The only gun lobby is the millions of voluntary citizen members of the National Rifle Association, The Gun Owners of America, The Second Amendment Foundation and the 1000’s of state level, pro gun, groups and associations. All made up of folks like me and you. So make no mistake about it, when Hillary Clinton mentions fighting the gun lobby, she is talking about you. Republican, Democrat and Independent, law-abiding, hardworking, tax paying, mom & pop, gun owners.
A recent audit of a California database designed to keep track of known gang members in the state revealed that the watch list included the names of dozens of admitted gang members who are still in diapers. -- Proponents of efforts to prohibit gun ownership for people who end up on the federal government’s terror watch lists frame the proposals as no-brainers that will make all Americans safer. But what they never talk about is the inefficiency and downright inaccuracy of the government-maintained rosters that sometimes stand between citizens and basic rights.
President Barack Obama may be one of the most anti-2nd Amendment presidents the nation has seen—but he’s also unintentionally turned out to be one of the best advocates for gun ownership to set foot in the White House. If that sounds unbelievable, just look at the statistics.
It wasn’t too long ago in American history where teenagers were expected to take an active role in the defense of the property. We can sometimes forget that our nation was forged on the willingness of young men and women to defend themselves accordingly.
“This trend has been going on and will continue at least up to the elections in November, Americans are very worried about their personal safety and security at a time of both heightened terrorism, crime and calls for tougher gun controls including bans on many firearms and accessories by President Obama and candidate Hillary Clinton as well as the platform of the Democrat party,” he said.
The government’s top watchdog revealed in a new report that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) essentially maintained a database of law-abiding gun owners by ignoring its own policies. According to Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditors, ATF failed to remove the names of gun purchasers from its Multiple Sales (MS) database and another system called Access 2000 which allowed it to stockpile information on lawful gun owners by scouring the records of out of business federal firearms license holders.
In a massive win for Second Amendment fans, the ATF has reversed its 2015 decision to call shouldering a pistol with a “pistol brace” redesigning because the firearm was not meant to be shot from the shoulder. In other words, brace away!
Well, it’s finally happening. We’ve all heard the rumblings from Capitol Hill about a supposed National Reciprocity Act. If it ever made it to the floor, we’d have a chance of traveling all fifty states so long as our home state permits us to carry concealed and we follow the rules of the state we’re in. There is a mixture of reactions to this bill but they have been overall pretty positive — especially for those who like to travel but hate having to leave the gun at home.
Constitutional Carry is on the move in South Carolina. On March 9th, H. 3930, a passed the Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee. On 21 March, it passed the full committee by a vote of 15 to 7. It will now advance to a vote before the full House. Last year a similar bill passed the House, but died in the Senate.
I envision a lot of law-abiding citizens being approached by security and then being asked to leave the property, simply for concealing their legal firearm. Alternatively, they could be asked to leave their firearm in their car, opening it up to theft. Or, as many casinos have, they will let visitors store their firearm in a safe deposit box on property. Lots of good it’ll do, though, if you need it.
The antipathy towards gun owners is not based upon stopping violence, but upon reducing the discomfort felt by idealists. For the idealist, letting society take the burden removes both the duty and the emotional cost of facing an imperfect world. For the idealist, protecting the fantasy narrative is more important than respecting the facts.
There should not be gun-control laws anymore than there should be shovel-control laws or broom-control laws. Guns should be treated as commodities just like bananas, apples, and oranges. It is what you do with a gun that is important, not that you buy, sell, or own one.
Our father/son team hadn’t just stopped a robbery; their actions caused the uncovering of a much larger conspiracy — the woman who was being “robbed” at knife point was actually conspiring with Boening to rob the man she was with at the time, according to another report from KETK. Apparently, the two had cooked up a plot to rob a man she had met online, and that was the scene that the responsibly-armed pair stepped into.
As we noted last summer, the Obama administration’s constant gun control threats did little more than flood American homes with more guns as people looked to stockpile weapons ahead of anticipated new regulations. In fact, both of Obama's elections resulted in massive and unprecedented spikes in gun sales.
There are people in our government who are determined to chip away at our Second Amendment rights, and they are an insidious bunch. Rarely do they make blatant gun grabbing attempts. Typically they push for policies that quietly set back gun rights. They like laws that merely set precedents without alarming the public, and they’ve been doing it successfully for decades.
The most important thing is how these mass public shooters pick targets where they know that victims can’t defend themselves. Over 98 percent of the mass public shootings in the U.S. since at least 1950 have occurred in “gun-free zones,” places where general citizens aren’t allowed to defend themselves. All the mass public shootings in Europe and Canada have occurred in these gun-free zones. It is hard to ignore the explicit statements made by these killers when they have explained why they have picked the targets that they have. These killers pick places where people won’t have guns to protect themselves and others.
Virginia has quite a few large active duty military bases — including Marine Corps Base Quantico, NMITC Dam Neck, and Naval Station Norfolk amongst others. These are locations where men and women come from across our country to begin their careers in the military. It would have been nice to let them know that the country they defend respects their rights to defend their lives off base.
An armed robber was found a few blocks away from a Dairy Queen after getting shot by one of its employees. Police say that the robber pointed a gun at employees around 10:20 p.m. One of the employees was a concealed carrier.
For some reason, the armed robber thought that because the place was called ‘Happy’s’, everyone would be too overcome with joy to notice a man waving a gun around. Based upon the level of his performance, I’d say the clientele and the management likely did not meet his expectations.
Readiness and preparation are keys to success for everyday concealed carry. The gun, by itself, is just one tool in your arsenal in solving problems great and small. The real determination of success will come from what tools you have available and how you are able to adapt and overcome.
In an attempt to address the ongoing budget problem in Illinois, Sen. Hutchinson decided to tax Illinois residents’ Second Amendment rights, and by extension, their right to safety. Under SA 2, a 5% tax would be imposed on any membership or access fee for gun clubs, shooting ranges, hunt clubs, training classes and match fees. Not only is this an abhorrent tax on your Second Amendment rights, it also requires that any of those places/people to register with the state and pay an annual fee of $75 just so that they can offer their service or membership with the 5% tax added.
We covered the attempted robbery of a Georgia store just after Christmas. It didn’t go so well for one of the robbers, who was killed at the scene. The other fled. We now have security camera video of that incident. To paraphrase Gunsite founder Jeff Cooper, you aren’t any more armed by buying a gun than you are a musician because you bought a piano. To be any good, you’re going to need training, and you’re going to need to practice.
Virginia-based Liberty University will soon begin construction on an on-campus shooting range to promote sport shooting and, more importantly, give students a place to practice shooting skills that could save their lives.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals continued its long-time assault on the 2nd Amendment when it overturned a ruling from May that found an Alameda County law barring gun stores within 500 feet of residential properties was unreasonable.
Two teenagers staked out a secluded, quiet block in Milwaukee to find themselves someone to rob. They waited and when a 36-year-old man drove up, presumably to go home for the evening, they moved on him. Go figure, they picked a guy who was also a concealed carrier.
When a homeowner heard a knock at the door, he knew he wasn’t expecting company so he didn’t answer it. That was the invitation three crooks needed to kick down his front door. What they didn’t expect, though, was a man who refused to be a victim.
A severely mentally ill man stabbed a tenant in his apartment and then stabbed his apartment manager before her boyfriend was able to draw his gun and keep the assailant from harming anyone else. This was a highly deteriorating situation that police believe would have gotten worse had the concealed carrier not been present to draw his firearm.
Activist gun owners interested in keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House achieved that goal in Tuesday’s election. The candidate who disagreed with the Supreme Court on the Second Amendment will not get a chance to replace judges with those more to her liking. Nor will she be able to conduct executive order gun grabs, or use the bully pulpit of the presidency to lead the way on further bans.
While the candidates have declined to make gun control a central issue in the campaign, mainstream media outlets, academics, and pundits continue to press for greater government restrictions and prohibitions on firearms access for private citizens. Meanwhile, of course, government agencies continue to purchase more powerful and more deadly weaponry.
Racial problems and those of senseless acts of violence aren’t going to end anytime soon in the United States thanks to divisiveness peddled by Washington politicians, a worsening economy and an overall sense of despair in many parts of the country. And as the nation’s growing class of victims becomes increasingly violent and unreasonable, your chances of an unfortunate encounter will continue to increase. Stay vigilant, arm yourself and learn proper self-defense techniques.
Local gun rights advocates rallied in Olympia Saturday on the front steps of the state Capitol building, claiming that if the Cascade Mall had allowed citizens to carry their legal guns, the death toll Friday night might have been lower.
If you haven’t heard, California is expected to vote on several gun-related measures in this upcoming November elections. The measures proposed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom have stirred up a bit of controversy as gunowners are beginning to wonder if they have any right to keep California government out of their homes.
Film producer Katie Couric and her director Stephanie Soechtig edited their anti-gun documentary Under the Gun in order to make a gun rights group in Virginia look as if they couldn’t answer a simple question. They’re now facing a $12 million defamation lawsuit, according to documents provided to Bearing Arms.
It’s fashionable at present, to assert that the Second Amendment makes some allowance for “reasonable regulation” of the individual right to own and carry weapons, even though the word “regulate” carries a very different meaning today than it did in the 18th century. It does no such thing. Instead, it outlaws any “infringement” of that right, which means sneaking up on it and nibbling it away, a little bit at a time. Regulation is infringement, and no gun law of any kind is tolerable to a free people.
"It's not a police issue, it's a society issue," Johnson told reporters outside police headquarters after a long weekend that saw 65 people shot, 13 of them fatally. --"Impoverished neighborhoods, people without hope do these kinds of things," he said. "You show me a man that doesn't have hope, I'll show you one that's willing to pick up a gun and do anything with it. (BUT.... BUT.... GUN CONTROL!!!)
After multiple break-ins to his home, one homeowner decided to upgrade with a motion sensor system. This system lets him know if someone is moving around outside his house. Sometimes, it’s the only warning we get. In this case, it was all the warning he needed.
It’s no surprise that Clinton’s political incentive is to keep the border porous, and to usher in more new “pathway to citizenship” Democrats. If she wins the presidency, federal and Supreme Court appointments will be hers to make, and you’d better believe an upheld “assault weapon” ban, along with a reversal of Heller and McDonald, will be tops on her agenda.
Donald Trump was widely criticized by media, Democrats, and even some Republicans after he made a joke regarding Second Amendment remedies to Hillary Clinton’s plan to “essentially abolish” the Second Amendment. -- As if “reporters,” commentators, and politicians were all reading from the same script, they consistently pointed out that Clinton had no such intentions – in spite of the fact that this is exactly what she intends to do.
A professor at Johns Hopkins University is urging lawmakers to consider creating new gun laws which require American senior citizens to take competency tests to prove that they are stable enough to own firearms.
The government has no right to fiddle-fart around with peoples’ rights to own firearms. Excuse me, but does anyone know that the Wounded Knee Massacre was the result of a gun confiscation scheme? The government went to take away the firearms and bows of some starving, freezing Native Americans who weren’t bothering anyone. And, rather conveniently, the government had on hand a couple mountain howitzers to make sure the women and children died along with the men as per policy. Right, they made the world safe from compassion.
It is sad that Europeans have been so disarmed that they must literally ask their government for permission to defend themselves, but that reality will not stop people from doing what it takes to protect themselves and their community.
Two North Carolina girls, home alone, bravely fought off a group of home invaders that came by expecting easy pickings. One of the girls, a teenager, got a rifle and pointed it at the first guy to come in the door. All three home invaders realized there wasn’t nothing in the house worth dying over and fled the scene.
Using the Courts to subjectively reinterpret the Constitution, and subsequently bypass it…under the “color of law” upheld by justices in black robes…less than a dozen, who decide the fate of 315 million Americans. The battle for the 2nd Amendment is far from over for the moment, and the election will determine how that battle will proceed.
For one Kentucky homeowner returning home to see his home was being burglarized, he was glad to have his gun on hand to defend his life and his property. What he wasn’t expecting, though, was to also have to defend the life of his dog.