Should the First Amendment be treated like the Second? What would happen?
Should the First Amendment be regulated like the Second, and if that happened, would there be a resulting public outcry about liberty?
That seems to be the question among Second Amendment advocates reacting to stories that appeared in the Seattle Times regarding concerns from protesters demonstrating against the Ferguson grand jury decision, and allegations that police may have photographed people in the crowd.
One article noted that the Downtown Seattle Association and other Seattle business groups complained to Mayor Ed Murray and the city council about the protests. Protesters took to the streets without permits and “caused significant disruption and impacts to transportation, commerce, jobs, retailers, residents, employees and tax revenues,” the Times reported. Continue reading →
This bumper sticker says it all for gun owners in Washington State.
The Spokane Spokesman-Review is reporting that the overwhelming majority of financial support for Initiative 594, Washington state’s controversial 18-page gun control measure backed by the Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR), comes from just ten zip codes in and around the Seattle area.
Evergreen State gun owners are raising alarms about this, and calling on their friends and fellow gun owners to step up to the plate and support alternative Initiative 591. That’s the simple one-page measure that prohibits government gun confiscation without due process, and requires background checks done in Washington to comply with a uniform national standard. Continue reading →
The very thought of requiring every American to own a firearm would undoubtedly make anti-gunners cringe. Those desiring gun control laws to be stricter continue to ignore the fact that criminals use gun-free zones as a killing ground because no firearms are allowed. Anti-gunners believe their gun-control agenda will keep Americans safe.
The debate between gun-control advocates and gun rights advocates, when it concerns the Second Amendment, is often a divisive one. Some anti-gunners continue to believe the only way to protect Americans is to ban the ownership of firearms. Would the complete banning of firearms keep Americans safe? Perhaps we can find the answer to that question by examining other countries that have taken away their citizen’s rights to own firearms.
New polling shows dissatisfaction with President Obama.
Two new polls, one from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, and the other a daily Rasmussen Reports presidential tracking poll, spell bad news for Barack Obama and Congress.
People in general are dissatisfied, and that puts more Americans in line with the nation’s firearms owners, who have been critical of the president since he took office.
Both NBC and the WSJ quoted Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research, who noted, “The public seems to have moved beyond the plaintive cry of ‘feel our pain’ to the more angry pronouncement of ‘you are causing our pain’.” Continue reading →
Yet again, a Good Samaritan with a gun stops the commission of a crime by a bad guy with a weapon. Florida gun owner Edwin Sullivan, taking advantage of rights recognized under a new law enacted in that state, witnessed an attempt by a knife-wielding thug to commit a violent crime, and fired a warning shot to stop the crime. The attacker froze and this saved the life of the would-be victim, and stopped a violent crime from happening. Once again, a citizen with a gun stops a crime.
Sullivan’s actions are legal under a new state law passed in Florida called the “Threatened Use of Force” law. The Herald-Tribute, reporting this story, describes that law as one that , “allows an armed citizen to display, or point, their defensive firearm at an assailant without criminal charges, assuming the threatened use of force is justifiable.” The law also allows the citizen to fire a warning shot, as Sullivan did, if needed to stop the commission of a crime.
Claims by gun prohibitionists and left-leaning politicians that there is some sort of “gun violence epidemic” underway in the United States can be refuted by facts, and a talk radio host in Seattle set about doing just that the other day.
He’s not alone, of course. Gun owners are tired of taking the rap for crimes committed by people who clearly have mental problems that have not been addressed, and they refuse to be penalized for crimes they did not commit, especially after gun control proponents have admitted those crimes would not be prevented by the restrictive laws they advocate.
Anti-gun lobbying groups, anti-gun politicians including Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and many in the media have been talking about an “epidemic of gun violence,” but KVI’s John Carlson called them out with a detailed piece in Crosscut that strongly suggests the claims about “gun violence” are nonsense. Continue reading →
In recent years, a number of alarmist reports have detailed how various agencies of the federal government have planned to purchase large quantities of ammunition and weapons. The most recent such report, a solicitation for bids to provide .40 caliber submachine guns to the USDA, was detailed in May. Many conspiracy theorists believe that the USDA gun purchase orders are harbingers of the government’s intention to impose martial law and declare war on its own citizens.
The solicitation, posted on the FedBizOpps website on May 7, specifies that the weapons be equipped with “semi-automatic or 2 shot burts [sic] trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsilbe [sic] or folding, magazine – 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.” The posting is real and the website is a legitimate federal government website.
Last week, the infamous internet “goat” leader, the identity of Busta Troll was revealed by a group of conservative activists (read the story here). Examiner contacted Christopher Lyman, Busta’s true identity, via Facebook messages on Monday. Lyman agreed to the email interview with the stipulation that his answers be repeated in their entirety. What follows are Busta’s own words with only minor grammatical editing for clarity. The conclusion is also Busta’s.
This doesn’t alarm people nearly as much as someone carrying a rifle into a restaurant.
The controversial open carry incident involving semi-automatic rifles in a Dallas, Tex. restaurant that led the restaurant chain ask people to not bring guns to their establishments is now garnering overwhelmingly negative reactions from gun-owning readers of a popular gun rights blog.
An unscientific poll started by the Guns Save Lives (GSL) shows nearly 85 percent of the respondents think carrying rifles into a restaurant is going to hurt the gun rights movement. Less than ten percent of the respondents think it will help, and between five and six percent aren’t sure.
Compounding the potential for a backlash was the image of two rifle-toting guys inside that restaurant. The image has gone viral, and is being used as an example of bad behavior by open carry advocates. Continue reading →