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Nov 19, 2013
The Brady Campaign is claiming that they are right on the cusp of getting a win on federal gun control legislation:
The president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence claimed momentum Tuesday in a renewed push for more stringent federal gun control regulations.
The article notes that conventional wisdom says that, um, gun control is dead for this Congress, and very likely for the next session, assuming the GOP doesn’t screw up just about every Senate race to the same degree they did 2012.
It could be argued that conventional wisdom is correct, especially with Joe Biden using the gun control group’s efforts as an example of what not to do for immigration policies.
On the other hand, Gross’s claim is that they focused on chipping away just a few of the folks who supported the Second Amendment to reach 60 votes. This is likely just a claim since he refused to name any names, but it is a reminder that gun owners in those purple, blue or just barely red states who had either Democrats or Republicans voting with us need to remind those lawmakers that they are still watching any moves they make on the gun control issue.
Nov 19, 2013
Did you know that in Ohio, some police officers are allowed to be on their way to legal intoxication, get in a car, drive to pull over other motorists, and arrest people who have lower BACs than the officer making the arrest? This special protection is offered through union contracts, and chiefs who have been disturbed by the double standard can’t get it removed.
This is just a reminder that it’s not just on gun issues that we see special protections for police officers who may have the authority to arrest a citizen for engaging in the same kind of behavior that isn’t hurting anyone else.
Nov 18, 2013
From the Virginia Shooting Sports Association:
Gun control activist Lori Haas has been appointed to the McAuliffe transition team.
This woman is not a general political leader who just happened to stick her toe into the gun control waters. Her entire mission is gun control, and she now works for CSGV. Obama doesn’t even recognize them as a mainstream enough gun control group to invite them to the weekly White House meetings, according to the press.
And, yet, this is what Virginians voted for in regards to gun laws. Good luck, folks.
Nov 16, 2013
Tam shares my befuddlement that people are shocked, SHOCKED that the government could possibly screw up something as big as Obamacare.
The naive credulity these people have towards the power of government, their blind faith that they can tamper with the machinery without it hurting anybody, differs in kind nor quality not one lick from the most snake-handlin’ Pentecostal’s faith that Jesus will keep the serpent from biting.
They look down on people of faith, but they are just as much the same. Even worse, because they put their faith in men.
Nov 15, 2013
Colorado voters are mobilizing for the signature-gathering phase of another recall election, and Democratic interests groups are getting quite dirty and nasty with their tactics to keep from losing additional seats. The Democrats backing Evie Hudak are taking to scare tactics by “warning” voters that people asking for their signatures on recall petitions may be sex offenders or criminals coming to the homes. The organization listed on the warnings say that attacks and fake warnings are justified in order to keep the Democrats in power.
The door hanger warnings came back in October, but they have stepped it up this month with an official-sounding robocall telling voters that if they sign the petition, they are releasing their personal information to possible criminals. The media has picked up on these stories when worried voters called them asking to know why the police aren’t doing something about these supposed criminals going door-to-door.
According to a grassroots report out of Colorado, several signature gatherers for the recall were told by a supporter that he would be going home to get a gun to shoot them.
Nov 13, 2013
Democratic Senate leaders are doing their level best at making the people lobbying for Brady feel better about the current state of things, by telling them that the issue isn’t dead. It’s just a matter of getting the House to pass it first.
“I believe if the bill were taken up in the House that it would pass. And when it passes the House, some senators … would no longer have the excuse, ‘It’s no use my risking my political career because it’s not going anyplace in the House,’” Pelosi said. “Let’s turn that around, pass it in the House and just put the pressure on to take up the bill. Why not?”
This is just posturing for the base ahead of the 2014 election. Holding out the possibility that a fresh tragedy can always alter our position relative to our opponents, I doubt there is going to be much enthusiasm to take up the issue again in the Senate, and the House isn’t likely to bother with it, but it does have an uncomfortable number of co-sponsors.
The Thompson-King bill has 185 co-sponsors, including three Republicans, but Pelosi said there are “at least 30 more” House lawmakers who would support the measure if it came up for a vote.
BTW, the two Republicans who signed onto Thompson-King, the House version of the Manchin-Toomey senate bill, are my Rep, Mike Fitzpatrick, and PA-7′s rep Pat Meehan. Both had NRA endorsements. We’ll see whether or not they keep them.
Nov 11, 2013
Perhaps they heard the news that a 3D printed gun was made out of metal, using Selective Laser Sintering. This is an expensive process, outside the where the technology is as far as the hobbyist is concerned, but technology always gets cheaper. Though, Perhaps Philadelphia City Councilmen just sit around thinking of ways to screw the Second Amendment, when they aren’t busy allowing the city to continue to circle the bowl. Regardless of the motivation, Philadelphia City Council is looking to outlaw the 3D printing of guns.
“The prohibition that city ordinances can’t overcome as it relates to state legislation is primarily ownership, transfer of a firearm. This goes to manufacturing,” he said. “We’ve spoken with the Law Department. We believe that if there is a challenge in the court system, it will be something we’ll be able to defeat.”
This is true, but there’s another element of the UFA they are ignoring:
No political subdivision may bring or maintain an action at law or in equity against any firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association or dealer for damages, abatement, injunctive relief or any other relief or remedy resulting from or relating to either the lawful design or manufacture of firearms or ammunition or the lawful marketing or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public.
It could be argued that this only means that subdivisions can’t sue manufacturers, but I would argue this is further evidence the state intended to reserve this body of law for the state legislature. Another question is whether a prosecution would be considered an “action at law.”
Regardless, I would not expect this ordinance to necessarily to go down. As we’ve seen, Pennsylvania courts will do what they can to screw gun owners. We’ve seen it with the law against firearms registries that the courts have ruled does not actually prevent the state from running a registry, as long as they call it a record of sale. We’ve seen the courts ignore plain meaning when it comes to reciprocal licenses. So I don’t exactly have great faith the courts will do the right thing here.
Nov 7, 2013
As Terry McAuliffe was starting to poll into the double digits in the Virginia gubernatorial race, gun control groups decided that it was a great time to throw their resources into the election so they could claim it was all about gun control.
However, the serious political observers disagree. The Washington Post actually declared Bloomberg the political loser of the day since his big last minute gun control ad investments could have been a factor in an assured Democratic victory whittling down to a 2% victory. US News is also on this story of how the shift to gun control as a campaign focus appears to have put the election at risk.
So while the gun control groups claim that this is some sort of mandate for gun control, the serious political class sees it very differently, and many also noted that the gun control groups cost Colorado lawmakers their jobs earlier this year. I guess we’ll see next year whether Democrats up for re-election think the Bloomberg money is worth the political risk.
Nov 7, 2013
A little history this Thursday. Of course, CSGV are not nearly as eloquent as the Earl of Dunmore, but the whole treason against legitimate government, and woe be any who resist the iron will of the state it is alive and well in this proclamation:
As I have ever entertained Hopes that an Accommodation might have taken Place between Great Britain and this Colony, without being compelled, by my Duty, to this most disagreeable, but now absolutely necessary Step, rendered so by a Body of armed Men, unlawfully assembled, firing on his Majesty’s Tenders, and the Formation of an Army, and that Army now on their March to attack his Majesty’s Troops, and destroy the well-disposed Subjects of this Colony: To defeat such treasonable Purposes, and that all such Traitors, and their Abettors, may be brought to Justice, and that the Peace and good Order of this Colony may be again restored …
This day on 1775, John Dunmore’s Proclamation declaring martial law in Virginia and freeing the slaves to serve in the British Army. We’ve been looking in my family tree for ancestors who fought in the Revolution. So far I’ve found one possible veteran I am descended from. Unfortunately he forsook his Quaker peace testimony in order to enlist in the British Army, which is to say he really despised the American cause. After the war he and his family fled to Canada. A few generations later, my 2x great grandfather returned to the United States. Not quite the Revolutionary War connection I was hoping for, but you don’t get to pick your family. Rest assured if I ever develop a time machine, I will go back and hang my ancestor for treason, paradoxes be damned!
Nov 7, 2013
It’s hard to deny a growing federal government isn’t seriously altering the landscape of formerly red Virginia. So how would we go about saving it? I’d suggest a compromise. In exchange for DC earning representation in Congress, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria gets returned to the District of Columbia. Representation is essentially solved by treating it as part of the state it was carved out of for purposes of federal representation (this is how it was originally.). That would take a nice chunk of reliably Democratic voters out of Virginia.
But would it be enough to swing the state back? I don’t have time to run the numbers to see whether it would work, but it’s worth looking at. You’d also have to presume GOP control of Virginia and Congress for this to work. Downside? No more carry in Arlington or Alexandria, and they’d get DC’s crappy gun laws, but we came very close to fixing DCs gun law as part of a voting rights deal once, so I don’t see why that couldn’t also be part of a potential deal to re-expand DC, or at the least only solve that issue for the part of Virginia granted back to DC.
Of course, this is in the realm of ideas that just might be crazy enough to work, but probably too crazy for the GOP. But if the Democrats could gain advantage through a maneuver like this, they’d do it in a heartbeat.