This is the continuation of a series of posts dealing with issues where some individuals in the United States government are attempting to hold at least a portion of the rest of the federal government accountable and responsible for its actions and inactions. The public displays we find, however, are not unlike the most bizarre of Kabuki Theater or Theater of the Absurd.
Here, the late Justice Antonin Scalia speaks with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday regarding originalism, textualism, purposivism and gun control.
This is just 1/9th of 1/3rd of our government confirming and upholding our basic freedoms. Further, let me state: this is the best of our government in action. Our government at work. What we pay it to do.
Please remember, ladies and gentlemen, these are your federal tax dollars either
I’ll just do it all my own self, Mr Obama says. I shall rule from on high via executive fiat.
Marco Rubio says, “Barack Obama is obsessed with undermining the Second USAmendment.”
Let’s watch Mr Obama’s condescending and tearful lecture to law-abiding Americans, shall we?
– Licensing requirements for smaller-scale gun sellers. – The hiring of an additional 230 FBI employees to process background checks 24/7 – Provisions enabling states to share mental health information – Dollars for research into “gun safety technology.” I.E., “smart guns”
The truth is that currently 38 states submit less than 80% of their felony convictions into the background check system. DC won’t even repair the current system. Now they want to expand it. Nonsense. All you have to do is ENFORCE the federal gun laws currently on the books.
This isn’t so much about the “gun control” EO as it is about Mr Obama’s continuing disregard for the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Article 1of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress its powers and limits. Congress is the legislative branch of the government, meaning they are the ones to make laws for the United States of America. The article also creates the two sections of Congress, which is called a bicameral legislature.
Meaning: Congress creates laws, not the president.
But here’s the truth: federal firearms convictions under Obama have fallen 15.5% in the past five years, and 34.8% in the past ten years. Yes, that IS under Mr Obama’s rule. Those stats are from the Syracuse University TRAC Project.
Meaning: again Mr Obama is two-faced, duplicitous and a LIAR. He could direct his AGs to go after gun crime tenaciously BUT — here is the further truth — the suspects would be predominantly BLACK and from large urban areas like Detroit, DC, Chicago, Atlanta. Mr Obama certainly cannot have that.
Sure. Violent felons and gang members buy all their guns online and in gun stores and at gun shows. There’s nothing more satisfying to a dealer with an FFL than selling an AK-47 to a tatted-up MS-13 gang member or a frothing nutcase holding a stuffed toy who walks up to their counter.
A further lie: yes, you can purchase a firearm online. But to whom does it go and where? Oh yes. Your local dealer who has an FFL and must then run a background check before physically handing the gun over to you.
Sometimes the FBI and the DOJ actually miss those few felons who attempt to purchase handguns. That’s not a local problem, that’s a federal problem. As in: just enforce what’s on the books with more efficiency.
Plus: now you’re a single mother. You suffer from post-partum depression. You want a firearm for protection because your apartment complex is rife with drug dealers and you want to protect your child. Is your doctor now mandated to contact the FBI? Under this EO your doctor is mandated to go around HIPAA privacy laws to rat you out. But who truly is “fit to own a firearm”? No one in the federal government can answer that question.
Ideology doesn’t just stop at the Spite House. It can surely exist in your doctors office. What will you say? What can you say?
Further you cannot wrap suicide numbers in with the homicide numbers in terms of “gun violence.” But of course Mr Obama does that very same thing. The vast majority of gun deaths stem from suicide.
Background checks will not solve the issue of gun suicide. Those who are intent on suicide will simply transition from guns to rocks to pills to knives to state-sponsored death.
Will you “commit” anyone who mentions depression, anxiety, who has talked about giving up? How will that affect civil liberties?
AGAIN, Republicans miss a golden opportunity to state the OBVIOUS: Mr Obama couldn’t care less about our foundational documents and, instead, issues laws by imperial fiat, completely bypassing an entire THIRD branch of government.
And if you don’t know the three branches of government, then you are a massive part of the problem in America.
In Response to Massive Influx of Refugees, Europeans Seek More Guns
by Warren Mass
As The New American has reported in multiple articles, European nations are frantically trying to accommodate the thousands of immigrants fleeing to Europe from the ongoing civil war in Syria. This massive influx, which has been described as an “invasion,” has prompted many Europeans to arm themselves, fearful that the migrants will cause a rise in violent crime, according to a report published by WorldNetDaily (WND) on October 26.
However, notes the report, citing Czech and Austrian sources, obtaining a firearm in Europe can be difficult to nearly impossible, depending on gun laws in each individual country. A Czech television reporter spoke mostly about the situation in neighboring Austria, which is in the main path of migrants traveling from Greece to their most popular destination — Germany.
I’m sorry, but I have to readily admit that my first thought was: oh boo-hoo. Europeans are rethinking gun control? A tad late perhaps?
“I’m disarmed. How do I keep me and my family safe, considering my ______ government appears to be disinterested in defending me from the invading Muslim hordes?”
And yes, they are invading Muslim hordes. They’re certainly not Buddhist hordes. You’re stewing, Europe, in the Leftist mess you created. You can’t get guns now that you actually need them to defend your families?
Live with it.
The Czech reporter stated that long guns such as shotguns and rifles have been selling out in Austria, and those who haven’t already purchased one may not have an opportunity to obtain one for some time. “If anyone wants to buy a long gun in Austria right now, too bad for them,” noted the Czech newscaster. “All of them are currently sold out.”
Great idea! Let’s make criminals out of citizens and leave the real criminals themselves entirely unaffected — by letting them out of jails and prisons, minimizing property crimes (by increasing the value of a stolen item before the crime constitutes a felony) and sending drug users and dealers to rehab instead of putting them in jail. AB 109, “realignment,” is already working like a charm (not), as is Proposition 47. Meaning: the criminals are doing very well in Fornicalia, and property crimes are likewise blossoming. Heroin users aren’t stupid, after all, just drugged. They know they can steal more items before they’re charged with a felony and actually have to enter the system.
(As an aside: the effect of AB109? In Los Angeles, because of the court and jail conditions associated with overcrowding, AB 109 inmates were serving anywhere from 20 percent of their sentence — after half-time was deducted. For the most serious and repeat offenders the percentage of time served peaked at around 40 percent of a sentence for the most serious offenses.The results of both AB 109 and Prop 47?The outcome “is criminals serving very short sentences and threatening public safety.”)
I just returned from a gun rights meeting in Belgium, and I can attest that all over Europe people now want the means to defend themselves. Self-defense is no longer a dirty word. In countries like Austria, where it is still legal to own a firearm, gun sales are at record levels. I can tell you first-hand that people in Europe now wish they had a Second Amendment.
Yes, let’s repeat that last sentence for the brain-addled and ill-educated Leftists amongst us here (I know you’re there, I get your comments and emails):
“I can tell you first-hand that people in Europe now wish they had a Second Amendment.”
Socialists and Euro-Cheesers wishing for their own Second Amendment?
Even more astonishing:
Going back to the fears generated among Europeans by the large numbers of refugees from the Middle East, it appears that such fears are well grounded. The U.K.’s Daily Mail reported last May: “Islamic State terrorists who are hell-bent on committing atrocities in Britain are being smuggled into Europe by posing as refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean.”
Those “fears are well grounded.” Muslim terrorists posing as “refugees.” Oh no! Muslims wouldn’t stoop to something as bad as that, would they? Could they?
Listen up, American Leftists:
The Daily Mail cited as its source a Libyan security advisor, Abdul Basit Haroun, who used to live in Britain. Haroun said during a BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates program:
[Terrorists] use the boats for their people who they want to send to Europe as the European police don’t know who is from IS and who is a normal refugee. The boat owners have a list of who to take but some people come suddenly and they’re told, “Take them with you.”…
They are for IS — 100 per cent.
Which is why I say again and continue to say: keep Syrian and all other Muslim “refugees” out of the United States of America. ISIS has already infiltrated via our southern border. There are ISIS elements present in the US. My federal LE sources tell me so.
I say: let Europe, who so eschewed firearms and pointed their fingers at US “gun nuts,” stew in the juices of their own making and lack of foresight.
As I wrote here, it is time for this blog to take a different tack into the wind.
It is time, in my estimation, to become more strident. More insistive. More raucous, grating, shrill.
Because it’s far past time to support what’s right, what’s proper, what’s logical, what’s cogent, what’s proportional, and consider what I call the Logical Extension.
And that’s why you need to know about the Garden Valley School in Idaho.
Because if you’re an armed intruder and aim to harm their kids, they’ll cap your ass.
Demorats, Leftists, Progressives and Obama want “more gun control.” Despite the fact that all of the weapons involved in the Roseburg school shooting were acquired legally in every way. So what other kinds or types of gun control can be acquired?
Any and all gun control proposals yet submitted would not have prevented the Roseburg shooting.
Except for two. Only two.
Guns on campus — eliminating “gun free zones,” and
Complete and utter gun confiscation
What happens when Option One is considered?
And that is where we now check in with the the Garden Valley School in Idaho.
[There isn’t a whit of Constitutionality in the bulk of things that are proposed by Obama and Leftists and Demorats and Progressives.]
Further, this is every Leftist’s nightmare and can easily cause either spontaneous combustion or a cardiac infarction. That a school should actually embrace firearms for defensive purposes.
A school isolated by Idaho’s vast landscape has armed members of its faculty with four rifles and 2,000 rounds of ammo fearing a gun attack.
It’s the best security precautions Garden Valley School officials say they can offer 200 of its students in the case of an armed attack since first responders could be at least a half hour away, according to a local report.
Signs will warn dangerous intruders that the tiny elementary, middle and high school “is armed” and they will be met with force while awaiting the nearest law enforcement agency, the Boise County Sheriff’s Office, which is a 50-mile drive from the school and based in Boise.
Clearly, cause for PSH amongst Leftists. Continuing, from the IdahoStatesman.com:
Guns installed at isolated Garden Valley School District in effort to deter would-be attackers
by Jennifer Swindell
The isolated Garden Valley School District says it has taken steps to protect its K-12 school by training staff to use the guns in response to an active shooter.
Citing safety reasons, Superintendent Marc Gee won’t say how many guns and safes were installed or where they are located. This summer, the district will post signs warning that the school building has firearms and educators are prepared to defend against violent intruders.
“I can say that we consulted with our certified trainer and legal counsel on the number of and appropriate model of firearms for our situation and we followed those recommendations,” he said.
Garden Valley, a rural district about 60 miles north of Boise, doesn’t have a resource officer on campus. The county’s 11 deputies cover the Garden Valley, Horseshoe Bend and Basin school districts and nearly 2,000 square miles. Boise County has about 7,000 residents.
“Garden Valley is in a unique circumstance,” Boise County Sheriff Ben Roeber said. “Where they are located geographically, we don’t have the staffing size to where we can guarantee safety. The school, knowing they were facing response times of up to 45 minutes, started seeking out different ideas and different options.”
This is called “doing the obvious.” This is called protecting kids. This is called making a decision, taking a stand, and not letting unicorns and pink ponies make decisions that adults should be making.
This is called not letting politics get in the way between the safety of kids and a mentally unbalanced criminal.
Unlike Demorats, Leftists, Progressives. Who couldn’t care less how many children die for their cause, just to prove a point.