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Judge Stops Washington D.C.’s Assault on Gun Rights!


By Tim Brown

District Judge Richard Leon struck down a part of Washington DC’s gun carry law as unconstitutional on Tuesday.

In a 46-page ruling, in which he ordered a preliminary injunction, Leon put a halt on how DC police have only approved permits for people to carry their guns concealed who had a “good reason to fear injury” or those who are employed in jobs that are considered to be high risk.

Leon wrote that law-abiding responsible citizens should be able “to carry arms in public for the purpose of self-defense” and that right “does indeed lie at the core of the Second Amendment.”

“The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table,” Leon wrote, quoting the 5-to-4 Heller Supreme Court decision from 2008 which established a constitutional right to keep firearms inside one’s home.

“Because the right to bear arms includes the right to carry firearms for self-defense both in and outside the home, I find that the District’s ‘good reason’ requirement likely places an unconstitutional burden on this right,” he wrote.

Judge Leon then called the violations of the constitutionally protected rights of citizens that was imposed by DC in 2014 “understandable, but overly zealous.”

“The District’s understandable, but overzealous, desire to restrict the right to carry in public a firearm for self-defense to the smallest possible number of law-abiding, responsible citizens is exactly the type of policy choice the Justices had in mind,” he wrote.

Frankly, I don’t know what is understandable about issuing permission (permits) in order for one to exercise a God-given right to keep and bear arms. It seems clear to me that if rights do come from God, as our founding fathers expressed in the Declaration of Independence, that no government has a right to infringe on those rights, and among those rights is the right to keep and bear arms.

gun confiscationInterestingly enough, a pro-gun, pro-sodomite group known as Pink Pistols joined with Matthew Grace in suing DC.

“This is not a want,” Gwendolyn S. Patton, head of Pink Pistols International, said. “This is a need. This is a right that we have and we are going to exercise it. We wish to exercise it legally and therefore we’re going to challenge this idea that you have a right to tell us what is a sufficient cause for us to carry a gun.”

While I agree with Patton that this is not an issue of want, but of rights, she went on to say that sodomites face “an awful lot of instances where we get targeted by people who don’t like us, don’t like what we do, don’t like what we stand for, don’t like our politics.”

Not to get sidetracked, but Patton added, “They don’t think we have the right to go about our lives in a normal fashion and decide to harm us, to attack us, to hurt us, and, in many cases, to kill us. This is unacceptable to us so we advocate the use of the Second Amendment to protect ourselves from such things.”

Personally, we know of many faked crimes against professed sodomites they actually engaged in themselves. The problem with the argumentation is that these people’s alleged lifestyle is unlawful. Not only does God condemn it as an abominable crime, but so did our founding fathers. To mix rights with criminal activity is wrong; and while Patton is right about the ability to defend one’s self, she is not correct when it comes to engaging the behavior of sodomy, which she promotes.

DC is a “may issue” city, but of course, that sort of thinking is diametrically opposed to the Constitution’s protections in the Second Amendment.

“The District of Columbia cannot parcel out constitutional rights to a select few of its choosing,” plaintiffs’ attorney David Thompson said Tuesday. “That’s not how the Constitution works in this country.”

As for Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, her spokesperson, Christina Harper said, “We believe our gun laws are constitutional and should be upheld.”

How any gun law is constitutional is beyond me.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that the city will request a stay on the ruling in addition to filing an appeal, according to D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine.

“We continue to believe our ‘good reason’ requirement for a concealed-carry permit is both constitutional and in line with similar laws in New Jersey, New York and Maryland – all of which have been upheld by federal appeals courts,” he said in a statement. “Just two months ago, another judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia declined to enjoin the District from enforcing the same requirement at issue in today’s ruling. We believe that the District’s gun laws are reasonable and necessary to ensure public safety in a dense urban area, and we will request a stay of this decision while we appeal.”

Majority of Americans Believe More Guns Leads to Less Crime

by Phillip Hodges

Gallup conducted a poll recently asking if people thought we’d be safer with more concealed carriers around, as long as those carriers had been background checked and trained. Fifty-six percent of respondents said we’d be safer, while forty-one percent said it wouldn’t make us safer.

Not surprisingly, political party had a lot to do with people’s opinion:

Among key subgroups, Democrats and those with postgraduate education are least likely to believe that more concealed weapons would make the U.S. safer. Republicans and gun owners are most likely to say it would make the nation safer. Younger Americans are more likely to choose the “safer” option than those aged 30 and above.

That raises an interesting question. Why are those with post-graduate educations more likely to oppose concealed carry? Does that mean that if you’re opposed to concealed carry, you must be a really smart person? That’s likely what liberals will take away from this poll.

I don’t think it necessarily means that. Most universities are very much in favor of gun control. Most of them are proud to be gun-free zones. That’s what they teach their students, and whenever there is a mass shooting at a university “gun-free zone,” the official response from the university and much of the faculty is one criticizing laws that allow relatively easy access to guns, instead of questioning their obviously foolhardy gun-free zone policy. They say the problem is that we don’t have nearly enough controls on the sale, purchasing, or transferring of firearms. And certainly semi-automatic rifles and “high-capacity” magazines need to be outlawed right away. More background checks, more taxes, more waiting periods, more restrictions, more outlawing, and hopefully we’ll put an end to mass shootings.

Yes, even grad students who are working on their doctoral dissertations would say that. Not all of them, but maybe most of them. (Especially those working on their PhD in the Gender Studies field.) It’s what they’ve been taught to believe from the beginning of their college life. They might be book-smart. But they don’t have the sense to come in out of the rain. And they’re the ones pushing for “common sense” gun control.

A college education and graduate programs aren’t what they used to be. Remember that we’re being ruled by a bunch of college-educated people, economists with master’s degrees and PhDs, and they’ve successfully managed to run this country into the dirt. Wait for it…now I’m “anti-education.”


Do States With More Gun Laws Have Fewer Gun Deaths?

by Michael Minkoff
Obama made this statement in the aftermath of the Oregon shooting, probably in an effort to convince an already reeling American public to support more gun laws:

We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns is not borne out by the evidence.

The Washington Post picked up on his statement and did some fact-checking. The results are not pretty. As the article points out, 60% of gun deaths are suicides, and the rate of suicide is nearly immune to gun laws. Of course, if 60%, or 3 out of 5, of your gun deaths are from suicide, having less restrictive gun laws will result in more gun deaths every time—because a person who is set on committing suicide will have easier access to guns.

But it’s hardly fair to point to data that depends on suicide in order to transform policy in the wake of a mass shooting. The real question would have to be, “Do more gun laws decrease gun murder?” The answer to that question is a “probably not” to a clear “no.”

After you remove suicides from the data, gun laws seem to have no effect whatsoever on gun deaths. Hawaii still has the lowest gun deaths per capita, but apparently that hasn’t changed much from before Hawaii even had gun laws. The people there are just not generally shooting each other, apparently. On the other hand, three states with very loose gun laws show up in the top five.

And the gun law/gun murder connection might be even more tenuous than that. It might be the case that, like in Hawaii, other factors unrelated to gun laws contribute to high or low rates of gun murder. In the end, the ever-renewed call for more gun laws in the wake of national gun tragedy is misplaced and manipulative. And besides, Oregon is one of the states with restrictive gun laws. So there’s that.


ATF Director Resigns Amid Controversy Over Backdoor Ammo Ban


by Chuck Ross
The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resigned suddenly on Friday while the agency is still reeling from its failed “backdoor ammo ban” of the popular 5.56 M855 bullet.

It is unclear if B. Todd Jones’ departure is at all related to that proposed ban. A statement released by the agency only said that he will resign effective March 31 to pursue opportunities in the private sector. ABC News reported that Jones will take a job in New York City, possibly with a professional sports league.

Whatever the reason for his departure, the 57-year-old Jones leaves the agency on a sour note after the ban attempt.

With backing from the Obama administration, ATF sought to prohibit the sale of the M855 — the so-called “green tip” — out of fear that they pose a risk to police officers since they can pierce bullet-proof vests. Green tips were approved by the ATF in 1986, and have become more popular for use in AR-15 pistols.

The agency offered a comment period from the public, but did not advertise the proposal.

Gun rights groups such as the National Rifle Association and numerous lawmakers pushed back heavily on what was characterized as a “backdoor ammo ban.”

That outcry forced ATF to temporarily table the idea.

But Jones did little to assuage those groups’ fears after the ban was shelved. Last week he told the Senate Appropriations Committee that all 5.56 rounds pose “a challenge for officer safety.”

That statement was interpreted by many as an indication that the Obama administration has plans to ban more than just the M855.

Jones has served as director of the agency since July 31, 2013. He was nominated by President Obama in January of that year after serving as acting director since August 2011.

“ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” he said in a statement. “I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combatting violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe.”

Jones will be replaced by current ATF deputy director Thomas Brandon. He’s been with the agency since October 2011.

“Throughout his tenure as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Todd Jones has cemented his reputation as an exemplary leader, a consummate professional, and an outstanding public servant,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

Holder also said that Jones “has made bold changes, advanced forward-looking policies, and taken innovative steps to strengthen ATF’s investigative capabilities—including ballistic imaging technology that recently played a critical role in the investigation of the shooting of two police officers.”

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