Monthly Archives: April 2013

Obama’s scrub of Muslim terms…

Says Steven Emerson, who runs the Investigative Project on Terrorism:

“Numerous experts on Islamic terrorism like myself … were banned from speaking to any U.S. government counterterrorism conferences,” Mr. Emerson told The Washington Times. “Instead, these agencies were ordered to invite Muslim Brotherhood front groups.”

via Obama’s scrub of Muslim terms under question; common links in attacks – Washington Times.

How’s that Hope and Change working for us?

EDITORIAL: Drones for the military – Washington Times

Read carefully, Obama (through Holder) only said he would not target a non-combatant… leaving the door wide open for Barry to kill Americans he deems combatants…

I hate it when a normally intelligent operation like the Washington Times blows it thusly:

It took a 13-hour filibuster last month for Sen. Rand Paul to extract a reluctant acknowledgment from the Justice Department that the president may not target U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.

via EDITORIAL: Drones for the military – Washington Times.

Mission Impossible? Manchin aims to make NRA members allies on background checks – Washington Times

He says the NRA is putting out misinformation. Really? This statement quoted below is an absolute lie. This guy is a lying sack of you know what. I’ve read the proposed legislation and have posted about it.

There is NO WAY all it does it what he says below:

Mr. Manchin plans to “go to every gun show” he can to convince doubters of the bill’s merit.

“All I’m trying to do is keep a crazy person who’s been found mentally incompetent through a court and to keep a person whose already been convicted of a crime from buying a gun at gun show or online,” he said. “That’s all.”

via Mission Impossible? Manchin aims to make NRA members allies on background checks – Washington Times.

When Alan Gottlieb claims Dave Kopel is wrong… watch out!

Don’t EVER tell Dave Kopel his legal analysis is all wet…

Today, the U.S. Senate will vote on the Manchin-Toomey amendment to Senator Reid’s gun-control package. In a Monday post on the Volokh Comspiracy, I criticized the amendment because two of the important pro-gun-rights provisions in the amendment were misdrafted, and had the opposite effect of what was claimed.

The amendment was drafted with input from Alan Gottlieb’s Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, an excellent organization that has done great work on behalf of the Second Amendment for the last four decades. I believe that CCRKBA’s motive in assisting Senator Toomey in his negotiations with Senator Schumer were honorable, but I also believe that the deal struck was not nearly as good for Second Amendment rights as Alan Gottlieb has claimed.

On Tuesday, Gottlieb sent out an email headlined “David Kopel’s Claims Regarding the Manchin-Toomey Amendment are False.”

Below, I’ll respond to each of Alan’s arguments. The arguments are footnoted; for ease of display, I pasted the footnotes at the end of each section to which they pertain.

via The Problems of Toomey-Manchin | National Review Online.

The Problem Was With the Gun Legislation – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

Excellent words from Dave Kopel:

Senators vote on actual bills, not poll questions. Yesterday, they never had a chance to vote on a pure bill about background checks.

The base bill on the Senate floor used model language from Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York. Besides gun sales, it also applied to temporary and innocent transfers — like letting your spouse borrow your gun for a few hours to take it to the target range. The expansive language would have felonized almost every American gun owner — and that’s not a concept that has 90 percent support.

Although a gun control measure may garner wide approval, a very large fraction of the public that favors the measure does not expect it to reduce crime.

The Manchin-Toomey substitute avoided the temporary transfer problem. But it was hastily drafted in secret, and seriously miswritten. For example, the language, which claimed to outlaw federal gun registration, would actually have legalized one form of registration that is currently banned: building a registry from the sales records that firearms dealers are required to send to the government when they retire from business.

Although President Obama is personally popular, his emotional bullying about Newtown had little effect, since everyone could see that neither the Schumer legislation nor the Manchin-Toomey bill would have made any difference there; the killer’s mother acquired her guns in a state that already had very strict gun laws, and she recklessly left them available to her son, despite his obvious mental illness. Background checks were irrelevant.

For decades, pollsters have observed that although a given gun control measure may garner wide approval, a very large fraction of the public that favors the measure does not expect it to reduce crime. They approve the control with an apathetic “Why not?” Support for gun control is often broad but shallow.

President Obama’s post-election embrace of gun control and of Mayor Bloomberg drove National Rifle Association membership from four million to five million in a few months. The N.R.A. is not the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill because Wayne LaPierre is the most charming man in town. The N.R.A. wins Congressional votes because it represents millions of Americans who have repeatedly shown that they heed the words of the late Charlton Heston, to “vote freedom first.”

via The Problem Was With the Gun Legislation – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Subsidizing the Security of Wealthy Allies | Cato Institute

Good article from CATO:

It’s Tax Day, and for millions of Americans that means ponying up to the IRS. The federal government does many things these days—most of which would be more efficiently carried out at the local level, or in the private sector. But Uncle Sam also engages in a particular form of charity that many Americans overlook: spending many tens of billions of dollars to defend wealthy, developed nations.

via Your Tax Dollars at Work: Subsidizing the Security of Wealthy Allies | Cato Institute.

10 of the biggest problems with Toomey-Nanchin bill

Ten Really Important Problems with the Toomey-Schumer-Manchin Sell-out

via Problems II – Gun Owners of America:

The following addresses the top ten problems that Gun Owners of America has with the Toomey-Schumer-Manchin draft.

(1)  First of all, it’s pretty clear by now that the goal of Obama and Schumer is, in the words of the Brady Campaign, to put “points on the board” so they can maintain their momentum for more gun control demands.  Mark Glaze of Mayors Against Illegal Guns said on MSNBC that they would be back with new demands “the day after” background checks are signed into law. So, now that we are on the verge of winning, why, in heaven’s name, would Pat Toomey try to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory, hand a “win” to Barack Obama so he can credibly say he “broke the back of the gun lobby,” invigorate fundraising for anti-gun groups in 2014, let red state Democrats who are up in 2014 off the hook, and create a platform for unending gun control demands that will resume the day his bill is signed into law?

(2)  SECTION 102, Finding 3:  “Congress believes the Department of Justice should prosecute violations of background check requirements to the maximum extent of the law.”

COMMENT:  You understand that 18 U.S.C. 922(d)(3) and (g)(3) make a person a prohibited person if they are “an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance,” right?  And you understand this would subject every gun owner who smokes marijuana (medical or otherwise) to a ten-year prison sentence (under 18 U.S.C. 924(a)(2)), right?  And you understand that records of medical marijuana use, drug diversion programs, etc., are in the possession of many state governments and are, technically, required to be turned over to the FBI under the NICS Improvement Act of 2007, right?  So are you still so enthusiastic about throwing 20,000,000 gun owners in prison for ten years for smoking pot — not to mention the thousands upon thousands of military veterans who have also been thrown into the NICS system without any due process whatsoever?

(3) “SEC. 112.  IMPROVEMENT OF METRICS AND INCENTIVES.”

COMMENT:  This section pretty well gives Eric Holder unfettered discretion to demand any information from the states which he, in his unilateral discretion, chooses to demand.  And he would do this, not by threatening to take away funds under this act, but by threatening to withhold already-existing 505 funds.  For anyone who thinks this is innocuous, consider this:  Under section 922(g)(3)’s prohibition of guns for any “user of … any controlled substance,” the AG could demand medical marijuana records, diversion records, and arrest records.  Under 922(g)(4), he could demand Medicaid, Medicare, and IDEA records of persons with PTSD, ADHD, and post partem depression.

18 USC § 926A – Interstate transportation of firearms | Title 18 – Crimes and Criminal Procedure | U.S. Code | LII / Legal Information Institute

Current law on interstate transportation that would be messed up with the Toomey-Manchin bill.

Here’s how.  The current law lets you drive through a state with the gun in your trunk or locked container if you don’t have a trunk.  The new law says, no… you don’t get to drive through the state IF you intend to commit a crime that is punishable by more than a year.  On the surface, that seems right.  The problem is, just driving through Mass. without a gun permit is a crime punishable by two years.  Hence, the federal protection falls away!

Thanks Dave Kopel for this careful reading!

Here is the current law:

Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

via 18 USC § 926A – Interstate transportation of firearms | Title 18 – Crimes and Criminal Procedure | U.S. Code | LII / Legal Information Institute.

The “Pro-Gun” Provisions of Manchin-Toomey are Actually a Bonanza of Gun Control

From Dave Kopel…

The Toomey-Manchin Amendment which may be offered as soon as Tuesday to Senator Reid’s gun control bill are billed as a “compromise” which contain a variety of provisions for gun control, and other provisions to enhance gun rights. Some of the latter, however, are not what they seem. They are badly miswritten, and are in fact major advancements for gun control.

Read more at:  The Volokh Conspiracy » The “Pro-Gun” Provisions of Manchin-Toomey are Actually a Bonanza of Gun Control.

School: Americans Don’t Have Right to Bear Arms | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes

This is the most stunning thing I have seen so far from liberals…

On Monday his social studies teacher gave students a worksheet titled, ‘The Second Amendment Today.’

“The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms,” the worksheet states. “The courts have never found a law regulating the private ownership of weapons unconstitutional.

The worksheet, published by Instructional Fair, goes on to say that the Second Amendment is not incorporated against the states.

“This means that the rights of this amendment are not extended to the individual citizens of the states,” the worksheet reads. “So a person has no right to complain about a Second Amendment violation by state laws.”

via School: Americans Don’t Have Right to Bear Arms | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes.

Defense Department classifies Catholics, evangelicals as extremists – Washington Times

Again, we find Obama operatives in the military working to demonize Christianity. Recall my article at American Thinker on this issue…

The Defense Department came under fire Thursday for a U.S. Army Reserve presentation that classified Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as “extremist” religious groups alongside al Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan.

via Defense Department classifies Catholics, evangelicals as extremists – Washington Times.

Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit – The Washington Post

Barry worked for ACORN which pressured banks into making bad loans to folks who the banks knew wouldn’t be able to keep up with payments. This was what started the housing bubble that burst and destroyed the American economy…  All intentionally, I might add.

So, is anyone surprised that Barry is pushing the same. Now?

The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place.

via Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit – The Washington Post.

Maryland School Board Removes “L” Because it Looks Like a Gun

True insanity:

In a desire to remove all things gun related from American culture, a school board in Anne Arundel County, Maryland has suspended use of the letter “L” in Baltimore area schools, citing the letter’s resemblance to a handgun.

Dr. Michelle Gramig, Anne Arundel County School Board Commissioner, is leading the crusade against the 12th letter of our alphabet.  “There mere presence of a pictogram that resembles a gun is evidence of the violence inherent in the system,” Gramig told CNN.  “And we teach these letters to children.”

via Maryland School Board Removes “L” Because it Looks Like a Gun.