June 14th is the day we recognize the adoption of our glorious banner of liberty, it is Flag Day. It is also the Army Birthday. 242 years of armed Americans standing up against oppression. They were able to do so because they had their own weapons. On this hallowed day, the gun grabbers in the Delaware House of Representatives are holding a hearing on House Bill 222 which the NRA describes this way.
House Bill 222 would allow an individual’s family members or law enforcement to petition the court for an ex parte restraining order if they consider the individual to be a danger to themselves or others simply because the individual owns, possesses or purchases a firearm. Under this bill, an ex parte order would be issued by a judge based solely on a brief, unsubstantiated affidavit made by a petitioner and absent any input made by the individual on which the order is targeted. Read more
Hillary Clinton rejects the landmark Heller Decision, which protects the Second Amendment right to bear arms for individuals. She would be in position to replace the author of that decision. Removing this protection would allow debilitating regulations which would nullify the protections of the Second Amendment. Secretary Clinton does not care if the Amendment exists, she just does not want it enforceable and meaningful. The radical interpretations peddled by some would turn the Second Amendment on its head. The Amendment meant to protect the individual to have weapons and be able to organize themselves against forces of oppression, whether foreign or domestic, would be interpreted to protect the right of the government to organize military force. That logic is completely against the context of the bill of rights. The government already had that right in Article 1, Section 8.
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Recently a Dover homeowner became the second person in a year to use a firearm to protect themselves from imminent danger. Dover Police reported the incident on their website.
Last August a man successfully used a firearm to protect his girlfriend from an attempted murder by her ex. The plan was to kill the entire family. The criminal ended up dead.
You are the first line of defense for your family. The police do a fine job, but no one can substitute for immediate action.
Virginia rejoins the community of common sense and true gun safety with Governor Terry McAuliffe deciding to make a deal with Republicans in the state legislature to restore concealed carry reciprocity with 25 other states and overturn radical Attorney General Mark Herring's decision last month.
Concealed carry permit holders are screened and among the most law abiding citizens in the country, at least 5 times less likely to be involved in violent crime then the general public. This fact made AG Herring's decision untenable.
The deal itself may make Virginia families safer. In exchange for restoring reciprocity, McAuliffe gets a change in Virginia law that mirrors most other states and forbids people who are under a permanent PFA from possessing firearms during its duration -- up to two years. Instead of celebrating a victory the Coalition Against Gun Violence fumed in a statement Read more
Fascism is Governor Malloy of Connecticut using an executive decree to deprive people of their second amendment rights. Even the ACLU is ready to challenge it. Governors can't rule by decree neither can Presidents. I won't hold my breath waiting for the New York Times to use the term as quickly as it does for Donald Trump. Democrats want to use everything from Climate Change to crime to deprive you of rights.
People on a terror watch list are on a watch list not a conviction list. If the government wants to use background checks to know if they are buying weapons, that is smart. To use it to ban people when there is not even enough information to arrest them is inconceivable. We know that the watch list has people because they have similar names to people they don't even know. 70 plus people in Homeland Security who passed background checks are on the list. The government can put you Read more
At 68, I've lived to view and differentiate the vast change in America that has caused a chasm and paradigm shift in the way the police force is trained and taught. There exists a shift is the way police view the public. The slogan, "To Protect and Serve" has disappeared from the cars of most municipal police forces. Why, you might ask; because that is not longer their objective.
I'll start my remembered journey of police and their mindset in the middle 1950's when I was about nine years old. I was taught by my parents to respect the authority of "Peace Officers." In the 1950's, things were different in America, there was a real sense of country and patriotism. One must understand that WWII had just been won less than a decade earlier and the Korean War was just ending. In my memory, the local police and Sheriffs were there to protect and serve and for the most part, they did. Read more
The President of the State Senate John Morse and an ally were fired for their support of limiting the right of self defense. This will send a chill through efforts in other states except maybe the most blue. There will be no more national push on this issue.
Governor Hickenlooper now wants to change the subject to jobs, education, and a healthier state. I bet his allies wish he thought of that in the first place instead of limiting the rights of people in need of self protection.
Although HB-88 was defeated in the senate, Governor Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden are not going to let this stand, or so they think!
"I'm not giving up on this," said AG Biden in a recent statement. The last session of the General Assembly starts Sunday and the Democratic Caucus intends to re-introduce the bill and force passage at an eleventh hour vote. This bill is called the "Gun Grab" bill and is definitely unconstitutional. It would give the police and authorities broad power to declare nearly any person they don't like as, mentally incompetent or mentally ill, and enter their home and confiscate legally owned weapons.
A rally and vigil to oppose the passage of HB-88 is being held at Legislative Hall on Sunday, June 30, starting at 4pm and will last as long as it takes to deal the final death blow to this bill. This tyrannical bill would definitely violate our Second Read more
Yes, the "Good ol Boy System," (GOBS) is alive and well in Delaware's General Assembly. What has happened to the days when a person only served in a states general assembly as a citizen legislator instead of a career politician. The good ol days when a persons' word was his bond and a person could expect honesty from their "citizen legislators." Well my friends, those days are gone and won't return unless "we the people," make it happen.
The two-party system of Delaware, and all of America for that matter is a completely corrupt system to the core. That's why there are over 142,000 registered unaffiliated independents and so-called third parties that are growing in numbers daily. The Independent Party of Delaware has become the fastest growing party in Delaware, because of its acceptable platform and inclusion of people with many diverse political ideologies.
Shifting political Read more
What are the right reasons for activism, one might ask themselves. In this rapidly changing and diverse nation of myriad political philosophies, activism takes many forms.
Although many political theories and opinions are prevalent in America, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights have stood the test of time, for the republic to grow and prosper. America has weathered several wars, and a civil rights revolution, and has remained united and free. Americans haven't agreed with one another on many issues but the Republic still stands and will remain standing, if each new generation of Americans does their part to respect the constitutional rights of others.
It is not necessary to agree with your neighbor, but one should be friendly and charitable and it is necessary to respect your neighbor's Constitutional rights. America has become a nation of bureaucracy and regulations, many Read more
I love the introduction. When he took office the economy was stagnant, glad that problem is solved.
State Senator Ernie Lopez wrote an Op Ed in the Cape Gazette recently defending his vote in favor of background checks for most private sales not between family members. Lopez opposes gun control measures, but believes the law as amended protects the rights of gun owners and protects citizens. He pointed out that Wayne LaPierre testified in 1999 in favor of background checks for gun shows.
t. Since being sworn into office and taking an oath “always to place the public interests above any special or personal interest,” it has become clear to me that as a means to improve the safety of the public and to protect the seller of a firearm from liability, a background check is not only reasonable but responsible.
More importantly, nothing about background checks or anything else in House Bill 35 prevents a law-abiding citizen from obtaining a gun or infringes upon the 2nd Amendment. Read more
Here is a look at Legislative Hall in Dover today. HB 75, about same sex marriage will be voted on in the House, and HB 35 about universal background checks will be voted on in the Senate. The citizens of Delaware are watching both votes very closely and it is certain that today will be critical in the next election.
UPDATE: Just for laughs these are the results of the Senate Vote on HB 35, and this is the vote on the motion to table the bill. Almost a mirror image.
Dear Republican Party Bosses & Politicians:
A house divided against itself, cannot stand. Please stop giving away our rights, for the sake of your own re-election campaigns. There is no question that the vote you took last night stripped more of our rights away from the people you represent. The road you are on leads to a slow, but steady, disarming of our citizenry. It does not matter to me whether you are just nipping at the edges for the sake of being able to say “I did something!” for political reasons, or whether you are adamant about taking away our freedoms. The only thing that matters to the majority of your citizens is that you are stripping more of our rights away.
When you strip away the rights of the citizens that you represent, in the name of politics, is it any wonder why the approval rating for the Republican Party is near record lows? What difference Read more
HB 35, the background check for gun purchases is on the way to the state Senate, but you do not see any protests from us. Why not? The 10 amendments addressed most of our problems. I call upon the Senate to exempt current military personnel.
Background checks help us enforce existing laws. If they are not used as a backdoor registration, I do not have a problem. Having background checks available for private sales protects the innocent party from liability and it will give an avenue to prosecute people who are transferring weapons to criminals.
If the proponents expect this to be a great solution, remember most gun sales are already background checked and gun runners are not all of a sudden going to start background checking before they sale the overseas smuggled weapon they pulled out of the trunk of their car. This will not stop the drug dealers and gangs from getting Read more
Delaware Liberal reports on this great victory for the citizens and common sense. Of course they are in shock that instead of blindly grabbing power, that some in the Majority would actually listen to the legitimate complaints and concerns of citizens. I still am sadden that military people do not have the same status as concealed carry and law enforcement even though they may go through a more thorough background check for clearances. This is a huge stride in the right direction.
Yesterday afternoon, I get this press release from them:
DOVER – After months of meetings and hours of public testimony, House Democratic leaders announced several amendments Tuesday that they will add to legislation requiring background checks for virtually all gun sales.
The amendments to House Bill 35 are a direct result of lead sponsor House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst meeting with officials Read more
President Obama’s decision to consider the UN Arms Trade Treaty has been heavily criticized by Republicans and Saturday, Sen. James Inhofe R-Okla, introduced an amendment that would prevent the US from entering into the UN Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. The Amendment passed the Senate with a 53-46 vote.
Within hours of President Obama’s re-election, the UN was notified to re-start talks on the UN Arms Trade treaty that had stalled in July of 2012, because the White House feared attacks from the Romney Campaign, if his administration was seen as supporting the treaty, a charge that the White House has denied.
Colorado’s Weld County Sheriff John Cooke appeared on Foxnews, “The Mike Huckabee Show,” this evening stating that he would not enforce Colorado’s tough new gun laws. He stated that the new laws were, a knee-jerk reaction and the legislators knew the laws wouldn’t work but wanted to show the people they were doing something.
Other sources report, Cooke says the bills are “feel-good, knee-jerk” reactions to recent tragedies like the Aurora shooting. So he “won’t bother enforcing” them, he added, noting he and other sheriffs are considering a lawsuit.
“A nation can only be disgraced by the failure of its citizenry to take action in the face of tyranny.”
Donald Raleigh Ayotte, August 2010
DENVER | No sooner had Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three gun-control bills into law Wednesday than the economic backlash began.
Officials at gun equipment manufacturer Magpul Industries confirmed that the company would make good on its vow to leave Colorado if the governor signed the bill to limit ammunition-magazine capacity. The Erie-based manufacturer confirmed on its Facebook page that it will start its transition “almost immediately.”
“We will likely become a multi-state operation as a result of this move, and not all locations have been selected,” said the company in a statement, adding that it expects to begin manufacturing its PMAG-brand magazines within 30 days of the bill-signing
Magpul may be the first firearms-related business to relocate as a result of state gun-control laws, but it probably won’t be the last. Companies in Connecticut, Maryland Read more
Over the objections of many citizens, the State House Judiciary Committee passed HB 35 which requires criminal background checks on all firearms transfers even within families such as step parents and cousins or others not considered immediate and among people in the military who already have background checks. Violation would be a class A misdemeanor.
On the bright side HB 13 by Rep. Kowalko was released from the House Administration Committee. It would require a one year waiting period for members of the General Assembly to become lobbyists. One question that I have is why does this not apply to all political appointees and elected officials? Why single out members of the General Assembly when a cabinet secretary could have more influence on certain policies?
HB 14 helping Farmers by not taxing the money given them to lock their land into Agricultural Preservation program is stalled Read more
Cnsnews reports that a growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them.
According to "The Police Loophole," 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict Second Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban.
Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding policy that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types of firearms. If a product that we manufacture is not legal for a private citizen to own in a jurisdiction, we will not sell that product to a law-enforcement in that jurisdiction."
York Arms, located in Buxton, ME released Read more
You had to wonder why a Republican led senate let Cuomo bully them into rushing through legislation in the opening days of the session that was so poorly drafted that it already has to be amended. Now we know of the bullying tatics used. Pay attention, this is a guy who may want to be the next President.
Three days ago, the New York Times described the ‘behind-the-scenes’ pressure Democratic Governor Cuomo put upon the State Senate’s Republicans to join his gun control coalition, including Gigi Bowman’s upcoming opponent Marcellino.
‘First, there were threats, delivered in phone calls or through intermediaries,’ the Times reports. Describing what would happen to any Republican Senator who didn’t back the gun control measure, the publication continues, ‘He would seek to dissolve Read more