Senator Moran’s Letter to President Obama Urging Repudiation of the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty

Senator Moran’s Letter to President Obama Urging Repudiation of the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty

Senator Moran’s letter is a compilation of very solid reasons for why the United States should not be participant in the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty. I have included two of his six reasons below. Senator Moran states clearly at the end of his letter that the Senate will not ratify the treaty. I hope so. Why would We The People, through our elected representatives, ever want to transfer our autonomy and gun rights heritage to an international bureaucracy? Please read Senator Moran’s letter.

Written by Senator Jerry Moran
October 10, 2013

President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

We write to express our concern and regret at your decision to sign the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty. For the following reasons, we cannot give our advice and consent to this treaty:

First, the treaty was adopted by a procedure which violates a red line laid down by your own administration. In October 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the U.S. supported the negotiation of the treaty only by “the rule of consensus decision-making.” But in April 2013, after the treaty failed to achieve consensus, it was adopted by majority vote in the U.N. General Assembly. We fear that this capitulation has done grave damage to the diplomatic credibility of the United States.

Second, the treaty allows amendments by a three-quarters majority vote. As the treaty is amended, it will become a source of political and legal pressure on the U.S. to comply in practice with amendments it was unwilling to accept. This would circumvent the power and duty of the Senate to provide its advice and consent on treaty commitments before they are assumed by the United States.

Third, the treaty includes . . .

I hope this letter gets some attention.

Read the rest of Senator Moran’s letter at Gun Owners of America.

Gun Rights – How To Win Friends and Influence Enemies? Some Thoughts on Open Carry

Gun Rights – How To Win Friends and Influence Enemies? Some Thoughts on Open Carry

Jack Eldon Jackson provides a very thoughtful analysis of the current polarization in the gun rights vs. gun control debate. Using the Founders/Framers as examples and illustrations, he calmly reminds us how patient they were as they sought to establish the Constitution. They wisely chose not to provoke their enemies, but patiently wrote to demonstrate the superiority of the Constitution. They wanted support for their ideas.

Using that context, he reminds us how polarized we have become as a society with regard to gun rights. And, in some States with ‘open carry’ laws it appears that some gun owners who are zealous of their ‘rights’ have almost adopted an in-your-face attitude with their guns in public. Jackson argues that these gun owners are not helping the cause longterm, but in fact are creating fear, animosity, and opposition to what we are doing.

. . . Unfortunately, fewer people today are willing to take the time to truly understand the serious political, economical, and social consequences involved in America’s current constitutional crisis, especially with respect to the Second Amendment. Case in point, the flippantly polarizing antics of a growing faction within some gun-rights groups. The recent statement by Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz “requesting that customers no longer bring firearms” into their stores brings to light a prime example — in fact, showing how some people have become so excited about being in the advocacy game they’ve completely lost focus on the ball.

Over the past year, a small number of gunners in the “open carry” movement have descended upon select Starbucks stores as part of a messaging effort to normalize the public’s perception and acceptance of firearms. To their credit, they purchased large amounts of product and expressed their appreciation for the company’s noncombative (i.e., neutral) stand on the Second Amendment. Sound good?

Not so fast. You see, these people didn’t just show up and financially support Starbucks, they arrived in small platoon-like groups with shotguns and tactical rifles slung fore and aft as they sipped their way swaggering about between adult and child patrons alike!

Gee, I wonder. Wouldn’t a discreet, nicely holstered sidearm have sufficed?

While I can appreciate this group’s anxiety over current events and the urge to exercise their constitutional right, such mindless behavior can only be seen as anything but normal. In truth, such antics only serve to help bring about the very thing we all want least — government intervention. . . .

A very thoughtful article, and I highly recommend it. Are you helping or hurting the gun rights cause? Trying to change an already polarized society’s opinion on guns takes time, patience, and wisdom. Give it some thought and read the article.

Read more here.

Communists Supports Obama’s Gun Control Policies

Communists Supports Obama’s Gun Control Policies

The nonsense in the article is almost too much to bear. Common sense proposals for gun law reform? Sure. Everything Washington D.C. does these is ‘common sense’, and that is why our country is sliding into the abyss.

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, polls show the great majority of Americans are now insisting that the ability to live free from the fear or threat of gun violence is a fundamental democratic right – one that far supercedes any so-called personal gun rights allegedly contained in the Second Amendment.

In fact, the right-wing extremists opposing all efforts to curb gun violence are the same forces that rallied behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, hoping to undermine every other democratic right as well as the living standards of workers and ordinary Americans. It is for that reason, as well as the need to protect public safety, that the same coalition of labor and its allies that worked so hard and effectively to re-elect President Barack Obama must now go all-out to back his common sense proposals for gun law reform.

As Obama has charged, the extremists recklessly “gin up fear” that the government is coming to take away hunting rifles and personal weapons owned for legitimate self-defense. Led by the hate-mongering leadership of the National Rifle Association, they use a totally fraudulent and only very recent interpretation of the Second Amendment which they falsely claim as necessary for protecting every other freedom contained in the Bill of Rights. . . .

Read more here

Emily Gets Her Gun – The Story of Emily Miller’s Efforts to Get Her Gun in Washington D.C.

Emily Gets Her Gun – The Story of Emily Miller’s Efforts to Get Her Gun in Washington D.C.

This was originally published as a series of articles in the Washington Times. Some reviewers don’t like that (read the reviews at Amazon), but I disagree. While more could have been added, apparently, why not just accept the book on its own merits, ie, the story of Emily Miller who shares her experience to get a legally registered gun in the anti-gun environment of Washington D.C. Nothing wrong with that, and how many actually read the original series? So, the book serves a great purpose to inform and educate, although not the last word.

From Amazon

published September 3, 2013

In the wake of tragic shootings in Newtown and Aurora, the anti-gun lobby has launched a campaign of lies, distortion, misrepresentation, and emotional manipulation that is breathtaking in its vitriol and its denial of basic facts. Their goal is to take away our Second Amendment rights and then disarm law-abiding Americans.

Emily Miller tells her personal story of how being a single, female victim of a home invasion drove her to try to obtain a legally registered gun in Washington, D.C. The narrative—sometimes shocking, other times hilarious in its absurdity—gives the reader a real life understanding of how gun-control laws only make it more difficult for honest, law-abiding people to get guns, while violent crime continues to rise.

Using facts and newly uncovered research, Miller exposes the schemes politicians
on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and around the country are using to deny people their Second Amendment rights. She exposes the myths that gun grabbers and liberal media use to get new laws passed that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms.

The gun rights debate isn’t just about firearms. It’s about protecting a fundamental right that is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. It’s about politicians who lie, manipulate, and outright break existing laws to get what they want. It’s about President Obama wanting a bigger federal government to control you. Not just your guns—you. The fight for gun rights is the fight for freedom. Emily Miller says stand up and fight back now because your Second Amendment will only be the first to go.

Get it on Amazon. Be informed.

Tennessee Guns Across America Rally Video – Gun Rights Activist and Author Nikki Goeser Speaks

Tennessee Guns Across America Rally Video – Gun Rights Activist and Author Nikki Goeser Speaks

Nikki is the author of Denied a Chance: How gun control helped a stalker murder my husband.

She is the victim of gun control laws that left her defenseless, allowing a criminal to walk in and shoot her husband to death right in front of her.

Watch and hear why she is now an activist for the Second Amendment.

Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns by Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck’s new book, Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns, offers an up-to-date look at the current climate regarding gun rights and gun control. It is a short book with lots of current quotes by many well-known individuals who are in the debate over gun control. He attempts to confront the many misconceptions (background checks) and outright lies (AR-15) about guns and the Second Amendment that are bandied about in the media.

From Amazon’s blurb:

History has proven that guns are essential to self-defense and liberty—but tragedy is a powerful force and has led many to believe that guns are the enemy, that the Second Amendment is outdated, and that more restrictions or outright bans on firearms will somehow solve everything.

Glenn reveals who is saying what. Great price on Amazon.

Read Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns and prepare to defend your second amendment rights.

Wikipedia – Right to Keep and Bear Arms article is a good starting place for gun rights research

Wikipedia offers a good starting place for some basic research on the history of gun rights, gun control, and other gun-related topics. You can read their article “Right to Keep and Bear Arms”here. It surveys many countries and their politics and basic positions on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. An extensive section is accorded to the United States, where you can find the following quote:

Interest groups, primarily in the United States, exert political pressure for and against legislation limiting the right to keep and bear arms. This political debate in America is organized between those who seek stricter regulations and those who believe gun regulations violate the Second Amendment protection of a right to keep and bear arms. The largest advocacy group in this regard is the National Rifle Association, and its political wing, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. The NRA has been described as one of the largest and most powerful political special interest groups in the United States. Several other groups including the Gun Owners of America and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, while smaller in size, are also politically active.[112] The main gun control advocacy group is the Brady Campaign which has been described as considerably less effective than gun-rights organizations.

There are footnotes and citations at the bottom of the article. Please consult those for further research on gun rights.

Self-Defense – What Happens After You Shoot Someone?

Paul Huebl of Crimefilenews.com provides some excellent tips for anyone who has used their gun in self-defense. What should you do?

. . . What should you do after you shoot? What do tell the 911 operator? You may find yourself surprised by the advice you’ll get from me. I am a shooting survivor and specialize in criminal defense investigation where the defense is self-defense.

Just what are your duties after a shooting? Surviving the criminal justice system may be far more of a challenge than you think. The only real duty you have is to yourself and family.

You can read more here

Colorado – Gun Rights vs. Gun Control on University Campus

In March, Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled that students with concealed carry permits were allowed to carry concealed on campus. But since July’s mass shooting in Aurora, CO, some university officials, faculty, and students are troubled.

I quote a few paragraphs from the NYT’s article that seems to capture some of the debate:

. . . Some teachers have spoken out publicly against extending the concealed gun policy to campus, fearful that an unstable student — who now, ostensibly, could be legally armed in their classrooms — might hurt them or a fellow student.

Last month, the chairman of the Faculty Assembly at the campus in Boulder, Jerry Peterson, told The Boulder Daily Camera that he would cancel class if he discovered one of his students was carrying a gun. And on Friday, faculty members gathered to discuss how to overturn the policy through legislative channels.

Gun rights proponents, conversely, have argued that lawful gun owners should not be precluded from protecting themselves on college campuses, and they contend that gun bans make those campuses less safe.

Besides, they say, anyone disturbed enough to open fire is not going to heed university policy.

“This gives us the right to protect ourselves, where currently, many colleges suspend that right,” said David Burnett, a spokesman for Students for Concealed Carry, a national group that advocates for the right to carry legally permitted guns on public college and university campuses. . . .

So, what do you think? A disturbed student has access to a gun and might be a threat to his fellow classmates and teachers. So, change the policy and prohibit all students from carrying concealed on campus. Now, what will a disturbed student do? Of course, the disturbed student will follow the university policy and not carry. Are you sure? And, how do those who are not disturbed defend themselves against such a possibility?

I will take my chances with a law-abiding student who is legally carrying concealed.

Read more here.

Legislation Would Strengthen Self-Defense and Use of Reasonable Force – Iowa

Legislation Would Strengthen Self-Defense and Use of Reasonable Force – Iowa

Not everyone in Iowa agrees with the ‘reasonable force’ legislation. Law enforcement argue against it stating it is too broad and would allow almost anyone to hide behind the law.

A bill bolstering Iowans’ ability to use violent force in response to threats sparked heated debate between law enforcement officials and gun-rights advocates in a House subcommittee meeting Tuesday.

The bill, House File 573, rewrites the law on “reasonable force” so that a person may use force — including deadly force — against someone who they believe threatens to kill or cause serious injury, or who is committing a violent felony. . . .

Read more here.