A Sipsey Street Public Service Announcement: The Connecticut Tyrants List, Voluntarily Subscribed by The Participants On 3 April 2013.
” The state of Connecticut is making lists of firearm owners to raid. It seems obvious to me that it is thus only fair to list those anti-constitutional tyrants who will have blood on their hands the moment the first Connecticut citizen is shot by the CT state police while carrying out their orders. I will be sending these folks my own email later today.
CT State Senators voting Yes on “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, also known as Public Law 13-3 or Connecticut Senate Bill No. 1160,” 3 April 2013. List includes home addresses. Photos and home phone numbers of these tyrants are available here:http://www.cbia.com/ga/CT_State_Senators_List/-AZSENATE
John W. Fonfara, 99 Montowese St., Hartford 06114-2841
Eric D. Coleman, 77 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield 06002-2529
Andrea Stillman, 5 Coolidge Ct., Waterford 06385-3309
Gary LeBeau, 501 Canyon Ridge Dr., Broad Brook 06016-5602
Kevin Kelly, 240 York St., Stratford 06615-7952
Steve Cassano, 1109 Middle Tpke, E Manchester 06040-3703
Anthony J. Musto, 15 Maymont Ln., Trumbull 06611-2111
Beth Bye, 99 Outlook Ave., West Hartford 06119-1432
Andres Ayala, PO Box 55106, Bridgeport 06610-5106
Terry B. Gerratana, 674 Lincoln St., New Britain 06052-1833
Michael A. McLachlan, 47 W Wooster St., Danbury 06810-7731
Bob Duff, 50 Toilsome Ave., Norwalk 06851-2425
Toni Boucher, 5 Wicks End Ln, Wilton 06897-2633
Paul Doyle, 38 Thornbush Rd., Wethersfield 06109-3554
Carlo Leone, 88 Houston Ter., Stamford 06902-4449
Toni N. Harp (no longer in the Legislature, she is now the Mayor of New Haven, CT).
John McKinney, 986 S Pine Creek Rd., Fairfield 06824-6348
Martin M. Looney, 132 Fort Hale Rd., New Haven 06512-3630
Donald E. Williams, Jr., 41 Malbone Ln., Brooklyn 06234-1563
Edward Meyer, 407 Mulberry Point Rd., Guilford 06437-3204
Dante Bartolomeo, 167 Reynolds Dr., Meriden 06450-2568
Gayle Slossburg, 14 Honeysuckle Ln., Milford 06461-1671
Joan V. Hartley, 206 Columbia Blvd., Waterbury 06710-1401
Leonard Fasano, 7 Sycamore Ln., North Haven 06473-1283
Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., 1205 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge 06525-1822
L. Scott Frantz, 123 Meadow Rd., Riverside 06878-2521
CT House members voting Yes on “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, also known as Public Law 13-3 or Connecticut Senate Bill No. 1160,” 3 April 2013. Photos and home phone numbers of these tyrants are available here:http://www.cbia.com/ga/CT_State_Representatives_List/-AZHOUSE
Catherine Abercrombie, 64 Parker Ave., Meriden 06450-5945
Ernest Hewett, 29 Colman St., New London 06320-3558
Peter Tercyak, 150 Belridge Rd., New Britain 06053-1008
Brenda Kupchick, 85 Liberty St., Madison 06443-3258
William Tong, 99 Chestnut Hill Rd., Stamford 06903-4030
Gary Holder-Winfield, 480 Winchester Ave., New Haven 06511-1920
James Albis, 369 Coe Ave., Apt 14, East Haven
David Alexander, 277 Pearl St., Enfield 06082-4368
Bryan Hurlburt (Stepped down to take a position with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.)
Diana Urban, 146 Babcock Rd., North Stonington 06359-1334
Gail Lavielle, 109 Hickory Hill Rd., Wilton 06897-1135
Claire Janowski, 263 Hany Ln., Vernon 06066-2740
Edwin Vargas, 141 Douglas St., Hartford 06114-2422
Angel Arce, 248 Franklin Ave., Hartford 06114-1841
Susan Johnson, 120 Bolivia St., Willimantic 06226-2818
Joe Verrengia, 160 Colonial St., West Hartford 06110-1814
David Arconti, Jr., 141 Great Plain Rd., Danbury 06811-3844
Tom Vicino, 92 Carter Hill Rd., Clinton 06413-1230
Joe Aresimowicz, 248 Lower Ln., Berlin 06037-2231
David Kiner, 5 Cranberry Hollow, Enfield 06082-2200
Toni Walker, 1643 Ella T Grasso Blvd., New Haven 06511-2801
Patricia Widlitz, 12 Island Bay Cir., Guilford 06437-3058
Timothy Larson, 33 Gorman Pl., East Hartford 06108-1450
Christina Ayala, 506 Brooks St., Bridgeport 06608-1303
Terry Backer, 125 Jefferson St., Stratford 06615-7810
Roland Lemar, 6 Eld St., New Haven 06511-3816
Roberta Willis, PO Box 1733, 30 Upland Meadow Rd., Lakeville 06039-1733
Tom O’Dea, 37 Holly Rd., New Canaan 06840-6406
David Baram, 5 Warbler Cir., Bloomfield 06002-2233
Matthew Lesser, 1160 S Main S.,t Apt 110, Middletown 06457-5034
Christopher Wright, 35 Ruth St., Apt 49, Bristol 06010-3218
Arthur O’Neill, 617 Bucks Hill Rd., Southbury 06488-1952
Brian Becker, 14 Candlewood Dr., West Hartford 06117-1009
Rick Lopes, 208 S Mountain Dr., New Britain 06052-1514
Elissa Wright, 51 Pearl St., Groton 06340-5732
Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus, Legislative Office Bldg., Rm 4017, Hartford 06106
Geoff Luxenburg, 45 Chatham Dr., Manchester 06042-8522
James Maroney, 22 Saranac Rd Milford 06461-9401
Larry Butler, 70 Blackman Rd., Waterbury 06704-1203
Juan Candelaria, 28 Arch St., New Haven 06519-1511
Brandon McGee, 43 Warren St., Hartford 06120-2117
Robert Megna, 40 Foxon Hill Rd., Unit 54, New Haven 06513-1166
Charles “Don” Clemons, 130 Read St., Bridgeport 06607-2021
Michelle Cook, 499 Charles St., Torrington 06790-3420
Patricia Miller, 95 Liberty St., Apt A4, Stamford 06902-4732
John Shaban, 29 Ledgewood Rd., Redding 06896-2916
Bill Aman, 878 Strong Rd., South Windsor 06074-2006
Philip Miller, 24 Bushy Hill Rd., Ivoryton 06442-1108
Victor Cuevas, 17 Keefe St., Waterbur,y 06706-1616
Mike D’Agostino, 575 Ridge Rd., Hamden 06517-2519
Russ Morin, 495 Brimfield Rd., Wethersfield 06109-3209
Richard Smith, 25 Jeremy Dr., New Fairfield 06812-2109
Prasad Srinivasan, 268 Grandview Dr., Glastonbury 06033-3946
Bruce Morris, 315 Ely Ave., Norwalk 06854-4619
Stephen Dargan, 215 Beach St., West Haven 06516-6133
Paul Davis, 335 Smith Farm Rd., Orange 06477-3127
Ted Moukawsher, 48 W Elderkin Ave., Groton 06340-4933
Mitch Bolinsky, 3 Wiley Ln., Newtown 06470-1812
Stephen Walko, 7 Charter Oak Ln., Greenwich 06830-6911
Mike Demicco, 6 Deborah Ln., Farmington 06032-3031
Mary Mushinsky, 188 S Cherry St., Wallingford 06492-4016
Patricia Dillon, 68 W Rock Ave., New Haven 06515-2221
Sandy Nafis, 49 Whitewood Rd., Newington 06111-2133
Larry Cafero, Jr., 6 Weed Ave., Norwalk 06850-2224
Terrie Wood, 50 Saint Nicholas Rd., Darien 06820-2823
Joe Diminico, 26 Finley St., Manchester 06040-5616
David Yaccarino, 1804 Hartford Tpke., North Haven 06473-1248
Elaine O’Brien, 1321 Hill St., Suffield 06078-1024
Kim Fawcett, 234 Collingwood Ave., Fairfield 06825-1877
Chris Perone, 8 E. Rocks Rd., Norwalk 06851-2919
Christie Carpino, 29 Sovereign Rd., Cromwell 06416-1136
Lonnie Reed, 60 Maple St., Apt. 44, Branford 06405-3562
Andy Fleischmann, 25 Sherwood Rd., West Hartford 06117-2739
Mae Flexer, 452 Main St., Danielson 06239-2104
Emmett Riley, 150 Yantic St., Unit 160, Norwich 06360-4248
Daniel Fox, 14 Carter Dr., Stamford 06902-7013
Matt Ritter, 169 N Beacon St., Hartford 06105-2246
J. Brendan Sharkey, 600 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden 06518-1606
Jason Rojas, 128 Langford Ln., East Hartford 06118-2369
Gerald Fox, III, 66 Fairview Ave., Stamford 06902-8129
Mary Fritz, 43 Grove St., Yalesville 06492-1606
Livvy Floren, 210 Round Hill Rd., Greenwich 06831-3357
Henry Genga, 5 Elaine Dr., East Hartford 06118-3515
John Frey, 2 Copps Hill Rd., Ridgefield 06877-4013
Linda Gentile, 158 Hodge Ave., Ansonia 06401-3236
Robert Sanchez, 269 Washington St., New Britain 06051-1024
Minnie Gonzalez, 97 Amity St., Hartford 06106-1001
Ezequiel Santiago, 991 State St., Bridgeport 06605-1504
Jeffrey Berger, 134 Gaylord Dr., Waterbury 06708-2181
Auden Grogins, 155 Brewster St., Apt 5L, Bridgeport 06605-3111
Hilda Santiago, 86 South Ave., Fl 3, Meriden 06451-7624
DebraLee Hovey, 296 Fan Hill Rd., Monroe 06468-1329
Bob Godfrey, 13 Stillman Ave., Danbury 06810-8007
Antonio Guerrera, 194 Catherine Dr., Rocky Hill 06067-1096
Brian Sear, 11 N Canterbury Rd., Canterbury 06331-1209
Elizabeth Ritter, 24 Old Mill Rd., Quaker Hill 06375-1319
Tony Hwang, PO Box 762, Fairfield 06824-0762
Joseph Serra, PO Box 233, Middletown 06457-0233
Gregg Haddad, 28 Storrs Heights Rd., Storrs Mansfield 06268-2322
John Hampton, 33 West Mountain, Simsbury 06092
Charlie Stallworth, 35 Wickliffe Cir., Bridgeport 06606-1929
Themis Klarides, 23 East Ct., Derby 06418-2640
Noreen Kokoruda, 85 Liberty St., Madison 06443-3258
Jonathan Steinberg, 1 Bushy Ridge Rd., Westport 06880-2104
Jack Hennessy, 556 Savoy St., Bridgeport 06606-4125
Tag Archive: Second Amendment
” Just when residents of San Diego thought they finally had won back the right to bear arms in the county, state politicians used dirty tactics to try to block it.
Late Thursday, California State Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition on behalf of the state to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review and reverse its decision in Peruta v. County of San Diego. That ruling two weeks ago said the county’s restrictive concealed carry permit laws that required “good cause” were unconstitutional.
This comes just one week after San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said he would not seek en banc review and would start issuing permits based on self-defense once the appeals court decision was finalized.
Ms. Harris wrote in the filing that the state should be allowed to intervene in the case because “this case draws into question the constitutionality of the State’s statutory scheme regulating the public carrying of firearms.” She added that the “existing parties will not adequately represent the State’s interests.”
Chuck Michel is the west coast counsel for the National Rifle Association, which funded the lawsuit. He said Ms. Harris‘ motion to intervene was far out of line because her office wasn’t part of the lawsuit, despite repeated requests from both plaintiffs and Sheriff Gore to get involved. “
” New York’s affiliate of the National Rifle Association has seen its membership explode in the months since Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed new and strict gun control measures. Now, the state chapter has the largest membership roll in the country.
“ Membership growth over the past year has pushed [the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association] into the top spot over the Texas State Rifle Association and California Rifle & Pistol Association,” the chapter said on its website, Newsmax reported.
“I think it sends a message to all the anti-gun politicians, all the politicians sitting on the fence, that yes, if they thought that we were quiet and this was going to go away without anyone paying any more attention to it, they were just flat-out wrong,” Mr. King told the newspaper.”
” The Supreme Court rarely takes up Second Amendment cases, so when it does, gun owners know their rights are in the cross hairs.
The Abramski ruling will be key to determining how far President Obama can push his gun-control agenda. Mr. Obama wants to expand background checks to include private transactions so that the government would know exactly who has a gun. That is not what the Founding Fathers intended.
On Wednesday, the high court heard oral arguments in Bruce J. Abramski v. United States. The justices will decide whether to overturn an appeals court decision that said Mr. Abramski broke federal straw purchasing laws when he bought a gun with the intent to resell it to his elderly uncle, even though neither man is prohibited from ownership.
The court will have to reconcile conflicting rulings in lower appeals courts on whether a gun purchaser’s intent to ever transfer a gun in the future to a legal person is relevant in the background check at the time of purchase.
Mr. Abramski, a former police officer, bought the firearm in his home state of Virginia in 2009 because he could get a good price as former law enforcement.”
” Piers Morgan had the chance to interview the sheriff, Chris Nocco, of the county where a man was shot in a movie theater last week.
Rather than just trying to get some information from Nocco on the crime, Morgan, of course, has to try to steer the discussion on to the topic of gun control.
However, Nocco wasn’t having any of it. Nocco repeatedly reiterated the fact that the victim in this case was killed by another person, not a gun.
Nocco went on to point out that, yes, some people are killed by gun violence, but there are just as many, or more, people who use firearms for self defense everyday (as we document on this website).
Nocco also pointed out that if guns are outlawed, criminals will still get them through illegal means.”
Read more at Guns Save Lives
” In what could be described as a Michelin Restaurant Guide for concealed carry weapon owners, a new pro-gun group is setting up a registry of restaurants where firearms are welcome.
2Amendment.org, going by the name 2AO, was created by restauranteur Bryan Crosswhite, according to The Washington Times.
“ We want to make it something for business owners who are pro-Second Amendment,” Crosswhite told The Times. “A sticker on the door, just like Zagat [Survey], and that way people who want to do business with pro-Second Amendment companies will automatically connect with those Second Amendment companies.”
In addition to a notice on the door, patrons will be able to find gun-friendly restaurants on the website’s registry, by entering their location on a computer or smart phone. The registry is expected to be up and running sometime this month.”
” Gun control advocates won a major victory Tuesday, but the fight over New York’s SAFE Act is far from over.
An appeal of Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny’s decision upholding most of the new law is all but guaranteed.
And that appeal may come from supporters of the law, as well.
“ I think there’s going to be appeals on both sides,” said Brian T. Stapleton, a lawyer for the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, one of the groups fighting the law.
Stapleton’s prediction is based on Skretny’s decision to uphold two key elements of the law, the state’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and his rejection of a third component, the seven-round limit for magazines.
The judge called the seven-round limit “tenuous, strained and unsupported.” “
See this related article on compliance and enforcement …
” “People know that registration leads to confiscation,” said Jacob Rieper, a spokesman for the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, referring to the portion of the law that requires anyone possessing a military-style assault rifle on Jan. 15 register it by April 15.
Failure to do so is a misdemeanor. But Rieper and other gun-rights advocates predict many owners will run the risk, which may not be much of a gamble if their belief that local police, sheriffs and the state police will not go out of their way to aggressively enforce the law holds true.
“ The rank-and-file troopers don’t want anything to do with it,” state Assemblyman Bill Nojay, a Republican from suburban Rochester, said on Monday. “I don’t know of a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it.
“ If you don’t have the troopers and you don’t have the sheriffs, who have you got? You’ve got (Gov.) Andrew Cuomo pounding on the table in Albany,” Nojay said.”
Do Not Comply …
“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”
” The citizen control lobby keeps trying to strip Americans of their unalienable rights, and liberty lovers keep punching back twice as hard.
Two Republican legislators propose eliminating the license required to carry a concealed handgun in Ohio, a change one describes as an effort to put Second Amendment rights on the same footing as others in the Bill of Rights.”
” Trolling. That’s the word that comes to mind when I read Lt. Col. Robert L. Bateman’s editorial on the Second Amendment in Esquire.
He’s got to be trolling the gun community. Either that or he’s bat-shit crazy. Those are the only two conclusions this humble writer can draw from reading his piece entitled, “It’s Time to Talk About Guns and the Supreme Court.”
Seriously, no solemn individual — let alone an officer who swears to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic — says what he said with a straight face.
Consequently, he proposes a six-point platform that drastically curtails the Second Amendments rights of law-abiding citizens. As you’ll read below, it includes, severe restrictions on the types of guns one can own, confiscatory polices for guns that fall outside those categories, an end to police auctions that sell firearms, a nationwide federally-funded ‘gun buyback’ program, a 400 percent tax hike on ammo, the nationalization of gun manufacturers among others:
1. The only guns permitted will be the following:
a. Smoothbore or Rifled muzzle-loading blackpowder muskets. No 7-11 in history has ever been held up with one of these.
b. Double-barrel breech-loading shotguns. Hunting with these is valid.
c. Bolt-action rifles with a magazine capacity no greater than five rounds. Like I said, hunting is valid. But if you cannot bring down a defenseless deer in under five rounds, then you have no fking reason to be holding a killing tool in the first place.
2. We will pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers. That is because I am willing to wait until you die, hopefully of natural causes. Guns, except for the three approved categories, cannot be inherited. When you die your weapons must be turned into the local police department, which will then destroy them. (Weapons of historical significance will be de-milled, but may be preserved.)
3. Police departments are no longer allowed to sell or auction weapons used in crimes after the cases have been closed. (That will piss off some cops, since they really need this money. But you know what they need more? Less violence and death. By continuing the process of weapon recirculation, they are only making their jobs — or the jobs of some other cops — harder.)
4. We will submit a new tax on ammunition. In the first two years it will be 400 percent of the current retail cost of that type of ammunition. (Exemptions for the ammo used by the approved weapons.) Thereafter it will increase by 20 percent per year.
5. We will initiate a nationwide “buy-back” program, effective immediately, with the payouts coming from the DoD budget. This buy-back program will start purchasing weapons at 200 percent of their face value the first year, 150 percent the second year, 100 percent the third year. Thereafter there will be a 10 year pause, at which point the guns can be sold to the government at 10 percent of their value for the next 50 years.
6. The major gun manufactures of the United States, less those who create weapons for the federal government and the armed forces, will be bought out by the United States of America, for our own damned good.
He can’t be serious.”
This man must be insane . Has he forgotten his oath to “support and defend” the Constitution ? Just in case , here it is as a reminder of what we pay him for :
The wordings of the current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers are as follows:
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).
“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)
The Examiner offers a frank refutation of the Col.’s assertions as does the Sipsey Street Irregulars , and you can read previous articles written by Lt. Colonel Bateman who is a contributor to the Small Wars Journal . An attempt to uncover contact info for the Colonel so that our readers could let him know their thoughts has been unsuccessful .
Update 06:10 EST … Some more diligent bloggers have come up with a more comprehensive bio on Lt Col Bateman and his businesses including links to DHS … no surprise there … he fits right in with the storm trooper crowd . Anyway you can contact the Colonel here . Please be polite . Thanks to TeaParty.org for their investigative work .
” A full-time professor on the faculty of the newly-minted Texas A&M University School of Law called for the repeal and replacement of the Second Amendment on Friday.
The professor, Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose, made her controversial declaration during a day-long panel symposium on gun control and the Second Amendment at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.
UConn’s main student-run journal, The Connecticut Law Review, organized the event, according to Connecticut Public Radio. It was well-attended, primarily by law students, law professors and local attorneys.”
As far as we are concerned any so-called “law professor” that advocates repealing ANY part of the Bill of Rights is unworthy of the title and the profession . The whole progressive notion that the Constitution is some sort of living , breathing , open to re-interpretation document is ridiculous on it’s face . God given rights don’t exist and reign supreme for centuries only to be suddenly determined obsolete by a more “enlightened” society .
The difference is not in the times that the rights are being applied , the difference lies in the mindset of the people that find themselves hamstrung by those rights . We don’t live in a more dangerous world that requires more State intervention , we live in a world where too much State intervention has rendered the populace helpless through generations of mindless indoctrination from the State school system and the State run media .
The difference between the time when all revered the 2nd amendment as they revered the others and today is not a matter of changing times and/or circumstances but of a changed attitude by our “betters” who would have us all as chattel , to think as we are told and to do as we are told and the 2nd amendment is a serious impediment to their Statist ambitions .
Remember too that the battle for individual liberty is not taking place solely on the 2nd amendment battlefield but rages on all fronts while Congress , NSA , DHS and others deprive us of our 1st and 4th amendment rights and president Obama and his drones are carpet bombing amendments 5 though 8 into oblivion .
Just so it’s fresh in everyone’s mind these are the bedrock principles of human dignity and self-governance that have , in two brief centuries , raised our country from an upstart colony to undisputed (for now) leader of the world . The Bill of Rights has enjoyed near universal respect throughout the vast majority of that time and only now as the progressive dream for America heads for the dustbin of history does a certain faction posit the notion the our historic charter is “out-dated” or in need of “revision” .
It’s merely a variation of the Left’s signature modus vivendi … moving the goalposts/changing the rules whenever they are exposed as the charlatans that they are … NONSENSE … The Document is as timeless as all freeman’s rights .
- Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
- Right to keep and bear arms
A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
- Conditions for quarters of soldiers
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
- Right of search and seizure regulated
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- Provisons concerning prosecution
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
- Right to a speedy trial, witnesses, etc.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
- Right to a trial by jury
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
- Excessive bail, cruel punishment
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
- Rule of construction of Constitution
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
- Rights of the States under Constitution
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
” The Senate’s official website page on the Constitution says the Second Amendment right to bear arms could be a collective right, not an individual freedom.
The website explains the Second Amendment this way: “Whether this provision protects the individual’s right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated.”
The Bill of Rights, however, was the Founding Father’s way of guaranteeing each and every individual their “unalienable rights,” as “endowed” by God. On top of that, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled — at least twice in the past five years — that the Second Amendment is an individual right, Breitbart reported.”
” In April, the Senate rejected the Toomey-Manchin gun control proposal. In the wake of its defeat many asked why gun owners and their organizations resisted so limited a measure. Granted, it would have had little but symbolic benefit. Its core was to require background checks at gun shows (which Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded involved a whole 0.8 percent of crime guns) and on Internet gun sales (a miniscule proportion, most of which probably go through licensed dealers anyway). But why not accept something so modest, in light of the draconian ideas then being floated as alternatives?
Understanding the rejection requires understanding gun owners’ shared experiences. Compromise requires that both parties relinquish something. If your counterpart’s position is “give me this now, and I’ll take the rest later,” there is no real compromise to be had. Over decades, that has been precisely the experience of American gun owners.
Back in 1976, Pete Shields, chairman of what is today the Brady Campaign, candidly laid out the blueprint for The New Yorker:
” We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States — is going to take time. My estimate is from seven to ten years. The problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns sold in this country. The second problem is to get them all registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition — except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors — totally illegal.” “
” Our gun grabber in chief spoke this weekend about the Zimmerman acquittal. Just as he used the Sandy Hook tragedy to immediately call for the destruction of our Constitution, he’s now calling for more gun control in the wake of the Zimmerman trial. As surreal as it may seem, I’m not making this up.Here’s what Obama said the day after Zimmerman was found not guilty.
” We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this [Zimmerman case]. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.” “
“ Missouri schools will be encouraged to teach first-graders a gun safety course sponsored by the National Rifle Association as a result of legislation signed Friday by Gov. Jay Nixon.
The new law stops short of requiring schools to teach the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program. But by putting it in state law, Missouri is providing one of the stronger state-sanctioned endorsements of the NRA-sponsored firearms safety course, which the group says is taught to about 1 million children annually.
The legislation also transfers the responsibility for issuing identification cards for concealed gun permits from driver’s license clerks to local sheriffs. That change was prompted by concerns that the state licensing agency’s procedures had infringed on people’s privacy rights.”
” Liberals are trying every tool at their disposal this year to go after guns. They have failed on Capitol Hill to restrict the Second Amendment, so they are moving through the states to enact their agenda. The latest maneuver is to hike the tax on guns and ammunition to dissuade the law-abiding from buying firearms. It’s the perfect storm of liberalism — more revenue for a bigger government and fewer people keeping and bearing arms.
President Obama’s hometown of Chicago started the movement late last year by enacting a $25 tax on new firearm purchases, which went into effect on April 1. Cook County stopped just short of adding a levy on ammunition.
In February, Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, California Democrat, and 26 of the most uber-liberals in the House introduced a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to create an excise tax of 10 percent on any concealable gun in order to empower Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to establish a firearms buy-back grant program. Since the Newtown, Conn., school-shootings tragedy, anti-gun states across the nation have introduced similar measures.
A new bill in the House would prevent this infringement on the Second Amendment. Rep. Sam Graves introduced legislation on June 13 that would make it illegal for states and municipalities to raise taxes or fees on firearms and ammunition. The Missouri Republican’s proposal would also prevent raising taxes in order to pay for background checks. “The Constitution says ‘shall not infringe,’ ” Mr. Graves told me in an interview Thursday.
These costly measures disproportionately affect lower-income people, who often live in higher-crime areas. Along with other costly mandates, such as maintaining liability insurance, these restrictions would likely be overturned as unconstitutional by the courts.
“This is no different than a poll tax — but on the Second Amendment,” said Lawrence Keane, general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “These anti-gun politicians are clearly trying to unduly burden the exercise of the Second Amendment by pricing firearms and ammunition out of reach of many law-abiding Americans. Mr. Graves’ bill will put a stop to these sinister schemes.”
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“Introducing new shooters to the act of actually firing a gun. Bringing new people into the world of firearms, shooting and gun ownership is one of the most important things you can do to help preserve your Second Amendment rights.”
” Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced an amendment last night to H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA), to prohibit federal funding for the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) for one year. The amendment was adopted unanimously by the House of Representatives by a voice vote and included in the final passage of the NDAA, which Rep. Kelly voted to support.”
- NRA-ILA | House adopts Kelly amendment to ban funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty (grindaline.wordpress.com)
- Breaking : House Unanimously Votes To Ban Any Funding Towards The UN Arms Trade Treaty (amresolution.com)
- House adopts Kelly amendment to ban funding for UN Arms Trade Treaty (nraila.org)
- House Defunds Arms Trade Treaty (ConservativeActionAlerts.com)
- Kerry Welcomes U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, Ignoring Senate Opposition (cnsnews.com)
- UN Arms Trade Treaty Opposed By 130 Members Of Congress (freedomoutpost.com)
- Obama to Sign U.N. Firearms Treaty Rejected by Senate (tatoott1009.com)
” Not everyone in Los Angeles, California, is brain dead when it comes to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Trust me. Not only do I live in sunny LA, but UCLA Constitutional Law Professor Adam Winkler also resides in the area.
Winkler, as some of you may know, is the author of the highly touted, “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” a book that examines the debate over gun control in a reasonable and unbiased manner.
Well, on the heels of a mass shooting near Santa Monica College this past Friday that left five people dead, including the gunman, and at least five people injured, local pundits, lawmakers and pro-gun control activists were trumpeting for tighter restrictions on gun ownership in a place that already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.
By their logic, the deranged shooter with a history of mental illness and an interest in bomb making, 23-year-old John Zawahiri, who carried an AR-15 and .44 revolver along with 1,300 rounds of ammo, most of which was loaded in 30-round magazines, might have been stopped if their were stricter gun laws in place.”
” In response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s national anti-gun ad campaign, the Second Amendment Foundation today launched a public education and awareness effort on more than 160 radio station websites and the Fox News Radio website.
The audio spots and banner advertisements will run in conjunction with streamed nationally-syndicated talk radio programs including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Michael Medved, among others to explain its legal and educational efforts and encourage public support.
Major radio stations and markets will include WABC, New York City; KABC, Los Angeles; WBBM, Chicago; WNTP, Philadelphia; KLIF, Dallas; KGO, San Francisco; WBZ, Boston; WWRC, Washington, D.C., and markets in Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis and Detroit.”
- SAF Responds to Bloomberg with a National Education Campaign (canadafreepress.com)
- Second Amendment Foundation threatens to sue 35 Md. counties (baltimorenewsjournal.com)
- BULLET POINT: Gun Crimes Dropping Despite Public Perception (foxnews.com)
- SAF Lauds Illinois Lawmakers On CCW Bill Forced By Landmark Lawsuit (prnewswire.com)
- Second Amendment Foundation Wins Permanent Injunction v. Illinois Public Housing Gun Ban (gunwatch.blogspot.com)
” Let me quickly dispel any thoughts you may have that the average working cop is coming for your guns. You should not remotely consider that Police Chiefs (and I mean specifically Police Chiefs, not Sheriffs) speak for those whom they command. They most certainly do not! Police Chiefs are politically appointed administrators who, for fear of losing their cushy jobs, toe the line of the of the city officials who appointed them. Those people who work under the police chief have absolutely no say in the chief’s selection, and more often than not, the chief and those who work under him/her are often at odds over many things, including how to run the day to day operations of the department.
To lend a little credibility to my claim that line-level cops are supportive of gun rights, I offer a survey conducted by POLICE Magazine in which they concluded “More than 88 percent of a diverse population of American law enforcement officers who read POLICE Magazine gave a thumbs up to the Second Amendment of the Constitution.” That survey is not the only one conducted of cops which showed overwhelming support for citizen’s rights to guns. Noted gun rights supporter and author, John Lott documents several surveys with similar results here.”
” Organizers staunchly opposed to the policy decisions of Sen. Angela Giron said on Monday they plan to submit more than 13,500 signatures to the secretary of state’s office in an effort to drive the state lawmaker out of office.
Giron, a Pueblo Democrat, is the focus of a recalleffort for her support this past legislative session of new gun-control laws that do everything from require universal background checks on all firearms sales and transfers to limits on ammunition magazines.
Organizers vying to oust Giron had to submit at least 11,285 signatures to the secretary of state’s office — which is the total needed for verification to move forward with a recall.”