Wednesday, June 19, 2013
An important one from David Codrea: Laws discriminate against sex as well as age in Illinois FOID case
Females are clearly being discriminated against by federal law, as they are excluded from recognition as members of the unorganized militia on the basis of sex. That such a law would withstand challenge is doubtful without a redefinition of militia composition to recognize the realities of the role women are capable of and entitled to. That this law has been allowed to stand as written for so long, and that no bill has been introduced to recognize discriminatory exclusions that can be used to deny standing to women, is a discussion Gun Rights Examiner hopes to start with this column.
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I generally (try to) read your site through the RSS feed, so I can carry the essays with me and peruse them at my leisure. However, recently, many your feed entries have been just the "Doctrine of the Three Percent", with no text. The last actual post I got was the 14th of June entry on the Peggy Noonan article. All the article titles show up in the feed just fine, and the preview of the article is there, but opening the article just shows the Doctrine. Feeds from other sites seem to be coming in fine, so I'm suspecting something is getting chewed up by whatever software creates your RSS feed updates.
Anybody have any ideas on how to fix this problem?
"An officer kneed Musso and he was then Tasered by another officer and brought to the ground before being taken into custody."
Fun times with the Bloomberg astro-turf bus. Police Taser Gun Rights Advocate at Anti-Gun Violence Rally .
And then there's this from Weasel Zippers: UNREAL: Anti-Gun Rally Held By Bloomberg’s Group Mentions Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev As A Victim Of Gun Violence…
It was an NRA tee shirt that got Jared Marcum in trouble -- but it is GOA which is doing something about it.
Gun Owners Foundation has come to the defense of a West Virginia teenager who is actually being prosecuted (a.k.a., persecuted) for his pro-gun views.Jared Marcum wore a T-shirt to his Logan County middle school in West Virginia on April 18 — a decision that has since sparked a national controversy.No, Jared’s T-shirt did not depict a Muslim beheading a victim while shouting Alahu Akhbar! Such depictions of violence would violate the school’s dress code.Jared’s T-shirt depicted a hunting rifle with the message: “Protect Your Right.” And now, he faces up to a year in jail for doing so!The outrageousness of this case has prompted the involvement of Gun Owners Foundation, which has agreed to help Jared pro bono.
Ms. Horsley's parents assert that at the age of 18--old enough to serve in the military (and indeed to join without her parents' permission), using some of the most powerful weapons in the history of humanity--she is not old enough for the responsibility of possessing a double barrel shotgun to defend her life. At 18, that is no longer their judgment to make.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The bill being crafted by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) would allow for the ATF’s functions to be shifted to another agency, such as the FBI, effectively bypassing the need for the Senate to confirm a director of the embattled bureau.“It strikes me that if the Senate has not confirmed the head of an agency as important as this, after a certain period of time, that we should transfer the jurisdiction of that agency to the FBI for example, which has a long-term director,” Durbin told The Hill.
Riiight. First, they wouldn't be able to get it past the House and second, the FBI will make sure it never happens because they don't want the mission. The J.Edgar files would come out to defend themselves from that tar baby.
Well, folks, we've made our minimum of 100 on the magazines to smuggle into Colorado -- and then some. The generosity of my readers never ceases to amaze me. Along with magazines, I've received brass and even bullets to enhance my reloading efforts in the same boxes, and of course voluntary donations for gas and expenses. God bless you all.
The problem is that as yet the plan for distributing them has yet to come together. There is a civil disobedience already planned for Custer County on the 4th, but we are given to understand (after an initial invitation by organizers) that they "don't want outsiders" there, Custer County would be a great place to do it because the sheriff there is one of the ones who has signed onto the lawsuit against the intolerable act, and says he won't enforce it, so politically it would be a two-fer. Since I'm going to be out in Colorado anyway, I may cover the event for Sipsey Street because the civil disobedience is news in and of itself.
The other possibility is a 1 July civil disobedience planned for the statehouse steps in Denver, but I am awaiting more information on that. This action, planned on Facebook, is described this way:
1- This isn't a political rally. There will be no guest speakers sound systems mc's or dj's. The time for talking about action is over. This is about willful civil disobedience on the doorstep of those who feign to be our rulers.2-this is a protest of the new state law. As it is being done in Denver, I suggest everyone bring or exchange magazines that come as close to the 15 round unit as possible while still going over.3- There is a real possibility of arrest here. with that in mind, I don't recommend bringing mags you cant afford to lose, and i do not recommend carrying."
The organizer is Ryan Tuleja and I am waiting for some more info from him. Previously I had been persuaded by Colorado friends that doing anything in Denver was more than problematic if the crowd numbers were not there. If I'm going to certainly be arrested (as seems to be Tuleja's plan for himself), I don't need a hundred magazines, just one. Perhaps it will be possible to do all three -- participate in the 1 July action in Denver, get bailed out of jail (assuming the bail money can be raised), cover the 4 July action in Custer County AND smuggle in the 100 magazines (with suitable press coverage).
That is how my mind is trending at the moment.
Madigan's stall tactics are a transparent attempt to inflict the most restrictive, intrusive and unworkable defensive firearm carry law possible on the people of Illinois. At the same time, while she stalls, Illinoisans are being forced to choose between "law abiding" (and thus defenseless against predatory muggers, rapists and murderers), and prepared to defend themselves (and thus "gun criminals," as per a law already ruled to be unconstitutional, but still enforced in 99 of the state's 102 counties). The Supreme Court has no business helping her in that endeavor.