Biden Told Voters Second Amendment, DOES NOT Protect Individual Right

H/T AmmoLand.

Joe Pee Pads Biden will be a disaster for gun owners and the Second Amendment.

Kamala Knee Pads Harris is as bad if not worse.



U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- During a September 2019 “town hall” hosted by New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made clear that he does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was incorrect.

During the event, Biden was asked, “Do you agree with the D.C. v. Heller decision in regards to protecting the individual right to bear arms that are in common use and which are utilized for lawful purposes?”

Biden responded in part, “If I were on the court I wouldn’t have made the same ruling. OK, that’s number one.”

Later, the noted resume padder and law school plagiarist boasted,

 

And I taught for years Constitutional law and separation of powers, I taught the Second Amendment. And the Second Amendment is not absolute. And we can argue, the fundamental argument is well-regulated militia and all those things, I won’t get into that. I think that the fundamental argument is the reason that was given as a right because we needed to be able to muster people to deal with an enemy called Great Britain we were fighting in a war.

Aside from his denunciation of Heller and denial that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, Biden also displayed a fundamental misunderstanding of the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment was not “given as a right” by the U.S. Constitution. Rather, as the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in Heller, the Second Amendment protects a right that pre-existed the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Biden’s position on Heller and the Second Amendment is in line with that of his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

As District Attorney of San Francisco, Harris signed on to an amicus curiae brief in Heller that argued the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right to keep and bear arms.

Advocating against the individual right to keep and bear arms, the brief argued,

courts have consistently sustained criminal firearms laws against Second Amendment challenges by holding that, inter alia, (i) the Second Amendment provides only a militia-related right to bear arms, (ii) the Second Amendment does not apply to legislation passed by state or local governments,

According to the document, the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right, but rather, the lower court in Heller “create[d]” this right. The brief stated,

The lower court’s decision, however, creates a broad private right to possess any firearm that is a “lineal descendant” of a founding-era weapon and that is in “common use” with a “military application” today.

Biden’s position on the Second Amendment is also in alignment with recent versions of the Democratic Party Platform. The 2004, 2008, and 2012 editions of the party platform recognized that the Second Amendment protects an individual right. Such recognition of the Second Amendment was conspicuously absent from the 2016 and 2020 versions of the platform.

The Democratic presidential ticket’s rejection of the correct interpretation of the Second Amendment helps to explain the pair’s advocacy for blatantly unconstitutional gun control measures. Both Biden and Harris have called to ban and confiscate commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. Biden has made clear that his desired ban would extend to arguably the most popular firearms in America – 9mm pistols. The Heller decision made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to own firearms “in common use” for lawful purposes like self-defense.

It is hard to overemphasize the extremism of the Democratic presidential ticket’s position on the Second Amendment. A February 2008 USA Today/Gallup poll conducted prior to the Heller decision, asked those surveyed, “Do you believe the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns, or do you believe it only guarantees members of state militias such as National Guard units the right to own guns?”

The response was unambiguous; 73-percent responded that the Second Amendment guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns, while a mere 20-percent limited that right to state militia members.

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted shortly after the Heller decision, in July 2008, mirrored these results. This poll asked respondents, “Would you support or oppose amending the United States Constitution to ban individual gun ownership?”78-percent opposed such a measure, while only 17-percent were found to be in favor.

And in May 2009, CNN and ORC conducted a similar poll that asked “Which of the following comes closer to your interpretation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? In addition to addressing the need for citizen-militias, it was intended to give individual Americans the right to keep and bear arms for their own defense. It was only intended to preserve the existence of citizen-militias, and does not give individual Americans the right to keep and bear arms for their own defense.” Once again, the American public made their position clear; with 77-percent choosing “individual gun ownership” to 21-percent answering “only citizen-militias.”

Knowing that Biden’s true position on the Second Amendment is political poison, the Biden campaign and its surrogates have done their best to hide the candidate’s views.

In March, when a pro-gun Michigan autoworker accurately confronted Biden about the candidate’s attacks on the Second Amendment, a visibly defensive Biden responded that the worker was “full of s***.”Biden went on to falsely claim “I support the Second Amendment.”

More recently, longtime gun control activist John Rosenthal made the ludicrous claim that “a vote for Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress will…protect gun rights for law-abiding gun owners…” Rosenthal didn’t address how Biden will go about protecting a right that the candidate does not acknowledge exists.

The importance of Biden’s radical view of the Second Amendment cannot be overstated. The fate of the Second Amendment literally hangs in the balance of this election.

Poem – “The Conversion”

Pacific Paratrooper

From the C.B.I. Theater of operation Roundup newsletter came this poem of wisdom.  Just something to keep in mind – no matter what theater of operations OR which war the veteran emerges from….

THE CONVERSION

When bugles sound their final notes
And bombs explode no more
And we return to what we did
Before we went to war
The sudden shift of status
On the ladder of success
Will make some worthy gentlemen
Feel like an awful mess.

Just think of some poor captain
Minus all his silver bars
Standing up behind some counter
Selling peanuts and cigars
And think of all the majors
When their oak leaf’s far behind
And the uniforms they’re wearing
is the Western Union kind.

 

Shed a tear for some poor colonel
if he doesn’t feel himself
Jerking sodas isn’t easy
When the eagle’s on the shelf
‘Tis a bitter pill to swallow
‘Tis…

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36 Virginians Hit By State’s “Red Flag Law” So Far

H/T   Bearing Arms.

How many more Virginians will be targeted by the states Dangerous Red Flag Law?

Do red flag laws make anyone safer?

Well, that’s a discussion we can certainly have. It should be right up there with whether it actually matters one way or another when it comes to a fundamental human right as the right to keep and bear arms.

 

For proponents of these laws, though, it often seems like the safety argument vanishes after these laws are passed. Instead, they use a different metric to determine whether or not the law is working or not.

That process is starting in Virginia.

At least three dozen Virginia residents have been prohibited temporarily or potentially permanently from having firearms or purchasing them based on a new state law allowing authorities to convince a judge that a person would be a danger to themselves or others.

The “red flag” law creating the petition for substantial risk orders began July 1, as one of many gun-related restrictions approved this year by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.

Twenty-six temporary and 10 potentially permanent orders were issued in July and August, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The numbers came from the Virginia State Police, which operates the Virginia Firearm Transaction Center. The state police is prohibited from releasing details about the orders.

Of course, it should be remembered that temporary orders are issued on what amounts to hearsay evidence by third parties presented to a judge who issues a ruling without ever having spoken with the individual in question. Further, none of the people involved in the process are mental health professionals who may actually be qualified to judge someone’s mental state.

Instead, it’s a couple of people who don’t necessarily understand psychology rendering a decision about whether another person gets to exercise a basic human right.

There’s a lot we don’t know about these 36 individuals, such as what kind of threat they supposedly presented. Further, while we don’t know for sure, we can assume that none of have carried out any kind of murder or taken their own life following the orders being issued.

For proponents, that just proves they work, but that’s not necessarily true. After all, there are tons of ways to kill yourself or someone else without ever touching a firearm. If someone was that determined, they’d do it regardless of the order.

And that’s another problem with the orders. They leave the supposedly dangerous person to roam the streets. If someone is that big of a threat, shouldn’t you use the tools already available to commit them at least temporarily? Then it won’t matter if they have access to guns, knives, or high explosives at their home. They won’t be at their homes in the first place, but somewhere they can be evaluated by people who actually know what the hell they’re talking about.

We’ll have to wait and see just how things shake out in the long term, but don’t expect to see anything else from Virginia other than raw numbers of how many orders are issued and a lot of preening from supporters of the law that claim those numbers show just how well the orders are working.

Especially if homicide and suicide rates don’t decrease.

 

 

Why Biden Can’t Be Trusted To Stop At “Assault Rifles”

H/T Bearing Arms.

Joe Pee Pads Biden like all gun grabbers you give him an inch he will take a mile.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has a long history in politics. Through most of that time, he’s been pretty anti-gun. In fact, one of his legislative “accomplishments” has been the passage of the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban. He’s pretty proud of that.

As president, he says he’ll resurrect the ban. That would be the same ban that has been shown to have had zero impact on crime, for the record.

 

That ban is a problem for most of us in the gun rights community. Further, I’m of the opinion that following the Heller decision, it wouldn’t even be constitutional. Yet he’s still going to push for it.

When gun rights people claim that Biden is going to take our guns, though, fact-checkers love step in and claim he’s said no such thing.

Sure…but there’s a problem. See, there’s no reason to believe he’d stop at assault weapons, even if we didn’t care about those guns. He doesn’t see the Second Amendment as an individual right.

During a September 2019 “townhall” hosted by New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made clear that he does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was incorrect.

During the event, Biden was asked, “Do you agree with the D.C. v. Heller decision in regards to protecting the individual right to bear arms that are in common use and which are utilized for lawful purposes?”

Biden responded in part, “If I were on the court I wouldn’t have made the same ruling. OK, that’s number one.”

Later, the noted resume padder and law school plagiarist boasted,

And I taught for years Constitutional law and separation of powers, I taught the Second Amendment. And the Second Amendment is not absolute. And we can argue, the fundamental argument is well regulated militia and all those things, I won’t get into that. I think that the fundamental argument is the reason that was given as a right because we needed to be able to muster people to deal with an enemy called Great Britain we were fighting in a war.

Aside from his denunciation of Heller and denial that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, Biden also displayed a fundamental misunderstanding of the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment was not “given as a right”by the U.S. Constitution. Rather, as the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in Heller, the Second Amendment protects a right that pre-existed the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

In other words, he doesn’t believe that you, as an individual, has a right to keep and bear arms. That tells us he thinks the Second Amendment prevents the government from barring states from having guns. He doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with completely disarming you or me.

Now, with that view firmly in mind, I’d love for someone to tell me how anyone could trust Biden to just stop at assault weapons? Don’t get me wrong, his position on any gun control firmly rules him unfit for public office, but the fact that he rejects the idea that the Second Amendment protects an individual right is especially problematic.

If the right to keep and bear arms isn’t an individual one, then what’s to stop him from next coming after bolt-action rifles that he’d likely deem “sniper rifles” or something similar? What about him coming after handguns? After all, handguns are the weapon of choice for most criminals. If you think gun control will stop criminals, you’re going to have to come to the conclusion that handguns are a problem sooner or later.

The truth of the matter is that the moment Biden would take office, all of our Second Amendment rights are up for grabs. He won’t stop at assault weapons.

That’s just his starting position.

Arrest Made in Case of Poisoned Letter Sent to Trump

H/T  Western Journal.

Lock her ass up and throw away the key.

A Canadian woman has been arrested in connection with a letter containing ricin that was sent to President Donald Trump.

The woman, whose name was not immediately released, was deported by U.S. officials last year after being arrested in Texas, according to The New York Times.

She was detained on Sunday while trying to enter the United States at the border of New York state and is being held pending charges that are expected to be filed against her on Monday.

According to law enforcement officials, the woman had a gun on her at the time of her arrest, CNN reported.

Although non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada has been banned during the battle against the coronavirus, some limited travel remains. According to WGRZ-TV, the woman was arrested at the Peace Bridge, which connects Buffalo, New York, with Canada.

Last week, envelopes containing ricin were sent to Trump as well as a sheriff’s office and detention facility in Texas. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened before it ever gets to the White House.

Ricin is a highly toxic substance produced from the waste of making castor oil.

 

The woman was arrested in March 2019 in Mission, Texas, for possession of an unlicensed weapon, resisting arrest and carrying a fake driver’s license, the Times reported, quoting what it said was a “senior intelligence official.”

While in jail, officials found she had overstayed a six-month visa and violated the terms of her passport by committing a crime. She was then deported.

CNN quoted what it said was a “person familiar with the investigation” as saying the letter was mailed from St. Hubert, Quebec.

The Times said its sources said officials found no link between the letter and terrorist groups.

“An arrest was made of an individual allegedly responsible for sending a suspicious letter,” the FBI said in a statement. “The investigation is ongoing.”

“We are aware of the concerning reports of packages containing ricin directed toward US federal government sites,” Mary-Liz Power, chief spokeswoman for Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair, said to CNN.

“Canadian law enforcement is working closely with their US counterparts. As this is an active investigation we cannot comment further.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it takes a “deliberate act” to try and poison someone with ricin.

“It would take a deliberate act to make ricin and use it to poison people,” the CDC says.

“Unintentional exposure to ricin is highly unlikely, except through the ingestion of castor beans.”

There is no known antidote for the poison.

“Because no antidote exists for ricin, the most important factor is avoiding ricin exposure in the first place,” the CDC says.

“If exposure cannot be avoided, the most important factor is then getting the ricin off or out of the body as quickly as possible.”

Philadelphia Residents Face Months-Long Wait to Apply for Gun-Carry Permits

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The pitfalls of trying to exercise your Second Amendment Rights in a DemocRat controlled city and state.

State law requires cities to process applications within 45 days.

Philadelphia residents say the city is forcing them to wait months to apply for gun-carry permits—far beyond the 45-day window required by law—at a time when gun sales are surging in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread rioting.

The delays have left some Philadelphians fearing for their safety. James Tordella, a medical supply salesman, is caught in the permit backlog. He was not surprised when basic services in the city faltered during the pandemic, but did not think dysfunction would apply to his attempt to exercise his Second Amendment rights.

“S—’s not easy in Philadelphia,” Tordella said. “I’m not sure the city is actually trying to stomp on my rights—they may just be grossly incompetent.”

The uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, recent rioting in the city, and a spike in killings pushed several residents who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon to seek out licenses that would enable them to carry their legal weapons with them. Their ordeal sheds light on the effects the chaos of 2020 has had on average Americans looking for security—especially those in states likely to determine the next president of the United States.

Temple University law school alum Jude Joanis applied for a permit shortly after a shooting in his North Philadelphia neighborhood. After the Philadelphia Police Department’s gun permit unit reopened at the end of July, he repeatedly called to book an appointment—at one point employing an auto dialer. He said that an officer told him the earliest appointment to apply for a permit was next year—Jan. 11, 2021. Local law enforcement is supposed to process license applications within 45 days, but Philadelphia has seemingly evaded the requirement by forcing applicants to wait up to a year to submit their application.

“Philadelphia just passed 300 total murder victims and has recorded 1,334 shooting victims,” he said. “I want to exercise my right to self-defense.”

Democratic governor Tom Wolf did not return a request for comment.

Pennsylvania State Police have attempted to deal with the rush on gun purchases since the coronavirus outbreak by extending the expiration dates of existing carry permits. Licenses that were set to expire in March 2020 will now be valid through December 31. Tordella said the temporary reprieve is of little consolation.

“As soon as the licensing board reopened, I started trying to call to get an appointment,” he said. “[The gun permit unit’s] numbers were endlessly busy and the few times I did get an actual ring the phone was never answered or disconnected.”

After 10 days of unanswered calls, Tordella was able to schedule an appointment for Jan. 19, 2021. The delay could leave him unable to legally carry his gun. His 21-year-old daughter’s appointment to obtain her first permit was pushed to February.

“She wants to carry a pistol and she can’t get a license due to this BS,” Tordella said. “She deserves to be able to defend herself.”

A Philadelphia Police Department spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Repeated calls to the phone lines set up for scheduling permit appointments went unanswered.

Some Philadelphians have complained that they will have to wait even longer for an appointment. Chris Gonzalez, a 29-year-old commercial insurance salesman living in South Philly, said he gave up after being told he would have to wait at least a year for an appointment.

“I had recently purchased my first firearm in late August,” he said. “I was dismayed to learn that applications for said permit would not be processed until September of 2021. I’ve tried to contact the department that handles concealed-carry permits in the city and haven’t been able to get someone on the line to answer questions.”

Driven by concern over rioting in early June that required the deployment of the National Guard, Gonzalez said he is now considering moving to a neighboring county just to obtain his permit.

“It’ll be less effort and much less time-consuming to temporarily relocate to live with family in another county, get the permit, and move back to Philly,” he said.

Some counties have handled the surge far better than others. Officials at sheriff’s offices in suburban Montgomery, Bucks, and Berks counties all indicated they were dealing with slight delays but appointments for submitting permit applications were running smoothly, with some still offering same-day scheduling.

John, who recently moved from Philadelphia to Warminster in Bucks County for an IT job and asked for his identity to be protected for fear of backlash, said he was able to renew his permit on July 21 in just a matter of hours.

“When I entered the office, they took my application, $20 in cash, and after 15 minutes of waiting, they issued my permit,” he said.

Philadelphia is not alone in its delays. An official with the Delaware County Sheriff’s firearms licensing division said residents will have to wait until January to schedule a new appointment. and the Chester County Sheriff’s Office website indicates its next available application appointment is March 8, 2021.

Adam Kraut, a Pennsylvania attorney who has represented clients seeking gun-carry permits in Philadelphia, said higher demand and coronavirus restrictions could explain the delays, but those issues only exacerbated the city’s flawed process. Philadelphia, for example, does not allow applicants to submit applications or photographs online and employs a “unique fingerprinting requirement” that other Pennsylvania localities do not, according to Kraut.

“The problem is the way Philadelphia does it is different than everywhere else,” he said. “They have all these additional things that they require people to answer and questions that aren’t on the form [required by state law] itself.”

2019 report from the state police shows Bucks County issued more permits than Philadelphia despite the city’s population being about two and a half times larger. Joanis said the delays reflect the city’s obstruction of gun rights for residents.

“When people don’t exercise their rights, it makes it easier for the government to suppress those rights,” he said. “In most counties the process to get a [concealed-carry license] is simple. I want Philadelphia’s process to become as simple and quick as possible.”

 

The Democrats’ Temper Tantrum, Through the Institutions

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The DemocRats need to be made to pay for their temper tantrum in November.

Democrats, their media friends want us to know, are furious. If Republicans exercise their constitutional prerogative and fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, the Democrats are prepared to burn it all down.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) told his caucus on Saturday that if Republicans move forward with a nomination, “nothing is off the table.” Others were more explicit: If the Democrats retake the Senate in 2021, Massachusetts senator Ed Markey vowed to abolish the filibuster; his failed primary challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy, promised to pack the Court. They’ll bestow statehood on Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and get rid of the Electoral College, too.

Ginsburg’s death is merely a pretense. Democrats have for years now been talking about adding justices to the High Court; CNN and the Washington Post alike documented the trend last year. The prospect of Democrats doing away with the filibuster has been around just as long. And the bellyaching about the Electoral College has been with us for two decades, ever since the Supreme Court correctly decided Bush v. Gore.

Their claims that the constitutional order itself puts Democrats at a systematic disadvantage don’t take into account Barack Obama’s 2012 victory, with 332 electoral votes, or the Democrat-controlled Senate that greenlighted two Obama SCOTUS appointments. Even now, Joe Biden is favored to win the White House and Democrats have better than even odds of retaking the Senate.

Beneath the high-toned rhetoric about a constitutional crisis is a political temper tantrum, with liberal lawmakers threatening to deface or do away with some of the most cherished institutions of American government if the political winds blow in the wrong direction.

Democrats face dual disappointments. First, their long-promised demographic majority has yet to materialize, as larger-than-expected shares of Hispanic and black voters break for Trump. Second, liberals no longer control the Supreme Court, which helped decide the major cultural issues of the last several decades, from same-sex marriage to abortion, in Democrats’ favor.

Disempowered conservatives spent decades building a legal movement intended to turn the tide. Facing similar circumstances, liberals are insisting the system is rigged and setting about to change the rules.

The people who hold political power have a duty to exercise it. That is what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did in 2016 when he declined to consider Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, and that is what Trump and McConnell will do in the coming months.

 

Democrats will do the same, showing no mercy if they win in November. They are giving us a chilling preview.

Hawaii: Two New Gun Control Bills Become Law

H/T AmmoLand.

Hopefully these two bills will be overturned by the courts.



U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- This week was the deadline for Governor Ige to sign or veto legislation on his desk. Governor Ige signed SB 3054, and HB 2744 went into law without his signature, due to his failure to veto the measure. Both bills are effective upon approval and are now state law.

House Bill 2744 places severe restrictions on certain firearm parts in an effort to ban home-built firearms.  The language is vague and overly broad, with felony penalties for violations. It fails to recognize that prohibited persons cannot lawfully possess any firearm, whether home built or produced by a licensed manufacturer. Additionally, the bill uses your tax dollars to create a commission to research “gun violence.” While the NRA does not oppose objective research, this will produce biased advocacy instead of sound science.​

 

Senate Bill 3054 SD 2 requires notice of permanent removal of a firearm outside the state, with the registering county, within five days. A penalty of $100 per firearm will be assessed for non-compliance.

Todd Starnes: It’s the Supreme Court, Not the Make-A-Wish Foundation

H/T Todd Starnes.com.

The late Justice Ginsburg does not get to decide when the vacancy she left gets filled.

Democrats are demanding that President Trump and Senate Republicans honor the dying wish of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — or else.

Ginsburg, days before her death Friday, shared her last wish: that her replacement to the highest court in the land be picked by a president other than Donald Trump.

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” the 87-year-old Ginsburg said in a statement dictated to her granddaughter, Clara Spera, according to NPR.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already announced and promised a vote on whoever President Trump nominates.

That enraged bartender-turned-congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“This is a man who does not care about a dying woman’s final wish,” she said.

The Democrats are going to burn down the country and riot in the streets no matter what the Republicans do. So they may as well fill the seat now.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats “demand” that her last wish be fulfilled.

“It is only right and it is only fair for us to abide by RBG’s last wish – that she be replaced when a new president is installed,” Schumer said at a Sunday press conference.

Hey Chuckie — it’s the Supreme Court, not the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Police Warn Parents Over “Replica” Guns

H/T Bearing Arms.

Police Officers only have seconds to try to figure out if the gun is real or a replica.

If the office decides wrong he or she is dead.

There’s something to be said for a gun that looks and handles like the real thing, but isn’t. For example, many are proponents of airsoft weapons for additional training. Especially for stuff inside the house where you don’t want to accidentally fire a real weapon.

However, there’s also reason to be a little cautious with these things as well. See, it’s not just adults getting these realistic weapons. It’s also kids.

 

Now, that’s fine. I had them as a kid and so did a lot of my peers. Most of us never had an issue with them. Unfortunately, that’s no universally true.

An Ohio police department is now trying to warn parents about them.

Euclid police issued a plea to parents after officers recovered a “replica” gun from a 13-year-old boy.

“PLEASE teach your children that ALL guns are dangerous and they should NOT be played with in our streets!”

According to Euclid police, the seemingly-real firearm and other illegal items were seized from a 13-year-old boy on Wednesday.

The department posted a side-by-side photo on their Facebook page.