A Thesis on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and how to reverse the damage

H/T JPFO.

By Donald L. Cline. January 22, 2020. frdmftr@frdmftr.net.

A thesis pertaining to the destruction of ALL our rights occasioned by restrictions on our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Preface I: It has been claimed by various members of the legal and political professions that while the Constitution of the United States provides a permissible structure of laws, it is not law itself and its provisions must be enacted into statutory law to have legal effect. This is an egregiously and fraudulently bogus interpretation: The Constitution of the United States says it is the supreme Law of the Land and “the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

The U.S. Constitution IS the law.

Preface II: No crime, or criminal access to a firearm has ever, in the history of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, been prevented by a background check, and prevention of crime was not the purpose of the Act. Furthermore, the rate of violent crime was decreasing before the Brady Act and the rate of decrease after the passage of the Brady Act has been essentially unchanged. Background checks have not reduced violent crime or criminal access to firearms. Not one bit.

Preface III: Unlike other western nations, the United States of America does not list a collection of revocable government-issued privileges and permissions and pretend they are rights. Our form of government is founded on the principle that rights are a gift of G-d and are by law beyond the reach of government.

RE: Brady Act Background checks compelled as a precondition to the purchase of a firearm:

  • The right to keep and bear arms encompasses the right to buy and sell firearms. The Ninth Circuit has so ruled.
  • Being compelled to ask government permission to exercise a right converts the right into a government-issued permission and the permission is revocable. Conversion of our right to keep and bear arms into a revocable government-issued permission was one of two fundamental purposes of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993.
  • The second purpose of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 was to sucker citizens into supporting destruction of their Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendment-guaranteed rights as a pre-condition to obtaining government permission to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.
  • The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides and requires: “The right of the people to be secure in their person, 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.” A NICS Background Check is a SEARCH of our “papers and effects,” albeit on government databases, and is compelled without a warrant, and without probable cause of criminal conduct. The noted records are NOT public records and may not be accessed absent criminal investigation. The compelled NICS background check is therefore a violation of our Fourth Amendment-protected rights whether done at the point of sale at a commercial business or compelled prior to the personal sale or transfer of a firearm to a private party.
  • The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides and requires in pertinent part“No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law …” Due process of law is defined NOT by some government overseer monitoring the purchase or sale of firearms, but rather by a criminal court trial and conviction of criminal wrongdoing by a jury of the defendant’s peers. Absent a criminal court trial, withholding a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms is a TAKING of the right to keep and bear arms as well as our right to property, all in violation of our Fifth Amendment-protected right.
  • In addition, absent a criminal court trial and all the protections of our liberties attendant thereto, the confiscation of a citizen’s firearms by ex parte order of a Court as a function of a so-called “Red Flag Law” aka “Extreme Risk Protection Order” aka “Stop Order” is an egregious violation of our Fifth Amendment-protected right to due process. FURTHERMORE, an order by a Court to the victim of a Red Flag Law to undergo a mental health evaluation based upon his willingness to cooperate or lack thereof, is a SEARCH in violation of our Fourth Amendment-protected right against unreasonable search. (Aside: An unwarranted search not supported by probable cause of criminal wrongdoing IS an “unreasonable search.”)
  • The Ninth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides and requires “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” It is a long-standing doctrine of law that a person cannot be compelled to give up a right in order to exercise a right, and this right is protected by the Ninth Amendment. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 compels the citizen to give up a whole raft of rights in exchange for revocable government-issued “permission” to exercise the citizen’s right to keep and bear arms – permission no government at any level has any delegated subject matter jurisdiction to issue or deny.
  • The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides and requires “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This Amendment deserves further analysis:

♦  No power is delegated to the federal government to even license firearm dealers, let alone compel them to violate the aforementioned rights of their customers. Therefore it is unConstitutional for the federal government to do so.
♦  The States are specifically prohibited by the Bill of Rights from interfering with our right to keep and bear arms, our right to be secure from unwarranted and unreasonable search, our right to be secure from the taking of any right without due process, and our right to be secure from being compelled to give up any right in order to exercise any right. Therefore it is a violation of the Tenth Amendment prohibition for any State to do so.
♦  THEREFORE, these rights, ALL OF THEM, are reserved to the people – and the people cannot delegate these rights to government as powers, for government is prohibited from exercising them.

Suggestions on how to correct these egregious violations of our Constitutional rights:

Perjury is a “High Crime.” A “High Crime” is justification for impeachment. Elected, appointed, and commissioned officials are sworn or affirmed to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States as amended. Acting in a manner contrary to the terms of that Constitution is perjury of the oath. At the very least, any legislator exercising his duty under that oath has the duty to file an ethics complaint against any other legislator introducing, sponsoring, advocating, or voting for legislation not pursuant to the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State in which he or she serves.

It is also the right and duty of any citizen to file a civil or criminal complaint against any legislator or law enforcement officer or judge for legislating, enforcing, or adjudicating any color of law not pursuant to the Constitution of the United States or the State in which the offense occurs.

The U.S. Constitution Article I Section 6 Clause 1 provides in pertinent part “The Senators and Representatives … and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.” But for purposes of ethics complaints or Articles of Impeachment it is not necessary to question them in any other place; their introduced or sponsored legislation standing alone is sufficient evidence of their violation of oath.

Ultimately, the egregiously and flagrantly unConstitutional Brady handgun Control Act of 1993 must be rescinded, repealed, or otherwise struck down with extreme prejudice. It threatens our entire Constitutional form of government under the rule of law.

NJ Passes Law Banning ‘Realistic’ Toy Guns In State

H/T Bearing Arms.

This should help reduce the staggering amount of realistic toy gun crime in New Jersey. Snark!

The state of New Jersey has a lot of problems. Then again, what state doesn’t? They all have their challenges, to be sure.

However, it seems New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has all of his state’s problems beaten.

No, really, that must be it. All of its problems must have gone up in a puff of smoke and now legislators can focus on the little things. How little?

Well, it seems the state is banning “realistic” toy guns.

Governor Murphy signed a bill on Tuesday that would restrict the sale of realistic toy guns and ammunition, in response to the fatal police shootings of Tamir Rice and Tyre King several years ago.

The bill has several stipulations for toy gun manufacturers, which say toy guns cannot be blue, black, silver, or aluminum, the barrel of the gun must have an orange stripe on it, and the barrel of the gun must be made with the same material as the rest of the toy gun.

The problem with the shootings of Rice and King aren’t due to the lack of legislation, but a lack of understanding. No, I’m not bagging on the cops here. In those cases, they did precisely what I would have done under the circumstances.

No, the problem was that no one taught these children that if a police officer tells you to drop something, you drop it.

Also, you don’t point a gun at someone who has a real one.

The question for toy manufacturers is whether New Jersey represents a large enough market to bother with trying to comply. If not, the supply of toy guns will be greatly reduced to the Garden State. That might be a bigger problem in the long run.

While the deaths of Tamir Rice and Tyre King were legitimate tragedies, I can’t help but wonder how many other parents use toy guns to teach their children gun safety as I do with mine and like my father did with me. It’s a good way to learn the Four Rules in a way where violating them has minimal risk.

How many children will be denied this kind of opportunity?

Then again, this is Phil Murphy we’re talking about here. He probably prefers the kids not to learn gun safety because if they did, they might become gun people and then have this pesky insistence on maintaining their gun rights.

Folks are weird this way.

There is a very real possibility that this is an effort to dissuade people from becoming gun folks. Toy guns are a way of life, of course, but if people don’t get toy guns, then it’s possible they might not grow up to buy real ones.

Frankly, none of that matters. What matters is that this is a stupid bill that never should have seen the light of day, much less been turned into law. Then again, what else should I expect from New Jersey at this point? It’s simply what they do up that way, apparently.

 

Trump Administration Finalizes Removal of ITAR “Gunsmith License”

H/T AmmoLand.

Another burden on businesses lifted by President Trump.

 

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Trump administration is at the point of finalizing reform of antiquated Cold War rules which were used to target gunsmiths and small gun manufacturers. Included in the reforms is the transfer of responsibility for the export of most firearms and ammunition from the Department of State to the Department of  Commerce.

In 2016, the State Department, under the Obama administration, “clarified” the definition of “manufacturers” who were required to register under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The registration fee was $2,250 per year.  PNJ.com reports the actions of the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC):

The DDTC defined manufacturing as, among other things: The production of firearm parts, the systemized production of ammunition, modifications that change round capacity, the machining or cutting of firearms resulting in enhanced capability, and use of any special tooling or equipment upgrading in order to improve the capability of assembled or repaired firearms.

The change in definition appeared to cover everything from drilling and tapping for scope mounts to threading a barrel. It impacted the small gunsmith, for whom $2,250 a year would be a large expenditure, more than large manufacturers. Those small gunsmiths are the least likely to be a threat to the United States military.

Attempts to reform the bureaucratic attack on gunsmiths began immediately. Return to the status quo was opposed by those who wish a disarmed population.

The Trump administration worked to return to the original situation for gunsmiths while reforming antiquated, restrictive rules of firearms exports which had accumulated under ITAR.

The final form of the new rules is expected to be published on 23 January 2020. There will be a 45 day period after that before the rules go into effect. From NSSF:

WASHINGTON — NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, applauds the Trump administration’s posting for public inspection of the final rules that modernize the export regulations for sporting and commercial firearms and ammunition products. The formal publication of the final rule is scheduled for Jan. 23. The rules will be implemented 45 days after formal publication.

President Donald Trump’s administration successfully completed the long-promised modernization of the export control regulations that began more than eight years ago under the prior administration, but which was never completed due to domestic gun control reasons.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the firearms and ammunition industry. We salute the Trump administration for modernizing our nation’s outdated Cold War era export controls and putting American manufacturers on an even playing field with their foreign competitors,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel. “This initiative will enable U.S. manufacturers to create more good-paying jobs in America while also helping to strengthen our national security.”

The rules issued today transfer export licensing of sporting and commercial firearms and ammunition products to the Commerce Department from the State Department. This change removes unnecessary and outdated regulations and allows the State to focus its export control resources on those items that give our warfighters a tactical advantage. It makes no sense to treat the commercial sale of hunting or target shooting rifles with the same level of scrutiny as nuclear weapons, tanks and fighter aircraft.

The new rules also eliminate a punitive annual $2,250 registration fee that gunsmiths and small companies who do not manufacture, nor export firearms or ammunition products were forced to pay.

The new rules will need to be examined carefully to see what they do and do not cover. It appears silencers/suppressors for sporting firearms will not be included in the transfer to Commerce. They should be. They are a simple technology shown to be beneficial in non-military settings. Many countries in the First World have little or no regulation of silencers/suppressors.

For example, any child with a few dollars in New Zealand, can walk into a store and walk out with a silencer/suppressor, yet silencers/suppressors are almost never used in New Zealand crimes.

Some are saying the transfer to Commerce will remove the restrictions that were placed on the publication of files for the 3D printing of firearms parts.  That would be a welcome change, and a fulfillment of parts of the settlement the Department of State made with Defense Distributed, in conformance with respect for the First Amendment.

A reading of the explanation of the proposed rules shows that files containing code for 3D printed firearms will still be controlled by the Department of Commerce. From the file to be published in the Federal Register, listed on amazonnews.com:

Given concerns regarding First Amendment restrictions the control is appropriately tailored to only impact technology and software in an electronic format, such as AMF or G-code, that is ready for direct insertion into a computer numerically controlled machine tool, additive manufacturing equipment to produce the firearm frame or receiver or complete firearm.

It is not clear this will stand a court test on First Amendment grounds. The controls will not impact the distribution of such files in drives or printed on paper.

The rule might be circumvented by rendering AMF or G-code files in such a manner they would have to be corrected or altered before use.

The reason given for the necessity of control of these files is suspect:

As a result, Commerce has reached the conclusion that U.S. national security and foreign policy necessitate that BIS maintain controls over the 3D printing of firearms when such software and technology is posted on the internet. The potential for the ease of access to the software and technology, undetectable means of production, and potential to inflict harm on U.S. persons and allies abroad present a grave concern for the United States.Without regulatory oversight, U.S. foreign relations and national security interests could be seriously compromised. For these reasons, this final rule provides that technology and software ready for insertion into an automated manufacturing tool that makes use of the software or technology to produce a firearm frame, receiver, or complete firearm is subject to the EAR, consistent with the regulation of such software and technology when previously controlled under the USML.

None of the above rationales is based on a “military advantage” of the United States. It seems, peculiarly, to be based on the idea of preserving foreign governments’ limited ability to keep their populations unarmed. It is based entirely on subjective hypotheticals and potentials. All of those are based on the assumption armed populations (other than those of the United States) are entirely detrimental.

The transfer of controls from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce, the elimination of the burdensome fee for gunsmith activities, and the easing of export controls for common, commercially available firearms and parts, are all welcome and useful reforms.

Exactly how the regulations will work in practice remains to be seen.


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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

VA Gov. Northam Takes Credit for ‘De-Escalation’ of Gun Rights Protest After Fears That He Created

H/T Western Journal.

Governor Ralph”Blackface” Northam(Delusional-VA) was hoping for violence so he could say see, “I told you these gun owners were nothing more than a violent bunch of thugs.”

But when the violence did not happen he falsely claims he was the reason nothing happened.

He warned about “violent rhetoric.”

He declared a “state of emergency.”

He said Second Amendment demonstrators were bent on “acts of violence.”

But after an estimated 22,000 gun rights advocates gathered outside Virginia’s Capitol on Monday without a hint of the kind of disturbances that have been associated with leftist gatherings throughout the Trump administration, Gov. Ralph Northam had the gall to claim credit for the crowd’s good behavior.

And the Second Amendment supporters weren’t letting it go.

In a statement released Monday, Northam specifically cited the work of the Virginia state police, the Capitol Police and the Richmond Police Department for “keeping Virginia safe.”

Ralph Northam

@GovernorVA

We are all thankful that today passed without incident. The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. I will continue to listen to the voices of Virginians, and will do everything in my power to keep our Commonwealth safe. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/january/headline-851013-en.html 

Statement of Governor Ralph S. Northam on Lobby Day Demonstration

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But nowhere in the statement was a word of thanks to the organizers or demonstrators who peacefully exercised their constitutional rights on Monday.

And even more glaringly, not a mention of Northam’s own rhetoric in the days preceding Monday’s demonstration that fanned fears (and likely hopes) in the mainstream media that the Richmond gatherings would lead to bloodshed.

In fact, on Wednesday, as Fox News reported, Northam had declared a “state of emergency” in advance of the gathering — needlessly adding an element of hysteria he would likely never have injected if the situation had involved, say, a Women’s March.

At a news conference, he warned darkly of “malicious plans” to turn a day of protesting proposed gun control laws into a day of disaster like the 2017 clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the death of a young woman.

“This includes out-of-state militia groups and hate groups planning to travel from across the country to disrupt our democratic process with acts of violence,” Northam said, according to Fox. “They’re not coming to peacefully protest. They’re coming to intimidate and cause harm.”

The demonstrators did nothing of the kind, despite the best efforts of Democrats and the mainstream media to portray the gathering as some kind of uber-Klan rally of “white supremacists.”

And while Northam’s statement drew an expected number of fawning responses — clearly from liberals who’d been spooked by his inflammatory rhetoric in the first place — he was met with plenty of well-deserved mockery, too.

This is the governor, remember, who a year ago was on the verge of losing his job over photos from his medical school yearbook in the 1980s that showed a man wearing blackface and another in full Ku Klux Klan regalia.

Ralph Northam

@GovernorVA

We are all thankful that today passed without incident. The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. I will continue to listen to the voices of Virginians, and will do everything in my power to keep our Commonwealth safe. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/january/headline-851013-en.html 

Statement of Governor Ralph S. Northam on Lobby Day Demonstration

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Philly-Fan@_PhillyFan

Did they? Seems to me there was nothing to de-escalate from, because the whole thing was completely peaceful, despite your efforts to foment trouble. I’m embarrassed to have lived for 20 years in Virginia, although at the time we didn’t have a blackface-wearing tyrant as governor

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Jessica Fletcher

@heckyessica

You didn’t de-escalate crap. Unlike your ilk, these were responsible gun-owners exercising their right to peacefully protest your attempts to infringe their 2nd Amendment rights.

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KenR@Kenr38641075

You tried to start something and now claim you stopped something! “Here’s your sign”

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Mark Culham 🌐@mdculham

Actually, it was the participants who policed themselves, Governor KKK.

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Janet Harvey@JanetHarvey_

Governor Northam expected there to be violence today and declared a state of emergency, but pro-gun activists showed him a lesson in how to protest peacefully—so he needs to eat his words. Even Virginia sheriffs showed up to the rally to defend 2A, pretty awesome.

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That last one summed it up well.

Northam apparently believed — or wanted the country to believe — that Richmond was in imminent danger of a barbaric horde descending upon it on Monday (maybe he expected the gun rights protesters to behave as abominably as antifa leftists do)

Instead, what the country witnessed on Monday was an American demonstration the Founders would have approved of, including a sheriff who declared that unconstitutional gun control laws would not be enforced in his county.

There was literally one arrest from that throng reported, according to The Washington Post — a woman who did not obey instructions to remove a bandana from her face.

And it wasn’t even clear if she was part of the pro-gun side or a counterprotester.

It was a scene that crushed the liberal narrative about gun rights advocates in the United States, and no doubt dashed the hopes of mainstream media reporters and editors everywhere looking for an illustration of how thuggish conservatives really are.

The reality is, the guiltiest party in inciting potential violence at the Virginia demonstration on Monday was the political party in power in the state’s capital, and the Democratic governor who tried to fan the flames.

Now he has the gall to claim credit?

Mockery is what he deserves, and mockery is what he got.

New Jersey County Declares, Its Support For Second Amendment

H/T Bearing Arms.

We will see more Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties in states like New Jersey that are hostile to the Second Amendment. 

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement is alive and well, even in the state of New Jersey, where Cape May County freeholders unanimously approved a resolution this week declaring the county a “sanctuary” for gun owners. As NJ.com reports, the move comes just a couple of weeks ahead of a campaign rally for President Donald Trump.

Unlike similar resolutions adopted late last year in West Milford and Sussex Borough, Cape May’s version does not single out for criticism a new state law allows for removing weapons from someone judged a threat to themselves or others.

However, while silent on New Jersey’s so-called red flag law, it condemns an Assembly bill that would require gun owners to obtain at least $50,00 in liability insurance.

Cape May is believed to be the first county in New Jersey to adopt a pro-gun resolution. The wording is similar to resolutions that have been approved by county and local jurisdictions in several other states this year.

NJ.com goes on to say that “nearly half of Virginia’s counties” have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries, but according to the Virginia Citizens Defense League the current tally is 91 of Virginia’s 95 counties, along with 45 cities and towns in the state.

For now Cape May is the only county in the state to adopt such a resolution, but as the website notes, two towns in the northern part of the state adopted similar language in late 2019. Other counties and townships may soon follow.

Freeholder boards in two other Republican-dominated counties, Salem and Sussex, are considering resolutions.

Salem County Freeholder Director Benjamin H. Laury said a vote is possible at the board’s next meeting.

“We took an oath to uphold the constitution, which includes the Second Amendment,” he said.

While it’s fantastic to see these county freeholders support these resolutions, it would be even better if the county sheriffs and prosecutors get on board as well. Still, this is absolutely a move in the right direction, and I applaud the work of the grassroots in these counties to get the ball rolling.

Nicholas Joseph, a Gloucester County resident, said he co-founded the NJ 2A Sanctuary group Dec. 23 that is seeking support for the pro-gun resolutions throughout the state.

In addition to West Milford and Sussex Borough, Joseph said that resolutions have been adopted by Down Township and Maurice River in Cumberland County, Alloway in Salem County, and Franklin and Hamburg in Sussex County.

I haven’t even seen any news items about the townships that have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, and I spend a lot of my time looking for these types of things. This is good stuff, and I hope that Joseph and volunteers are able to grow the movement in the weeks and months ahead.

 

Senator H.L. “Bill” Richardson Political Maverick and GOA Founder Passes Away at 92

H/T AmmoLand.

R.I.P.  Senator H.L. “Bill” Richardson.

Senator H.L. “Bill” Richardson, Political Maverick and GOA Founder, Passes Away at 92
Senator H.L. “Bill” Richardson, Political Maverick and GOA Founder, Passes Away at 92

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Senator H. L. “Bill” Richardson, founder of Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners of California, went home to be with the Lord on January 13, 2020. He was 92.

A nationally recognized, twenty-two-year veteran of the California State Senate, Richardson’s extensive career was primarily focused on the preservation and protection of the Second Amendment. An active hunter and outdoorsman, Senator Richardson was vigorously involved on the state and national scene for more than four decades.

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1927, Richardson fell in love with the beauty and grandeur of California following his graduation from the Cornish (Art) Conservatory in Washington. He was elected to the State Senate in 1966 and served for 22 years, during which time he grew concerned with repeated attacks on the 2nd Amendment and made the decision to form Gun Owners of California, a grassroots political action committee.

Gun Owners of America soon followed and Richardson’s keen skill for mobilizing single individuals toward a common goal launched a very effective political movement that continues to this day.

In addition to GOC and GOA, Richardson organized multiple political action committees, including the “Law and Order Campaign Committee” which led the successful charge to defeat Chief Justice Rose Bird and two other liberal members of California’s Supreme Court. Following his retirement from the Legislature in 1988, he primarily devoted his time to GOC and GOA.

Richardson’s legacy, however, extends far beyond the world of politics. He was an extraordinary hunter and dedicated to the conservation of California game. He was a prolific writer, penning fictional and non-fictional books alike. His book “Confrontational Politics #ad” is the quintessential guide to approaching politics from a conservative perspective and is considered a virtual “game plan” for political wins.

He was also an inexhaustible gardener, planting from seeds and harvesting all manner of vegetables, plus tending a vineyard and acres of fruit trees and berry vines which he named for his grandchildren.

Richardson’s family was his greatest legacy; married to his beloved late wife Barbara for 57 years, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his daughter Laurie Paredes, her husband Sam, son Doug Richardson, his wife Karen, and his sister Jane Chastain and husband Tom. Predeceased by daughter Carrie Herbertson, he was beloved by his grandchildren Kristy Paredes Collins, Julie Paredes Benson, Samuel Paredes, Annie Herbertson Hodges, Lisa Herbertson Swartzendruber, Henry Richardson, Kate Richardson, and his 12 great-grandchildren.

A believer in the saving grace of Jesus Christ, he is at peace in his eternal home. Per his request, he will be remembered in a private, family service.

For additional information on the life of H.L. “Bill” Richardson, click here.


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Media Reminds Gun Owners What They Really Think Of Us

H/T Bearing Arms.

The drive-by media has been wrong about so much in the past so why wouldn’t they be wrong about gun owners?

The media is not our friend. We all know that, of course, but it’s important to be reminded from time to time just how much they absolutely despise us.

Lobby Day in Richmond is an annual occurrence. It’s a thing that happens regularly anyway. Yet with the push for gun control by Governor Ralph Northam and the clown troop that passes for a legislature calling the shots, gun owners felt obliged to make it a point to be present.

Unfortunately, as science fiction author Larry Niven once wrote, “No cause is so noble that it won’t attract fuggheads.” Ours is certainly not exempt. Some fuggheads have decided to try and attach themselves to our community.

We can say we don’t want them, and we have, but that doesn’t mean they won’t still try and latch on.

It’s a problem any movement is going to have, unfortunately.

The bigger problem, though, is the media latching onto that and making damn sure everyone paints us with the exact same brush.

Let’s start with NBC News’ Ben Collins, for example.

Ahead of Monday’s gun-rights rally in Virginia, NBC News reporter Ben Collins labeled the event a “white nationalist” gathering Sunday, even as he warned against spreading “made-up stuff” on Twitter — prompting scores of critics to point out the apparent irony, and to condemn his network for sanctioning Collins’ checkered reporting on the so-called “dystopia beat.”

“Reporters covering tomorrow’s white nationalist rally in Virginia, I’m absolutely begging you: Verify information before you send it out tomorrow, even if it’s a very sensational rumor you heard from a cop,” Collins wrote in his since-deleted tweet. “Don’t become a hero in neo-Nazi propaganda circles with made-up stuff.”

Defending his post from a torrent of criticism, Collins initially argued that federal law enforcement had arrested six suspected Neo-Nazis in advance of the rally in states including Georgia, Maryland and Delaware, with some of the suspects apparently intending to travel to the Richmond rally.

Collins also remarked that there has been an “enormous amount of 4chan and Qanon chatter,” appropriating intelligence-community lingo to describe online communications from conspiracy groups and troll websites.

After several hours, Collins deleted his original tweet, writing in a seemingly peppy message: “Hi everybody! I’m deleting a tweet so I can be super clear about tomorrow’s rally in Virginia. The Lobby Day protest is and has traditionally been a gun rights rally, but white nationalists, including militant group The Base, have been planning violent action at the event.”

Now, we’ve covered The Base members’ arrests. I’m not going to lie, these people scare the hell out of me and I want nothing to do with them or their warped perception of both race and the world in general.

The same is true of most gun rights advocates, truth be told.

Of course, if it was just Collins, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Oh, I’d probably write up a story about it, slap him around for a bit because of it, and then go about my day.

But it’s not. It’s not just one person, but a push by the media in general to paint all of us as having some close ties with white supremacists.

For example, the Daily Mail uses this headline: “Richmond on high alert as white supremacists, a ‘no-compromise’ gun lobby and anti-government groups head to Virginia pro firearms rally – but militia leader insists ‘we aren’t a threat’”

By leading with “white supremacists,” the Mail is able to imply that the lion’s share of attendees are racists. They know a lot of people read and share stories with only a cursory inspection of the post, if that, so why put that in the lead unless you wanted to give that impression?

At least USA Today waited until the first paragraph to paint us all as racist.

Thousands of gun owners, many of them armed and some members of out-of-state militias and hate groups, plan to descend on Richmond on Monday amid a fierce battle over Virginia’s gun laws.

Of course, it’s possible that I’m overly sensitive on this topic. I’m tired of being labeled a racist because I happen to think every American regardless of race has a right to protect themselves.

On the other hand, though, the truth is that we continue to see our numbers listed along with these people as if we’re somehow fellow travelers. We’re not. I absolutely despise everything these people stand for when it comes to race, to say nothing on a whole litany of other issues. I honestly don’t care if they support gun rights, their other views are so abhorrent that I want nothing to do with them.

However, I should note that not all of the media is trying to spin things with their headlines or opening.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch did things a little differently. Their headline reads: “As gun-rights supporters plan peaceful rally in Richmond, state warns extremists could pose threat.”

That’s far more reflective of the reality than what we’ve seen from others in the media.

At the heart of this, though, is the fact that these people hate us. They despise us and they will do whatever they can to make us look bad. They’re the propaganda arm of Brady and Giffords in all but name.

It’s also why it’s imperative that we remember this and take steps not to give them anything they can use against us. Watch your step so that you don’t feed the beast trying to help take our rights away.