Supreme Court Opens Door to Sandy Hook Families’ Suit Against Gun Maker

H/T Breitbart.

So does this mean families can sue The Big Three Automakers because a drunk killed someone with their automobile? 

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) cleared the way Tuesday for Sandy Hook families’ lawsuit against gun maker Remington to proceed.

SCOTUS did this by refusing to hear Remington’s appeal of a March Connecticut Supreme Ruling that allowed the lawsuit to stand.

The Stamford Advocate reports 10 Sandy Hook families filed the suit despite the existence of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act; “a federal law that shields the industry from most liability when its firearms are criminally misused.”

Josh Koskoff, the lead attorney for the 10 families, reacted to SCOTUS by saying:

The families are grateful that the Supreme Court upheld precedent and denied Remington’s latest attempt to avoid accountability. We are ready to resume discovery and proceed towards trial in order to shed light on Remington’s profit-driven strategy to expand the AR-15 market and court high-risk users at the expense of Americans’ safety.

On November 14, 2017, Breitbart News reported the AR-15 used in the Sandy Hook attack was stolen, as was the handgun the attacker used to take his own life when police reached the scene.

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RED FLAG LAWS MORE DANGEROUS THAN EXPECTED

H/T JPFO.

Red Flag Laws are an end-run around the Second Amendment.

Deadly warnings go unheeded.

People declared guilty without trials are left out on the streets

Americans don’t realize that the safety promised by “red flag” laws will be dangerously lost, if red-flagged people become enraged. They are left free on the streets, where they can terrorize those who assaulted them with the new laws. No grounds or means for locking them up are included, a side effect of dropping traditional due process.

Promoters of new red-flag creations, by ignoring the safeguards of due process–well known “innocent unless proven guilty” standards that keep you free–introduced new dangers. By abandoning this fundamental safety net, they lifted restrictions that hold tyrants, bigots and other malfeasants at bay. A recent survey has shown that most Americans cannot even describe what due process is, let alone hold it up as a basic right to be honored or defended. Removing due process allows officials to act as if the public is guilty without the burdens of a trial–or even formal charges.

Red flag laws are only expected to be used against supposedly deadly dangerous psychotics, before they act out in spree murders, sort of “pre-crime.” Once officials take–without proper paperwork or court orders–firearms they can find in those people’s homes, the people are simply left alone. Any weapons officials miss, plus knives, gasoline, or firearms that can be easily obtained on the street–these remain with the flagged people. Nothing stops the supposedly murderous psychotics–if flag laws are applied as intended–to attack their suspected accusers, authorities or ambush anyone, in attempts to rebalance the scales of justice. Experts have been hard pressed to describe a more dangerous legalistic invention.

“Eliminating due process, and declaring people guilty without trial or representation, means totally abandoning the U.S. Constitution,” said Alan Korwin, author of ten books on gun law and consultant to JPFO. “We know democrats have been ignoring the rule of law, but this shows they know no bounds. Do they expect courts to support this? Or have the courts abandoned the rule of law as well?” When this comes home to roost, he says, you’ll really wish you had your right to keep and bear arms intact, as the Founders intended, for your own safety.

Catholic Bishop Wants Rural Gun Owners To Bend The Knee

H/T Bearing Arms.

The Catholic Church needs to clean up its own backyard before preaching to others about anything.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting in crime-ridden Baltimore, Maryland for its fall assembly, and one bishop used the setting to call for a dialogue between rural gun owners and urban residents. What Bishop Frank Dewane is really asking for, however, is for rural gun owners to bend their knee and accept all kinds of infringements on their right to keep and bear arms in the name of public safety.

He pointed to the need to address gun violence, which has ravaged many urban centers, while acknowledging the legitimate concerns among responsible gun owners of losing access to firearms for hunting or, in some cases, protection.

Since 1975, the USCCB has issued a series of statements and pastoral letters addressing gun violence. Individual bishops, in their capacity as chairmen of USCCB committees, have sent letters to Congress outlining the conference’s concern that lives are being needless lost because of the widening availability of guns, including military-style weapons.

However, Dewane’s call goes beyond legislative efforts and appears to open the door for church leaders to seek a common ground in addressing gun violence.

“Human life is sacred … and we need to approach this with the full strength of our teaching,” he told the assembly.

Bishop Dewane also said the USCCB is not seeking a total limit to handguns, but would welcome broader background checks and some limits on gun ownership.

Bishop Dewane should take a close look at Maryland’s gun control laws and see how well they’re working in Baltimore. Back in 2013 the state passed the Maryland Firearms Safety Act, and homicides in Baltimore have been climbing ever since, from 235 murders in 2013 to more than 300 homicides per year ever since. The Firearms Safety Act wasn’t some minor gun control law; in fact it contained everything that gun control activists had asked for, including an “assault weapons” and magazine ban, a licensing requirement to own a handgun. It hasn’t worked.

Why should gun owners, rural or not, roll over and support these laws that make it harder to legally exercise a right, but don’t do a damn thing about addressing drug and gang-related violence driving the crimes?

Bishop Dewane is correct that human life is sacred. That’s why many of us are gun owners; not because we care little about human life, but because we value it. Life is sacred, and worth protecting. Even Jesus recognized the right of self defense when he told the apostles to sell their cloaks and buy a sword if need be. The bishop himself seems to understand that going after the inanimate object won’t address the sickness in the human soul.

“Such regulations are helpful, but they will not ban gun violence completely. For that to happen, we need new ways of thinking. At the heart of the epidemic is a shooter. That shooter some how in some way turns inward on pain or isolation or illusions that it becomes possible to become desensitized to others, that he loses all empathy,” he said.

I would be happy, as a rural-American, to sit down and talk with Bishop Dewane about his gun control proposals, but I’d also like him to consider the possibility that, rather than improving public safety, many of the policies he’s proposing would in fact make it more difficult, if not impossible, for the marginalized and economically impoverished among us to exercise their right to keep and bear arms and the right of self-defense, if need be. What if the best of intentions are leading to the worst results; higher crime, less safety, and fewer rights? What if, instead of rural gun owners giving up their rights, urban Americans are empowered to legally exercise their own?

I’ve mentioned before that when I met my wife 22-years ago, she was a single mom of two living in Camden, New Jersey, which was the murder capitol of the United States at the time. New Jersey’s gun laws did a great job of stopping her from legally owning a gun, but they did nothing to prevent the gang members and drug dealers in her neighborhood from shooting at each other indiscriminately. Nor did they stop an angry boyfriend from emptying his magazine into what he thought was the front door of his girlfriend’s apartment. In fact, the police didn’t even show up to respond to that incident, according to my wife. My wife has gone from one of the most violent cities in the country to a small farm in rural Virginia, and is now a proud and empowered gun owner. Never again will she cower on her living room floor protecting her children as someone illegally possessing a gun fires round after round at her apartment building. Sadly, that is still the reality for far too many Americans, and rural gun owners are well aware of that tragedy. We just know that the answer to addressing the violence in Baltimore, Camden, St. Louis, Chicago, and other high-crime cities doesn’t involve making it harder for law-abiding Americans to protect themselves.

 

Gun Confiscation Deception Scheme

H/T JPFO.

Joy Behar wants DemocRats to lie about gun confiscation.

 

Joy Behar revealed a key piece of the Progressive Project to her listeners on 4 November, 2019. She advised politicians who wanted to confiscate guns from U.S. citizens to deceive them so the politicians could get elected; then confiscate the guns.

To the Left, this is nothing controversial. The whole point of Progressivism is the electorate is too stupid and ignorant to govern themselves. They believe the purpose of an elite is to deceive the governed (through manipulation of the information they receive, and controlling the narrative), so as to allow the elite to keep power and govern as they wish. The purpose of the media is to be “gatekeepers” of the information flow and to create the desired narratives.

But Behar violated an important Progressive rule: Do not tell the victims of the con they are being conned. From foxnews.com:

Politicians seeking to confiscate guns from Americans shouldn’t share their plans with the public beforehand and should seek to maintain an element of surprise, Joy Behar said on “The View” Monday.

Behar was discussing former 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from Texas, and said it was foolish of him to announce his plans for gun confiscation before he was elected. She advised all politicians to go after the country’s guns after they’ve assumed office.

“They should not tell everything they’re going to do. If you’re going to take people’s guns away, wait until you get elected — then take the guns away,” she said. “Don’t tell them ahead of time.”

One of the many problems with the Progressive Project is its reliance on false premises. The Progressives put forward the narrative that experts were far better suited to govern the country than politicians selected by voters. But, if you have a policy preference, you can easily find experts to validate it. There are “experts” on every side of every issue. It is not hard to create “experts” to give you “studies” to push whatever policy you want. If you control academia and the educational system, it is even easier.

We see precisely that in “Climate Change”, “White Privilege”, and “Gun Control”.

But truth is a powerful antidote. No matter how many millions of dollars a Bloomberg or the U.N., or U.S. governmental agencies, pour into creating the experts and research to validate their preferred policies, objective reality exists.

It only takes a small amount of bandwidth to allow countervailing facts, or interpretations of agreed on facts, to discredit mountains of “experts” and “studies”.

The Progressives have no problem with deception, because they have no foundational ethics except the drive to political power. Government is their god.

The embrace of deception is there for anyone who wishes to study Progressive theory. Most people do not have the time or inclination to do the reading. Behar made the mistake of allowing a peek behind the curtain to a wide audience.

Conservatives, on the other hand, are more constrained. They agree, in principle, that lying and deception of the electorate is bad. It undermines the base premise of the American system of self-government and limited government.

This is the main reason for the divide between Conservatives and Progressives on the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment directly limits governmental power. That is its prime purpose. “Shall not infringe” is a direct, clear, limit on governmental authority. This enrages Progressives. It is a direct affront to their entire philosophy. 20% of voters believe limits on governmental power are immoral.

It is no coincidence that 20% of voters believe owning a gun is immoral.

It explains why Progressives do not do the obvious, embrace the Second Amendment, and win election after election. To do so, they would be contradicting their own core principle, and, particularly, stymieing their long term strategy of destroying the gun culture through cutting off salami slices of the Second Amendment until nothing is left.

To Progressives, the idea of allowing a limit on the government is evil. Progressives, or the Left, in general, will claim limiting the government is to limit its ability to do good. But all the great disasters in governments around the world in the last century claimed they were using power to achieve the greater good. Stalin, Pol Poi, Mao, Castro, Chavez, Hitler, Mussolini, Roosevelt, Churchill, and al-Baghdadi, all claimed to be pursuing the greater good.

Conservatives, on the other hand see nothing wrong with the Second Amendment. It is simply another check and balance to governmental power, part of the social contract of the Constitution between the people and the government. Government must be limited to assure personal freedom.

As the media fragments, allowing more viewpoints to be heard, Progressive power will decrease. Since the middle 1960s, at least, it has depended on its overwhelming ability to control the narrative. Joy Behar did not do the Progressive Project any favors by exposing its embrace of deception.

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Virginia Democrat Governor ‘Has Not Ruled Out Confiscating Assault Weapons’ (Details)

H/T Flag And Cross.

Will Virginians be defiant or compliant sheeple?

Remember Virginia elections have consequences.

This won’t go over well…

Virginia’s Democrat governor has not ruled out gun confiscation. Ol’ blackface himself said so. If Dems aren’t actively trying to get President Trump re-elected, then what is their angle? From TheBlaze:

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) of blackface fame boasted this week that his party is ready to implement an array of gun control measures in the commonwealth now that Democrats control all three branches of government, and his administration is already “working on” a plan for confiscating so-called “assault weapons” from law-abiding gun owners.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Northam wants to bring back eight “common-sense” gun control measures that Republicans shot down during a special session in July, prioritizing “universal background checks, banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, restoring the law that limits purchases to one gun a month, and a red flag law that would empower a court to temporarily remove a gun from a person deemed to be a risk to himself or others.”

Reactions:

By God, I hope he livestreams video of himself personally confiscating them.

Josh Kraushaar

@HotlineJosh

Worth watching next year:

Northam said he “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html 

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference the day after Democrats took control of the Virginia Legislature.

From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam’s Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia

Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.

nytimes.com

Biscuit Salad@BiscuitSalad

By God, I hope he livestreams video of himself personally confiscating them.

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Maybe he could come to collect them personally, in blackface.

Josh Kraushaar

@HotlineJosh

Worth watching next year:

Northam said he “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html 

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference the day after Democrats took control of the Virginia Legislature.

From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam’s Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia

Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.

nytimes.com

Monte Sitton@MJSitton

Maybe he could come to collect them personally, in blackface.

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He’s gonna ride into your town on a white horse with a sheet over his head

Josh Kraushaar

@HotlineJosh

Worth watching next year:

Northam said he “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html 

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference the day after Democrats took control of the Virginia Legislature.

From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam’s Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia

Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.

nytimes.com

el Jefe@elJefeJL

He’s gonna ride into your town on a white horse with a sheet over his head

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But will he make the announcement in blackface or the KKK uniform?

Josh Kraushaar

@HotlineJosh

Worth watching next year:

Northam said he “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html 

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference the day after Democrats took control of the Virginia Legislature.

From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam’s Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia

Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.

nytimes.com

Braedon Saunders@bsaunders73

But will he make the announcement in blackface or the KKK uniform?

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Urban dwellers outnumber the traditional voters. As we become an urbanized society, our original American values, thoughts and customs are now outnumbered and the dependent urbanites will take us down the wrong path

Lynn Metzger@narniagirl55

This should wake up Virginians!! They are mostly avid gun owners and hunters who will defend their right to self defense.

Old Doc@old_doc1944

Urban dwellers outnumber the traditional voters. As we become an urbanized society, our original American values, thoughts and customs are now outnumbered and the dependent urbanites will take us down the wrong path

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All politicians wanting to confiscate guns should be required to be the one doing the confiscation.

Josh Kraushaar

@HotlineJosh

Worth watching next year:

Northam said he “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html 

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference the day after Democrats took control of the Virginia Legislature.

From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam’s Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia

Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.

nytimes.com

Dr. Ratnick’s Austere Maine Coon@bubba_jameson

All politicians wanting to confiscate guns should be required to be the one doing the confiscation.

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This should wake up Virginians!! They are mostly avid gun owners and hunters who will defend their right to self defense.

Josh Kraushaar

@HotlineJosh

Worth watching next year:

Northam said he “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html 

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference the day after Democrats took control of the Virginia Legislature.

From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam’s Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia

Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.

nytimes.com

Lynn Metzger@narniagirl55

This should wake up Virginians!! They are mostly avid gun owners and hunters who will defend their right to self defense.

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Well I suggest that he has to begin the confiscation by going door to door and doing it first.

Josh Kraushaar

@HotlineJosh

Worth watching next year:

Northam said he “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html 

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference the day after Democrats took control of the Virginia Legislature.

From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam’s Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia

Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.

nytimes.com

Beth G@BethellenLV

Well I suggest that he has to begin the confiscation by going door to door and doing it first.

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Govt does not have the manpower to confiscate anything. People in VA will not comply with his unconstitutional gun grab.

Josh Kraushaar

@HotlineJosh

Worth watching next year:

Northam said he “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html 

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference the day after Democrats took control of the Virginia Legislature.

From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam’s Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia

Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.

nytimes.com

Tom Adsit@TomAdsit

Govt does not have the manpower to confiscate anything. People in VA will not comply with his unconstitutional gun grab.

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Take the guns and murder the babies. Never mind my transgressions.

Josh Kraushaar

@HotlineJosh

Worth watching next year:

Northam said he “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/politics/Ralph-Northam-Virginia-democrats.html 

Gov. Ralph Northam held a news conference the day after Democrats took control of the Virginia Legislature.

From Pariah to Powerhouse: Ralph Northam’s Unlikely Rebirth in Virginia

Nine months after a racist picture in his medical school yearbook sparked widespread demands he resign, Mr. Northam will govern with Democrats controlling both houses of the legislature.

nytimes.com

keeptry’n@glock2617

Take the guns and murder the babies. Never mind my transgressions.

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H/T: Twitchy

Barr to Announce New Initiative to Combat Violence Carried Out With Guns

H/T Town Hall.

It will be interesting to hear Attorney General Barr’s plan.

Attorney General Bill Barr will announce a new Department of Justice initiative tomorrow called Project Guardian. Project Guardian, which will be implemented through ATF and overseen by DOJ, will focus on preventing “gun violence” in cities across the country.

Barr will make the announcement and detail the project Wednesday from downtown Memphis. He will be joined by ATF Acting Director Regina Lombardo, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee D. Michael Dunavant and ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Nashville Field Division Marcus Watson.

In the meantime, President Trump’s DOJ has been setting records for prosecutions against felony possession of firearms, against criminals carrying out crimes with firearms, illegal firearms sales and more.

“According to data from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), the number of defendants charged with criminal felony offenses increased by nearly 15 percent from more than 71,200 defendants in FY 2017 to more than 81,800 in FY 2018. In FY 2018, the Justice Department charged the largest number of violent crime defendants since EOUSA started to track this category more than 25 years ago (more than 16,800)—surpassing by nearly 15 percent the previous record set just last year,” DOJ released last year. “In FY 2018, the Justice Department charged more than 15,300 defendants with federal firearms offenses, which is 17 percent more than the previous record.”

In other words, instead of demanding additional gun control, DOJ is enforcing laws already on the books.

Attorney General Barr has a record of Second Amendment support and has expressed the need to go after criminals breaking the law to reduce violence.

Bernie Sanders: ‘Mandatory Buybacks’ of AR-15s and AK-47s Is Unconstitutional

H/T Town Hall.

This is the smartest thing Crazy Bernie Sanders has said in his life.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders explained he does not support a mandatory buyback of firearms because he believes such a law would be unconstitutional.

“Gun violence is an incredibly complex [and] large epidemic in our country…and I wanted to ask what your plan is to combat this epidemic, but also, specifically, wanted to see if mandatory buybacks for AR-15 and AK-47s is something you would consider,” Grace asked.

Sanders acknowledged a mandatory buyback is actually confiscation and that would be unconstitutional.

“Let me tell you what my plan is — and I don’t support it. A mandatory buyback is essentially confiscation, which I think is unconstitutional. It means I am going to walk in your house and take something whether you like it or not. I don’t think that stands up to constitutional scrutiny,” he replied.

Sanders does support banning AR-15s and other types of rifles.

“Assault weapons are designed and sold as tools of war. There is absolutely no reason why these firearms should be sold to civilians,” his campaign website states, adding he also supports a ban on “high-capacity ammunition magazines” and  universal background checks.

Of the many Democratic presidential candidates who started so far, those who supported very strict gun control measures have not made it very far. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) started his whole campaign around the issue of gun control in April of this year and dropped out in July after never gaining any traction.

While former Rep. Beto O’Rourke had a stronger start to his campaign, when he started to slide towards the bottom in the polls, his stance to have a compensated confiscation of AR-15s and AK-47s did not help. He dropped out of the race in November.