Unleash the Real First Responders

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Here we are in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in America and the left can’t wait to pounce. As if it were scripted (and of course it wasn’t), a deranged white boy guns down a group of innocents in possibly the nation’s most historic black church.

Enter our dear leader, Obama, right on cue, to once again make this tragedy into an anti-gun rally. Yet, just as he did in the Cambridge police incident  , he begins his tired diatribe by admitting he doesn’t know all the facts of the case, but let’s get rid of all the guns anyway. That will solve the problem. Sure, he didn’t come out and say it, but everyone knows where he stands on the issue.

He also wrongly stated that these mass shootings happen more often in America than anywhere else. This is a patently false statement as he probably knows. Incidences of mass shootings/killings happen everywhere and invariably in gun free countries or gun free zones.

Apparently this bowl-headed little dirt bag had only a 45 caliber semi-auto pistol with the standard clip holding maybe 7 to 10 rounds. Reports are that he may have reloaded up to five times. read more

The Individual Right To Keep and Bear Arms

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In Texas, 1999, a U.S. District Judge, Sam Cummings ruled in a domestic abuse case that the second amendment guaranteed an individual the right to keep and bear Arms.

There was naturally blowback from this decision. His detractors claimed he neglected to follow usual judicial practice. You see, his sin was not citing supremelegal precedent to support his decision.

That one sentence clearly defines a major problem in this country, run by pinhead lawyers – so full of arrogance that they think themselves and their court decisions superior to the Constitution and the founders. By citing only court precedent instead of original intent one bad decision leads to another and so on.

Some legal pinheads might cite the Supreme Court case U.S. v Miller (1939) wherein the court ruled the Second Amendment’s “obvious purpose… Was to assure the continuation and render possible the effectiveness of the state militia” (the National Guard). In the early 1980s, the Illinois Supreme Court as well as the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that there was no right for individuals to keep and bear Arms in the second amendment.

Now I’m not a constitutional scholar or great jurist with an army of researchers, but I can read. read more

Unequal Justice under the Law

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We all remember the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012. It’s hard to believe it has been over two years. We also recall the shooter, with his Bushmaster 223 rifle and its high capacity magazine – how the gun control wackos came out of the woodwork to call for a national ban on “scary” looking guns and high-capacity magazines. As if that matters.

SheenWhether it’s an AK-47 with a 30 round magazine or a pink Ruger .380 side arm – if either is pointed at you, it’s scary.

Speaking of high-capacity magazines, we might remember the uproar over then Meet the Press host David Gregory’s interview with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. It’s the one where Gregory actually brought a scary looking 30 round “high-capacity” magazine onto the set in Washington D.C. to confront Mr. LaPierre.

It’s a wonder anyone on the set survived the incident – you know – because magazines kill people. I’m reminded of the scene in the comedy, Hot Shots-Part Deux, where Charlie Sheen (back when he was still funny), was mowing down the enemy with a belt fed machine gun, and with the enemy still advancing, runs out of ammo. He drops the weapon, bends down, picks up a handful of bullets and throws them at the soldiers, killing them all. Very funny, but quite ridiculous. Kind of like brandishing an empty magazine with no gun. read more

Armed Citizens Do Save Lives

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Recently Garen Wintemute, director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, was quoted saying: “I think most people don’t want to be in a society where people have arms everywhere, particularly since there is no evidence that being armed is a benefit.”

Well, possibly to the surprise of some, I agree with Mr. Wintemute – that is, I agree with half his statement.

I too, as most Americans certainly would, prefer a country where no one has the need or even desire to arm themselves – beyond weapons for hunting. That would be wonderful and there is a place that has achieved this level of civility, peace and love for one another.

It’s called Heaven and its inhabitants are angels.

Unfortunately, this isn’t heaven, and none of us are angels, so we do what we must to try to assure that our loved ones and neighbors don’t get there prematurely. read more

Gun Education vs Sex Education

by: the Common Constitutionalist

With the most recent senseless killings at a California university, gun control is once again front and center.

Although Joe the plumber didn’t word it correctly, we all know what he meant. A killing spree by an obvious whack job gives no one the right to either confiscate our weapons or pass knee-jerk, feel-good laws that inhibit only the reasonable and law-abiding.

Interestingly, I don’t hear an outcry for knife control. After all, the lunatic in California didn’t just use a gun to kill.

With what seems to be a recent rash of unhinged young killers, the debate has progressed from not just gun control but America’s “gun culture”, and what can be done to limit our children’s “exposure” to guns and gun violence.

Guns have always been a part of American society, but some say our children are becoming saturated by it, thus desensitizing them. Many point to movies and video games as the main culprits.

To a point, I agree with them. The most popular action movies and video games are shoot-em up thrillers. I can see how some less than well-adjusted kids could easily be sucked into shoot-em up fantasies – where you get shot or killed in the game, then magically get to re-spawn or start over.

But that’s what parenting is all about. It is our job to teach them what the real world is like – where if you get shot, you don’t get up. read more

Gun Laws Were Different Back Then

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Up here in the Northeast, most of the states are either full on radically leftist or headed that way in an awful hurry.

Back when I came to New Hampshire from Georgia, it was truly an island of conservatism in a sewer of liberalism, surrounded on all sides. Unfortunately the once proudly red state is now blue, succumbing to the influence of its liberal neighbors.

Now thankfully, thus far, the state hasn’t begun adopting restrictive gun laws like its neighbors, particularly Massachusetts and Connecticut, but I fear that is just a few years down the road, maybe less.

It’s not that the states never had gun laws until the progressives took over. New England states have always had laws concerning guns, going all the way back to the colonial era, even back to the 1600s. read more

Oil Change and Gun Control

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I was having my oil changed this morning, during which the service manager and I somehow got to discussing the “knockout game”, were punks attack unsuspecting victims and knocked them to the ground, just for fun.

I have done business with this dealership for years, so they know me and are comfortable that I open carry my side arm.

Our conversation soon attracted more people and most that ended up taking part in discussion, were in favor of law-abiding citizens owning and carrying guns. There was however, one who advocated strict gun control. Interestingly, this young woman had no problem with me carrying a weapon, but was generally against it.

I posed a scenario to the “discussion group”. Yes I know, I’m such a geek, discussing politics with a bunch of gear heads at an auto dealership.

Anyway, here was the scenario: You (anyone of them) and I are walking down the street – not together, but on the same sidewalk. A criminal has the intention of robbing someone. He spots us both and has to make a choice of whom to rob. Neither of us is particularly physically intimidating. The difference is that the perp can plainly see that I have a side arm and you do not. Now, who’s he going to victimize? read more

Anti-Gun Activist Isn’t Who She Seems

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week I wrote an article entitled “Bloomberg Finances Another Anti-Gun Group“. The article focused on a mom/activist named Shannon Watts, whose group “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America”, was being financed but none other than former Mayor Michael Doomberg.

Lo and behold a few days go by and we start hearing reports of Shannon Watts throwing verbal barbs at Dana Loesch of  The Blaze. A video altercation of Loesch and Watts was posted on The Blaze and picked up by Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s site.

In the video, mommy Shannon was seen walking in a park with some of her anti-gun mommy compatriots and a couple of beefy looking, suit and sunglasses wearing men. Who were the men? Turns out they were Ms. Watt’s armed security. Armed with guns? Yep, armed with scary guns.

One’s first thought might be – what a hypocrite. But then one must remember that there is no such thing as leftist hypocrisy. Whether it’s taxes, the environment or guns, with the left, it will always be, do as I say, not as I do.

Now mommy Watts, mother of five, according to lefty press reports, is just a suburban mother who was apparently shaken to the core by the Sandy Hook shootings and felt she had to do something. read more

Bloomberg Finances Another Anti-Gun Group

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Last week I received an e-mail from my good [email protected] regarding Michael Bloomberg’s latest attempt at confiscating all our guns.

The e-mail blast said that Bloomberg will be spending $50 million on gun reform. Now since I don’t know what “gun reform” is I read on, asking myself whether I believe my guns needed reforming?

It turns out that the e-mail blast was not focused on Bloomberg’s efforts, but one of the many wack job organizations that he will be funding with his $50 million.

The organization, and particularly its founder, that MoveOn.org was focused on is “Moms Demand Action for Guns Sense in America” and its founder Shannon Watts.

MoveOn describes Ms. Watts as a supermom, who evidently has time for her five children and also to fight the evils of “gun violence”. They describe her as a force of nature communicator and the NRA’s worst nightmare. Ooh – scary! read more

Courageous States Fighting Back

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

For years we conservatives have been frustrated, and that’s putting it mildly, by the ever-growing size and reach of the federal government.

 

We’ve all asked, both ourselves and each other; what can be done? What can we do to fight back? Can anything be done to beat back the onslaught of the feds – to somehow limit their power over us?

 

Well, until recently we’ve all felt pretty helpless. Then, it seems something happened – as if a light came on or a voice from above exclaimed, “You know… you don’t have to take it. You have the constitutional authority to take the power back. All you have to do is have the courage to use that authority.”

 

And that’s exactly what is happening – either recalling or discovering for the first time – states are realizing that the United States Constitution was written to empower them, not the feds. read more