Podcast – Explaining Gun Control and the Second Amendment

by: the Common Constitutionalist

First, I apologize, but I had almost immediate technical difficulties, so the podcast, after the opening, is in audio only. Such is life.

In this podcast, I give conservatives and gun rights advocates a little additional ammunition (pardon the pun) to combat the left’s soundbite arguments for confiscating our guns (which is truly what they desire), as well as an explanation of both the amendment process of the Constitution and the Second Amendment itself.

It’s surprising how many on our side cannot effectively argue these points. I hope this helps. read more

The Right to Bear the Constitution – or at Least Review It

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Many Americans suffer from a common phobia. No, it’s not the very reasonable fear of Democrats running the country. That’s not a phobia, for its not irrational. No, they suffer from an irrational fear of guns. Guns are not inherently scary. They are just a tool – like a screwdriver or a leaf-blower. You’ve heard the saying, the right tool for the right job. You wouldn’t use a gun to blow the leaves around your yard and thus you wouldn’t use a leaf blower to defend yourself. You could try, but I’ll bet it won’t go well.

Yet over the years more and more citizens have been purposely conditioned to think guns are scary. Thus the “Gun Free Zone” was established. These days there are more and more “gun free zones” than ever.

Yet economist John Lott found that, “Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In Europe, there have been no exceptions. Every mass public shooting — and there have been plenty of mass shootings in Europe — has occurred in a gun-free zone.”

Bet you won’t hear that fun fact from the anti-gun lobby.

We hear that restaurants like Starbucks, Chipotle and Panera Bread and chain stores like Target have become gun free zones. Yes, Target allows men and little girls in the same dressing area, but won’t allow guns. Ask a mother or father which is scarier – a law abiding person with a gun, or a creepy old man watching their daughter undress.

Although it’s a stupid policy, I agree with them. They are private businesses and have the freedom to invoke such a policy. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive

The left stigmatizes our 1st gold medal winner

You don’t get much more left than NBC/Comcast. This is virtually the only cable company in America that has refused to add The Blaze TV to its cable lineup. Sure, it was one of the first to add al-Jazeera America, or some might know it as Jihadi-TV. They’ll jump at that chance – but Glenn Beck? Never.

So it’s no surprise that the media conglomerate continually bids to air the Olympics. The coverage of the Olympics used to be about the competition – highly trained athletes at the top of their respective sports going at it until only one (or one team) comes away with gold. read more

Give the Gift of Lead This Christmas

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –

The gift of a gun may be high on many Floridians’ holiday shopping lists.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it is on target to conduct nearly 1 million background checks this year on private firearm purchases. The projection comes as the department is reporting a record number of reviews conducted over the Thanksgiving weekend that typically kicks off the year-end holiday shopping season.

We have definitely seen an increase in the number of background checks over the past several years,” FDLE spokeswoman Samantha Andrews said Monday.

“You can see November and December are relatively larger” for sales. read more

Mob Guns

From notorious bank robber John Dillinger’s prohibition-era revolver to an arsenal of weapons owned by Ma Barker and her gang, the FBI’s cache of firearms holds almost every gun ever made.

These fascinating photos give a rare insight into the Bureau’s 80-year-old collection which is kept at the FBI laboratory in Virginia.

With an inventory of more than 7,000 weapons, the endless racks of guns provide a reference point for the laboratory’s firearms examiners to support criminal investigations.

 

 
Arsenal: The FBI has a collection of more than 7,000 guns at its laboratory in Virginia
Arsenal: The FBI has a collection of more than 7,000 guns at its laboratory in Virginia

 

 
Hidden: The vast collection of weapons even features a pistol hidden in the cut out pages of an early edition of Gone With The Wind
Hidden: The vast collection of weapons even features a pistol hidden in the cut out pages of an early edition of Gone With The Wind

 

 
Disguise: A submachine gun hidden in a violin case is among the reference library of weapons held by the Bureau
Disguise: A submachine gun hidden in a guitar case is among the reference library of weapons held by the Bureau

 

 
John Dillinger
Ma Barker
 Notorious: The FBI collection even features weapons belonging to the likes of bank robber John Dillinger, above, and gang leader Ma Barker, below
 
Infamous: John Dillinger's .45 calibre, pictured, is among the guns in the FBI's collection
Infamous: John Dillinger’s .45 caliber, pictured, is among the guns in the FBI’s collection

Among the more unique items in the collection are an old Thompson submachine gun hidden in a guitar case and a pistol hidden in cut out pages of a rare first edition of Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

Notorious depression-era bank robber John Dillinger’s .45 calibre and raider ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd’s Colt 1911 are held in the vault. 

The unique collection includes accessories like silencers and muzzle attachments as well as more heavy duty weapons such as grenades and rocket launchers.

A file of more than 15,000 types of ammunition are also kept on file.

John Webb, a firearms examiner for the FBI, said: ‘This collection is used in active cases in comparing known samples from our collection with question samples from the field.

‘Often, an investigator will receive a part of a firearm or a firearm that isn’t functional.

 
Unique: A key ring which doubles up as a tiny pistol is kept for reference by firearms examiners
Unique: A key ring which doubles up as a tiny pistol is kept for reference by firearms examiners

 

 
Reference: The collection features almost every gun ever made. Some are from closed criminal cases, others have been donated and some are bought by the FBI
Catalogue: The collection features almost every gun ever made. Some are from closed criminal cases, others have been donated and some are bought by the FBI

 

 
Helping with investigations: As well as the guns themselves, the collection also houses a number of firearms accessories including silencers and muzzle adaptors
Helping with investigations: As well as the guns themselves, the collection also houses a number of firearms accessories including silencers and muzzle adaptors

 

 
Evidence: Many of the guns in the collection were initially seized as evidence in closed cases. They are taken to the lab to be archived or completely destroyed
Evidence: Many of the guns in the collection were initially seized as evidence in closed cases. They are taken to the lab to be archived or completely destroyed

‘We can take that and compare it with our reference collection, determine what isn’t functioning, and repair it so we can obtain the test fires we need to conduct examinations with bullets and cartridge cases.’

Most of the staggering collection of firearms comes from closed investigations, others have been bought by the FBI and some even arrive as donations.

In most instances, the guns are held as evidence in court before being sent back to the lab where experts can either add them to the reference collection or destroy them completely.

 
Forensics: The guns are used by firearms examiners to crack new cases involving guns
Forensics: The guns are used by firearms examiners to crack new cases involving guns

 

 
Closer inspection: The inventory has been amassed over an 80 year period. Some items are just parts of retired weapons which can be matched up to firearms used in modern day crimes
Closer inspection: The inventory has been amassed over an 80 year period. Some items are just parts of retired weapons which can be matched up to firearms used in modern day crimes

 

 
Crucial: The FBI aims to duplicate every firearm in existence with the belief that sometimes a case could hinge on linking a firearm component to a similar part on one of their reference guns
Crucial: The FBI aims to duplicate every firearm in existence with the belief that sometimes a case could hinge on linking a firearm component to a similar part on one of their reference guns

 
Historic: FBI scientists have been using the gun vault for 80 years in a bid to crack crime
Historic: FBI scientists have been using the gun vault for 80 years in a bid to crack crime

The FBI aims to duplicate every firearm in existence with the belief that sometimes a case could hinge on linking a firearm component to a similar part on one of their reference guns.

John added: ‘The collection has been extremely useful in criminal cases. It has been directly responsible for assisting to solve crimes.

‘We are only a small part of this collection, it was here long before I was, and it will be here long after I’m gone.’

 
Storage space: The vast collection is stored at the FBI's laboratory in Virginia, pictured
Storage space: The vast collection is stored at the FBI’s laboratory in Virginia, pictured

Move and You’re Going to the Morgue

The other day, we brought you a story about an Oregon military vet who took Joe Biden’s warning shot advice and ended up being charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and Reckless Endangering. His AR-15 was confiscated as a result, and it won’t be returned unless the judge finds him not guilty.

Perhaps that vet should’ve taken some advice from this Ohio resident who was confronted with a similar incident. While the vet warned his intruder with a shot to the ground, this woman warned her intruder:  “If you move, you’re gonna go to the morgue.”

The Blaze recounted what happened:

 “Tammy Takach of Steubenville was sleeping Thursday morning when a noise in her home woke her up. She told WPXI-TV she grabbed her gun and went downstairs to find an intruder who’d entered through a window holding an air conditioning unit. He begged her not to call the police. ‘He stood up and put his hands up,’ Takach told WTOV-TV. ‘He said, “I’m just going to go. I’m sorry,” and I said, “The only place you’re going to go is jail, and if you move, you’re gonna go to the morgue, because I’m going to blow your f-ing head off.”’ Takach kept the gun aimed at him the entire time until police arrived. Upstairs, Takach’s son was still asleep, completely unaware of what was happening.”

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Guns are Bad

 

by: the Common Constitutionalist

This is the lesson our children are being taught. Guns are scary, dangerous and should be shunned and vilified no matter the circumstance. This apparently is the mark of an enlightened society.

The sad part is that this lesson is not only being taught to our children but has been promoted for years, so the children’s parents believe the same nonsense.

Evidence the recent incident in Palmer Massachusetts. A six-year-old boy brought a Lego gun, no larger than a quarter onto a public school bus. Yes, a kindergartner.

 
Tiny weapon: A 6-year-old kindergarten student was slapped with detention for bringing this Lego gun, which is only slightly larger than a quarter, on a school bus  
 

The report I read said that he was “brandishing” it. Say hello to my really little friend, I guess.

It was reported the bus driver said that he (the six-year-old) caused quite a disturbance and the children were traumatized. Traumatized?! Are you kidding me?!

Now, I’m right next door to Massachusetts so I understand the liberal wackiness of the state, but this is surreal.

The report continued by describing the “aftermath” of the incident. Again, really? Aftermath? The school forced (maybe at gunpoint? kidding) the little kid to write a letter of apology to the bus driver. The school then sent a letter home to all the uptight liberal parents of the “traumatized” children explaining there was no real gun on board.

The kid’s mom said her son knows that firearms are dangerous and have no place in school. Especially when a mass murderer comes calling and there’s no way to defend yourself or the children (my words, not hers). And let me add… Firearm? It could have gotten lost in his pocket!

Now we learn of yet another “zero tolerance”, zero intelligence policy violation. This time in equally liberal Maryland.

A five-year-old boy brought a “cowboy style Gun” fully loaded (with caps) to school. I was unable to discover what the guns clip size was. Maybe Bloomberg should hightail it to Maryland and find out.

Anyway, the poor little kid (did I mention he is five!) was actually interrogated for two hours. The adults upset him so much he wet himself. Still no report of whether he was water boarded.

The child’s mother said she had no problem with some consequence of his (her son) behavior. She didn’t appreciate the severity and had to get the family attorney involved. For a Cap Gun!

Oh, by the way, he was suspended for 10 days, basically the balance of the school year. It is reported that the family was afraid the incident would become part of the kid’s permanent record.

That’s what they’re afraid of? Not that the schools storm troopers traumatized the kid?

These two incidents are just a couple of many like them and are just further proof of what we conspiracy theorists on the right have been warning of.

These statists get our children at increasingly young age, now starting at the prekindergarten level, and drag them off to propaganda camps dressed up as schools.

Once there, they are free to indoctrinate these little impressionable minds in the ways of statist rule.

Rule number one: Speak, act and do as your government overlords tell you, for you are being watched and tracked (thanks to Common Core).

Rule number two: Step out of line – get slapped down and reeducated.

Rule number three: All guns are scary and should be owned or used by no one, except the ruling class and Hollywood.

For everything else – see rule number one.

I just hope these would be felons learned their lesson.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

Gun Control…Then and Now

Two things should jump out at you when reading this article. First: How few “Gun Control” laws have passed in the 79 years previous as opposed to the pitifully knee-jerk legislation that occurs today. Second: Of the seven previous pieces of legislation, only one is pro-gun and law abiding citizen and that was, of course, Reagan’s. The other six were signed by progressives, and yes, I include GHW Bush in that category.

 

Tracking Current Federal Gun Control Legislation

 

Over the years, there have been a number of laws introduced into the US.  Senate and House that deal with gun control in some fashion.  Not all of  them have become law, but there have been some significant ones that have  impacted us all and I believe violate the Second Amendment.

My wife saw this graphic that listed seven major gun control laws that had  become laws and forwarded it to me.  I did a little research on who was  president at the time and which political parties controlled the Senate and House.  I found a very interesting trend that points a huge finger at the  liberal Democratic Party starting back in 1934.

Here is that list of seven (eight actually as I added one that was ruled  unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court five years after being signed into  law.)

1934 – National Firearms Act – FDR – Dem; Sen – Dem; House – Dem

1968 – Gun Control Act – LBJ – Dem; Sen – Dem; House – Dem

1986 – Firearms Owners Protection Act – Reagan – GOP; Sen – GOP, House – Dem

1990 – Gun Free School Zone Act* – GHW Bush – GOP; Sen – Dem; House – Dem

*Ruled unconstitutional by US Supreme Court in 1995, when it was revised and  passed.

 

1993 – Brady Handgun Violence Act – Clinton – Dem; Sen – Dem;  House – Dem

1994 – Assault Weapons Ban – Clinton – Dem; Sen – Dem; House – Dem

1995 – Gun Free School Zones Act – Clinton – Dem; Sen – GOP; House – GOP

Now here is a list of the gun control bills that have been introduced into  the US House and US Senate so far year.  I may have missed some and if I  have, I apologize, but I hope that you still understand the scope of danger we  are in from a liberal progressive administration that wants to disarm the  American citizenry. Continue Reading

 

Young Americans to Buy Guns

60 percent of young Americans plan to purchase firearms, study reveals

Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life, an academic study from American University revealed on Monday.

According to a brand new study, sixty percent of young Americans plan on purchasing firearms in the future.

According to the study, about 40 percent of the American students surveyed said they definitely planned to own firearms once they had established their own households. Another 20 percent said they were “contemplating” owning guns.

Those findings were part of a broader study conducted by American University professor Jennifer L. Lawless and Loyola Marymount professor Richard L. Fox which focused on the political opinions of young Americans. The study was conducted prior the recent Newtown massacre, but after the Aurora theatre shooting.  Continue Reading

The Cause of Gun Violence Is…

Will the CDC Find the Cause of Gun Violence?

When President Obama signed his 23 executive orders this week to reduce gun  violence, I had to laugh at several of them.  One in particular was to  issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to  research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Really?  Is it a bacteria or virus that infects certain people?  Is  it contagious?

Do any of you remember the movie Urban Cowboy starring John  Travolta?  One of the songs used in the movie was sung by country singer  Johnny Lee and it was called, Looking for Love in All the Wrong  Places.  That’s exactly what Obama and the Democrats are doing with gun  violence, looking in all the wrong places.

The CDC is going to spend millions of taxpayer dollars looking for solutions  in all the wrong places.  Continue Reading