Thursday, February 26, 2015

odeur de Bloomberg

Examiner David Codrea reports on an Illinois Bill introduction that has the odeur de Bloomberg all over it.

This draconian bill was introduced by Democrat State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (not that Jackie Collins).

From her bio:
In 1984, she served as press liaison for the Rev. Jesse Jackson during the Democratic National Convention . . . .  and also had the distinction of serving as a 2001 Legislative Fellow for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington, D.C.
So, this bill, coming from one associated with the 1994 gun ban cabal, should come as no surprise.

No hate crime charges against George Zimmerman

Turns out the Obama Administration's DOJ was not able to gin up find any evidence with which to charge Zimmerman with a hate crime.

I guess not. The evidence at trial clearly showed that Zimmerman was on the brink of having his skull turned into a bowl of mush. Further commentary at Examiner HERE.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Terrorists abetted by Mall of America gun policy

Examiner David Codrea talks about this fantasy of designated Gun Free Zones HERE.

Knoxville has its share, too. Proceed at your own risk!

College student opportunity at NRA convention in Nashville

Update - this event begins at 10:00 am.

College student have an exciting opportunity to attend the first ever Second Amendment Youth Leadership Conference during NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits! 

Read about it in my Examiner article HERE.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gun-ban hypocrisy has long inglorious history

Remember Carl Rowan, the anti-gun DC journalist who shot a youth in his backyard? The hypocrisy continues. . .

Read my Examiner commentary on this ongoing phenomenon HERE.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Race Relations and Law Enforcement

Reprinted by permission from IMPRIMUS, a publication of Hillsdale College.

Jason L. Riley
Editorial Board Member, Wall Street Journal

Jason L. Riley on Race Relations and Law EnforcementJason L. Riley is an editorial board member and a senior editorial page writer at the Wall Street Journal, where he writes on politics, economics, education, immigration, and race. He is also a FOX News contributor and appears regularly on Special Report with Bret Baier. Previously, he worked for USA Today and the Buffalo News. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on January 30, 2015, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series.
Thomas Sowell once said that some books you write for pleasure, and others you write out of a sense of duty, because there are things to be said—and other people have better sense than to say them. My new book, Please Stop Helping Us, falls into that latter category. When I started out as a journalist 20 years ago, I had no expectation of focusing on race-related topics. People like Sowell and Shelby Steele and Walter Williams and a few other independent black thinkers, to my mind at least, had already said what needed to be said, had been saying it for decades, and had been saying it more eloquently than I ever could. But over the years, and with some prodding from those guys, it occurred to me that not enough younger blacks were following in their footsteps. It also occurred to me that many public policies aimed at the black underclass were just as wrongheaded as ever. The fight wasn’t over. A new generation of black thinkers needed to explain what’s working and what isn’t, and why, to a new generation of readers. And the result is this book, which I hope will help to bring more light than heat to the discussion of race.
The book is not an autobiography or a memoir, but I do tell a few stories about growing up black and male in the inner city. And one of the stories involves a trip back home to Buffalo, New York, where I was born and raised. I was visiting my older sister shortly after I had begun working at the Wall Street Journal, and I was chatting with her daughter, my niece, who was maybe in the second grade at the time. I was asking her about school, her favorite subjects, that sort of thing, when she stopped me and said, “Uncle Jason, why you talk white?” Then she turned to her little friend who was there and said, “Don’t my uncle sound white? Why he tryin’ to sound so smart?”

Monday, February 16, 2015

Should guns be tax-exempt?

I address this question, with a look at the Newspaper exemption in my Examiner column HERE.

If you can't ban guns, try ammo . . .

. . . starve those AR-15's to death.

Examiner David Codrea reports of the Administration's proposal to ban commonly used ammo HERE.

The predictable result will be shortages and higher prices on ammo, assymetrically affecting lower-income citizens' ability to buy effective defensive rifle ammo.

"I support the Second Amendment, BUT....

Another example of Goldilocks gun laws.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

JPFO Update (reprinted with permission)

An Update On
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

From the passing of Aaron Zelman in December 2010 to its Adoption
by the Second Amendment Foundation in September 2014

by Alan Korwin
with guidance from
Rabbinic Director Dovid Bendory
former Executive Director Charles Heller
former Board of Directors officer Bob Meier
When Aaron Zelman left this world on December 21, 2010, after 21 years as the founder and mastermind behind Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, he left the world a significant ideological legacy.
JPFO was Aaron’s invention and creation, and like similar constructs, it reflected him uniquely from top to bottom. There was no other Moses figure to step in and take over. He had put his people on the path out of an iron bondage of mental oppression, a firearm slavery that took social, psychological and physical forms.
JPFO served a function matched by no other group in the freedom struggle, mobilizing a constituency that up to that point lacked voice. Oddly enough, it resonated as loudly with Gentiles as with Jews, a point that surprised Aaron but one he took in stride. He happily accepted any support in the quintessential battle that would never again allow government—or anyone—to attempt to wipe out His People—or anyone.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

U.S. Flag being forced down in View Harbor Subdivision

Today, at 3 pm in View Harbor Subdivision in West Knox County, an Air Force veteran is being forced to quit flying the Stars and Stripes by the petty potentates of her HOA. The address is:

If yo can spare a few minutes on this busy Valentine's day, come out and show support for Delia Foster, a 24-year Air Force veteran, as she strikes the colors with the help of the American Legion.

The story was reported by Channel 10 and Channel 8 last night:

The Congress and the Tennessee Legislature should act on this clear​ freedom of expression issue. Any lout is Constitutionally protected if he wants to burn Old Glory, but someone who signed a contract to give her all, up to and including her very life; then gave 24 years for her, can't fly Old Glory!
​Please come out and support Foster.​

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gun Control Act of 1968 crumbling around the edges

Alan Gura wins another important gun rights case. See my Examiner commentary, with a little history HERE.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Vermont ‘gun control’ push draws organized opposition

David Codrea reports on the state that has "Constitutional Carry", since, like for-ev-er!

It has worked well for them. They don't need more stinkin' gun control laws, either.

Tennessee 2015 Guns in Parks bill gets media attention

WBIR-TV interviewed Mayor Ralph McGill and me on the issue. McGill feels he must maintain control of citizens who:

  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have never been convicted of domestic violence
  • Have no history of mental illness, aclohol or drug addiction
  • Have passed an FBI background check, with fingerprints on file with the FBI
  • Have passed mandatory training in firearms usage and applicable law

Yet Farragut does not provide any semblance of security at Farragut parks, or along greenways. Felons are free to come and go as they please.

How long has it been since you have seen any armed security at Farragut parks?

See the interviews and further commentary at Examiner HERE.

Friday, February 6, 2015

POTUS has heard the truth

Yesterday, Darrel Waltrip was the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast. In attendance were POTUS, FLOTUS, the Daila Lama, and other dignitaries.

Waltrip gave an excellent address, in which he claimed the exclusivity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Consider Jesus's claim, and Waltrip's statement. If true, they are true to the exclusion of all other roads to salvation.

What path will you follow?