Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year’s Roundup!!!

First off I’d like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year! In 2008 great strides were made in protecting our Second Amendment rights with the landmark Heller decision, but many challenges lie ahead. While Congress still remains pro-Second Amendment, the incoming administration is the poster child for the failed policies of big city gun control and gun grabbing. While I expect economic issues will dominate the first several months of the new administration, at some point Obama and his allies in Congress will want to shore up the base before the 2010 mid-term election. Of course, last time the Democrats did that was in 1994, and it cost them mightily at the polls. Furthermore, there are several pro-Second Democrats who know voting in favor of additional useless gun laws would be tantamount to political suicide.

One issue I do expect to come up is the so called “gun show loophole”. In many states, this is a non-issue as the states require background checks at gun shows anyway. The key question is what happens to private party sales. An Editorial in the Duluth News Tribune explores that question:

“A week before Minnesota’s firearm deer season I visited my 86-year-old father. He regaled me with an entertaining stream of tales from his 70 years as a deer hunter in the north woods. He lamented his failing eyesight and then rose from his ancient recliner and went to the closet where he keeps his guns. He took out a battered old case and handed it me. ‘I want you to have this.’

“I knew what was inside. A Savage model 219 single-shot 30-30 rifle. My father bought it in 1944 for $12. . .

“However, if some people had their way, my father would be a felon the next time he passed on a firearm to a family member.”

The so-called “gun show loophole” represents a “soft target” for opponents of the Second Amendment. It is something easy to build up fear in the populace over, even though the data shows that firearms obtained at gun shows are used in a miniscule portion of crimes.

Looking to Congress itself, the House of Representatives remains staunchly pro-Second with a majority of the Representatives receiving an “A” rating from the NRA. In the Senate, the picture is far more murky, though with over 40 “A” rated Senators, the filibuster remains in play. Two high profile “F” rated senators (Clinton and Obama) are being replaced.

The much ballyhooed media darling Carline Kennedy seems to be a leading candidate for Clinton’s seat. As far as I can tell her only qualification for the job is the surname “Kennedy”. Of course, her other qualification is that she seems to have inherited the Kennedy abhorrence of the Second Amendment. Granted, the family has seen tragedy, but given that JFK was an NRA member, it seems odd that the Kennedy legacy has now become the dismantling of the Second Amendment. Here’s what she had to say about the Second Amendment according to MND:

“Under the controlling authority of the only Supreme Court case to address the scope of the Second Amendment, U.S. v. Miller, the court concluded that ‘the right to keep and bear handguns is not guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”

This excerpt came from a book on “Constitutional Law” she wrote with Ellen Alderman. The quote is actually lifted from the Quilici v. Morton Grove decision, which is a lower court decision that makes several factual and legal errors (and should really be challenged in light of the new Heller decision). The fact that she’d base her Second Amendment opinion on such clearly flawed reasoning speaks volumes. Of course, given she’d be replacing Clinton, it would be a wash in the Senate for that seat.

In the auction, errrr, serach, to replace Obama in the Senate, disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named Roland Burris to fill the seat that Obama will be vacating. While at this point the chances of him being confirmed in the Senate look remote, his own record on firearms is, of course, typical of a Chicago politician. The Campaign Spot reports that he was a major promoter of the 1993 Gun Turn-In Day in Chicago, but was then caught with a handgun at his home in 1994. Yet another “do as I say, not as I do” politician bought and paid for by the Chicago political machine.

While 2008 represented a watershed event in the history of the Second Amendment with the Heller ruling (which still should have been 9-0, but clearly 4 justices failed reading comprehension), but 2009 promises to be more challenging. It has never been more important to stay tuned in and stay involved in the process. Our rights and liberties affirmed by the Constitution only go away if we let them go away, “they” can’t take them from us. I look forward to continuing to fight the good fight with my fellow Americans this year, and until I’m taken from this world.

Until next time!

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