Archive for the ‘armed citizens’ Category

Good News for America

June 26, 2008

The Supreme Court upheld the Second Amendment as an individual right, i.e. reserved for the people.

More at Alphecca, AoSHQ, View From the Porch and Instapundit.

The left has to lie…

June 26, 2008

As I’ve pointed out before, the anti-Civil Rights Victim Disarmament crowd have to lie. The truth just doesn’t support their anti-Human Rights platform.

The latest example, by way of Mr. Reynolds, is NPR‘s own Nina Tottenberg.

Just heard her doing a bit on Heller in which she said that the Supreme Court has always construed the Second Amendment as a collective right. That’s just plain false, and at this stage she should really know better.

Let us review the facts:

“… ‘the people’ seems to have been a term of art employed in select parts of the Constitution. The Preamble declares that the Constitution is ordained, and established by ‘the people of the U.S.’ The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arms….” – Supreme Court of the U.S., U.S. v. Uerdugo-Uriquidez (1990).

“The states cannot, even laying the Constitutional provision out of view, prohibit the people from keeping and bearing arms so as to deprive the United States of their rightful resource for maintaining public security, and disable the people from performing their duty to general government.” — Supreme Court of the U.S., Presser v. Illinois (1886).

“The conclusion is thus inescapable that the history, concept, and wording of the Second amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as well as its interpretation by every major commentator and court in the first half-century after its ratification, indicates that what is protected is an individual right of a private citizen to own and carry firearms in a peaceful manner.”
– Report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 97th Congress, Second Session ( February 1982 )

So we have at least two Supreme Court cases, one as recent as 1990, and a finding of the Senate Judiciary Committee, all stating that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right, reserved for the people. Ms. Tottenberg is supposed to be an expert on the subject, and really should know this kind of basic material. Keep in mind that NPR has a history of ignoring the facts when it comes to the basic Human Right of effective self defense.

A Basic Human Right

March 14, 2008

The right to effective self-defense is a basic human right.
The Pink Pistols get it. Sadly, most so-called “liberal democrats” don’t.

The blogosphere is catching up with me…

November 18, 2007

I posted about the Munchkin wranglers excellent essay, “why the gun is civilization.” way back in March (with the HT to Tam).

The rest of the blogosphere is catching up finally. Boortz and the Instapundit for example.

Armed Citizens defending themselves against Terrorists

October 7, 2007

In Bagdad, which is pretty cool,

An al-Qaeda in Iraq effort to reestablish a position in the southern Baghdad province town of Hawr Rajab was repulsed when concerned local citizens engaged the terrorists with small-arms fire and called in U.S. forces for assistance Oct. 2.

While two concerned citizens were wounded in fighting and treated at a nearby hospital, four enemy fighters were killed, an additional two wounded, and multiple insurgent weapons destroyed. U.S. forces detained one of the enemy wounded and transported the other for medical treatment at Camp Cropper.

Events began mid-afternoon, when concerned citizens contacted Multi-National Division – Center Soldiers after spotting suspected AQI vehicles in the vicinity of Hawr Rajab. A quick reaction force comprised of Paratroopers from 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry. Division responded to the call for assistance.

The U.S. Soldiers moved into town to find the concerned citizens already engaged in small-arms fire with AQI terrorists hiding in a boys’ school. After the brief engagement, the terrorists were observed fleeing the scene in a blue truck.

An air weapons team was called in to pursue the vehicle and later destroyed the truck and killed four terrorists. The engagement also destroyed two AK-47s and a 23 mm anti-aircraft machine gun in the back of the van.

Numerous calls to tips line by Iraqis in the wake of the incident confirmed the identity of the men as AQI.

HT to Gateway Pundit

The UN’s view…

November 27, 2005

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…which is favored by rapists and other violent criminals. They prefer a disarmed population. It makes their working environment safer and easier.

San Francisco Police come out against a handgun ban.

November 6, 2005

By way of Alphecca, comes the lowdown on a Mercury News story

Adding a timely twist to the debate, those opponents warn that a major earthquake could lead to chaos and anarchy, akin to post-Katrina New Orleans.

“What happens when the police leave town, just like they did in New Orleans?” asked John Mindermann, a retired San Francisco police officer who keeps a handgun in his home in the low-crime area of West Portal. Only active law enforcement and military personnel would be exempt from the ban.

And even though its officers fight violence daily, the San Francisco Police Officers Association is also opposed to the ban, saying it cannot back a measure that takes away “the personal choice of city residents to lawfully possess a handgun for self-defense purposes.”

Dr. Rice on Civil rights

May 12, 2005

From today’s Washington Times Inside Politics Column:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recalled last night for CNN how her father took up arms to defend fellow blacks from racist whites in the segregated South and said the constitutional right to keep and bear arms is as important as free speech and religion.
In an interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Miss Rice said that her minister father and his friends armed themselves to defend the black community in Birmingham, Ala., against nightriders in 1962 and 1963.
She said that if local authorities in segregated Birmingham, where Miss Rice was born in 1954, had lists of registered weapons, she did not think her father and other blacks would have been able to defend themselves.
Miss Rice said, “We have to be very careful when we start abridging rights that the Founding Fathers thought very important.”
She said they understood “there might be circumstances that people like my father experienced in Birmingham, Alabama, when, in fact, the police weren’t going to protect you.”
“I also don’t think we get to pick and choose from the Constitution,” she said in the interview, which was taped for airing last night. “The Second Amendment is as important as the First Amendment.”

Of course the so-called "assault rifle" ban was a crock!

April 25, 2005

But then anybody with two clues to rub together knew that (obviously Err America jocks don’t fall in that catagory).
Even the NY Times is forced to admit that the rantings of Feinstein and Schumer were wrong:

Despite dire predictions that the streets would be awash in military-style guns, the expiration of the decade-long assault weapons ban last September has not set off a sustained surge in the weapons’ sales, gun makers and sellers say. It also has not caused any noticeable increase in gun crime in the past seven months, according to several metropolitan police departments.

Mr. Reynolds has a good summary:

The ban was symbolic legislation, designed to bolster the media profiles and direct-mail efforts of gun control lobby groups, while building momentun for eventual complete gun confiscation (something that some gun-control enthusiasts admitted, and others unconvincingly denied). It failed at that, and in fact succeeded mostly in costing the Democrats control of the legislative and executive branches.

Having the democrats voted out of control of Congress for the last ten years has been sweet…Thanks Sarah Brady and all you Misguided Moms!