Category Archives: Constitution

Gun Sales Set 9th Monthly Record In A Row

The only positive impact Obama has had on our economy.

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Via Fox News: The FBI conducted more gun-related background checks this January than in any other January since the system was created.

With 2,545,802 checks processed through the National Instant Background Check System, January 2016 beat the previous record, set in January 2013, by 50,326 checks. Though January’s number represents a drop from the all-time single month record set in December 2015, it is also marks the ninth month in a row that has set a record. It is also the third month in a row with more than two million background checks.

The number of background checks conducted by the FBI is widely considered the most reliable estimate for gun sales in the country since all sales conducted through federally licensed gun dealers and some sales conducted by private parties are required by law to obtain a check.

However, the number is not a one-to-one representation of gun sales. Many private sales are not included in the system. Also, in some cases a single background check can apply to the sale of multiple guns. Some states use background checks for their gun carry permitting process, which does not involve the sale of a gun.

The new record comes in the wake of President Obama’s executive action targeting gun sales. The White House had signaled that those selling even one firearm in their lifetime could be subject to federal licensing requirements, though it was later revealed that the written guidance issued by the ATF was at odds with the administration’s public comments.

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Candidate McDermott: Intent for “military assault weapons” is to murder

You can tell from this guy’s language that he has probably never fired an “assault weapon.”

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott is a current King County Council member and has decided to run to replace Democratic Senator “Baghdad” Jim McDermott (no relation). He’s also taking on one of the proggies’ favorite topics: gun control.

He told MyNorthwest.com: “I have 15 years of experience, both serving a decade in the Washington state Legislature — the House and the Senate — and the last five years on the King County Council achieving progressive results,” McDermott said. “That’s what I will take with me to Congress.”

In an interview with KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz Show, McDermott maintains he’ll go after gun manufacturers. McDermott spit out the standard gun control narrative: “The 30,000 (gun) deaths a year in our country happen because of the proliferation of weapons, and the type of weapons and the market and sales,” he told Rantz. “I believe this nation needs laws that allow for gun manufacturers to be held criminally and financially liable for their weapons in our streets.”

Jason Rantz did challenge McDermott’s perception of guns, telling him that 2/3 of gun violence is suicides and in Washington that number is closer to 80 percent. Rantz questioned how gun manufacturers should be responsible.

McDermott told him, “Gun manufacturers aren’t liable for every death, but things like assault weapons and large magazines are truly designed just for the ability to kill and harm a large number of people in a short period of time,” he said.  He went on: “I don’t know what other intent there is to have military assault weapons that can fire off that many rounds continuously,” McDermott said.

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And McDermott spouted off more of the proggie narrative: The county council member clarified that he is not talking about hunting rifles and handguns, rather military-style assault weapons that can carry large amounts of ammunition and fire rapidly for long periods of time.

Here’s McDermott’s take on those “assault weapons”: “It’s those large capacities that I believe we need to regulate, control and ban in our country, and hold people accountable for. “(Manufacturers) are not being made responsible. I don’t know what else those weapons are intended for, and they are resulting in mass shootings that harm and kill significant numbers of people in a short period of time,” McDermott said.

He said that no one single legislative action will solve gun violence woes in the country, and pro-gun advocates will pick apart every little action. But the law has to start somewhere.

McDermott said he hasn’t had conversations with gun owners about why they purchase and own military-style weapons, or large capacity magazines. He said he hasn’t found anyone willing to engage in conversation with him about it. Jason Rantz wants to change that. He is asking any such gun owners to write into his show with their reasons for gun ownership, and any rationale for owning such military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Go here to leave a comment for McDermott or Rantz.

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Police officer (and student), in full uniform, escorted out of college class because…

The professor was uncomfortable with the presence of his firearm.

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Darton State College is a four-year state college unit of the University System of Georgia, located in Albany, Georgia. Last week, a police officer, in full uniform, was attending a class in Darton State College  where he is a student. The Epoch Times has a story that will leave you scratching your head.

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The instructor apparently became uncomfortable with the police-issued gun he was carrying, WALB-TV reported on Wednesday. The teacher then kicked the officer out of the classroom. The station said that he was “escorted” out, without elaborating.

There has been major blacklash on social media against the school over the move. “I hope the professor was disciplined and had to personally apologize to the officer,” wrote one person on Facebook. Some also called for the unnamed professor’s job. “Why wasn’t this professor fired. Disgraceful,” said another.

The university issued a statement:

“Darton State College is appreciative for the service of our law enforcement, and welcome them as students on our campus. We have apologized to the officer for our misunderstanding when he attended class on our campus, and we regret this happened. We have met with the faculty and staff involved to reiterate the Georgia Law and Darton Policy.” – Dr. Thomas Ormond, Interim Provost/VP for Academic & Student Affairs, Darton State College.”

The school allows law enforcement officers to carry firearms on campus, according to the school policy, which reads: “Students are prohibited from possession of firearms in or on college property except by law enforcement officers, judges and district attorneys. The possession or use of any other offensive weapons is prohibited.” However, it’s unclear if a student, who is also a law enforcement officer is allowed to carry a firearm.

Doesn’t seem unclear to me. If an officer is in full uniform, why are you afraid to see him carrying a firearm? Unless you are a Pajama Boy, then I’d understand!

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Gun control, Chicago Style: 21 shot — 5 fatally — in weekend attacks

Just another typical weekend in Chiraq. Yet it’s not all bad news: There’s a DRT* ending!

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Five people were killed and at least 16 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago this weekend, according to Chicago Police.

While most of the shootings were committed by criminals, one had a happy ending:

A 30-year-old man broke into a woman’s home in the 400 block of East 62nd Street about 5:15 a.m. and began to beat her, police said. The woman, 28, was able to get ahold of a handgun, a struggle ensued and the man was shot to death. The woman has a valid FOID card and it was not immediately known whether charges would be filed as Area Central detectives conduct an ongoing homicide investigation.

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Read the whole store here.

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Facebook bans private gun sales

This will stop all the criminals from getting guns, I’m sure. Just another reason I’ll never get back on Facebook.

Two peas in a pod...

Two peas in a pod…

According to Guns.com, Facebook has banned the private sale of firearms. This also applies to its sistered site Instagram. This was announced late last  Friday.

The ban applies to private, person-to-person sales of guns, but posts by licensed gun dealers are okay. Facebook already prohibits unauthorized dealers to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, illegal drugs, or marijuana.

Although Facebook has never been directly involved in gun sales, users have created groups used specifically for the sale of firearms.

Facebook updated it’s policy in 2014 to limit the sale of guns due to pressure from gun control groups. The company pushed forth efforts to block attempted sales to felons, minors or across state lines without an FFL.

They are a private company and are entitled to set their own rules. Just as I’m entitled to not use any of their social networking applications!

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Atlanta rep proposes bill that would require seizure of “assault” weapons

I highly doubt this bill will pass. But for a “representative” to even propose it shows just how little they care about your Constitutional rights.

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Representative Mary Margaret Oliver is an Atlanta politician (democrat, of course) who represents Decatur, District 82. She’s been in politics since 1987. What’s astounding is that she has a law degree and continues to practice law in Decatur. Apparently she never studied Constitutional Law.

Gun grabber Mary Margaret Oliver at the podium.

Gun grabber Mary Margaret Oliver at the podium.

11 Alive reports that Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver is the sponsor of HB 371 which contains several unconstitutional provisions. The bill would designate some weaponry and ammunition as contraband and require seizure of such by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Some of the provisions in the bill would require training for licensed gun carriers, outlaw weapons in all public buildings, and restrict assault weapons and high caliber weapons.

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Oliver called it a “strong bill,” and admitted the seizure provision may be problematic (gee, ya think?). “I’m not wedded to the specific principle of confiscating guns,” said Oliver. “I am open to an honest discussion – if I’m allowed to have an honest discussion – if there’s a better way.”

CNS has a summary of some of the bill’s provisions:

  • Requires “assault weapons” and “high caliber weapons” not turned in by owners to be seized by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
  • Any selective fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic, or burst fire at the option of the user would be banned.
  • Ban a semiautomatic rifle or pistol with a fixed magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
  • A semiautomatic center-fire rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has a folding or telescoping stock or a pistol grip would fall under the definition of “assault weapon” under the proposal.

Click here to read the bill. Read the whole story here.

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Oregon Standoff: Militia man killed; others asked to sign talent releases

Last December, Ammon Bundy and armed militia members gathered in Burns, Oregon (about 280 miles southeast of Portland), to protest the jailing of local ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. (Ammon is the son of Nevada rancher Clive Bundy who had an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014 over grazing rights. That matter was settled peacefully, after the Bureau of Land Management backed off and left the scene.)

Dwight Hammond, 73, and his son, Steven, 46, are due to go to jail for 5 years for lighting fires on federal properties in 2001 and 2006 in order to scale back invasive plants and to protect their private lands from wildfires.

After a peaceful rally in Burns, Ammon Bundy and the militia took over a facility at the Mahleur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.

Yesterday, matters between the militia and the feds took an ugly turn.

As reported by Vicky Davis for TVOI (The Voice of Idaho) News, Jan. 27, 2016, five militia men were arrested at a traffic stop, on their way from Burns, Oregon, to a community meeting with ranchers in John Day, Oregon. The five are Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan Waylen Payne. Additionally, two others were arrested in Burns: Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy (Captain O.) and Peter Santilli. Another man, Jon Ritzheimer, reportedly turned himself into police in Peoria, Arizona.

But a militia man named Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was “murdered in cold blood,” shot multiple times at close range. A source told TVOI that “LaVoy was not resisting but was dragged out of a vehicle.”

Here’s a video of Finicum:

And here’s the complete video footage of a joint FBI and Oregon State Police traffic stop and OSP officer-involved shooting of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The footage has been edited only to blur out aircraft information. It was taken by the FBI on 01/26/2016 and released by the FBI on 01/28/2016. Note regarding date/time stamp in the left corner of video: Pilots use Zulu Time, also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), when they fly. Zulu time is eight hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). Therefore, although this footage was taken on January 26, 2016 in Oregon, the date/time stamp on the video shows just after midnight January 27, 2016. (H/t FOTM reader gamegetterII):

To add to the confusion in Oregon, a fascinating exchange was captured by the live video feed of the standoff.

Beginning at the 1:20 mark of the video below, you’ll hear the following exchange:

Voice of Man #1: “Hey guys. Can I get you guys to sign talent releases?”

Voice of Man #2 (member of militia): “Say what?”

Man #1: “Talent releases. I must get you guys to sign off.”

Man #2: “What is that?”

At which point, a man rushed up to the camera to turn off the live feed.

Talent release forms are an essential tool for movie and music makers.

Caleb Ward of PremiumBeat, “a curated royalty free music website,” explains:

“a talent release form gives you the right to distribute a film with an actor’s likeness. Without a talent release form your production could be at a legal risk and you could potentially get sued!”

As explained by maggie of Still Motion, a website of and for filmmakers, talent release forms are contractual agreements with actors — “pieces of paper that serve to legally cover your butt” because “If you don’t have them sign a release, you have no right to use the footage should they want to have it removed for whatever reason.”

By signing a talent release form, the signer:

  • “Waives their right to approve or disapprove of the finished product.
  • Acknowledges that the production/company is conducted professionally.
  • Acknowledges that they’re over 18.
  • Confirms that they’re not breaching another contract by participating in your film.”

Here’s an example of a standard talent release form:

Talent release form

The militia in Oregon are not professional actors, so why are they asked to sign talent releases?

Is there an innocent explanation for this? Is a documentary team filming the standoff?

H/t MHB commenter Michael K.

UPDATE (Jan. 30, 2016):

Writing for HenryMakow.com, someone named James Farganne offers an explanation for the talent release. He claims that crisis actors, including a 27-year-old named David, are posing as militia members and are live-streaming “a parallel ‘militia encampment’ in Burns, run by the FBI. However, it must be said that is Farganne’s speculation. (H/t FOTM‘s Lana)

~Eowyn