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Anti-Gun Appeals Court Nominee Defeated

March 13, 2013 by  

Last week was a big one for gun rights.

First, Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was defeated by a Republican filibuster. Halligan was one of the most anti-gun judicial nominees in recent memory, according to Gun Owners of America. The cloture vote failed 51-41, with only Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska breaking ranks with the Republicans.

GOA saw some more good news in the Senate Judiciary Committee, even though it passed S. 54, the Veterans Gun Ban. The good news comes in the fact that Republicans seem united against the bill, which makes a filibuster defeat “very achievable.”

As GAO notes, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) spoke for all gun owners when he vigorously opposed the bill in committee, explaining that: “This bill would make it a serious felony [up to 15 years in prison] for an American Legion employee to negligently transfer a raffled firearm to a veteran who unknown to the transferor suffers from PTSD.”

According to GOA:

Although this legislative pile of bunk is wrapped up in a pretty package labeled “gun trafficking” (which is already illegal), the bill would (at its core) send you to prison for 15 years if you:

- Negligently sold two or more guns;

- Negligently gave a gun as a gift;

- Negligently raffled a gun.

What do we mean by “negligence”?  Well, 150,000 law-abiding veterans are currently barred from owning firearms, without any due process of law.  And any person who smokes marijuana — including medical marijuana — is prohibited from owning a firearm under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(3).

So, if you sell a gun to any of these people, without realizing that they are subject to a gun ban, you can go to prison for 15 years.

Anti-gun Chairman Patrick Leahy did everything he could to cut off debate on S. 54 — showing clear irritation at any senator who dared to raise questions with respect to its provisions.

That said, seven of the eight Republicans on the committee voted against S. 54, the Veterans Gun Ban — Senators Jeff Sessions (AL), Jeff Flake (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), John Cornyn (TX), Ted Cruz (TX), Orrin Hatch (UT) and Mike Lee (UT).  They all deserve your support and thanks.

And the eighth, Ranking Republican Chuck Grassley, left open the possibility that he would vote against it on the floor unless it was amended.

Both Grassley and Murkowski need to hear from their constituents.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Pepe

    Open up your eyes, it don’t matter what they legislate, they are still taking the guns?
    No one is stopping them! The Congress needs to retire, instead of blabbing their lips, which don’t mean anything, they are still taking the guns. And no one is stopping them.
    It seems like a smoke screen, while they are blabbing, spinning the web, no one is held accountable…The Constitution says…? Do you know, the second Amendment? There should not even be a debate. Freaken stine…said, “don’t worry, we will get them.” And she is. Sadness for this country.

    • http://yahoo bob peters


  • Berettababe

    All these “gun-grabbers” are on a Fool’s Errand if they “believe” they’ll be safer if the law-abiding are disarmed. They are only proving they are delusional amateurs in the ways of the world. Can their like-minded pals count on them for protection? Pelosi and Feinstein will be under their beds with their unarmed bodyguards.

  • Berettababe

    All these “gun-grabbers” are on a Fool’s Errand if they “believe” they’ll be safer if the law-abiding are disarmed. They are only proving they are delusional amateurs in the ways of the world. Can their like-minded pals count on them for protection? Pelosi and Feinstein will be cowering under their beds with their unarmed bodyguards.

    • BillT

      “They” know we wont be safer – they don’t care. Their reason for complete gun control is in the second ammendment. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state….. People in power don’t want a free state, they just want more power and the way to gain more power is to take more freedoms away from the people and leave the people without a way to fight back.

  • ibcamn

    BOB,READ THIS,Okay,question:if someone knowingly goes out and buys a new ,lets say,AR-15 and throw in a semi auto pistol,and knows that,back at home his/her spouse has some form of brain dammage(that could be potentially a violent form)and follows all the laws to purchase that weapon.
    Then somewhere down the line,that spouse with brain trama goes off the deep end!uses those legally bought guns to kill the spouse then themselves,or had killed the children,or kids friends,people next door,mailman??!
    What happens then?whos yo blame for the deaths,what could have been done?was it legal to sell it to that spouse that was not the one with brain damage/trama?what if the seller of the weapon(dealer)knew the purchaser had a brain trama spouse aty home,but sold it to that person anyways???!!whos liable??

    Did you figure out what i’m getting at?!
    Arizona,shooting,she got shot in the head,her hubby is a astronaute,her hubby just bought a AR-15 semi-auto rifle and a 45 colt semi-auto handgun,she stepped down and is legally impiared now,”mentaly”impiared!she could snap from brain trama!no one knows what’s going to happen-no one!!can he legally buy those weapons?she still owns her own firearm!he owns others!if he has a safe for those guns,she may know the combonation(i’m betting yes!)

    Why doesn’t anybody else see this,the gov’t tells us we can’t do this(in background checks,or Fiebstiens proposed gun ban)are they somehow better than us that nobodys saying a dam thing about it!!

    I hope all you read this and think,the gov’t has a potential murderer in their midst,and no one sees it!!they are blind to their own!just like the cops who murder civilians and cover it up!they just turn a blind eye to all threats that come from them!(most of the latest shooters were Democrates,liberals)

  • BillT

    If you smoke weed, you can’t own a gun. What a bunch of bunk. Take a look around, in a few years guns of any kind will be completely legal. But there will me a million and one reasons why you wont be eligalbe to own one.

  • http://yahoo Don

    they are good enough to go to war. now they are robbed of their rights. i doubt any of them are dangerous to the public. these people are very trained in self dicipline in the service. what is next. the veit nam vets? that probly was a crazier war than we have nowadays. check out the movie “apocalypse now”. i did’nt go there, but id’ almost bet it was as erie as the movie. it would have done damage to out troops. veit nam was one of the biggest wastes of our poor kids ever. if president kennedy would have lived thes kids would still be alive and we’d have alot of our social security funds yet. they say president johnson paid for the war with socialsecurity. i think johnson shouldd rank as the worst president ever followed by owebubhole then carter.


    They keep it up and keep treating our vets like crazy criminal minded nut cases and people are going to stop volunteering to sign up for the military because they are seeing how they will be treated after they serve their Country and leave the military and be treated as second class citizens with mental illness and possibly disabilities by which the government notoriously threatens them and the elderly first when it comes time to cut funding from some where. Never will you hear daddy obama threaten the welfare takers or other taker programs.

    Then they will have to invoke a draft or mandate that everyone upon male and female upon reaching 18 must serve 2 yrs minimum in one of the branches of the armed services.

    Also out laws those who smoke marijuana? How about those on crack and lsd and how about those that have ever purchased or drank a alcoholic beverage?

    There are far more cases of violence and assault related to alcohol than with smoking a dubey. Marijuana mellows you out and makes you the least likely to be aggressive, unlike alcohol or acid, lsd or crack. If they can get away with the marijuana deal, then bet the alcohol deal is coming next in line.

    Those facts can be easily proven that violence and assault commonly goes hand in hand with alcohol. So to eliminate almost everyone, they will make it law that anyone who has ever had a alcoholic beverage or history of drinking is banned from having a gun.

    Almost everyone at one time or another has had some form of alcohol.

  • ewest

    The truth is the lefties’ will put any sorry misguided stipulations on a bill too get some justification so it passes. Then there’s foot is in the door. It becomes easier to up grade from there. It is obvious to them what is coming in the near future and they are going to do everything to limit resistance. Well guess what, they’re not getting mine!

  • Liberterian

    Hopefully we will be able to stave off this horde of bad gun laws that the Dems and gun ban freaks are trying to force down our throats. Reality and Sanity need to find a home in our barren political landscape again, before it is too late.


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