2nd Amendment Under Fire
The first convictions in the Department of Justice’s fatally flawed Fast and Furious gunwalking scheme were made in a Federal court on Monday. The convictions come as Congressional Republicans, led by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), continue their probe into Justice Department officials’ knowledge of the operation.
Newark, N.J., Mayor Corey Booker wants people to report their neighbors to law enforcement if they are exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.
The Republican Party is generally considered to be the pro-gun party. But this year’s crop of GOP contenders is sketchy when it comes to their stances on gun rights.
Neither Mitt Romney nor Jon Huntsman has returned his candidate questionnaire to Gun Owners of America; and Romney, Huntsman, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have failed to return their candidate surveys to the National Association for Gun Rights.
Sarah McKinley, feared for her life and that of her 3-month-old son when she shot 29-year-old Justin Shane Martin to death as he and an accomplice tried to break into her home, allegedly in search of drugs. McKinley asked a 911 dispatcher for permission to shoot the intruder.
According to the FBI, more than 1.5 million background check requests were made to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by gun dealers in the month of December. About 500,000 of those requests came in the six days before Christmas.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited Congress to attend the funeral of a slain cop with him on Monday, saying that it might urge lawmakers to do something about the flow of illegal guns.
Gun owners received something of a reprieve last week when the efforts of Senator Harry Reid to ram through confirmation of an anti-gun judicial nominee were thwarted in a cloture vote.
Reid was pushing Caitlin Halligan, a former New York solicitor general who was a leading advocate for bankrupting the firearms industry through the use of frivolous lawsuits. Halligan was up for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a court that is commonly referred to as the second most important court in the country.
President Barack Obama and the bulk of the corporate media continue to act as if “Operation Fast and Furious” is a bad movie sequel featuring Vin Diesel and the Rock flexing their muscles and struggling with dialogue as opposed to a poorly conceived and implemented Department of Justice “gunwalking” program.
Since the Republican-dominated Legislature in Florida made it easier to carry guns in the State’s Capitol, Democrats are noting that every Senator and staffer has now had a panic button installed on his or her phone.
The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 is couched as a bill favorable to gun owners. In truth, it’s another insidious misuse of the Constitution’s “commerce clause” and a backdoor assault on the 2nd Amendment.