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The Declaration of Independence states that among our “unalienable rights” are the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights are given to us by God; meaning that they were not granted to us by a king or any other human government. That they are “unalienable” means that these are rights that we are, in fact, powerless to reject. We do so only at our own peril. Rejecting these rights would be like saying that you do not want your kidneys anymore. Perhaps you don’t like their color. Sure, you could have them removed, but you wouldn’t last long!

From the right to life comes the right to protect that life. From that right flows the right to the means to do so. This is where the right protected by (not granted by or created by) the 2nd Amendment comes from. What does not spring from the right to life is a right to be protected from imagined threats.

But this is precisely the right craved by so many on the anti-gun Left. An example comes from a letter writer to the Des Moines Register who asks…

When will legislators on the state and national level stop catering to gun lobbies and do something to make all Americans safer? Everyone should realize we have a Second Amendment that allows people to own guns and that right is not going to be taken away. But where does that amendment stop and my right to live safely begin?

The writer submitted this letter following several shootings in her Beaverdale neighborhood; including at least one homicide. These were not, however, random shootings. They were drug related. In other words, these were criminals shooting other criminals. These weren’t 3-gun shooters or duck hunters running amok. So unless the letter writer is in the illegal narcotics trade, these shooting pose little to no tangible threat to her. The threat exists only in her imagination.

The letter states that “we have a Second Amendment that allows people to own guns and that right is not going to be taken away”, but how else are we to interpret her demand to “live safely”? She focuses on acts committed by criminals, but later laments new Iowa laws that protect the rights of law abiding gun owners in that State. This is a demand that those who threaten no one be disarmed so that others can enjoy the right to feel safe; not actually be safe. That right doesn’t exist.

(H/T: CalGunLaws.com)

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Third Time’s the Charm? Sportsmen’s Legislation Passes House in Third Consecutive Congress

 

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Third Time’s the Charm? Sportsmen’s Legislation Passes House in Third Consecutive Congress
On Friday, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015. The bill now heads to the Senate, where a similar package, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, has already advanced out of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee on Environment and Public Works. This is the third straight Congress in which the House has passed far-reaching sportsmen’s legislation, with the prior versions falling prey to election-driven bottlenecks in the Senate. Hopefully, the third time will prove the charm for this important legislative package.

Court of Appeals Declines to Rehear Heller III, Reinforces Pro-Gun Victory

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Court of Appeals Declines to Rehear Heller III, Reinforces Pro-Gun Victory
Last year, we reported that a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held in the long-running follow-up to the original Heller case (known currently as Heller III), that certain provisions of D.C.’s firearm registration scheme violate the Second Amendment. These included D.C.’s handgun rationing rule, its requirement to renew firearm registrations every three years, a required test of “legal knowledge” for registration applicants, and the requirement that registration applicants present their firearms in person at police headquarters. As we noted at the time, however, the District still had options for further review of the decision.

The Next Supreme Court, by the Numbers

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The Next Supreme Court, by the Numbers
With the passage of Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia, how will the Court rule on Second Amendment cases in the future? The answer is, “it’s just a matter of simple math.”

As the Primaries Turn

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As the Primaries Turn
The process of selecting the major party nominees for the presidential election moved forward this past week with results for the GOP from South Carolina and Nevada, and results for the Dems from Nevada (Democrats hold their South Carolina primary on Saturday, February 27).

Accident Victim, Corrections Officer Treated to “New Jersey Justice” for “Illegal” Firearm

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Accident Victim, Corrections Officer Treated to “New Jersey Justice” for “Illegal” Firearm
What started out as a pleasant evening with his wife soon devolved into a nightmare for Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Sergeant Raymond Hughes, when his safety, career, and freedom were all jeopardized by New Jersey’s draconian suppression of Second Amendment rights.

Stranger Than Fiction: Gun Control Debate Leads to Discovery of New Species

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Stranger Than Fiction: Gun Control Debate Leads to Discovery of New Species
Researchers have found a variety of new species on the planet in recent years. Bugs and slugs, bats and rats, mini-dragons with tails, fish that walk, pigs that live in the sea, monkeys that sneeze, translucent frogs and, well, the list of previously unknown critters goes on and on.

Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights? NRA Wants to Hear From You!

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Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights? NRA Wants to Hear From You!
As we have reported several times in the past (including here and here), the Veterans Administration (VA) has been reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of its beneficiaries who have been assigned a “fiduciary” to manage their benefits. The VA claims that such determinations constitute an “adjudication of mental defectiveness” under federal law, thereby prohibiting the beneficiary (presumptively for life) from acquiring or possessing firearms. The NRA has for several years been supporting legislation to correct this unjustified infringement on Second Amendment rights, including the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 2001, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-FL) and the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act of 2015 (S. 2002, Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX).

Michael Bloomberg is ALL IN to strip away your Second Amendment Rights! Are you ALL IN to make sure he doesn't succeed?!

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Michael Bloomberg is ALL IN to strip away your Second Amendment Rights! Are you ALL IN to make sure he doesn’t succeed?!
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is in a spending freefall attacking our gun rights all across the U.S., on multiple fronts…in Congress, in state legislatures, and on the airwaves. Further, he’s gathering signatures and pouring money into anti-freedom ballot initiatives in states like WA, NV ME, and AZ.   In the ’15 VA elections, he spent more than $2 million on a couple of state senate races!  If he’s willing to invest that much in VA alone, imagine how much of his BILLIONS he will spend in ’16 all across the nation!

 

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In this News Minute from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jennifer Zahrn reports on important gun bills being considered in Iowa, Georgia, and Mississippi.

 


 

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Alaska Alaska
Alaska: NRA-Backed Campus Carry Bill Moves Quickly Through the State Legislature
California California
California: Assembly Public Safety Committee Scheduled to Hear Several Anti-Gun Bill on Tuesday
Florida Florida
ALERT! FL Senator Brags about killing 2A bills in Bloomberg venue
Georgia Georgia
Georgia: Campus Carry Legislation Assigned to Senate Committee
Iowa Iowa
Iowa: Five Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Floor Vote
Kansas Kansas
Kansas: Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment Passes out of House
Louisiana Louisiana
Louisiana: Urge Your State Representative to Protect Louisiana’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday!
Mississippi Mississippi
Ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Taking Aim at Self-Defense Bill in Mississippi Legislature
South Dakota South Dakota
South Dakota: Gold Card Permit Legislation Passes House
Virginia Virginia
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Deal Signed in Virginia
Washington Washington
Washington: All Anti-Gun Bills Stall in the House Judiciary Committee

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Writer Lynda Waddington, in a post at the Rapid Falls Gazette, recounts her own bout with anti-gun nuttery wherein she works herself into a lather over a time when she worked herself into a lather over a gun she didn’t actually see. No, it doesn’t quite make sense to me either.

First, a little in the way of disclosure: I spotted the headline for this op-ed piece a few days ago. I didn’t write about it then because it fell into the category of “that looks far too stupid to spend time on.” As an example, the “black stormtrooper” kerfuffle fell into that category. (Go look that one up on your own. I still can’t work up the courage to face the stupid there.) The title of the piece by Waddington is Why your gun makes me nervous. It screams stupid. It’s like writing a piece about why someone else’s coffee maker makes you nervous. “But… guns!” Waddington or Michael Bloomberg might shout. Guns and coffee makers carry roughly the same risk for those who know their owners; some, but not enough to wet oneself over.

That didn’t stop Waddington from spending 13 paragraphs detailing her imagined fears over a “bulge” she spotted under a man’s jacket at a bookstore. Not a gun, mind you; a bulge. Within minutes she had worked herself up into such a panic that she fled the store. And this is where it really gets stupid: Her remedy for her panic is to control others who are engaged in legal behavior.

And as it turns out, she lost her mind over a piece of medical equipment.

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