Apparently adopting the strategy of Democratic presidential contenders from Hillary Clinton to Martin O’Malley, many Democratic candidates are going all-in for gun control this year, attacking each other in primary races for not voting often enough or harshly enough against the right to keep and bear arms, and exposing divisions within the party on the issue, Politico reports.
“It’s now a wedge issue, not just between Democrats and Republicans, but between Democrats, over who can be the strongest” anti-gun candidate, said Shannon Watts, who leads Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action gun-ban lobbying group.
As Democrats purge their ranks of those who defy this new anti-gun orthodoxy, the question that remaining pro-gun Democrats must face is this: Do they abandon their party? Or do they abandon their oath to defend the Constitution, including the Second Amendment, just so they can go down with the ship? These decisions will ennoble—or scuttle—careers.
Politicians Push Terrorist Watch List Gun Ban On State Level
With more people weighing in on why the proposal to ban guns to individuals on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List is a terrible idea, anti-gun politicians are thinking smaller. With Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy having announced an executive order to institute such a ban in his state—that is, if he can get the FBI to send the list his way—others are beginning to follow his lead.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have called for New York to close what they disingenuously call the “Terror Gap” by prohibiting anyone on an FBI list to buy guns. Illinois Rep. Gregory Harris has introduced a measure to take away gun licenses from people who appear on the Terrorist Watch List, and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has expressed interest in a similar project. The fact that this gun-control campaign has lost steam on the federal level obviously does not mean that we can afford to drop our vigilance.
Old Dominion State Measure Would Say No To Obama’s Executive Orders
Last Wednesday, White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett confirmed that President Obama is working on bypassing Congress to expand background checks. With movement on gun control seeming increasingly imminent, the following day Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall introduced HB83, which is based in the anti-commandeering doctrine most recently affirmed in the 1997 Supreme Court case Printz v. United States.
Specifically, the measure would prohibit use of the state’s resources to subvert the Second Amendment, block state enforcement of any federal gun-control legislation or executive orders, and bar Virginia from participating in any future federal gun registries. This legislation is an important step in ensuring the rights of state residents continue in perpetuity, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.
Use Your Power!
HB83 will be offered on Jan. 13, 2016, for consideration during the upcoming legislative session. Virginia residents, tell your elected officials to safeguard your Second Amendment rights by voting YES on HB83. To find your lawmaker, clickhere.
Republicans Retain Ban On Anti-Gun Research Funding
We told you last week that anti-gun Democrats in Congress were attempting to hold the party’s spending bill votes hostage by demanding that a ban on “gun violence” research be eliminated. As expected, the Republicans will reject that proposal.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took the reins in calling for the ban to be lifted and tied it to the budget proposal, threatening to deny votes to the spending bill unless research funding was allocated. But she stopped just short of saying she would reject the overall bill if denied. “I think of it more as an incentive for Democrats to vote for the bill,” she said.
With Republicans holding a majority of the House, the chances of a Pelosi victory were slim. “I don’t think that’s going to be something that there’s much movement on,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who leads the House Appropriations Committee’s panel on health spending.
Indy Mayor Considers Veto
The Indianapolis City Council recently passed a measure that would overly burden law-abiding gun owners while not deterring violent crime. But since the proposal arguably violates the state’s pre-emption statute concerning firearms laws, the mayor might decide to veto it.
The measure would require gun owners to contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department within 48 hours of discovering a firearm missing if it is lost or stolen. Those who fail to do so face a fine of $50, plus court costs, rendering the ordinance a punishment for those who are victims of crime.
All is not lost, however. “As things stand now, he [Mayor Greg Ballard] has some significant concerns about the legality and the timing of the proposal,” Jen Pittman, a spokesman for the mayor’s office, told the Indianapolis Star.
Homeowner Near St. Louis Stops Home Invader
A homeowner in unincorporated north St. Louis County used his firearm to stop a home invasion on Monday morning.
According to police, the homeowner heard loud banging at his door around 10 a.m. and saw two men he did not recognize standing on his front porch—prompting him to retrieve his handgun. A short time later, the two suspects went to the rear of the home and tried to force their way in through the back door. That’s when the homeowner and intruders exchanged gunfire.
When police arrived, they found one suspect dead near the back door of the residence, along with a firearm, according to police Sgt. Brian Schellman. The victim was not injured. “At this point, it does not appear that the homeowner did anything wrong,” Schellman said. Officers are currently searching for the second suspect, who fled the scene.