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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Maine Gun Control Proposal Gets Enough Signatures For November Ballot Referendum

Activists pushing to expand background checks for Maine firearm purchasers gathered enough signatures to force a ballot referendum on the issue this November, the secretary of state’s office confirmed Thursday to the Bangor Daily News. Groups pushing the ballot initiative submitted over 84,000 signatures, 65,821 of which were validated, putting them over the minimum threshold of 61,123 signatures needed. 

The initiative, pushed chiefly by the Maine affiliate of Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Moms Demand Action, would require all firearms sales, even in-state sales by private individuals from their personal collections, to be conducted through licensed dealers who, in turn, are required to conduct NICS background checks on all purchasers.

Now that its backers have gathered enough signatures, the proposal will go to the Maine legislature. There, like most such initiatives, it will likely languish until November, at which time it will go directly to voters as a ballot question.


Cooke: Heller Is Why The Senate Should Take Its Time In Replacing Scalia

The Supreme Court’s decision in Heller is reason enough for the U.S. Senate to take its time in confirming a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, says National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke. 

In Thursday’s feature, Cooke argued not “as a champion of the right to keep and bear arms,” a fact he willingly concedes (Cooke is an immigrant from Great Britain and used to be “vehemently anti-gun”). Rather, he makes a detailed argument for respect for law and the clear intent of the framers of the Constitution: “The Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms not because I like the right to keep and bear arms, but because the evidence points overwhelmingly in that direction.” 

Cooke calls out four current members of the Court (Ginsburg, Breyer, Stevens and Souter) for their dishonesty in denying the Second Amendment’s original meaning—“and it is reasonable to assume that if Obama gets his way, they will be joined by a fifth.”


CPAC Will Feature Pro-Gun Town Hall

As a direct response to President Barack Obama and the mainstream media’s current anti-gun agenda, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has joined forces with the National Rifle Association to hold the “Thank God for Guns in America” town hall. It’s the Right’s answer to the recent Obama-CNN anti-gun town hall “Guns in America,” according to organizers. 

The NRA chose not to attend CNN’s Jan. 7 televised, pre-scripted dog-and-pony show during which Obama outlined his recent executive action plans to control guns—an event the Second Amendment advocacy group criticized as an “Obama Gun Ban Media Circus” not worthy of participating in. Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, will participate in the upcoming CPAC town hall, scheduled for March 5.


Bloomberg Bashes America’s “Broken” Two-Party System

Does America have a two-party tyranny? Michael Bloomberg thinks so. Amid speculation that he will enter the presidential race, the former New York City mayor discussed the nation’s “broken” two-party system that he says “answers to lobbyists and special interests instead of the American people.” Which, of course, begs the question: Since when has the megalomaniac billionaire been interested in the opinions of the American people? Surely not during his mayoral term. 

Bloomberg’s bashing of the parties—“America has lost faith with its institutions, but instead of fixing it, they are trying to exploit it”—will undoubtedly set the stage for his entrance into the presidential campaign under an Independent ticket. However, his “vanity candidacy,” as USA Today terms it, may not pan out quite out the way he hopes. A recent USA Today/Suffolk University poll showed Bloomberg in dead last, well behind Trump and Sanders.


Dem Senators React To Potential Obama SCOTUS Nomination … With Silence

Four red state Democrat U.S. Senators are declining to comment on whether they would support President Barack Obama as a potential nominee for Antonin Scalia’s vacant United States Supreme Court seat.

The Daily Signal is reporting the four—Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.realize they will have a rocky road to re-election in 2018 by supporting a nominee who may help reverse critical Second Amendment cases, including District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago.

Recently, Obama claimed America is experiencing a “gun violence epidemic,” while also announcing new executive actions to combat this perceived threat. To that end, an Obama justice on the high court could overwhelmingly shift the ideology of a bench currently evenly divided after the death of Justice Scalia.


Armed N.C. Man Stops Robbery

When three armed men entered a Pitt County, N.C., mobile home on Tuesday night with robbery in mind, they met unexpected resistance from the home’s occupants.

According to police reports, Mary Johnson; her boyfriend, Nathaniel Rembert; and their 14-month-old son were in the living room when three men knocked open the locked screen door. Johnson grabbed the baby and ran to the back of the mobile home, and Rembert retrieved his revolver and fired several shots at the intruders. The men dropped their shotgun and ran away.

Two of the intruders have been charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and a third man is expected to face the same charges when he is released from the hospital.


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