For the first time in 10 years, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas posed questions during oral arguments before the Court Monday, challenging Justice Department lawyer Ilana Eisenstein, in the case Voisine v. United States, on the issue of a federal lifetime ban on firearm ownership for those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.
“Ms. Eisenstein, one question,” Justice Thomas began, then went on to ask nearly nine more. “Can you give me another area where a misdemeanor violation suspends a constitutional right?” Thomas asked, then cornered the government’s lawyer over and again.
Although the case won’t address whether that ban is constitutional, Justice Thomas’ line of pointed, tough questioning gives many hope that he might pick up where the late Justice Antonin Scalia left off, as the Court’s most vocal, ardent and effective defender of your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. We suspect Justice Scalia would have approved.
Virginia Reinstates, Expands Concealed-Carry Reciprocity
Virginia political leaders have reached an agreement that will restore and promote concealed-carry reciprocity for permit holders in the commonwealth and around the country. NRA took the lead in negotiating the agreement that resulted in H.B. 1163 and S.B. 610 being signed into law late last week.
“Now, more than 6 million law-abiding gun owners will be free to travel in and out of Virginia with their Second Amendment rights intact,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “Self-defense is a fundamental right that must be respected. Concealed-carry permit holders are the safest citizens in both Virginia and around the country.”
In December, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring severed reciprocity agreements with half the country. These new bills reverse his action, and expand the number of states included. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg made Virginia a priority in the last elections, pouring millions into the state to advance gun control. His failure, and this reversal, is a reminder that gun control is not a winning issue in Virginia.
Sen. Markey Brags That Hillary Will Finish Off The NRA
While introducing Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to a rally crowd on the eve of Super Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said something that will likely challenge America’s law-abiding gun owners to work harder than ever to defeat her.
“When guns are on the streets of this country killing our young people, we have more work to do,” said Markey, who, like Clinton, never mentions the violent criminals who actually commit murders. “Hillary Clinton will make sure the NRA stands for ‘not relevant anymore.’”
While Markey’s proclamation was a cute play on words and was probably well received by voters who would like nothing more than to see the Second Amendment relegated to the dust heap of history, those who appreciate our right to keep and bear arms should let such attacks on America’s oldest civil rights organization inspire them to work harder than ever before to elect a pro-gun president this November.
Pro-Gun Road Signs Attract Widespread Support, New Residents
Last year, a small Idaho town announced it would erect signs at all five entrances of the town reading, “Welcome to Greenleaf. This is not a gun-free zone.” Though Greenleaf has historically enjoyed a low crime rate, any efforts to deter crime are important, as the town lacks its own police force and is forced to rely on help from police in a nearby town.
So far, the signs seem to be working to repel criminals, and, contrary to the predictions of some anti-gunners, they’re doing nothing to frighten off law-abiding citizens. Residents say that Greenleaf’s pro-gun stance has actually attracted more people to the town, and the vast majority of those who already called Greenleaf home say they support the addition of the signs. “We should have the right to protect ourselves from criminals, and hopefully these kind of signs deter crime in the long run,” longtime resident Kelly McBride told KBOI2 News.
Iowa House Bill Expands Supervised Gun Use To Children
An Iowa bill that would allow children under 14 to handle pistols and revolvers under parental supervision—just like they can with rifles and shotguns—passed the Iowa House of Representatives last week. And to many people, like Nathan Gibson, who has introduced his 10- and 12-year-old daughters to sport shooting, it’s common-sense legislation.
But some—like Democratic Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt—don’t like the measure. And in order to build opposition to it, she’s willing to lie about the measure, proclaiming on the floor of the legislature: “We do not need a militia of toddlers.”
Despite her ridiculous notion that the bill would turn Iowa gun ranges into daycare centers overrun by kiddies, “This is not about giving our children the combo to the gun safe,” says Brian Hood, head coach of a youth sport shooting league. “This is about allowing them in a supervised scenario to learn a great sport.” And as we reported yesterday, the more they know, the safer they’ll be.
The NRA-supported legislation now faces a difficult road ahead in the Senate Judiciary.