Monthly Archives: January 2013
Opponents of federal ‘gun control‘ efforts have a new strategy that they hope will negate any federal efforts to limit their ability to own firearms – the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
The Amendment was ratified on December 15, 1791, as part of the Bill of Rights. It outlines the Constitution’s principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the States, are reserved to the States or the people.
The Firearms Freedom Act, a bill pending in the Indiana legislature would (according to its authors) use the Amendment to nullify a considerable amount of assumed federal power over firearms.
Proponents feel that control of guns falls under public safety, and in their interpretation is unquestionably“reserved to the states” within the meaning of the Tenth Amendment. Therefore, as a matter reserved to the states, state gun control laws are immune from federal review.
The bill was filed by Republican Indiana Senator Dennis Kruse and is in committee. It seeks to establish that firearms and accessories made in the state would be immune to federal regulation. Senate Bill 130 (SB130) provides that, “a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Indiana… and remains within the borders of Indiana, is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.”
Washington, Jan 7 – Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) is hoping to fill the political shoes of retired Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) — especially when it comes to being a constant thorn in the side of the Federal Reserve. In one of his first actions of the 113th Congress, Broun introduced what has become a legislative mainstay in Congress — a bill to authorize a top-to-bottom audit of the nation’s central bank.
For years, the megaphone for Fed-bashing legislation had been carried by Paul, who built his dark horse presidential candidacies in large part on his harsh critique of the nation’s monetary policy.
But with Paul’s recent retirement, Broun is aiming to pick up where the former Texas lawmaker left off.
“I applaud Congressman Paul’s efforts. He was fighting for liberty,” Broun told The Hill Friday.
“I’m just going to stand on his shoulders and go forward in that same fight.”
In a release touting the bill, Broun’s office specifically notes that his legislation is identical to the version Paul championed in the 112th Congress.
“My plan is to pick up right where Congressman Paul left off,” he said upon unveiling the bill, which is being circulated for cosponsors.
Broun, who has served in the House since 2007, is one of the most conservative members of Congress. He considers himself a strict adherent to the Constitution and was a member of the Tea Party Caucus in the 112th Congress.
Along with the bills targeting the Fed, Broun has also already introduced legislation that would recognize human life as beginning at fertilization, and revoke the United States’s membership in the United Nations.
Senator Rand Paul told CBN why he is against unilateral actions being proposed by the Obama administration.
President Obama will unveil a sweeping set of gun-control proposals at midday Wednesday, including an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on the number of bullets magazines can hold, according to sources familiar with the plans.
The announcement, to be delivered at the White House, is also expected to include a slate of up to 19 executive actions that the Obama administration can take on its own to attempt to limit gun violence.
A Texas congressman vowed to try to impeach President Obama if he moves ahead with plans to control guns by executive order and onetime U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese says it is not far-fetched.
Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican from the Houston area, called Obama’s plans to skirt Congress and implement some controls administratively “an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic.” He also threatened to defund the White House.
“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman said.
Tom Fitton, Head of Judicial Watch, Battling Obama Administration for Access to Photos of Usama Bin Laden’s Body
The watchdog group Judicial Watch is battling the Obama administration in court for the release of 52 photos of the body of terrorist leader Usama bin Laden and his burial.
The Justice Department has argued making the photos public could inflame tensions in the Muslim world. At the time of bin Laden’s killing in Pakistan, President Obama said he would not release the photos because he did not want the world to view it as “spiking the football.” The body was ultimately buried at sea.
In denying this Freedom of Information Act request, the administration said the photos could harm national security or lead to attacks on Americans overseas. The case is now in a federal appeals court…
The US Constitution has a clever way for states to reclaim power usurped by the Federal Government and not within it’s delegated duties. Thomas Jefferson was the first to fight against Washington power grabbing with the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, he argued that state interposition or nullification is the ‘rightful remedy’. He demonstrated correctly that the state governors and legislators had a sworn duty to stand between the general government and the people of it’s state.
Nullification has been practiced ever since as a way to stop DC from stepping out of their limited power. In 1854 Wisconsin exercised the tenth amendment and nullified the fugitive slave act which resulted in arresting federal agents who tried to enforce extradition of salves back to slave owners in the South.
In recent years over 20 States have nullified the Real ID Act of 2005 stopping the federal government from requiring Americans to carry a national ID card to be issued through state drivers licenses. Additionally, 18 states have used the 10th Amendment to legalize medical marijuana. And six states have legislation to nullify Obamacare.
Senator Paul said ‘This is no way to run a government’ after exposing on Fox News’ Hannity that the fiscal cliff bill was offered somewhere online three minutes before it was voted on in the senate. He discussed that Washington has had 10 years to deal with this problem and did nothing until after the last minute.
“Gun free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 133, the Citizens Protection Act of 2013, which would repeal the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990.
The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in 2007, repeals the Gun Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990, which made it “unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe is a school zone.” In 1995, the Supreme Court held the GFSZA unconstitutional, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended Act.
“Gun free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” said Massie. “Gun free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”
Massie’s bill comes on the heels of mounting pressure from President Obama and others for heightened gun restrictions.
Representative Massie concluded: “A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun free zones are unconstitutional. They do not and cannot prevent criminals or the mentally ill from committing acts of violence. But they often prevent victims of such violence from protecting themselves.”
With his vote today in favor of Raul Labrador of Idaho Rep Justin Amash has rejected John Boehner for Speaker of the House. Amash has firmly challenged establishment republicans in the house to fight for cutting spending and reducing the deficit. Boehner yanked Republican Justin Amash from the budget committee last month.
On CNN, Amash discusses the scorecard used to boot him from the committee for being too serious about less government. He also discusses the question of removing Boehner as the speaker of the house: