The decision of a newspaper in New York’s Westchester County to publish an interactive map that allowed readers to discover the names and addresses of owners of legal guns is generally being debated as one about whether the Gannett-owned Journal News showed good judgment. It didn’t, but the problem goes a lot deeper than whether or not a newspaper ought to publicize information that is legally available to the public in this manner. The controversy goes to the heart of the entire discussion about guns in this country. No matter what those behind this stunt say
This isn´t something up for debate. The second amendment was put there due to the justifiable fears of a tyrannical government - which we have now. The LPs (Libtards/Progtards) pushing to disarm the citizenry are domestic enemies of the constitution and traitorous enemies of this Republic. Every one of them needs a fair 3 min trial and execution - we used to execute traitors, why has it fallen out of favor?
....and therefore a Laurel and Hardy handshake to the blogger who published the names, addresses and phone numbers of the paper`s editor`s and other management staff. In fact, too bad they were not plastered on a freeway billboard or perhaps write them on the moon where everybody can see them.
Agree with #1. What debate?? The very fact that you feel there is room for debate here is a non-starter. Help from our legal experts here. The Constitution is amendable but the Bill of Rights is not. Is that right?
We are military and we were transferred to the first state we have ever lived which is reliably red. My youngest was telling me how, while she misses her friends from the blue area we lived in, she really likes this place better. WHat is the big difference- civility. No one, not even others of other religions, make fun of her Christianity. I noticed another big difference- no deer problem- yes, there are deer, but no problem unlike the blue states. But then all these wonderful civil people have guns. They are very popular here. Oh, and we have less accidental shootings than in a blue area we lived in.
#6 any of the first ten amendments can be repealed - or they can just be ignored if you get the right people running things. Today we completely ignore the 4th and 10th Amendments. The 3rd has been ignored since 1862. The 1st has been ignored since the 1970´s and is explicitly overruled by Obamacare´s prohibition of Catholics exercising their ancient religious duty to care for the sick.
I´m going to sugggest that we take what they have intended for evil and use it to our good. I don´t imagine that most of us discuss firearms with casual friends and aquaintances - not because we are ashamed or embarrassed, but because we don´t always know how they will react. Those who live in areas where these lists have been published may now have an advantage.
If you find out that the nice elderly couple across the street have the same taste as you, or the young couple down the road, whose kids always play with your kids, don´t think the second amendment is just about hunting, consider starting up a conversation with them that might be a little awkward at first, but could lead to a strengthening of your community. Maybe there are people in your church or theatre group that you would never have guessed at. Find each other. Build the relationships. Know whom you can depend on.
Though it´s not what they had in mind, they have given us a tool that we can use to make ouselves stronger. And it might be very important for us to use it in such a time as this.
Will you give up your right to own a gun for protection when you move into your trendy "diverse" neighborhood?
Will you forever refuse to hire a security guard for your family´s protection?
Will you patronize a bank that has no security guard in a neighborhood not as nice as your own?
Will you board an airplane that has not run travelers through a gun-detector as you watch the turbaned men pass through unchecked? (oops, is that profiling?)
Will you send your children to a "gun-free" school in a neighborhood that´s got a history of allowing delinquents to roam free?
Will you insist everyone give up their guns, including yourself, in a neighborhood where there have been armed B&E´s?
Just ask liberals if gun ownership is always bad. Then ask them under what circumstances they might want a gun for themselves or their family. Bet you get, "If there were no guns, there would be no murders", the most easily-disproved statement possible.
The entire Constitution, including the Bill of Rights is subject to ammendment. The "Bill of Roghts" is itself merely the first 10 Ammendments that were agreed after passage of the original document.
Tobin is absolutely correct in the column; The Left does not accept the SCOTUS´ Heller decision as legitimate. They don´t want to "control" guns. They want to "remove" them as a means to control people.
And the American people know this- which is why gun sales continue at an unprecedented pace since Obama took office.
Thank you #12. I agree, except I´m taking the gun-grabber´s gun while his body is still warm. There are likely to be more coming, and I owe it to my neighbors to "finish what I started." (But really to deal with what the grabbers would have started, and likely die in the process.)
Thnks. #s 8 & 11. Here is my reasoning. All the ten amendments of the Bill of Rights are in form of an admonition to various branches of government not to interfere or try to limit or negate natural, god given rights possessed by the People. Going back to Jefferson´s comment that the god that gave us life also gave us liberty at the same time. The Amendments themselves grant no rights, so there is nothing to take away. Repealing or ignoring any of the provisions of the First Ten is granting government the power to deny that which is not given by them. The entire Constitutional construct and the Republic comes apart if that is tried.
There is a reason why the Founders set up the Bill of Rights in the order it is. There is not the topic of the fifth Amendment that occurs first place- the right not to self-incriminate. It is not the Tenth amendment topic of the sovreignity of the states in 1st position. No it is the Freedoms first and then the 2nd -which are the guns to back that Freedom list up. The founders were and are smart. They knew that every Bill of Rights issue follows from the first two.
Like I said before, if we get dis-armed (and by the way, civil war would break out before this would ever have a prayer of happening), then what goes around comes around and the elected big shots and their useful idiots will need to dispatch their security details; THEN we´ll see who´s tough.
The problem is that the left does not revere the Constitution except for the parts they can twist into a pretzel to achieve their goals. However, just think where we would be if the Federalists had prevailed and the Bill of Rights had not been included in the Constitution. The left (and most of the ruling class) refuse to accept the tenets of the Second Amendment. It was written ONLY to buffer the people from a future federal government such as we have now.
Simple, just look at those who advocate gun confiscation (control?) , Validimir Putin, Diane Feinstein, Adolph Hitler, Charles Schumer, Fidel Castro, Harry Reid, Chairman Mao, Barack Obamao, Joseph Stalin, Barbara Boxer, Idi Amin, Hilary Clinton, a world full of present and past communist dictators and countries like Communist China, North Korea, all of the Muslim world, and our own immediate world full of American Communist bound politicians movie actors who use guns in movies and who hire armed bodyguards. What a brutal joke on a communist subservient media to see people like Piers Morgan, Diane Sawyer and Tom Brokaw taking only the dictators views.
There is no discussion. Leftwingers want our guns, we would be crazy to give them up. You can;t have a discussion about anything with leftists. They lie about everything, especially the motives an character of their enemies - the people who value freedom. America would be better off if we split the country, and the two countries could then establish diplomatic relations. The leftwingers would then have professional liars to handle their end of the "discussion". Our side of the discussion would be "We have you surrounded, and we have all your guns".
NEW YORK — Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children´s television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died. He was 86. Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y., and New River, Ariz., died of emphysema on July 26 in Arizona, his attorney and friend John Munzel said Wednesday. Allegretti had been a puppeteer but was working as a set painter in the early days of "Captain Kangaroo." He volunteered to make a replacement when the show was dissatisfied with a puppet created by a professional. He gave life
When it comes to late-night comedy shows, President Obama is a prolific guest, but taxpayers might not be laughing along with him. Mr. Obama’s televised chat Tuesday on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in Los Angeles was his 10th appearance on a TV talk show while in office, outpacing all presidents and hosts since the days of John F. Kennedy and Jack Paar in the early 1960s. The goal of these appearances is partly to boost the president’s image and partly to promote his agenda, and taxpayers foot the bill for Mr. Obama’s high-cost travel on Air Force One.
The recent security threat emanating from Yemen has complicated President Obama’s latest push to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reviving doubts among conservative lawmakers about whether it is safe to return Yemeni detainees to their turbulent home country. More than half of the 166 prisoners being held in Guantanamo are from Yemen, and the transfer of many of them is essential to Obama’s long-promised goal of closing the detention center. But the recent threat involving al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the terrorist group’s Yemen-based branch is known, underlines the national security and political obstacles ahead.
The US state department has told citizens and non-emergency government staff to leave Yemen "immediately" due to security threats. It comes after the sudden closure of 20 US embassies and consulates on Sunday. This was prompted by intercepted conversations between two senior al-Qaeda figures, including top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, US media said. Meanwhile the UK Foreign office says it has withdrawn embassy staff from Yemen and advises against all travel there. The US earlier said the closures in North Africa and the Middle East were "out of an abundance of caution".
Last week I put up a brief post on how the current terror warning that has seen the U.S. close most of its embassies in the Middle East–based on “chatter”–is peculiar, if not worse. Every watcher of The Sopranos or The Wire knows that the bad guys are not dumb, and know that we’ll be listening to any conventional communication, which is why I suggested this whole thing might well be Al Qaeda disinformation. Intelligence ninja Angelo Codevilla dilates the matter splendidly: The embassy shutdowns and the traveler warnings resulted from intercepts
While conservatives and liberals consider the political leanings of Washington Post buyer and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in an attempt to divine how his politics will affect those of the historic institution, the truth appears to be far simpler: the Post is now Bezos’ latest political tool in a crony capitalist effort to work with the Obama administration. How else to explain President Obama puzzling decision last week to roll out his corporate tax plan at an Amazon.com fulfillment center? Bezos spent $250 million of his own money to purchase the Post, which is bleeding money at an incredible
Some years ago, I heard this story: one of my partners, who at the time was a young associate, got a phone call from a former college fraternity brother. The bro said that he was starting a company that would sell books on the internet, and would my partner-to-be like to invest? Sorry, he responded: I would like to, but I am only a lawyer and don’t have any money. The fraternity brother, of course, was Jeff Bezos, and the company was Amazon. Amazon went on to become the world’s largest non-profit–tens of billions of dollars in annual sales, still
Even as the White House insisted that the U.S. has made great strides in the war against terrorism under President Obama, the president’s spokesman acknowledged Monday that officials cannot rule out the possibility that the latest terrorist plot apparently discussed between top al Qaeda operatives could jeopardize the U.S. homeland. Fresh details emerged about the nature of the threat that will keep U.S. embassies in 19 Middle Eastern and African cities closed for the rest of the week, as U.S. and allied security officials continued to grapple with a threat that all sides in Washington agreed was the most
Intelligence regarding al Qaeda plans to attack U.S. embassies, officials, and interests last Sunday was known for months by U.S. intelligence agencies but was used only recently to trigger the closure of embassies and issuance of public warnings of impending attacks. Al Qaeda “chatter” about coming terrorist operations, mainly against 22 U.S. embassies and consulates, and threats to attack or bomb officials in the Middle East and elsewhere was widely reported in classified intelligence reports over several months. The report said an attack was planned for Sunday, although no attack was carried out.
THE STATE Department has shuttered 19 embassies for a week, fearing terrorist attacks. Hundreds of prisoners, including senior al-Qaeda operatives, have busted loose in prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan. At Bagram air base in Afghanistan, The Post’s Kevin Sieff reports, U.S. forces are holding 67 non-Afghan prisoners, many of whom can’t be tried in court but are too dangerous to release. Meanwhile President Obama says he wants to “refine and ultimately repeal” the mandate Congress has given him to fight the war on terror. What’s going on here?
The Muslim Brotherhood announced that it held a meeting with an American delegation on Saturday, including the U.S. ambassador reviled among the Tamarod movement for cozying up with the Islamists. “At the invitation of the Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, and in the presence of the U.S. Ambassador in Egypt and the European Union special representative Bernardino León, a meeting with the Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy National Alliance was held in the Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo, at 11AM on Saturday, August 3, 2013,” Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on its official website. “We strongly reject foreign interference in Egypt’s internal affairs, and
A Monmouth University poll released late last week was notable for the fact that, like many other polls, it showed President Obama upside down on job approval with registered voters--41% approve to 54% disapprove. A closer look, though, reveals the poll´s most startling find: Obama has lost credibility with the middle class. When asked if Obama is sincere about refocusing his presidency on the middle class, only 46% believe it, while a full 50% do not. Independents are more skeptical than overall voters. A full 54% don´t believe the president, while only 42% do.
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. Analysts don’t dispute the Obama administration’s narrative that it’s gleaned intelligence on a plot involving al Qaida’s most active affiliate, the Yemen-based Arabian Peninsula branch. That would explain why most U.S. posts in the Persian Gulf are on lockdown, including the U.
The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
Critics of the president are convinced that Barack Obama will do lasting damage to the U.S. I doubt it. Obama came to power in the third year of large Democratic congressional majorities. In his first referendum, he lost the House and he may soon lose the Senate; in other words, there followed a somewhat normal reaction against a majority party. Obama’s popularity rating is well below 50%, despite an obsequious media and a brilliantly negative billion-dollar campaign that long ago turned Mitt Romney into a veritable elevator-using, equestrian-marrying, canine-hating monster. In the second term, there is little
He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.” ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn. But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don. “I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing
The U.S. State Department issued a global alert about the terrorist threat allegedly posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. The USA announced the closure of its missions in the Middle East and Africa, and their example was followed by France, Britain, and Germany. However, this was only an attempt to justify the activities of the National Security Agency.Last Saturday, right after alerting of the terror threat civilians and BOLO complex ("be on the lookout") that includes law enforcement and federal officials, President Barack Obama went to play golf, and then celebrated his birthday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Romney addressed more than 200 donors on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee at a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party, staged just four miles from the vacation home where he has spent much of the summer with his family. The event was closed to the media, but his office released his prepared remarks.
WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts lawmaker Barney Frank revealed that he doesn’t believe in God. During Friday’s appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Frank, who championed the decriminalization of pot while serving in the House of Representatives, admitted to smoking marijuana and being an atheist. “You were in a fairly safe district. You were not one of those congress people who would have to worry about every little thing,” Maher said to Frank. “You could come on this show and sit next to a pot-smoking atheist and it wouldn’t bother you.”
In a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia´s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow´s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there.
Washington--As hundreds of commuters emerged from Amtrak and commuter trains at Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds. The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR teams for short — assigned to perform random security sweeps to prevent terrorist attacks at transportation hubs across the United States.(Snip)With little fanfare, the agency best known for airport screenings has vastly expanded its reach
A poll released Friday by Public Policy Polling found that Alaska voters would pick former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the state´s former Republican governor, Sarah Palin, if the two women were to face off in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton led with 49 percent in the hypothetical match-up, with Palin at 40 percent, a nine-point gap. As of July 3, Republicans comprised 27 percent of the state´s registered voters and Democrats made up just 14 percent. The last time Alaskans opted for the Democrats´ presidential candidate was in 1964. Clinton trails five other hypothetical GOP candidates –
Over the last week, there has been a lot of buzz about a supposed CIA angle to the Benghazi story. Specifically, it has been alleged that a substantial number of CIA employees were on the ground in Benghazi, carrying out a mission that involved rounding up Libyan weapons and transferring them to rebels in Syria. Further, it has been reported that the CIA has leaned on its employees not to cooperate with Congressional investigations or the media, and it has been suggested that the CIA’s role in Benghazi may be related to the al Qaeda
Speaking from Egypt Tuesday night, where they are hoping to broker a peaceful transition period between the country’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi to its next phase of nascent democracy, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham warned that concessions on both sides needed to begin immediately or Egypt’s government would “fail.” “I didn’t know it was this bad,” Graham said. “These folks are just days, weeks away from all out bloodshed.” “There is only one way that we can bring about a peaceful Egypt, and that is a process of negotiation and reconciliation between major players,” McCain said.