There will always be questions that beg to be pondered. We could start with two that are similar in comparison. Why does President Obama not make the small effort it would take to use his influence with the Mexican government to free U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been sitting in a Mexican jail for almost five months. His plight seems to be on the ignore list for the Obama administration. Nary a word from a President who bragged that we did not leave our people behind when he was espousing the virtues of trading five Taliban prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl. The man is likely a deserter from the United States Army, but President Obama moved a lot of hell and high water to → Read More
This is the kind of story that infuriates me to no end. Shaneen Allen is a 27-year-old woman from Philadelphia that is doing her best to raise her two children. She is working two jobs to help do that. She had been robbed twice while traveling alone at night in Philadelphia, so at the suggestion of her family, she took a gun safety course and received a concealed carry permit. So far, so good. Shaneen was doing what she needed to do to protect herself and stay legal in her home state.
Early in the morning on October 1, 2013, Shaneen was driving into New Jersey and was stopped for making an unsafe lane change. She was trying to be honest with the police officer → Read More
Just so we are clear, this is not my find. I was alerted to this story by America’s Watchtower as I was browsing my normal morning reading. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, better known as the ATF, is acting like so many of the other government agencies under President Obama. They are ignoring court orders and doing whatever they want to do. Come to think of it, that sounds just like the President himself.
Here’s what has happened. The ATF was going after Ares Armor for allegedly selling illegal gun parts. The parts in question are polymer 80 percent lower receivers that can be used to build your own firearm. Ares Armor knew they were coming, but disputed the allegations that → Read More
The irony that is contained in this post is almost funny. The hypocrisy is not. Did you realize that the people who advocate removing our 2nd Amendment rights are working on a new front? They are now pressuring corporations to not do business with people who carry firearms. They want corporations to ban people who are carrying their firearm from entering their stores. In effect, they want to create a gun-free zone that everyone will abide by, unless they are a criminal. I have yet to hear an explanation of how that is supposed to lower the crime rate or help save lives.
As if this isn’t enough, one particular group, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, is even going after Visa because of their → Read More
The Chicago City Council has decided to strengthen their gun control laws by targeting and financially damaging local businesses that don’t ban guns. The Chicago Tribune has the story.
The council adopted a plan to revoke liquor licenses from restaurants that do not ban firearms.
It’s the City Council’s latest attempt to toughen Chicago’s gun laws despite a federally mandated state law passed by the General Assembly allowing concealed handguns to be carried.
Gun rights advocates have promised a lawsuit. Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, said the law firm Jenner & Block has pledged to defend the city in court for free if such a suit is filed.
After the vote, Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters that outlawing guns from businesses that serve alcohol is common → Read More
I hesitated to even write about the President’s surprise news conference yesterday. The news channels undoubtedly went crazy with the news of his remarks and several of the big blogs were already having discussions. I wasn’t sure if I had anything constructive to add to the conversation that immediately started taking place. The more I read what the President said (I refuse to watch a video of it because his condescending attitude comes across much worse in his voice than in a transcript), the more I wanted to comment.
Let us first read some of what Mr. Obama had to say. Since the full transcript is quite long, I’ll not quote everything, but I am supplying a link to his entire remarks. The last thing → Read More
I seldom post more than once per day, but I believe this warrants the occasion. I was doing my morning rounds of reading the news and blog posts I read almost every day and came across something that troubles me greatly. It has to do with the push for more gun control, restrictions on the 2nd Amendment and how gun owners are portrayed in the media.
If you have read Political Realities for any length of time, you should be aware of my stance on gun control. I do not believe it is a good thing, much less constitutional. I do not trust the liberal advocates of gun control and believe they will never be satisfied until the 2nd Amendment is legislated into non-relevancy. Call → Read More
I know we have already been all over the issue of gun control. Up and down, all around, we have discussed just about every aspect of this very important topic. Many of us are just going to have to agree to disagree about how much is too much gun control, if we are to keep the discussion civil on this blog. This post is not to revive the discussion, as much as it is to remind us all that the issue of gun control is not dead. President Obama and his allies in Congress are both doing whatever they can to make sure gun control is alive and well.
Did we win a small battle with the recent defeat of the gun control bill in → Read More
I have watched the ongoing debate about gun control with more than a little interest. I’m sure you can see that by the number of posts I have written in recent months, dealing with the issue of the 2nd Amendment and the attempts by more than a few individuals to limit or remove the rights that come with that particular portion of the Bill of Rights. At times, there has been a vigorous debate on this blog about those rights and what constitutes reasonable restrictions. I expect that debate to continue.
As I was browsing through the news this morning, I came across an opinion article on Fox News that started me thinking. There is a vast cultural difference between those of us who believe → Read More
Most of you will already know that I am a supporter of Senator Tom Coburn. That doesn’t mean I support everything decision he has made during his time in Congress, but I do support his efforts to do the right thing for his constituents, those of us who live in the great state of Oklahoma. He first came to Congress in 1994 and promised to term limit himself in that body. He kept that promise. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2004 and promised to limit himself to two terms. He has already announced that he will keep that promise and not run for reelection in 2016. Those of you who have made comments on Facebook, threatening Senator Coburn with the support → Read More
As has been the case since the beginning of Obama’s second term, it seems gun control remains in the news. All sorts of things are happening and Obama is on the road again, trying to gin up support for any and all measures to curb our 2nd Amendment rights. No, he isn’t calling it that and I am sure he would take an exception to my description of what he is doing, but I believe I am correct in my assessment. In a comment I left at America’s Watchtower, where they are discussing the insane proposal from certain liberal Democrats in Congress to require gun owners to purchase $10,000 in liability insurance, I said the following.
Why is it that every proposal for new gun → Read More
It’s been an eventful week on the gun control front. I’m sure Senator Diane Feinstein isn’t happy with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with his announcement that the assault weapons ban would be stripped from the gun control bill that is headed to the floor of the Senate. That isn’t to say there are not other things to be concerned about in the fight over gun control, but the assault weapons ban will be standing on its own merit, according to Senator Reid. And then, we have New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He seems determined to implement gun control (and other kinds of control, but that’s another story), no matter how much it costs.
There is only one way we are going to lose the → Read More
I can’t help but wonder if some of our politicians are simply lacking knowledge, or if they are willfully ignorant about the implications of the legislation they pass through their chambers. Let’s look at a case in point and see if we can come up with an answer. The state of Colorado is as good a place to start as any.
Colorado is a state that should epitomize the American West. It is as rugged as any state in America, with the Rocky Mountains raising their jagged tops into the sky. One would think the state would seek to protect and defend the 2nd Amendment, but it has been in the news lately because of its attacks on the one amendment that serves to help → Read More