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 → 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. → 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 → 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 → 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 → 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 → Read More
This story should serve notice to anyone who really believes President Obama is really trying to work with Congress in any substantial way. He is interested in one thing and one thing only. He wants to have it all his way, or else. To that point, here is the story that shows exactly how Obama intends to proceed.
(Fox News) “Less than 100 days ago that happened. … Shame on us if we’ve forgotten,” Obama said. “I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.”
If you watch the video of the brief remarks at the White House, you will find it is standard fare for Obama. He takes a group of concerned citizens, specifically chosen for the event, puts them behind → 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 → 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 → Read More
Presently, the news cycles are being dominated by reports of the upcoming sequester. It is an important issue and one that I have written about myself, but frankly, I am a little tired of the hype it is receiving. There are other stories to write, other issues to discuss. Let’s move from the financial scene of American government to something that is easily as important, the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. Yes, gun control is still in the news and black leaders are making their voices heard.
If one listens to the narrative being told by the Democratic Party and their friends in the liberal media, one could easily reach the conclusion that all black Americans are liberals and are card-carrying → Read More
At the risk of boring the few regular readers I have accumulated on Political Realities, let me touch once again on the 2nd Amendment and the all-out assault against it that is presently taking place. To be sure, it is a highly charged debate. Many liberals believe no one should have guns, while conservatives believe it is our God-given right to keep and bear arms. And that’s not even considering the 2nd Amendment, put into place to protect those rights. Let’s review what the 2nd Amendment says, shall we?
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
The United States Supreme Court has already said → Read More
By now, I am sure most of us have read through the list of the 23 executive orders President Obama signed yesterday. If you are like me, you were left shaking your head and wondering what good any of them will do. If you would like to read a breakdown of all 23 orders, along with a common sense response to each one, you should visit Texas Fred. Be warned, he is very plain-spoken, but maybe that’s just what we need.
I have only watched a small portion of the news conference in which President Obama made his announcement, but there are two things I want to highlight. Emphasis added is mine.
(Mediaite) During the major press conference introducing his 23 executive actions on → Read More