There's no live Saturday Session, as the NFL playoffs have taken over the airwaves. On the stream you can hear the wrap up of 2012 (that is also found at the podcast site). Below you can see some new content for a show that won't air this week.
Apparently there is an attempt to bring an assault weapons ban to Illinois through the house. There is a hearing Sunday at 2. Details here.
We’ve got some serious incompetence!
Earlier this week, gun grabbers tried amending a sexual assault bill to regulate gun ranges, assault weapons and accessories?!?!?!
From what I understand they also put the gay marriage legislation as an amendment on to a bill about rental cars.
Back to gun control … Now they have, as a house amendment to a bill that amends the probation and probation officers Act making technical changes concerning the Redeploy Illinois Program, gun control measures that would ban the sale and possession of what they outline and define as assault weapons and accessories.
There's a hearing Sunday and you can be there. Get details and also a witness slip. Here you can put on the record your opposition to the measure. Follow the link and fill it out!
Here is just a snipit of the house amendment that deals with assault weapons:
240 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, it is unlawful for any person within this State to knowingly possess a semi-automatic assault weapon, an assault weapon attachment, any .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge.
(c) This Section does not apply to a person who possessed a weapon or attachment prohibited by subsection (b-5) before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, provided that the person has provided in an affidavit, under oath or affirmation and in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of State Police, his or her name, date of birth, Firearm Owners Identification Card Number, and the weapon's or attachment's make, model, caliber, and serial number
It will cost you $5 for each large capacity feeding device (anything over 10), $10 per handgun and $15 per assault rifle for those wanting to be grandfathered in or you could just give it someone in another state, but you have to tell the police about that too.
If passed, it would make assault weapons illegal to purchase next year.
Our lawmakers have lost their minds!
Just to show how absurd this has all gotten, there’s some dolts in Connecticut that want to make the names of nearly 200,000 gun owners public. This is a freedom of information act issue … yes. But names of people who own guns should be except, or better yet, maybe the government shouldn’t have lists of who owns or doesn’t own what, especially when it comes to the second amendment.
That’s like asking people to register their blogs with the state.
There may be nothing more dangerous than a stupid tyrant. The most ridiculous reason for making gun owners' names public according to a lawmaker is because "parents with kids going to a sleepover may be uncomfortable asking if there are guns in that house."
Really? Spineless parents are the reason to make gun owners a target for gun thieves? Our lawmakers are not just increasingly tyrannical, they're also getting more stupid.
It's not just Illinois. We also have the Diane Feinsteins and Eric Holders of the world that want to brainwash Mr. and Mrs. America into turning their guns in.
The propaganda is so thick!
Surely you’ve seen the video of Hollywood celebrities' emotional appeals to “Demand a Plan,” paid for by: Mayors against illegal guns.
According to their website
“A group of artists joined our effort to Demand A Plan and recorded a powerful, personal message. ... Our efforts cannot bring back the 20 innocent children murdered in Newtown, CT -- or the 33 people murdered with guns every day in America. But we can prevent future tragedies by passing common sense legislation that will"
What a pipe dream. What an irresponsible and dangerous pipe dream. What exactly do they want to do?
"1. Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America
2. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines
3. Make gun trafficking a federal crime, with real penalties for “'straw purchasers'
Demand that your members of Congress and the president support these legislative priorities.”
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns touts over 800 mayors strong.
There are 19,429 municipal governments in the US … not all have mayors per se, but in comparison to the claim, that’s the leaders of 4% of the countries cities and municipalities that want you to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
They want to “make gun trafficking a federal crime with real penalties for ‘straw purchasers’,” that is unless the Federal Government does it, then we’ll just let the DOJ get away with it. Unbelievable.
DEMAND A REAL PLAN!
Then there are the endless debates. Here are just a few I've ran into:
In a message I posted to Jim Leach's Facebook page, I said
The reason there hasn't been an overthrow of a tyrannical government in this country "for, I don't know, a few hundred years" is BECAUSE of the Second Amendment.
Jim Leach responds
No, Bishop, it's because that so-called "tyrannical" government only exists in your imagination. And that's because of the TOTALITY of the Constitution -- democratic elections, checks and balances, judicial review, etc. To claim that it's only because Bubba and his buddies are stockpiling weapons is laughably absurd.
Invoking Bubba to try to belittle the importance of the Second Amendment, eh? Most of those things you listed are figments of your imagination. Where you see "democratic elections," I see voting machines and special interests funding both sides of a duopoly of power (have you looked at ballot access laws for third parties?). Where you see checks and balances, I see a congress unwilling to hold the executive to account for illegal wars while continuing to put this nation in debt, forever, etc. I see a state legislature more focused on scoring political points instead of fixing a financial mess that is the public pension systems. I don't know any one person named Bubba who stockpiles weapons. I do know a few American citizens who would be willing to step up when needed to protect themselves, their neighbors, humanity and liberty in the face of an ever increasing and incremental tyranny.
Then the response from other people goes into how antiquated the amendments in the bill of rights are … like the 3rd amendment … you know the one about no quarter?
"Well, we don't have British troops wanting to crash at our houses anymore, so what's the point of the Third Amendment?"
The 3rd doesn’t say anything about British troops, or any other nationality's troops … just like the Second Amendment doesn’t have anything to do with hunting.
Then there are the arguments that advocating for a view of the Second Amendment being a check against tyranny, is a form of insurrection or a means of supporting insurgencies. There are even people declaring that all gun crime should be seen as an insurgency. We are not an insurgency, we are Citizens. We have a RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS! I don’t care how much gun crime there is.
But you also have to be critical of other arguments that could backfire. You may hear that hammers have killed more people than rifles, according to the FBI crimes stats.
In 2011, there were 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs. There were 356 murders in which a shotgun was the deadly weapon of choice.
You must include clubs with hammers for it to supersede rifles. That’s still a pretty strong argument. But it doesn’t negate the deaths caused from handguns.
These are some things you should be conscious of when debating gun control with you statists friends. When the debate turns to the number of deaths being a significant reason for gun control, look at the issue of traffic fatalities or suicides or other causes of unnatural death.
As for the meaning of the second amendment – This is a moot point, unless you think the recent history of governments brutalizing it’s people not worth looking into, then you need some education. The issue is the monopoly of power. Who has the monopoly of power? In tyranny, the government has that monopoly because they take the guns from their citizens, leaving the public slaves. In a free society, that power is shared by the citizens and the state. It’s a balance of power.
For those that are willing to just let the state walk all over you … you can let them. I won’t. But maybe that’s what they want. Maybe that’s what the globalists looking to tear everything down only to rebuild with central planning of the economy, or our education, our culture, our way of life … of our rights. Look around the world. What do you see? Chaos and collapse.
Some other things ...
Back to the Illinois General Assembly, there this beauty that will also be discussed Sunday:
Sponsored by Kirk Dillard
Synopsis: As Introduced Creates the Precious Metal Purchasing Act. Provides that a person who is in the business of purchasing precious metal shall obtain a proof of ownership, create a record of the sale, and verify the identity of the seller. Provides that a person who is in the business of purchasing precious metal shall not pay for the precious metal in cash and shall record the method of payment. Requires the purchaser to keep a record of the sale for one year or, if the purchase amount is over $500, for 5 years. Provides that a person who violates the Act is guilty of a petty offense and subject to a fine not exceeding $500. Provides that the Attorney General may inspect records, investigate an alleged violation, and take action to collect civil penalties.
Making people who purchase precious metal obtain proof of ownership? Why? Really? What is going on here? Shouldn't our lawmakers be looking into saving the taxpayers money? Lately, it just seems they want to cataloged everything we do. ENOUGH!!!
Then there's this story out of Salt Lake City:
Embattled ex-state trooper Lisa steed finds herself in more trouble. A class action lawsuit has been filed against her and the state of Utah. ... dozens of people are now coming forward to attorneys and claiming Steed wrongfully arrested them, and it ruined their life. Some people couldn't afford to fight the convictions, and they lost their cars, their jobs, and in some cases their homes. The class action lawsuit is looking to help these people, get back what attorneys claim Steed and the Utah Highway Patrol took away.
What does this story have to do with good ol' central Illinois?
Have you ever heard of the IDOT Local Alcohol Program? It involves grants to law enforcement agencies that make DUI arrests. Not just about dedicated officer, but there are also quotas.
Why provide incentives that could provide for someone to abuse power in order to keep a detail? That’s frightening.
I’m sure I could open the phones and ask for a few examples of how police officers have drummed up evidence to charge someone, but we're not live, so we'll just have to wait for that conversation.
That’s what the field sobriety tests are. Regardless of the outcome of field sobriety tests, an officer could put in the report that there were signs of drunkenness and then it’s time for the breathalyzer.
I’ve read several different judges opinions here in Sangamon County that totally dismiss the arresting officers justifications for issuing a breathalyzer.
Now keep in mind that if you resist even the breathalyzer you'll lose your license.
Litchfield High School ... That’s my alma matter. Class of 2001.
The story is, teachers there want more money.
The school board has asked for wage freezes because of state budget cuts in education, and the district can’t afford request pay raises now. They did offer up a raise for next year or an additional year of work, but that was rejected. Now the teachers want to go door-to-door to lobby Litchfield citizens for support.
What support? More taxes? Because if you’re looking for citizens to go to their school board members and say “with sustaining the best public education for our community being top of mind, please jeopardize that by going in debt to give teachers more money … don’t worry about that new state-of-the-art facility we’ve built in the last 10 to 12 years … we can forgo saving for future obligations (better schools, more secure pensions, that type of thing) in order to give you what you want now.”
I don’t see that happening.