Words Mean Things

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If you look at the Founding era dictionaries SCOTUS in Heller used to define the 2A terms, and then you look at the definition of “to infringe” in those same dictionaries… the phrase means “to hinder or destroy.” Given that definition of “to infringe” from Samuel Johnson/Noah Webster (both founding era lexicographers, i.e., dictionary makers), ask yourself this….. does restricting or banning the ability to acquire an “arm” constitute something that would “hinder” the “right to keep and bear arms”? Obviously yes because any restrictions on the ability to ACQUIRE AN ARM necessarily HINDERS our ability to keep and bear arms. Thus, restrictions, bans or limitations on the right to acquire arms (ghost gun rules, home-made gun rules, waiting periods, etc.), are an hindrance and thus constitute an INFRINGEMENT

Mark W. Smith/#2A Scholar on X
December 2, 2023

Words mean things. Those who ignore or warp the meanings of words disable the means to accurately communicate with other. This can be through negligence, ignorance, or evil intent.

Prepare and respond appropriately.

On the Death of Henry Kissinger

As you probably know, Henry Kissinger died on Wednesday.

I remember when he used to be mentioned, what seemed like, daily in the newspapers.

What I will always remember the most is one of his quips I used as a quote of the day:

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit longer.

At least he was honest about this. Almost all other politicians subscribe to this behavior without admitting it.

Update: Citation for the quote.

Free Firearms Safety Training

VIa Chuck Petras @Chuck_Petras


With passage of HB1143/i-1639, Washington residents are now required to take a safety training class covering 8 specific topics before purchasing or transferring any firearm. This course is designed to address each of those 8 topics covered under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW9.41.090).

Imagine requiring training which must be renewed every few years before you are allowed to assemble in public, go to church, read a book or newspaper, exercise your right to remain silent, or a trial by jury. Hope the proponents of this law see their day in court and enjoy their trial.

At least there is free training available.

If people could “hold the line” I think a better approach would have been to make sure there was no training available and challenge the law on that basis. But that would be a really big “if” and lots of people would have been denied their rights while it was going through the courts.

Inconvenient Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights Must Be Ignored

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Wednesday’s arguments focused primarily on this first theory: that adjudicating securities fraud before an administrative law judge violates the right to a trial by a jury. This right arises from the Seventh Amendment, which provides a jury trial in some civil cases. Current Supreme Court precedent breaks it down like this: When the U.S. government seeks to enforce a congressional statute that prohibits or punishes wrongdoing, it is enforcing “public rights.” And these enforcements don’t implicate the Seventh Amendment. That means they can be brought within an agency, before administrative law judges, who are shielded from removal by the commission. As Kagan put it on Wednesday, quoting major precedent, the Seventh Amendment “is no bar to the creation of new rights or to their enforcement outside the regular courts of law.”

This system is the only plausible way that the executive branch can carry out the duties assigned to it by Congress. Federal agencies rely on administrative adjudication to penalize polluters, scammers, abusive employers, crooked banks, and a whole range of unsavory parties. Obviously, these agencies can’t send anyone to prison, and their procedures must comply with due process. Their goal is to catch countless cases that would otherwise slip through the cracks—often because the harm involved applies to the public at large, or to potential harms that haven’t yet caused an injury. If the government had to bring these cases in federal court, the judiciary would be overwhelmed, its docket flooded with disputes that it lacks the time or resources to resolve by trial.

Mark Joseph Stern
November 29, 2023
The Supreme Court Has Figured Out How to Gut a Bunch of Crucial Federal Laws at Once

Emphasis added.

To refresh your memory on the 7th Amendment:

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by Jury shall be preserved, and no fact, tried by a Jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

I’m not a lawyer, but the only exemptions to a jury trial granted by the 7th Amendment is if the value must be less than or equal to $20 or the controversy is not a suit at common law. “At common law” appears to mean “cases that triggered the right to a jury under English law”. Article III protects the right to a trial by jury for all criminal cases.

So what are these regulations that Stern is so upset about? Are they criminal or are they civil? It would appear to be criminal cases to me. They are violations of laws created by congress, right?

So, it would appear to me that the only exemption Stern can hang his hat on when he claims the 7th Amendment doesn’t guarantee a jury trial are those trials which involve less than or equal to $20.

Of course he doesn’t try to explain why these regulations are exempt. He just rants about how it is not practical to allow the defendants to have their right to a trial by jury. In other words, inconvenient constitutionally guaranteed rights must be ignored..

I suspect this mindset is common in those opposed to the 2nd Amendment as well.

Perhaps he would revise his option at his own trial.

No Sane Person Would Trust Any Government

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No sane and thinking person would trust any government, let alone the US government.

Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy)
Tweeted on March 12, 2022

But today’s communists know this time they will do it right.

One of the major problems is that power attracts the worst sort of person.

Just keep saying no until you run out of ammunition.


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In spite of the men who hate us, we won’t be intimidated in our fight to keep our families safe. These threats, while unhinged and hateful, are proof that the gun violence prevention movement is winning.

Shannon Watts
February 1, 2022
Research Shows Gun Violence and Misogyny Are Closely Linked. It’s Time to Make Sure Abusers Can’t Buy Guns

Winning? Perhaps she should read some court rulings to remedy her ignorance or if ignorance isn’t her real problem then just stop lying.

Scott Adams @ScottAdamsSays

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We could reduce gun crimes by 75% just by banning Democrats from owning them. And since both Democrats and Republicans are in favor of disarming Democrats, I think we have a path forward.

Scott Adams @ScottAdamsSays
Tweeted on February 4, 2022

Interesting hypothesis. There is some merit in this. But there is a huge difference between banning something and preventing access.

And more importantly, as long as you regard Democrats as humans, which I do, they have a specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms just as much as anyone else.

You Are a Pre-Criminal

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All criminals start off as non-criminals. But if they do break the law in respect to gun use they THEN become criminals. So even non-criminals can be a problem. You should know this!

Paige Kristinson (@SquirlyGirll)
Tweeted on December 11, 2022

This is what they think of you. You are a pre-criminal and “can be a problem”.

The real problem is people like her who have no respect for civil rights. Perhaps she should consider the consequence of people like her being treated as civil rights infringers before they have actually infringed upon the civil rights of others.

Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings

This is not going to be 100% but I’m all for a layered approach to all types of security. This looks like a reasonable layer for school security.

Every Friday afternoon, she asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. The children know that these requests may or may not be honored. She also asks the students to nominate one student who they believe has been an exceptional classroom citizen that week. All ballots are privately submitted to her.

And every single Friday afternoon, after the students go home, she takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her, and studies them. She looks for patterns.

Who is not getting requested by anyone else?

Who can’t think of anyone to request?

Who never gets noticed enough to be nominated?

Who had a million friends last week and none this week?

You see, Chase’s teacher is not looking for a new seating chart or “exceptional citizens.” Chase’s teacher is looking for lonely children. She’s looking for children who are struggling to connect with other children. She’s identifying the little ones who are falling through the cracks of the class’s social life. She is discovering whose gifts are going unnoticed by their peers. And she’s pinning down—right away—who’s being bullied and who is doing the bullying.

Welcome to Reality

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I do not know what it means to be a liberal Jew in America anymore. I don’t know what it means to be against gun violence or against people who have guns or just against having playdates at houses with people who own guns — not when those people are all around me, when those are my people.

Amy Klein
November 22, 2023
Opinion: Taking a trip to the firing range was something I’d never do before October 7

Dear Ms. Klein,

I understand it is tough having your worldview so dramatically ripped apart. It is going to take some time to process everything. But what you are now getting a glimpse of is what we gun owners call “reality”.

  • Reality is that you have to be your own first responder. When seconds count the police are only minutes away.
  • Reality is the police have no legal requirement to protect you.
  • Reality is, worldwide historically, government police have contributed to the murder of far more innocent people than common criminals.
  • Reality is the people of Ukraine wish they had personal access to and skills with effective self-defense tools when Russia rolled across the border.
  • Reality is the Israeli people wish they had personal access to and skills with effective self-defense tools when Hamas streamed across the border to kidnap, rape, and murder innocent people. Some people were able to save countless lives because they did have access and skills.
  • Reality is you have the opportunity to acquire the skills and equipment to defend yourself and your loved ones. You may never need it, but the cost of needing it and not having it is so high that it, by far, outweighs the cost of acquiring it and not needing it.
  • Reality is tough. But millions of other people can handle it. And from reading your article, I’m sure you can handle it too.

I realize you live on the opposite side of the continent from me, but should you ever decide to visit my part of the country (Seattle area and/or North Central Idaho) I would be glad to give you a day or even a weekend of free lessons, free use of my firearms and free ammo,

For your learning comfort I can provide you access to private indoor (Five Star Rated) and outdoor ranges using silenced firearms.

Welcome to reality.

In related news: Gun Ownership Hits Record High Among American Voters: Poll.

GOA Taking up NRA Slack

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A zealous gun rights group, even more uncompromising than the once formidable National Rifle Association, is emerging as a force in US politics with a mission to oppose efforts at gun control and ease further America’s already lax regulations on firearms.

Last year the Gun Owners of America (GOA) spent $3.3m on lobbying, a record sum for the hardline foe of gun control that now claims over 2 million members and activists, and has previously operated in the shadows of the larger NRA.

Peter Stone
November 17, 2023
As the NRA fades, a more zealous US pro-gun group rises as a lobbying power

Good to know.

I don’t think lobbying is the best place to spend the money. The courts are where most of the productive action is at the moment. But developing the infrastructure and skills for lobbying probably is a good thing.

Politicians are Sociopaths

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This is a society infected by socialism and what we need to achieve is to remove socialism from people’s minds.

Politicians are sociopaths who want to make us believe that we are mentally invalid in every sense because we cannot live without them.

If the country were divided between those who produce on one side and the other side, the f*cking politicians, the syndicalists, this whole bunch of parasites, they would sink and die.

Javier Milei
President Elect of Argentina
Via Tommy Robinson @TRobinsonNewEra

This is a presidential candidate I could vote for with enthusiasm.

Argentina will be an interesting place to watch for the next few years. This is assuming he doesn’t get assassinated

Prep for a Communist Revolution

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There are basically 5 scenarios in which civilians drastically lose their liberties, lives, and fortunes:

  1. Communist Revolution
  2. Civil War broadly defined: regime change/guerilla campaigns/insurgency/ complete loss of order
  3. Foreign Invasion
  4. domestic outward invasion/war
  5. economic sanctions/blockade (externally or internally imposed).

    And as we’ve seen recently… there’s a 6th condition:

  6. Disease outbreak and public health totalitarianism (i.e. Soft Communist Revolution)

Anyone one of these 5 (6) conditions can be caused by or cause economic collapses, and there are numerous examples of all of them resulting in things such as: mass starvation, breakdown in healthcare, concentration camp style detainment of populations, ethnic cleansing, mass enslavement, government by terror, conscription, press gangs, banditry, confiscation of wealth.

Of these 5 however, the worst is number 1: Communist Revolution. And for that reason we’re going to assume that’s what you’re dealing with.

Not just because I hate communists which, yes, but because inherent in every communist revolution are the other 5.

August 21, 2023
Realistic Prepper Advice

Via Hank Archer.

Prepare appropriately.

It is a Start

Judge Orders Election Re-Do After Democrats Commit Voter Fraud

Ajudge has overturned a Democratic primary race in a Connecticut town after video evidence allegedly showed the incumbent mayor, Joe Ganim, cheating.

Ganim was initially trailing his opponent, John Gomes, but suddenly gained votes after absentee ballots were counted.

“The volume of ballots so mishandled is such that it calls the results of the primary election into serious doubt and leaves the court unable to determine the legitimate result of the primary,” Clark ruled.

“The videos are shocking to the court and should be shocking to all the parties” Clark pressed.

It is noted that Ganim was previously convicted of corruption but was re-elected after serving his sentence.

It was just a primary between two Democrats so perhaps the judge figured he wouldn’t get assassinated if he threw out an election because of fraud. Had a judge done this for a critical state in the Biden v. Trump election it could mean his life would never be the same again. I suspect this sort of thinking contributed to some of the legal avoidance in the 2020 precedential election.

But, this election getting appropriate legal attention could make it easier for a more significant election to get appropriate attention as well.

What I don’t understand is even though the fraud was clear the candidate is still allowed to run for office rather than being unable to serve due to a long term commitment to a small room with metal bars for a door:

The judge called for a new primary race while the general election is still planned with Ganim as the Democratic nominee and Gomes as an independent candidate.

The Effective End of the Gun Control Movement

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Was at my local gun shop again yesterday. I’m not exaggerating when I say that there was a minyan of religious Jews inside within 20 minutes after the store opened. And I’ll say it again: Jews arming up like this is the effective end of the gun control movement in America.

Jake Novak @jakejakeny
Tweeted on November 11, 2023

I’m not sure this is the definitive indicator of the end of the gun control movement in America. If I were to place a stake in the political landscape and say, “This is point of no return for the gun control movement.”, I would place it at October 26th, 2020. This is the day the U.S. Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court as a replacement for Justice Ginsberg.

Still, large numbers of people from any group that usually votes for anti-gun politicians buy guns is a push in the right direction down a slippery slope. Gun ownership is a “gateway drug” to a more individualistic mindset.

In a recent discussion with brother Doug he reported something he had read on a forum somewhere indicating that gun ownership doesn’t necessarily mean voting against the political left. As he reported it:

Jews will continue to vote for the political left as they are being loaded into the box cars.

I don’t know how much truth there is in that claim, but it is worth further observation of Jewish voting habits as the Hamas supporters in this country continue to show their bloody intentions.

Sad and Ironic? Yes, Also Rogue and Evil.

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It is a sad and ironic twist that the ATF professes its desire to protect the privacy of gunowners, considering this case involves ATF’s covert surveillance program that for years has been spying on, invading the privacy of, and gathering private information about those very persons. It is more ironic still that ATF seeks to protect that information vis-à-vis Plaintiffs, nonprofit organizations whose mission is to protect and defend the rights (including the privacy) of gunowners against government infringement. This Court should deny Defendant’s request to force Plaintiffs to sequester, to not use, and to destroy records about a secret government program that fails to sequester, nefariously uses, and fails to destroy records about gun sales that Congress’s own statutory protective order declares must be destroyed and not used.

Gun Owners of America, Inc., el al.
October 13, 2023
Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Defendant’s Motion For Protective Order

If the ATF people had any moral decency this would burn pretty deep. As it is, I suspect this will be regarded as a source of pride.

I hope the judge sees the ATF for what it is. It is a government organization without constitutional authority run amuck. I hope they enjoy their trial.

Audacious Lies

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We must come to grips with the reality that the only reason people buy automatic AR15-style assault weapons in America is not for home protection, target practice, or hunting. An automatic weapon is not needed to do these activities. Assault weapons are only used for one thing—to kill the largest number of people in the shortest time possible.

Thy Black Man—Staff
November 5, 2023
Gun Control: What Will It Take To Ban Assault Weapons In America?

There are tens of millions of “assault weapons” used by people in this country. Since there aren’t 100s of millions of deaths each year via these killing machine then we must be using them wrong. Or… They are lying.

You have to wonder at the audacity and the motivation for such a lie.

With the lynching of black men and the use of firearms by the Black Panthers within living memory you would think the authors would realize the utility of firearms for self-defense against an oppressive or even the turning of a blind eye to crimes against people of their skin color.

Perhaps they do understand this and are working for the day when they have the power to oppress the descendants of their ancestors oppressors.

Whatever the reason for their lies, prepare and respond appropriately to retain our specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms.

Don’t Ban Guns, Ban Gun Stores

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We can pass laws to close gun stores in the 17 states where Democrats have unified control. As a candidate for the state Assembly in New York — one of those 17 states — I am proposing a law telling every corporate entity in the state to make a choice: either stop selling guns or stop doing business in our state.

Scott A. Budow
November 4, 2023
How to curb gun violence: States should ban corporations from selling guns

This smooth brained tyrant wannabe thinks this would pass constitutional muster? Wow!

Does he also believe the states could ban stores that sell religious books? Or churches even? You are free to practice whatever religion you want in your own home. So, in his world view, that wouldn’t be an infringement, right?

Or how about banning media outlets which publish nonsense from Democrats? What will it take for this guy to understand? I propose that if he wins his public office and is successful in banning gun stores he get educated via a public trial and some serious prison time.

Damning Evidence of Corruption in U.S. Politics

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Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight.

And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.

Hunter Biden
July 30, 2017
WhatsApp message to Hery Zhao, CEO of Harvest Fund Management
A Second American Civil War Has Begun

Never before I have seen such damning evidence of corruption in U.S. politics.

This has a very good chance of leading to interesting times.

Prepare appropriately. I want an underground bunker in Idaho.