New York City Mayor Partners With Al Qaeda To Steal Your Gun Rights


Mayor Bloomberg and Azzam al-Amriki

Who would have thought that the Mayor of New York City would partner with Al Qaeda? But that is just what is happening. Mayor Bloomberg and his anti-gun rights group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, have joined with Al Qaeda to ask Congress to stop your right as an individual to sell your guns. The victims of 9-11 must be turning over in their graves at this partnership.

The partnership happens in a 30 second commercial featuring Al Qaeda spokesman Azzam al-Amriki where he says, “America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check. So what are you waiting for?”

 

First of all, the quote above is an absolute lie. The sale of fully automatic firearms is highly taxed and regulated. Individuals or dealers who own or manufacture them are required to account for their transfer or disposal. Transfer is usually recorded on an ATF Form 4.

Secondly, the so-called “Gun Show Loophole” is a myth. And licensed gun dealer who is selling guns of most any type at a gun show MUST complete the same background check a gun store would complete using an ATF Form 1. An individual who is walking around a gun show wishing to sell a privately owned gun may do so without filling out an ATF Form 1, but that is not a loophole related to gun shows.  A private citizen is allowed to sell a gun they own ANYWHERE without filling out any forms.

So, what determines whether a person is a private citizen selling their gun or a dealer who would be required to document the sale with a background check of the buyer?  The ATF answers that question in a very ambiguous way as follows.

What does “engaged in the business” mean?

“The term “engaged in the business,” as applicable to a firearms dealer, is defined as a person who devotes time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms, but such term shall not include a person who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms.”

But if you, as an individual own a gun and want to sell it because you want some extra cash, or you want to buy a different gun or whatever other reason other that what is described above, you are allowed, by law, to sell that gun anywhere to anyone.  Once again… THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE.

That Mayor Bloomberg would partner with Al Qaeda is disgusting in and of its own accord.  But what this ad is really about is an attempt by the Anti Gun Mayors to take away your individual right to sell a gun.

In a press release Mayor Bloomberg said, “Criminals already know how to take advantage of gaps in our gun laws, and now Al Qaeda knows, too.”  “Americans, including NRA members, overwhelmingly support stronger laws to keep guns away from terrorists and other dangerous people. You are checked against the terror watch list to board an airplane, but you don’t have to be checked when buying assault weapons. Weak gun laws aren’t just a crime problem, they’re a national security threat – and this ad should be a wake-up call to Congress,” Bloomberg continued. Perhaps, Mayor Bloomberg would support TSA Style Gropingof Gun Show attendees?

As an owner of a business related to the firearms industry, I agree that there should be strong enforcement of gun laws to punish individuals who abuse our right to keep and bear arms.  However, we must not sacrifice our individual rights as law abiding citizens because of the conduct of a few criminals or terrorists. Mayor Bloomberg is lying. Assault weapons are not being sold without background checks.  Perhaps we should define what an “assault weapon” is. An “assault weapon” is a hand-held weapon, either a rifle or a pistol, capable of firing in fully automatic (bursts) or semi-automatic (single shots) mode. The change of modes is usually accomplished with a “selector switch”.  In other words, a machine gun.

Bloomberg wants to scare you by partnering with Al Qaeda to make you believe that a terrorist can go to a gun show and buy a machine gun without any background check. This is simply not true.

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) hasdocumented the lies of this organization. Their website also contains aninteractive map where you can find out if your mayor is a member of this anti-gun organization. If your mayor is a member, take action to get them to remove themselves as a member, or you should work to remove them as your mayor.

In Texas the only member is:

Mayor Richard Ward
Hurst, TX

 

Don’t tolerate these kinds of lies.  Let your Mayor know you support the right of an individual to sell their privately owned guns.

This article was re-published from TexasGOPVote.  See Related 2nd Amendment Stories Here

Flying with Firearms – Champion Shooter Julie Golob’s Tips for Gun Travel

Julie Golob is one of the top female competition shooters in the world with a list of championships that are the envy of many world class shooters. As such, Julie travels by air around the country to shooting matches and even some international flights. Of course you don’t have to be a world class competition shooter to want to travel with a firearm. After all, the 2nd Amendment doesn’t stop at your state line. If you are a licensed concealed carry holder, your license may be valid in more than your home state and you may want to carry your favorite handgun along with you when you travel.

To that end, Julie has written some traveling with firearms tips for Women’s Outdoor News I thought might interest some of you. In addition to her primary sponsor of Smith & Wesson, Julie is also sponsored by my company, Blue Wonder Gun Care Products.  Before we get to her tips, let’s see Julie in action…

Here is what Julie has to offer those of you interested in traveling with firearms.

Julie in Action

The key to successful airline travel with guns is all in the preparation. Researching what is acceptable for TSA and your airline is the first step. If you are traveling to a new destination, contact your fellow shooters or hunters to see if they have checked in at the airports you are flying from. Some airports, including Hartsfield International in Atlanta, have a specific TSA drop-off for those traveling with firearms. At other airports, be prepared to lose sight and control of your luggage. I have watched my luggage disappear with the instructions, “Wait over there for 15 minutes. If we don’t call you, then you are all set to go through security to your gate.”

To see the rest of Julie’s tips for travel, see her article at Women’s Outdoor News. For additional information about TSA Regluations in regards to travel with firearms, CLICK HERE. I have also found GunLaws.com to be an invaluable reference site for laws in the state of your intended travel and those along the way if your driving.

Other Photos Courtesy of Smith & Wesson

 

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Governor Perry Brings TSA Anti-Groping Bill Back to Life in Special Session

Monday evening, Texas Governor Rick Perry stepped up and drew a line in the sand challenging the TSA’s authority to conduct invasive and unwarranted searches of Texans by issuing a proclamation granting the Texas Legislature the authorization to consider and approve legislation relating to the prosecution and punishment for official oppression of persons who violate the law by unlawful and unwarranted searches and groping.

The bill, now titled HB 41 (SB 29), is a re-write of the widely popular HB 1937 which did not pass out of the regular legislative session. It will stop the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from utilizing invasive pat-downs of traveler’s private parts unless there is probable cause that traveler has committed some kind of offense. See Related Stories from TexasGOPVote.

This represents a victory for the people of Texas who wanted to see this issue dealt with during the regular session. Much pressure was applied to Gov. Perry by thousands Texas voters, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Texas Senator Dan Patrick and State Representative David Simpson who authored the original bill and the current proposed legislation and people from around the world.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst:

In a recent exclusive interview with TexasGOPVote.com, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst discussed his solid support for this bill. Gov. Dewhurst told me, “This is a problem that’s too serious not to solve. I don’t want anybody or their family members or friends to go through a traumatic experience, especially when it’s a random search without probable cause.”

Dewhurst continued, “I’m a law-and-order man. A random search without probable cause, to me, is unconstitutional and it’s a violation of the 4th Amendment.”

When someone enters the secured area of an airport they are subject to the rules of that screening process. If you don’t go through the scanning device you are subject to being patted down by the TSA agent. Dewhurst said, “What we’re talking about is different from a pat-down. We’re talking about invasive groping that causes trauma to men, women and children.”

“I feel very strongly about stopping unwarranted and unconstitutional violations of our privacy. I find the TSA’s policies of random, invasive, and intrusive searches with no probable cause to be horrific. I don’t normally curse, but I’d be mad as hell if my wife was groped or my little girl was groped, because I know there is no probable cause there,” Dewhurst continued.

Dewhurst concluded by saying, “We all want our skies to be safe. We all want to fight terrorism. But, let’s focus on the bad people. Our main interest is to send a message to TSA to change your policies.”

Currently the bill has 112 House members who have co-authored the bill. It passed unanimously out of the House committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on June, 14th.

In a written statement yesterday, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst added, “I’m very pleased that Governor Perry agreed to add this legislation to his Special Session call. Addressing unreasonable and unlawful searches of innocent travelers by some TSA employees is an issue that affects all Texans who use air travel, and it should not wait until next Session.”

“The Obama Administration overstepped its bounds by implicitly threatening to shut down air traffic in Texas if we passed this bill. After working closely with the Attorney General’s Office the last few weeks, I’m confident that we can pass legislation that addresses these threats, while protecting innocent passengers and preserving our state’s rights.”

Following is a letter received from the Office of the Texas Attornety General.  Click the image to see the full sized letter.

 

State Representative David Simpson:

The original author of the anti-groping bill, State Representative David Simpson (R-Longview) in a written statement said,  “This is a significant step forward for the people of Texas—for their dignity and liberty. Thousands of Texans are grateful that Governor Perry has taken the lead in defending the 4th Amendment rights of all of our citizens.”

“Sam Houston said that Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may,” Simpson continued. “While Washington is content to ignore the Constitution and trample on innocent travelers‘ rights and dignity, we in Texas will not stand idly by.”

“Now the citizens of Texas—and even the nation—are watching to see if Texas lawmakers will stand tall with Governor Perry for the constitutional rights and the dignity of our people,” stated Simpson.

State Senator Dan Patrick:

Senator Patrick said in his statement about the Governor’s announcement, “JoAnn Fleming and an army of Tea Party folks across the state contacted the Governor. Republicans, Conservatives, Independents and, yes, Democrats all joined with Rep. David Simpson, the Lt. Governor, and me to urge the Governor to add this issue to the call. Thank you, Governor Perry.”

Sen. Patrick continued, “There is another person I want to thank. A person I do not know named Wesley. I had sent a short personal letter to the Governor last Wednesday morning, followed by a call to his office, that I had the votes to pass the bill in the Senate once again. The Governor was traveling all week and was not aware that we had regained the votes in the Senate. One person can make a difference.”

Sen. Patrick referred to a video of a conversation between Gov. Perry and Mr. Wesley Strackbein where Mr. Strackbein asked Gov. Perry to add the TSA issue to the special session. Here is that video.

Now is the time to follow Wesley’s lead and make a difference.  Call your state senator and representative and tell them to pass the new TSA anti-groping bill.

And to the TSA… If you think you can take away the rights of Texans to travel and be secure from unreasonable searches, I just have one thing to say…

 

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Congressman Ted Poe Discusses Border Security and Operation Gunrunner

Congressman Ted Poe

In an exclusive interview with TexasGOPVote, US Representative Ted Poe (R-TX 2nd CD) talks with Bob Price of US Border Watch and TexasGOPVote about a variety of topics including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (BATFE, ATF) bungling of Operation Gunrunner leading to the deaths of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agent Jamie Zapata.  Congressman Poe also discussed his own plan for securing the US/Mexico Border and the overreach of the Federal Government’s EPA into areas like light bulbs, Texas air quality and offshore drilling.

“The whole idea is nonsense”, Congressman Poe said about Operation Gun Runner. “A thousand or more of those weapons have gone to Mexico.” Of course the ATF has not been able to trace those guns.

“We do know about two of them. One of those guns was used apparently in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. One of those other weapons was used in the shooting of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico.”

For the rest of this story, visit TexasGOPVote.com.

Life Ethics by Dr. Beverly Nuckols

Last weekend a group of TexasGOPVote bloggers gathered in Austin, Texas to discuss various issues being faced by conservatives and what the core ideology of a conservative blog should be.  The resounding issue was determined to be that of standing on the side of protecting human life. Following are some excerpts from this fascinating and thought provoking article about Life Ethics by TexasGOPVote blogger and Dr. Beverly Nuckols.

TexasGOPVote's Dr. Beverly Nuckols

TexasGOPVote's Dr. Beverly Nuckols

If you crack the egg of a bird on the Endangered Species List, it won’t matter that the bird was a fetus or embryo. You’ve still broken Federal law. Why is the species of an (unhatched) animal so clear cut under law, but human embryos have no protection under current law? Legal follies such as this underscore our lack of seriousness and consistency when contemplating our children of tomorrow. My concern is that we are not teaching them why they should treat us kindly, much less giving them a good example.

Bioethics dilemmas and most political disputes may seem to be new problems, but they’re not. Every “new” problem is another facet of the potential to deny the existence of right and wrong or to infringe on the inalienable rights of our fellow humans. Knowledge of the basics can guide decisions and actions.

The Negative rights to Life, Liberty and Property are owned and endowed upon individuals; they are not the property of or gift of societies or governments. These exist in a necessary order; a hierarchy of importance and power to call on society for protection. The right not to be killed trumps the right not to be enslaved, which precedes the right not to have your property taken from you by force or fraud. If they can kill you, there are no limits on how much they can enslave you or take from you. We must be secure that others won’t take our property against our will, because earning and owning property is how we avoid enslavement to others and how we make plans and lay by the staples of life to support the lives of ourselves and our families, both immediately while we can earn, and later when we are unable to work.

Society and government must protect these “inalienable” rights of individuals, but only as far as to ensure equality of opportunity, not the equality of outcome. These are protections against the actions of others, not against words or thoughts. It is not protection or promotion of someone’s personal tastes and not the right to not be offended. We must be very, very careful when we tax and even more careful if we presume to force the actions of others.

Read the entire posting at www.TexasGOPVote.com.