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Forum: Does Anything Need To Be Done To Strengthen The Second Amendment Nationally?

Every week on Monday, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: Does Anything Need To Be Done To Strengthen The Second Amendment Nationally?

The Daley Gator : A national CHL bill perhaps, at the least a national carry reciprocity act.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : Let’s see – The Second Amendment states: “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.” Nope, that pretty much covers our absolute inherent right to protect ourselves, our families and our property, and if need be to fight against an out of control tyrannical federal government. The simplicity of the language in asserting the rights of We the People would only be diluted by additional legislative measures. We need to make sure we elect people who understand these rights and who will faithfully follow the law established by our Founders.

The Razor : Beyond electing a conservative supreme court justice to replace Antonin Scalia? It’s tough to say.

The 2nd amendment is one of the few issues I can’t compromise on (the security of Israel being one of the others), but I’m not sure what more we can do for an amendment to the Constitution.
We need to “normalize” gun ownership, and prevent the marginalization and stereotyping of gun owners. Yesterday I attended only my second gun show, a very large one that filled a convention hall, and I was surprised by the diversity there. Men and women. Blacks, Asians and Hispanics. The wife said it was the most polite crowd she had ever been in.

The NRA and like-minded organizations need to keep their focus on the 2nd amendment and reach out to minorities and other groups such as the gay community. I’m a member of Pink Pistols, a LGBTQ+ allies pro-gun group, and an outreach program to that group who honestly need protection from gay bashers would go a long way to keeping gun owners from being marginalized. Similar efforts could be directed to other minority groups as well.

JoshuaPundit: In my opinion the Second Amendment definitely needs strengthening. It’s been under serious assault for some time by the Left in spite of the clear intentions of the Founders.

Anyone who has ever rat proofed a house or barn knows that you have to keep monitoring things and strengthening the protection whenever you see signs the rats have found a weak spot and are working on gaining entry.

What a lot of people miss is that this assault is being mounted on the cultural front as well as the legal one and both need to be addressed to protect the right that all the others depend on. In many ways it is the cultural front that drives the legal/political attack.

I’ll provide more details on how this can be dealt with in a separate essay.

Well, there you have it.

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Forum: Does Anything Need To Be Done To Strengthen The Second Amendment Nationally?

Article written by: Tom White

Arizona’s Cardozo? Justice Clint Bolick Might be Exactly That!

Since I do not practice in Arizona, I have no fear I will be accused of currying favor with the newest Justice of that state’s supreme court:  Clint Bolick.  Bolick is a co-founder of the Institute for Justice, one of the best libertarian advocacy firms in the nation.  He also is a litigator at the Goldwater Institute, a thinktank that promotes constitutional government.  This appointment is an exciting development for liberty in law.  Here’s the Arizona Republic article.  I think Bolick could be a Cardozo for our era.


One of our greatest judges in our history was Judge (later Justice) Benjamin Nathan Cardozo – he served for six weeks as what we in Virginia would call a circuit court then was appointed and then elected to the Court of Appeals of New York (this highest court in the state of NY) from 1913 to 1932 and then was appointed to the US Supreme Court.  Cardozo was a Tesla of judges – a great writer with the unusual ability to come up with new ways to see existing legal problems.  For example, Cardozo in McPherson v. Buick Motor Co., came up with the idea that a manufacturer who places a defective project in the stream of commerce can be held liable even though the purchaser of the car did not directly purchase it from Buick but from a Buick dealer.  That is the basis of present products liability law that protects consumers from poorly manufactured items.

Now I disagree with Cardozo on his tendency toward legal realism but I admire his brilliance and vision.  I think Justice Clint Bolick could be a 21st Century Cardozo and he will defend liberty in law.  I’ll be interested in how he does.  Here’s a neat article at Powerline that already suggests Justice Bolick could be a short-lister for SCOTUS if a Republican wins the Presidency.  You just got to read this post yourself but even Jeb Bush twitted his support for Bolick.  Bolick also ran for California state legislature in 1980 as a Libertarian and got just over seven percent of the vote.



Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Good News from Green Party Leader Jill Stein: The Waste of Time in Paris was a…well…Waste of Time!

I do not often agree with likely 2016 Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein (I admire her greatly for standing for what she thinks is right but she is usually wrong) but I do agree with this from her final report from the Waste of Time (COP21) in Paris:

(PARIS) “The United Nations climate summit (COP21) has failed to take the action necessary to prevent global climate catastrophe,” said Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein as she prepared to depart Paris, where she had participated in several COP-related events.

According to Stein, “The voluntary, unenforceable pledges being produced by COP21 are entirely insufficient to prevent catastrophic climate change. Scientific analysis shows that these pledges will lead us to 3 degrees Celsius global temperature rise – and that will be catastrophic.”

I am glad that we did not try to bind the world or the US to unconstitutional reports to foreign institutions but Stein did call for the taxpayers of the West to “compensate” developing countries:

Stein also faulted the United States and the other industrial nations for failing to adequately fund transition and adaptation efforts by developing countries. According to Stein, “It is the US and major industrialized countries that are primarily responsible for climate change. We have both a moral and legal responsibility to compensate other countries for the damages we have inflicted and to enable them to find sustainable paths to development that will raise their standards of living.”

We have a moral and legal responsibility to help ourselves first and not hit the taxpayer for reparations.

But today let’s raise a sweet tea to the failure of the latest Waste of Time.  Maybe the taxpayers of the nations will demand we save the money and skip the next Waste of Time.

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders