There has been great news stories for veterans the week of March 13-17, 2017.
Two of the most significant: the U.S. House of Representative passed two important bills.
The first was H.R.1181 – Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act:
(Sec. 2) This bill prohibits, in any case arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs, any person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of the right to receive or transport firearms without the order or finding of a judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that such person is a danger to himself or herself or others.
So why was this bill needed? It’s an almost unbelievable story.
In a sucker-punch to veterans, Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs and their sorry VA Secretary Bob McDonald decided in 2012 to send personal medical and financial information of veterans directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids.
The Daily Caller obtained a memorandum that outlined the entire scenario. The bottom line was that veterans could be prevented from buying weapons or have theirs taken away from them base upon an adverse medical opinion by any VA doctor. And the problem was there was no method for anyone to contest the result and the 4th Amendment for veterans was immediately taken away.
Well, that’s now fixed and an estimated 257,000 veterans can get their guns back!
The second bill was H.R.1259 – VA Accountability First Act of 2017 which amends
Title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.
In other words, Dr. David Shulkin, our new VA Secretary now has official permission from congress to get rid of the VA employees who have brought of VA healthcare system to its knees. And the VA swamp can be drained.
Tom Porter, Legislative Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) said in an email message to their members,
“It has been nearly three years since the scandal in Phoenix alerted the country to the outrageous state of the VA health care system, and yet not enough has been done to ensure that the VA is equipped with the necessary authorities to address workforce accountability. The large majority of VA employees serve veterans with distinction, but there are employees whose poor performance or, at worst, gross negligence, put veterans at risk. They need to immediately be removed from the VA to restore trust within the VA system.
And finally, a story about which veterans will be cheering.
President Trump started bringing jobs back to America while he was still a candidate and he has continued to do so. But now, veterans are being included in that plan.
IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty will announce plans to hire 2,000 U.S. military veterans during a meeting Friday with President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to a report.
Over a four-year period, the veterans will be hired as part of a software training and certification initiative.
Hey, it’s only just past mid-March and the news so far has been great for our nation’s veterans!
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NFL Just Reached NASTY New Political Low With What Coaches Are Telling Their Teams To Do Now
This is sick & it will piss you off!
Apparently now it’s not enough to kneel for the national anthem and disrespect our flag and our nation, even while on international soil.
Now, after the Las Vegas massacre last Sunday night, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton, has decided to go off on a rant against the Second Amendment.
Hey, why not? Since he hates our nation and her flag, why not add the United States Constitution to the list?
— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) October 3, 2017
Odd, he doesn’t mention how many Americans have died since then from abortions?
— Richard Graves (@RichardGraves1) October 1, 2017
Hold on a minute here. This group of 3rd rate ball tossing “men” go off to a foreign land and decide to disrespect our flag, nation, and everything we stand for? Let that sink in for a minute.
French Quarter Sees Violent Crime Surge; Residents Demand Changes
New Orleans police officer Patrick Schneider patrols Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter on
New Orleans’ most visited neighborhood rarely sees the type of violent crime that plagues other parts of the city. Recently, several high-profile robberies have rattled the region and led to criticism of the police department and the mayor, both of whom are rethinking safety measures.
Over the next few weeks, more and more visitors will roam the city’s famous French Quarter, drinks in hand, for Mardi Gras. In less than 2 square miles, the French Quarter combines hotels, restaurants, street performers, and all-night bars with historic homes and tight-knit neighbors.
Now, some of the Quarter’s iconic wrought iron balconies hold new signs that read: Caution. Walk in large groups. We love N.O.P.D. We just need more.
Resident Bryan Drude got that sign from his neighbors, who printed hundreds of them, after a man was stabbed and robbed on their street last month. Drude wants more police on foot to protect tourists and locals.
“We want the people that are here now to be safe. We don’t want them to get held up or mugged, or stabbed or shot,” Drude said. That violence would be “worse publicity to us than them seeing the signs.”
These signs are not the only public ploy to gain attention; French Quarter businessman Sidney Torres bought TV ads. His home was robbed last month. Then, this month, armed robbers attacked the bar next door to him.
The ad announces: “The French Quarter is under siege by criminals. The problem can be fixed. It is only 6 blocks by 13 blocks. We should hold the administration accountable for the failures of not protecting the French Quarter …”
After meeting with the mayor and the police chief, Torres has canceled the ads. The city has run its own sort of campaign, with podium speeches to highlight arrests and task forces. Introducing new police recruits, Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed the French Quarter directly.
“Recent upticks that have been plaguing the city have made people feel unsafe, and has reinforced our need to focus our attention. It’s now more important than ever to have the best people, the best training and the best equipment,” Landrieu said.
Having enough people is the big problem. Years of attrition have dwindled New Orleans’ police force. The city has upped its recruitment budget and says applications have risen 300 percent. But it still takes a year to get recruits on the streets.
The city is also starting something called NOLA Patrol. The 40 or so uniformed security guards will walk the Quarter and work with officers. Landrieu also wants more state police.
The current crowd seems mostly undeterred. Atlanta residents Anthony Mullins and Taylor Norman recently roamed Royal Street. Reading the “Walk in Large Groups” signs, Mullins, who works in law enforcement, said he understands people’s fears.
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“I could probably agree with them. I would probably want to see more police, too. I mean as a tourist looking at it, it is alarming,” Mullins said.
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The couple hadn’t heard about the recent crime, but say it won’t change their plans.
Not so for Barb Kelly. Up in Alberta, Canada, she’s been following French Quarter crime, in the news and on travel websites. She and her husband planned a 10-day trip in March. Now they’re not sure.
“It’s a hard decision to make because I really do want to go back and see more of New Orleans. I loved it there, I really did. I thought it was a great experience,” Kelly said. “We have to sit down and weigh the pros and cons.”
It’s the kind of calculation that people who live, work and play in the French Quarter make every day right now. Deciding whether to stay for the band’s next set, whether to walk a few blocks or take a cab. Asking who might walk with them, and how much risk is too much.
This 3rd rate team from the cesspool that is New Orleans comes back from disrespecting our nation on foreign soil and the head coach decides to now rant against the Constitution because he doesn’t agree with its content? Coach, how many sermons have you given your ball tossing “superstar” players against raping women, beating up spouses, drug use and being a part of dog fighting rings?
Let’s make a deal, coach. Maybe we can ban guns, but why stop there? Maybe it would be a good idea to ban how much a person who doesn’t even know how to read and write but can toss a ball for a living, is allowed to make per year. Or better yet, maybe we should draw up a law stating that no financial gain can be made out of spectator sports. And while we’re at it, let’s go full Leftist Fascist and make a law stating how much a sports team is allowed to sell tickets for at their stadium. Maybe ban sponsors too?
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Law-Abiding Gun Owners FORCED To Forfeit Or Go To Jail After What Dems Just Did Overnight
The crackdown on gun control had come to a screeching halt once Donald Trump took office, but that didn’t stop Democrats from getting their way. Without warning, gun owners are now waking up to horrible news about their Second Amendment right which has just been incredibly infringed upon in a way that’s beyond unconstitutional.
To control people’s right to their own safety and property is at the top of liberals’ list of what’s most important to them to regain son semblance of power. As such, the find any and every loophole they can to usurp citizens’ rights that they don’t like. Sneaky liberals plotted against Republicans and surprised everyone with what they were able to pass through the night, forcing law-abiding Americans into confiscation or face jail time.
The old saying goes that “nothing good happens after midnight” and that’s certainly the case as people are realizing what Oregon Governor Kate Brown has just signed into law. The tyrannical governor has just officially made weapons confiscation a reality for those who legally and rightfully purchased their weapons.
Oregon Senate Bill 719 “permits government officials to order the confiscation of guns, simply based off of hearsay evidence,” according to Silence is Consent. “There is no actual evidence required to order this confiscation, and before the gun owner is even given a hearing.”
This detail of the bill also goes against citizens’ 14th Amendment right, which grants Americans the right to a formal hearing before their property is seized.
The anti-Second Amendment bill doesn’t stop there as it aims to make it next to impossible for citizens whose guns were confiscated, to get them back. The process is rigorous, as a law-abiding gun owner must take the issue to court, and like a criminal, prove that they are innocent.
Since the weapons would have been ripped out of their possession without warning anyway, this could be an uphill battle to get it back.
Second Amendment watchdogs at 2A News, explains the bill and the government’s gross overreach.
On Wednesday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a Democrat-sponsored gun confiscation bill, permitting Oregon judges to order guns to be confiscated under an “Extreme Risk Protection Order”, based on hearsay evidence, and before the gun owner is permitted a hearing to challenge the order.
The law is based on Oregon Senate Bill 719 and was passed by Oregon Democrats despite widespread condemnation by constitutional scholars and gun rights groups. All but 4 Democratic senators voted in favor of the bill, while every Republican senator but one voted against the bill.
The sole “token” Republican voting for the bill, Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas, Oregon), claimed the law would “reduce veteran suicides”, and it was under that noble-sounding purpose that Democrat legislators steamrolled the bill through the legislative process.
Paul Phillips, President of Oregon Gun Owners, noted the hypocrisy and the underlying purpose of the bill. The bill, he says, will do little to prevent ‘suicides’
What it will actually do, under the guise of ‘suicide prevention’, is deprive Oregon gun owners of their legal rights under the second amendment. Gun confiscations, he says, will be “based on hearsay evidence alone, and the firearm owner is not [even] privy to a fair trial.”
This comes less than two months after California enforced forfeiture on their law-abiding gun owners.
Having started on July 1, 2017, Californian’s were forced once again to give up more of their Second Amendment right to the state thanks to the state’s liberal leadership employing the use of fear mongering to get their way once again.
Citizens were asked to turn in their gun magazines that hold ten rounds or more. They are asked to forfeit all of their magazines that hold over ten rounds, to local law enforcement, an authorized gun dealer who might purchase them from the person, or they can ship them to someone in a state that don’t share similar laws.
While the people of California are being forced to give up magazines that they spent their hard-earned money on and once legally purchased, the state is also not offering any compensation to those who comply with the law.
Although the forfeiture is voluntary, because law enforcement also doesn’t have the capital to search and seize the magazines, they are now criminal to own if and could lead to punishment if you’re caught in possession of them.
This is liberals’ systematic and sneaky approach to total and complete gun control. If they take this right away step by step and piece by piece, as seems to be the case, it won’t be long before this right granted Americans in the Constitution is totally erased.
Floridians Who Braved Irma Just ENRAGED Every Thug In Town With HUGE Sign They Put Up Overnight
You will be cheering after you see this! Trump loves it!
Because we as generous Americans have raised half a century of people who are given everything by the American Taxpayer, they have no respect whatsoever for other people’s property. The aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida took no exception in proving this point. Disasters seem to always bring out the best in people, but sadly it also brings out the worst, as we saw in Texas and in Florida past week.
We saw Americans coming together and helping each other in every way possible. Many helped by donating food, money, their time, first aid supplies and even their homes to those left homeless. But sadly, we also saw looting. After all how else would the maggots of society get those new big screens and Nike Air Jordans?
Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out. #stayindoors
But because Florida and Texas aren’t California or New York, the response people had was quite different than in gun control states. People in both states quickly put up signs warning these looters of the consequences they would face if they tried looting their property.
Since the Police couldn’t be everywhere, this meant many homeowners had to take matters into their own hands. And they did so very well. As seen above, one Floridian family put a brutal message on the front of their home for any one who got the bright idea to loot their property.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:
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 subject matter and unusual phrasing of this amendment led to much controversy and analysis, especially in the last half of the twentieth century. Nevertheless, the meaning and scope of the amendment have long been decided by the Supreme Court.
Firearms played an important part in the colonization of America. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, European colonists relied heavily on firearms to take land away from Native Americans and repel attacks by Native Americans and Europeans. Around the time of the Revolutionary War, male citizens were required to own firearms for fighting against the British forces. Firearms were also used in hunting.
In June 1776, one month before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Virginia became the first colony to adopt a state constitution. In this document, the state of Virginia pronounced that “a well regulated Militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free State.” After the colonies declared their independence from England, other states began to include the right to bear arms in their constitution. Pennsylvania, for example, declared that
the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state; and as standing armies in the time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; And that the military should be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.
The wording of clauses about bearing arms in late-eighteenth-century state constitutions varied. Some states asserted that bearing arms was a “right” of the people, whereas others called it a “duty” of every able-bodied man in the defense of society.
Pennsylvania was not alone in its express discouragement of a standing (professional) army. Many of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution rejected standing armies, preferring instead the model of a citizen army, equipped with weapons and prepared for defense. According to Framers such as Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts and George Mason of Virginia a standing army was susceptible to tyrannical use by a power-hungry government.
At the first session of Congress in March 1789, the Second Amendment was submitted as a counterweight to the federal powers of Congress and the president. According to constitutional theorists, the Framers who feared a central government extracted the amendment as a compromise from those in favor of centralized authority over the states. The Revolutionary War had, after all, been fought in large part by a citizen army against the standing armies of England.
The precise wording of the amendment was changed two times before the U.S. Senate finally cast it in its present form. As with many of the amendments, the exact wording proved critical to its interpretation.
In 1791 a majority of states ratified the Bill of Rights, which included the Second Amendment. In its final form, the amendment presented a challenge to interpreters. It was the only amendment with an opening clause that appeared to state its purpose. The amendment even had defective punctuation; the comma before shall seemed grammatically unnecessary.
Legal scholars do not agree about this comma. Some have argued that it was intentional and that it was intended to make militia the subject of the sentence. According to these theorists, the operative words of the amendment are “[a] well regulated Militia … shall not be infringed.” Others have argued that the comma was a mistake, and that the operative words of the sentence are “the right of the people to … bear arms … shall not be infringed.” Under this reading, the first part of the sentence is the rationale for the absolute, personal right of the people to own firearms. Indeed, the historical backdrop—highlighted by a general disdain for professional armies—would seem to support this theory.
Some observers argue further that the Second Amendment grants the right of insurrection. According to these theorists, the Second Amendment was designed to allow citizens to rebel against the government. Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying that “a little rebellion every now and then is a good thing.”
The Supreme Court makes the ultimate determination of the Constitution’s meaning, and it has defined the amendment as simply granting to the states the right to maintain a militia separate from federally controlled militias. This interpretation first came in United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542, 23 L. Ed. 588 (1875). In Cruikshank, approximately one hundred persons were tried jointly in a Louisiana federal court with felonies in connection with an April 13, 1873, assault on two African–American men. One of the criminal counts charged that the mob intended to hinder the right of the two men to bear arms. The defendants were convicted by a jury, but the circuit court arrested the judgment, effectively overturning the verdict. In affirming that decision, the Supreme Court declared that “the second amendment means no more than that [the right to bear arms] shall not be infringed by Congress, and has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the national government.”
This here is the most common need for the Second Amendment. In times of crisis, low-lives lose their slim knowledge of what is right and wrong and their primal instinct to get “Free Stuff” kicks in. Decent hard working people need to have a way to defend themselves. Can you imagine living in a world where you aren’t allowed to own a gun and are caught in the aftermath of a disaster where there are no police available, and a gang of looters can just walk into your home and take your belongings without fear of meeting their maker? No Thank You!
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