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PAGE NINE No. 95
No. 95 -- Dec. 29, 2010
by Alan Korwin
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Computer overhauls scheduled here plus New Year's plans force me to make this brief and to the point. Regular format and stories will continue in 2011.
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We expect this book to begin shipping in the second week after the New Year, earlier than usual. More than 90 changes in this edition, plus it now includes rules for restaurant carry, and requirements with police during a roadside stop. All orders will be held, no credit cards charged, until the book goes out the door to you. Get your advanced order in now. Still only $13.95 +S&H, so much cheaper than a lawyer -- and better than many of them (though it was written by an excellent Kentucky attorney, J. Scott Kappas.) Nearly one million copies in print. http://www.gunlaws.com/travel.htm
Meet me at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas
This is the gigantic Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show, held once a year for the industry. I'll be there Jan. 18 to 20. You can leave messages for me at the Imperial Palace hotel 1-800-351-7400, just across the street from the show at the Venetian, or in the Media Office at the show 702-691-8517. I'll be carrying details of our upcoming 64-nation Worldwide Gun Owner's Guide -- an astounding achievement by author Larry Grupp, our latest blockbuster After You Shoot, and more. The SHOT Show by the numbers -- Attendance: 58,444; Exhibitors: 1,633; Attendees: 31,280; Exhibit space: 700,000 square feet; Outdoor Media: 1,804 (regular "news" media typically avoids the show in large measure, go figure. They were not reached for comment).
The 64-nation Worldwide Gun Owner's Guide
Nearly a decade in the making, this groundbreaking global gun-law guide will be released early in 2011, and we'll start taking advanced orders soon. It covers everything from Canada and Mexico to communist red China and the Khyber Pass! One prime conclusion -- every nation has a gun culture and gun laws -- and don't believe the anti-gunners hooey that the U.S. is the only nation that has a vibrant and open gun ownership policy. Some nations have rules and access to firearms that will make your mouth water. Others, well, not so good, yopu'll see. Even the Chinese communists, who have an absolute total ban on civilian weapons (they're terrified of a revolt against the brutal dictatorship) have black market ranges and firearms access you're not supposed to know about.
Utah Selects "State Gun," Other States Deciding
In what may turn out to be a frenzied foot race, Utah plans to name the Browning .45 caliber 1911 sidearm its "state gun." This would honor Ogden, Utah native John Moses Browning, perhaps the finest firearms designer who ever lived, on the 100th anniversary of the pistol's adoption by the U.S. Army. Its design was so good it is virtually unchanged to this day, with versions made by countless firms. Learn more -- http://www.ksl.com/?sid=13561290&nid=148
Here in my home state of Arizona, a debate is raging over what the best choice would be for the Grand Canyon State, where a very pro-rights legislature and governor seem likely to adopt such a measure. Several gun manufacturers make their home here, and a number of guns that "won the West" are in contention for the honor. The Colt Single Action Army? at the other end of the spectrum, would the Dillon Aero minigun make the grade? How about a choice for your state? According to anonymous reports, anti-rights bigots are having conniptions over the concept.
Bill of Rights Day Yields Results
Among the best tools for regaining control of our government are laws that imprison bad legislators, empower the public to act, and pit the states against federal power. These ideas came out of our Bill of Rights Day celebration town hall meeting. There's some real red meat here, some of it already underway, other parts ready to go.
(The entertainment and speeches were superb, the Wrigley Mansion's cheese platter was outstanding, everyone had a grand old time.). Thank you keynoter Gary Johnson, keynoter Bob Levy, Lance "Patrick Henry" Hurley, emcee Andre Campos, Equinox quartet, The Cartridge Family band, all the Amendment readers, so many others, you made it great.
Full report with pictures and video coming soon.
Enact the Repeal Amendment to the Constitution
Suggested by scholar Randy Barnett and others this would allow 2/3 of the states to act together to repeal federal laws. Not only seemingly unconstitutional ones, but any ones the states decide they simply don't like. It has a lot of momentum, and is a real restoration of state power and the 10th Amendment.
Term Limits For Bureaucrats
The permanent government -- worker bees in federal and state offices -- do enormous harm and are unaccountable to the people. These people, for example, are training our newly elected officials, and the freshman-class program does not even include a review of the Constitution! If they were periodically cleaned out the ingrained, endemic, insipid, statist influence of this shadow government would end.
Pass the Enumerated Powers Act
This simple measure proposed by congressman John Shadegg simply requires every bill to identify where in the Constitution it draws its legitimate powers. He has introduced it for 16 years, every year he has served, and Congress has never bothered to pass it. It's time. They must stop deliberately thumbing their collective noses at our Constitution, which they swear to uphold.
Require Single-Issue Legislation
Congress tacks every imaginable unrelated piece of hogwash it can to every bill in sight, especially to “must pass” bills for the military or the budget. This practice has to end, to stop passage of hogwash. Some states have “single-issue requirements” to end this sort of abuse, and it works swell. A bill can only contain material relevant to the purpose of the bill. Other issues have to be introduced separately, get proper scrutiny, and pass on their own merits.
Bills are enacted and affect us forever. Bills should end, “sunset” after a while, and if they are still needed, be re-enacted after re-evaluation.
Put “Teeth” Clauses In All Bills
Government seems to be immune to laws that control we the people, so they are willing to pass all sorts of draconian tyranny. “Teeth” clauses make the functionaries in government liable.
The highly successful Posse Comitatus federal law (18 USC §1385) is a fine example. Instead of saying, as so many federal laws do (paraphrasing here), "It's illegal to use the military to enforce civilian law," which would be toothless against an offender, the statute says, "Anyone who uses the military to enforce civilian law shall go to prison for a long time and pay a very stiff fine." That difference, and people's unwillingness to suffer those enumerated consequences, is why America is not a banana republic. It's explained well here:
Elect The Right People
Some of us have low confidence in this approach, since any people elected are subject to the corrupting influence of the beltway, the permanent bureaucrats, party leadership, lobbyists, the buckets of cash and “the system.” But we showed in Nov. 2010 that the worst tyrants can be removed at the ballot box, and the tea parties in particular are adamant about using the primary process to put good people in and get the bad ones out. And if good ones go bad, out they go on a rail. Becoming a precinct committeeperson, a low profile, easy-to-do function puts you in the driver's seat on selecting candidates. Learn more.
Require Elected Officials To Stay Home
Our Congresspeople spend so much time in Washington they are manipulated, and forget about the needs of the people they represent. By requiring electeds to spend large amounts of time among those they represent, they would have less time for congressional mischief, would have to focus on important matters only, and would do their jobs better.
Impeach Any Elected Official Who Votes For A Bill Without Reading It
Right, they would never be able to get anything done if that was a rule. Fine. Voting for a bill without reading it and understanding what it does, and being unable to explain the vote, in detail, to the electorate -- is malfeasance, violation of oath of office and grounds for removal. Everyone knows you do not sign anything you haven't read. That goes double for Congress. Yes it would slow things down. Good. Maybe the biggest part of the problem is that our electeds don't write these things -- and don't even know who does the writing!
Stop Being Delusional
The idea that government can solve our problems is nuts. Government doesn't make jobs, it interferes with making jobs. Government doesn't create wealth, it takes wealth from people who make it and spends it. All too often it just gives it away -- redistribution of wealth also known as socialism -- the arch enemy of The American Way. We the people have to realize that government is the problem, and stop running so fast to elected officials and seeking solutions from them. If we turn our backs on government, its influence over us will decrease. Ostracism and public shunning. Thank you Marc Victor for the insight.
This is the legal theory that individual states have the power to nullify and reject any federal law a state deems unconstitutional. It is an outgrowth of state sovereignty, and the understanding that the states form the union, and are the ultimate arbiters of the actions of the central government. This conflicts with the court system, which the central government runs and relies upon as the final word. Nullification has been attempted (slavery, desegregation of schools, more) but has never been upheld or victorious. That leads to the next category of resistance to overreach by the federal government:
An increasing ferment appears to be bubbling under the surface, based on the idea that when a government becomes destructive of the ends for which it was formed, it is the responsibility and duty of the people to throw off those chains and establish a new form of governance. The governor of Texas has publicly raised the issue of state secession, Texans at meetings have chanted the word, and thinkers have begun to seriously consider the possibility as the federal leviathan has become increasing voracious.
How a seceded state would operate is anyone's guess, and would likely signal the demise of the nation as we know it. The nation of Arizonia? What would you use for money? Would federal forces just stand by and let it happen? How would you handle all the empty federal buildings, and land -- "nationalize" them? What about social security and medicare? There's more to it than no more federal income tax or subsidies. Which leads to the most severe suggestion:
Blurted out at the very beginning of our discussion by a well known anarcho-capitalist libertarian, and arguably the most severe course of action raised at the congress, it triggered a few cries of support, some chuckles, some groans of discontent, and got little additional discussion. Which leads us to the plethora of other ideas thrown out during the course of the evening, some of which should certainly be thrown out:
Hold a constitutional convention
(this met with deep concerns about the ability to control or limit one)
Repeal Amendments 16
(the income tax or “capitation” previously banned by the Constitution)
Repeal Amendment 17
(direct election of senators, which removed state legislative control as original intended)
Develop a form of review of Supreme Court decisions
Regulate judges more effectively
State filings for bankruptcy to divert federal requirements
Revamp the school system
Teach children the truth about the Constitution
Be better parents
Be more like Patrick Henry
(who gave a thrilling speech and assessment of the nation)
Repeal of corporate personhood
(so people actually running the firms are not insulated form lawsuit and control)
Remove voting privileges for federal employees
(so they cannot influence their jobs to the detriment of the public)
Remove voting privileges for anyone on welfare
(so they cannot vote public funds to themselves)
Defund the courts, large and small
End fractional banking
End the federal reserve system
Ban Congress from delegating authority only Congress should retain
Allow impeachment of federal judges
(the Jail For Judges program drew applause)
Hand count ballots, with no mailed ballots allowed
Ban federal employee unionizing
Drug testing for welfare recipients
End militarization of police by federal grants with strings attached
Make lobbying transparent
Admittedly, not all the suggestions were as viable or rational as others, but they all show a deep concern for the current state of affairs for the country, and a pretty well-informed body politic at the meeting. Few were willing to rate the health of the Bill of Rights above a five, with many putting it on life support. Some of the points received extensive comments, others were simply mentioned and the group pressed forward. This idea of examining our current situation at an assembly of the people seems to me to be an activity we could benefit from on a more than annual basis.
This report drafted and submitted by your humble servant, Alan Korwin, 12/28/10.
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