Tonight we started the show discussing the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act, H.B. 1796 and how the BATFE has basically said sorry, not going to happen. Find the article here - http://www.ammoland.com/2009/07/19/open-letter-to-all-tennessee-ffl/
We then go into the most important topic tonight which is the US Senate to consider Right to Carry Reciprocity Amendment early next week, possibly Monday...According to Gun Owners of America,Senators John Thune and David Vitter are the sponsors of S. 845 -- a bill that will establish concealed carry reciprocity amongst the several states.Senators Thune and Vitter offered the bill as an amendment (#1618) to the Department of Defense authorization bill (H.R. 2647).HR 2647 can be found in its entirety here - http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h2647/show
This provision will use the constitutional authority allowing Congress to enforce "full faith and credit" across the country, so that each state respects the "public acts, records, and judicial proceedings" of every other state (Article IV).The benefit of the Thune/Vitter legislation is that -- unlike other, competing measures -- it would protect the right of any U.S. citizen to carry out of state (regardless of whether he possesses a permit), as long as he is authorized to carry in his home state. This is important because of states like Vermont and Alaska, where residents can carry concealed without prior approval or permission from the state... in other words, without a permit!
Go to GOA's "Take Action" page and fill out the info to send a pre-written letter to your Senators - http://capwiz.com/gunowners/issues/alert/?alertid=13750856
Completely changing topics we go into Mysterious, Glowing Clouds Appear Across America’s Night Skies, article found here - http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/07/nightclouds/
No, this isnt aliens. Its more global warming, evil CO2 propaganda. We also referenced National Geographics article from 2004 'Earth's Magnetic Field Is Fading', found here -http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/09/0909_040909_earthmagfield.html
From there we played the clip from the 7/18 Glenn Beck show (i know) with Ron Paul where they discuss HR 1207 and how the FED is the root of all evil. Start the clip about 3.5 to 4 min in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYh27kOuaPY
We then go into CNS News article, Health Care Bill Will Fund State Vaccine Teams to Conduct ‘Interventions’ in Private Homes, found here - http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=51115
According to the article, the committee’s official summary of the bill says: “Authorizes a demonstration program to improve immunization coverage. Under this program, CDC will provide grants to states to improve immunization coverage of children, adolescents, and adults through the use of evidence-based interventions. States may use funds to implement interventions that are recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, such as reminders or recalls for patients or providers, or home visits.”
The 'official summary' can be found here on page 14 of 22 - http://help.senate.gov/Maj_press/2009_07_15_b.pdf
We end the show with good news, Texas Attorney Greg Abbott has filed a brief with the US Supreme Court - along with 32 other states, to defends Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.According to the release,
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that defends Americans’ right to keep and bear arms. The amicus brief, which was filed on behalf of 33 state attorneys general, supports a legal challenge by Otis McDonald, a community activist who lives in a high-crime Chicago neighborhood. McDonald’s work to improve his neighborhood has subjected him to violent threats from drug dealers, but city ordinances prohibit him from obtaining a handgun to protect himself. The state attorneys general argue that cities cannot simply ignore the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and impose a blanket ban on handguns.
“Last year, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the District of Columbia’s handgun ban and held that the Second Amendment protects individual Americans’ right to keep and bear arms,” Attorney General Abbott said. “The brief filed today urges the nation’s highest court to hear community activist Otis McDonald’s challenge to an ordinance that prohibits him from possessing a handgun to protect himself from the criminals he has worked to eradicate from his high-crime neighborhood. Today’s amicus brief reflects an effort by more than thirty attorneys general to defend law-abiding Americans’ constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.”
The states’ amicus brief says: “The right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment is not just a ‘fundamental’ liberty interest. In the Anglo-American tradition, it is among the most fundamental of rights because it is essential to securing all our other liberties. The Founders well understood that, without the protections afforded by the Second Amendment, all of the other rights and privileges ordinarily enjoyed by Americans would be vulnerable to governmental acts of oppression.”
According to the states’ amicus brief, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies to states under the Fourteenth Amendment, and the right to keep and bear arms is a right that states have long recognized. In fact, 44 state constitutions protect their residents’ right to bear arms. The brief adds: “The submission of this amicus brief provides further evidence of the States’ understanding of the fundamental importance of the arms-bearing right guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”
“Just as local governments cannot constitutionally act as ‘laboratories’ for initiatives to abrogate their citizens’ right to free speech or their freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, nor can they nullify the fundamental right to keep and bear arms secured by the Second Amendment,” the amicus brief states.
The states’ amicus brief acknowledges that some firearms regulations are permissible, including in circumstances where they are necessary to prevent violent felons from owning guns.The states ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear both the McDonald case and National Rifle Association of America Inc., et al v. City of Chicago, Ill., et al.
The states that joined Texas in the amicus brief are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Find the release here - http://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagNews/release.php?id=3030
Thanks for listening, see ya next week :)