NRA 2013 Annual Meetings in Houston, Texas – Speeches from Sarah Palin, Taya Kyle, Ted Cruz, John Bolton, Rick Perry and more [video]
The NRA is holding its annual convention in Houston, Texas this weekend. Here is a playlist including a few notable speeches from Friday.
Former AK Gov. Sarah Palin, Ambassador John Bolton, TX Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, NRA CEO and EVP Wayne LaPierre, Mark Levin and wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – Taya Kyle.
Click on the playlist button at the bottom of the video frame to switch between speeches.
The convention can be seen live at NRA.org http://home.nra.org/home/list/2013-nra-annual-meetings
With the recent defeat of the Gun Control bill in the senate and subsequent agitated response by the president claiming 2nd Amendment advocates lied about the legislation, it might be time to find out what the people who actually deal with violent criminals on a daily basis think about the issue.
Never before has such a comprehensive survey of law enforcement officers’ opinions on gun control, gun violence, and gun rights been conducted.
In March, PoliceOne conducted the most comprehensive survey ever of American law enforcement officers’ opinions on the topic gripping the nation’s attention in recent weeks: gun control.
More than 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals took part in the survey, which aimed to bring together the thoughts and opinions of the only professional group devoted to limiting and defeating gun violence as part of their sworn responsibility.
Totaling just shy of 30 questions, the survey allowed officers across the United States to share their perspectives on issues spanning from gun control and gun violence to gun rights.
Top Line Takeaways
Breaking down the results, it’s important to note that 70 percent of respondents are field-level law enforcers — those who are face-to-face in the fight against violent crime on a daily basis — not office-bound, non-sworn administrators or perpetually-campaigning elected officials.
1.) Virtually all respondents (95 percent) say that a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would not reduce violent crime.
2.) The majority of respondents — 71 percent — say a federal ban on the manufacture and sale of some semi-automatics would have no effect on reducing violent crime. However, more than 20 percent say any ban would actually have a negative effect on reducing violent crime. Just over 7 percent took the opposite stance, saying they believe a ban would have a moderate to significant effect.
See PoliceOne’s Gun Control Survey: 11 key lessons from officers’ perspectives for the nine remaining poll results.
Interestingly, according to a Gallop April 4 – 7 poll found at CNS News:
Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt.
So, if gun restrictions are clearly not good from a law enforcement perspective and the people don’t place a high priority on the issue at all, one has to wonder; why the big push to establish this new gun control law? I think any clear-thinking person can answer that question for themselves.
Much like anything else the Obama administration does, the obfuscation and misdirection on gun control continues unabated among other disturbing anti-Second Amendment fanaticism. Even though Senator Feinstein’s gun grabbing amendment fell by the wayside, the push for background checks for purchases and transfers between private citizens moves forward, pushed by the leftist media as a rational reaction to uncontrollable insanity. These calls for more restrictions on law abiding citizens, in the view of this commentator, are the true examples of insanity at best and a prelude to registration, confiscation and despotism at worst as not-so-subtly hinted at recently by El Vice Presidente’ Biden.
Big Jolly Politics reports, via Breitbart:
On March 28th, 2013 Vice President Joe Biden told the coalition “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” that:
“and lastly, but not least, the Assault Weapons ban and the limitation on the size of magazines, let me say this as clearly as I can: this is just the beginning…”
Houston’s Mayor Parker is a member of the firearm-grabbing coalition “Mayors Against Illegal Guns“. How does Mayor Parker define “illegal guns”? In the mind of Progressives, the definition is a firearm owned by the 99 Percent of law-abiding, legal firearms owners (Progressives, Hollywood-types & their bodyguards are exempted from this definition, of course).
Luckily (sarc), the UN has stepped in with an attempt to sideswipe the Second Amendment debate here in the US with its own Gun Grabbing – Arms Control Treaty masquerading as a Gun Grabbing – Arms Control Treaty which, incidentally has the full support of none other than Obama admin and former Sec. State Hillary Clinton.
I feel so much better with that knowledge. (more sarc)
Thankfully, we Texans have an advocate by the name of Attorney General Greg Abbott:
I was on FOX News today talking about the UN Arms Trade Treaty. If the President continues to support this threat to our liberties, TEXAS WILL LEAD THE CHARGE to overturn the treaty. Stand with me – sign my letter to Pres. Obama! http://bit.ly/Z7cgLf
Pres. Obama said he will use 23 Executive Orders to force his gun control measures. I will fight them all to protect OUR 2nd Amendment Right! Stand with me by signing today! http://bit.ly/10m7rRE
Not long after Representative Steve Stockman arrived at Capital Hill he began ruffling feathers of the leftists with threats to file for Obama’s impeachment if he pursued his radical gun control agenda. Now, after Obama apparently called on his “many” twitter followers to flood their congress-critters with tweets in support of the gun control legislation and veteran reporter RS McCain noted that a majority of those messages were generated by computer using fake accounts, Congressman Stockman has called Obama out for it.
Finally, at least one Republican is getting tech-savvy:
A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama’s gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter.
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don’t exist. . . .
Stockman said that in response to Obama’s call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people.
Kudos to Congressman Stockman. Keep up the good work, sir. We need others to follow your lead along with Ted Cruz, who is also showing a backbone.
Video at American Thinker: Ted Cruz Schools the Senate on Gun Control Facts, Rather Than Emotions and Scary Pictures
The list of 23 Executive Orders:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
A Woodlands, Texas State Representative is out front of the issue proposing a bill that would nullify the executive orders.
AUSTIN – State Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) has begun the process to file legislation assisting the protection of the Second Amendment of the United State Constitution.
The “Firearms Protection Act” bill would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries. Anyone trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face felony charges under the proposal.
“We can no longer depend on the Federal Government and this Administration to uphold a Constitution that they no longer believe in. The liberties of the People of Texas and the sovereignty of our State are too important to just let the Federal Government take them away. The overreach of the federal administrations executive orders that are do not align with the Constitution, are not very popular here in Texas,” said Toth.
Texas Congressman Ted Poe: PROTECTION FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE
Rubio, often mentioned as a likely 2016 presidential candidate, said it would have been better if Obama had decided to announce his proposals without being accompanied by children. …
“I think ultimately he has a right to do that, and I understand he has a right to do that,” Rubio said. “I think most of us would have preferred if it just had been a straightforward address to the country because it implies that somehow those of us who do not agree with his public policy prescriptions don’t equally care about children.” …
Rubio called Democrats’ interest in pushing a new assault-weapons ban “misplaced.”
“I think it’s completely misplaced. Because here’s the issue in this public policy debate that’s different from others: There is a constitutional right to bear arms,” Rubio said. “I did not create that and he cannot erase that. It is in the Constitution. If they want to change the Constitution, if they want to believe the Second Amendment should not be in there or if they believe it should be rewritten in the 21st century then let them have the guts to stand up and propose that.”
Prior to the president’s announcement, Texas Representative Steve Stockman announced his own list of possible actions should Obama attempt to circumvent congress on the Second Amendment and Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese agreed:
Rep. Stockman: “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,”
The freshman congressman, who served one term in Congress in the mid-1990s, further labeled the possibility “an existential threat to this nation” because, he said, the purpose of the Second Amendment is to allow the people to protect themselves from tyranny.
“Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible,” he added. “Under no circumstances whatsoever may the government take any action that disarms any peaceable person — much less without due process through an executive declaration without a vote of Congress or a ruling of a court.”
He concluded by claiming that an executive order would be not just “not just an attack on the Constitution,” but also an “attack on Americans.”
“If the president is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist,” he said.
Meese, who was the nation’s top law enforcement officer in the Reagan administration, told Newsmax Stockman would have support for such a move – and a good case.
“It would not be legal. It would not be constitutional,” Meese said. “And, indeed, if he tried to override the Second Amendment in any way, I believe it would be an impeachable offense.
“An executive order without specific congressional authority can only apply to those portions of the government that are under his control — in their words, the executive branch. Now, there are some things he can probably do in regard to the actions of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or some other governmental agency in its operations.
“But to impose burdens or regulations that affect society generally, he would have to have Congressional authorization,” Meese added.
Certainly, the days ahead are sure to yield some intense rhetoric from both sides, and a boon for gun and ammunition dealers nationwide.
I hate to say I told you so, but well, I told you so. Not YOU, personally, probably, unless you happen to be the person-in-denial I told, but well, you get my drift. The point is, I DID say it was coming and several deniers protested the thought that *gasp* Obama was going to even attempt a gun grab.
Damn. I hate it when I’m right. And not even a heartfelt apology from said deniers will make that sorrow dissipate. It’s almost too late, you see.
Joe Biden (Viceroy of Ogling) was quoted earlier today stating Obama is weighing Executive Order gun control options. via The Weekly Standard:
“The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.”
Biden said that this is a moral issue and that “it’s critically important that we act.”
Biden talked also about taking responsible action. “As the president said, if you’re actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking. But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”
More interpolation at Townhall: Obama to Use Executive Order on Gun Control
Obama is coming for your guns. Incrementally of course, but don’t be like my friend living in Egypt on the river with his head buried in the desert. It’s time to realize Obama is taking aim at the Second Amendment, along with Eric (We must brainwash people against guns) Holder, Senator Feinstien, the ATF and Janet (I-shoulda-been-a-man with a gun-ban) Napolitano.
Quite a few Hollyweirdos recently published an ad calling for more gun control, as if to say guns are the problem.
Lack of respect for human life is the problem.
Enough is enough, alright. Enough with your attack on the Second Amendment!
We can all rest easy now that our great benevolent, elitist, gasbag has spoken.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein (Dimwit) doesn’t say she has all the answers, but you can bet she thinks she does and this is only the tip of the confiscation iceberg.
Via WND -
The senator describes the proposal as a version of the assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004.
Feinstein’s legislation ban scores of firearms, including military-style “assault” weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices. It also calls for the creation of a federal register that would require millions of gun owners to be fingerprinted and photographed.
See list @ Feinstein unveils sweeping gun-control agenda.
Doug Ross asks the more pertinent question:
Texas boy goes on shooting spree with assault rifle, two home invaders hardest hit « The Daley Gator
A 15-year-old boy, protecting his 12-year-old sister from two home invaders with an, wait for it, assault rifle? Gee, I wonder what smart-assed comments David Frum would make about this
GatorDoug has lots more with video: Texas boy goes on shooting spree with assault rifle, two home invaders hardest hit « The Daley Gator.
There has been a horrendous mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. At this time, 27 people are reported dead, most of them children.
This shooting is yet another tragic example of the failed, grotesque insistence on helpless victim zones where any crazed gunman can be assured of a large number of disarmed, undefended, helpless victims, all crammed into one place, where he can kill many children before an armed defender arrives from elsewhere. It is disturbing and sick that the federal government so hates the right of the American people to bear arms, and so hates their natural right to self defense, that the government insists on making them helpless, disarmed victims for anyone who cares to kill them. And in this case, all of the teachers and staff were willfully disarmed by the Federal Government, by force of law and threat of prison, to ensure that they would be disarmed and incapable of saving the lives of the children entrusted to their care.
That makes the Federal Government complicit in the deaths of these children, and in fact an accessory to their mass murder, by forcibly disarming (with the very real threat of prison) all the teachers, all the staff, and any parent who may have been on school property. That stupid law guaranteed the shooters would meet no immediate armed resistance, which is exactly what is needed to stop such an attack.
In such a shooting (as in every criminal attack), seconds count, and the people best positioned to stop the attack are the people on the scene – the intended victims and/or their care-takers. In this case, that would mean the teachers and staff of the school, and also the parents, who should have the ability to save the lives of their own children as they take them to and from school.
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