Category Archives: 1st Amendment



As we shared yesterday, today in the House Public Safety Committee meeting, Rep. Dave Pinto will attempt to get his two gun control bills “off the table” for a full debate and attempt to pass them out of committee.

Thursday is the committee deadline, which technically means these bills are dead if not passed out of committee by that time.

As a reminder, those two bills are:

  • HF 1605: Gun Violence Restraining Orders
    • This bill creates a new type of restraining order that allows a judge to order your firearms seized without you being present at a hearing based upon an accusation. We have significant due process concerns about this legislation.

  • HF 1669: Universal Background Checks
    • This bill would make all private sales and transfers illegal – all transactions of a firearm would have to go through a Federal Firearms License holder (FFL or Gun Shop). This bill creates a significant burden on law-abiding citizens and does little to improve public safety.

We testified against both of these bills – and our allies on the committee voted to table them for the time being.

Rep. Pinto’s move today is a procedural motion and there will be no debate or public testimony.

While we expect the motion to be voted down and we’re not asking folks to attend the hearing, we need you to call and email members of the House Public Safety Committee and encourage them to stand strong against these Bloomberg-backed gun control bills.




Drivel From Across The Pond…


In any debate about guns in America, there’s one aspect that’s seemingly inescapable: the moment when the National Rifle Association (NRA) or other defenders of an anything-goes gun policy recite the second amendment from memory.

Perhaps no subsection of a political movement is so passionately animated by a clause of the US constitution. As many a gun enthusiast is eager to say, gun regulation is a non-starter; the second amendment is the law of the land, so the government can’t tell me what to do with my guns.

But those seeking sensible gun regulation – like the 83% of Americans who support a mandatory waiting period for buying a gun and the 67% of Americans who agree with a ban on assault weapons – should not just accept the distortion of the second amendment as fact. Instead, they should loudly respond that gun regulation’s proponents, not the NRA, are the true defenders of the second amendment. In fact, both supreme court case law and the text of the second amendment itself support reasonable regulations on guns. As written, the constitution and the second amendment permit precisely the kind of regulation Congress should enact.

In 1991, former Chief Justice Warren Burger, a Republican appointee, explained why the text of the Second Amendment affirms the importance of gun regulation. The first words of the amendment, Burger pointed out, are “a well regulated Militia.” This language presupposes the idea that the militias should be regulated. So, Burger reasoned, if the amendment rests on the assumption that well-trained state armies could be regulated, then it is sensible to think it also allows Congress to regulate guns among the general citizenry.

The constitutional argument for gun regulation also goes beyond the Second Amendment. The Constitution’s preamble speaks of the need to “insure domestic Tranquility”—a fundamental task of any government that can be aided by regulating deadly weapons. The recent tragedy in Florida—merely the newest in a line of one numbing bloodbath after another, a crisis that no other developed country on earth suffers from—has made it clear that our schools, hospitals, and military are anything but tranquil. In places where they once would have thought themselves safe, citizens fear another attack.

via The Guardian: Gun Control Advocates The TRUE Defenders Of The Second Amendment

Do Not Reach for the Power…..

Do Not Reach for the Power

March 20

“For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).

A few years ago, I was asked by a large organization to meet with them about doing some cooperative projects in the faith at work area. I visited their headquarters and had several initial discussions. We concluded that we would proceed on a joint conference.

During my visit, I stayed overnight at the headquarters of this ministry. I was awakened at 5 A.M. and led to read Exodus 33:15. Moses said he could not go any further if God did not promise that His presence would go with him. I sensed this was to be our theme for the conference.

Later that morning, I shared that I had received this leading from the Lord regarding the theme of the conference with some of the people in the organization. However, when I shared this with the leader of the organization, he did not take it seriously. I was a bit irritated and my pride was hurt, but I decided to follow a principle that I had been walking in for a few years: act like you have the authority, but do not reach for the power. I realized that if God had truly spoken His words into my heart, I would not have to exercise my authority to make it happen. God would orchestrate it.

More discussion was given to the theme, but nothing was resolved. A few hours later, the conference theme came up again. I turned to a friend and read Exodus 33:15 aloud, and he got excited about using that verse as the possible theme of the event. The leader, to my amazement, chimed in as well and said, “Yes, that should be the theme of the conference.” It was a big lesson for me.

Act like you have the authority, but do not reach for the power.

via Today God is First Daily Devotional, Os Hillman, Work, Christian Business Leaders

The Rock of Ages….

March 20

The Rock of Ages
For reading & meditation: Psalms 28
“To you I call, O Lord my Rock ‘ if you remain silent I shall be like those who have gone down to the pit.” (v.1)

Now that the psalmist’s faith is no longer conditioned by material factors, and he is confidently resting in God, he makes this interesting statement: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever” (Psa. 73:26). Some commentators say he is referring here to the time when his flesh will decay through old age, while others say he was experiencing some physical problems at that very time. Both may be right. When he looks into the future he knows a time will come when he will be an old man when his heart and flesh will fail. He will be unable to look after himself but it will still be all right, says this man, “For whatever may happen, God will still be the strength of my heart.” A commentator who feels the psalmist’s words have a direct bearing on his physical condition at that time says this: “You cannot pass through a spiritual experience such as this man passed through without your physical body suffering. His nerves would be in a bad state and his heart would have been affected by the strain. Nevertheless he still affirms that God is his strength.” It is generally agreed that the word which is translated “strength” is the word for “rock”, and so the verse may justifiably be translated: “God is the rock of my heart and my portion for ever.” What a thrilling thought this is – God is my Rock. As one Welsh preacher put it: “There are many occasions when I tremble as I stand upon the Rock, but there are never any occasions when the Rock trembles under me.”
O Father, help me this day to go out into life aware that although I may not know much about the ages of the rocks I know much about the Rock of Ages. And everything I know makes me feel deeply, deeply secure. I am so grateful. Amen.

For further study:
Isaiah 40:21-31; Ephesians 3:16-17
1. How are we to receive strength?
2. What was Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians?

via Everyday Light Daily Devotional from Selwyn Hughes, Christian Bible Devotions

Gun News ..

The media is out of control in its push for gun control external site

Fact checkers are out of control, and on the issue of guns they no longer even try to pretend impartiality. Especially on social media, this is becoming a serious problem. Facebook has been working with organizations such as PolitiFact, Snopes and to filter news. Stories deemed “false” by these organization are labeled as false and are much more difficult to spread virally.

Navy SEAL Congressman Has Brutal Comeback When Asked Why He Needs “High-Capacity” Magazines external site

Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) commented on a tweet posted by Tim Kaine, and he did not hold back. Taylor, a former Navy SEAL serving Virginia’s 2nd District, is extremely supportive of the NRA and Second Amendment freedoms.