H.R. 45 – Blows Up Right to Protect Ones Self

August 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

Several months ago, we briefly mentioned some concerns with the Blair Holt Firearms Licensing Act of 2009, H.R. 45.

After learning that our Congressman is not reading bills, I decided we would take another look at H.R. 45 and see how much trouble it proposes.

The new firearms act requires the creation of a national database to store each gun owners registration information (Sec. 501.A.1).  Where else are they going to store the following information about every gun owner in America.  Below you will find the application requirements to obtain a hand gun under this proposal, along with a $25 fee every five (5) years per section 102 of H.R. 45.

  1. a current, passport-sized photograph of the applicant that provides a clear, accurate likeness of the applicant;
  2. the name, address, and date and place of birth of the applicant;
  3. any other name that the applicant has ever used or by which the applicant has ever been known;
  4. a clear thumb print of the applicant, which shall be made when, and in the presence of the entity to whom, the application is submitted;
  5. with respect to each category of person prohibited by Federal law, or by the law of the State of residence of the applicant, from obtaining a firearm, a statement that the individual is not a person prohibited from obtaining a firearm;
  6. a certification by the applicant that the applicant will keep any firearm owned by the applicant safely stored and out of the possession of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;
  7. a certificate attesting to the completion at the time of application of a written firearms examination, which shall test the knowledge and ability of the applicant regarding–
    1. the safe storage of firearms, particularly in the vicinity of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;
    2. the safe handling of firearms;
    3. the use of firearms in the home and the risks associated with such use;
    4. the legal responsibilities of firearms owners, including Federal, State, and local laws relating to requirements for the possession and storage of firearms, and relating to reporting requirements with respect to firearms; and
    5. any other subjects, as the Attorney General determines to be appropriate;
  8. an authorization by the applicant to release to the Attorney General or an authorized representative of the Attorney General any mental health records pertaining to the applicant;
  9. the date on which the application was submitted; and
  10. the signature of the applicant.

Further evidence for the potential of a national ID card is found in section 103, which calls for a “tamper-resistant card.”  Granted the card mentioned in section 103 claims that the top portion of the license would read ‘FIREARM LICENSE–NOT VALID FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE’ but I think we can safely assume that the Congress could easily drop a line into a bill that would override this provision without the public knowing.

And the text in Section 305 of H.R. 45 appears to prohibit the use of any firearm by a “child” (anyone under the age of 18) and prohibits the individuals freedom to protect his property if a child lives on the premises.

  • PROHIBITION AND PENALTIES- Except as provided in paragraph (3), it shall be unlawful for any person to keep a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, any 1 of which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, within any premises that is under the custody or control of that person, if–
    • that person–
      • knows, or recklessly disregards the risk, that a child is capable of gaining access to the firearm; and
      • either–
        • knows, or recklessly disregards the risk, that a child will use the firearm to cause the death of, or serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of this title) to, the child or any other person; or
        • knows, or reasonably should know, that possession of the firearm by a child is unlawful under Federal or State law; and

And last but not least Section 801 will really get your blood boiling.  So as that some of our leadership will not participate in the public option of the proposed health care plan, (H.R. 3200), the government authorities are exempt from these provisions.

This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall not apply to any department or agency of the United States, of a State, or of a political subdivision of a State, or to any official conduct of any officer or employee of such a department or agency.

With all of this said, H.R. 45 appears to do more harm to the people of America than those that it protects.  I get the impression that its goal is to create a generation who are opposed to the use of guns altogether.

If you were partial to the United Nations Gun Ban, this would be your bill!

I Remeber When …….

June 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

I admittedly am not old enough to really be uttering those words, but in today’s world it seems that my country and in some cases my own party have left me.  I look around the world around me, my city, my church, my state and my country and fail to recognize things that I once thought were normal.

Once upon a time the people in this country strived to be the best they could be.  People worked to make the best for their family and their communities.  Churches and communities took care of their own.  If someone in the church had a problem (i.e. lost job, house burned, sickness) the people in the church took care of each other.  Before medicare and medicaid people some how survived.  I am not sure how but they did it, Amazing.

Insurance has not always been available.  Once upon a time you paid for what you bought.  There was no credit bureau and you paid for medical expenses as they happened.  I am not so naive to think that those things could still be possible with the way the world is today.  But really if you have been to a hospital lately do you really expect that a Tylenol cost $10.  Insurance is part of the problem we could throw in law suits and the government.

I once believed that the enemies of our country lived outside of our borders.  I know that the “reds” were here in the 50’s but that is not the enemy we have today.  Our country is now under attack from small time dictators from 3rd world countries.  We have religious zealots who have corrupted their own religion and now have (and have had for a while) declared war on the US.  For those of you who have forgotten they have attacked our country twice already.

My biggest fear is that the leadership of our own country is setting us up to be destroyed.  Our President and the leadership of the Senate and Congress are forcing bills and laws down our throat that will eventually lead to our destruction.  The Cap and Trade bill is nothing more than a new tax to shut down our energy production as well  businesses that depend on things like oil, gas, and coal.  Basically the early projections are that gas will get to $6.00 a gallon and our home energy cost will go up 70-80%.

So as I sit here tonight I wonder what will be left of my country.  What will my kids find waiting for them in 20 years if we don’t stop the misplaced ideals and neediness of our countrymen.  People need to wake up and smell the coffee before it is to late.  Hopefully we can make a change soon, but I am afraid 2010 is not soon enough.

There is so much more I would like to say, but I feel that will have to wait for another posting.

Who Violated the No-New Tax Pledge

April 22, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

Who failed to keep their No New Tax Pledge?

Who failed to keep their No New Tax Pledge?

Today I was sitting at lunch with a friend of mine discussing taxes and I was reminded of the no new tax pledges signed by our Legislatures in the 2008 campaign.  Here is the text of the no new tax pledge:

“I, _______________, pledge to the taxpayers of the ______ District of the State of South Carolina, and to all the people of the State of South Carolina, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

Read that last section of this pledge again:

I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

I bring this up because there was a bill passed by the House earlier this month that has been somewhat controversial.  That would be H. 3584, which passed 97-22, otherwise known as the Cigarette Tax Increase bill.

H. 3584 imposes a 2.5 cents surtax on each cigarette.  Last time I checked, there are 20 packs in a box resulting in a 50 cent tax increase on a box of cigarettes.  The overall intent of the bill is to really reduce smoking and the legislatures claim that they are going to help small businesses by providing an insurance plan.  Go read H. 3584 for more details.

If that is truly the case and they reduce the amount of smoking, then they will eventually increase the tax on all citizens when the consumption of cigarettes no longer funds the programs.  What’s next, tax the people who drink regular coke? the obese?

So looking at that line in the no new tax pledge, let us see who violated their pledges.  Below is a list of all no new tax pledge signers, the bill, and an asterick (*) to indicate that they voted for the tax increase.

Also, look for a “Tax Pledge” page coming soon to keep you up to date on all tax pledge violators.

Pledge Signer

House District

H. 3584

Bill Sandifer 2 *
Bryan White 6 *
Don Bowen 8 *
Michael Thompson 9
Dan Cooper 10 *
Harry Cato 17
Dwight Loftis 19 *
Glenn “Dan” Hamilton 20
Wendy Nanney 22
Bruce Bannister 24 *
Rex Rice 26 *
Garry Smith 27
Eric Bedingfield 28
Lanny Littlejohn 33 *
Rita Allison 35
Steve Parker 37
Marion Frye 39 *
Gary Simrill 46
Herb Kirsh 47 Leave
James Lucas 65 *
Murrell Smith 67 *
Thad Viers 68
James Harrison 75 *
Joan Brady 78 *
Jimmy Bales 80 *
Roland Smith 84 *
Chip Huggins 85 *
Kenneth Bingham 89 *
Annette Young 98 *
James Merrill 99 *
Tracey Edge 104 *
Mike Sottile 112 *
Tim Scott 117
William Bowers 120 *

Time to Play Hold ‘em

February 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

I never saw the problem with a bunch of friends getting together to enjoy a game of cards and football. I can buy cards anywhere across the state and play games with my kids that are pure chance. Besides the fact that is against the law, if money is exchanged, what is the big issue?

I mean, we have cops breaking up friends playing a friendly game of Hold ‘em when people are endangering lives drinking and driving.  We have multiple unsolved crimes on the books and more worrisome to the state, tax evasion. Yet we will send in 20 cops and spend 12 months planning on taking down a group of friends playing cards.

Today, in Mount Pleasant, “Municipal Judge Larry Duffy wrote today that there is ‘overwhelming’ evidence that the card game is one of skill, not chance.”

This is a big win for individuals who enjoy playing Texas Hold ‘em, but there is still plenty of work to protect those individuals and their rights in their homes.

Speaking of which, now that I have probably put a huge target on my back, is anyone willing to provide legal counciling pro bono?

Rudy Proposes Largest Tax Cut In History

January 11, 2008 by  
Filed under US Politics

This article comes from the Rudy Giuliani Campaign e-mail.

Money. You have it and the Democrats want it. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama want to dramatically increase your taxes to pay for socialized medicine, huge entitlement programs and more big government bureaucracy. Rudy Giuliani has a different plan.

Click here to watch Rudy’s new TV Ad, “First Day.”

On his first day in office as President, Rudy Giuliani will send Congress the largest tax cut in American history. This bold policy sets Rudy apart from everyone else running for President. America’s two leading conservative anti-tax organizations, Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform, have widely praised Rudy’s proposal. Pat Toomey, President of Club for Growth, had this to say about Rudy’s tax cut plan: “Mayor Giuliani’s tax cut proposal today would dramatically move the American tax code and economy in the right direction. This is exactly the kind of plan economic conservatives should embrace.” Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform said: “This tax cut–the largest in history–would represent a monumental leap forward for the American taxpayer and the U.S. economy.”

Democrats believe we should tax and spend our way out of economic uncertainty. Rudy knows tax cuts create new jobs and grow the economy. While some candidates talk about cutting taxes, Rudy Giuliani actually did it. 23 times. Rudy has provided more tax relief than all other Republican presidential contenders combined. Click here to watch Rudy on his new tax plan.

To learn more about Rudy’s tax plan, please click here to watch “First Day.”

The American people have a stark choice in this election. Do we want higher taxes, runaway spending and bloated bureaucracy, or do we want lower taxes, more jobs and continued prosperity for American families?