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Kansas Gun Rights Legislative Updates

One of the advantages of belonging to the Kansas State Rifle Assoc (KSRA) is the email updates regarding pending legislation.  Also, since it is the state affiliated organization for the NRA one can get updates about them also.  Check out their web site at http://www.ksraweb.net  Joining that organization may be the best $20 you ever spent.

Anyway, the current update lists a group of pending bills that I as a voter definitely support.  The one that really catches my eys is HB2055 Public Building Security Act.

Here is the brief explanation.  Currently if a city hall, county admin building, college etc is posted with one of those “no guns allowed” signs, then law abiding citizens, with CCL, will leave their guns in their cars.  But, those who want to commit dastardy deeds won’t pay attention to those signs.  So, what the bill does, it says if you post those signs, then the building operator needs to protect everyone.  As such, security personnel and things such as metal detectors need to be placed at public entrances.  This is to make sure that nobody, including the bad guys can come in with a gun.  Otherwise, as has been proven in the past, the good guys have their guns in their vehicles, and the bad guys have the run of the place.

Last year, when this was being considered, Stephanie Sharp, a member of the Board of Trustees of Johnson County Community College voiced opposition.  She made statements to the effect that the college had a police department of 19 members and a good working relationship with the Overland Park PD.  Huh?  She is, IMHO, acting like an ostrich.  Burying her head in the sand.  First, not all members of the campus PD are on duty at any one time.  Second, the PD (campus or city) will react, after the fact.  If a student or instructor has a CCL then they can stop an action or if nothing else reduce the impact.  Now, if ostriches don’t want to have lawful CCL persons carrying, then provide the proper security to protect them.  Don’t be so naive as to think a sign is going to stop a bad guy.

If you agree, please notify your state rep and state senator of how you feel. Let them know that you want HB2055 to become law.  Also, check out the other pending legislation regarding gun rights.

Also you might want to pass this info on to others that you think might be interested.  Tell them to go to https://unhommedeveritas.wordpress.com

 

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

Reply from Sen. Jerry Moran

Below is the reply I received today from Sen. Jerry Moran regarding my email to our congrerssional delegation:

Dear

 The U.S. Constitution guarantees that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”  Thank you for sharing your concerns regarding the most recent attempts to restrict the Second Amendment rights of Americans. 

 On January 16, 2013, President Obama called on Congress to ban automatic weapons and magazines that hold ten rounds or more. The President’s agenda is not a strategy that will protect our nation from violence. We have to be honest about what works and what does not.  President Clinton’s own Justice Department admitted that the 1994 “assault weapons” ban did almost nothing to affect crime.

 Earlier today, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the author of the 1994 ban, introduced legislation that prohibits the sale or transfer of “assault weapons,” including some semiautomatic firearms. The passage of the 1994 ban was before my time in Congress, but I voted against reauthorization of the ban when it expired in 2004, and will always vote to protect the inherent right of Americans to own firearms.  It is wrong to punish law-abiding gun owners with new laws that only empower criminals who disregard such laws.

 In addition to the current proposals in Washington that threaten our Second Amendment rights, an international treaty would infringe upon our firearm freedoms. In July 2012, I authored a letter to President Obama signed by 50 of my Senate colleagues expressing our opposition to the ratification of a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that in any way threatens the gun rights of Americans.  The next round of negotiations on this dangerous treaty are set to take place March 18-28 in New York. Whether it be gun control proposals in Washington or international treaties that infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of Americans, I am committed to protecting the Constitution and defending the rights of American citizens.

 I am grateful for the opportunity Kansans have given me to serve them in the United States Senate.  If you are interested in learning more about my efforts on your behalf, I encourage you to visit moran.senate.gov.  Please let me know if I can be of service to you or your family in the future.

Very truly yours,    

Jerry Moran

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

Obama’s Hypocrisy

The White House appears to be upset with the NRA’s recent commercial calling out Obama’s hypocrisy.  Well, it’s true. Mr. Obama has armed guard protection for his children but doesn’t want it for ours…………

Add to this the fact that he surrounded himself with young children at his recent WH event on gun control, and he is a hypocrite.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in My Thoughts

 

Sheriff Denning Gets it Right

Sheriff Frank P Denning of Johnson County Kansas makes me proud to live in this county.

The following is quoted from his official site at http://www.jocosheriff.org/index.aspx?recordid=93&page=36

Barack Obama can parade out some Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs and line officers.  But, if the truth be known, more oppose his policies than support them.

Anyway, here is what Sheriff Denning wrote:

Where I Stand on Unilateral Personal Disarmament (Gun Control): Since the atrocity in Newtown, Connecticut and the resulting proposals from Washington, D.C. for stricter “gun control” measures, I have been inundated with questions regarding my position as the Sheriff of Johnson County on this issue.     Along with everyone else, my heart was broken by the senseless act of criminal violence by an obviously deranged individual. I also watched with great concern, the bizarre actions of another, similarly afflicted madman in Aurora, Colorado.    

From reading the proposed changes and suggestions for future legislation from Washington, I see nothing whatsoever that would have prevented these past atrocities from occurring, nor do they pretend to effectively prevent future incidents from happening. We seem to be caught up in a tidal wave of mindless emotion that demands, “Do SOMETHING! Even if we know it is ineffective, meaningless and purely symbolic!” Even in our national grief, we must adhere to reason and logic.    

In past similar incidents, the most effective response to stop the bloodshed has been resistance by gunfire or the presence of a gun in the hands of a potential victim that stopped the killer or caused them either to surrender or, in many cases, to take their own lives. Logic dictates to us that armed individuals; whether armed private individuals or hired security personnel, are the answer to prevent future tragedies in those places that we have inadvertently made free-fire zones with the totally useless “No Guns Allowed” signs.    

Our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights based on the harsh lessons they had endured under the tyranny of a British King. Those great men would marvel at the technology of today. They would be awestruck by jet airplanes, modern automobiles, computers and cell phones. They would be in awe of modern firearms available to soldiers, law enforcement officers and law-abiding citizens. However, they would be all too familiar with the actions of politicians who would impose legislative restrictions on responsible, reasonable, law-abiding, tax-paying American citizens for “our own good.” (If you hear a faint humming noise, it is them spinning in their graves.)    

The Bill of Rights does not grant us certain rights as the government sees fit. This sacred document simply acknowledges our rights as they exist. The right to worship your God; the right to speak your mind; the right to vote for your candidate in free elections; the right to own and possess the means to protect yourself, family, home, community, state and country.     The militia mentioned in the Second Amendment pertains to all able-bodied citizens capable of bearing arms. That is US! “to Keep and Bear arms” means, “to OWN and CARRY arms.”

As Sheriff, I will never support, nor advocate for, ANY legislation at ANY level (local, state or federal) that would restrict the legal possession or ownership of any type of firearm (or high-capacity magazine) by lawful, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of Johnson County, Kansas and of the United States of America.

/s/ Sheriff Frank P. Denning, Johnson County Sheriff

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

Joe Biden Didn’t Come to Talk

Apparently, rather than a discussion, the assistant liar-in-chief decided to make it one sided.  Also, is there truth to comments on other sources that this was the only meeting where the media was NOT permitted to sit in on?

NRA’s statement of 1/10/13

Statement From the NRA Regarding Today’s
White House Task Force Meeting
 

 
Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today’s White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.

We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners – honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works – and what does not.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

Cong. Yoder’s Response to my Email

On 1/8/13 Congressman Kevin Yoder responded to my email:

Dear …….,

 Thank you for taking the time to contact me and share your continued support for the 2nd Amendment and your right to keep and bear arms.  It is an honor to serve the people of Kansas in the United States Congress and your communication is a vital part of our legislative process. 

 After the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary, the debate in Washington over gun control was reignited. No words can do justice to the evil nature of this crime or the mentally unstable person who carried it out.  

 The President has put together a commission to explore different ways to insure that a tragedy of that magnitude might be prevented in the future. However, I am skeptical that creating more gun laws will result in safer communities. I look at areas like Chicago and Washington D.C. where gun laws are among the most strict in the nation and find that they have some of the highest armed crime rates in the United States. I am reminded of a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin who said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither.” We need to find effective ways to protect our children and those most vulnerable in our community without infringing on Constitutional rights.

 In the wake of tragedies like this, it is sensible to reevaluate how we view public safety, protection of our children, and in this case, mental health. I will be listening and exploring possibilities that address these issues. As your elected member of Congress, my staff and I will continue to protect your 2nd Amendment rights here in Congress. If steps are taken by the President or other members of Congress to restrict your 2nd Amendment rights, be sure that I will be your voice in the debate. 

 My staff and I are dedicated to providing outstanding services to the constituents of our district. One of the ways we do this is by providing constant updates on my work in Kansas and in Washington through social media. To stay connected and follow every vote that I take in Congress please “Like” my page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/congressmankevinyoder), follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/repkevinyoder), and visit my website (www.yoder.house.gov) to sign up for my weekly e-newsletter.

 Again, I want to thank you for contacting me and sharing your thoughts. Please don’t hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of service.

Sincerely,

Kevin Yoder

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Second Amendment

 

Reply from Sen. Pat Roberts 1/3/13

Sen Pat Roberts replied to my email:

Dear…..

Thank you for your letter regarding the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I appreciate your taking the time to write, and I value your opinion.

The horrific tragedy and the innocent loss of life that occurred on December 14, in Newtown, Connecticut is heartbreaking. As a father and grandfather, my thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends who are mourning the loss of their loved ones. Our nation grieves with them.

Law enforcement is working aggressively to determine what exactly led this obviously mentally ill person to commit such an act. Despite the death of the alleged murderer, I understand the Newtown Police and the FBI are thoroughly investigating this case as if it would go to court so that we may learn from this tragedy. As a society, we must be willing to move beyond the obvious question to really take a hard look at why these senseless acts of violence continue to play out in towns across America. It’s time to have an honest discussion about the culture of violence in America and more specifically, the root cause of this and other types of violence: mental illness. We will have a debate over gun control, however, law enforcement must do its work so that the public is informed, and we can determine appropriate and implementable solutions to prevent future acts of violence by disturbed individuals.

Again thank you for taking the time to contact me. If you would like more information on issues before the Senate, please visit my website at http://roberts.senate.gov. You may also sign up on my home page for a monthly electronic newsletter as well as follow me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SenPatRoberts and Twitter at Twitter.com/SenPatRoberts for additional updates on my work for Kansas.

With every best wish,

 Sincerely,

Pat Roberts

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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Second Amendment