The Second Amendment Is An Obsolete Disgrace. It’s Time To #Repeal2A NOW

It’s Time To Take The USA Back From GunNuts

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CALL TO ARMS: Texas A&M law prof says it’s time to repeal Second Amendment

A full-time professor on the faculty of the newly-minted Texas A&M University School of Law called for the repeal and replacement of the Second Amendment on Friday.

The professor, Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose, made her controversial declaration during a day-long panel symposium on gun control and the Second Amendment at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.

UConn’s main student-run journal, The Connecticut Law Review, organized the event, according to Connecticut Public Radio. It was well-attended, primarily by law students, law professors and local attorneys.

Penrose was among the speakers, reports CTNewsJunkie, a Connecticut news site.

Penrose cited the Sandy Hook massacre, which occurred in Connecticut, as well as other mass shootings including the 2011 Tucson shooting that left six people dead and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded.

Noting her own outrage that Americans continue to tolerate gun violence, Penrose asked audience members to raise their hands if they thought laws intended to prevent gun violence have been successful. No one raised a hand.

“I think I’m in agreement with you and, unfortunately, drastic times require drastic measures,” the professor said, according to CTNewsJunkie. “I think the Second Amendment is misunderstood and I think it’s time today, in our drastic measures, to repeal and replace that Second Amendment.”

Penrose then proposed a solution that would allow each state to determine its own gun policies.

“The beauty of a ‘states’ rights model’ solution is it allows those of you who want to live in a state with strong restrictions to do so and those who want to live in a state with very loose restrictions to do so,” the professor explained.

Penrose also noted that she tells students in her constitutional law courses that the entire United States Constitution is an obsolete document.

“Why do we keep such an allegiance to a constitution that was driven by 18th Century concerns?” she asked, according to CTNewsJunkie. “How many of you recognize that the main concern of the 18th Century was a standing army? That’s what motivated the Second Amendment: fear of a standing army.”

She described herself as “somewhat agnostic about guns” but “extremely passionate about” the Constitution she calls outdated.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also spoke at the event, stressing his belief that the Second Amendment offers a limited right and bragging about the strict gun control laws he signed earlier this year.

“In the 1930s, machine guns were the weapon of choice for mobsters,” Malloy said, according to Connecticut Public Radio. “And we collectively decided that machine guns should be illegal for private possession in the United States. We don’t see machine guns being used in the U.S. in crimes. We did for some time after the ban was initially implemented but there’s a reality about what happens to those kinds of weapons once they become illegal.”

At least one symposium speaker wasn’t hell-bent on destroying the Second Amendment.

Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law, observed that gun control laws have a sordid racially-motivated history.

“The first gun control laws were actually meant to subjugate slaves,” Blackman explained, according to CTNewsJunkie. “There has been a very close connection between gun control and racism.”

Penrose’s employer, Texas A&M University School of Law, is located in downtown Fort Worth.

 

NRA Helps Criminals When They Advice: Don’t Cooperate With Police

NRA Advice: Don’t Cooperate With Police If Your Gun Shows Up At A Crime Scene

Chuck Michel, one of the National Rifle Association’s top lawyers, urged California NRA members not to cooperate with police if their guns turn up at crime scenes, warning that prosecutors would use a non-existent California law to engage in malicious prosecution against gun owners.

recipient of the NRA’s 2013 Defender of Justice Award and representative of the NRA in California, Michel appeared on the January 28 edition of NRA News show Cam & Company to criticize California’s Armed and Prohibited Persons System (APPS). APPS is a unique crime fighting tool aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people who, because of their criminal record or mental health issues, are banned by law from owning them. The system cross references California’s gun ownership databases with databases of individuals prohibited from owning a gun in order to identify gun owners who are no longer allowed to own their weapons, who are then instructed to turn in their firearms. If notices to prohibited owners to turn in guns do not receive a response, law enforcement officers may visit the prohibited owners at home to take the guns and in some cases make arrests.

Michel characterized APPS — which has recovered more than 10,000 guns since its inception — as a “campaign of shame against gun owners.” Stating that “laws out here are now turning the tide so that gun owners cannot trust the police,” Michel also claimed that gun owners could be prosecuted if their firearms innocuously end up at the scene of the crime under California law.

MICHEL: So now the NRA has taken a new approach, we are really warning people, the NRA is warning people about these kinds of things [APPS]. The next thing I think will be a warning about not volunteering information if you get called because your gun turns up at a crime scene. Because now with the 48 hour theft reporting, you could be prosecuted if you don’t report a gun missing within 48 hours of when you should have known. And of course the prosecutors can say you should have known instantaneously.

But California does not have a law that requires gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. A proposal to create such a requirement was vetoed in 2013 by California Gov. Jerry Brown, who expressed skepticism of the laws efficacy. Furthermore, as the bill’s digest explains, the law would have given gun owners seven days, not 48 hours, to file a report and the time limit would only begin when the gun owner “knew or reasonably should have known” the firearm as missing. Licensed firearm dealers, a small fraction of gun owners, are required to report lost or stolen firearms “[w]ithin 48 hours of discovery” in California.

Laws requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen weapons are meant to combat firearm trafficking by preventing traffickers from avoiding culpability by claiming that crime scene guns left their possession through loss or theft. These laws can also assist in returning stolen firearms to their lawful owners, by putting the police on notice of what is missing. An analysis by gun violence prevention group Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that states with no lost or stolen reporting requirement export crime guns at a rate two-and-a-half times higher than states with reporting requirements:

Previously the NRA released a video special attacking APPS as “confiscation under the guise of safety” by highlighting the case of a woman who had her firearm seized by APPS. However, by the special’s own admission the woman had been involuntarily committed, and therefore was not allowed to own a firearmunder federal law. The NRA frequently attempts to stifle the enforcement of gun laws, especially on the federal level.

Moms Demand Action Objects To Proposed Amendment To Remove Federal Ban On Guns In Post Offices

 

 

 

At Least 194 Children Have Been Shot to Death Since Newtown The NRA says arming more adults will protect kids—but most are killed at home, our investigation shows, often with unsecured guns.
At Least 194 Children Have Been Shot to Death Since Newtown
The NRA says arming more adults will protect kids—but most are killed at home, our investigation shows, often with unsecured guns.

— Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America vehemently objects to any attempt to amend existing federal law and lift the ban on guns in post offices, as proposed by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Sen. Paul’s amendment to the Senate postal reform bill would allow licensed gun owners to carry weapons inside post offices. Guns are currently banned in all American federal buildings, including post offices.

Sen. Paul is attempting to have the amendment included in a postal reform bill being debated by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Prior to the current ban on guns inside federal buildings, mass shootings at U.S. Post Offices were so frequent that the phrase “going postal” became a popular way to describe workplace violence in America.

“As mass shootings continue to trend upward in America, it is unthinkable that Sen. Paul would attempt to remove a ban on guns in a workplace where mass shootings have occurred,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Moms will not sit idly by while our lawmakers pick apart existing common-sense gun laws. We will fight tooth-and-nail to help protect our children and families from senseless gun violence.

“There is simply no reason why post offices should be exempt from the ban on guns in federal buildings, especially given the history of shootings inside post offices,” said Watts.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one year, the organization has more than 130,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand

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