John McCain: ‘I don’t understand’ GOP filibuster on guns

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Time for John McCain to step down or just get voted out, like Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker here in Tennessee….they need to go as well.

From Politico none the less:

Sen. John McCain says he doesn’t understand the threats from some of his Republican colleagues to filibuster a bill on background checks to buy guns.

“I don’t understand it,” the Arizona Republican said on Sunday of the threat coming from Sen. Rand Paul,Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee and nine other Republicans. “The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.”

“What are we afraid of? … If this issue is as important as we all think it is, why not take … it up and debate?” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Everybody wants the same goal to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally disabled.”

An examination of background checks, he said, is “something that the American people and certainly Congress could be helped by if we have a vigorous debate and discussion.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he also wants gun legislation to make it to the floor.

“We certainly should be at least allowed to get on the floor and have a debate,” he said.

“Please let us go to the floor,” he continued. “If we go to the floor, I’m still hopeful that what I call the sweet spot, background checks, can succeed.”

 

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Africa: The Growing Campaign to Revoke Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

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U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Nobel Peace Prize that President Obama received 40 months ago has emerged as the most appalling Orwellian award of this century. No, war is not peace.

George Carlin used to riff about oxymorons like “jumbo shrimp,” “genuine imitation,” “political science” and “military intelligence.” But humor is of the gallows sort when we consider the absurdity and tragedy of the world’s most important peace prize honoring the world’s top war maker.

This week, a challenge has begun with the launch of a petition urging the Norwegian Nobel Committee to revoke Obama’s Peace Prize. By midnight of the first day, nearly 10,000 people had signed. The online petition simply tells the Nobel committee: “I urge you to rescind the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to Barack Obama.”

Many signers have added their own comments. Here are some samples:

“It is with very great regret that I sign this petition, but I feel it is morally the right thing to do. I had phenomenally high hopes that our President would be a torch bearer for the true message of Peace. Instead he has brought death, destruction and devastation to vast areas of the world, and made us less safe by creating more enemies.” Sushila C., Punta Gorda, FL

“War is nothing to be given a peace prize for.” Brent L., San Diego, CA

“President Obama has clearly demonstrated that he is undeserving of the Nobel Peace Prize. Revoke his prize and give it to Bradley Manning!” Henry B., Portland, OR

“Perhaps a better president than Bush or Romney, but not a Nobel laureate for peace.” Arun N., Woodinville, WA

“I honestly cannot understand how they could bestow that honor on President Obama to begin with; I’m still puzzled!” Cindy A., Phoenix, AR

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Action Alert: Crucial Tennessee Bills Moving the Week of April 8

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The 2013 legislative session is starting to wind down, and we have fewer bills moving. But we still need all hands on deck contacting legislators about the bills that are moving.

Start calling now! Crucial bills moving starting tomorrow including:
2nd Amendment Preservation,
Permanent ban on a state income tax,
Stopping the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, and
State non-compliance with federal indefinite detention without due process under the NDAA.

The 2013 legislative session is starting to wind down, and we have fewer bills moving.  But we still need all hands on deck contacting legislators about the bills that are moving.  Important items moving this week include:

  • 2nd Amendment Preservation,
  • Permanent ban on a state income tax,
  • Stopping the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, and
  • State non-compliance with federal indefinite detention without due process under the NDAA.

You can follow our “Legislative Mischief Alerts” to several bills where we know legislators or perhaps even Governor Haslam are engaged in underhanded tactics to block good bills.  Be sure to let legislators know you are on to these tactics when you contact them.

Please contact the legislators listed for each bill.  Remember to be polite, but firm in your communications with legislators.  Remember that on short notice phone calls always count for more than e-mails.  We need to flood legislators with support for these bills.

Also, if you can be there, we need to pack these rooms with as many bill supporters as possible.  Be sure to dress professionally.

2nd Amendment Preservation

HB1218 by Rep. Susan Lynn / SB0795 by Sen. Janice Bowling

Official Summary:  As introduced, prohibits the allocation of state or local public funds, personnel or property to the regulation or enforcement of any federal law, executive order, rule or regulation, or any treaty signed by the United States, that becomes effective on or after January 1, 2013, that imposes restrictions on citizens who lawfully possess or carry firearms in this state.

TN-TAC Comments:  This bill is a state noncompliance bill to protect firearms ownership in Tennessee.  It is a very simple bill that declares that state funds, personnel or property assets may not be used to implement gun control here in the state.  As the federal government often depends on the states to do their dirty work on their unconstitutional actions, this could have great effect in protecting Tennessee Firearms owners.

Note that the previous arguments that Sen. Brian Kelsey has had about federal supremacy and the judicial system hold no water on this bill.  The Supreme Court has long upheld that the federal government cannot force the states to enforce federal law and there is ample case law to support this for those who still wrongfully believe that the Supreme Court has the ultimate authority to determine what is and is not constitutional.

For more information on the case law and other details, see: http://tennessee.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/04/tennessee-act-now-to-help-nullify-gun-control/

Bill Status House:  Taken off notice for calendar in House Civil Justice Subcommittee
Bill Status Senate:  Placed on Senate Judiciary Committee calendar for 4/9/2013

Full Text: 
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB1218.pdf
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB0795.pdf

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Sen. Brian Kelsey, Chair
615-741-3036 sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov

Doug Overbey, 1st Vice-Chair
615-741-0981 sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Stacey Campfield, 2nd Vice-Chair
615-741-1766 sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Mike Bell
615-741-1946 sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Lowe Finney
615-741-1810 sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Ophelia Ford
615-741-1767 sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Todd Gardenhire
615-741-6682 sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Mark Green
615-741-2374 sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. John Stevens
615-741-4576 sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

For copy and paste to e-mail programs: sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov; sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov; sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov; sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov; sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov; sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov; sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov; sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov; sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

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