They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know

When you work to advance a controversial idea like nullification, you expect to deal with a certain number of hostile opponents.

But I’m not gonna lie; sometimes countering the same ridiculous arguments over and over again gets tedious. I mean, how many different ways can you say “nullification was never used to support slavery?” Or “only federal acts ‘in pursuance of’ the Constitution stand supreme?”

I try to be patient and just keep hammering the facts. Slowly but surely, we are making progress. A Rasmussen poll released this week actually indicates more Americans than not believe states should nullify unconstitutional acts. That’s pretty amazing and extremely encouraging.

But every once in a while, some of these clowns really get under my skin. The ones who sanctimoniously belittle those of us who support nullification, using smears like “wacky” and “demented” and “crackpot,” yet clearly don’t know the first thing about the history of nullification really make me see red. They act like no sane person could possibly support nullification. They don’t even attempt to counter the idea. They just smugly make fun of us with an air of intellectual superiority.

Yet in the process, these brilliant caretakers of conventional wisdom get basic facts completely wrong.

Take this second-rate columnist named Sid Salter. He recently wrote a wonderfully condescending tome condemning nullification.

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Butler Co. Passes Resolution Supporting New Kansas Second Amendment Law

El DORADO, Kan. (May 7, 2013) – County commissioners in Butler County, Kan. let Gov. Brownback and the Kansas legislature know they have their backs when it comes to blocking federal infringements on the right to keep and bear arms.

The Butler County Commission unanimously passed A Resolution Supporting Our Second Amendment Rights on Tuesday. The resolution pledges county support for the new state law blocking any federal acts violating the Second Amendment signed by Brownback last month.

The Board of County Commissioners of Butler County, Kansas commends the Legislature and Governor of Kansas for their resolute actions in regard to preserving and protecting the individual right to keep and bear arms, and pledges its support in this worthy endeavor on behalf of the citizens of Butler County.

Commissioner Ed Myers spearheaded the effort.

“It was my privilege to draft this resolution in support of Kansas’ resolute efforts to protect and preserve our individual right to keep and bear arms,” he said.

The resolution passed 4-0 with one commissioner absent.

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Texas Action Alert: NDAA Nullification Vote on Thursday, May 9th

Texas House Bill 149, The Liberty Preservation Act to nullify NDAA “indefinite detention,” is one of the strongest bills in the country in response to that unconstitutional federal act.  The bill has been passed out of the Federalism committee.  And on Tuesday, the Calendars committee moved it to the House floor just before this year’s legislative deadline.

HB149 is going to need a lot of support – primarily through phone calls to state representatives – to pass out of the State House.  Since the bill will be voted on in the house on Thursday, May 9th, your calls are needed right NOW in support.  Emails will not have the impact – so make sure you CALL.

And if you get to this after business hours, call in the evening and leave a message.  When legislators get to the house floor on Thursday, they need to know that you want them to vote YES on HB149.

Action Items for HB 149:

1.  Contact your state representative.  Strongly, but respectfully, urge him or her to vote YES on HB149.

contact info here:  http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx  

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Seward County, Kansas Passes 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution

The Kansas 2nd Amendment Protection Act, now signed into law by Governor Brownback, is one of the strongest in the country to defend the right to keep and bear arms! However, the struggle supporting the right to keep and bear arms is far from over.

The new law states that “Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.”

What’s most important is what is defined by “the second amendment to the constitution of the United States.”  The bill clarifies:

“The second amendment to the constitution of the United States reserves to the people, individually, the right to keep and bear arms as that right was understood at the time that Kansas was admitted to statehood in 1861, and the guaranty of that right is a matter of contract between the state and people of Kansas and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Kansas in 1859 and the United States in 1861.”

Based off this text, the state of Kansas is not allowed to participate in any federal gun control measures that restrict the individual right to keep and bear arms as understood in 1861.    As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance will make federal gun control measures “nearly impossible to enforce.”  (video here)

On Monday, the Seward County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution in support of the new Kansas law.  The unanimous vote approved language which would require the county to stand down on enforcement of federal gun control measures that are banned under the new 2nd Amendment Protection Act.

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Texas House Votes to Nullify Federal Gun Control, 102-31

krause-texas-928AUSTIN, Texas (May 7, 2013) – Today, the Texas State House approved a bill that would render almost all federal gun control measures toothless.  House Bill 928 (HB928), by Representative Matthew Krause, was approved on thrid reading by a wide margin.  The final vote was 102-31 (roll call here).

If passed into law, HB928 would require that the state refuse to enforce almost all federal gun control measures enacted at anytime – past, present or future.    It reads, in part:

An agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state, and a law enforcement officer or other person employed by an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state, may not contract with or in any other manner provide assistance to a federal agency or official with respect to the enforcement of a federal statute, order, rule, or regulation purporting to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation or a registration requirement, that does not exist under the laws of this state.

This would make a HUGE dent in any new federal effort to further restrict the right to keep and bear arms in Texas. As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance can make a federal law “nearly impossible to enforce” (video here). Quite simply, the federal government absolutely cannot enforce gun control in Texas without the help of Texas.

Surprisingly, an amendment was added in committee that actually made the bill stronger.  It now includes a penalty for any local government which refuses to follow the proposed law.  This includes a loss of state grant funding and the ability of individual Texans to file a complaint with the Attorney General against the local government violating their rights.

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Louisiana House Passes Firearms Freedom Act, 75-20

Baton Rouge, La. (May 7, 2013) – Yesterday, the Louisiana State House of Representatives approved a bill that would encourage the growth of firearms manufacturing within the state by nullifying federal gun control measures on firearms made and sold within the state.

House Bill 45 (HB45) would exempt firearms manufactured and remaining in the state of Louisiana from federal law, federal taxation or federal regulation, including registration.  It passed by a vote of 75-20.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Lopinto, finds its foundation in a proper understanding of the commerce clause.

“In the absence of a constitutional prohibition, or a specific delegation of authority to the United States government, all regulation of intrastate commerce isexpressly reserved to the authority of the states.”

It continues, nullifying the unconstitutional federal expansion of the commerce power by reasserting state control over items manufactured and retained in the state:

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Vermont Action Alert: Help Stop Warrantless Drone Spying

The Vermont General Assembly will consider a  “Drone Regulation Act” during the current legislative session. Representative Kevin Christie sponsored  House Bill 540, joined by 24 other patriots as cosponsors.  Your action is needed to move this bill forward.  (more bill details below)

Actions for H540:

1. Please Contact the members of the House Rules Committee. Strongly, but respectfully, let each of them know that you want them to vote YES on H540

Deen (802) 869-3116 ddeen@leg.state.vt.us

Koch (802) 476-4141 tkoch@leg.state.vt.us

Komline (802) 867-4232 pkomline@leg.state.vt.us

Jewett (802) 388-0320 wjewett@leg.state.vt.us

Turner (802) 893-1419 dturner@leg.state.vt.us

2.  Encourage your local community to take action as well. Using model legislation from the Tenth Amendment Center, you can introduce legislation to nullify Drones in your city, town, and county with the Privacy Protection Act .

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SC Obamacare Nullification: Do-Or-Die Action Alert

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H3101, the South Carolina Obamacare Nullification Bill, is on the verge of dying this week in the State Senate.  The bill passed the House by a wide margin, but has been assigned to a Senate committee that appears unwilling to move the bill forward.

Inside sources has informed us that the only way H3101 will get to the State Senate to concur with the House is by an absolutely massive effort from the grassroots calling committee members to ask them to move the bill forward.

Your help is needed right now or they’ll kill H3101 before it gets to the Senate floor.  The time to act is now, not next week.    When making phone calls listed below, you can call outside of business hours as well.  Make sure to leave a message with your request and ask for a call back as well.  Each State senator in the list below needs to know that there is huge public support for moving H3101 forward.

ACTION ITEMS

1. CALL the Senate Committee Chair on Finance. Very politely request that he schedule H3101 for a hearing and vote.  Encourage him to vote YES on H3101 as well.

Senator Leatherman (803) 212-6640

2. CALL all the members of the Finance Committee.   Strongly, but respectfully, encourage each member to vote YES on H3101

Harvey Peeler Jr. (803) 212-6430
John Courson (803) 256-7853
William O’Dell (803) 252-0845
Robert Hayes (803) 212-6240
Larry Grooms (803) 212-6400
Michael Fair (803) 212-6420
Ronnie Cromer (803) 212-6330
Darrell Jackson (803) 212-6048

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Alabama: Gun Control Nullification Bill, Do-Or-Die

Alabama SB93 , the Second Amendment Preservation Act, passed out of the Senate is currently in House Committee on Constitution, Campaigns, and Elections. The clock is ticking for the Alabama Legislature Session. It ends in days!

Act NOW if you want to protect the right to keep and bear arms in Alabama. Please contact the Chairman and ask him to schedule SB93. Don’t let the aides, secretaries, or even the chairman himself ignore this bill since other firearm bills that have passed. Those other bills are important, however, they do nothing compared to SB93 when it comes to federal gun laws that infringe on the right to bear arms!

Please email and call the committee chair and all the committee members. Get them to schedule SB93 for a vote next week or SB93 is dead.

ACTION ITEMS for SB93

1. Contact the Committee Chairman. Politely request that he schedule a hearing for SB93 and encourage him to vote YES on the bill. This bill is not another redundant firearms bill, this bill protects the right to bear arms from federal infringements.

Representative Randy Davis (334) 242-7724 rmdavis14@aol.com  

2. Contact all the other members of the Committee. Strongly, but respectfully, let each of them know you want them to vote YES on SB93!  

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