Virginia: Act Now to Nullify Federal Gun “Laws”

Earlier this year, Virginia took the first step toward fighting unconstitutional federal violations of the right to keep and bear arms in the Commonwealth when 15 cosponsors introduced a Second Amendment Preservation Act in the state House. While HB2340 didn’t gain traction in the legislature, it set stage for further action.

And there’s Good news! You can still battle the feds at the local level.

What was most lacking – beyond political courage in the Commonwealth – was strong grassroots organization behind the Second Amendment Preservation Act well in advance. Next time, Virginia legislators will be on notice for months in order to get this important legislation passed.  With your work and dedication, liberty will win.

In order to take this to the next level and get a victory, your action is needed right now.  Starting today, and all the way through the rest of the year, local governments around the state need to be pressed to take action – passing legislation in support of the right to keep and bear arms and refusing to cooperate with the feds locally.  And at the same time, calling on the state legislature to do the same.  When the state is blanketed with local communities willing to nullify violations of the Second Amendment, the state legislature will be on notice.  Do your job, or else.

It’s going to take work to ensure that this is how things play out.  Here’s what you can start doing right now.

1.  Contact your local legislators – County, City, Town - and urge them to introduce an ordinance in support of the Second Amendment.

local ordinance here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/2nd-amendment-preservation-act/

2.  Become a local leader.   If you’re dedicated to the right and keep and bear arms

Details

Why We Need a Constitution

Cross Posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center.

Bear with me. We need some background before I get to my point.

In the article, “On Violence, Government, and Self-Deception”, I offered three possible philosophical stances on violence. Those were,

1.) Pacifism: No violence under any circumstances; 2.) Non-Aggression: Defensive violence is allowed, aggressive violence is not; 3.) The end justifies the means. Aggressive use of violence is allowed, “for the right reasons”.

I also noted that,

In order to develop a personal philosophy about government, one of the first requirements is to come to an understanding of one’s beliefs about violence. When is it OK to use violence and when is it not? This understanding is necessary because at it’s core, all of government is violence.

At the time, I described my own personal philosophy towards violence as “non-aggression”. My understanding of that phrase is similar to how it is stated by Tom Woods, here, “nobody should initiate aggression against anybody else“. Alternatively, wikipedia describes it, thusly, “In contrast to nonviolence, the non-aggression principle does not preclude violence used in self-defense or defense of others“.

Of course, taken to its conclusion, strict adherence to the non-aggression principle requires elimination of the state because taxation is a form of aggression. Knowing that, I have been aware of the contradiction between my actions and my beliefs when I promote state level legislation and adherence to the US Constitution at the same time as believing in the principle of non-aggression. I don’t like it when there is inconsistency between my beliefs and actions, so the attempt to resolve this conflict has been a frequent area of thought for me during the last few years.

Eventually, I came up with this simple thought experiment:

Details

County-Level Push to Protect 2nd Amendment in Florida

Written By Francisco Rodriguez, Theile Riordan and Andrew Nappi

The Florida Tenth Amendment Center has launched campaigns to preserve the Second Amendment in all 67 Florida counties. This comes weeks after FLTAC launched county campaigns to Stop Common Core and preserve the educational rights of parents and states. These action campaigns are provided to give the tools to liberty activists for encouraging their Board of County Commissioners to support and pass the Florida Tenth Amendment Center’s Local Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance.

Join Your County’s Action Campaign using the links below:

Read the Act Here: http://bit.ly/Local2A

*Lee County & Collier County have passed Second Amendment Preservation Resolutions, and although a step in the right direction, the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance extends even further to defend your liberty.

Details

Political Pressure is Like Real Estate

I have a confession.  I’m not one of those suave guys who always does everything right.  I once put diesel fuel in my car only to find out that diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline are not interchangeable.  As an usher at a wedding I once seated relatives of the groom in the row designated for family, only to discover a few minutes later that they weren’t closely enough related to sit there.  My request that they move has created a family rift that has endured for half a decade.

But one of the most foolish things I have ever done is contact federal politicians with the expectation that they would listen and respond to my concerns.  Unfortunately, I seem to have a lot of company in making this mistake.  Even today, after decades of federal politicians’ near-universal indifference to their constituents, many people seem to believe that if they can just organize a large enough number of people, they can effect change at the federal level.

Sorry, folks, it just ain’t gonna happen.  I’ve contacted federal representatives of both parties over the course of my adult years and have gotten exactly the same amount of satisfaction from each occasion.  Which is to say, none.

Details

Anti-Nullifiers Embrace ‘Living Breathing’ Constitution

“Conservatives” and Republicans often rail against the “liberal” belief in a “living breathing” Constitution.

And rightly so.

A written constitution operates just like a contract. Its meaning remains static unless amended, and the understanding of those who entered into the contract at the time of its approval governs that meaning. It does not change over time. The people must make changes via the amendment process.

Contrast that with an unwritten or “uncodified” constitution. England does not have a written constitution. Its government operates based on custom, statute, usage and precedent. Who decides the meaning and proper operation of “constitutional” government? The judiciary, government committees and legal experts. This type of government offers a great deal of elasticity. When it faces a problem, it need not worry about violating a written constitution with static meaning. The Parliament can simply pass new statutes. Or judges can formulate a new legal maxim. The judiciary takes precedence in this kind of system, setting legal precedent and guiding the evolution of the government.

Details

Talk to Your Kids about Nullification

(Dedicated to Gabby)

A couple weeks ago, I was texting with my daughter, getting caught up on what was going on in our lives, when she mentioned being on grand jury duty.  The discussion inevitably, with a Tenther for a Dad, went to jury nullification.  I felt like a failure as a parent when she told me that she was not familiar with the concept.  It was then that I knew I had to work hard to make up for lost time.

There are many things that are important to discuss with your kids if you are a parent.  Some of them are things that, if you don’t talk to them, I can guarantee someone else will, such as drugs.  I have to confess, I tried to find a link to an old PSA from when I was a teen, but had no luck.  Other things, if you don’t talk to your kids, there’s a good possibility no one will.  Ronald Reagan, in his farewell address spoke of a new patriotism, and urged the youth of America:

All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ‘em know and nail ‘em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.

Jury nullification fits into that latter category.  Better late than never, I explained how the jury has the right not only to decide based on the facts of the case, but based on the law itself and whether or not that law is just and/or constitutional.  I then proceeded to share with her some of the history of jury nullification, from William Penn’s trial in 17th Century England to the NJ Weedman case last year.  As I explained the cases, I was told that was, “interesting.”  I replied, “And empowering as well.”

Details

Idaho: Take Action to Nullify Federal Gun Control

Early this year, Idaho lawmakers introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act (HB219) in the House. It passed overwhelmingly with a vote of 55-13, but the measure stalled in the Senate in March.

This was not a loss. It was first step on the path to victory! What we need to push things further in Boise next session is a strong grassroots organization behind the bill well in advance.

In order to take this to the next level and get a victory, your action is needed right now.  Starting today, and all the way through the rest of the year, local governments around the state need to be pressed to take action – passing legislation in support of the right to keep and bear arms and refusing to cooperate with the feds locally.  And at the same time, calling on the state legislature to do the same.  When the state is blanketed with local communities willing to nullify violations of the Second Amendment, the state legislature will be on notice.  Do your job, or else.

It’s going to take work to ensure that this is how things play out.  Here’s what you can start doing right now.

1.  Contact your local legislators – County, City, Town - and urge them to introduce an ordinance in support of the Second Amendment.

local ordinance here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/2nd-amendment-preservation-act/

2.  Become a local leader.   If you’re dedicated to the right and keep and bear arms

Details

ThinkProgress Getting on the N-Train?

Leftists often attack nullification.

Sometimes, it seems that MSNBC makes a living at it. However, there is some hope that many who lean left are actually starting to embrace the concept, although still loath to use the word. For example, the ACLU has created a toolkit for local and state resolutions against the NDAA.

So, could that venerable far-left organization known as ThinkProgress ever climb aboard the nullification train? Not likely, eh?

BUT WAIT!

In their article, Berkley to Federal Prosecutors: Don’t Mess With Our Medical Marijuana Program, they reported positively on Berkley’s attempts to stop the feds from future seizures of property belonging to the cities’ medical marijuana dispensaries.

“The city is arguing that the federal government is improperly interfering with the city’s own financial and regulatory interests, as well as its residents’ medical interests.”

The article also lists Oakland as another California city taking similar measures. Of course, they don’t use the “n” word: nullification.

Some of the comments left by readers of ThinkProgress add an interesting railroad spike to this story – hardly a crowd that can be called ultra right-winged nutjobs.

Details