Here’s your reason – right here.

Posted on March 5, 2012

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U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg (I like him for the name alone – you know, like ‘HogLeg’ add a ‘g’), has ruled today in the Maryland District Court, that Maryland residents do not need to provide a ‘good and substantial’ reason to obtain a handgun permit.  In so doing, Judge Legg – a Bush (H.W.) appointee, rendered existing Maryland State law in violation of the United States Constitution.  “A citizen may not be required to offer a `good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” he wrote. “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”  He indicated that the intent of the law appeared to be a method of rationing a right that is clearly not dependent on the judgment of a government official.

“People have the right to carry a gun for self-defense and don’t have to prove that there’s a special reason for them to seek the permit,” said Plaintiff Raymond Woolard’s attorney Alan Gura, who has challenged handgun bans in the District of Columbia and Chicago. “We’re not against the idea of a permit process, but the licensing system has to acknowledge that there’s a right to bear arms.”

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) says he has reintroduced a bill to ensure the ability of all law abiding Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

“I applaud U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg for upholding our Constitution’s Second Amendment right for law-abiding Marylanders to own and use a handgun in defense of themselves and their family.  Unfortunately, there are other local jurisdictions that restrict this Constitutional right.”

“That is why I have reintroduced the Citizens’ Self-Defense Act, H.R. 2252.  As Judge Legg correctly ruled, the burden should be on the government to prove that an American is unfit to exercise this Constitutional right. Law abiding Americans should not have to prove to governments that they have a need to own and use a gun to defend themselves and their family members.”

Nationally, Americans are weaponing up at an unprecedented rate.  Last year, the FBI reports that it received more than 16.3 million inquiries from gun dealers running criminal background checks on potential firearm purchasers. That’s up from 12.7 million in 2008 and 11.4 million in 2007, FBI records show.  I’ve listed more detailed statistics from the FBI at the end of this article.*

My interpretation of this (and that of firearm merchants across the country) is that Obama is seen as a looming threat to the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans – and increasingly so with the all too possible prospect of a Barack Hussein Obama ‘lame duck’ second term in the White House.  The core constituencies of the Democrat party and of the Obama administration are anti-gun.  Anti-gun for law abiding citizens, that is.  Look at where Obama comes from – Chicago, where there is a constant effort to infringe on residents, but the authorities are notoriously soft on career criminals.

I’ve told you that I have numerous reservations about the remaining four candidates for the GOP nomination for President – but despite that, we must see to it that one of them becomes our next President.  Why?  Well, I’ll let Michelle Obama, my Blasted Fools poster girl explain – as she did at one of her husband’s recent fundraising events:

“We stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. You’re here because you know that in just 13 months, we’re going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come … let’s not forget what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices … let’s not forget the impact that their decisions will have on our lives for decades to come.”

If you need any further convincing, you are completely ‘hopeless’.  These folks aren’t.
* Year /  Total Background checks / Top 3 states:
2011 / 16.3million
Kentucky, 2.3 million;
Texas, 1.2 million;
Utah, 1 million

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

2010  /  14.4m

Kentucky, 2.4 million;

Texas, 968,071;

California, 816,399

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

2009 /  14million

Kentucky, 2.2 million;

Texas, 1 million;

California, 788,164

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

2008  /  12.7million

Kentucky, 1.9 million;

Texas, 944,568;

California, 780,398

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

2007  /  11.4million

Kentucky, 1.6 million;

California, 855,943;

Texas 783,596

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

2006  /  10million

Kentucky, 791,599;

Texas, 770,236;

California, 617,820

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

2005  /  8.9million

Texas, 738,793;

California, 611,022;

Illinois, 527,134

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