20th September 10:06
Neal Knox: "A Republic, if you can keep it."
[DELAYED BY A GLITCH]
Neal Knox Independence Day Update - Have a great Fourth of July!
Just remember what Benjamin Franklin said when the Constitutional
Convention wound up. A woman wanted to know what kind of
government that courageous, far-sighted group had created.
"A Republic, if you can keep it," Dr. Franklin said.
And we're still trying to keep it.
Yesterday Missouri Gov. Bob Holden vetoed the
legislature-passed concealed handgun license bill, as expected,
setting up a fierce fight in the September Veto Session.
There clearly are enough votes to overturn the veto in the
House, but one more vote is needed in the Senate, chief
sponsor Rep. Larry Crawford said. So keep those calls and
letters going in, Missourians -- and those of you who often
travel to or through Missouri.
The bill that would allow people 23 and older who have taken
handgun training courses to apply to their county sheriffs for
permits. The bill also allows anyone 21 or older to conceal
guns in the passenger compartment of a vehicle without a
The veto came two days after a Jefferson City man walked into
his workplace, killed three people and wounded five others.
Rep. Crawford pointed out that even the security guard wasn't
armed, so the killer had taken advantage of another "gun-free
environment" that created a safe place for him to maim and
Early national reports didn't say anything about the kind of gun
so I figured it was a garden variety firearm -- not some
"dangerous assault weapon." Correct. It was a .40 Glock.
But the antis will have a hook. The gun had belonged to the
Missouri Highway Patrol, had been traded in and legally sold by a
dealer (who performed the background check). You can expect it to
bring another push to prohibit law enforcement from trading in or
selling confiscated guns.
[This morning I heard that Gov. Holden said the state police gun
trade-in policy would be reviewed -- as expected.]
Delaware closed its legislative session Monday after passing a
bill to establish a reciprocity system to recognize carry licenses
from other states.
In California, this week's hearing on banning .50 BMG rifles and
ammo was canceled at the request of the sponsor, but it's been
reset for next Tuesday.
Another request to the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a Second
Amendment case was filed yesterday. This one challenges the
particularly outrageous Ninth Appellate Court ruling slamming
both the Justice Department and the Fifth Circuit Court's
Emerson decision that the Second Amendment guarantees an
individual (though limited) right.
Given the Supreme Court's refusal to hear any Second Amendment
case since 1939, including Dr. Timothy Emerson's appeal of his
case -- allowing him to be tried and sentenced to prison for
passive possession of guns in his home while under a
restraining order -- it is doubtful that they will grant
But given the recent decisions of the Supreme Court - which
found rights that cannot be found in the Constitution - I am
not comfortable with how this Court would rule on any Second
The United Nations is having another Small Arms (including
ours) and Light Weapons (crew-served) conference July 7-11.
We'll see efforts to control "illegal trafficking" in military
stuff, primarily, but there will be efforts, again, to reach
into private ownership.
French President Jacques Chirac is pushing a "global tax on
private gun purchases" administered by the U.N. which would fund
help to the poor of war-ravaged nations. The proposal came from
Brazil's President Lula, who pitched it at last month's G-8
conference, which President Bush attended.
The global gun tax has been met with a lot of oohs and aahs from
the U.N. bureaucracy, which would like nothing better than to tax
guns. They have yearned for any direct U.N. tax that would give
them direct control of the world's citizenry -- going around
What better way than hammering hated guns to establish the precedent
[Immediately after completing this, and sending it out (I
thought), Jay, our son Jeff and I went to the Leadership
Institute's 32nd Annual National Conservative 4th of July Soiree
-- a great party sponsored by a great outfit which has trained
countless conservative leaders. Last night we went to a dinner
and ice cream supper at the LI Building in Alexandria, then
watched the D.C. Mall Fireworks show from the roof.
[It was fireworks in stereo, for equally grand displays were
lighting up the sky a few miles to the south and the north. And
as we headed back toward Manassas, traffic on Interstate 66 came
to a halt just inside the Beltway, as all us fireworks viewers saw
another immense display right beside the highway -- so close that
the booms shook the car.
[I was reminded of what John Adams, one of the signers of the
it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great
anniversary festival. It ought to be celebrated by pomp and
parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and
illuminations from one end of this continent to the other..."
[It was. Except for the guns.]
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