“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.” —Federal Farmer (1787)
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- After a decade, the Supreme Court will finally weigh in on gun rights.
- Four Nevada residents were murdered by an illegal alien.
- Daily Features: On the Web, Columnists, Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Opinion in Brief, and Short Cuts.
It’s been close to a decade since the Supreme Court wrangled with a case pertaining to the Second Amendment, but that’s about to change. The 2010 case McDonald v. City of Chicago currently denotes the last instance in which the Supreme Court intervened on an issue directly related to the Second Amendment, though McDonald largely piggybacked on the benchmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller.
On Tuesday, however, “The justices agreed to consider a petition backed by gun owners’ groups asking them to strike down New York City’s strict rules for carrying legally owned guns outside the home,” USA Today reports. “The rules do not allow gun owners to transport firearms outside city limits, even to practice ranges or second homes. Lower courts have upheld the city’s regulations.”
Gun-rights activists explained to the Supreme Court, “It is business as usual for draconian restrictions in New York, and this court’s transformational rulings remain theoretical for the city’s 8.5 million residents.” Yet the city contends, “Unlike golf clubs and musical instruments, firearms present public safety risks that the city has a legitimate interest in protecting against. Limiting their possession and use in public minimizes the risk of gun violence.” Assuming expectations become reality, the city’s argument won’t pass muster with the Supreme Court.
The Wall Street Journal notes, “The case will put a spotlight on the court’s newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, whose expansive view of gun rights while a lower-court judge came into focus during confirmation hearings last fall. In 2011, while serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, then-Judge Kavanaugh dissented from an opinion upholding a D.C. law prohibiting semiautomatic rifles it classified as ‘assault weapons’ within city limits and barring large-capacity ammunition magazines.”
The Journal adds, “Judge Kavanaugh … wrote that ‘the Constitution disables the government from employing certain means to prevent, deter, or detect violent crime,’ a position that helped inspire the National Rifle Association to back his confirmation last year with a major advertising campaign.”
In November, our Brian Mark Weber observed, “The [Heller] ruling came far too late to push back against decades of leftist propaganda and activism designed to convince millions of Americans that the Second Amendment was far different from the other nine rights — that it was neither individual nor narrowly limited but collective and extremely limited. Since then, lower courts have had a field day misinterpreting the Constitution and upholding laws making it harder for citizens to acquire guns.”
He added, “All this would be of less concern if the Supreme Court and its new, more conservative majority would simply take up more Second Amendment cases and decisively reestablish the self-evident right of American citizens to defend themselves. Indeed, the High Court may be the last best hope for securing this right against a leftist obsession to take it away.” The Supreme Court this week made a positive step toward doing just that. And thanks to President Donald Trump’s sublime Supreme Court picks, the prognosis is looking good.
Kate Steinle. Ronald da Silva. Sarah Root. Mollie Tibbetts. California police officer Ronil Singh. These are just some of the names of Americans who lost their lives at the hands of illegal immigrants — people who shouldn’t have been in the country, some of whom had already been deported and returned here anyway. Sadly, we can add four Nevada residents, three of them elderly, to that list: Gerald and Sharon David, Connie Koontz, and Sophia Renken, all of whom were allegedly murdered this month by Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, a 19-year-old illegal alien.
Since Nevada is not a sanctuary state like neighboring California, law-enforcement officials were able to hold Martinez-Guzman on immigration charges while they collected additional evidence on the murder cases. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said the suspect “was likely in the United States illegally and was detainable.” And Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said authorities “feel confident” they have “evidence that will link him to all four homicides,” as well as burglary and possession of stolen property.
There are, of course, success stories of apprehending criminal illegal aliens before they harm any Americans. The Washington Times reports, “Zabi-Ullah Hemmat wasn’t just one of 415,816 illegal immigrants caught at the southwest border in fiscal 2016. Nor was he just another of the 84 people from Afghanistan apprehended by Border Patrol agents that year. … Mr. Hemmat is one of the terrorism suspects caught trying to sneak into the U.S. from Mexico.” Authorities found him on the no-fly list.
The Department of Homeland Security says 3,000 similarly “special interest” migrants were “encountered” by border agents in 2018. But, warned DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, “These are just the terror suspects we know about who reach our border.”
Exactly. But rather than secure our border, Democrats want to keep the government shut down and expand “sanctuary” cities. It’s worth noting that the vast majority of illegals truly are just trying to make a better life for themselves in America. Yet there are wolves among the sheep, and something must be done to keep them out.
ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY
- Dems’ 70% Tax Proposal Is Classist — The income tax began in 1913 rooted in class envy and it’s only gotten worse.
- ‘Sanctuary’ Politics vs. Law and Order — Pelosi and company refuse to budge on funding Trump’s border wall because they want votes.
- Shutdown Economic Impact: Some Shrug, Others Suffer — Many federal employees are suffering financially, but it has had little impact on the broader U.S. economy.
- Selective Outrage Over ‘Selectively Edited’ Videos — The Leftmedia has an interesting double standard when it comes to judging news sources.
- Video: Spreading Fake News About Trump and Smearing Catholic Kids — At what point do Americans decide we’ve had enough of being straight-up lied to?
- Video: Will $5 Billion Buy the U.S. a Border Wall? — Trump and Pelosi can’t agree on border funding for the wall. Will $5.7 billion do it?
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
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- Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate (Associated Press)
- Hundreds of IRS employees are skipping work, which could delay tax refunds (The Washington Post)
- President Trump is planning to proceed with State of the Union, but details up in the air (Fox News)
- White House announces 51 judicial picks, including two for leftist 9th Circuit (Fox News)
- Covington Catholic High School announces closure over security concerns (The Daily Signal)
- Covington kids to visit the White House (The Daily Wire)
- Nathan Phillips did not serve in Vietnam despite claims to the contrary (The Resurgent)
- New York passes abortion bill, which will expand the state’s already liberal abortion regime to allow late-term abortions (National Review)
- Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban ruled unconstitutional (Reuters)
- Humor: Being outraged by stupid nonsense replaces baseball as national pastime (The Babylon Bee)
- Policy: Trump’s military transgender ban is more reasonable than you think (Washington Examiner)
- Policy: How school choice is lifting thousands of kids across America (The Daily Signal)
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For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.
For more of today’s top cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Tony Perkins: “Even under a pro-life president who’s done everything in his power to redirect money and influence away from Planned Parenthood, the group had an amazingly violent year. Just when people thought the group couldn’t destroy any more unborn lives, Planned Parenthood announced that it had taken 11,373 more than 2016-17. That’s the total student enrollment at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Think about that for a minute: This year’s abortion surplus at Planned Parenthood … is enough to eliminate an entire student campus. Even more sickening, the overall casualties were 332,757 — multiple campuses of students who this world will never know. … Of course, the most infuriating part of the report — from a taxpayer’s perspective — is this unexpected news: Planned Parenthood actually squeezed $20 million more dollars out of federal, state, and local governments than last fiscal year. At a whopping $563.8 million, how anyone can call this organization a ‘nonprofit’ is beyond me!”
For the record: “I think the Democrats are as much to blame right now as the Republicans are. They’ve got control of the House but they’re mostly [acting like], ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. We’re not going to do what you want to do.’ I haven’t seen a grand plan. You’ve got the young people running through the halls who are the new members of Congress who are conducting pep rallies every day instead of getting together with the more moderate people. … They’re being driven hard by the Left.” —Tom Brokaw
Demo-gogues: “It was the President who singled-handedly took away DACA and TPS protections in the first place — offering some protections back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage taking.” —Chuck Schumer
Race bait I: “There’s still a systematic racism. … Your health shouldn’t depend on the color of your skin or your zip code, but it does.” —Joe Biden, who once called ObamaCare “a big f—kin’ deal”
Race bait II: “These are challenging times in the United States of America. We have a hater in the White House, a birther in chief, the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. One of the things that we’ve learned is that while Jim Crow may be dead, he still got some nieces and nephews that are alive and well.” —Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Non Compos Mentis: “Never in the history of this country has it been legal to make people work for free but that’s what’s happening to federal employees.” —Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), who soon apologized for forgetting a minor thing called slavery
Braying Jenny: “I do think a system that allows billionaires to exist when there are parts of Alabama where people are still getting ringworm because they don’t have access to public health is wrong.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
And last… “The Left hasn’t gone to the trouble of painting Christian schools as dangerous hate factories for no reason. They intend to do something with the fruits of their labor. What that is, exactly, will become clearer very soon.” —Matt Walsh
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