Tuesday, November 29, 2016

South Carolina - Restoring Gun Rights in 2017? © 2016 Phillip Evans

South Carolina state law currently forbids a licensed citizen to carry a concealed pistol in any public building (rest stop buildings are the exception).

While the wording of SECTION 16-23-420 appears at first glance to only be referring to school buildings, they slipped in a Mickey (intentional or not), that includes ANY public building without qualifying it must be a school building.

Wait - it looks like it WAS intentional. See http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t16c023.php and look at this section within 16-23-420:

"F) This section does not apply to a person who is authorized to carry concealed weapons pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31 of Title 23 when upon any premises, property, or building that is part of an interstate highway rest area facility."

If it was clear that 16-23-420 ONLY talked about school buildings, why would rest stop areas need to be excepted?

To violate this statue is to be subject to being charged and convicted of a felony! - Unless you ask and receive permission from local government officials to carry your firearm in their public buildings. And guess how many will grant you, my fellow peon, permission?

Yes - exactly ZERO!

For merely carrying your firearm (out of a desire to protect yourself and your loved ones) in a public library, publicly owned gift shop, publicly owned visitor center, park community center, publicly owned theater, or other such city, state, or county building, the South Carolina Legislature has deemed you worthy of being imprisoned for multiple years behind locked bars away from your family.

This is an odious injustice, a morally offensive affront to the American sense of liberty!

What perchance justifies criminalizing your personal defense in these buildings? Is it because armed criminals choose to avoid them out of a sense of decency?

Is it because the security measures in place are so effective they negate the need for citizens to be armed?

If the answer to both questions is "no", then politics is the only reason to infringe on your right to bear arms in your tax-payer funded buildings. 

Preventing your bloodshed (and that of your loved ones) at the hands of armed criminals is apparently far less important than the desire of some SC lawmakers to maintain their political office.

Ironically, those who show a backbone and support bills that restore liberty need not fear for their political future. The majority of those who stand for freedom win re-election.

Let SC state politicians be aware that just because there is an "R" next to their name doesn't mean they will receive support from those who cherish their rights in the next election. Actions speak louder than words.

After eight years of Obama, we now have a President-elect who is not ashamed to support our right to keep and bear arms. We are about to see some action on the Federal side. Let's see some now from the states. 

Shame on South Carolina if a New Yorker manages to outdo a southern state's duty to restore our eroded gun rights back to where they are supposed to be!

If any SC state politician wants to know what backbone looks like, all they need to do is look at U.S.Representative for SC, Trey Gowdy, who unapologetically defends the Second Amendment Rights of free American citizens.

Let your voice be heard! Let your lawmakers know you want your right restored to carry in your public, tax-payer supported buildings. 

Click HERE to send an email to all SC Senate members.

Click HERE to send an email to all SC House members.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Trump Wins The Presidency!

Okay folks, get used to saying "President Trump". 

I'm starting to write this article at 10:52pm on election night. However, I've stated back in August at http://www.georgiapacking.org/forum/showthread.php?t=270530 that Trump would win.

Photo by Gage Skidmore

There are a variety of reasons he will win tonight:

1. Trump better sold himself to the American people. He actually made a point to mention the names of states where working people are hurting, and he did it more than once in the debates. He knows salesmanship. 

I'm not being cynical in the least. I believe he really cares for hurting people, and he connected with them skillfully. 

2. Trump deftly channeled the anger the American people have against Washington.

3. Trump was not afraid to be politically incorrect. People are tired of being told they are offensive for what they say or think about various issues that concern them. 

4. Trump has had ups and downs in business, but overall has come out on top. People want someone in the Oval Office that can make better trade deals and stimulate the creation of good paying jobs.

5. Trump favors using our natural resources of coal, natural gas, and oil to better our economy. His message basically was Palin's "Drill, baby, drill!", without using those exact words.

6. Trump has promised to shake up the status quo. People want to see real change, and a lot of it, not just a little.

7. Trump promised "No more gun-free zones", and U.S. Supreme Court Justices that will truly honor our Second Amendment Rights. No reasonable person wants to be helpless to defend themselves against murderous criminals.

8. Trump promised to secure our borders. Intelligent people knew he never stated that all illegal immigrants were criminals, but that some are. We want to keep them out, and a secure wall will go a long way towards that goal.

9. Many minorities who publicly stated their support for Hillary had a change of heart in the voting booth, because they want better jobs and less crime. 

10. Trump moved from the darkside to the lightside by embracing the pro-life position.

There are a variety of reasons Hillary will lose tonight:

1. People don't trust her. She is a proven liar.

2. She cost American lives with her incompetence in Benghazi.

3. She careless allowed government secrets to get into foreign hands by using a private email server without proper protections to send and receive classified emails.

4. Her obvious and raw ambition showed she was only concerned about getting the power of the top office in U.S. Government, and was willing to say anything to get it.

5. She essentially embraced Obama and his policies, with only a promise to "tweak" here and there. Poetic justice considering she personally hates Obama.

6. She is the elitist, status quo candidate who had no real solutions.

7. Her arrogance in calling half the country "deplorables" was palpable.

8. Her lip service to the Second Amendment while supporting all sorts of firearms bans, even supporting Australian style confiscation was not acceptable to the American people.

9. She dragged the names of Bill Clinton's sexual assault victims through the mud for her political gain.

10. Her wholehearted support of partial birth abortion, even up to the moment of birth was deplorable to many women.

Okay, it's now 11:36pm, and the NY Times Poll is predicting 95% chance win for Trump.

By the way, I voted for Trump here in Georgia. I'm proud to be called deplorable by Hillary Clinton.