Those who would allow Hoosiers to carry a loaded handgun without a permit argue that the Indiana Constitution requires it.
Indeed, the wording of Section 32 of the Indiana Bill of Rights is even more clear than the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“The people,” the state document reads, “shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.”
Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers have chosen to exercise that right by obtaining a license to carry a handgun from the Indiana State Police. The process involves filling out a form online, paying a fee and being fingerprinted by local law enforcement to facilitate a background check. The overwhelming majority of applications are approved – 134,290 during 2016, the Associated Press reported. Authorities rejected 4,802 applications because applicants had serious criminal histories or mental health issues.
State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, believes the current process – indeed, any process – interferes with gun owners attempting to exercise their constitutional rights. Lucas is pushing the legislature to adopt a bill that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry guns without a permit.
On Wednesday, at the first of three interim study committee meetings to consider the “constitutional carry” concept, Lucas’ proposal ran into a buzz saw of opposition from police officials and organizations.
(This should not amaze any of our readers, TPTB always oppose any lessening of their powers.)
One of those who testified against Lucas’ proposal was Kendallville Police Chief Rob Wiley, immediate past president of the Indiana Association of Police Chiefs. Wiley said the current law “is a very Second Amendment-friendly law, quite frankly, while still allowing law enforcement to do what it needs to do, which is protect the general public,” the AP reported. Another opponent was State Police Maj. Mike White, who said eliminating background checks could increase the dangers to police officers.
Why are anti-gun activists so violent?
A local state representative has been charged with assault in Concord District Court and is scheduled to be arraigned in late September, according to court documents. The charge was filed against Katherine Rogers, 61, of Alton Woods Drive in Concord, on Aug. 7, 2017, by the New Hampshire State Police. According to a complaint, on Nov. 16, 2016, during the recount for the District 7 state Senate seat held at the state archives building, Rogers allegedly struck Susan Olsen, a 2nd Amendment activist and former state Rep. candidate from Warner, “with a semi-closed right hand squarely on (her) left ear.”
Editor’s Note: This post was derived from information supplied by the Concord District Court. It does not indicate a conviction. This link explains the name removal request process for NH Patch police reports.
The alleged assault occurred after both Rogers, representing then-incumbent state Sen. Andrew Hosmer, D-Laconia, and Olsen, representing then-challenger Harold French, R-Franklin, were ballot observers during the recount and were given a chance to challenge or accept ballots shown to them.
“Ms. Rogers challenged many of the first ballots shown to us and, as this was my (first) time serving as a recount observer, I did not understand the bases for her challenges,” Olsen noted in her complaint.
Olsen then requested the ballots be placed “closer,” so she could see them, and that’s when she alleges that Rogers put her hand on her shoulder, “as if to hug me,” reportedly stated she wanted Olsen to be “happy,” and then allegedly struck her. Olsen stated that she said to Rogers, “If you strike me again, I will have you arrested.” She alleged that Rogers, a former county attorney, countered, “in a low, mocking, angry whisper,” something to the effect of “Hit me. I know you want to. Go ahead. Hit me.”
Olsen claimed that Rogers was “smirking” while she was speaking and then, reportedly leaned in further, “sounding almost like she was daring me,” and allegedly stated, “I know what you want to do. You want to shoot me.”
Olsen stated she was so stunned by Rogers and her comments that she couldn’t – and didn’t – respond and that she didn’t want the proceedings to be disrupted any longer than they already had been.
After the first batch of ballots were eyed, Olsen stated that Rogers left the table and was replaced by another person.
Olsen said she didn’t report the incident to police at the time to preserve “the integrity of the recount” and for fear that it would be viewed as “a political statement” since Olsen had testified against a number of Rogers’ bills, including gun control proposals. She noted a number of witnesses including state officials and state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-Manchester, who passed away earlier this year. Olsen added that she filed the complaint after the “recent rise of hyperbole and incivility” in the General Court.
“Certainly, words may not hurt me, but I do not believe anyone has the right to put their hands on anyone else without their permission,” she stated.
Rogers is due to be arraigned in Concord District Court on Sept. 29.
They call themselves ‘socialist’ and the Houston paper goes along with it. Then they stand around wearing their Red Commie Hammer and Sickle T-shirts. Well, at least they are finally feeling confident enough to come out in the open. No ‘socialist’ can avoid it now. Call them out for for what they always were and are: ‘Communists’. Which really is nothing more than another set of wanna-be dictator tyrants as we only see real communism in Ants and Bees.
Houston Socialist Movement member Chris Snider
Houston Socialist Movement member David Smith
At least they were both armed with the pride of Commie Russia’s most prolific designer; Kalashnikov.
It’s not an unusual scene when politically left and right groups mingle, except it was Smith from the Houston Socialist Movement brandishing a rifle, not the red-hatted and camouflage-wearing protesters.
“Houston Socialist Movement believes that we ought to execute that right to self-defense,” Smith said. “If we’re going to ask our people to come to our events, we’re not going to let participants get hurt.”
Members of the Houston Socialist Movement, who hosted a rally against Texas Senate Bill 4, better known as the “show me your papers bill” that goes into effect September 1, have carried firearms at events before, but Saturday’s gathering in front of City Hall marked the first time the group openly flaunted rifles.
Something I read a long time ago and found that the guy (retired, of course, real deal SR driver) does it as a ‘stand-up’ routine.
Japan could legally intercept a North Korean missile headed towards Guam, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Thursday in remarks reported by Kyodo news service.
Onodera told a lower house of parliament committee that Japan would be allowed to hit a missile headed towards the U.S. Pacific territory if it was judged to be an existential threat to Japan, Kyodo said. This is a reiteration of the Japanese government’s position.
Experts say Japan does not currently have the capability to shoot down a missile flying over its territory headed for Guam. (‘experts’ said that Japan didn’t have the ability to bomb Pearl Harbor)
Helpful context for Trump’s rally from a pro: West Virginians are angry, easily misled, lots don’t speak English
On a night like Thursday, when President Trump was scheduled to headline a rally in West Virginia, you know the hot takes are going to be coming in fast from all directions, but who’ll go the extra distance to really stand out?
Stuart Rothenberg, senior editor at Inside Elections, went all out in sizing up the people of West Virginia, many of whom wouldn’t make it in as immigrants under the Trump administration’s policies, which are in clear violation of that Emma Lazarus poem.
An online friend watching the week’s events observes that they remind her of the villain Haman being hanged on the very scaffold he had built to hang Mordechai in the biblical Book of Esther. That sums up the week in which the federal investigators are themselves under investigation and the press is forced to recant the lies it has been publishing about the administration. Having watched the deep state eviscerate gentleman G.W. Bush and his administration on the Plamegate fiction, this turn of events warms my heart. It’s long overdue.
The Attempted “Russian Collusion” Coup Fails; The Plotters Are Under Scrutiny
Investors Business Daily concludes that the worm is beginning to turn on “the conspiracy mongers”
John McCain, who peddled the dossier story, knew better — some of the same figures were involved with him in his presidential campaign, and the claims were proven groundless.
CNN has been hurt the most for its around-the-clock promotion of the claims against Trump. This week it forced the resignation of three of its employees for running a fake story based on an “anonymous” source.
This week, the NYT printed this correction to a long-repeated lie
The Associated Press followed on, eating crow as well
In the meantime, the administration just continues to drain the swamp while the press goes bananas over the President’s tweets.
Apologies for the mess.
Trying this one again as the previous way somehow upset the blog software.
Please notice that last line:”in the three weeks that the van has spent in the Windy City, it hasn’t helped police make any arrests” Not one (1) arrest!
Your tax$$ at work.
Six months after President Donald Trump threatened to send the feds to Chicago to “fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on,” city officials announced on Monday that they’ve been getting some more federal crime-fighting aid in the form of a mobile firearms forensics van that’s been roaming the streets for three weeks. The van, which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) first rolled out in May, makes it possible to immediately test guns and shell casings at a crime scene.
The new van is a high-tech upgrade to the ATF’s gun tracing system: It can match a gun on the spot, while sending evidence to a crime lab can take at least 24 hours, often longer.
The plan is for the ATF van to move from city to city and spend a few weeks in each one. Before coming to Chicago, the van spent May in Baltimore, another city Trump has chided in the past. Despite the tech upgrade, in the three weeks that the van has spent in the Windy City, it hasn’t helped police make any arrests, according to the department Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Twitchy o’ the Day
Gosh, Jim Acosta seems fussy. Wonder why that is?
Call US old fashioned but we remember a press that wasn’t so disgustingly biased the White House of the United States COULD answer questions on camera without being concerned about FAKE NEWS.
Sorry Acosta, you guys did this to yourselves.
First came the crash, then the rushing waters — and then, the wave of grief.
The grief swelled after divers found seven bodies in the wreckage of the USS Fitzgerald off the coast of Japan this weekend. It washed across the United States, through dire phone calls, texts and solemn visits.
CNN jumped the gun in anticipation of former FBI Director James Comey‘s Thursday testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Before the former top law enforcement official released his prepared opening statement, the network reported online that Comey “would dispute Trump’s interpretation of their conversations.”
However, CNN had to add a correction to the article by correspondents Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper, and Brian Rokus:
“CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement. The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.”
Sorry for the wait today. A large thunderstorm front moved through the area and I had everything off line for a few hours until things cleared up.
Christus resurrexit a mortuis
Morte mortem calcavit
Et eis in sepulchris
Fratribus nostris orientem
Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν
θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας
καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι
and with that, MILESFORTIS will be back with you Monday.
According to the Financial Times, China signaled that they are open to ending an import ban on American beef.
They also signaled their willingness to buy other agricultural products, demonstrating a commitment to balancing the enormous trade deficit with the United States.
Donald Trump has described the chemical attack in Idlib province which killed more than 70 people as an “affront to humanity”, but offered little clue to any new strategy to end the violence in Syria.
The US president said that Tuesday’s attack – whose victims included women, children and babies – had affected him profoundly and transformed his thinking about the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.
“I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me – big impact,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden. “My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much … You’re now talking about a whole different level.”
The question is, now that he’s the one in charge;
What’s he going to do, and how’s he going to do it?
Saying the technology is unproven and potentially dangerous, state senators today advanced legislation to block any state or local law allowing people to purchase only “smart” guns.
Part of what is in HB2216 precludes any sort of mandatory tracking technology on guns. That includes not only being able to locate weapons using GPS technology, but also having weapons that can send out an electronic message when they have been fired.
Six cattle escaped from a slaughterhouse in north St. Louis Thursday, interrupting traffic as they trotted through surrounding neighborhoods.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has launched a major overhaul of the party’s organization, which has been stung by recent crises — and the DNC has requested resignation letters from all current staffers.
Oh yeah; Perez is the party’s third leader in the past year.
It’s kind of grand, just simply reading this.
We’ll be back up to speed as soon as humanly possible