Winning: Concealed Carry Ban in D.C. Has Been Ruled Unconstitutional

Fellow residents of the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia metro area) have something to celebrate: a ban on concealed carry has been ruled unconstitutional in D.C.!  The plaintiffs’ lead attorney, Alan Gura, first reported this and provided  the opinion from the U.S. District Court of Appeals on Palmer v. D.C.:

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.

 Since I live near D.C., I’m absolutely thrilled to learn about this ruling. If you’ve ventured to certain parts of D.C.–namely Northeast or Southeast D.C.–you’ve read about, heard about, or witnessed violence in the nation’s capital. Many incidents in D.C. could have been prevented had this ban on concealed carry not been in effect. Many instances point to this.

For example, a D.C. resident named Dario Flammer was attacked by a group of guys near Logan Circle in June 2013. Following the incident, Flammer said he refused to become a victim again. NBC Washington reported:

Flammer says the attackers shouted homophobic slurs in Spanish.

Flammer plans to take steps to avoid becoming a victim again.

“I’m going to get a license and get a 9mm,” he said. “That’s the truth.”

Last September, Washington Navy Yard was subjected to a horrible shooting  when unhinged military contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 military personnel. A July 11th report on the Navy Yard shooting noted that a directive issued by President George H.W. Bush making military bases “gun-free zones” left those at Navy Yard defenseless:

“Police departments may hold the mistaken belief that the personnel working within gated military installations in the United States, such as the Navy Yard, are heavily armed and capable of defending against threats. The truth, however, is that the majority of the individuals working on military bases are not armed,” the report said.

Hope D.C. residents can enjoy the same luxury of gun rights as we do here in the Commonwealth:

I will have further commentary on this ruling later this week, so stay tuned!

New Counter Cultured Article: Big Gov’t Has No Right to Measure Female Worth Via Birth Control

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured titled, “Dear Big Government: Birth Control Doesn’t Measure Our Worth.”

Here’s an excerpt:

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a landmark ruling that put a muzzle on the contraception mandate contained in Obamacare. This is a small but important victory for religious liberty and limited government.

Per usual, abortionistas decried this ruling as the end of women’s rights. (Cue the melodrama! The death of womankind is upon us!) They decried, “Get my employer out of my bedroom!” while simultaneously begging our government to fund their sexual escapades. One gal–Guardian U.S.’s Jessica Valenti—even suggested that women “should organize a safe-sex f***-in at every Hobby Lobby across the country.” (Gross.)

If this is what passes for female empowerment today, our gender has truly been set back.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Freedom Today

Two landmark Supreme Court decisions were decided on today. Here’s how I responded on Twitter:

Here’s the gist of these two cases:

  1. 1) Union case: In Harris v. Quinn, SCOTUS limits power to compel contributions to public employee unions but does not forbid it. Says collective bargaining can’t be imposed on employees that aren’t full public-sector union employees. Essentially, this stifles public sector union control to some extent. (Collective bargaining is bad policy.)
  1. 2) Hobby Lobby: From SCOTUS blog: “SCOTUS holds govt can’t require closely held corps w/ religious owners to provide contraception coverage.” HUGE win for religious liberty.

Freedom of association is an inalienable right enumerated in the First Amendment of our Constitution. It allows us the right to subscribe to a belief system without having to compromise or go against our conscience. It allows for dissent/debate in the public square. SCOTUS basically affirmed that government can’t coerce people into paying dues or paying for contraception.

This is a good day for freedom.

#winning

Hail to the Redskins

This morning, it was revealed that the U.S. Patent Agency cancelled the Washington Redskins’ trademark because the name is “disparaging” to Native Americans.

This doesn’t come as a surprise. What government agency hasn’t tried to ban speech or ideas that don’t fit their big government mold?

 

As a result, I felt inclined to respond to the hysteria on Twitter.

Then several of us were prompted to troll the #NewRedskinsName Twitter hashtag, so I contributed several tweets to it:

Where’s the left’s priorities? Facts? Clearly they’re nowhere to be found.

Additionally, government has no right to determine “right” speech or ideas.

But but but, the Redskins name is so offensive? Only 17% of people in this country think that way.

Shame on the U.S. Patent Office for cancelling the Washington Redskins’ trademark. This is a very bad precedent that emboldens government to control and discourage private businesses.

Not surprised…50 Democrat U.S. Senators recently wrote a letter to the organization pressuring them to change their name. (Because, priorities!) Anything that doesn’t fit the big government mold is deemed offensive. (Yay to restricting free expression!) I don’t know anyone here in D.C. who feels distraught over the Redskins name, except for few thin-skinned “progressives” who complain about everything. (Even an AP poll from January found that 83% of people approve of the Redskins name.) Might as well rename them as the Washington Whiners or the Beltway Barnacles to better reflect D.C…

Historically speaking, the Redskins name was chosen to honor Native Americans and their bravery in battle. How does this disparage them? How are their rights being undermined? Might as well be consistent and rename the Cleveland Indians, Florida Seminoles, Oklahoma, Minnesota Vikings, and all other “culturally-insensitive” athletic teams?

But hey, America is weak here and abroad. Who cares? The cause of fighting imaginary bigotry must continue! (Sigh.)

Those who disparage the Redskins are nothing but a bunch of tyrants. As a resident of the DMV, I will continue to support the Redskins and their name.  Hope others continue to do so too.

#HTTR

Freedom Isn’t Freedom: 27 Years After Reagan’s Berlin Wall Speech

27 years ago today, President Ronald Reagan made his famous “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” speech.

I like to commemorate important historical events on my social media platforms because an ignorant populace is doomed to repeat the horrible mistakes of the past if history is ignored or forgotten. As some of you know, my family lived behind the Iron Curtain and immigrated here as political refugees from the Soviet Union in 1986. My family, like millions of others who’ve fled tyranny for freedom, came here for better opportunities. Reagan’s leadership, along with that of several others, propelled the physical collapse of the USSR. We must remember that freedom isn’t free, and that big government, when fully implemented, destroys liberty and kills.

Don’t discount the freedoms afforded to you here. Don’t look to our government for safety or comfort. Don’t let elected officials trample on our rights and our property.

Canadian PM Stephen Harper Gives Epic Speech Condemning Communism

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, arguably one of the most conservative premiers out there today, delivered a keynote address excoriating communism during a “Tribute to Liberty” event this past weekend.

Here’s some text from the speech, courtesy of Huffington Post Canada:

“During the 20th century, communism’s poisonous ideology and ruthless practices slowly bled into countries around the world, on almost every continent,” Harper said.

“The result was catastrophic. More than 100 million souls were lost — an almost incomprehensible number.”

The evening’s goal was to help raise money for Tribute to Liberty, which aims for a permanent memorial in Ottawa to communism’s “hundreds of millions” of victims.

In 2010, the Conservative government said it would support the monument.

Future generations of Canadians, Harper said, must be reminded that peace was earned through struggle and sacrifice.

In language reminiscent of the height of the Cold War, Harper lambasted communism and oppressive or even murderous ideologies.

“Evil comes in many forms and seems to reinvent itself time and again,” he said.

“But whatever it calls itself — Nazism, Marxist-Leninism, today, terrorism — they all have one thing in common: the destruction, the end of human liberty.”

Canadians, the prime minister said, are well aware of that destruction.

Below is the full video of Harper’s speech:

Here in the U.S., Congress recently approved Black Ribbon Day to be held August 23rd.  This day will honor the victims of Soviet communism and National Socialism, which is much-needed.

Will Obama and the Left  have the courage to condemn communism like PM  Harper did? (I highly doubt it.)

All Americans Are Privileged–And It’s Not a Bad Thing

There’s all this talk of privilege these days, so I wanted to give my input on this matter:

Leftist activists who are desperate to control us and eager to suppress dissent have invented the term “white privilege” to assert themselves in the public sphere. What is “white privilege” and what does it consist of? Apparently, if your ethnic background is Jewish or European (simply put, Caucasian), you’re perceived as having an unfair advantage in society because of your skin color. This means you boast “privilege” and supposedly view other ethnic groups as “inferior.” Moreover, because we allegedly boast “privilege” everything is willingly handed to us, the government supposedly takes better care of us, and we’re all extremely wealthy and greedy. Adherents of this philosophy, which is an offshoot of critical race theory, demand that those bestowed with “white privilege” renounce their wealth, hate themselves, and perpetuate class warfare tactics. According to some “brilliant” scholars on MSNBC and similar outlets, if your family members survived the Holocaust, you’re automatically a recipient of “white privilege” because they fared better after their suffering in death camps and concentration camps.

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By that logic, I must boast extra “white privilege” because members of my family were afflicted by both Hitler’s National Socialism and Stalin’s Soviet Communism. My maternal grandma who endured harsh conditions in a German labor camp around the time her husband, my maternal grandpa, endured harsh conditions in one of Stalin’s gulags overcame adversity as Christians and property owners because they were privileged rather than persecuted, right? I guess my dad’s family endured anti-Semitism and overcame it because of “white privilege,” no? When my family decided to flee the former Soviet Union, giving up their belongings and being fearful for their lives must have been a result of “white privilege.” Not to mention that when they arrived in this country they were virtually penniless and not assimilated yet. (White privilege, right?) Or the fact that my dad built his company from the ground up without a handout. Or the fact that my parents worked hard in their respective careers to give my sister and I a good life–a life they never enjoyed in their homeland.

If success is a crime in this country, we’ve surely lost our way as a civilization.

Newsflash: every American of every stripe and shade is privileged—and it’s not a bad thing. We have the privilege to express our views without retribution from the government (for now). We have the privilege to make and earn a profit. We have the privilege to right a wrong and make our country a better place. We have the privilege to pursue opportunities unseen throughout the world. We have the privilege to enjoy luxuries and goods that most people across the globe will never have access to. We have the privilege to live in the last beacon of hope, our beloved United States of America.

If you hate the rights and opportunities afforded to you in this still magnificent country, you need to check your self-hatred. Here’s my two cents.

New Townhall Column: Commies Aren’t Cool-Honor Its Victims On May Day Instead

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com called “Communists Aren’t Cool: Honor Victims of Communism This May Day” to highlight the importance of educating our fellow Americans about the horrors of communism.

Here’s an excerpt:

Comrades of the world, unite!

Today is May Day, or International Workers Day. What better way to mark this occasion than calling for the destruction of free enterprise or pledging allegiance to Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Don’t you know? Capitalism is evil and has caused more deaths than communism, says self-appointed historian and Occupy miscreant Jesse A. Myerson.

According to the Chicago-based group International Workers of the World, May Day began in 1886 with the help of anarchists and radical leftists:

 

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye. With their fiery speeches and revolutionary ideology of direct action, anarchists and anarchism became respected and embraced by the working people and despised by the capitalists.

Rather than giving credence to disgruntled Marxists and communists on May 1, why not use this day to highlight the ills of global communism by honoring its victims?

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

UPDATE:

Linked by Wayne Dupree and Heritage Action for America.

UPDATE II:

Linked by congressional candidate Igor Birman, Congressman Steve Stockman, JBANC, and Heritage Foundation.

UDPATE III:

Linked by Legal Insurrection and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

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Support Igor Birman’s Bid for Congress

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Last night, my sister and I attended Liberty Karaoke here in Arlington, VA to support Igor Birman’s Congressional bid in California’s 7th District.

Normally I don’t go out of my way to support every Republican candidate because many fail to uphold conservative principles. However, Igor Birman is not your usual candidate. He escaped the Soviet Union at age 12 alongside his family and came here in 1994. He’s both fiscally and socially conservative. He’s anti-establishment.

Igor is a candidate who can help pivot California in the right direction.

As a child of Soviet immigrants myself, I can greatly relate to Igor. He understands the problems inset in big government policies. He gets the importance of never taking our freedoms for granted. He holds no punches and is a fighter. And of course I would be partial to a fellow California conservative. Who wouldn’t be?

If you need any more reason to vote for or support Igor, check out his campaign video:

Like what you see? Donate to his campaign: http://www.igorbirman.com. He faces two Republicans and incumbent Democrat Ami Berra in the jungle primary on June 3rd, 2014.

I’ve donated to his campaign, and I hope you join me in doing so. Ultimately all members of Congress represent ALL of us, not solely their constituents. There’s no better person to represent us in Congress than a man who saw firsthand how destructive big government policies were in the former Soviet Union.

Follow Igor on Twitter, LIKE his Facebook page, and check out his campaign website.

 

 

Happy Birthday to Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy!

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Like so many of you, I’m a proud patron of “hate-chicken” haven Chick-fil-A.

Today, I hope you join me in showing appreciation for this company by wishing its founder – Truett Cathy – a happy 93rd birthday.

Mr. Cathy, thank you for giving millions of Americans the opportunity in indulge in delicious chicken sandwiches. Thank you for employing thousands of people and demonstrating the beauty of free enterprise. Thank you for having strong convictions against attacks from naysayers.

Happy Birthday, good sir!