Updates > Alert for 4/19/2013: Legislature
Fails to Override HB 76 Veto: How Did this Happen?
Legislature Fails to Override HB 76
Veto: How Did this Happen?
(Alert for 4/19/13): House
speaker Rebecca Lockhart and senate president Wayne
Niederhauser have conducted their
on whether to override governor Herbert's veto of
HB 76 S1 (Carry
Unloaded Firearms Concealed). According to the
Salt Lake Tribune, they did not obtain the two-thirds
majority required to do so.
Legislators overwhelmingly —
sometimes unanimously — passed
multiple gun control bills this session. Yet, they could not
muster the votes to override one veto on the one
could have advanced your gun rights?
Where did things go wrong? How could this have happened?
House & Senate Monarchs Control the Agenda
As we have explained, and as "Rule
By Monarchy: How the House Speaker Manipulates Your
Representative," effectively demonstrates, the house
speaker, Rebecca Lockhart, and
senate president, Wayne Niederhauser, are monarchs.
Among other inordinate powers, they alone appoint EVERY member
of EVERY committee — without any required review or
Bills live or die almost entirely upon
their whims and wishes; reducing your "representative" and
"senator" to mere servants of their royal will and agenda.
They who must be obeyed:
senate monarch Wayne Niederhauser and house monarchess Rebecca Lockhart.
Why was the original HB 76 stalled in
committee? Because Lockhart controlled every committee.
As we pointed out in a
brazenly and candidly admitted her power:
"I empower committee
chairs to make those decisions..." [bold added]
Source: "Bill banning enforcement of federal gun laws 'stuck
in limbo'," by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret
News, Feb. 22, 2013.
sponsor John Mathis feel compelled to meet with an
antagonistic Herbert, and shortly thereafter, withdrew the
original HB 76; replacing it with the
watered-down substitute bill? Perhaps because Lockhart and
Niederhauser demanded it be watered down before they allowed
it to move forward?
Why did the senate just fail to muster
the votes to hold a veto override session for HB 76 S1? Because Niederhauser was displeased with
"Senate President Wayne Niederhauser,
R-Sandy, said Senate Republicans have not yet talked about how
they'll handle HB 76. 'I think now that we know it's coming,
we'll discuss the bill,' he said. Niederhauser, however,
expressed his own concerns about the bill. 'The concealed
carry law has functioned well,' the Senate leader said. 'I
hate to see that diminished in any way.'""
carry' gun bill passes House after change" Lisa Riley
Roche, Deseret News, March 1, 2013.
Why did HB 76 S1 sponsor, John Mathis,
go suddenly silent when numerous activists asked him to
request, and publicly share, the results of the
conducted by Niederhauser and Lockhart? Because doing so
would challenge the royal order, and
Mathis is likely concerned with the consequences if he did
getting tired of sitting at the back of the political bus?
The monarchs, along with their legislative minions, must be
pleased. They have advanced gun control and
2013 appears to be another extremely successful year in
avoiding political accountability for their actions.
It is up to you to prove them wrong. Consider the
1) Network with local gun
owners. Let people know what happened this session. Get them
connected with sites like UT Gun Rights so they can receive
critical information and form their own, independent
opinions. Sign up for our free email alerts and news at
email@example.com and "Like" us on Facebook at
Encourage others to read, analyze,
question, confront, challenge, and understand what is going on
around them. A highly literate and involved community is required
to resist manipulation, deception, and fraud. Here are two
pages they should familiarize themselves with:
2013 Bill Tracking
Page: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and our
Ammo Page. UT Gun Rights will be providing a 2013
Performance Report in the next few weeks to further assist
2) Organize into smaller working
groups for your area. Each legislator should be receiving
his/her political marching orders from a group of local,
determined, and solidly-educated citizens. This group
can consider political action such as establishing local
email/phone political action networks, fliering, holding town
meetings, recruiting alternative candidates, voicing their
will at government and other political meetings, political involvement
in partisan caucuses and conventions, and requesting and
publicizing important government records (we will discuss this
in more detail in an upcoming message).
3) Infiltrate and exploit the
dominant party in your area. You just witnessed a
"Republican" legislature enact gun control. Realize that
there is nothing sacred, special, or wholesome about political
parties. They are merely vehicles that can be steered in a
Your enemies have dominated these
parties for decades. In recent years, they have become
exceedingly arrogant and comfortable... rendering them
laughably predictable and politically vulnerable.
In the sentiments of
Warfighting: The Marine Corps Book of Instruction,
political parties represent an arena "ripe for exploitation by
an opportunistic will." It is time for gun owners to assert
themselves and politically displace dirty laundry like
Lockhart, Niederhauser, and Herbert.
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