> Update 4/6/2015: While Herbert Swoons Over
Obama & Signs Gun Control Bills, Kansas Enacts Permitless
While Herbert Swoons Over Obama & Signs Gun Control
Bills, Kansas Enacts Permitless Concealed Carry
Birds of a feather...
Obama is joined with Hickenlooper who banned
standard capacity ammunition magazines in Colorado
to carry out Obama’s post-Newtown gun control
agenda, and Herbert who
supports background checks for BB guns. Click on
picture to enlarge.
4/6/15): No, this is not a belated April Fools' joke. On
April 2, 2015, Utah's Executive Monarch Gary "BB
Guns Background Check" Herbert spent some quality
pandering time with notorious abuser of innocent gun owners,
federal regime president Barack Obama.
Herbert summed up their Kumbaya moment as follows:
"It is an honor to welcome the President of the United States
to Utah, particularly at Hill Air Force Base. I
appreciate the president's invitation to ride in the motorcade
with him to his hotel, which allowed us time to discuss a
number of important issues."
Herbert's statement on President Obama's visit to Utah,"
Executive Monarch Gary "BB Guns Background Checks" Herbert's website, April 2,
Herbert's bizarre concept of what constitutes honor is
informative. As reported in the previous April 2 update,
Herbert also just finished
control and other unethical bills into statute.
Herbert consistently signed gun control statutes in previous years
UT Gun Rights has tracked (see Bad Bills in
received a -100% rating on the
2013 Utah Government Corruption Report, and has
publicly endorsed background checks for BB guns (yes, you
read that correctly).
participated in a grand, secretive, unethical deception to
defeat HB 76 in 2013. HB 76 was a baby step bill to
"allow" adults (21 or older) to carry concealed firearms in an
"unloaded" condition without a government concealed carry
Even the absurdly offensive inclusion of the
— which essentially
means that no bullet is in the chamber or, in the case of
revolvers, in a firing position (where a single action may
cause the gun to fire)
— was not enough to
placate Herbert's radical gun control leanings.
"That's my boy!"
Herbert again threatened to veto any such bill this session.
"I see no change that has happened… since we vetoed the bill
before that would cause us not to veto the bill now. I think
the laws we have on the books now are working very well.
There's not really any problem out there."
guv says he would veto concealed-gun bill," Robert Gehrke,
Salt Lake Tribune (a corporate subsidiary of
Group, based in Denver, Colorado), March 3, 2015.
Compare Herbert's behavior with his bold
2010 campaign website proclamation:
"The 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of citizens to keep
and bear arms. I strongly support that right, not just in
word, but in action."
And he has some swampland in Tooele to sell you, too.
Meanwhile, Back in Kansas...
Utah gun owners always
sit at the back of the political bus.
Contrast Herbert's pandering to Obama and their shared gun
control agenda with Kansas governor Sam Brownback, who, on April 3,
SB 45 into statute.
SB 45 ends government attacks against innocent citizens who
— loaded or unloaded
— without a government
"permit". Brownback stated:
"I am pleased to sign Senate Bill 45 bill [sic]
today. I have been —
and continue to be
— a strong supporter
of Second Amendment rights.
"Responsible gun ownership
— for protection and
— is a right inherent
in our Constitution. It is a right that Kansans hold dear and
have repeatedly and overwhelmingly reaffirmed a commitment to
"I will continue to fight for and protect the Second Amendment
rights of all Kansans...
"Five other states have this law on their books
— Alaska, Arizona,
Vermont, Arkansas and Wyoming
— and nine other state
legislatures are currently considering similar bills. This law
supports the Constitutional right of Kansans to keep and bear
Sam Brownback issues statement on signing SB45, Constitutional
Carry," media release, April 3, 2015.
Kansas now joins these states in reaffirming the natural
rights of citizens to keep and bear arms without fraudulent
government permission slips. Vermont (and therefore
Alaska, Arizona, and theoretically Oklahoma via reciprocity)
allows 16-year-olds to carry loaded concealed (see
If Kansas can manage it, why are Utah's gun owners still
sitting in the back of the political bus? Why is Herbert
catering to abusers like Obama and ignoring the people whose
rights he swore to uphold? And why does Utah only seem
capable of passing gun control bills?
Utah's Supposed "Gun
Champions" Lead the Retreat
Akin to the proverbial French Army, Utah's supposed "gun
champions" like house statutator
Curtis Oda prefer to collaborate with
Herbert's agenda rather than push fellow statutators to
toughen up, put their votes where their big mouths are, and
resist his radical gun control agenda.
For example, this past session, Oda predictably pulled his
which was nearly identical to
HB 76 in
2013, so that he could again collaborate with Herbert.
defended his surrender as follows:
"The thing is, why expend the effort if he's
[Executive Monarch Gary Herbert] just going to veto it?...
And at this point there's no way to know if we're
going to have the votes for an override, so I think
the general conclusion is, let's try to work it out...
"Let's put it this way: The governor has asked for everyone to
get together to talk. Let's look not only at [constitutional
carry] but a couple other things...
"We've got all the stakeholders on our side,
as far as the firearms community, saying, 'If we can come to
an agreement and get something good done, even if it takes
another year, let's do it.'" [bold added]
cuts deal to avert showdown on gun issue," by Robert
Gehrke, Salt Lake Tribune (a corporate subsidiary of
Group, based in Denver, Colorado), February 10, 2015.
Yes, "why expend the effort" when they could be conducting so
many other activities... like advancing gun control? Oda
received a -75% rating on the
2013 Utah Government Corruption Report for doing
just that, and sponsored gun control bills like
Turning the State Forester into a Monarch in 2013,
Violence Against Open Carry Gun Owners in 2014, and
HB 37: Gun Control
by Bureaucrats this past session.
Imagine the wonderful results gun owners can expect from these
special backroom deals. Will Oda and Herbert be joined
by "firearms community" stalwarts like Utah Shooting Sports
Council (USSC) chairman, W. Clark Aposhian,
who appeared to secretively facilitate opposition to
permitless carry HB 76 in 2013?
Are you starting to get a sense of the political theater these
limp-wristed "leaders" are conducting with your rights?
Two Bullies Also Work with Herbert to Steal Your
Click on picture to
In the March 10 update, "Meet
the Two Bullies Who are Stealing Your Rights," it was
noted that hundreds of bills most statutators have never read,
let alone understand, are passed in drone-like fashion each
statutory session. Among this year's bills were
attacks against your natural rights. This did not
happen by accident.
house speaker Greg Hughes
senate president Wayne
Niederhauser, bully the entire statutarium (i.e.
"legislature") and run roughshod over your elected officials.
They set the agenda and your statutators obediently follow it.
How can this happen? Why do your statutators tolerate
such an abusive arrangement? And what can be done to
stop it? Rather than restate it here, please reference
The results of this two-man dictatorship are that even weak,
baby-step bills like this past session's
SB 256: Carry
"Unloaded" Firearms Concealed and
HB 350: End
Victim Disarmament Zones on Buses, are never heard in the
house, and therefore never even get to Herbert's tarnished
desk. Herbert smiles with Obama for the cameras, with
the assuredness that he has once more "dodged the bullet" of
political accountability and any potential political
confrontation with irate gun owners.
Your Rights Pre-Exist the Birth of any Government:
Time to Act Like It
Revolutionary army soldier and practiced philosopher
The right to defend one's self upon private or shared (i.e.
public) property, either by possessing a weapon openly or in a
concealed fashion, pre-exists government. In other words, it
existed naturally and was freely exercised before such
enslavement statutes and "permits" were imposed.
As pre-eminent American revolutionary Thomas Paine expressed
"Man did not enter into society to become worse than he was
before, nor to have less rights than he had before, but to
have those rights better secured. His natural rights are the
foundation of all his civil rights."
Rights of Man, Part I, by Thomas Paine in 1791.
Carrying your firearm concealed or openly is your
right, NOT a bureaucrat-sanctioned privilege.
Government and private organizations and citizens are not
restricted from OFFERING training. But restrictions upon
natural rights such as the right to protect one's self must be
predicated and substantiated upon more than the fear that an
adult MIGHT abuse them in the future.
If you believe such principles, and you want to secure a
future of freedom for your selves and your posterity, it is
time for most of you to increase your level of
political activity. Only a highly-informed community can
overcome the manipulation, deception, and fraud infesting
every corner of society.
For some ideas on how to hold your government accountable, and
in reducing the influence of Utah's spider web-like network of
corruption, see the article, "What
You Can Do".
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