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A gun-butt organization is mad as hell at the 9th Circuit Court for their recent ruling on concealed weapon toting and they want the 9th Circuit eliminated. And no, I’m not talking about the NRA.
There’s been a lot of invective aimed at the NRA in the wake of the Orlando mass murders as well as the other mass shootings. And, quite frankly, it’s been well deserved. But, believe it or not, compared to Gun Owners of America (GOA), the NRA comes off like a bunch of liberal pansies.
According to Rational Wiki,
They [Gun Owners of America] not only oppose all new background checks (similar to the NRA), but would also like to see all existing background checks and other gun purchase restrictions removed. Furthermore, a major goal of the group is to also remove penalties for “straw purchases,” sales made to those who intend to sell or give the weapon to someone else who cannot pass a background check. As Larry Pratt put it, ‘There would be no straw purchasing if there were no limits on who can carry a gun.’
That brings us to the “wing-nut” in the headline, one Larry Pratt. He’s the co-founder and Executive Director of GOA.
Larry Pratt stands at the intersection of guns and Jesus, lobbying for absolutely unrestricted distribution of firearms while advocating a theocratic society based upon Old Testament civil and religious laws. A pivotal figure in the rise of right-wing militia, or “Patriot,” groups, he spoke at the notorious 1992 “Gathering of Christian Men” in Estes Park, Colo., where 160 neo-Nazis, Klan members, anti-Semitic Christian Identity adherents and others arguably laid the groundwork for the militia movement that would explode in 1994. He believes that white Christians must arm themselves for self-protection in the inevitable social implosions and riots that are soon to come.
Among some of Loony Larry’s oral-fecal emanations:
- “We are looking at a major assault on the right to keep and bear arms, and it is kind of reminiscent of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, where they used doctors as part of their torture routines and got people sent to the camps for improvement of their mental health.”
—”Talk to Solomon Show,” 2013
- ‘While the United States has forgotten its success in this area, other countries have rediscovered them. It is time that the United States return to reliance on an armed people. There is no acceptable alternative.”
—Armed People Victorious (comparing militias during the American revolution to death squads in Guatemala), 1990
- “The right to keep and bear arms is just as important today as when the Bill of Rights was drafted. The right to keep and bear arms will be important until Christ comes again, because until then, people will be sinful. Crooks will steal, and murderers will kill, and government officials will tyrannize. The common thread is man presuming to make himself into a God.”
—”Tools of Biblical Resistance,” 1983
At this point, I think you get the general idea of the mind(?) set of the man.
He’s inserting himself in the news again because he’s upset that the 9th Circuit Court ruled that the 2nd Amendment doesn’t give citizens the right to carry concealed guns in public. In fact, he’s so mad that he wants the court abolished!
Last Friday, he showed up on “Liberty Roundtable” and called the judges “King George clones” and claimed they were responsible for “the destruction of the Second Amendment.” Oh, and the revolutionary war was the response when “King George came for the guns.”
But, not to worry, Loony Larry already done thunk up a solution to the problem: Courts cost money and Congress holds the purse.
It can simply say that in the Ninth Circuit or any federal court, questions of concealed carry may not be considered, period, paragraph, and no funds will be available for such consideration. Takes it off the table right there. They could also — and I might even prefer — to remove that jurisdiction from the courts.
And, if that doesn’t do the trick,
The only court that is constitutional, that must exist, that must be able to operate, is the Supreme Court. If Congress decided that they actually stood for something, they could tell the Ninth Circuit, ‘You’re the former Ninth Circuit, we’ve decided we can do without you. You guys make life so difficult, it’s gonna be better without you. Buh-bye.’
For a “patriot,” he sure don’t know diddly about how the U.S. government works, do he?