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Texas To Block Cops From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws...

Texas To Block Cops From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws
New legislation in the Texas State legislature, sponsored by Steve Toth (R-Dist. 15), looks to stop Texas law enforcement officials from confiscating so-called “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines. The legislation is called the Firearm Protection Act. Toth’s proposal would create a Class A misdemeanor for police officers enforcing any new federal gun regulations. It also would establish cause for the state attorney general to sue anyone who seeks to enforce new federal gun regulations. It is one of several states-rights measures being offered by conservative state lawmakers nationwide in response to federal gun control proposals. “There’s a federal law, there’s a 30-round magazine right in front of you – what do I do?” Toth said in an interview. Toth, in a press release, wrote, “The ‘Firearms Protection Act’ or HB 1076 would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries. Any municipality, county, or special district trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face monetary holdings by the state and misdemeanor charges under this proposal.” According to Toth: The ‘Firearm Protection Act’ would do the following: • Supports and protects our local sheriffs and law enforcement officers working hard to protect Texan’s 2nd Amendment Rights • Sends a clear message to Washington by supporting and protecting Texans from the Federal Administrations unconstitutional overreach • Addresses local Texans concerns for their personal safety “I believe this administration has now realized they have woken up a giant. All over the United States, Americans are crying out for something to be done to protect their 2nd Amendment rights. The American people understand this is not just about gun rights, but about all constitutional rights. They understand once you compromise one Constitutional right, all others can be in jeopardy”, said Representative Toth. Sheriff Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff said, “”The federal government is not our boss. If there’s any place that that’s applicable and true, it’s the state of Texas.” Attorney General Greg Abbot helped draft the bill. Along with Abbott, who has already filed over twenty-three suits against the Federal Government, Representative Toth will continue to stand with other Texans to encouraging the promotion of personal responsibility and liberties while actively guarding against outside parties attempting to erode the freedoms enjoyed by Texans so that the people of...

REMARKS ON THE “LEGALITY OF SECESSION”...

REMARKS ON THE “LEGALITY OF SECESSION”
The following speech was deliver by Wes Riddle to a meeting of the John Birch Society on 21 February in Houston. Good Afternoon.  Thank you, Ken [Hoover] for the opportunity to speak. Immediately after President Obama won the General Election for President on November 6th last year, thousands of petitioners expressed a desire to secede from the Union in petitions sent to the White House website.  They represented every state in the Union.  States of Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas moreover, garnered more than 25,000 each in a single month, warranting automatic response from the White House according to its own website rules.  The Texas “We the People” petition received over 125,000 signatures, more than any other state. The White House response did not treat the sentiment particularly seriously, but rather politely called for national unity and encouraged everyone to participate fully in the political process. Of course, in Texas 125,000 out of 25 million people isn’t really that serious.  President Obama has the whole Republican Party on the ropes.  A handful of secessionists, from a political standpoint, hardly rise to a level of nuisance.  The Tea Party faction does that and is itself marginal.  Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Republican Party in Texas, said the secessionist movement has no political import—and so far he’s right.  Still, it is interesting theoretically to consider, whether the Union is or is supposed to be held together at root by force, or—and this seems more likely, through consent of the governed.  The fact that secession has short legs politically belies the more essential fact that secession is ultimately a political question. Bud Kennedy, a liberal writing for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram implied that secessionists must be from some other planet.  Nevertheless, a Flat Earth petition would be on shaky ground politically, because the theory on which its sentiment rests were erroneous.  A Creationists’ petition would rest on suspect theory, even if Darwin were not altogether provable.  Secessionists at least have the advantage of history; and ambiguity in constitutional language and theory; and regional interpretations with a substantial degree of integrity;—and then there are the words of the Declaration of Independence itself. Secessionists have no political base at the moment—’tis true, but their position theoretically is much stronger than that of extraterrestrial aliens.  It should come as...