|Dear Guns & Patriots reader,|
|One of the reasons the Framers chose the District of Columbia to replace New York City as the capital was the city is unbearable for at least five months of the year.It was with this in mind that journalist David Brinkley wrote that the decline of America’s Democracy began during the Second World War, when the air conditioning came to federal government office buildings.
For the sake of the Republic, we should be grateful that even with air conditioning, Washington empties out in August.
All that ends this week. Congress and President Barack Obama are back in town and so our the lobbyists, contractors and other parasites.
In terms of the movement to restore gun rights, there will be no action taken in this session. The Republican leadership threw its support behind Obama’s anti-gun agenda after the Sandy Hook tragedy, and that unholy alliance was barely stopped by Capitol Hill conservatives.
The real action in the battle to restore gun rights is out in the states. In addition to the good works accomplished by state legislatures, it seems that every week a judge somewhere is realigning restrictive laws and regulations with Second Amendment.
By the same token, it is in the state legislatures where the anti-gun forces are swimming against the tide for gun rights set in motion by the 2008 Heller v. District of Columbia decision.
In the newsletter this week, Raquel Okyay writes about a Tennessee judge who threw out gun charges against a man carrying a military-style long gun with a silencer in Nashville.
Jamie Hope has an interview with John Phillip Sousa IV, the great-grandson of the Marine Corps Band leader and composer, where Sousa vouches for Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr., and his support of gun rights. Sousa is the chairman of the campaign to draft Carson as a presidential candidate.
All in all, we have a great roster for you this week, so without further ado, I commend you to it.