Friday, March 08, 2013

Fri 8th Mar Todays News


Happy birthday and many happy returns Lucy Sun. Astronomical significance of the day .. Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion in 1618. And although the day will end, the promise of a new one is punctuated with a dawn. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
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The Bolt Report on Sunday

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(6:41pm)

On Channel 10 at 10am: have we been too mean to Gillard that she’s too scared to meet voters in the street?
Plus: meet the surprising new face of the Liberals that explains Labor’s woes out West.
On the panel: Amanda Vanstone and John Della Bosca.
And a little fact-checking of our biggest alarmist....

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Nutt quits

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(4:11pm)

Nice guy, apparently, but momentary carelessness and a lack of wise counsel ... 
TED Baillieu’s embattled chief of staff has resigned after a week of controversy that led to his former boss quitting as Victorian premier.

Tony Nutt has just tendered his resignation, leaving new Premier Denis Napthine having to find a new chief of staff.
Before standing down as leader, Mr Baillieu spectacularly referred Mr Nutt and Victorian Liberal director Damien Mantach to Victoria’s new crime-fighting body after it was revealed the Liberals covertly paid former adviser Tristan Weston $22,500. 
Denis Napthine is trying to give himself a clean start.

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A dull day for Tim tomorrow

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(1:33pm)

If I were Tim Mathieson, I wouldn’t buy tomorrow’s Australian.  Wouldn’t go see sport, either.

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No Crean, says Conroy

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(9:48am)

Simon Crean was the leader Labor should have picked last year so it could show it could govern calmly. Now the only option left is the sugar hit of Kevin Rudd.
But no, says Stephen Conroy, who has reportedly tried and failed to get Bill Shorten to stand: 
“Julia Gillard overwhelmingly won a vote last year for the leadership, she retains the majority support of the parliamentary Labor Party and she’ll take us to the next election,” Senator Conroy told ABC Radio in Melbourne.

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On with the motley

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(9:35am)

It seems Geoff Shaw did in effect sack the Premier, not the Liberal Government, which can carry on:
Frankston MP Geoff Shaw stunned his colleagues when he moved to the cross-benches, citing Mr Baillieu’s leadership as a reason.
But after Mr Baillieu quit as premier, Mr Shaw was quick to praise new Premier Denis Napthine.
“I think the new Premier will be perfect for Victoria,” Mr Shaw said.. 
UPDATE
There are two areas in which Baillieu did make a mark. His insistence that the Victorian government stand up to the costly and bullying behaviour of the construction unions is a real achievement.
There is now a new code of conduct governing the awarding of government construction work and a new regulatory authority.
The second area of which Baillieu can feel rightly proud is his resolve to stand up to Canberra on important matters of regulation, funding and control.
He refused to introduce the inferior federal Work Health and Safety Act, knowing that Victoria’s occupational health and safety laws better serve the state.
He fought, in partnership with his redoubtable Health Minister David Davis, the health funding cuts imposed by Canberra mid-year. He has refused simply to sign up to the Gillard government’s grand plans for national funding of education and the national disability insurance scheme, knowing full well that Victoria’s budgetary position is not well placed to meet significantly higher financial commitments. 
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Baillieu had a long list of problems to be fixed. Yet his only achievement – getting rid of the police chief – is looking more and more like an accident. His anti-corruption commission is toothless. Public transport is still poor. The Myki card rollout was a disaster. It also turned out that Victorians had been overpaying for water and Baillieu couldn’t work out that people might want their money back.
Political appointments under the Brumby government have been maintained, and some of those individuals have been promoted.
Baillieu fixed none of the problems he was elected to fix. He failed to stamp his authority on the public service and was unable to articulate why his government should remain in office. On present polling, the ALP will return to government at the next election. 
But back to that farewell speech, when those things dearest to Baillieu were given heartfelt voice. So what were the high points of his time in office, the things he valued most? Two items topped his list: the belief that multiculturalism is Victoria’s “greatest strength” and his abiding love for our local “arts community.” Apart from testifying to the pernicious influence of his party’s multi-cultists on the ex-Premier’s thinking, the former also explains why that affront to free speech, the state’s anti-villification statutes, survived party room efforts to scuttle them; likewise that lawyers’ picnic, the Human Rights Charter.

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Morrison turns defence into attack


A very impressive performance last night by Scott Morrison, the Opposition’s immigration spokesman. His media critics agree with each other that he’s bungled in calling for “behaviour protocols” for asylum seekers released on bridging visas, but faced with the man himself they can’t quite tease out why.
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Too many speech police for our safety

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(8:31am)

Earlier this week I argued the Australian Human Rights Commission - agitating for tougher controls on free speech - should be scrapped and its functions devolved to the many state commissions doing much the same anti-discrimination work.
Save money, preserve our freedoms.
Professor Patrick Parkinson now gives further evidence that a whole layer of “anti discrimination” bossiness could be removed for little cost and much gain.
He says the Gillard Government’s proposed Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill isn’t just an appalling attack on free speech but massive and oppressive duplication:
The proposed law contained 18 different grounds on which someone could complain of discrimination and sue in court if mediation failed. In addition, the Fair Work Act 2008 provides that an employer must not take adverse action against an employee or prospective employee “because of the person’s race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin”. The states and territories have comprehensive anti-discrimination laws as well. Tasmania has 20 different grounds on which you can sue for discrimination.
No one in government seems to have asked whether we actually need all these laws and why the federal parliament and the states have to compete in demonstrating who is more committed to “equality”.
Read it all. Parkinson is surely right about the bill’s astonishingly impertinent attempt to control the free speech of most of us: 
Hitherto, federal anti-discrimination laws mainly prohibited discrimination by persons possessing responsibility, authority or power in areas such as employment and education. The draft bill ...did not just apply to the normal domains of paid employment, education and the provision of goods and services but to membership of and the activities of clubs and associations. That even included informal groups gathering for social and literary purposes… The bill also applied to “participation in sporting activities (including umpiring, coaching and administration)” and to voluntary and unpaid work. Neighbours who help one another are volunteers. Stay-at-home mothers do unpaid work.
The sheer arrogance of Labor wanting to give officials such power over what we say and do. It is utterly disgraceful.

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How the ABC pushes the NBN, another taxpayer-funded monster

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(8:13am)

Telecom consultant Kevin Morgan is not the first to fact-check Nick Ross, the ABC’s in-house propagandist of the Gillard Government’s NBN:
Under the heading “politics” in his January 23 blog on the ABC technology website, Ross makes no bones about his objective: “With it being election year, there is a great deal to be done in informing the public about the current NBN policy and the consequences of ditching it in favour of a Coalition alternative.”
There we have it, an ABC employee sees absolutely nothing wrong in using the ABC website to sell government policy at the expense of the Coalition objectivity. And factual accuracy can go begging given Ross’s mission.
Read it all and marvel.
UPDATE
How utterly ironic. Communications Minister Steve Conroy, who has proposed tough new controls on journalists and bloggerspunished media critics , had an inquiry set loose against conservatives and sceptics and agitated against Channel 10 showing my program has this morning complained on the ABC that the ABC has disciplined Ross.
AN ABC journalist has been disciplined by the broadcaster’s management over concerns that his online posts about the National Broadband Network failed to meet its “standards of objective journalism”.
You’d laugh if you weren’t throwing up at such hypocrisy.
If Conroy thinks Ross should be free to propagandise to the Coalition’s advantage - and on the public’s dime - he should be just as adamant that the rest of us be free to speak our minds, too.
UPDATE
Nick Ross denies: 
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If that’s campaigning, go back to governing

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(7:59am)

Apart from the fact this trip was doomed from the start, the conduct of it ensured more bad publicity. Her office seemed to be terrified that the Prime Minister might meet an ordinary citizen in an unscripted circumstance. Here she was, staying next door to one of the largest registered clubs in Australia, and she sought to avoid it like the plague…
She could find time for a dinner with the mummy bloggers who seem increasingly influential but she failed to do the obvious. Particularly for a Labor leader, the chance to dine in the bistro with ordinary punters you would have thought would be one not to miss. An $8 chicken schnitzel with the mob while sipping a cool beer would seem to be a no-brainer. Not for our Julia, though… Sure, she avoided the inevitable ugly confrontation, but she left voters believing that she thought she was above them or that they who had put her in her job in the first place were too dangerous to be trusted.
Then there is the mad, unfocussed spending of money Labor doesn’t actually have: 
Not only will Gillard and Wayne Swan have to find $15 billion worth of cuts just to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Gonski reforms, Gillard announces another billion or two almost every day. She kicked off her week in the west with a huge promise to raise the height of Warragamba Dam. Within hours of the promise being made it became apparent that she expected the state government to pay for almost all of it and in any event the cost of the exercise had been significantly underestimated.
The problem for her is that the promises come and go so quickly. Virtually no one believes her, so within 24 hours of a promise being made the press drops off and what was supposed to lift Labor’s flagging heartland vote disappears as well.

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Gillard pays her AWU dues with employers’ money

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(7:41am)

Julia Gillard pays her union dues to keep the union support she desperately needs to save her job. How the AWU will be pleased with the woman it helped to install - and how pleased, too, with Shorten, its former secretary:
Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten yesterday briefed employers and union leaders on the proposed changes to the Fair Work Act that address a series of long-standing union demands.
Sources said the changes meant that unions would be able to secure arbitration of their long-running dispute with bionic ear-maker Cochlear, which has spent six years refusing to strike a deal with unions.
Employers accused the government of trying to re-impose “compulsory arbitration” on companies ...
Unions would also benefit from increased right-of-entry provisions that will allow them to meet employees in their lunchroom during meal breaks.
The proposal has been fiercely resisted by resource employers who assert non-unionists should be allowed to take their meal breaks without potentially being harassed.
UPDATE
Er, wait. The Age says the opposite:
Union officials face limits on the number of visits they can make to factories and worksites under the latest changes by the Gillard government to the Fair Work Act.
Although there’s this important caveat:
It is believed the changes will also give unions greater rights as to where they can meet workers.

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Swan slimes Costello for a diversion

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(7:23am)

Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan wants an inquiry into potential conflicts of interest stemming from Peter Costello’s ownership of a lobbyist firm and his role overseeing an audit of Queensland’s finances.
Mr Costello is chairman of Queensland’s Commission of Audit, which has recommended that the Queensland government privatise its energy sector and outsource government services, including health.
Mr Costello’s private company ECG (Espstein Costello Gazard) Advisory Solutions has, at the same time as the audit, been registered as a lobbyist for energy company SP AusNet, Primary Health Care, ASG Group and Serco Asia Pacific. All could potentially benefit from the recommendations of the audit report.
Costello is merely offering advice. It is the Government which decides whether to accept it - whether to sell assets and to whom, through independent bodies. That is where questions of any conflict of interest properly arise.
Costello’s former client list may indeed seem an invitation to criticism and jeering. But demands for inquiries are absurd and an exercise in vindictive, partisan politics:
The Brisbane Times news website is reporting the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) has received a complaint that Mr Costello’s report could benefit some of his clients as a lobbyist.
What low rent politics, especially given this: 
On Thursday ECG Advisory rejected claims that it represented companies that could benefit from recommendations of its chairman and co-owner, Mr Costello.
The company said: ‘’ECG has no current business relationship with SP AusNet, Primary Health Care or ASG. These relationships concluded before the audit made its 28 February, 2013, recommendations. Serco is represented in Queensland by another firm.’’

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Attacking legal workers to excuse letting in welfare cases

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(6:58am)

Is this confirmation that Julia Gillard’s attack on temporary workers - invited here to do needed work Australians can’t do - is just to divert anger at her having lured tens of thousands of boat people who come here without passports and claim welfare (in most instances) for at least the next five years
JULIA Gillard is facing dissent in the cabinet and caucus over her attack on 457 visa rorts…
Internal fears are being raised, including by some Gillard supporters, that the move has subjected Labor to claims of xenophobia and failed to ease anger in western Sydney over the influx of asylum-seekers. 
Dennis Shanahan says that’s sure how many Labor MPs, including Gillard’s own supporters, see this disgraceful diversion:
There is a widespread view Gillard’s inflated criticism of the 457 visa program is not directed at a policy outcome; undermines Labor’s economic management; is code for “doing something” about the intractable public concerns about illegal boat arrivals and asylum-seekers’ release into the community; is not having a positive political impact in western Sydney where there are lots of “foreign workers”; is damaging our attempts to sell the Asian Century; and is only being done to shore up the PM’s personal support among key union blocs ahead of the last parliamentary sitting before the budget…
The suggestion of a “crack-down” is a diversion from the fact the 457 visa program has hit record levels under the Gillard government… Australia needs 457 visa workers, it’s a great pathway to immigration and vast sectors of our community services will collapse without them.
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Let’s compare.
The vast majority of boat people say they are from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka, and these are exactly the refugees most likely to be unemployed and living on welfare, even after five years [according to an immigration Department report].
Just 9 per cent of Afghan adults have a job and 94 per cent receive benefits… It’s the same story among Iranian adults, just 12 per cent of whom work. Sri Lankans have a better employment rate—34 per cent...
This class of visa allows businesses to bring in skilled workers temporarily where no local workers can be found…
Sixty-five per cent of all people who received a 457 visa in the last six months are either managers or professionals… Their average 457 salary is $90,000 a year.
UPDATE
THE Italian company that has the $300 million contract to manufacture and supply the ribbon fibre-optic cable for the National Broadband Network says production would have stalled if it weren’t for skilled workers on 457 visas…
A spokesman for Prysmian Group Australia ... said the technology was so niche the company needed workers on 457 visas…
The NBN Co uses four “prime” contractors that manage the rollout across all states and territories. A senior source within one of these companies said his firm did employ workers on 457 visas…
Experts said they believed a number of the companies contracted to help build the NBN had or continued to employ workers on 457 visas, often doing highly skilled work.

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McClelland says he authorised Zygier briefings

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(6:47am)

As Julia Gillard acknowledged for the first time shortcomings in the way ASIO and the Department of Foreign Affairs had handled the matter, [former attorney-general Robert] McClelland defended his former agency, saying ASIO had acted appropriately throughout.
Mr McClelland said ASIO briefed him on the case shortly after Zygier’s arrest in January 2010… Mr McClelland would not discuss the content of the briefing.
“But what I can say is that I had recommended to me the course of action that ASIO proposed to take—to brief relevant agencies, departments and officials,” Mr McClelland told The Australian. “A course of action I approved and thought was appropriate.”
Mr McClelland said those he authorised briefings for were named in the review compiled by DFAT and released by Foreign Minister Bob Carr on Wednesday. They included then prime minister Kevin Rudd’s foreign policy and intelligence adviser, Phillip Green; national security adviser Duncan Lewis; DFAT secretary Dennis Richardson; and ASIS chief Nick Warner.
Frances Adamson, the chief-of-staff to then foreign minister Stephen Smith, was briefed verbally. Yesterday, a spokesman for Mr Smith said he had no recollection of being briefed on the case.
Ms Adamson also had no recollection of being briefed.
Hmm. Good on McClelland for pushing the responsibility back up to where it seems to belong.

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Greens propose another tax on your savings

Andrew BoltMARCH082013(6:27am)

The Greens never saw a profit earned by someone else that it they didn’t want for their own big-spending schemes.
In this case, they don’t understand that the $11 billion they’d like to claw from the banks is money the banks will have to pass on to borrowers or to gouge from savers if they want to stay safe and sound: 
A mining tax-style levy would be imposed on the big four banks under a radical Greens policy to make banks surrender a slice of their earnings in exchange for protection from insolvency…
The policy would mean a 20 basis point - or 0.2 per cent - levy, on all bank assets above $100 billion and would thus apply exclusively to ANZ, NAB, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank, which among them have loan books worth $1000 billion.

Deputy Greens leader and banking spokesman, Adam Bandt, said the plan had been fully costed by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office which found it would raise $11 billion over four years. 
Which, of course, makes this a tax on the savers and investors of this country, to flow to the coffers of the Greens wasters and splurgers. 

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Merci beaucoup an die fabelhaften Labèque Schwestern!
Hier ihre Zugaben des Abends:

1.) Leonard Bernstein: Jet Song from West Side Story
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Member for Higgins - Kelly O'Dwyer - Thank you Tony for helping us celebrate International Women's Day in Higgins this morning.
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LABOR’S FAILURES EXPOSED

One of the great myth’s that Labor are spinning is their claim of how well Australia has done since the GFC under Labor’s management.

Their story goes, that if only the USA had of copied Labor’s brilliant policies of economic management (e.g Pink Batts scheme, paying for over-price school halls, and free money give-aways, and a carbon tax) that USA would have recovered quicker.

That claim is completely blown out of the water by what has happened to Australia’s stock market, in comparison to the stock market in USA.

Overnight the Dow Jones Index in the US closed at a record high of 14,253.77 — it’s now recovered ALL its losses when the Global Financial Crisis hit in late 2007 (when the index stood at 14,254)

However, in Australia the All Ordinaries Index is currently around 5,100 which is around 1,700 points (25%) BELOW its record high before the Global Financial Crisis.

So while the US market has recovered all its losses since the GFC, the Australia market is still has to increase by a third to get back to pre-GFC levels.

(See the attached graph – the red line is the US Dow Jones Index – the Green line is the Australian All Ords)

The numbers don’t lie - under Labor’s economic management and policies - Australia is being left behind.

But really what do you expect when dopes like Swan/Gillard/Rudd/Combet impose the world's largest Carbon Tax on Australian businesses.

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Gillard at Rooty Hill?
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My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.—Ps 89:34

God will do as He has promised you in His Word. And to set your heart at ease, He bound Himself to a covenant with you. This covenant He cut with your representative, Jesus, at Calvary.

So rest easy in the knowledge that you have a covenant-keeping God who CANNOT break His covenant or go back on His promises. Simply trust in His faithfulness and walk in all your inheritance in Christ.
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BIRTH ORDER OF CHILDREN

1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your doctor confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
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Preparing for the Birth:

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.
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The Layette:

1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?
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Worries:

1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
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Dummy:

1st baby: If the dummy falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the dummy falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.
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Nappies:

1st baby: You change your baby's nappy every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their nappy every two to three hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their nappy before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.
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Activities:

1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
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Going Out:

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.
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At Home:

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.
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Swallowing Coins:

1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd child: When third child swallows a coin, you deduct it from his pocket money.
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Pass this on to everyone you know who has children. . . Or everyone who KNOWS someone
who has had children .
(The older the mother, the funnier this is!)

GRANDCHILDREN:
GOD's reward for allowing your children to live!

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It's hard to believe it's been almost three months since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Images of the innocent children and the grief-stricken families mourning the loss of 20 students and 6 adults still haunt Karen and me today.
All of us are heart-broken.
All of us want to find out how this could have happened.
All of us want to put an end to these mass shootings.
Sadly, President Obama and liberals in Washington are using this tragedy as a way to further their gun control agenda and infringe upon our Second Amendment rights.
In our effort to find a solution to stop these mass shootings, we must not lose sight of the primary goal:  to keep our children safe and give families in America the peace of mind they deserve. We must do this in a way that preserves our freedom to protect ourselves; a freedom enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
We can't forget the Second Amendment is there to protect the First Amendment.  We don't need more gun laws.  We don't need "feel good" changes to the current laws.  We simply need to enforce current laws.
Of all the gun-control measures under consideration, I'm most concerned about the "universal background check." The Obama administration and advocates of this proposal say it would close loopholes. But an Obama administration memo obtained by the NRA said for such a background check to be successful, a database of private guns sales would need to be created.  In other words -- a national gun registry. This would be a gross invasion of privacy, as we saw recently when names and addresses of law-abiding gun owners were made public.
We can't wait another day to let Congress know that Americans are united in the protection of our Second Amendment rights and against "universal background checks!"
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