[UPDATE: Post title originally indicated that the Senate passed the bill; the Senate has not yet passed the bill as of the time of publishing.]
Senate Bill 2394 was passed by the House on March 27th to allow concealed carry of a gun in “a purse, bag, handbag, satchel or other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case” without a concealed carry permit. The Senate is expected to approve the bill and Gov. Bryant has already said he would sign it into law.
Rep. Andy Gipson, who helped kill a bill earlier in the session misleadingly advertised as “constitutional carry” (SB 2618), reiterated his commitment to meaningful 2nd Amendment legislation and added the language to SB 2394. Originally intended to reduce the fees for concealed carry permits, SB 2394 would also exempt active-duty military and service-disabled veterans from concealed carry permit fees. A concealed carry permit would still be required for reciprocity with other states.
Senate Bill 2619 also passed the House and would exempt active military, veterans, and retired law enforcement from the training requirements to obtain enhanced carry permits. It also seeks to nullify any federal ammunition bans like the recent bans considered by the BATFE.
Both SB 2394 and 2619 must be approved by the Senate before going to the Governor.
A U.S. Navy chaplain has been reassigned from his duties at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, SC while he awaits action that could remove him from the military. His offense? Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder expressed his Biblically held beliefs on homosexuality and pre-marital sex.
Michael Berry, Modder’s attorney, stated, “Chaplain Modder does not dispute that during private, one-on-one pastoral care and counseling sessions, he expressed his sincerely held religious belief that: sexual acts outside of marriage are contrary to Biblical teaching; and homosexual behavior is contrary to Biblical teaching; and homosexual orientation or temptation, as distinct from conduct, is not sin,” Berry said.
Modder stated, “[The military] want[s] a chaplain to accommodate policy that contradicts Scripture.”
The 19-year veteran also said, “Many Americans may be shocked to discover how much military culture has changed over the past few years. . . This new generation is very secular and very open sexually. The values that the military once held – just like the Boy Scouts of America – are changing. The culture wants this. Culture is colliding with truth. That’s at the heart of this.”
The 114th U.S. Congress started earlier this month following a wild 2014 midterm election. The following websites capture those 2014 election results in various formats and perspectives:
2014 Election results by Congressional District (Courtesy of the New York Times).
The Associated Press declared Sen. Thad Cochran the victor in Mississippi’s heated Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate. With 99.9% of precincts reporting, Cochran led with 50.8% of the vote and just over 6,000 more votes than Chris McDaniel. The June 24th runoff was truly remarkable with more than 60,000 votes being cast than in the June 3rd Primary (in an off-year election, no less).
CNN reported, “Cochran’s backers turned to Democrats, especially African-Americans, who make up 37% of the state’s population.” Breitbart added, “[A]allegations flew that Cochran allies were using ‘walking around money’ to incentivize Democrats to the polls. Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole, for instance, said Cochran operatives were paying people in the black community to donate to Cochran.” Such reports may inspire a McDaniel challenge since anyone who voted in the June 3rd Democrat Primary are ineligible to vote in the Republican runoff in accordance with state law (Mississippi Code § 23-15-575).
In accordance with Mississippi Code § 23-15-599, the Republican Party must certify the primary election vote by July 4th (within 10 Days of the election).
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In George Orwell’s 1945 allegorical novel, two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, lead a revolt against Mr. Jones to take-over the farm which they rename “Animal Farm.” While attempting to establish a utopia they think humans failed to create for them, Snowball and Napoleon establish the Seven Commandments of Animalism with the 7th and most important being “All animals are equal.”
In the subsequent struggles for power, the pigs take-over and Napoleon runs-off Snowball and declares himself the leader. Over the years, the pigs began to resemble the humans they once detested and the seven commandments are ultimately reduced to a single phrase, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
Our nation’s obsession with civil rights is beginning to make some special interests groups more equal than others. The current debate in Arizona over the right of a baker to refuse service to a person with whom he disagrees illustrates this.
If a merchant refuses service on personal, religious convictions, it is considered offensive, bigoted, and unlawful:
However, if a gay person refuses service to another based on a difference in beliefs, it’s considered heroic:
As long as you are in the preferred group, your “rights” trump others’ rights. Because in 21st Century America, every one is equal–some are just more equal than others.
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