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Frank Miniter: 2nd Amendment not ‘moot’ — this is what Supreme Court got wrong on NYC gun law

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Anyone who cherishes their freedom must be shaking their fists at the U.S. Supreme Court right now for ruling Monday that New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. New York City is “moot.”

This was the first significant Second Amendment case the high court had heard in a decade. Instead of handing down a ruling, a majority of justices took the dodge New York City’s lawyers offered them: They declared that the gun-control laws in question had already been changed by the city and state of New York, and therefore the challenge is made irrelevant.

Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent to this decision is sharp. It begins: “By incorrectly dismissing this case as moot, the court permits our docket to be manipulated in a way that should not be countenanced. Twelve years ago in District of Columbia v. Heller … we held that the Second Amendment protects the right of ordinary Americans to keep and bear arms. Two years later, our decision in McDonald v. Chicago … established that this right is fully applicable to the states.

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“Since then, the lower courts have decided numerous cases involving Second Amendment challenges to a variety of federal, state and local laws. Most have failed. We have been asked to review many of these decisions, but until this case, we denied all such requests.”

The justices acted despite the “friend-of-the-court” brief last fall in which five U.S. senators, all Democrats, threatened the U.S. Supreme Court by writing: “The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’ Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.”

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The issue behind this case’s central complaint was that New York City’s police commissioner forbade most licensed gun owners (those with “premises permits”) from taking their guns to ranges and second homes outside city limits.

After the U.S. Supreme Court accepted this case, New York City repealed this rule, though it gave itself a lot of discretion in how to apply it; for example, it’s unclear whether individuals, when traveling out of the city with a licensed gun, can even stop to fill their gas tank.

Now, the high court has punted this case back to lower courts. Incredibly, they are doing this at a time when some lower courts have been all but disregarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s previous landmark Second Amendment decisions — District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010).

Alito argues that the central part of this case, New York City’s “premises license,” is still very much a live constitutional issue.

In a concurring opinion to this decision, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, said as much: “I share Justice Alito’s concern that some federal and state courts may not be properly applying Heller and McDonald. The court should address that issue soon, perhaps in one of the several Second Amendment cases with petitions for certiorari now pending before the court.”

Alito argues that the central part of this case, New York City’s “premises license,” is still very much a live constitutional issue. He shows this by outlining what a New York City resident must endure to hopefully receive a premises license enabling them to shoot at a range, not to carry concealed.

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First of all, the New York City Police Department will only issue a premises license to someone the bureaucracy thinks has a “good moral character.” Then, New York City “residents must submit their applications in-person at One Police Plaza in Manhattan. An applicant must pay a fee of $431.50,” writes Justice Alito.

In this lengthy process, an applicant must undergo a police investigation and provide detailed information on past employment, criminal history, health questions and more. The gauntlet goes on and on in a bureaucratic pummeling that the city can use to deny an applicant for any whim or asserted rationale whatsoever.

“The NYPD may revoke a premises license at any time, including for such things as laminating the license. And a license expires after three years, so a licensee who wants to continue to possess a gun in the home after that time must file a renewal application,” writes Alito.

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Clearly, New York City is not treating the Second Amendment as a right that’s specifically protected by the U.S. Bill of Rights. The city is treating it as a legal privilege they can restrict or outright take away whenever and however it likes.

That, by itself, is an affront to the Supreme Court’s Heller and McDonald decisions, yet the justices called it “moot.”

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Frank Miniter: Mitt Romney acts like a child in using a fake name on Twitter to secretly criticize Trump

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When he was running for president, now-Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, billed himself as a CEO who could save America. Now we find out he has been using a secret Twitter account under the name “Pierre Delecto” to defend himself and criticize President Trump. This isn’t how a bold, mature CEO with a vision to save America behaves.

If Romney believes this age needs a Cato figure – the Roman statesman who wouldn’t submit to Julius Caesar – he has once again shown he doesn’t have the guts for the role.

This is unfortunate, as this is an age in which we need men and women of character to stand up and clearly articulate what they find to be true — not to childishly hide behind pseudonyms on social media or to secretly leak documents or pretend to be whistleblowers.

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This is what I advise in my new book “The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide to the Workplace.” Mature, straightforward reasoning is the best antidote to mainstream media spin and political correctness.

Being maturely honest is also, despite popular notions to the contrary, the best way to succeed in business and in life. People naturally respect a strong, compassionate, open-minded and prudent person.

What’s even more interesting about Romney, however, is that an honest analysis shows he is likely still full of loathing for Trump because Trump is succeeding as America’s CEO — something Romney wanted to do, but ended up weak-kneed in the red zone.

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After all, the facts show that as CEO of the USA President Trump has done pretty well for his shareholders. He has delivered record-low unemployment, energy independence, remarkable deregulation, significant tax cuts, moderate judges, a restored military, a robust defense of the Bill of Rights, and incredible improvements to trade deals on the way (if congressional Democrats will only do what’s best for America).

Nevertheless, Trump is hated by the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, nearly half of the members of the Senate and by many prominent former government employees (including some from the intelligence community who are now TV pundits).

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Moreover, de facto bipartisan opposition has prevented other reforms Trump promised and that shareholders (us) demanded — most especially, the repeal of ObamaCare, enforcement of our border laws, the enactment of the renegotiated trade deals, budget cuts and an infrastructure deal.

Still, Trump has not only accomplished far more than his critics, he has exhibited far more openness than his political and media opponents, whose record of dishonesty, propaganda and outright lying has been appalling.

Yes, openness. Trump is actually a president who tells people what he really thinks.

Despite his record of achievement, Trump is facing possible impeachment as CEO of America. Democrats and many in the media want him out because he is a threat to the Washington establishment and to the cushy deals that some of those who now work for the government enjoy.

Many on the left and in the Republican establishment will attack anyone for saying this about the Trump administration — even though they can’t refute the facts and figures of this economy.

Meanwhile, a few Republican insiders have quietly told me I was “brave” to include a lengthy interview with Donald Trump Jr. in my book. I find this worrying, because if we’re in a moment when it is bold, even brave, to publish an interview from the president’s eldest son, then a lot is rotten now in today’s culture.

Taking the rottenness out of today’s media and politics requires bold and honest stands from anyone who loves this great nation. This includes the men and women who identify with the right or the left in American politics; it includes those who hate Trump and those who adore Trump; and yes, it includes those who mostly like what he is doing, but maybe not so much what he says.

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In other words, as John Stuart Mill once wrote, it takes using our First Amendment to openly, honestly and peacefully determine what is best for all of us.

In sniping from a secret account, Romney joins former FBI Director James Comey (“Reinhold Niebuhr”) and former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., (“Carlos Danger”). That only adds to the deceit and spin.

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Frank Miniter: How should Trump deal with impeachment inquiry? Follow these 6 rules

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As the author of an action guide on how to navigate office wars, false accusations, political correctness in our workplaces – and yes, even political inquisitions – I see the attempt to impeach President Trump as an opportunity for Trump to turn the Democrats’ rash attack back on them.

But first, a word of caution to all who might take this advice in their own careers: This strong approach only works for those who are falsely or unfairly accused.

Trump needs to keep his head

The kind of political judo necessary here only works when, as Rudyard Kipling wrote in his great poem “If,” you “keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.”

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If Trump loses his temper in public, he loses. He needs to control himself. This doesn’t mean he shouldn’t show emotion. He should. He just needs to show self-control.

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The same, by the way, goes for anyone accused of transgressions in the workplace. Losing your cool will only appear to validate the accusations. If you are wrong, or, as so often happens, partially to blame, keeping your head in such a crisis will help you resolve the issue in the least detrimental way to your career possible.

The Trump administration needs to keep an honest accounting

Many people who are accused of workplace harassment or related issues simply believe that right – meaning their point of view – will prevail. Truth, justice and the American way, after all, is in our national DNA.

Good people also tend to believe how they see themselves is how others see them. As a result, people often go unprepared into meetings that can end their careers.

Conversely, those who are being harassed or otherwise treated unfairly in a workplace often fail to keep detailed records – voicemails, emails, written accounts, corroborating accounts – of the offenses.

In this case, Trump was accused of serious wrongdoing and Democrats moved for impeachment before they even had all the facts. Now the case is being tried in the court of public opinion as a prelude to a possible impeachment vote in the House of Representatives.

The Democrats have labeled President Trump a liar, but in an important way he is actually the most honest president we’ve ever had; after all, unlike so many politicians, he actually says what he really thinks.

The Trump administration has done a good job so far of undoing the spin by releasing records of what really happened. It needs to keep doing this.

Trump needs to transcend the hate

No one rose above hate better than President Ronald Reagan. The mainstream media were hardly his friend, but he was disarmingly polite and funny even with them.

Reagan was a strong gentleman. Trump is much more willing to muckrake than Reagan. Trump will call people names, he will fire people over Twitter and he often speaks in ways that can be spun and easily taken out of context.

Trump’s redeeming characteristic is that he does have charm. When at his best, Trump’s sense of humor can transcend the hate. This is a big reason why he won in 2016. It is something he needs to continue.

Trump needs to continue to be honest

The Democrats have labeled President Trump a liar, but in an important way he is actually the most honest president we’ve ever had; after all, unlike so many politicians, he actually says what he really thinks. He does this even if – and this must drive his staff crazy – what he thinks is evolving.

No president has spoken to reporters as openly as Trump. Trump needs to continue to do this. This approach is disarming and it enables Trump to speak outside the establishment media’s filters.

This honesty is also in glaring contrast to the spin, anger and political games Democrats are now trying to get away with. This is evident to all but the most extreme partisans on the left.

Trump needs to keep his sense of humor

A sense of humor in a tense and accusatory situation is very disarming and it shows confidence. Trump has done this before; for example, when on the debate stage in 2016, Trump was asked about some derogatory things he’d said about particular women. Trump busted in to say, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” The audience laughed and the attack fell flat.

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Trump needs to speak directly to the American people

People who are falsely accused should be careful about distancing themselves too much from those who might stand in judgment of them; this includes, in Trump’s case, the American public.

Rivals will often try to dehumanize their opponents, as it makes it much easier for them to fit that person into a certain category.

It might be too soon for President Trump to give a talk from the Oval Office on the impeachment attempt against him, but it is not too soon for him to do media interviews. President Trump arguably won the presidency by using social media to speak directly to voters. He is using Twitter effectively now. He also needs to give more Fox News interviews.

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Although a gentleman should ideally be composed and stoic in the face of adversity, there is a time when they must use rhetoric effectively. This is advice is so true it is ancient; for example, read Cicero’s “Philippics”– the fiery speeches Cicero gave as he fought Mark Antony for the future of the Roman Republic. You’ll see that sometimes a statesman or a citizen must loudly proclaim what is true.

If President Trump does all of this, he’ll continue to see public sentiment shift his way. That may or may not stop the impeachment vote in the House, but it will turn this rash attack against the Democrats in 2020.

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Frank Miniter: To reduce gun violence, we need to do these things

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When he called the Republican-controlled Virginia Legislature to the state Capitol for a special session this week, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam wasn’t really attempting to make changes to the state’s gun laws that would have stopped the murderer who killed a dozen people in Virginia Beach in May.

In fact, despite his claims to the contrary, Northam was simply playing gun control politics. He was crassly using the deaths of victims to push the current national agenda of those who want to blame guns and law-abiding gun owners for the actions of criminals and the mentally ill.

The Republicans called Northam on this obviously political ploy. With their one-vote majorities in the state House of Delegates and Senate, they cut the special session short. It lasted only 90 minutes.

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Republican lawmakers wisely referred all of the gun control bills submitted to the special session of the Legislature to the bipartisan state Crime Commission. This will enable the proposals to be studied, so lawmakers can actually craft legislation that would help save lives.

By declining to vote on a long list of gun control proposals, Virginia legislators reminded us of what is really preventing America from coming together in a bipartisan way on this issue: Americans are divided between three wildly different gun cultures.

First, there is the freedom-loving, law-abiding, gun rights culture that upholds the responsible use of guns for hunting, sport and self-defense. This includes nearly all of the more than 100 million gun owners in America today. Over 5 million people who are part of this culture are members of the National Rifle Association, where I serve as editor in chief of the NRA’s magazine America’s 1st Freedom.

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Second, there is the criminal culture that thrives in spite of, or even because of, government attempts at restricting our constitutional right to bear arms.

And third, there is the part of the culture – including many members of the mainstream media – that is made up of people who have no experience with firearms, but who fear guns out of ignorance. This group often exhibits a complete unwillingness to even try to understand American freedom.

Worse still, this last group is actively blaming the gun rights segment of the American citizenry for the unlawful actions of the second part – the criminals and the mentally ill.

This sets the stage for the culture war now underway.

The most disturbing part of this issue is there are good solutions available, but the mainstream media have no interest in them, as they require us to focus on the actual problem – the criminal element in our society and the mentally ill.

The mainstream media, instead, are waging a political war. They want to win power for their preferred political party. They have little interest in doing honest reporting on gang violence and how we can make inner city communities safer.

They have little interest in devoting more resources to helping us find and treat the small percentage of mentally ill people who might do violent things. To the mainstream media, doing any of that would require us to focus on what they view as marginalized communities, many of which have high minority populations.

It is more politically expedient for them to instead blame people who largely don’t vote for Democrats and who mostly live outside of inner city communities where gang-related homicides are a serious problem.

The same can be said for focusing on the relatively few members of American society who are violent due to serious mental health issues. Those people can be hard to find and diagnose. It is much easier and more politically advantageous for the mainstream media to simply blame gun ownership.

Meanwhile, things that might have actually stopped the Virginia Beach murderer – at least before he killed a dozen people – require us to allow average citizens to utilize their constitutional right to bear arms.

To stop something as random as a person who doesn’t have a criminal record – yet suddenly and for unfathomable reasons decides to perform an evil act – people need their right to self-preservation, as granted to us by the Second Amendment of our Bill of Rights.

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Virginia’s political disagreement on this issue demonstrates what is happening nationally. Will we continue to waste resources, media time and more as we allow the mainstream media to unfairly blame America’s law-abiding gun owners for the actions of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill?

Criminals almost always use illegal guns to commit their crimes. This is hardly the fault of average gun owners in America or their guns. Criminals and a small percentage of the mentally ill are the cause. We need to focus our resources on the actual problem.

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Frank Miniter: How Joe Biden lost whatever chance he had

If Biden behaved a lot more like Pence he could have been the veteran and proven gentleman in the running. Instead, he’s an old has-been apologizing for his whiteness and gender.

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