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    Congress Takes a Positive First Step to Address Overcriminalization

    On Tuesday, Congress took a definite step in the right direction toward addressing the serious problem of overcriminalization by announcing the creation of a bipartisan House Committee on the Judiciary Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013. The task force, which will be chaired by Representative James Sensenbrenner (R–WI), will consist of … More

    Enforcing Election Integrity in Mississippi

    The American Civil Rights Union’s (ACRU) Election Integrity Defense Project last Friday sued two Mississippi counties that have more registered voters than voting-eligible citizens. The ACRU, headed by former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and former Attorney General Edwin Meese, claims that the counties are not complying with Section … More

    Morning Bell: Senate Gun Control Bill Erodes Your Rights and Privacy

    Since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama and many in Congress have pushed a “do something” mentality on gun control. Heritage experts urged lawmakers to consider the host of complex factors that contribute to violent outbreaks and to steer away from untested ideas that would restrict the rights … More

    Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Bill: Undercover Busts of Innocents at Gun Shows

    One begins to wonder if Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) didn’t just take whatever verbiage Attorney General Eric Holder’s staff handed to them and put it in their gun control legislation without even reading it. The Schumer-Toomey-Manchin (STM) bill facilitates undercover sting operations at … More

    Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Bill: Feel Free to Run a Secret FBI Check on Job Applicants

    The gun control legislation proposed by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) lets firearms dealers secretly run government background checks on job applicants—a gross violation of privacy. Private-sector employers should not be able to use non-public government databases like the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background … More

    Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Bill: Cuts HIPAA Privacy for Mental Health Records

    American society has long recognized the importance of mental health and has encouraged those in need of mental health care to seek it. Effective provision of mental health services depends in important part upon open and honest communications between a patient and a psychotherapist. To encourage patient candor in the … More

    Reid’s Gun Control Bill Makes a Missing Firearm a Ticket to Five Years in Prison

    Under Senator Harry Reid’s (D-NV) gun control bill (S. 649), if somebody steals your firearm or you lose it, you can go to prison for up to five years if you have not reported the theft or loss to local police and to Attorney General Eric Holder within 24 hours. … More

    Loose Language in Reid’s Gun Control Bill Allows the Beginnings of a National Gun Registry

    As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) must know, Americans who own firearms have a special sensitivity to a “Big Brother” federal government that wants to keep centralized records on who owns what guns and where in America. Loose language in his gun control bill (S. 649) could start America … More

    Morning Bell: Senators Bring Stirring Filibuster Against Obama CIA Nominee

    “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important…” That was Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) … More

    Fast and Furious, Marijuana Legalization Still Worry Our Southern Neighbors

    Since November 6, President Obama has had little time to savor his electoral victory. The White House is in the throes of dealing with, among other issues, the aftershocks of Benghazi, the David Petraeus resignation, and the looming plunge off the fiscal cliff. While it may be too early to … More