It is your constitutional right to bear arms. It is also your choice to own a gun, but the battle in some states legislatures gives more people the opportunity than others. Idiots like Joseph Sean McVey sure don’t help the cause any.
In Chicago you can’t have a weapon in your home to defend yourself. How stupid is that? The Supreme Court is going to let us know as they debate the case. In contrast, in Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer has signed legislation allowing residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit. http://thestatecolumn.com/articles/04_22/california_arizona_oklahoma_pass_gun_laws_8394.php
Washington D.C. Vote, which suffered a setback this week when the voting rights bill stalled in Congress, publicly called on President Obama today to state he will veto any legislation that includes provisions to roll back the city’s gun control laws. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2010/04/dc_vote_obama_should_veto_any.html
In 2008, a 5-4 ruling specifically struck down a ban on handguns in Washington, D.C. The court ruled that the District of Columbia’s 32-year-old ban on handguns is incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. http://cbs2chicago.com/local/supreme.court.handguns.2.757471.html
The Obama Administration has signed laws allowing guns in national parks, and we know the President himself is well protected by gun toting security.
North Carolina has a permitting system that requires training and criminal background checks, Ohio also has a waiting period and a background check requirement. Over the weekend-
A 23-year-old Ohio man carrying a handgun was arrested near the runway as President Obama was leaving Asheville, NC. Joseph Sean McVey pulled his car by the gate and was listening to a police scanner, just as Air Force One was taxiing. The officer and Secret Service agents asked for McVey’s identification and when they ran his driver’s license number through a computer it did not come back as valid, according to the case summary.
When the officer asked what he was doing, McVey stated “he heard the president was in town. He stated he wanted to see the president,” according to a case summaryhttp://www.alan.com/
He heard the President was in town, but not his town?
His car was equipped with clear LED law enforcement-style strobe lights in the front and rear dash, Smith said. The car also had a mounted digital camera in the front window, four large antennas on the trunk lid, and under the steering wheel was a working siren box. Smith said McVey was not in law enforcement.
When McVey got out of the car, he was listening to a handheld scanner and radio that had a remote earpiece, Smith said. Police said he was monitoring local agencies and had formulas for rifle scopes on a note in his cup holder. Police did not immediately elaborate on what the formulas might mean and Smith was not available to comment late Sunday. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/25/joseph-mcvey-a…
Showing up to see the President carrying a gun in a souped up car with rifle mounts is just stupid. Score one for security. Eventually we we hear where he got his gun. So who is this idiot Joseph Sean McVey ?
Joseph Sean McVey Social Media background:
A variety of social networking and personal websites also show that Joseph Sean McVey is a HAM radio enthusiast.
On policelink.monster.com, McVey wrote that his hobbies include “shooting, fishing, hunting, piano, trumpet (and) voice.”
McVey, a resident of Coshocton, Ohio, graduated from West Liberty University in July 2009, according to a website he created listing himself as a sound engineer. The school has about 2,600 students and is located about an hour southwest of Pittsburgh.
He majored in music technology, according to his Myspace profile, which also lists him as a HAM radio operator with the call sign K8JSM. According to a post by McVey on qrz.com, a HAM radio-oriented website, he goes by his middle name, Sean.
On Sunday, an Asheville airport police officer noticed large antennas on McVey’s vehicle as he sat near an airport runway.
“Generally my antennas sit at the bottom of the rear windshield, on the front lip of my trunk, and this provides for some directionality towards the front of the vehicle,” McVey wrote on qrz.com. “This enables me to help increase signal strength when necessary.”
McVey’s sites indicate he may be a member of SKYWARN, a National Weather Service program that calls on citizens to report severe weather.
On Friday, he posted two “tweets” from Limestone, N.C., on his Twitter account. Limestone is a small town about 25 minutes south of Asheville.
McVey posted three tweets additional tweets before he was arrested, the last, which he posted on Saturday, citing a CNN warning of tornado watches in multiple states.http://twitter.com/jseanmcvey
His Xanga profile page, last updated in 2006, lists his birthday as April 16, 1987.
In 2007, McVey posted a blog on his Myspace profile that said he got a job working “as IntelliTarget Marketing. (Verifying addresses on magazine subscriptions and, soon, political ‘advertising’ for the One Million Republicans, a new Republican group postered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay).”
Other blogs describe girl troubles and his frustrations surrounding his efforts to become a good pianist. He hasn’t posted a new blog since 2008.
His Facebook page, which the Citizen-Times had limited access to, lists him as a fan of Asheville and, separately, as a fan of downtown Asheville.
His website is http://jseanmcvey.com/
On his YouTube account, McVey has favorited more than 100 videos, including multiple law enforcement-related videos and one that allegedly shows U.S. soldiers accidentally killing civilians in Iraq.
None of the sites examined by the Citizen-Times included any mention of President Barack Obama. Some background info provided from http://www.democraticunderground.com/
Don’t you wonder what your social media background says about you? Have you googled yourself lately?
Responsible citizens are not criminals. Not running background checks on people is negligent, only a mere inconvenience for the privilege.
It is a right to own a firearm under law. It is the person’s responsibility to act accordingly and be a law-abiding citizen. It is choice or a decision that a person has to make whether he or she gets behind the wheel intoxicated or decides to go on a “rampage.” It is this great country that gives a citizen the resources, rights and opportunity to succeed and feel protected of their freedom. It is the choice of a citizen to follow the laws. When the majority of society becomes uncivil and unethical with their resources and decisions is when everyone will be in danger. http://www.dailytargum.com/opinions/gun-ownership-law-properly-protects-citizens-rights-1.2233714
McVey, obviously made the wrong choice.
Steve Lee – writer and performer of the infamous song “I Like Guns” – swung by for a tour of NRA headquarters last week. While there, he was good enough to sit down and play an acoustic version of his YouTube hit for the cameras. Spliced into the mix are shots of Steve & his wife Tracey’s tour, his time at the range, and meeting some of the folks at the office. via The NRA Blog http://www.nrablog.com/post/2010/04/26/Steve-Lee-Unplugged-I-Like-Guns.aspx.
I like guns, but not in the wrong hands.
On the recommended reading list- Ted Nugent’s Ted, White & Blue. http://www.amazon.com/Ted-White-Blue-Nugent-Manifesto/dp/1596985550
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