Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013


Be certain to tune in (or set your DVR to record) Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. I will be debating same-sex marriage with Nicolle Wallace, former Communications Director for President George W. Bush. Wallace recently signed onto a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to declare traditional marriage laws unconstitutional. Click here for local air times. 

After the show airs, I hope you will take a moment to send a brief email to thanking Fox for having me on and encouraging them to invite me back for future segments. 

March For Marriage 

Next week the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases case seeking to redefine marriage. Once again the left is counting on unelected judges to impose its morality on society and invalidate the will of millions of Americans who have voted for state amendments to preserve normal marriage. Sadly, the court may exactly do that. 

Please join me in our nation's capital on Tuesday, March 26th for the March for Marriage. I am proud to co-sponsor the March for Marriage along with the National Organization for Marriage and other pro-family organizations. 

Please share this report with like-minded friends, family members and fellow worshippers, and encourage them to attend. Visit for handouts, talking points, a schedule of the day's events and more. 

Reid In Retreat 

It's been a rough week for Harry Reid. He took it on the chin -- and rightly so -- for suggesting that seven Marines who died tragically in a training exercise were killed by budget cuts. 

Then he tried to drop a top item on the left's legislative wish list -- a ban on so-called assault weapons. Gun-grabbing leftists everywhere erupted in howls of rage.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) accused Reid of "a major betrayal of trust." Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson wrote, "Shame on Harry Reid for killing any prospect of an assault weapons ban." 

During a CNN interview, Michael Moore ripped into Reid, saying, "If a man with an assault weapon goes into the school where Harry Reid's grandchildren [attend] and kills his grandchildren, would he stand in front of that microphone … and say, '…my grandchildren just got killed today but, you know, we can't get it passed because we don't have the votes.' Would he do that really? I don't think so." 

And the White House wasn't happy either. Vice President Joe Biden told NPR, "I have never found that it makes any sense to support something and declare that there is no possibility of it passing. …the president and I are going to continue to push and we haven't given up on it." 

Harry Reid appears to be in retreat. In a statement released last night, the Senate majority leader promised that the ban will get a vote. But whatever happens with it -- whether it is included in the full bill, gets a separate vote as an amendment, or is abandoned entirely -- many Americans are opposed to other aspects of this legislation. 

I have received several emails this week from folks who are deeply concerned about universal background checks. 

Background checks sound innocent enough. But what liberals are proposing could make it illegal for a father to give his son a gun. In many parts of the country, this is a rite of passage. In many families, hunting rifles and other firearms are treasured heirlooms, passed down from one generation to the next. If Senate liberals get their way, children would have to go to a gun store and apply for clearance before they receive a hunting rifle as a gift. 

Moreover, it's unlikely to accomplish anything beyond creating yet another burden for law-abiding citizens. According to FBI statistics, you are more likely to be strangled or kicked to death than be murdered with a rifle or a shotgun. And thugs don't bother with background checks!

So what's the point? As we see many governments around the world trampling on individual rights, and nervously watch our own government mandating insurance and restricting religious liberty, it is perfectly understandable why people would be concerned that universal background checks could easily serve as the first step toward registration and confiscation.