GunFreedomRadio EP371 America, More Armed Than Ever with Mark Walters
Our guest today is Mark Walters. Mark is the syndicated host of two national radio programs, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters.
Mark's voice can be heard on over 200 radio stations in hundreds of cities 6 days a week across America.
He is the co-author of of three critically acclaimed books, Lessons from Armed America, Lessons from Unarmed America, and Grilling While Armed. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
1) Where did this passion to discuss our Constitutional Protections come from for you? It seems more personal to you than it does the average person - where does that come from?
2) You have the unique position, after the years of talking to others who spend their lives working to protect the 2A, of seeing where we have been, and where we are...what outlook or forecast do you see for the trajectory of our Rights?
3) There is an important court case in process as we speak. The State of MD is working on a Rifle Ban but 25 other states are pushing back on it...Let’s unpack this.
- The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today expressed their sincere gratitude to the Attorneys General in 25 states for joining an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting their challenge to a Maryland gun ban law and urging the high court to hear the case.
- the 37-page amicus brief is loaded with strong legal arguments supporting the Maryland case, known as Bianchi et.al. v. Frosh. The Attorneys General are led by Arizona AG Mark Brnovich and West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey. They are joined by their colleagues in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
- All four of this Court's Second Amendment precedents on arms bans—Heller, McDonald, Caetano, and Miller—eschewed means-ends balancing. This Court's approach has always been categorial.
- The rifles at issue here are "in common use," as lower courts have acknowledged. "Common use" is not determined by how often a gun is fired in self-defense. "Common use" encompasses all lawful uses, including hunting and self-defense. Arms bans do not become constitutional if they slice protected classes of arms into smaller subclasses. Dick Heller's 9-shot .22 caliber revolver was not particularly common, but handguns are very common.
- Maryland Attorney General Frosh initially waived his right to file a response to the petition, but on January 14 the Supreme Court called for a response. The Court granted Frosh (and consequently his amici) an extension of time for the response, which is due March 14.
Source Article: https://reason.com/volokh/2022..../02/11/maryland-rifl
4) You like to say that more gun owners does not automatically equal more people engaged in protecting our Constitution. What CAN we do to wake people up and welcome them into Advocacy?
5) You will be one of our speakers for the 9th Annual Celebrate & Protect the 2nd Amendment Rally Event at the AZ State Capitol Building on Saturday, February 19th from 10:am – 2:pm.
Why is it important for you to fly all the way from GA to AZ to talk about the same thing you discuss from the comfort of your studio every day?