Monday, March 25, 2013

Second Amendment - #4454 - Senate Votes to Stop U.S. from Joining UN Arms Trade Treaty - American Thinker (2) Wayne LaPierre Batters David Gregory:' Why Doesn't NBC News' Report that Chicago Ranks 'Dead Last' in Federal Gun Law Enforcement? - The Blaze (3) Health Insurers Warn on Premiums - Wall Street Journal (4) Sequester: FAA to Close 149 Air Traffic Towers That All Have This One Thing in Common - The Blaze

Senate Votes to Stop US from Joining UN Arms Treaty - American Thinker - In the last batch of amendment votes to the budget, the Senate voted on several foreign policy proposals. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote. Republicans have been critical of President Obama's decision to consider the treaty, although Obama has said he would not vote for anything that would violate the Second Amendment. The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty would regulate international arms sales. Negotiations end on March 28. "We're negotiating a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms," Inhofe said. "This is probably the last time this year that you'll be able to vote for your Second Amendment rights." Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) offered an alternative amendment that clarified that under current U.S. law, treaties don't trump the Constitution and that the United States should not agree to any arms treaty that violates the Second Amendment rights. His amendment passed by voice vote. Read more.......

(2) Wayne LaPierre Batters David Gregory: 'Why Doesn't NBC News' Report that Chicago Ranks 'Dead Last' in Federal Gun Law Enforcement? - The Blaze -  National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre on Sunday ripped the national media for not reporting that Chicago, suffering from an epidemic of gun violence, ranks “dead last” in enforcement of federal gun laws. “Let me hold up a mirror right now to the whole national news media and the White House,” LaPierre said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Citing new 2012 data from Syracuse University, LaPierre said that out of 90 jurisdictions, Chicago ranks last. “Why doesn’t NBC News start with ‘shocking news on Chicago, of all the jurisdictions in the country, Chicago is dead last in the enforcement of federal gun laws’?” he demanded. “Why don’t the national press corps, when they’re sitting down there with Jay Carney and the president and the vice president, why don’t they say, ‘Why is Chicago dead last in enforcement of the gun laws against gangs with guns, felons with guns, drugs dealers with guns? Read more...........

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(3) Health Insurers Warn on Premiums - Wall Street Journal - Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation's biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans. The projections, made in sessions with brokers and agents, provide some of the most concrete evidence yet of how much insurance companies might increase prices when major provisions of the law kick in next year—a subject of rigorous debate. The projected increases are at odds with what the Obama Administration says consumers should be expecting overall in terms of cost. The Department of Health and Human Services says that the law will "make health-care coverage more affordable and accessible," pointing to a 2009 analysis by the Congressional Budget Office that says average individual premiums, on an apples-to-apples basis, would be lower.......In a private presentation to brokers late last month, UnitedHealth Group Inc., UNH -1.10% the nation's largest carrier, said premiums for some consumers buying their own plans could go up as much as 116%, and small-business rates as much as 25% to 50%. The company said the estimates were driven in part by growing medical costs not directly tied to the law. It also cited the law's requirements that health status not affect rates and that plans include certain minimum benefits and limits to out-of-pocket charges, among other things.  Read more........

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(4) Sequester: FAA to Close 149 Air Traffic Towers That All Have This One Thing in Common - The Blaze -The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday released a list of 149 non-fed staffed air traffic control towers that it will close due to budget cuts stemming from sequestration. The 149 air traffic facilities slated to begin closing on April 7 are all staffed by contract employees who are not FAA employees. There were 65 other facilities staffed by FAA employees on the preliminary list of towers that could be closed. A final decision on their closure will require further review, the FAA said. Airport directors, pilots, and others in the aviation sector have argued that stripping away an extra layer of safety during the most critical stages of flight will elevate risks and at the very least slow years of progress that made the U.S. aviation network the safest in the world. Opponents of the closures are also warning of possible disruptions to medical transport flights and flight schools training the next generation of pilots.  Read more.......

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