McDaniel: Second Amendment An Individual Right

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Liberals will never tire in attempting to erode the Constitutional rights of gun owners.

Gun-control advocates complain that the founding fathers never intended firearms to go unregulated, invoking arguments made by United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer — a dissenter in the 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller, a Supreme Court decision which overturned a Washington, D.C. handgun ban.

As part of his dissent in Heller, Breyer argued that Madison only drafted the Second Amendment because some feared that Congress would call up the state militias and nationalize them. Madison only proposed the amendment, he maintained, to appease skeptics and to “get this document ratified.” [Read more…]

McDaniel: HB 1523 Doesn’t Choose Sides in Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage

By Senator Chris McDaniel

As an initial matter, we are all sinners, and I love you all nevertheless. I am here only by the grace of God, ashamed of my own shortcomings, and not in judgment of anyone. But HB 1523 doesn’t address sin. It doesn’t judge. And it doesn’t choose sides in the ongoing cultural debate over homosexual marriage.|

Anyone who claims HB 1523 is discriminatory is not being sincere. [Read more…]

Mississippi Bill Would Set Stage to Nullify Some Presidential Executive Orders

Tenth Amendment Center, February 9, 2016

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JACKSON, Miss. (Feb. 9, 2016) – A Mississippi bill would set the stage to nullify some presidential executive orders and Department of Justice directives to state and local law enforcement agencies.

Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville) introduced Senate Bill 2084 (SB2084) on Jan. 26. The legislation would prohibit state agencies, political subdivisions and their employees from utilizing personnel or resources to “enforce, administer or cooperate with an executive order issued by the President of the United States that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the United States Constitution.” [Read more…]

McDaniel: Trump’s Position on Eminent Domain is Troubling

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Donald Trump has proven to be a political game changer.  His willingness to take on the establishment is inspiring.  Along with millions of others, he has garnered my attention.  He endorsed me in my race for Senate, and I remain grateful for his support.eminent-domain

But his continued insistence on defending the abusive use of eminent domain should concern all who value the Constitution.

In writing this, I know I stand to offend many of my supporters.  But I write this for them.  My oath is to the Constitution, so remaining silent in the face of its violation would be an indictment against everything we have fought to achieve.  Even if it hurts me politically, I must defend it and our civil liberties, or else I become what we have struggled to vanquish. [Read more…]

McDaniel: The Supreme Court: Lawlessness in the Name of Love

By Senator Chris McDaniel

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Five robed Justices of the United States Supreme Court can jolt a nation as surely as anything can. And last week they did just that with two rulings that border on the absurd.

In what are truly troubling decisions, the Court determined that unenumerated federal Obamacare subsidies are, in fact, existent and also constitutional. A majority of the Court then held that gays can get married in any state they choose despite state law. [Read more…]

The Supreme Court: Last Among Equals

Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

With the recent decisions by US Supreme Court, we are once again presented with a constitutional question that has been around as long as the Constitution: Which branch of government rightfully has the exclusive authority to interpret the Constitution and the laws of the United States?

Most contend that the power resides with the Supreme Court, including many conservatives, as a recent exchange between Megyn Kelly and Mike Huckabee will attest.  Kenneth Starr has even referred to the Supreme Court as a “First Among Equals,” and while I have great respect for him, he is simply wrong in this regard. [Read more…]

Senator Chris McDaniel Releases Statement Regarding Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling

Senator Chris McDaniel today released the following statement regarding the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage:

“Five unelected lawyers have, once again, ignored the democratic process.

Regardless of how one may feel about gay marriage, it cannot be plausibly maintained that it is a “fundamental” American liberty, and wishful thinking does not make it so. Otherwise, every state at the time of the 14th Amendment’s adoption would not have limited marriage to one man and one woman, without doubting the constitutionality of such actions.

Justice Scalia put it best in his dissent when he wrote that the court’s “practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”

The Supreme Court is not a legislature. Under the Constitution, the federal judiciary only has the power to say what the law is, not what it should be.

The “right” announced today by this court has absolutely no basis in the Constitution. Nor does it have any basis in the common law. Consequently, it should have been left up to the respective states to decide the controversial issue of gay marriage.”

Chris McDaniel is an attorney, conservative commentator and was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He has represented the 42nd District, which encompasses part of South Mississippi, since 2008. He resides with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi. Find him on Twitter: @SenatorMcDaniel and on Facebook.