Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"He said the constitution guaranteed the right to bear arms, and persons have the right to arm themselves...."

   Bitterly assailing what in police circles is called "the third degree," Senator A.O. Stanley, Democrat, of Kentucky, intimated to the District of Columbia committee of the Senate that he proposes to offer a bill prohibiting this police method of obtaining confessions of guilt. The power of the police is often violated by them, he said, and numerous cases of the kind have been brought to his attention. He said these methods are especially high-handed. usually when the man they have in their power is poor and without influence.

   Senator Stanley also voted as a member of the committee against a "gun-toting" bill for the District of Columbia. He said the constitution guaranteed the right to bear arms, and persons have the right to arm themselves under certain circumstances.

[The Bourbon News, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, Tuesday, December 19, 1922. Volume XLII Pg. 6]
* - Augustus Owsley Stanley I, (May 21, 1867 – Aug. 12, 1958), was a politician from the US state of Kentucky. A Democrat, he served as the 38th Governor of Kentucky and also represented the state in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. From 1903 to 1915, Stanley represented Kentucky's 2nd congressional district in the House of Representatives, where he gained a reputation as a progressive reformer. Beginning in 1904, he called for an antitrust investigation of the American Tobacco Company, claiming they were a monopoly that drove down prices for the tobacco farmers of his district. As a result of his investigation, the Supreme Court of the United States broke up the American Tobacco Company in 1911. Stanley also chaired a committee that conducted an antitrust investigation of U.S. Steel, which brought him national acclaim. Many of his ideas were incorporated into the Clayton Antitrust Act.

During an unsuccessful senatorial bid in 1914, Stanley assumed an anti-prohibition stance. This issue would dominate his political career for more than a decade and put him at odds with J. C. W. Beckham, the leader of the pro-temperance faction of the state's Democratic Party. In 1915, Stanley ran for governor, defeating his close friend Edwin P. Morrow by just over 400 votes. It was the closest gubernatorial race in the state's history. Historian Lowell H. Harrison called Stanley's administration the apex of the Progressive Era in Kentucky. Among the reforms adopted during his tenure were a state antitrust law, a campaign finance reform law, and a workman's compensation law. In 1918, Stanley was chosen as the Democratic nominee to succeed the recently deceased senator Ollie M. James. Stanley was elected, but did not resign as governor to take the seat until May 1919 and accomplished little in his single term. He lost his re-election bid to Frederic M. Sackett in the 1924 Republican landslide and never again held elected office. He died in Washington, D. C. on August 12, 1958.
   Not bad, for a democrat, eh? Although I'll dispute the Senators claim that "persons have the right to arm themselves under certain circumstances." And contend that We The People have a right to keep and bear arms under ALL "circumstances". As well as the fact that the right "shall NOT be infringed" upon.

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