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TESTIMONY – HB229 Defend the Guard

Starts at my testimony, rewind for entire bill hearing.

Thank you mister chair, and members of the committee. My name is Tom Mannion, I’m representing Hillsborough District 1, Pelham. I’m a Marine Corps infantry veteran that enlisted in 2004 to hunt down those responsible for 9/11. However, I didn’t even get the chance to do that. Like all service members, I went where I was told, even though I didn’t completely understand why. You’re going to hear counter arguments today, but take it from an enlisted grunt that has been knocked onto my ass into Iraqi dirt by a VBIED, there’s nothing that can convince me to continue sending our guardsmen into harm’s way without going through the correct process.

My first deployment to Iraq started in August of 2005. One of the guys in my platoon was from New Orleans and learned about Hurricane Katrina over a satellite phone call back home. He was raised by his grandmother, and she was alone during the catastrophe. We gave him our allotted sat phone time to make calls to neighbors and to make sure she got out safely. It wasn’t until years later I found out that the Louisiana National Guard was deployed to Iraq right around the same time we were. The Department of Defense sent active duty Marine Corps infantry battalions to help with Katrina, using warfighters to fulfill the mission objectives of search-and-rescue guardsmen. 

The motto of the National Guard is “Always Ready, Always There,” but the operations supporting unconstitutional wars prevents them from fulfilling this. Florida national guardsmen were training Ukrainian soldiers instead of helping with hurricane disaster relief, fires in Oregon were left to spread because their guard was in Afghanistan. Kentucky guardsmen were in Syria, protecting the interests of oil companies instead of aiding their neighbors back home when tornadoes devastated communities.

This committee was briefed by the Adjutant General just last week, where he said over 300 of our New Hampshire Guardsmen were deployed to the middle east right now. Imagine if we got smashed by a Nor’easter and needed those 300 soldiers here to assist our families and neighbors. They would not be there, instead they are off supporting an unconstitutional, undeclared war.

Another terrible consequence of these unending wars is the mental and emotional toll on our servicemembers. Again, as this committee was briefed last week, New Hampshire is one of the states with the highest suicide rate among veterans. This is a serious problem that we, in this legislature, can combat by passing HB229. Force Congress to do their Constitutional duty, to risk the ire of their constituents by voting for these nonsense wars that do nothing to protect us at home, before committing the lives of our guardsmen. These men and women signed up to defend us, the least we can do is vote OTP to show we are defending them.

I’m happy to answer your questions.

Representative Tom Mannion

Hillsborough 1 – Pelham

Hearing Alert: HB229 – Defend the Guard

I am a co-sponsor on House Bill 229, also known as the “Defend the Guard Act.” This bill will come before the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs committee for a public hearing January 20th.

WHATHB229 Hearing
WHENFriday, January 20, 10:00AM
WHERELegislative Office Building
Concord, NH
Room 206-208
COMMITTEEState-Federal Relations and Veteran’s Affairs

The purpose of this bill is to require Congress to formally declare war before New Hampshire will send its National Guardsmen to a conflict zone. It is simultaneously a life-saving measure, a state’s rights assertion, and a call on our representatives in DC to properly follow the Constitution and use the powers granted to them. More information on the many states filing this type of legislation, and FAQ’s can be found here: https://defendtheguard.us/

If you, or anyone you know, wishes to testify on behalf of this bill, please come out to the hearing, it is open to the public. Online testimony can also be submitted here, using the table above to populate the form. If you need help, reach out to me: tom@mannion4nh.com

Public testimony helps put names, faces, and stories to a bill and communicate to committee members the importance it has to constituents.

Nullification: HB1178 Passes

House Bill 1178 is off to the Governor’s desk to be signed, excellent work in nullifying Federal gun control measures within our state.

There is a pesky amendment that watered down the original intent, providing plausible excuse for New Hampshire law enforcement to back-door assist in unconstitutional firearm raids (under a different name) but I’ll immediately work on getting it removed.

Disinformation Governance Board

If we learned anything from Edward Snowden’s exposure of the NSA, the IRS’s political targeting of the Tea Party, and the FBI’s continued abuses, it’s that the Federal government is incapable of fairly exercising any power it is given. So when the Biden administration plans to create an Orwellian Ministry of Truth, you can rest assured it will not be leveraged with fairness, nor for the “greater good.” And if the PATRIOT Act is any kind of precedent, as soon as parties flip, the new bosses won’t be quick to dispose of the power. Some Republicans in Congress are attempting to dismantle this board, but there are also crickets from particular caucuses.

This is yet another reason why we need to be prepared, at the State level, to question Federal operations within New Hampshire. We must refuse personnel support and information request from this thoughtcrime bureau. We cannot be naïve to think the enforcement divisions of the Department of Homeland Security won’t be leveraged on behalf of the disinformation board. When elected, I will make it extremely painful, if not impossible, for this board to function within our State. I will template legislation after our 2nd Amendment sanctuary bill to protect our citizens from Big Brother Biden.

Federal L’s: Airline Mask Mandates Lifted

It took only hours for most of the major airlines to lift their mask requirements after US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of Florida ruled the CDC’s mandate illegal.

The silent majority is seen here, applauding, cheering, exclaiming “Finally!”

While it is time to rejoice, we should also remember that the airlines and even most passengers did not want the mask policy, evident clearly by the speed of the repeal by the airlines, and the jubilation across many an airplane cabin.

The CDC overstepped its bounds and leveraged the other Federal bureaus (DHS’s TSA, the FAA, and others) to enforce compliance. We need to remain vigilant of any kind of Federal overreach, and to protect New Hampshire’s freedom. The infringements come in the form of small mandates here and there, rules a lot of people will just put up with, but we shouldn’t budge one inch.

We need to take the last two years as a learning experience and prevent any overreach occurring within our state. I promise to do this once elected.

“Ghost Guns”

President Biden recently held a press conference where he conflated crime statistics of firearms without a serial number (filed off) with home-built firearms. Statistics for 3D-printed/milled firearms use in crime is often combined with run-of-the-mill stolen firearms with serial numbers illegally removed. So, as with all gun control arguments, the statistics are inaccurate and disingenuous —intentionally so.

We, as Americans, can manufacture firearms for self use. The ATF’s regulation for serializing only comes into effect when acting as a dealer of firearms. This country has a long, proud history of individuals constructing their own arms, including the revolutionaries that fought for our independence. Even should an ATF regulation come into place, I will oppose it.

Another misconception Biden often repeats is that “you couldn’t own a cannon” at the time of the Constitution’s ratification. This is untrue. Privateers owned entire battleship-equivalents of the era, equipped with several cannons.

Biden also likes to talk about recreation or hunting when mentioning what we “need” for ammunition, magazines, or feeding devices. The 2nd Amendment does not mention recreation, nor hunting. While both are valid uses for firearms that I support, the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is defense of oneself, from any threat, to include tyrannical government. It’s also pretty insulting to claim servicemembers are “bad shots” because they carry standard capacity magazines.

Joe “shoot the shotgun in the air out your front door” Biden will never have to defend his home or family as he will have Secret Service protection for the rest of his life. We do not have such a luxury. As such, I support HB 1178, and any future bills like it, which nullifies any Executive Order from his office, Federal legislation, or bureaucratic regulation that would restrict your right to buy or construct firearms, and carry magazines of any capacity you please.