In between calling for an end to a ‘discriminatory ban on bisexual blood donors’ and condemning the Israeli boycott, Mike Honda wants to put you in prison for ten years for having body armor. He demands school libraries remove all online filters of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender websites, so that schoolchildren can access them. This article will introduce you to this real piece of work, since you’ve probably never heard of him.
U.S. Congressman Mike Honda was first elected to Congress in 2000 after serving four years in the California State Assembly. He is “Chairman of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus” and also serves on the ‘Anti-Semitism Task Force,’ Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, 3D Printing Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Co-Chair of the ‘Peace and Security Taskforce,’ and is Vice Chair of the “LGBT Equality Caucus.”
On his ‘Meet Mike’ page, Honda boasts “I currently serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. I am privileged to represent a civically engaged community of Jewish Americans, a community I have always been close to. Jewish Americans have enriched our society and contributed to the economic and cultural vitality of our nation… My community has benefited greatly from the contributions and innovation of Jewish Americans.”
He introduced a ‘Homemade Firearms Accountability Act’ to ‘respond to the growing black market for homemade firearms, as have led to the seizure of large stockpiles of illegal weapons’ and is freaked out about ‘the emergence of additive manufacturing (3D printing) to produce firearms.’ His ‘Climate Change Education Act’ seeks to” broaden the understanding of human-induced climate change.” Honda supports all kind of hate crime laws and he even wrote an open letter to Rand Paul recently, praising Obama’s executive orders. “The incarceration of US citizens of Japanese origin, including me and my family, was a misuse of executive order. As someone who was a victim of Executive Order 9066, I can say without hesitation that Roosevelt was wrong. It was a misuse of power. President Obama is using this power correctly – President Roosevelt did not.”
Honda talks a lot about the fact that he was imprisoned in a Japanese American internment camp as a child during WWII. “I was born in California, but spent my early childhood with my family in a Japanese American internment camp in Colorado during World War II.We were in and out of the camp for four years. Between the ages of one and almost five, I lived at Camp Amache, a Japanese-American internment camp in southeast Colorado during World War II, ironic given my father’s service in the US Military Intelligence Service. One of the first lessons I learned was that being Japanese carried a negative connotation in America. My parents raised me talking about the injustices of camp, how it was a violation of the Constitution, and how Japanese Americans had been mistreated. I’ve since followed in their footsteps by advocating for social justice and publically serving communities that do not have a voice. The reason we were sent to camp is because no one in Washington said no. I’m here in Congress to make sure that never happens again to any community in America.”
Honda’s bill H.R. 5344 otherwise known as the ‘Responsible Body Armor Possession Act,’ mandates a 10 year imprisonment for anyone who buys or possesses body armor. The bill’s goal is “To prohibit the purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians.”
In a press release issued when he introduced the bill, Honda stated that the act “bans the sale and possession of new enhanced body armor. The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act of 2014, which allows law enforcement to respond to active shooters more effectively. It accomplishes this by prohibiting the sale, purchase, use, or possession of enhanced military-grade body armor by anyone who is not a member of law enforcement, active duty military, or other authorized users. There is no reason this type of armor, which is designed for warfare, should be available in our communities except for those who need it, like law enforcement. There’s nothing more dangerous than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can do. This bill is common-sense and long overdue.” The bill is supported by countless Sheriff departments and District attorneys, who chimed in with support of Honda.
In February of this year, Honda voiced vehment opposition to the Israeli boycott: “Opposing the American Studies Association’s Academic Boycott of Israel- Open scholarly exchange is essential to academic freedom; unfortunately, the academic boycott of Israel initiated by the American Studies Association restricts this freedom. To stifle freedom of dialogue and collaboration, and to do so by singling out a country’s academic institutions because of their government policies, is simply wrong and short-sighted. As an educator of over 30 years, I believe education is a civil and human right. That is why I strongly oppose ASA’s misguided decision to blacklist Israeli universities and academic institutions.”
In 2007, Honda parroted the lie that Iran wants to “wipe Israel off the map.”: “Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a dire threat to the stability of the Middle East, and Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s irresponsible (and often anti-Semitic) comments are unacceptable. His speech about “wiping Israel off the map” was particularly reprehensible. I am also very concerned about reports about Iranian support for terrorist activities in Iraq and elsewhere. I have cosponsored several resolutions and letters condemning Ahmadinejad’s comments, and have supported sanctions against the Iranian government.
Three months ago Honda “Urged the FCC to End Discriminatory Blocking of Online LGBT Resources,” “asking them to ensure that online filtering software used at federally funded schools and libraries does not prevent access to sites with important resources for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (LGBT).”
In September of this year, Honda urged California Governor Jerry Brown to Sign Homemade Guns BIll
“Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) sent a letter to California Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown urging him to sign SB 808, which would make guns manufactured or assembled in a home subject to the same regulations and safeguards already in place for firearm purchases. California bill mirrors Congressman’s own legislation. In the letter, Congressman Honda writes, “Now, more than ever before, unregistered, untraceable firearms are easier to produce at home by unlicensed individuals due to the increasing popularity of unfinished receivers and the emergence of additive manufacturing technologies. Firearms that are produced at home feed into a black market that allows criminals and dangerous individuals to access weapons that our system of state and federal background checks and registration is designed to keep away.”The letter continues, “The State of California has seen firsthand the impact of unregulated firearms in Stockton, CA, where just this year three people were killed, including two suspects, after a bank robbery that involved the use of a homemade AK-47 assault rifle. Also, in June of last year, John Zawahri assembled his own firearm, after being denied gun purchase through traditional channels due to mental health issues, and went on a shooting rampage that ended with the death of five people in Santa Monica.” Last week, Congressman Honda introduced the Homemade Firearms Accountability Act, which mirrors the provisions within SB 808, and ensures that the regulations and safeguards already in place for firearms purchases also apply to self-assembled or home-manufactured firearms.”
In September Honda also introduced the ‘Homemade Firearms Accountability Act,’ claiming it ‘Closes Gun Loophole’.
“The laws should be the same for the gun you buy and the gun you make,” Congressman Honda said. “Our system of background checks and registrations are in place to ensure public safety. There’s absolutely no reason these checks and registrations should apply to guns made by a licensed manufacturer, but not apply to other, equally dangerous, weapons.” In addition, this legislation responds to the growing black market for homemade firearms, as seen in recent federal investigations and raids that have led to the seizure of large stockpiles of illegal weapons.Gun safety experts point to the growing popularity of incomplete lower receivers, which are easily purchased and converted into functioning firearms, and the emergence of additive manufacturing (3D printing) to produce firearms, as two major factors that have led to concerns about the increasing supply of untraceable firearms in circulation. Firearms that are homemade are currently not required to bear serial numbers or unique markings, making them impossible to trace back to perpetrators when used in the commission of a crime. There are also currently no federal background check requirements in place, such as those that apply to firearms purchases, to keep homemade firearms out of the hands of prohibited persons. This bill has been introduced with Representatives Henry Waxman, Karen Bass, Eric Swalwell, Barbara Lee, Alan Lowenthal, John Conyers, Jan Schakowsky, Raul Grijalva, and David Cicilline.”
He Calls for Zero-Tolerance Policy Against Domestic Violence in NFL, joining “20 women Senators in calling for a strict, zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence in the National Football League.”
He Advocates For End to Discriminatory Ban on Gay and Bisexual Blood Donors “calling on the FDA to end the lifetime ban that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood.” The federal government has, using outdated science, effectively banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood,” Congressman Honda said at the press conference. “The current ban turns away many willing and worthy donors, and helps perpetuate decades-old stereotypes about gay and bisexual men.”
In April he Celebrated Earth Day with Introduction of Climate Change Education Act of 2014 : “To recognize Earth Day, and improve people’s knowledge of the risks of climate change, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) has introduced the Climate Change Education Act of 2014 (H.R. 4461). This bill is an update of the Global Warming Education Act that the Congressman first introduced in 2007. The Climate Change Education Act will create a Climate Change Education Program in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,” Congressman Honda said. “This program will broaden the understanding of human-induced climate change, the possible long- and short-term consequences, and potential solutions. The program will promote education about national strategies for resilience to the effects of climate change, including extreme weather events and rising sea levels, to make sure our infrastructure is safe and reliable. The latest scientific and technological discoveries will be implemented to provide formal and informal learning opportunities to people of all ages… The informed decisions of individuals will have a significant impact on the reduction of greenhouse gases and resilience strategies for climate change. Understanding is the key.”
He has praised “Historic Hate Crimes Legislation Signed Into Law By President Obama: “This important legislation deters hate crimes by expanding federal protections and giving state and local law enforcement the tools to prosecute hate crimes based on disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. I have long been a friend and an ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and I am committed to the cause of equality. Americans understand that hate crimes have no place in our nation. All Americans have a right to feel safe in their community. It is important to note, that this bill does not limit First Amendment rights of free speech and religious expression. The bill only applies to bias-motivated crimes of violence and does not impinge upon freedom of speech or religious expression in any way. This bill is about violent physical crime. It is not about and does not prohibit thought, speech or expression protected by the First Amendment. This bill is supported by more than 300 groups, including the Anti-Defamation League.”
Honda Urged President Obama to Address Violence Against Religious Minorities: “On December 27th, a man was murdered by a woman who pushed him in the path of a moving subway train in Queens, NY. The woman told police: “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims since 2001 when they put down the Twin Towers.” Similarly, the Jewish community continues to experience hate crimes at an alarming rate. On August 26th of last year, a student at Michigan State University was brutally assaulted after being asked if he was Jewish.”
On 11/24/14, Honda issued a Statement on Rand Paul’s Reference to Japanese American Internment.
“Rand Paul’s comments comparing President Obama’s executive order on Immigration with President Roosevelt’s executive order that imprisoned thousands of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II could not be more misguided. At best, he is confused. At worst, he is just wrong. President Roosevelt’s action was based on racism, fear, hysteria, war, and the lack of real political leadership. He succumbed to political pressure to deny Constitutional protections to 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of who were US-born citizens. President Obama, on the other hand, through his commitment to immigration reform and American values, is using his Executive Order to include, not exclude, people. He is working to keep intact immigrant families who play by the rules, not exclude undocumented parents and other DACA eligible individuals. The incarceration of US citizens of Japanese origin, including me and my family, was a misuse of executive order. As someone who was a victim of Executive Order 9066, I can say without hesitation that Roosevelt was wrong. It was a misuse of power. President Obama’s order is an appropriate use of executive order because Congress did not do its job. Every President has the Constitutional right to use Executive Orders. What Senator Paul fails to say, recognize, or admit to, is the motive and outcome of the use of this power. President Obama is using this power correctly – President Roosevelt did not.”
Honda’s “my-accomplishments” page says “As a Japanese American formerly interned in a Colorado camp, I found federal funding for the preservation and restoration of historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were interned during World War II. Along these lines, I authored congressional legislation, both of which were passed by Congress, 1) calling on government of Japan to apologize to World War II sex slaves known, and 2) honoring soldiers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent who served in the Civil War.”
His Meet Mike page explains, “Though I was born in Walnut Grove, California, I spent my early childhood in a Japanese American internment camp in Colorado. It was there that I experienced first-hand the injustices that many minorities face in the United States. Even though my family and I were law-abiding citizens of this country, we were treated like enemies of the public solely because we were of Japanese descent. When I returned to California in 1953, I attended Andrew P. Hill High School and eventually graduated from San José High Academy. While attending college at San José State, I heard President Kennedy’s call for young Americans, like myself, to serve their country, and I joined the Peace Corps. As a volunteer in El Salvador, I spent two years building schools, constructing bridges and roads, and providing vaccinations to children. My Peace Corps experience sparked my lifelong passion for teaching and education. After completing my B.S. in Biological Sciences and Spanish and my Masters in Education, I became a science teacher, working my way up to becoming the principal of two schools and conducting research at Stanford University.” Who-i-am page states “I was born in California, but spent my early childhood with my family in a Japanese American internment camp in Colorado during World War II. My father served in the Military Intelligence Service, while my mother served as a fulltime homemaker. My family returned to California in 1953, becoming strawberry sharecroppers in San José’s Blossom Valley. My wife, Jeanne, was a teacher at Baldwin Elementary School in San Jose before her passing in 2004. My son, Mark, is an aerospace engineer and Michelle, my daughter, is a public health educator in San Jose with three young boys. I remember the Japanese-American internment camp through my parents’ stories. We were in and out of the camp for four years. Between the ages of one and almost five, I lived at Camp Amache, a Japanese-American internment camp in southeast Colorado during World War II, ironic given my father’s service in the US Military Intelligence Service. One of the first lessons I learned was that being Japanese carried a negative connotation in America. My parents raised me talking about the injustices of camp, how it was a violation of the Constitution, and how Japanese Americans had been mistreated. I’ve since followed in their footsteps by advocating for social justice and publically serving communities that do not have a voice. The reason we were sent to camp is because no one in Washington said no. I’m here in Congress to make sure that never happens again to any community in America.
Honda’s Press Contact is: Ken Scudder, Communications Director email@example.com (202) 225-2631
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