Guns and the Second Amendment

We hear every day about shootings and if you believe the press, crime is going up. But this isn’t true. Crime has been, (view Here) steadily declining, (view Here) for the past 12 years. The fact that the media hypes up the incident to the max, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc. to build ratings, makes you wonder if there really is any news happening outside this one event. And brother, do they beat those dead horses to DEATH! They would have us believe we aren’t safe in our own homes any more, and perhaps we aren’t, but it isn’t because of a lone gunman.

Those of homicidal tendency, those who are unstable, will seek out places to kill where they believe there are no other guns to stop them from getting as many as they can. And no amount of legislation is going to keep guns out of their hands. This is one reason why we should all look into purchasing and carrying guns. RESPONSIBLE gun ownership is the key. It isn’t good enough simply to have the gun, you need to know how to work with it, how much does it kick, etc. If you can’t handle the gun you have purchased, it won’t do you much good to use it. Someone else will simply take it away from you.

Those trying to enact laws that make it harder for gun ownership, to carry a gun, should be held up to scrutiny. WHY don’t they want us to have these guns? Especially given the fact that our 2nd Amendment rights say we should ALL be armed and ready to defend ourselves and our property. It seems to me that were those on these campuses where violence has occurred, all armed, the outcome would have been very different.

Imagine yourself back in the old west in the 1800s. There was little violence then due to the fact that everyone was armed. Oh, I know, we have all the movies, etc. to tell us otherwise, but these just aren’t true. Imagine walking into a school building and drawing a gun. Chances are the teacher would draw one right back. There was little crime back then because EVERYONE carried a gun. Your chances of catching someone unprepared were slim, so why take the chance in the first place?

More states and schools are being allowed to have concealed weapons.

The Florida House has voted to affirm employee carrying of handguns on company property as long as the weapons are in the vehicle. This affirms the carrying of more than 500,000 employees.

In Oklahoma, their House voted to allow guns on campus.

Arizona is moving toward guns on campus.

Utah affirms concealed weapons on campus.

Colorado [Fort Collins] campus affirms concealed weapons.

It is my belief that crime in these areas as it relates to guns and gun violence will diminish. After all, if you could be walking into a place where everyone had a gun, wouldn’t you think twice about pulling yours out?

Most people misunderstand what the NRA, National Rifle Association, stands for. From the NRA website we have a list of benefits:

NRA Membership Benefits
These basic membership benefits are automatically included with your NRA Annual Membership or Life Membership, along with special members-only discounts and services.

An official NRA Membership ID card – showing your Membership ID number and expiration date or Life Member status. You should carry this card with you at all times.

With all regular memberships, you will get a choice of subscription to American Rifleman, American Hunter, or America’s 1st Freedom,

Junior members receive a subscription to Insights,

Annual members receive $5,000 of Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage at NO COST to you. The plan covers accidents at, or to and from, an NRA event; and accidents that occur during the use of firearms or hunting equipment while hunting. Insurance must be activated at time of renewal. (Does not include Junior membership.)

Life members receive $10,000 of Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage at NO COST to you. The plan covers accidents at, or to and from, an NRA event; and accidents that occur during the use of firearms or hunting equipment while hunting. Insurance must be activated at time of upgrade to Life member status

Law Enforcement Officers, that are NRA members, killed in the line of duty will have $25,000 in coverage.

$1,000 of ArmsCare coverage with your NRA membership. This plan covers insured firearms, air guns, bows and arrows against theft, accidental loss, and damage. For special provisions and limitations of the ArmsCare Plan click here. ArmsCare

For purposes of insurance, NRA members must be current active members of the NRA whose name appears on the NRA membership list.

New and Enhanced insurance coverages through the NRA Endorsed Insurance Programs. Enroll on-line for Life, Health and Accident and Individual Property and Liability insurance or call Toll free 1-877-NRA-3006 (1-877-672-3006.) New Commercial Property Liability Insurance Program for NRA Affiliated Clubs and Business Alliance Members, visit on-line or call Toll Free 1-877-487-5407.

The most important benefit of NRA membership, however, is the defense of your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. NRA-ILA tracks the issues and alerts members about legislation involving firearms and hunting at the federal, state and local levels of government. Successful legislative action begins with you — the individual member. For information regarding legislative action or to become an ILA grassroots volunteer, call 1-800-392-8683.

The NRA is there to support, educate, and inform you of laws being enacted for or against guns and your ability to carry them. Check out their website for more information.

With our Constitutional Rights being made swiss cheese of, it is important to support and hold onto, those Rights remaining to us. Congress and the White House have betrayed us all. Now it is time for We the People to know our rights, to take affirmative actions to protect and defend ourselves.

In looking for laws enacted to ban automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons I found this:

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FEBRUARY 13, 2007
Mrs. MCCARTHY of New York
introduced the following bill; which was
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To reauthorize the assault weapons ban, and for other purposes.

1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2007’’

SEC. 2. REINSTATEMENT FOR 10 YEARS OF REPEALED CRIMINAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICES hmoore on PROD1PC68 with HMBILLS

10 (a) REINSTATEMENT OF PROVISIONS WHOLLY REPEALED.—Paragraphs (30) and (31) of section 921(a),

21 subsections (v) and (w) and Appendix A of section 922, 2 and the last 2 sentences of section 923(i) of title 18 United States Code, as in effect just before the repeal made by section 110105(2) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, are hereby enacted into law.

7 (b) REINSTATEMENT OF PROVISIONS PARTIALLY REPEALED.—Section 924 of title 18, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subsection (a)(1), by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:

‘(B) knowingly violates subsection (a)(4), (f),(k), (r), (v), or (w) of section 922;’’; and in subsection (c)(1)(B), by striking clause (i) and inserting the following:‘‘(i) is a short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, or semiautomatic assault weapon, the person shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years; or’’.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 921(a)(30) of title 18, 22 United States Code, as added by section 2(a) of this Act, is amended to read as follows: hmoore on PROD1PC68 with HMBILLS

The term ‘semiautomatic assault weapon’ means any of the following:

‘‘(A) The following rifles or copies or duplicates hereof: ‘‘(i) AK, AKM, AKS, AK–47, AK–74, ARM, MAK90, Misr, NHM 90, NHM 91, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR; ‘‘(ii) AR–10; ‘‘(iii) AR–15, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite M15, or Olympic Arms PCR; ‘‘(iv) AR70;
‘(v) Calico Liberty; ‘‘(vi) Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or Dragunov SVU; ‘‘(vii) Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, or FNC;
‘‘(viii) Hi-Point Carbine; ‘‘(ix) HK–91, HK–93, HK–94, or HK–PSG–1 ‘‘(x) Kel-Tec Sub Rifle; ‘‘(xi) M1 Carbine; ‘‘(xii) Saiga;
‘‘(xiii) SAR–8, SAR–4800; ‘‘(xiv) SKS with a fixed or detachable magazine; ‘‘(xv) SLG 95; hmoore on PROD1PC68 with HMBILLS
‘‘(xvi) SLR 95 or 96; ‘‘(xvii) Steyr AUG;

•HR 1022 IH

Since a gun is not a person there is no ability to defend the guns against the laws being enacted. However, these laws apply only to the guns, not the owners of the guns. So while the states and Congress may state they are illegal I believe that this could be challenged.

Now we all know about the Brady bill, that’s the one where they are trying to take away our guns in order to reduce the risk of crimes being committed by criminals. The problem is, if you take guns out of the hands of Citizens, the only people left with guns are the criminals and the police/military. The police are under NO obligation to protect us. Do a google search and you will see. So here is an interesting article I came across. Actually the link was sent to me by a friend who knew I was doing this piece from the American Daily:

There’s No Such Thing As Sensible Gun Laws
By John Longenecker (12/02/06)

This caught my eye this morning: Paul Helmke’s anti-liberty rant Guns and Governing, on The Huffington Post, December 1, 2006. Helmke is head of The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. Here is my response, December 1, 2006.

First of all, very first of all, when it comes to guns, there is no governing to be, with the exception of protection of the Bill of Rights. Since the right to bear arms is absolute, there is no governing over it. there can be only protection; you protect the rights of the people on that and that’s your oath. Simple. Anything else is an attack.

Refusal to understand this not only reflects a poor understanding of the law and practical values in America, but reveals a hidden agenda to overthrow us all. All of us, not just those who support rights, but all of us. That would include Mr. Helmke, himself, unless he wishes to own a gun secretly.

In fact, if any anti-gun activist owns positively any sort of weapon in the home for self-defense “ I don’t care if it’s a baseball bat! If he/she supports self-defense and the use of up to lethal force. Or, don’t they realize what they’re saying and doing? Most anti-gun nuts do in fact own weapons. Right, Rosie? N’cest pa, Dianne?

The second amendment isn’t about guns, it’s about personal sovereignty and the use of force to back it up.

Anti-gun activists, therefore, are to be discredited utterly.

In three itemized issues, Helmke lays out mention of straw purchases, political clout of the gun rights lobbies versus election wins, and he mentions gun violence.

The first two arguments are themselves straw arguments, since straw purchases are way exaggerated as many, many writers have pointed out in the past in detail, and since the election wins and losses are not gun rights based, but far, far more based on republican disappointments, border control issues and size-of-government issues. Every voter knows it. It is silly to write that republicans lost because they listen to the NRA when voters (readers) know darned good and well their own minds and why they didn’t vote republican this time around.

The third argument got my attention: Gun Violence.

Again, there is the call for sensible gun laws, but in fact there is no such thing as a sensible gun law. Could there be such a thing as sensible censorship? The only sensible gun law exists purely as a civil right, and it is absolute. If you want sensible gun laws, try no one under eighteen owns a gun, felons don’t own a gun, and non-citizens don’t own a gun, and then, repeal all gun laws. Now, that’s sensible.

Here is my analysis as Mr. Helmke’s piece summons of me.

The Second Amendment was made absolute and impervious to due process for a reason. The Founding Fathers knew very well what they did not want any more of “ no more over-reach, no more abuses of powers, no more warrants without local supervision (jury) and more “ and just as certainly as the fact that they ratified it all, they knew that it all had to be backed by force forever. That force is in the hands of the People, individuals like you and me, and it is this sovereign authority that cannot be infringed. It is being infringed various different ways. It is your authority which is being infringed. Remember that gun control is attacking not guns, and it’s not attacking violence; it is attacking individual sovereign authority which is backed by lawful force.

In many ways, Americans are being bluffed out of their sovereignty.

Attacks on guns are attacks on personal sovereignty to undermine the power of the People to remain in control over the country: gun control is an attack to wrest that control from the people in an immense transfer of authority, convincing people or coercing people out of it. Remove the lawful force of the people, and the rest can simply be taken unopposed.

Many laws toward that goal come in the form of anti-crime measures, so that little by little, the people surrender “ Americans cooperate “ in handing over what they think will help fight crime. Americans will do a lot and put up with a lot if they believe it will help.

It;s a scam, a trap. Because of the sovereignty of the People and the People’s own lawful force to back it up, the idea of one-sided force in this country is a trap.

Helmke summarizes, “More guns are likely to make a home, a state, or a country more dangerous, not more safe.”

This is, of course, wholly untrue, and I’ll say just where.

Well, America, if you want to help fight crime and violence, listen up.

I’ve said a thousand times that police have no mandate to protect individuals. Most officers will nod and agree with this if asked. I’m surprised that some younger officers are not even aware of it. Hell, even some legislators aren’t aware of it, but it’s true. This is important for everyone willing to help to fully understand. As always, I am speaking not to gun owners, but to non-gun owners and the impartial, people looking for both sides of the issue. Heads of household who really want to understand. I know it’s hard to accept, but every head of household must come to understand that police don’t have to protect you.

Police join law enforcement to help, but in actuality, in the most critical moments of a crime emergency, you are on your own.

As benign as it might sound at first, governing guns and people who own them means restricting before-the-fact your right to act at the moment action is needed most ,when you are facing grave danger alone, and let’s be realistic: only you have the right to make that call. I support the idea of investigation for reasonableness under the circumstances, but before-the-fact restrictions (gun control) are entirely unreasonable and unlawful. It grows crime by permitting it to succeed unopposed in case after case after case, hundreds of thousands of times every year.

Equally realistic is the fact that some Americans believe preparedness in self-defense to be an unwanted burden. Their over-reaction of being expected to grow up and protect loved ones manifests itself as name-calling gun owners as Cowboys and Vigilantes. It’s merely a denial or a refusal to take responsibility for something that unavoidably belongs only to them.

For an example of this, please visit the YouTube Video Confession Of A Rat: An anti-gun newspaperman admits to his wife (and to himself) that he can’t be counted on to protect her life.

Governance over guns and people who rise to meet their responsibility is a ruse to disarm individuals to pave the way to grow crime to the advantage of officials. In a very obvious way, the anti-gun crowd uses the crowd who refuse this burden to increase numbers of anti-gun voters. Minions. Minions by the millions.

As I say often “ very often “ personal disarmament is a trap for the American household and a payday for officials.

Who is the real thief in this issue?

Why is the Second Amendment absolute and made impervious to due process? Why can there be no such thing as so-called sensible gun laws?

Because the individual victim of crime is the first line of defense, and no matter what law you write, we always will be. Gun control takes away the power but leaves the ultimate accountability, the typical bureaucratic trap. This is anti-violence? This is American? Is it good for your household to be denied the power, but left with the responsibility anyway?

The individual is now and always will be the first line of defense. And when crime is an excuse to transfer liberty and authority out of the hands of the people, this then makes the citizen the first line of defense for the entire nation. Taking away that anywhere/anytime, instance-by-instance defense is in no way sensible.

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I was unable to find the video that this author refers to. Doing a google search brought up all kinds of videos, but none of them remotely having to do with the subject at hand. I agree 100% with the author though.

I hope you will all consider carefully your ability to carry/own a gun. Handled with respect and knowledge it seems, once again, our Forefathers knew exactly what they were doing. Let’s not disappoint them.

“We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.”

— President Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, ‘What should be the reward of such sacrifices?’ Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your consul, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget ye were our countrymen.”

— Samuel Adams

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~ by justmytruth on March 16, 2008.

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