Four Reasons the Missouri 2nd Amendment Preservation Act Failed, and What’s Next

ROUND 2 STARTS TODAY

The Missouri 2nd Amendment Preservation Act sailed through the legislature this year, but was vetoed by Jay Nixon. The House override vote squeezed through, and the senate override failed by one vote.

Why did it fail? Some of it was technical, some political and some strategic.

1. The Bill Itself
FACT: The more a bill tries to accomplish, the less of a chance it has at becoming law.

HB436 tried to accomplish far too much and became susceptible to weakness. Conceal-carry, free speech issues, and the like should not be in a bill with a goal of nullifying FEDERAL violations of the 2nd Amendment. Why? Because it won’t become law.

STRATEGY: Keep it short and simple. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Mom was right.

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Alpena County, Michigan Passes 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution

The vote on August 27 was unanimous.

The Alpena County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution #13-23 to (1) “affirm the individual right to bear arms as delineated in the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Michigan” and (2) “oppose any new statutes at any level of government, state or federal, which will diminish the ability of the law-abiding to defend themselves and their families.”

In addition, the resolution states that “[T]here is no benefit to, nor justification for, removing firearms or other weapons from the hands of law-abiding citizens while the lawless still possess them”.

This courageous exercise of federalism – that would surely make Thomas Jefferson & James Madison proud – sites both the Second Amendment of the US Constitution as well as Article 1, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution.

Local support will play a vital role in the success of those who want to protect the right to keep and bear arms. The resolution is a great first step, as it gets the commissioners on record in support of the Second Amendment. But, since it’s non-binding, it will require another step to have concrete effect. Cities within the county – and the county board itself – should follow up this resolution with ordinances prohibiting any cooperation with federal agents attempting to enforce acts violating the Second Amendment. Such an ordinance will give these statements teeth.

As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance will make federal gun control measures “nearly impossible to enforce.”  (video here)

Here are some concrete steps you can take in your own area.

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FOX News “Fairly Imbalanced” on Nullification

bal·ance:    noun     equality between the totals of the two sides of an account

That’s a pretty straight forward definition.  Yet FOX continues to “frame” the news instead of reporting it.

You could expect that from their opinion shows that take of their prime time and evening coverage. There is no balance there and you shouldn’t expect it; they’re opinion shows.  So when you hear Bill O’Reilly say that he thinks oil speculators should be jailed, and all of our oil reserves nationalized and controlled by the national government, you can take that for what it is and tune out.  When Eric Bolling pulls out his pocket constitution from CATO and says that he is all for more cameras on the streets, you can shake your head and wonder if he has ever read it.  Opinion shows are just what they are advertised as – opinion shows.

But news reporting used to be just “news” – balanced, informative reporting.  No longer.

During the founding of the nation there was much debate over whether or not states wanted to establish a central government.  Newspapers ran a number of editorial pieces called the Federalist Papers.  These were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, and were 100 percent pro central government pieces.  Also published were their rebuttals, collectively known today (not as well as they should be) as the anti-Federalist papers.  These were written in part by Richard Henry Lee, George Clinton and others.  These papers sought to expose the weaknesses of the constitution and explain how tyranny could take foothold in the future if the Federalists succeeded in getting the constitution ratified.  For the purposes of this blog, the important thing was that both were published and distributed.  Fair and balanced, no editing or salesman like pitches rammed down your throat as you read them in the town square, or picked up your copy from the corner stand.

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