Gun Control

Gun Control: Protecting Ourselves Or Asking Someone Else To Do It For Us

Why do people commit it?

Violence.

The pummeling of fists, the stamping of feet, the bashing of clubs, the firing of guns. Road rage, reckless driving and rape. And then we have violent acts involving emotional abuse and bullying, which may or may not become physical in nature. The human race finds ways to hurt each other every single day.

Why do we do this?

A great many proponents of gun control believe that the human tendency toward violence can be curbed by gun-free zones, and the disarming of the citizenry. If this is true, then why are we seeing numerous public shootings in gun-free areas where the average citizen is not armed? And, why do we see such violence in foreign states where only the government and/or military are armed?

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Gun Owners of America Endorses the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act

The effort to nullify federal violations of the 2nd Amendment just got a big boost from “the only no compromise gun lobby,” Gun Owners of America. When this organization calls on you to support a bill protecting your right to keep and bear arms, you can be sure that it’s the real deal.

Yesterday morning, GOA sent out an action alert in support of the Florida 2nd Amendment Preservation Act – a model bill drafted by the Tenth Amendment Center to nullify federal violations of the 2nd Amendment.  The bill – which is ready to introduce not just in Florida, but in every state – can be found HERE.

Here’s an excerpt:

B. All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition are a violation of the 2nd Amendment

SECTION 2 PROHIBITION ON PARTICIPATION IN FEDERAL VIOLATIONS OF THE 2ND AMENDMENT

A. The Legislature of the State of _______________ declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations – past, present or future – in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers, and are hereby declared to be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.

Since a vast majority of federal enforcement actions require the leadership, help and/or assistance of state or local governments, agents and resources – widespread refusal to enforce or participate in enforcement will severely cripple federal efforts.

Judge Andrew Napolitano confirmed this by saying that such noncompliance over an entire state would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce.”  James Madison advised the same in Federalist #46 when he said that one of the four things you should do on a state level to stop federal acts (either unconstitutional or merely unpopular), is a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union.”

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Waterford, MI to Introduce 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution

Second Amendment Preservation fever continues to spread across Michigan. with Waterford Township the latest community looking to protect the gun rights of its citizens.

The township council will consider a Second Amendment Preservation resolution on Wednesday.

The natural rights to own property honestly and peacefully acquired, to self defense, and to prepare oneself for that defense according to one’s conscience are under relentless assault on a global basis. In America, the Second Amendment was written to prevent federal infringement of those rights.

Many states, such as Michigan, have strong protections against state and local attacks on these rights. Michigan’s 1963 Constitution states in Article 1, Section 6 that… “Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.” This strong, clear and concise language should guide everyone in the state as they contemplate what actions to take against the rising tide of federal encroachments.

Michigan Tenth Amendment Center‘s state chapter coordinator Shane Trejo was instrumental in getting the resolution introduced in Waterford Township. Trejo hopes to follow in the footsteps of patriotic activists like Doug Davis who helped get governments in the Northern Lower Peninsula to pass the Tenth Amendment Center’s Second Amendment Preservation Resolution. This is the first effort to get this resolution passed in Southeast Michigan. Resolutions such as these, while non-binding, are an important first-step in resisting federal tyranny.

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More Hysteria Over a Natural Right

Recently, I was made aware of a story from somewhere in the middle of the country. A child had taken what appeared to be a weapon to school.  Another child saw it and began screaming hysterically, “A gun, a gun.” The usual overreaction ensued, and the child was suspended. The parents probably had to be evaluated by a local shrink for good measure.

A Christmas Story is an American classic, capturing childhood memories of growing up in the 40′s.  The child wanted a Red Rider BB rifle. He was 10 years old at the time. His father said he got his when he was 8 years old. The ownership of guns and training youngsters in their proper use was a staple of the American scene for many, many decades – in fact, a few centuries. There was a time in this country when the local police would come to elementary schools once a week to teach the children how to handle a shotgun or a rifle. There was a time when the elementary kids had a shooting club. One Friday a month, they would all bring their rifles to school, and they would set up a target range to do target shooting during PE time.  Nobody thought a thing about it.

What happened to us?

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Gun Rights Groups Giving Up the Fight?!

Buckeye Firearms Association is a well-respected, all volunteer pro-gun organization in Columbus, Ohio.

MISSION: Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots political action committee (PAC) dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition, and recreation. We work to elect pro-gun candidates and lobby for pro-gun legislation.

Given this mission statement, I was surprised to read the following statement in a recent article written by Buckeye Firearms Foundation Board of Directors member Gerard Valentino:

“We also need to rally behind that idea that the Second Amendment protects an individual right that the government can infringe only when there is an overwhelming public need. Since we have more guns on the street than ever before and gun crime continues to plummet, it eliminates the government’s justification to restrict gun rights.”

Mr. Valentino must be reading from a “living, breathing” copy of the US Constitution.  My old-fashioned copies  state that “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

No caveats. No exceptions. No ambiguity at all.

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Does Gun Owners of America Support the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act?

The organization known as being the most consistent supporter of the 2nd Amendment is Gun Owners of America. They’re generally referred to as “no compromise.” From my experience, I can’t find a thing to disagree with there.

I like that, since our organization is no compromise on the Constitution as well. We regularly repeat our goal, The Constitution. Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses.

TAC and GOA would make great partners in support of the right to keep and bear arms. That’s why it was really good to see them tweet out a link to our 2nd Amendment Preservation Act today.

It’s a powerful piece of legislation which would require a state – and its political subdivisions – to stop enforcing federal laws regarding firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition. It would also ban the same from even assisting or participating in any way in those enforcement measures.

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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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Sheriff Mack to Missouri Sheriffs: Support the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act!

CSPOA/Sheriff Mack Press Release:  Dated Sept. 10, 2013

Today the CSPOA learned that the Missouri Sheriff’s Association “Board” voted to oppose a strong and correct piece of legislation (HB436) in an effort to override the Governor’s veto of a bill already passed by a substantial majority of MO legislators. The MO legislature was absolutely correct in doing so and was actually doing their job to keep unlawful federal gun control statutes off the backs of Missourians!

James Madison said, “We can safely rely on the disposition of State Legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.” 

We should be able to depend on Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, County Commissioners, and all other local officials to do the same; erect barriers against tyranny and DC corruption. The federal government is out of control and local officials have no obligation to go along with it, quite the contrary. If we do oppose federal usurpations then the feds might just retaliate by cutting federal funding for local programs. What does that make local leaders who compromise liberty to keep federal grants coming in? 

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