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Our Second Amendment is abundantly clear: “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.” I’ve covered the details of each portion of it elsewhere. and countless very bright and capable people, such as Penn and Teller, as well as Bill Whittle, clearly bring home the bacon. Sadly, there remain far too many knuckleheads in Washington who can’t read, much less understand, the common American English in which our two-page Constitution and its Amendments were penned.
Consider the following news excerpt: “With emotions running high in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, politicians on the State and Federal level have begun introducing legislative actions to curtail access to firearms…”
That’s an infringement, people, and it shall not be tolerated. Ever.
“…parents may soon be forced to register firearms with their child’s school under threat of criminal penalties.”
That’s an infringement.
“In Massachusetts, another proposal would require storage of semi-automatic rifles at government approved storage depots.”
That’s an infringement.
“…in the State of New York, congressional representatives have already passed legislation that requires registration of every semi-automatic rifle…”
That’s an infringement.
“…and reduces maximum magazine capacity to 7 rounds of ammunition…”
That’s an infringement.
“…and Governor Cuomo has floated the idea of gun confiscation.”
That’s an infringement. A massive one, at that.
What the hell is wrong with you people? Did you fail out of fifth grade? Did you never take Civics or American History like the rest of us? What the hell is your major malfunction? Why is it you don’t understand the meaning of the word “infringement” and why trespassing on this ground have killed hundreds of millions more people than all firearms in the United States? If you can’t answer that question, you failed history. Get thee to a library!
Merriam-Webster: “an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege,” and by the way, it’s the Bill of RIGHTS, not the Bill of “privileges.”
The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution very clearly states that “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Furthermore, our Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution very clear forbids ANY infringement on the right to keep and bear arms.
Since NO powers concerning firearms were delegated to the U.S., and since the Second Amendment specifically forbids any infringement on the right to keep and bear arms, these proposed infringements are illegal.
I repeat: THEY ARE ILLEGAL. They are un-Constitutional. They are unenforceable (at least by law enforcement officers who adhere to their oath of office). They are unlawful. Every civil, military, and law-enforcement officer and naturalized citizen who took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution has a duty to OPPOSE these outlandish un-Constitutional infringements on our right to keep and bear arms.
God willing, we will. Armed societies are SAFE societies. The next time Piers Morgan tries to convince you that his 35 gun murders per capita in the U.K. is somehow better than America’s 11,000 gun murders, just ask him why violent crime in the U.K. per capita is still THREE TIMES higher in the U.K. than it is in the U.S. The U.S., despite it’s “massive” gun ownership rate, remains very close to the average for violent crime throughout the world. Most anti-gun countries top the U.S. in terms of violent crime. One that doesn’t is Switzerland, which requires every male homeowner to be fully trained and armed with a state-supplied assault rifle. They have one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world.
So, do not let Piers Morgan, Feinstein, Pelosi, Obama, Sarah Brady, Matt Damon, Hillary Clinton, Rosy O’Donnell, or any other the other anti-gun jerks twist the facts on you. KNOW the facts. The truth will set you free.
By the way — Statistics don’t lie. Tell you what, health care officials. When you can equal our success rate, you will have earned the right to share your opinion with us.
Apparently, Hillary Clinton’s past remains tainted as hell. She’s just done a good job of hiding it.
The very long history of Hillary’s lying past is surfacing. Turns out, she has NEVER supported our Constitution, even when she was lying under oath that she did. As it turns out, she’s no stranger to lying, a fact even CBS highlighted, after Hillary lied about her trip to Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996 as First Lady.
Interestingly enough, I flew in and out of Tuzla on many trips in 1996. While security was tight, we weren’t under sniper fire, either. I found her comments incredible (as in unbelievable), a fact confirmed by the CBS new video, found here.
So, I’m revising my earlier assessment that we should simply cut her some slack if she gave up Obama. Now I’m wondering if she didn’t orchestrate the whole Benghazi affair and should be held at least as accountable as Obama himself.
On top of that, the recent allegations from her former employer, Zeifman, who fired her for serious ethical violations, are damning. So why WAS she fired?
Let’s ask her boss: “Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.” Source: Watergate-era Judiciary chief of staff: Hillary Clinton fired for lies, unethical behavior
Wow. That’s damning. But why?
““Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.””
And if anyone gets the idea I’m making this up, consider this quote: “Zeifman says he was urged by top committee members to keep a diary of everything that was happening. He did so, and still has the diary if anyone wants to check the veracity of his story. Certainly, he could not have known in 1974 that diary entries about a young lawyer named Hillary Rodham would be of interest to anyone 34 years later.”
And perhaps we need to re-open the investigations into the 20+ deaths of those folks who were connected with her and her husband’s rise to power back in the mid-1990s.
Well, I guess I’d better check to make sure my firearm is ready to go, that my food and water have not been tampered with, and that I avoid getting with within arms length or blowgun microdot distance (carrier or poisons, bio-toxins, etc.) of any stranger for a couple of years…
Yikes! If all of you share this, however, I’ll be off the hook. Make sure you copy the links, too. In fact, don’t just link to this, as they can shut it down. Copy EVERYTHING. They can’t kill us all, at least not without creating a huge uproar.
Thankfully, this has already been shared well over a dozen times. 🙂
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution has been grossly warped, twisted, and otherwise wrenched out of context. In reality, it’s actually very simple and straightforward:
“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.”
Let’s break this down:
“A well regulated…”
The term “regulated” was commonly used in the 1700s instead of “trained.” It’s modifier, “well,” simply means “properly,” especially to the extent of “fully.” This, this phrase in today’s language might read, “A properly and fully-trained…”
Countless writings of our Founding Fathers firmly establish their view that every able-bodied man, woman, and child capable of carrying and properly using a firearm constitutes the “militia.” This fact was deeply researched and properly documented in the 1982 Congressional Report on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
“…being necessary to the security of a free state…”
The term “state” had multiple meanings, but a casual glance at the Constitution reveals that all references to state in terms of an actual state, such as Virginia or Maryland, or even collectively or as referenced generically, the term state was capitalized: “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.” – Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
So, if it doesn’t mean a “State” as in one of the states in our Union, or a generic term for any state, what does it mean? A quick check of Webster’s Dictionary reveals the first definition is appropriate: “a mode or condition of being.” So, to make this abundantly clear, are you in a state of slavery, or a state of freedom? Being “necessary to the security of a free state” simply means it is something necessary to protect freedom. But again, many writings by our Founding Fathers made this abundantly clear, and were reported in the 1982 Congressional Report on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
“…the right of the people…”
First, the key word here is “right.” It’s a right, not a privilege. It’s called the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Privileges. A privilege is something earned, or allowed so long as certain conditions are met. It can be taken away, either by due process, or even on a whim. A right is irrevocable because it’s not something that’s granted in the first place. It’s an condition inherent in humanity itself. It can be recognized, or trod upon, but it cannot be taken away, at least no without violating the laws of God and Godly men.
Second, the term “the people” has been firmly established as applying to all citizens of the United States of America, not only by the countless writings of our Founding Fathers, but also by the 1982 Congressional Report on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, as well as numerous federal court decisions, and even two U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
“…to keep and bear arms…”
To own and carry.
“…shall not be infringed.”
There is no wiggle room on this last phrase. It doesn’t say “will not.” It certainly doesn’t say “may
not.” Every Technical Order I was issued with regards to the operation of both the B-52H and the C-130E had a “may, will, and shall” section which defined these terms in no uncertain terms. Bottom line, there was no wiggle room with respect to “shall,” the violation of which could damage the aircraft, it’s crewmembers or passengers, or result in fatalities of not followed to the letter. Violations of “shall” items on checkrides were heavily critiqued, if not grounds for a downgrade or bust.
As for the meaning of the word “infringe,” I’ll simply reference Webster’s Dictionary: “1. to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another <infringe a patent>
2. obsolete : defeat, frustrate ”
I like the second one better, and although it may be “obsolete” today, it wasn’t when the Second Amendment was signed into law along with the other nine Constitutional Amendments known collectively as our Bill of Rights.
Exercise your rights! If you don’t exercise the First Amendment in order to protect the Second, you may wind up having to exercise the Second Amendment in order to protect the First.”
While only three are actually “executive orders,” all of what Obama spewed forth last week is troubling, if not outright illegal. Without further ado, let’s just get to it:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
What “relevant data” does Obama want released? Does this include any sort of data currently protected under HIPPA? Would this allow the federal background check system to deny a firearm permit on the basis of certain medications? What about diagnoses? Would a permit be denied for a simple mental health visit?
The problem with the first of Obama’s edicts is that it’s nebulous. If acted on without regard to the Constitution and its amendments, countless rights violations would ensue.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
These “barriers” as Obama calls them, aren’t barriers at all. They’re protections, specifically built into the system to protect the rights and the privacy of all citizens. Attempting an end-run around them is unconstitutional.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
The current background check system allows states the option of conducting their own checks or using the FBI’s system. As the FBI’s system does not meet the the privacy requirements of our State Constitution and its Statutes, our State conducts its own background checks.
This recommendation is nothing more than Obama’s way of back-dooring national gun registration, a step which historically has always lead to firearms confiscation, then oppression of the people by an ever-growing federal government.
This idea is utterly abhorrent to everyone who has fought for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. It directly violates both the spirit and intention of the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, and the Tenth Amendment’s limit on the powers of the federal government.
Put simply, it’s un-Constitutional. Even suggesting it violates Obama’s oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. Any support of it would violate the oath of office of any civilian, military, or law-enforcement officer.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
This is a slippery slope upon which we must not step foot. It’s the same slope used (rather, abused) by the Nazis to identify, then incarcerate “persons of interest,” those whom the government considers “dangerous.” Dangerous to whom? To others? Or to the government? Once this line is crossed, it only gets worse, until the feds will have rounded up every “dissident” simply for standing up for their Constitutional rights.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
Was the gun seized legally? If not, this is a wide-open door to violate a person’s rights under the Fourth Amendment. Law enforcement already has the authority to temporarily seize a firearm during routine traffic stops, along with the authority to run plates and a driver’s license. How does that differ from a “full background check?” If a person holds a concealed weapons permit, they’ve already had a “full background check.”
Furthermore, how long is this “full background check” going to take? A week? Ninety days? If so, this is nothing more than an excuse to deprive an individual the right to keep and bear arms.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
There is currently no requirement for private sales to involve background checks. Making it a requirement will have absolutely zero effect on illegal gun sales (sales to criminals) while imposing an expensive and unnecessary burden on law-abiding citizens. A similar argument could be made about sales from gun stores.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
The NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safety programs have resulted in sharp declines in firearms accidents
among children. As it is, the CDC’s reports indicates some very interesting results. They’re interesting because they indicate the death rate due to firearms is exceptionally low. It’s so low, in fact, that it doesn’t even appear on the CDC’s top 15 list. For example, in 2010, total deaths by firearms came to 1.24% of the total for all ages, and just 0.25% of the total for those aged 1-14 years.
The fifteen leading causes of death are: Diseases of the heart, malignant neoplasms, chronic lower respiratory diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, accidents (unintentional – includes motor vehicle crashes), alzheimer’s, diabetes melittus, nephritis and nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis, influenza and pneumonia, intentional self-harm (suicide), septicemia, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease, parkinson’s, and pneumonitis due to solids and liquids (choking). Even this last comes in at 5.5 per 100,000, which is nearly double that of homicide by firearm.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
Firearms which must be locked up until needed are rarely accessible in a timely manner. They’re next to useless in stopping home invasions, much less armed robberies. They’re about as useless as seat belts which remain unfastened, or life jackets which remain in storage, which is why nearly all state and federal laws require seat belts to be fastened and life jackets to be worn.
Obviously, leaving a firearm unattended not appropriate, particularly around children. However, the proper place for a firearm is in its holster, worn on one’s person. For those of us who live alone, however, any requirement to keep it locked up puts us at risk of not being able to defend ourselves, and is unacceptable.
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
This is yet another back-door attempt at gun registration, without which such “tracing” would be impossible.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
I sincerely hope the first such firearms to be analyzed will be those lost and stolen guns from Operation Fast and Furious. If not, if the DoJ is incapable of keeping track of their own firearms, it’s unreasonable to ask them to analyze information on the lost and stolen guns of others.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
When compared to their budget, the ATF has a dismal record. It currently costs them approximately $115,000 for each and every person they recommend for federal prosecution for firearms possession just through the Project Safe Neighborhoods framework. Many of those recommended for prosecution are never convicted.
Besides, B. Todd Jones, the acting director of the ATF, has already been nominated for the permanent position, subject to Senate approval, of course.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
Law enforcement, first responders, and school officials already have proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
This is so nebulous its not even worth addressing, except to note that the most effective means of preventing gun violence is to relax gun control laws.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
This was done during an earlier Democratic administration, and the answer wasn’t what was expected. Basically, the three-year study published its findings in a 800+ page report which concluded that no amount of gun control legislation has ever had a positive impact on gun violence. Instead, it found that that the most effective means of preventing gun violence is to relax gun control laws, to make it easier for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
Basically, it supports the wisdom that infringement on the right to keep and bear arms is a causative factor in increasing gun violence. As for the other factors, suicide by firearm (0.79%) is nearly twice the rate of homicide by firearm (0.45%). Even so, twice as many suicides are committed by means other than firearms, and the report stated that suicide by firearms has dropped while total suicides have remained steady on a per-capita basis.
As for firearms homicides, no study is required to determine that there are three reasons: Greed (robbery), hate (crimes of passion), and the least likely causal factor, mental instability/insanity.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
There is no “magic pill” with respect to firearms safety, and reliance on such technology diminishes the most effective safety protocol: Human. Jeff Cooper advocated four simple rules of firearms safety which, if followed, would eliminate nearly all firearms accidental deaths and injuries, and without any need for expensive gadgets which ironically tend to get in the way of the safe and effective operation of a firearm.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
My Second Amendment rights are none of my doctor’s business.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
Health care providers are not qualified to determine what constitutes a credible threat against a law enforcement authority. Only sworn law enforcement officers and certain types of mental health care providers have the requisite training, and current law already allows for such reporting.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
That’s up to the States and the school districts. However, the best incentive is protection of the children.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
While this is indeed a good idea, the critical fact which must be remembered is that the only effective way to stop a shooter is to shoot them. Attempts at tackling a shooter usually winds up with the tacklers seriously injured or killed. Tasers are ineffective against an armed gunman due to their very limited range. The fact remains that more shooting sprees are stopped by citizens than by law enforcement, and more than 2/3 of the time that’s accomplished by armed citizens.
Another critical fact is that so-called “gun free zones” don’t work. They’re a magnet for those who commit shooting sprees. Only a known armed force will deter such shooters. More than a month ago I outlined a plan for the screening and selection of a small group of armed teachers for each school.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
The last four recommendations, along with a few others, delve nebulously into mental health. Without clearer, better-defined terms, however, along with restrictions protecting and respecting all existing Constitutional rights, including those provided by the various State Constitutions.
Right now, Obama’s recommendations make no such promises or provisions, which is why so many sheriffs around the country have lined up to oppose it.
Today is Gun Appreciation Day, something I firmly believe Ronald Reagan would very much have liked to see.
I am a law-abiding citizen.
I will be wearing my properly-holstered firearm in plane view as I go about my business today.
This is legal not only in my own state, but in 44 of our 50 United States. Only 15 of those states allowing open carry require a permit. Colorado does not.
Our Constitution FORBIDS any an all infringements against our right to keep and bear arms. Our municipal, county, state, federal, and even Presidential legislative and executive bodies are pissing in the wind if they even remotely believe any of their efforts to “keep us safe” will ever stand up in court.
Furthermore, they’re REALLY pissing in the wind if they think their efforts will do ANYTHING to keep us safe. Sixty-seven years of FBI statistics says the most effective way to reduce crime is to eliminate gun control laws. Criminals respect the fact if they target honest, law-abiding citizens who’re armed, they stand a good chance of winding up dead.
This fact has been far more effective than all the gun control legislation throughout our entire world. Many countries have recognized this fact. Our founding fathers recognized this fact.
Countries who have ignored this fact have implemented gun controls and found their crime rates sky-rocketing (U.K. and Australia). A few more infamous countries implemented gun registration, then restrictions, and finally firearms confiscation, just prior to their confiscation and extermination (polite word for MURDER) of “dissidents,” which is another word for those of us who’re exercising our First Amendment rights “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
And now, I’ll conclude with my perennial: Grow a brain.
UPDATE: Gun appreciation day was a success! Despite tens of thousands of armed law-abiding citizens marching on their State Capitols, not a single shot was fired! No one was injured, and no skirmishes broke out. They didn’t camp out for weeks on end, and reports indicate many folks remained afterwards to “clean up.” The grounds wound up being cleaner than when protesters supporting our Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms first arrived.
In civilian circles a firefight is known as a gun fight, so quite naturally the very first and most important rule when going to a gunfight is:
1. Have a gun.
1.1 Preferably, have at least two guns.
All additional rules are supplemental to that first rule.
2. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
2.1 Preferably, they will all have at least two guns.
3. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.
3.1 Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
3.2 There’s no additional paperwork for shooting someone more than once.
3.3 Two in the chest, one in the head is not a bad plan
4. Only hits count.
4.1 The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
5. If your shooting stance is good, you’re probably not moving fast enough or using cover correctly.
6. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance or tactics.
6.1 They will remember who lived.
7. Proximity negates skill. Distance is your friend.
7.1 Lateral and diagonal movements are preferred.
8. If you are not shooting, you should be doing something else.
8.1 Communicating, reloading or running are the preferred things.
9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on the “pucker factor” than on the inherent accuracy of the gun.
9.1 Use a gun that works every time.
9.2 All skill is in vain when an Angel pisses in the flintlock of your musket.
10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun.
10.1 If they do, they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
11. Always cheat, always win.
11.1 The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. Have a plan.
12.1 Have a back-up plan, because the first one won’t work.
12.2 If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.
13. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
14. Flank your adversary when possible.
14.1 Protect your own flank.
15. Don’t drop your guard.
16. Always perform a tactical reload and then threat scan 360 degrees.
17. Watch their hands. Hands kill.
17.1 In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.
18. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.
19. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.
20. Be polite. Be professional.
20.1 Have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
22. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a “4”.
23. Nothing handheld is a reliable stopper, even if it does start with a “4”.