I am not a fan of bump stocks. I think they’re stupid. They significantly decrease accuracy while wasting ammunition. Will a rubber band actually work in lieu of a bump stock? Who knows? I’m neither inclined nor equipped to find out. HOWEVER, it remains the God-given, Constitutionally-protected RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms, and “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
IN FACT, the term “arms” is short for “armaments,” which includes, but is not limited to firearms. I also includes any and all adjuncts, such as ammunition, scopes, slings, cases, magazines and yes, bump stocks, not to mention, rocks, knives, hatchets, axes, slings, arrows, spears… My, my! Both state and federal legislatures, courts, and executives have been busy trampling our Constitution, haven’t they?
In the meantime, the Depart of Justice Docket No. 2018R-22F; AG Order No. RIN 1140-AA52, “Bump-Stock-Type Devices” clearly violates Constitutional law. As another pro-2A netizen noted just hours ago, “That understanding of the law contradicts the plain language of the NFA, the position repeatedly taken by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) during the Obama administration, and the interpretation endorsed by both supporters and opponents of a legislative ban.”
In fact, as the netizen observes, “Trump’s order will do nothing to increase the safety of the American people.” Indeed, a study presented at the American College of Surgeon’s 104th Annual Clinical Congress in October, 2018, specifically noted there’s “no statistically significant association between the liberalization of state level firearm carry legislation over the last 30 years and the rates of homicides or other violent crime. ” Not only will the bump stock ban have absolutely zero effect on the rates of murder and other violent crime, but it continues to steepen the “it’s for the public good” argument i.e. slippery slope through which many of our Constitutional rights have been eroded, to our detriment, not because such actions actually have any effect, but because some blithering idiot in government merely thinks they’ll have an effect. They’re wrong. Their only effect is the continued erosion of our Constitutional rights.
In fact, restricting magazine sizes is also a Constitutionally unlawful infringement. Banning bump stocks may appear to be a politically expedient thing to do, but it remains a Constitutionally unlawful infringement on the right of the people to keep and bear arms aka armaments. “What does an honest, law-abiding citizen want with a machine gun?” I dunno, but what does a trio of dishonest, law-breaking thugs want with bump stocks? If you think they’re going to turn in their bump stocks, you’re smoking dope.
I don’t care what the courts say. My oath of office isn’t to the courts. It’s to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and ANYONE attempting to undermine, skirt, or willfully violate our rights under the Constitution of the United States is, by definition, an “enemy” of the United States of America as well as each and every Citizen of the United States, especially those of us who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. If a judge, even a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, violates the Constitution, I am sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against their actions, primarily by exercising my First Amendment “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” and make no mistake about it, this “final rule” by the Department of Justice is most certain a grievance against the people of the United States of America.
Appearances are deceiving. Just because something “seems” right or like the right thing to do doesn’t make it so, even if 93% of Americans agree. Ours is not a democracy. “It’s a Republic, Ma’am — if you can keep it.” – Benjamin Franklin, as reflected in Article. IV. Section. 4. of the Constitution for the United States of America: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.”
When you arbitrarily infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms, you are FAILING in your DUTY to guarantee We the People a Republican form of government. In fact, what you are doing, Mr. President, is playing right into the hands of the Democrats, who are cackling in wicked glee over how they just manipulated Acting Attorney General Whitiker into signing this Constitutionally egregious “final rule.” For all our sakes, for the sake of the entire country, let us hope and pray you un-finalize it, and quickly.