The following FAQs are taken from the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Weapons on Campus page maintained by CU Boulder’s Police Department. They are very well organization and exceptionally well-written. I am preserving them here as a prime example of How It’s Done.
The term “infringement” doesn’t mean “prohibition.” It means “an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege.” If I were to move off the sidewalk and walk through my neighbor’s grass, I would be infringing. It does little direct damage, but over time, that section of grass would die. If I then moved over to a fresh strip of grass, that would die, too. When our Founding Fathers penned “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” in our Second Amendment, they created an absolute prohibition against any and all infringements, no matter how slight, in order to protect — absolutely — the right of the people to keep (own/possess) and bear (carry) arms. Furthermore, this prohibition not limited to the federal government. It doesn’t not say, “Congress shall not…” It simply states that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. This applies to EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, and FOR ALL TIME, WITHOUT CESSATION. It is an absolute right, to be protected at all costs, without question.
To the Honorable Congressman X:
Lieutenant Commander Timothy White, U.S. Navy, faces charges for carrying and discharging a firearm on federal property. During the gunfire in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, terror attack, LCDR White shot at the terrorist in hopes of saving lives.
What he did was good, right, moral, and true, fully in keeping with American values, principles, and “the supreme Law of the Land.”
He should NOT be brought up on charges. If anything, he should be given medals for valor and bravery in the face of the enemy.
I am a retired military officer, one sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. I have fought in combat on many occasions.
I am also very familiar with base regulations, having gone through them in detail at every duty station to make certain that I never violated their provisions and restrictions, particularly with respect to firearms.
When I began my military career in 1989, members of the military were allowed to keep personal firearms in both their vehicles and quarters. Allowing those of us defending our Constitution to exercise one of its key provisions was the good, right, moral and true thing to do. Sadly, over the years our right to keep and bear arms has been increasingly infringed, particularly on military bases.
LCDR White is a conscientious American who had the foresight to exercise his Constitutional rights in response to the elevated terrorist threat condition. His clear-headed thinking and courageous actions saved innocent lives.
Using him as a fall guy for sick, twisted, anti-American policies of the Obama administration is the most heinous and cowardly response anyone could ever take.
In light of these circumstances, I firmly believe — emphatically — that the charges should be dropped post haste.
I respectfully implore you to do everything in your power to bring the Obama administration officials as well as the senior military officers who prohibited arms in violation of the U.S. Constitution to justice.
Yes, Congressman X, you heard me correctly. This is the responsibility of the senior military officials and the Obama administration. Despite the fact that so-called “gun free zones” comprise less than 10% of the locations frequented by honest, law-abiding Americans, they comprise more than 85% of the locations where mass-murders occur. In fact, they are chose by mass murderers and terrorists precisely for that reason, that occupants are un-armed.
Put another way, when you create a gun-free zone without providing thoroughly capable and competent border security, you put innocent lives at risk.
This practice MUST STOP. As a Christian, I find it abhorrent! As an American, I see that it clearly violates the Second Amendment’s clear and undeniable prohibition: “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Our Founding Fathers drafted the Second Amendment to provide for the security of a free state. Infringements like “gun free zones” violate the Second Amendment and put innocent lives in danger. As a retired member of the military, these infringements on our Constitutional rights visit harm on innocent Americans.
Again, this blitheringly idiotic nonsense MUST STOP. We the People can NOT afford to tolerate such nonsense. Federal grounds or not, that sign and any similar law remain a distinct and clear violation of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms — and for very good reason, as we’ve just seen demonstrated in Chattanooga, not to mention Ft. Hood, Aurora, Oikos University, Carthage nursing home, Northern Illinois University, Kirkwood City Council, Westroads Mall, Virginia Tech, Amish school, Goleta postal shootings, Lockheed Martin, Navistar, Columbine High School, Atlanta day trading, Thurston High School, Westide Middle School, Caltrans, R.E. Phelon Company, Walter Rossler Company, and Fairchild Air Force Base.
What do all of these mass shootings over the last 20 years have in common?
ALL of them occurred in so-called “gun free zones,” where honest, law-abiding citizens were un-Constitutionally FORBIDDEN to keep and bear arms, thereby putting them in harm’s way.
We must stop filing charges against those who lawfully exercise their Constitutional rights and start enforcing the Constitution.
***** UPDATE *****
I wrote this article on August 2, 2015. As of August 5, 2015, the following information was released:
“The Navy has countered reports that White would be charged, which spurred a national backlash. “At this time we can confirm no service member has been charged with an offense,” the Navy said in a statement. It also faced a backlash over why troops at “soft” military targets such as recruiting centers — which are often in easy-to-reach places like shopping malls — were not allowed to carry weapons.” – Source
“White was reported to be one of two service members carrying sidearms at the time of the attack, which could have led to charges. The Department of Defense prohibits all military personnel other than security forces from carrying arms while on base unless they are in a combat zone.” – Source
If this hasn’t been rectified, if the Constitutional rights of members of the United States military to keep and bare arms are still being infringed on military bases, then our leaders in Congress and in the military aren’t finished.
This is why police shoot guys brandishing knives who refuse to follow lawful orders to put the knife down. Knives are deadly. A single nick of any one of dozens of key arteries or veins may result in death in minutes. A stab to the heart or major artery can kill you in seconds, even if you’re in the ER of a major hospital. Cutting any one of thousands of nerves can prove permanently and severely disabling, and severing some nerves can prove fatal.
When it comes to the lawful use of firearms in defense of life, limb, and property, the law varies state to state, so you must know your local, county, state, and federal laws!
The following rules, however, are nearly universal throughout the United States. Please note I said “nearly.” Again, it’s up to you to know your local laws:
Rule 1: If at all possible, avoid the confrontation. You can’t be punched, beaten, stabbed, or shot if you’re not there.
Rule 2: If at all possible, leave the scene of a potential confrontation as soon as possible. If you’re carrying a firearm and stay, someone is likely to be punched, beaten, stabbed, or shot, and that someone just might be you. No matter how good you think you are, there’s always someone better. If you’re able to leave before any fighting starts, you will have de-escalated the situation back to Rule 1. As long as you’re within 21 feet of an attacker, however, you’re only one second away from probably harm and possible death.
Rule 3: If you cannot leave, attempt to de-escalate the situation. Deflect the tension. Use humor or whatever it takes. You may be able to take control of the situation, if you have the power and authority to do so. You may also need to detain or arrest someone. Just remember, in the vast majority of states, you can do so only if you have witnessed them committing a felony. This process is not for either the feint of heart or poorly trained, however. Law enforcement officers get plenty of training yet still have their butts handed to them by bad guys on a regular basis.
Rule 4: This applies in all situations: If at any time you’re facing imminent threat of life or limb, under the laws of most states you’re cleared hot (cleared to shoot to stop the threat). In some states that authorization extends to property. Check with your state’s laws beforehand, however, as you won’t have time in when the going gets tough!
Bottom line: Know the law, remain well-trained, not merely with respect to handling a firearm and shooting targets, but also with respect to knowing what course of action is best for any given situation.
“…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” – Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
Any law which violates the Constitution is NOT law. It’s a blight against our governmental system, a violation of our Constitutional rights and freedoms. No U.S. citizen or law enforcement officer at any level is under any obligation to either follow or enforce an un-Constitutional law. In fact, is it our duty to ignore it, if not stand firm against it and toss the Constitution-violating legislators out of office.
State and Federal legislators take an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution in order to PREVENT this from ever happening. They are NOT authorized to “do it anyway” and let the courts legislate from the bench. That’s a heinous dereliction of their duty, and no matter what other good they may have done or might be doing, it’s completely undermined by their bad.
Allowing them to remain in office is like allowing a horribly abusive spouse to remain in the home because “he/she only beats me to a pulp every once in a while.” GET RID OF THEM!
Washing State’s I-594 bill regulate transfers, not just sales, of all firearms in the Evergreen State. It’s a universal handgun registration scheme, an INFRINGEMENT on the right to keep and bear arms. Those legislators who voted for it are VIOLATORS of our Constitution. Get rid of them!
Law enforcement officers not only swore to protect the Constitution, but put their lives on the line every day. They oppose I-594. They’re smart enough to know how dramatically this violates the rights of the people. They’re also experienced enough to know that it will do NOTHING to keep the criminals in check.
So who did this to the people of the State of Washington? The people themselves. They’re the ones who elected the Constitution-violating traitors into office. They’re the ones who refuse to vote them out. They’re the ones who, 7 out of 10 support universal background checks.
They’re the blithering idiots who allowed this to happen.
A lot of fear-mongers are claiming the UN Arms Trade Treaty “takes effect” today (Christmas Eve). In fact, this “treaty” has absolutely zero effect on our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
1. Our Constitution mandates treaties adhere to a simple yet rigorous legislative and governmental process. No matter who in our government signs a treaty, if the treaty didn’t go through the appropriate review and approval process, it is NOT binding in any way shape, fashion, or form.
2. Our nation remains sovereign. No treaty may usurp any portion of our Constitution without a Constitutional amendment to that effect. Thus, even if a treaty were to go through the appropriate review and approval process, if that treaty violates the Constitution, the treaty remains null and void.
Finding evidence which supports these claims is both simple and straightforward. In fact, we need look no further than the Constitution itself.
The Treaty Review and Ratification Process
Article. II. Section 2. of the U.S. Constitution governs the process by which the President can make a treaty:
“He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…”
Did the President seek and obtain both the advice and the consent of the Senate? Did two-thirds of the Senate concur? Both of these requirements must be present before the President or his designee can legally sign a treaty. On the day John Kerry signed this treaty, the Senate had been consulted, and their advice was a big fat “NO,” with a majority voting in opposition to the treaty. Thus, neither Kerry nor Obama had obtained the consent of the Senate. Furthermore, not only did two-thirds of the Senators present not concur, the majority of the Senators vehemently opposed the treaty.
In addition, there is serious doubt among Constitutional scholars that the President can appoint anyone to sign a treaty on his behalf without express, written authorization to do so. General Douglas MacArthur had such authorization. On September 2, 1945, MacArthur accepted the formal Japanese surrender aboard the battleship USS Missouri, thus ending hostilities in World War II. John Kerry most certainly did not have any such authorization.
Regardless, neither Obama nor Kerry had either the consent or the a two-thirds concurrence of the Senate. Therefore, Kerry’s signature on the treaty is invalid, null and void, and without any lawful authority or substance.
The Amendment Proposal and Ratification Process
Article. V. of the U.S. Constitution governs the process by which Amendments are proposed and ratified:
“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”
Put simply, this clause requires the following for all Amendments to the Constitution:
1. Two-thirds vote from both houses of Congress (or two-thirds of the state legislatures)
2. Ratification by three-quarters of the state legislatures (or three-quarters of a Constitutional Convention).
3. All Amendments are valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution.
Thus, even if Obama and Kerry had the advice and consent, along with a two-thirds concurrence of the Senate, the treaty would still be invalid simply because it violates our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. As the Second Amendment clearly states, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The UN Arms Trade Treaty infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It is therefore Constitutionally null and void.
The key thing to remember here is to never allow anyone to tell you otherwise. When the entire populace of the United States of America knows its Constitution and the rights and freedoms respected and protected therein, no amount of government chicanery can take that away from them.
Know your rights! Stand up for them, not merely often, but always!
It’s called FREEDOM, people, and it is very, very good.
While indeed tragic, this incident was incredibly and exceptionally rare. Blaming this on the political right wing, however, is like blaming the Manson murders on California. Those of us leaning to the right absolutely abhor criminal activity. Manson was a psycho. These perps were psychos. They are not representative of the political right in any shape, form, or fashion, and any insinuation to the contrary is utterly brain dead, not to mention irresponsible and reckless. Furthermore, categorizing the right as “anti-government” is also completely insane. We love the government, provided the government plays by the rules. Those rules are delineated in our U.S. Constitution and its amendments, and are designed for our protection against an overbearing and abusive government. When politicians refuse to play by the rules, we exercise our Constitutional authority and vote them out of office. It’s just that simple.
Same thing goes for law enforcement. The vast majority of law enforcement officers play by the rules. Unfortunately, as clearly evidenced by hundreds of YouTube videos, some do not. Those who don’t follow the rules are not “the law.” They are BREAKING the law, trampling on both your and my Constitutional rights and freedoms in the process. Such “bad cops” absolutely MUST be suspended, investigated, and probably fired by their organizations, as they represent a threat to society. When they break the rules, they’re no longer “serving and protecting,” but “violating and abusing.” If the departments can’t police their own, then we vote out the mayor and members of the town or city council — whoever is covering up for bad cops. If the situation warrants, we sue, in the hopes that a monetary settlement, combined with the judge’s commentary, will remind the city and its citizens what is considered acceptable by society, and what is not.
Again, this tragic event underscore the need for educating the public as to what conservatives REALLY believe. You’ll find no better summary than Bill Whittle’s multi-part series entitled, amazingly enough, “What We Believe.” You can watch either in parts, or in one full episode, below:
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