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.
Whether you own firearms or not, it is very much in your own best personal interest not only to FIGHT BACK against their incessant infringement on our right to keep and bear arms, but also to help educate them as to why it’s in their bests interests, as well.
Here’s the main reason: Everywhere governments have curtailed the right of their citizens to keep and bear arms, the overall violent crime rate has skyrocketed. Sure, murders by gun went down, but murders overall go up, along with all other violent crime.
Here’s another reason: Fully HALF of all mass shootings are stopped by armed citizens.
Here’s a third reason: Roughly 725,000 violent crimes are stopped by armed citizens each and every year. Some reports put that number far higher, around 1.3 million. Infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms will never — can never — reduce either crime in general or mass shootings in particular. The violent crime rate in the United Kingdom TRIPLED when their blitheringly idiotic government deprived the citizenry of their right to keep and bear arms, and those same blitheringly idiotic citizens LET them.
Consider: In 2015, the United States of America had 13,286 gun-related deaths. With a 2015 population of 319,929,162, that comes to 4.15 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people. As a double-check of my accuracy, Nation Master lists that as 4.2 in 2010. But the United Kingdom’s murder rate is 11.68. That’s 2.8 — nearly three times — higher than the U.S.
The UK’s murder rate used to be on par with that of the U.S. before they banned most civilian ownership of arms. This is what happens when you deny the ability of a private citizen to effectively secure themselves, their family, and their problem.
The same thing happened in Australia, when they infringed on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
This is not a new phenomenon. All other things being equal, a well-armed citizenry always has a significantly lower violent crime rate than a disarmed citizenry. This is WHY our Founding Fathers wrote “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” into our Constitution’s Second Amendment.
It just works. Stop messing with it.
While you’re at it, stop comparing liberal hot spots like Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, and St. Louis to the rest of America. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is seriously infringed in those locations, and it shows. Liberal policies do not bring about security, and that shows, as well.
Short story: “A brave dad armed with a pistol stopped what could have been a mass shooting Saturday inside an Alabama McDonald’s when he took down a masked gunman who had stormed in and opened fire.”
GOA emailed members this week, they posted ratings here:
NRA ratings here (I guess you have to enter address):
(I like individual ratings, but the GOP and DNC have their respective positions on guns so usually voting is very simple if you support the 2nd.)
Some gun control groups are toning it down and changing the topic…
But Pelosi is actively promoting and promising it:
So don’t let down your guard! It’s always close. We need every vote.
Some good news too, if we can keep it up….
Public support for gun control is down 6% since March
(And support for handguns is actually quite strong, but they won’t talk about that, you have to read the fine print for their poll. I don’t trust their methods and weights much anyway, but over time you can see a clear trend on that one.)
We can do this! Vote to maintain your rights and keep them for next generation. Also economy doing well, industry rebuilding, military working on regaining standoff capabilities with near-peers and patching vulnerabilities…vote to keep the nation going, and free, so that we can all keep going and be free.
The rising tide of red flag laws does not bode well for the United States of America. Not only are they fraught with many potential avenues of failure and abuse, they’re also highly ineffectual, stopping less than 1/10th of 1% of their intended targets — a statistically and absurdly tiny fraction of the problem.
For the first time in many years, I’m at a loss for world. These proposals and the laws that have made the books are so ridiculously, unbelievably mind-bogglingly STUPID that I don’t know where to begin.
So, let’s begin at the beginning, with our United States Constitution. Here’s a couple of key points:
– The States were already in power at the time they agreed to join the Union. They already had powers. They still do.
– The Constitution specifically delineated a few key powers to the federal government and normalized relations between the States, primarily in the areas of commerce and common defense.
– Just in case anyone forgot that the people and the States retain the lion’s share of authority, our Founding Fathers included Amendments IX and X in our Bill of Rights:
Amendment IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X: The 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.
– Amendments to the Constitution become integral parts of the Constitution itself. As the Constitution itself declares in Article. V., “shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution.”
– Between December 7, 1787, and May 29, 1790, all thirteen states ratified the Constitution.
-Subsequently, whenever a territory has applied to become a State, they do so with the full knowledge of and consent to the U.S. Constitution.
– One of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights, proposed in 1789 and duly ratified by the states on December 15, 1791, is “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Our Founding Fathers were so adamant about protecting this right they added an absolute: “shall not be infringed.” Moreover, this isn’t merely about restricting Congress from passing laws, as stated in the First Amendment. Rather, it applies to the states, as well, and on December 15, 1791, all United States at the time become party to it, whereas all subsequent States became party to it when they applied for statehood.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
Sadly, instead of focusing on legitimate, science-based policing, these red flag laws throw that science out the window, criminalizing gun ownership itself, in a flagrant and very dangerous violation of the “shall not be infringed” clause of the Second Amendment i.e. the U.S. Constitution.
I’ve been a Christian since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at age 15. Since then, I have participated in thousands of worship services, Bible studies, and scriptural studies. I have three degrees, two in science, two graduate, and two summa cum laude.
I attended and graduated from Virginia Tech in the middle 1980s. Virginia Tech is, as you may well know, the location of the massacre perpetrated against fellow students and teachers by Seung-Hui Cho. The heinous nature of that incident affected all students, including we alumni.
At age 25 I became a U.S. military officer, serving our nation honorably for more than 20 years, beginning with the same oath of office as taken by every public servant including all judges, law enforcement officers, legislators and members of the executive branches (mayors, governors, the president):
“I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Please keep the aforementioned facts firmly in mind with respect to my credentials across several fronts backing up what I am about to say below. Put simply, this is not an “opinion piece.” These are facts:
In a flagrant violation of both the First and Second Amendment U.S. Constitutional rights of its students, the lacrosse coach of Palm Beach Atlantic University forbade a student, Zach Scholl, from posting pictures “guns and this stuff. Specifically, the coach said:
“You want to play lacrosse, you won’t post pics of your guns and this stuff. That’s simple. You want to continue to post this, you don’t play.”
Young Mr. Scholl displayed an exemplary level of mastery in his response to the coach’s flagrantly un-Constitutional mandate:
“As a citizen of this country, I have a second amendment right to keep and bear arms and a first amendment right to post the pictures of my firearms and photos from my hunts on my various social media accounts.
“These are my rights as a U.S. citizen and I’m not going to throw them away just to play ball under you. As much as I love the sport it is not worth it to me to surrender. So, thank you for the opportunity, but someone else will have to be wearing #40 this year.”
It’s more than a shame Mr. Scholl had to quit the team. It’s a crime, prohibited by federal law, for a coach to force any student to forfeit their Constitutional rights in order to play on the team. Now, to be fair, coaches, universities, and athletic organizations such as the NCAA can impose a very few limitations, such as maintaining a reasonable QCA/GPA, eating at an athletic dining hall, living in athlete dorms and maintaining a curfew during the season. They absolutely can NOT, however, force a student to pick between posting tasteful pictures of a lawful and Constitutionally-protected activity — by two Amendments, no less — and playing a collegiate sport.
Fortunately, the university published an official response to this incident in the clearest of terms:
“As a Christian University, PBA strongly supports our Constitutional Republic, the U.S. Constitution and all individual rights protected under the Bill of Rights, especially freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the right to keep and bear arms.”
Such an outstanding official position needs no explanation or interpretation, and neither do the two Amendments from which it was derived, Amendments with which the lacrosse coach is in sorely need of review:
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment II: 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.
But hey, let’s watch what Dana Loesch has to say in her NRA video:
Well said, Dana. Well said.
In light of the coach’s heinous actions violating the Constitutional rights of he student as well as official university policy, three things must happen:
- The coach needs to be officially reprimanded, and if he insists on repeating his erroneous ways, he needs to be fired for wrongly imposing his NPOV (narrow point of view) i.e. political bigotry on his players.
- Palm Beach Atlantic University needs to issue an official and public apology to the student
- The student needs to be invited to re-join the lacrosse team, without prejudice, and in the same position and degree of play he held before.
If you would like to contact PBA’s Athletic Staff Directory, you can reach them, here.
If you would like to contact the university directly, their contact information is listed on the bottom of their home page.
For more information on Students for Concealed Carry, see:
ABOUT STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY — Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization. For more information on SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com or tweet @CampusCarry.
“A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry (aka “open carry”) a gun in public for self-defense.”
Good. We the People have known open carry was not merely “legal” but “the supreme Law of the Land” for 229 years, since before the ink on our Bill of Rights was dry. Same goes for concealed carry. Never forget our Founders and Framers were “We the People” citizens, too. It’s nice to see that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals knows how to read the Constitution. Well, two of them, anyway.
How to Read the U.S. Constitution
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
“Keep” means to “own” or “posses.” You can keep your firearm at home. You can keep it in your car. You can keep it about your person. You can keep it with you wherever you go. In the context of the day it was written, it meant the people were not going to be required to turn them in to an armory, or worse, for destruction. Instead, recognizing the God-given right to procure food, protect one’s self, family, and property, and in accordance with “the pursuit of happiness” and other freedoms, our Founding Fathers rightfully recognized, respected, and codified God’s inalienable right in the form of keeping arms.
“Bear” means to “carry.” You can carry it along with you on a hike, while shopping, getting gas, at the library… Pretty much anywhere you want. Since the amendment doesn’t restrict mode of carry to either concealed carry or open carry, it’s both.
Moreover, since “shall not be infringed” is an absolute, lacking any restriction on the type of arms, or the location or manner in which people keep and bear arms, both open carry and concealed carry are equally and fully within the right of the people. All other arguments to the contrary, including those stated in this pathetically biased article, are mute. There are no “except when…” allowances in the Second Amendment, for very good reason. Those who wrote it knew if they allowed even an iota of room for exception, that people and powers opposed to our Constitutional covenant between We the People and our Republican Government would indeed infringe on our right to keep and bear arms.
Why are these very straightforward concepts so difficult for liberals and Demoncraps to comprehend?
It’s because they don’t WANT to comprehend them, or, if they do, they want to advance their blitheringly idiotic anti-gun agenda. For example, “Hawaii Attorney General Russell Suzuki said … ‘We are disappointed in the decision that would undermine Hawaii’s strong gun control law and our commitment to protect the public’ and ‘well-reasoned dissent supporting the constitutionality of this law.”
No, Suzuki, the dissent is not “well-reasoned.” It’s an extreme violation of Constitutional law, quite alarming coming from a judge who swore to uphold it. Furthermore, disarming honest, law-abiding citizens does not protect them. England, also an island, tried that and their crime rate more than tripled. It’s still 274% greater than it was before their ban. Grow a brain, you blitheringly idiotic, anti-Constitutional fool.
Nope! Our U.S. Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land. Says so itself, right there in Article VI: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
IT’S THE LAW, people.
But it’s not just “guns,” there, Associated Press. “The right of the people to keep and bear ARMS shall not be infringed.”
The term “arms” is short for “armaments,” not “firearms.” Obviously, it includes firearms, but it also includes knives, machetes, spears, bow and arrow, rifle, handgun, revolver, pistol, AR-15, lance, sword… ALL ARMS. ALL forms of armament.
Why? Because some people may not be able to afford a firearm, that’s why.
“In 1623, Virginia forbade its colonists to travel unless they were “well armed”; in 1631 it required colonists to engage in target practice on Sunday and to “bring their peeces to church.”26 In 1658 it required every householder to have a functioning firearm within his house and in 1673 its laws provided that a citizen who claimed he was too poor to purchase a firearm would have one purchased for him by the government, which would then require him to pay a reasonable price when able to do so” (Note 1).
As I mentioned before, the article is chock full of liberal bias
- William Hening, The Statutes at Large: Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia from the First Session of the Legislature in 1619, at pp. 127, 173-74 (New York, 1823), as referenced in the 1982 Congressional Report on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.