Tag: United States Constitution

The Great Socialist Gun Grab!

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Tell me … how many of you really believe the government can keep you safe?  How many of you will be assigned your own personal security team?  Barack Obama, Diane Feinstein, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi all travel with bodyguards armed with … “gasp” … guns!  Why is it ok for them to have the protection firearms provide … but not you?  Are their lives more valuable to them than yours is to you?  Will the country not survive without them … so therefore, they are the privileged few … the only ones who deserve to be protected?

Or … maybe in their eyes, we are not all created equal in the eyes of the Lord.

Like glorified Snake Oil salesman, Obama and his administration want to sell you the idea that only the government can keep you free and safe.  But to Obama and his big-government socialist cronies, the truth hidden behind all the trappings is that to them, it is simply about obedience to their laws (legal or otherwise) and to your betters … a benevolent dictatorship!  This is kind of funny in a way because Obama runs one of the most lawless administrations in the history of our country.

The vigorously renewed liberal elite’s assault on the 2nd Amendment is being wrapped in the guise of protecting the American people from criminals and is capitalizing on the raw emotions brought on by recent shooting tragedies such the two that occurred in Aurora, Co and Newtown, CT.  These were tragic events and I do not in any way belittle them. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the victims and their families.  However, the highly emotional context of this situation makes people very susceptible to government-sponsored knee-jerk reactions and quick fixes like blaming and banning the gun; while ignoring the shooters, their history, mental illness, etc.  They also ignore the fact that most of these shooters obtained their weapons illegally!   In the minds those evil or mentally ill in our society who murder the innocents among us; obedience to gun laws is the very last of their thoughts.

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Therefore, passing laws that take away the ability of law-abiding Americans to protect themselves against criminals is not the right answer, the smart answer, or the Constitutional answer.  The hard reality is that, because the federal government refuses to do its job of protecting its citizens along our southern border, we have ranchers in Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona fighting pitched battles with Mexican Cartel drug runners and human traffickers. Obama’s administration even uses the sequestration, which is in reality a very, very minor cut in the growth of government spending, as a politically expedient excuse to cut funding for Border Patrol Agents.  The real “irony” is that the drug runners and human traffickers are heavily armed with “assault weapons” provided by Obama, Eric Holder, and the ATF during operation “Fast and Furious!”   So what is the solution according to Obama and the liberal elites?  Simple … disarm the ranchers!  Common sense would tell you that the venerable old double-barrelled shotgun suggested by good old Uncle Joe “gun-expert” Biden would be wholly inadequate to the task these ranchers are left on their own by the Anointed One to complete.  No, the real truth is, that for Obama and the ruling liberal elites, banning guns is the politically expedient answer.

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The truth is that, historically, all governments have feared individual freedom.  God gave us freedom (the Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness) and the government systematically tries to take it away!  I have always subscribed to the theory that all government is evil,  and that the American form of democratic government is just the least evil form.  The Founding Fathers knew that for this new Nation to survive, it needed a means to control its destiny, protect its citizens, and protect its interests.  It needed a government of some form.  They worked hard to design a government with a system of checks and balances to keep the government from getting to big and enslaving its citizens.  Was it a perfect government?  No!   Just the best one going!  But the Founding Fathers also understood that, by its very nature, government negates freedom and liberty;  and that the bigger it gets … the more freedom it negates.  That is why George Washington said that government is not reason or eloquence … it is force. And, that if the government gets its way, it would have a monopoly on force!

However, individual freedom was the essential key that made America the unique, prosperous, and wonderful experiment it was.  It was this idea; that personal freedom comes as a gift from God and thereby comes first … that made American special.   This very same idea led to the end of slavery, to civil rights, and to modern ideas of equality for all people … disregarding race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, or sexual preference!   Again … is it perfect?  No!  Did it take time?  Yes!  But it happened and it continues to improve!  But, too many people have such short memories!  These ideas did not come from government … they came from “We the People!”  Americans usually had to fight the government to change the status quo!  Democrats fought hard to keep slavery intact!  Democrats fought hard against civil rights legislation!   A Republican even had to call out the Nation Guard to see civil rights legislation enforced.  As Ronald Reagan said, government is not the solution … it is the problem!

To those of us who believe in the U.S. Constitution, this gun-debate is not about the law (or even about a new bunch of gun laws that good old Uncle Joe Biden say the government has no time to enforce anyway).  To those of us who believe in the U.S. Constitution, this debate is about personal liberty and personal responsibility in a free society.  And the real, ugly truth that Obama and liberal/socialist elites do not want Americans to know is that …  it is the exercise of one specific personal freedom; the freedom to defend yourself and those you love when the police cannot and the government will not, and the freedom to use weapons to repel tyrants if they take over our government …that Obama, his big-government socialist thugs, and their doting Hollywood elitist buddies fear the most!  Do you ever stop and wonder why communist dictators and fascist tyrants such as Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez are so attractive to liberal elites such Jack Nicholson, Stephen Spielberg, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Oliver Stone, Chevy Chase, Courtney Love, and Harry Belafonte?  And, that just perhaps, it is the same reason they are so equally enamored with Barack Obama?

Simply put, government always compels, restricts, and takes away.  Thomas Jefferson understood that when he wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.”  According to Jefferson, the only reason the Founding Fathers created a “federal” government was to protect these same rights, and then, as a further protection … they hammered out the U.S. Constitution to keep the federal government contained.  But there have always been those opposed to this idea.  There are always those who like to rule those around them … and they often buy power by promising those who prefer, or are at least willing, to be ruled that they will take care of them with entitlements.  Vote for me and I will give you a house, food stamps, free government schools, a free cellphone, free lunch, free government television programing, a free chicken in every pot, free this, free that.  I ask you … what will happen when the government runs out of its “free Obama money,” and begins to implement austerity measures such as we saw in Greece and some European countries?  Riots, looting, violence, crime!  I will keep my guns thank you!

Those in the ant-gun crowd cannot point to a single case when restricting the freedoms of law-abiding citizens has stopped criminals, the mentally ill, or the down-right-evil from killing innocent people. Criminals by their very nature do not obey laws, and the mentally deranged do not recognize any external restraints on their own behavior because they cannot distinguish between right and wrong; and cannot be reasonably expected to do so in the future either!  Hence, the “not guilty by reason of insanity” plea!

On the other hand, the American Revolution was successful in great part due to the fact that Americans were armed and did not fear the use of weapons.  I am very sure King George III later wished he had stripped the colonists of the means to defend themselves.  Had King George III and his Parliament passed and enforced the kinds of laws Obama, Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, and a few others want to enact; laws that told them who among us owned guns, that limited the capacity of those guns, and limited the amount of ammunition one could possess … our Founding Fathers could and would have been hanged for treason!  One of the true stories of the American Revolution which is not taught in our public schools is that the colonists actually had superior firepower to the Kings forces. British soldiers carried the standard issue smooth-bore musket, which propelled a lead ball (or several of them) less than 100 yards from the shooter with very little accuracy.  The colonists, however, had the long gun(sometimes known as the “Kentucky” or “Tennessee” Long Rifle) which propelled a single lead ball up to 200 yards (about 2 times farther than the British soldier could shoot) and with much greater accuracy.  It is no wonder that by 1781, King George III had lost enough men and money to surrender!

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During World War II, the American federal government constantly worried about a Japanese invasion of the West Coast.  This impart led to the successful attack at Pearl Harbor.  Politicians would not listen to front line commanders, and worried about their own safety!  When, after the war was over, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was asked why Japan never invaded the U.S.   He replied that they had determined it would be a suicidal attempt saying,” You cannot invade the mainland United States.  There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”  I always wondered why anyone in their right mind would be for gun bans and confiscation … seeing it was such a historic deterrent to the invasion of the United States!

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And … a great many Americans are alive today because they had the means to protect themselves from murders, rapists, home invaders, etc.  Their stories are out there to!  You just never hear about them from the Obama lap-dog media!

The real lesson in all of this is that a free people cannot remain free very long  by permitting the government to take their freedoms away …   even when it is a temporary, popularly elected government that can later be unelected.  Simply stated, the anti-American liberty faction, composed of Obama, his big government thugs, rich liberal/socialists, Hollywood elites, and their entitlement addicted voting block  … want your guns!  Of course, Gabby Gifford’s husband and other liberal elites get to keep theirs!

Obama and his administration are deceptively trying to present this as some kind of benevlent big government action designed to protect the many law-abiding citizens from the few violent criminals by taking away the rights of the many law-abiding citizens (Does anyone else see the apparent flaw in this logic … or is it just me?). Obama will use any means, U.S. Constitution be damned, to create burdensome and intrusive registration laws, laws that restrict the capacity of weapons and  quantity, and quality of ammunition, and their latest trick … laws that impose financial liability on law-abiding gun manufacturers and sellers for the criminal behavior of a few users to make gun ownership so hard and so burdensome, that law-abiding gun owners will simply roll over and give up.

What Barack Obama, like King George III, does not understand is that the more you try to restrict freedom … the more you create the desire for it in.  The more you tax an already overly taxed citizenry, the more resentment grows.  This is what caused the first American Revolution.  Hopefully, history will not repeat itself as it so often does.  But then, perhaps this is why the Department of Homeland Security is so busily buying 1.6 billion bullets and 2,700 light-armored tanks!

Obama’s Actions May Bring About A 2nd American Revolution

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What can true Americans do? What is left to them when the current administration ignores the law of the Land and willfully circumvents the U.S. Constitution?  What can be done when Obama ignores Congress and rules by executive order; thus negating the principles of separate, but co-equal branches of government as part of a system of checks and balances? What can American’s do when a left-wing dictator wannabe manages, through the support of some wealthy left-wing agitators and a corrupt Chicago-style political machine, to gain the Presidency and then proceeds to dismantle the very fabric of what makes this country such an exceptional and successful nation?What do you do when your current government administration gets caught red-handed running guns to Mexican drug cartels, an action resulting in the deaths of two American Border Patrol Agents, to carry out a scheme to quash the 2nd Amendment and ban/confiscate legal, law-abiding American gun owner’s property; and when confronted; can simply hide behind “Executive Privilege?

What do you do when your dictator-in-chief politicized a tragic event to further weaken American’s 2nd Amendment Rights; while ignoring the real causes of the problem such as mental illness, the over-prescribing of brain-altering drugs in young Americans, and the unwillingness of too many parents and public schools to teach the much-needed life-lessons of resiliency and personal responsibility?

What do Americans do when their government, either through incompetence or willful neglect, cause the death of its own U.S. Ambassador to Libya along with several other Americans, hides behind a ridiculous “lets blame the video” lie, fires the appropriate “scapegoats,” and then never pursues the killers? What do you do when this same administration ignores Americans being killed by Al Qaeda in Algeria because they have already announced that Al Qaeda is defeated, on-the-run, and no longer a threat?

What do Americans do when the so-called “Free Press” is owned lock, stock, and barrel by that same administration, and serves as its official nation-wide propaganda machine? What do you do when the liberal, drive-by media spoon-feeds the “Obama is our Savior” swill to entitlement-addicted Cool Aid drinkers who cannot think critically, or will do nothing out of the fear of losing their cushy life-style supplied by the ever-dwindling numbers of over-taxed hard-working Americans; and vote only to keep their ever-increasing entitlements?

In the past, the American Spirit was one of Liberty … not entitlement.  We were only entitled the three things … Three God-given Rights … Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness! This great ideal has since been fundamentally transformed!  Currently this is being interpreted to mean the right of some to help themselves to other people’s money and property … simply  because they do not want to work for it themselves … or are much too busy enjoying a hedonistic, drug-fueled, or other-wise irresponsible life-style!

When America was great … the primary ideal was personal liberty!  People came here seeking the liberty to work hard, to change their stars,  and to have a real chance at creating a better life for themselves … not simply the  guarantee of a mediocre life on the public dole!

Obama plays the fear card over and over and over again!  How many times have you heard: conservatives want to push Granny over a cliff … guns are evil … Republicans want you to drink dirty water …  Paul Ryan will steal your social security checks … Romney is a horse-owning job outsourcer!  Parents are now too stupid to fix their own kids school lunches.  Women are too stupid to get their own birth control!  Entrepeneurs are too stupid to build their own businesses?  Americans are too stupid to keep their own incomes!  Why does he do this?  Because fear is the “passion” of slaves!  Wealthy progressives want their stupid peasant class.  Ans the Cool Aid drinks will willingly give it to them …  in exchange for their public housing, food stamps, ObamaCare, welfare checks, free condoms, and un-employment checks!  For the Cool Aid drinkers, these entitlements are worth their price … chains and slavery … they will stay on the progressive plantation!

What is then left to the rest of us?  Are we to go quietly into the night?  Are we to simply sit back and watch American be destroyed by an enemy, one that is not foreign … but domestic?  History shows us all where the path Obama has us on will lead to.  The “lamp of experience” shine a very clear light on where we are headed.  Are we going to allow ourselves as a nation to be relegated to such a level of degradation and abasement that we cannot be allowed to think for ourselves, cannot be trusted with guns for our own defense, and will not be allowed to exercise our own person sovereignty?

Is our legacy to our children and grandchildren destined to be one of debt, mediocrity, and simply another failed socialist, nanny-state?  Or, … can it still yet be that of  a great nation; a shining Beacon of Light, a powerful, respectful nation of hardworking, honest and compassionate people?   Not the much-politicized progressive false-passion of the liberal propaganda machine, but the true passion that comes from the heart of an honest, caring, and strong individual … an American!

The actions of a few ideologically driven radical left-wingers, like Obama and his cronies, that have somehow managed to manipulate the system to gain political power are going to back America into a corner … a corner there may be no peaceful way out of.  Much like the infamous Dredd-Scott Decision, where a Democratically controlled Supreme Court almost guaranteed the U.S. Civil War by rendering a decision that eliminated any possibility for a peaceful resolution to the slavery issue … the Obama administration‘s ideology-driven executive orders, his constant circumventing of the U.S. Constitution, and his war on what makes Americans Americans … may well be the tinder that serves to ignite a 2nd American revolution!

If this is Treason, then make the most of it …

Rush: Obama Having a “Dictator’s Wet Dream!”

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We all now Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to controversy, but his statements on Monday statements have sent Media Matters readers into a crazed feeding frenzy and inspired all manner of truly enlightened commentary from the liberal media.

Rush commentated on Obama‘s bypassing Congress by “Imperial Fiat” to stop young illegal immigrants from being deported by saying, “So once again we see which side Obama comes down on, in the question of whether [we are] a country with the rule of law, or the rule of man.  With Obama, it’s not the rule of law.  He is implementing law that the Congress defeated, as in the legalization of the amnesty for 800,000 young illegals– Congress defeated that, the Dream Act.”

And, truthfully, that is exactly what Obama did.  Do you remember American Government or Social Studies in elementary school?  The Legislature (Congress) passes the laws and the Executive (the President) enforces the laws.  I guess they do not teach that anymore!  Well … at least not in Obama’s world; nor does his government follow that Constitutional principle.  Now … if the Legislature doesn’t pass a law Obama like … he creates it by “Imperial Fiat;” and if the Legislature passes a law he doesn’t like …. he simply decrees it will not be enforced!  So much for co-equal branches of government, checks and balances, and democracy!  Say hello to dictatorship! Until this point, Rush was simply stating facts ….

But … then Rush uttered the phrase that really drove the Obama lap-dog media into a lather!  Rush said, “It‘s a dictator’s wet dream to do what Obama is doing.  If he doesn’t agree with the law, voila, it’s no longer enforced.  It may as well not even exist.  That’s who he is, folks!”

Now, when you compare this phrase to some of Bill Maher’s liberal hate speech utterances about Sarah Palin and her family,

Or those of MSNBC‘s Lawrence O’Donnell (Did anyone tell O’Donnell that his buddy, Harry Reid, is a Mormon):

“Mormonism was created by a guy in upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it. Forty-eight wives later, Joseph Smith’s lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion he invented to go with it. Which Mitt Romney says he believes.”

Or Al Sharpton’s comments:

“White folks was [sic] in caves while we was building empires…. We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it,”

Jesse Jackson’s comments on “Hymie Town” or that “conservatives are apartheid nazis,”

Keith Oberman vicious comments about Crystal Palin, Britt Hume, Michelle Malkin,

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews fantasizing about killing Rush Limbaugh (while Obama sends a chill up his leg),

Sandra Bernhard imagining her friends gang raping Sarah Palin and calling Crystal Palin a hooker on the Joy Behar Show,

Joy Behar saying “This B*tch, Sharron Angle, Is Going to Hell,”

and MSNBC’s Ed Shultz wanting to “rip out Cheney’s heart and lick it around;”

Rush’s comment seems to be pretty mild …. in comparison!  But, hey, liberals never let the facts interfere with a good story!

And, of course, the immediate response from the liberal left was perfect … and so very typical.  No facts, counter-points,  or legitimate argument contrary to the point Rush was making (because there really aren’t any … Rush is Right); just typical liberal personal attacks and name calling.  It is sad to think the future of America is in the hands of people who thing these are opposing points in an argument:

  • One Media Matters commentator asked, “If he’s such a dictator, why is he letting a d*ck like you stay on the radio, Rush?”
  • Another wrote: “See, here’s a subject Fats is an expert on. He often has wet dreams about being a dictator. A dictator on an island filled with nothing but teenaged Dominican boys…”
  • And, yet another, who likely did not listen to Limbaugh’s explanation commented, nor has ever read the Constitution of the United States quipped, “So, the Constitution of the United States is a ‘dictator’s wet dream’?”

Limbaugh clarified that he didn’t say this in a jocular manner.  That fact is that, if Obama can simply decide which laws he will enforce or obey and which he won’t;  what does prevent Obama from deciding, for example, that he doesn’t like the 22nd amendment (which limits presidents to only two terms) and simply decides it will no longer be enforced?

Liberals will snort and and gaze down at you over their up-turned noses and say:

Come on Rush, there’s no way Obama would ever dispense with elections…

There’s no way Obama would ever not enforce immigration law…

No way Obama would ignore the Constitution and just write a health care law that basically pees all over it

Of course He wouldn’t!

Rush then asked,  “What if we started obeying laws on that [basis]?  If the president of the United States can choose to enforce or not enforce law because he likes them or doesn’t like them, what about us?  What if we disagree with the speeding law?…What if we don’t like paying income tax, because frankly, I hate it.  What if I just decide, screw it!”

“But of course, we don’t have that ability,” Limbaugh concluded.

I would say we do!  That was the whole idea behind the American Revolution!!

U.S. Supreme Court Hearing 2nd Amendment Arguments

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As the lawyers for Dick Heller and the city of Washington, D.C. present their side’s argument for this important Second Amendment case today, it becomes readily clear how twisted and laced with pure fantasy the anti-gun nut side of the argument is!

It is the same old lame arguments made by the anti-gun nuts that we have seen before.

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The city of Washington, D.C. claims:

“The text and history of the Second Amendment conclusively refute the notion that it entitles individuals to have guns for their own private purposes.”

Specifically, the city points to the language of the Second Amendment and argues both clauses taken individually or in concert can only be read to suggest its application to militias and not individuals.

This, however, flies in the face of all historical evidence and commentary by the original Founding Fathers. For example, here are just a few of the available historical quotes by those who wrote the Constitution:

  • Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive. Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).
  • That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided as far as the circumstances and protection of the community will admit; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. —Included in the Virginia delegation’s recommended bill of rights.
  • Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American … The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people! —Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
  • No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution, 1776.
  • The great object is that every man be armed.” and “Everyone who is able may have a gun.” — Patrick Henry, American Patriot

Then, magically, out of thin air … for its historical argument, the city concludes, “There is no suggestion that the need to protect private uses of weapons against federal intrusion ever animated the adoption of the Second Amendment.”

But … again, the facts say differently! Here are a few more quotes by the “Framers” of the Constitution:

  • “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” —Thomas Jefferson to James Madison
  • “There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. “ — Noah Webster, American Lexicographer
  • The Constitution preserves “the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. . . (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” — James Madison, The Federalist, No. 46
  • If circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens.” — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No. 29

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Here are two modern quotes on the that follow in the same line:

  • “The ruling class doesn’t care about public safety. Having made it very difficult for States and localities to police themselves, having left ordinary citizens with no choice but to protect themselves as best they can, they now try to take our guns away. In fact they blame us and our guns for crime. This is so wrong that it cannot be an honest mistake.” — Malcolm Wallop, former U.S. Sen. (R-WY)
  • An armed man is a citizen. A disarmed man is a subject.” — Anon.

The city’s second argument is that the Second Amendment simply does not apply to District-specific legislation. Sounds plausible on the surface … I guess.
However … doesn’t this seems to be a rather curious argument, at least politically, for a district government that is so keen on seeking equal representation in Congress. Why is it that left-wing, anti-gun, socialist, secular-progressive liberals always seem to want to have things both ways?

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The real truth behind the anti-gun nut’s argument can be summed up by these two quotes from strong leaders of the gun control movement:

  • Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn’t matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.
    — Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control Inc, to Senator Howard Metzenbaum, The National Educator, January 1994, Page 3.
  • This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!” — Adolph Hitler, Chancellor, Germany, 1933

The Second Amendment side of the argument.

Dick Heller’s lawyers contend the D.C. gun ban is a “draconian infringement” of the Second Amendment. And they too present their grammatical and historical interpretation of the law writing there cannot be “doubts or ambiguities” about the meaning of the second clause or its relationship with the first.

“The words cannot be rendered meaningless by resort to their preamble. Any preamble-based interpretive rationale demanding an advanced degree in linguistics for its explication is especially suspect in this context,” the attorneys argue.

I think it should also be pointed out that any “advanced degree in linguistics” is most often going to be held by a person of the liberal, elitist, anti-gun persuasion … because they like to stay where they feel secure … in the Ivory Towers of our more liberal universities.
Heller’s lawyers also present cites Founders-era evidence by quoting from George Mason, Blackstone and Madison.

They also quote from lawyer John Adams, who stated during his successful defense of British soldiers in the aftermath of the Boston Massacre, “here [in America] every private person is authorized to arm himself, and on the strength of this authority, I do not deny the inhabitants had a right to arm themselves at that time for their defense, not for offense.”

Heller’s lawyers dismiss the spurious argument the city makes that the Second Amendment does not have the effect of law in the District of Columbia. They do acknowledge that Congress (and also the D.C. government under … Home Rule) has the ability to make gun laws but must do so in accordance with the Constitution.

Finally, his lawyers dismiss the city’s argument that the handgun ban is legal under a “proper reasonableness” standard. Instead they offer a “strict scrutiny” guideline for imposing restrictions on gun ownership.

“As our nation continues to face the scourges of crime and terrorism, no provision of the Bill of Rights would be immune from demands that perceived governmental necessity overwhelm the very standard by which enumerated rights are secured. Exorbitant claims of authority to deny basic constitutional rights are not unknown. Demoting the Second Amendment to some lower tier of enumerate rights is unwarranted. The Second Amendment has the distinction of securing the most fundamental rights of all — enabling the preservation of one’s life and guaranteeing our liberty. These are not second-class concerns.

It is also common for the Supreme Court to request the official position of the United States government. In this case, Solicitor General Paul Clement has been given 15 minutes to argue before the court. Lawyers for the District of Columbia and Heller will each have 30 minutes.

Paul clement’s brief, however, surprised many when it argued against a definitive ruling on the merits of the case. Instead the brief counsels the justices that the “better course” would be to remand the case back to the lower courts for further review. In so doing, Clement urges the court to acknowledge the “plain text” of the Second Amendment and recognize that the law does guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms. He says such an interpretation “reinforces the most natural reading of the amendment’s text.”

I will end this post with a History of Gun Control that I found on a website by Scotts Computing, that I am sure the anti-gun nuts would not want you to read!

The History of Gun Control

  • Soviet Union established gun control in 1929. From 1929 to 1953, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Turkey established gun control in 1911. From 1915 to 1917 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1976 20 million Anti-Communists, Christians, political dissidents and pro-reform groups, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Germany established gun control in 1938. From 1939 to 1945 13 million Jews, Gypsies, mentally ill people and other “mongrelized peoples,” unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977 1 million “educated people,” unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and executed.

That amounts to more than 55 million innocent people who were slaughtered by their own governments – governments that had first rendered their citizens defenseless by restricting or confiscating their firearms.

A free man with a firearm has a fighting chance against any would-be gangster or criminal. An disarmed man does not.