by Ruby Henley
Could or would they really try to take our guns here in the United States? When you consider it, it seems like an impossible feat – hard to imagine. What are the chances it will happen? What measures are being taken in Washington? President Trump says the Second Amendment will never be repealed.
“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,” is very direct and clear. In society – any society – the evil manipulators will do anything to control the fair-minded and law-abiding citizen. It is what they seek – power over humanity. If the citizens do not have the right to bear arms, then they cannot protect themselves from those who seek to make them submit without fair choice – free will bestowed on man by God is taken away.
If fair choice and free will is taken from man, you are living under tyranny, and the joy of living will be taken out of the human equation. Life will lack quality, and man will be nothing but a slave, living in pure hell.
The rich elite have bodyguards, and they do not want their bodyguards to be without the proper arms to protect them. The elite part of society will keep their firearms – any type they please.
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…” – George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” – Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787
“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, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787.
“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776
The above is the most important quote – in my opinion – on the power of the Second Amendment.
“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824
Ask yourself, if in reality, does our Constitution exist any longer?
“On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 12 June 1823.
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
We know that when the Patriot Act was passed, that is when we gave up liberty for safety – we were duped.
“To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.” – George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788
Yes, we will be slaves if we are disarmed!
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.” – Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…. The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.” – St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1803
“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” – Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788
“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” – Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833.
Our Founding Fathers made themselves very clear – so clear – I feel they were prophets of their time. I am asking if our Constitution exists any longer as anything more than an antique behind glass? It is not being adhered to by our Judicial Branch – as far as I can see.
Some of you will call me paranoid, because I say this is fast moving, and it will definitely escalate. Although, President Trump said the Second Amendment will not be repealed; I know that is what he thinks, but I believe it is seriously under attack.
What is amazing to me is Government at every level failed to stop the Florida School Shooting, but they want us to give up our guns and trust them???? How absurd! We are not a bunch of fools!
That is why young David Hogg makes me so angry, as he talks down to us like we are stupid enough to fall for it. The FBI, local law enforcement, and the school system had so many signs that the shooting would take place, but they ignored them all.
They even had a drill on the school grounds that day, but they cannot seem to explain how a drill to prevent a shooting could possibly occur on the same day a shooting occurred? There is a method to the madness, and we know what it is.
David Hogg and Media Matters have joined teams now, so Hogg can learn from the best – David Brock. David Brock supports Hillary Clinton and George Soros, so he will be able to teach Hogg the best tricks in the books. Don’t tell me we aren’t facing a crisis, for we are!
Here are some very shocking facts about the Florida school shooting:
1)In February of 2016, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office received a tip warning that Nikolas Cruz planned to shoot up the school. They did nothing!
2)Records show a concerned citizen called the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in November of 2017 to report that the Cruz “could be a school shooter in the making.” Broward County said that no report was initiated in response to the call.
3)In September of 2017, the FBI was warned by a YouTube user that Cruz was leaving comments on YouTube stating, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” The FBI did NOTHING.
4)A person close to Nikolas Cruz called the FBI concerned he would “get into a school and just shoot the place up.” She told the FBI “I know he’s—he’s going to explode.” The FBI ignored the threat.
5)Broward County deputies received at least 18 calls warning them about Nikolas Cruz from 2008 to 2017, and police responded to his home 39 times over a seven-year period. Despite all of these calls and visits from police, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office DID NOTHING to stop the shooter.
There have been many rumors about the incompetence of the authorities, but I do not feel comfortable repeating any more of them. However, there is no way I trust these people to take care of me.
What steps have already been taken to take our guns? You may be surprised. Scott Israel, the criminally incompetent Broward County Sherriff, who let his department ignore at least 40 different times where they could have stopped Cruz, is now is calling for a complete assault weapons ban.
The word “assault weapon” is a term to put fear into the public. There is no actual difference between a typical hunting rifle, an AR15, or whatever they are claiming are “assault weapons.”
There is no shortage of what awaits Congress on the banning of guns. You are going to see many changes in the very near future. More than 100 bills are facing Congress. Efforts to expand background checks, restrict firearms sales for certain individuals, and even regulate flamethrowers. Since the Florida shooting, lawmakers in Washington have introduced more than 150 bills relating to firearms and explosives, according to GovTrack.us, a nonpartisan legislation tracking site.
Three have been signed by President Donald Trump. Two dealt with military and defense funding, while a third nullified a lame-duck rule issued by the Obama administration that aimed to limit access to guns for people with mental illnesses. President Trump is to be admired and praised for doing the best he can.
The bulk of gun control measures have not garnered majority support in either the House of Representatives or the Senate, with both chambers controlled by Republicans. On the other hand, several gun rights bills have passed in the House.
One such bill is HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which advanced to the Senate in December after a 231-198 vote, with 225 Republicans in support. It would permit a person with a concealed carry permit in their home state to carry weapons into other states and onto federal lands, including national parks and national monuments.
According to GovTrack, HR 38 was the first gun-related bill passed in Congress since the mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music festival in October 2017 and at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who sponsored the Senate’s version of the concealed carry bill, also introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen background checks in the wake of the Sutherland Springs massacre, where a gunman killed 27 people and injured 20 others during a Sunday morning church service Nov. 5.
The Fix NICS Act would fill gaps in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System by providing incentives for states to improve their reporting to the system, and penalizing federal agencies that fail to report relevant records.
The bill’s 45 co-sponsors break evenly along party lines, and include both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The National Rifle Association has also expressed its support of the Fix NICS Act.
In a press release, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) called the bill “the strongest update to the background checks system in a decade, and provides the foundation for more compromise [on the issue of guns] in the future.”
So far, the Senate has not voted on the bill, nor has the House voted on similar legislation.
Other background check bills include one in the Senate requiring a background check for every firearm sale, and in the House a bill mandating a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases, and another instituting a seven-day waiting period before any transfer of a semiautomatic weapon, silence, armor-piercing ammunition or large-capacity ammunition magazine.
Legislation restricting guns has also been proposed. In November, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) re-introduced an assault weapons ban similar to one she proposed following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2017 would make it illegal to import, sell, manufacture, transfer or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon or a large-capacity ammunition-feeding device. The bill permits ownership of grandfathered semiautomatic weapons, with a background check by a licensed dealer required for private sales or transfers. Current law enforcement and retired officers would also be exempt.
Following the Las Vegas mass shooting, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania) proposed in October legislation that would address “bump stocks,” which allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire faster. The bill would treat the device like machine guns, which are heavily regulated and all but banned in the United States. A similar bill in the Senate would enact a federal ban on bump stocks.
Another bill introduced in mid-January by Rep. Mike Bost (R-Illinois) would provide grants of up to $200,000 through the Justice Department to local education agencies to install devices that would immediately notify authorities in cases of emergency, including an armed assailant, terrorism, health issues and natural disasters.
Outside Washington, much of the gun regulation discussion has resided in Florida. On Feb. 23, Gov. Rick Scott proposed raising the purchasing age of a rifle to 21 and other measures aimed at making it more difficult for people with a history of violence to buy a gun, and increasing security in schools. Three days earlier, the Florida House voted against beginning debate on an assault rifle ban.
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the sporting goods retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it would end the sale of assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines and require a gun buyer to be 21 years old.
A rundown of other gun-related bills pending in Congress:
HR 4573: Gun Violence Research Act of 2017
Introduced Dec. 6, 2017, by Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois (31 co-sponsors, all Democrats).
The legislation would remove roadblocks to funding for research on the intersection of gun violence and mental health, as well as for reporting on the effects of gun violence. In addition, it would require the surgeon general to produce a report within one year of the bill’s passage, and annually after that, on the effects of gun violence on public health, including mental health and the steps being taken to address them. The surgeon general report would also look specifically at the impacts of gun violence in minority communities.
The bill has been assigned to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health.
A similar bill in the Senate, SB 834, introduced in April 2017 by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts) looked to appropriate funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for research on firearms safety and gun violence prevention.
HR 4721: Armor-Piercing Bullets Act of 2017
Introduced Dec. 21, 2017, by Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York (six co-sponsors, all Democrats).
The bill by the New York congressman seeks to establish a framework to define whether certain types of armor-piercing ammunition are considered for use in sporting purposes or not. It is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.
Earlier this year, Engel also introduced HR 4901, the Flamethrowers? Really? Act, which would institute federal regulations on flamethrowers. There are currently no regulations since the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not classify a flamethrower as a gun.
HR 3612: Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2017
Introduced July 28, 2017, by Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-New Jersey (25 co-sponsors, all Democrats).
The bill would establish grants under the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Justice Department for states, local governments and gun deals to implement gun buyback programs. Participants in the program would be eligible to receive a prepaid card as compensation. The bill would also bar the use of such cards in the buying and selling of firearms and ammunition.
To me the above is the most serious, but it might work as Americans love money.