South Carolina State Senator Lindsey Graham has betrayed his constituents. Yesterday he introduced a bipartisan bill for universal background checks under the guise of preventing those that are ” insane” from purchasing guns. I have been thinking about this issue for awhile as I was very conflicted about it. I don’t like crazy people wielding guns, but at the same time, a right is a right. My friend and fellow Libertarian Austrianaut put it this way. He said, “Now, everybody has a crazy uncle Earl. While crazy uncle Earl may seem a bit off his rocker due to what happened to him back in ‘Nam, would you ever want your beloved (yet slightly off-kilter) uncle becoming a victim of a home invasion due to his mental state?” That really got me thinking. NO ONE should ever be stripped of their right to defend themselves, EVER! Rights are innate and should never be taken away. In my eyes, I guess that also means voting rights.
Senator Graham also spent last night wining and dining with the President instead of standing with Senator Paul on US Soil Drone Strikes. Not only did he not show solidarity with his fellow conservatives (and an absolute respect for the Constitution), he showed support for the current administration and their ideal that killing US citizens on US soil was a-OK. “Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, praised the Obama administration for its use of drone strikes abroad and offered his view that the wartime authority Congress granted to use military force against Al Qaeda made no exception for domestic soil. Mr. Holder indicated that he agreed.” He has no respect for us and no respect for the Constitution.
Let’s make sure that this RINO knows where we stand in 2014.
I recently learned something about American history that I didn’t know. The Battle at Lexington and Concord was because of imposed British disarmament of the local militia. Seems The American War of Independence began on April 19, 1775, when 700 Redcoats under the command of Major John Pitcairn left Boston to seize American arms at Lexington and Concord. (Source).
Senator Feinstein has been very adamant that she “doesn’t want to take our guns” but look at what her home state is proposing. Complete seizure of all registered assault weapons, which they are aware of due to registration. This proves that they do in fact, want our guns. Even though I don’t live in California, this scares me. We have to be ever vigilant. If California wins this, other states will become emboldened and attempt such draconian measures. A 500 round limit…I shoot that on a good range day. Or I did, before 5.56 became unobtanium.
Please contact your Congressmen. Lets fight this, and keep the Republic alive. None of us want to fight for our God-given rights, but if this country doesn’t change course, it may become necessary. If we lose this battle on the Hill, we may have to carry it to the streets.
Hopefully you have contacted you representatives. Hopefully you have joined the NRA and/or another 2nd Amendment organization. Now it is time to do something else. On Saturday, January 19, across this great nation, patriots will be gathering at our respective state capitols for a peaceful, friendly demonstration of how we feel about our rights. Here in South Carolina, Columbia will be full of people who are ready to take a stand. Sootch00 has put together the video. Please watch it, share it, and spread the word.
http://minx.cc/?post=336072 This is the same attitude that looks to gun control in an effort to curb violence. They banned guns and out didn’t work, now knives. What’s next, banning cricket bats? People, please let your voice be heard. Contact your congressmen and litter then know your stance on guns and the 2nd Amendment.
Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned has the story of Gannett publishing a list of every Firearm Permit Holder in NY State. This is an egregious violation of our rights. While their local print isn’t doing this, I would love to see any media outlet they own boycotted. They do publish both The Greenville News and Link Magazine in my local market. I know that the Greenville News was already hurting due to the paywall they implemented several years ago.
We know what the POTUS’s is. He has vowed to make sure that gun control is strengthened during “the first year” of his term. Feinstein stated that new legislation will “strengthen the 1994 ban.” Please contact your Congressmen and tell them that the 2nd Amendment is a priority for you and your vote.
You can find out how to contact your Congressmen HERE:
Here is a sample letter to send:
n the wake of the Newtown, CT tragedy and prior recent events, I have taken notice to the new legislation Senator Diane Feinstein will introduce to Congress on January 3rd 2013. Senator Feinstein is not going in the right direction by introducing a bill that pertains to ban “Assault Weapons” and other semi-automatics. This would infringe on our right given by the Constitution to bear arms and maintain as the People’s militia. The Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 did not satisfy it’s intent with banning “Assault Weapons”. This was proven ineffectively to curb gun violence and was irrelevant. In fact, fatal shootings actually increased through this time period. Columbine High School massacre was an unfortunate example for this. Through much thought and reasoning I have these points:
-Real “Assault Weapons” are already banned in the United States under the National Firearms Act of 1934. As a Military member, I have used both my own AR-15 and the M4 Carbine on duty/training and I am aware of the differences. The military features are covered under the National Firearms Act and are outlawed for civilian use.
-The media claims the .223 cartridge is too powerful but many are not educated on the difference between cartridges used in shoulder fire rifles. Such an example and comparison would place the .223 cartridge well below common rounds used for everyday in all hunting rifles such as the .308 Winchester or a .300 Weatherby. The .223 Remington/5.56mm is more effective in stopping a varmint animal than what hunters use to kill deer for sport such as a .30 caliber round.
-The Armalite style weapons used in the civilian markets are just look-alikes. My question is: how do features such as a collapsible stock, detachable magazine, and a threaded barrel determine if the weapon is a “Deadly Weapon”? The modern AR-15 is configured no different than any other hunting rifle and giving it a collapsible stock, detached magazine doesn’t make it more “deadlier” than any other weapon that fires a bullet. It’s not the weapon that delivers effectiveness, but the employer of that weapon. We must be reasonable here and not use our bias to determine this.
I urge you along with many other law-abiding citizens to vote against any bill that would ban these “Assault Weapons” Senator Feinstein presents. We must not forget the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in part of “the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed”. Thomas Jefferson intended the militia to be the People as we consent to the governed. The problem with these violent acts is not guns, but the problem lies with morality, the treatment of mentally ill people, and the lack of protection for our children in schools. I remember growing up in the Jacksonville, NC area and having the school resource officer on campus. I believe it was very successful to curb violence in schools. The measure Senator Feinstein is taking will only remove guns from Law-abiding citizens, our rights, and our protection for our freedoms. Enacting this bill to law will infringe people’s rights to traditions and customs such as hunting. The Armalite style firearms a.k.a AR-15 is a very popular rifle among Americans and taking it away would be removing a true American icon very much alike but differ to the icon that protected our freedoms the last 60 years.