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Feinstein Firing Against the Second Amendment

December 28, 2012 at 11:38 am / by

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Senator Diane Feinstein has announced that she intends to introduce a bill that will effectively ban assault weapons – and many other weapons. In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, this is a fairly popular concept in this country, as can be seen here:

Twenty-eight innocent people, including 20 primary students, have been slaughtered in a mass shooting at an elementary school in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Their blood and tears demand no delay for the U.S. gun control.

The massacre has triggered a new debate on gun control in the United States. However, this time, the public feels somewhat tired and helpless.

The past six months have seen enough shooting rampages in the United States. Just three days ago, three people were shot dead at a shopping mall in Oregon. Two weeks ago, a football player shot his girlfriend dead and then committed suicide. Five months ago, 12 people were killed and 58 wounded in a shooting spree at a midnight screening of a Batman film in Colorado.

However, these are only part of the gun violence which has drawn the whole country’s attention. Every time a tragedy occurs, there are renewed appeals for gun regulation. However, the calls disappointingly always fail.

The previous could have come from any number of left-wing media outlets in the U.S., but it didn’t. That was from a column in Xinhua, the official press of the People’s Republic of China. Yes, there is great interest overseas in seeing the U.S. citizenry losing the right to bear arms, and the reasons vary based on the desires of the given nation. In the case of China, a disarmed citizenry means an easier target, if one takes into account the policies of this administration in that region. While considering an attack on U.S. soil seems farfetched, it is foolish to disregard the possibility altogether. Given our financial relationship with China, giving that nation what it wants – namely the weakening or repeal of the Second Amendment – is a strategically dangerous territory we should not even entertain.

Of course, that will not stop Feinstein and her aspirations to control guns in this nation. The bill, a summary that she released, is undoubtedly being mulled by the leaders at the National Rifle Association, among other pro-gun organizations and lobbies. Hopefully, they will wait before coming out with a public statement even until after the bill Feinstein is having prepared is actually introduced. For now, if nothing else, the NRA should be saying what should have been said after Newtown. Gun laws do not stop gun violence, period. Gun laws do not prevent crazy people from using weapons to commit heinous crimes. The Newtown tragedy would not have been prevented by any gun laws. The shooter disobeyed existing gun laws to acquire the weapons he used. If those weapons had not been readily available to him, he would have acquired weapons one way or another. The only laws that could have prevented that tragedy have to do with mental health, not guns. And finally, as for the intent of our Founders, the reason why the citizens of this nation were granted the right to bear arms in the first place is two-fold. First, it was an intentional decision to prevent the ascension of a tyrant, based on the desire to never again be under the control of anyone remotely similar to the King of England. Second, our Founders wanted to ensure the security of their new nation – an armed citizenry is an excellent deterrent against attacks by foreign powers. That second reason is precisely why nations like China would be quite happy to see our citizens disarmed. It isn’t about what sort of weapons the people could have, because our Founders intended that the citizens would be capable of forming militias as they had during the Revolutionary War. Wars were waged with muskets then – now they are waged with the sorts of weapons that Feinstein wants to ban.

Whittling away at the Second Amendment is rarely mentioned as a national security issue, but at this point in time, it is foolish to not take that into consideration. When foreign powers like China want to see our citizens disarmed, and are hoping that this administration exploits tragedy to do it, we the people should be highly suspicious of any gun control legislation. And that is precisely what this is – a left-wing administration is exploiting a tragedy to do something that normally wouldn’t have a chance of passing. Of course that sits well with China, a nation that doesn’t even recognize the concept of private property, and certainly would never allow its own citizens have weapons.

 

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Liz Harrison

Pennsylvania PolitiChick Liz Harrison has been active in politics since the ripe old age of 12, thanks to her parents taking her to work the polls with them. While she's been a life-long conservative - raised on Morton Downey, Jr. - Liz was a registered Democrat until 2000, out of respect for her father, who refused to have a Republican in his family. Thanks to her parents getting her started in the world of politics, she worked several political campaigns, in various capacities, for the better part of 25 years. After "retiring" from campaign work several years ago, Liz started writing on politics. Now, her writing can also be found at GoldwaterGal.com, Conservative Daily News, United Liberty, Misfit Politics, and Examiner.com. Liz broadcasts weekly on FTR Radio (with another Goldwater Gal contributor, Taylor Millard (@EyeDesertBlog). She also hosts “Jabberwonky” and produces a few shows on CDN Radio, where she is the director of programming. Ensuring the next generation of politically active conservatives, Liz and her husband James are raising a politically precocious 12-year-old son, who is "The Pint-Sized Pundit" on his mom's talk shows.

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  • JJ in Mississippi

    Thanks Ms Harrison. Excellent article!! My only question is how do we convince a “brain dead” society that you’re right in your position????

  • MassAlex

    “…My only question is how do we convince a “brain dead” society that you’re right in your position????…” There’s really only one way for ignorant fools to be “educated”. Once they’ve participated in the ruin of their own country and they’re suffering in concentration camps like millions others have done, then they’ll figure it out. But a suprise is in for them: Their masters will not need them nor trust them; they’ll shoot them in the back…This has happened so many times: “If their own people can’t trust them, then how can I or why should I?” They’ll be the first to “go”… So you see the joke’s on them.

  • Common Sense

    Ban Guns—— Because The Prohibition of Alcohol in the 1920′s Worked So Well ….

  • flash287

    The narrative must remain Benghazi where the truth will tumble the administration. It’s amazing how democrats (along with MSM cohorts) always mange to divert public discussion away from the important issues. The NRA (or conservatives) should better explain how the second amendment PROTECTS the first amendment. Only then will the public understand the 2nd amendment is not about shooting intruders. But more about keeping government “small and funny.” Ah…Freedom!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Whittington/100001496682673 John Whittington

    What a stupid stupid woman. That is a semi- automatic AR15 not an M16. If you look at the trigger guard there is no selector switch above the guard! An Assault Weapon is a military automatic, not a semiautomatic rifle. AND what does the pistol grip handle have to do with anything?

  • reggiec

    Second Amendment meaning, I sent this to my congress people. Feel free to cut and paste it to yours. Here are a few quotes:
    ***”The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference. They deserve a place of honor with all that is good. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour.” – George Washington in address to the 2nd session of the United States Congress.
    ***“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.” (George Washington)
    ***”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 when 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.” Henry St. George Tucker, in Blackstone’s 1768 “Commentaries on the Laws of England.”, Judge of the Virginia Supreme Court & U.S. Dist. Court of Virginia

    ***”Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…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, quoting Cesare Beccaria
    Those who argue that the Second Amendment was written just for militias are completely blown out of the water by the following quote from Thomas Jefferson.
    “The strongest reason for “people” (My emphasis) to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C. J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)
    James Madison is credited with the writing of the “Bill of Rights” and was pretty clear about the meaning on the Second Amendment.
    “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” (My emphasis) with arms.”
    Here are a few others who help define the true meaning of the Second Amendment. It becomes very clear upon the examination of the meanings attached to the Second Amendment by our Founding Fathers that the original intent of the Second Amendment is being attacked in order to eventually disarm the American people.
    ***”I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
    George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788
    ***”Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
    – Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution
    ***”The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
    – Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-188
    ***”That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms … ”
    – Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850)
    ***”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).
    ***”No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
    – Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950]
    ***” … to disarm the people – that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
    – George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380
    ***”The right [to bear arms] is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the laws, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon…. [I]f the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose. But this enables the government to have a well-regulated militia; for to bear arms implies something more than mere keeping; it implies the learning to handle and use them in a way that makes those who keep them ready for their efficient use; in other words, it implies the right to meet for voluntary discipline in arms, observing in so doing the laws of public order.”
    – Thomas M. Cooley, General Principles of Constitutional Law, Third Edition [1898]
    Then there are politicians who insist in taking our Constitution out of context of time and original meaning. James Madison warned us against this.
    “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
    Second Amendment:
    “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.”
    *******
    Definition of To keep: to hold or retain in one’s possession ; hold as one’s own.
    Definition of To bear:: to carry, transmit, transport, have a characteristic of and exhibit.
    Definition of INFRINGE: to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another.
    Why is this so hard to understand? The meaning of the words in the Second Amendment have not changed since the amendment was ratified.

  • mickey

    What is Butch Feinsteins problem. She shows no patriotism towards her country, and she sure isn’t listening to what the majority of Americans want. I sure hope she’s taken out the next time she’s up for election, nutcases like her we don’t want, or need in these United States. She is not a God(only Obama can claim that, yeah!). The whole of congress ought to be taken out, and lets start over again, with a newly designed congress, as it was first setup. Cut all Federal employees by 30%, cut their pays in half, no more pork associated into any bills up for consideration to be passed. Cut all monies to foreign countries,(especially Muslims), revamp the office of the presidency, he has way too much power on his own, why do we even need a congress? He doesn’t need to huge planes, and 2 huge helicopters, he should not be the commander in chief, in fact he shouldn’t be anything, but put in jail for his treasonous actions against the USA. He should be held responsible for spending/using our money for his personal use. And a Budget should be passed ASAP, as the constitution states.

  • coachbrian

    History on gun control….a little something to think about: In this time of turmoil and blame-gaming, a lot of people are not willing to put blame where it belongs – the lack of personal responsibility and care for others. Self-esteem, not to be confused with ego, will lend itself to the respect we give those around us. We need, as a nation, to wake up to the arrogance that our government politicians. They has given to too many selfish, lazy, able-bodied non-workers at the expense of those genuinely in need. Our “government” needs to quit caring what they are told to do by their leaders and start thinking about what is best for our nation. After all, they are there to represent us, not ignore us. Gun “control” is good to hide behind, instead of dealing with real concerns. We need to let them know what we
    think of their nonrepresentation, and let them know we are starting to plan getting them out of office. If you agree with this please forward to your friends and acquaintances. If you cannot agree with this, please let me know why you think I am wrong. I am open
    to all respectful, logical, and reasonable discussions. Thanks for reading and God bless you.

    A LITTLE GUN HISTORY…bet you didn’t know this:

    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control.

    From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Germany established gun control in 1938. From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political
    dissidents, 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, one million educated
    people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of
    gun control: 56 million!

    NOTE: You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians
    disseminating this information.

    Guns in the hands of honest citizens, save lives and property, and yes,
    gun-control laws adversely affect
    only the law-abiding citizens.

    The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this
    history lesson!

    With guns, we are ‘citizens’. Without them, we are ‘subjects’.

    During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they
    knew most Americans were ARMED!

    If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of
    your friends.

    SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!

    SWITZERLAND’S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE!

    SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!

    IT’S A NO BRAINER! More guns, less crime!

    DON’T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET. THE ONLY
    REAL ANSWER IS TO FOLLOW SWITZERLAND’S LEAD…PERIOD.