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    Posted January 16, 2013 by
    rhallman
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    Gun control debate: Background checks

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    Obama'a Assault on Gun Owners Part I

     

                                     

      The Gun Control Commission recommendations are going to President Obama  and this morning he will announce his proposals. There is no surprise in what the President will be proposing because he has already predetermined his course of action. It’s unfortunate that the tragedy occurred at Newtown, Connecticut but President Obama jumped on that opportunity to implement his gun control policy like a junk yard dog on a bone. When he announced the formation of the Gun control Commission with Vice President Biden standing by his side he reminded me of the Wizard of Oz as he threw back the curtain and told the Vice president “Here’s your commission”. The Gun Control Commission is just a kangaroo court and will propose whatever the President wants in order to establish credibility to his agenda to infringe on our Second Amendment rights. An AR-15 is NOT an assault rifle. I have one and as you can see by the photograph the fire selector switch has two positions –Safe and Semi. The magazines I use with it are twenty round magazines which are standard sizes. Hi capacity would be 50 and 60 round magazines, and the 100 round drum. I purchased my rifle because I like to shoot and the M-16 I used for the 32 years I spent in the Army was quite familiar to me and I wanted something that resembled it. I’m not a gun nut or gun freak, I’m just an average citizen who believes in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a ninth generation American. My Family came to America in 1719, escaping poverty, war, and oppression in Germany. I had a family member who fought and was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine in the Revolutionary War and several family members fought in the Civil War, World War II, I fought in Vietnam and my son fought in Iraq. You can see the Navy Seals logo on my AR-15 “Duty Honor Country”. That logo is the Seals watchword and it is mine as well. We in America have lost control of our politicians to big business and political action committees and the very wealthy. Our only safeguard against our government overstepping its authority is the Second Amendment. The problem that we have is not a problem of guns or which types of guns or of hi-capacity magazines (that fit an arbitrary definition of hi-capacity) but one of a moral decay in our society that has allowed people to acquire guns who should not have them. The decline of the nuclear family and an increase in single parent households along with increasing economic hardships has left millions of Americans without support structures to help them through their trying times. We need to insist, no, demand that Counseling and Mental Health programs be made more robust and encompass our youth from the time they start school through the 12th Grade. Anti-bullying campaigns must be in all school districts and integrated into our society. I wasn’t surprised when I read that Bryan Oliver, 16, who attended Taft Union High School in Taft, California was said to have been bullied. This just corroborates what I said in my CNN iReort “Who Are the Shooters”. On May 8, 2007 the PBS show Frontline presented a documentary entitled “When Kids Get Life”. This does not talk so much about school shooters in general but it does feature the following five cases of children under 18 years old who commit murder and are sentenced to life in prison without parole.

    a. Jacob Ind- On December 17th, 1992 Jacob shot and killed his mother, Pamela Jordan and his stepfather, Kermode Jordan. Jacob was 15 years old

    b.Trevor Jones- Convicted of killing 16 year old Matthew Foley when a gun Matthew was buying from Trevor went off.

    c. Andrew Medina- Andrew was 15 on July 15th, 1999 when he and two other youths, 17 year old Michael Brown and Derrick Miller tried to carjack 17-year-old Kristopher Lohrmeyer and someone fired a gun killing Lohrmyer.

    d. Nathan Ybanez- Convicted of killing his mother at age 14.

    e. Erik Jensen- Eric was nothing more than a loyal friend of Nathan’s and became a victim of circumstances when he was with Nathan when he killed his mother.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/whenkidsgetlife/

    All the crimes took place in Colorado, and these are just five individual cases but they are indicative of a failure in our society to look out for and care for our young children.

    Several things caught my eye in Josh Levs, CNN report on Sunday January 13,2013, Countdown to new wave in gun violence battle

    By Josh Levs, CNN  http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/13/politics/gun-laws-battle/index.html

    Senator Joe Manchin is quoted as saying on "State of the Union.""It has to be a comprehensive approach." I agree that a comprehensive approach must be taken by all the people of this country. I have even presented some of my own ideas in previous iReports “Who Are the Shooters”, and “Sandy Hook-A Teachers Thoughts”. Senator Diane Feinstein is quoted as saying in December following the shootings at Sandy Hook, "All of the things that society regulates, but we can't touch guns? That's wrong," Senator Feinstein, the Second Amendment states that you can’t touch guns; it says that the citizens of this country have a right to self-defense given to each of us by our creator. It further states that these are not ordinary rights or even privileges but unalienable rights which means that these rights can’t be transferred or taken away. The Second Amendment states “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.” That means they can’t be encroached, violated, or interfered with. There are people in this country who believe that they do not need to have guns or firearms, and there are those who believe that we should disarm every citizen. The former are entitled to conduct their affairs the best way they see fit but the latter do not have a right to infringe on the rights of the people who choose to arm themselves.

      In Part II of “Obama’s Assault on Hand Gun Owners you’ll see what Janet Napolitano, thinks about the Second Amendment, read some more of my thoughts and views on our national heritage, and read what two of the founding fathers had to say about the Second Amendment.

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