- Posted January 16, 2013 by
Fort Worth, Texas
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
Obama's Assault on Gun Owners Part II
In Part I we talked about the President’s gun control agenda and that he is using the emotions caused by the deaths of the Sandy Hill students to force unconstitutional gun laws on the American people. We talked about the AR-15 and its difference from the M-16 assault rifle that is used by the military. And we talked about the Second Amendment and our American heritage. Starting Part II is Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano's statement on the Second Amendment.
When Janet Napolitano, President Obama’s Director of Homeland Security was Governor of Arizona she said this about the Second Amendment.
“The right to bear arms is enumerated in the Constitution, and is therefore fundamental to the liberty interests of all Americans. I believe elected officials have a duty to ensure that these interests are not abridged. My position on the 2nd Amendment is simple: existing laws related to firearms and their possession are a sufficient framework by which to ensure the safety of all Arizonans. Rather than focusing on new legislation, we must first be vigilant in our enforcement of the laws that are on the books. We must step up outreach and education efforts to ensure that gun safety is at the top the agenda, and work together to mitigate tragic accidents that result from unsupervised firearm use by children. Parents talking to their children about gun safety and practicing gun safety in front of them will accomplish this goal, new legislation will not. “ http://www.ontheissues.org/governor/Janet_Napolitano_Gun_Control.htm 1/16/2013
President Obama is going to announce his recommendations this week and to help him seal the deal he is going to have children who wrote letters to him after the shootings at Sandy Hook. The only conversation I see the President having with the people on this issue appears to be one sided and his use of people’s emotions does not provide a basis for people to make a rational decision.
When I retired from the Army National Guard I was given a plaque in the shape of Texas and on the plaque was engraved a minuteman statue like the one at Concord, Massachusetts, and on the base of the statue is my name, Robert. It is a reminder to me of my country’s and my family’s history and heritage. Living outside Philadelphia for the first 14 years of my life I was able to visit Independence Hall, Valley Forge and numerous other historical sites. My love, appreciation and patriotism for the United States of America grew from my rich cultural experience. I know what hardships my family as well as other settler families endured in order to create this magnificent country of ours. We cannot allow the government to legislate laws that are unconstitutional in regards to what weapons we can possess and how much ammunition we are allowed to have or what kind of magazines we can use. Imagine just the opposite. William Brigham in The Compact with the Charter and Laws of the Colony of New Plymouth states “This was the case in Massachusetts in 1644. The state required that “every freeman or other inhabitant of this colony provide for himself and each under him able bear arms a sufficient musket and other serviceable piece” as well as “two pounds of powder and ten pounds of bullets.” http://americanvision.org/2342/ The right to bear arms is not one to be defined with the word sporting or hunting. People like Governor Cuomo of New York are misinformed about the Second Amendment. The primary reason it was written was to give the citizens a means to oppose and overthrow an abusive government and reestablish a new government as well as defend themselves. Alexander Hamilton said in the Federalist Papers #28:
“When a government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defense- to fight the government”
James Madison “father of the Bill of Rights” said in the Federalist Papers #46:
“The ultimate authority resides in the people, and that if the federal government got too powerful and overstepped its authority, then the people would develop plans of resistance and resort to arms.”
When you hear the rhetoric that will be forthcoming on this issue take a minute to think about what I’ve said and look beyond what your emotions are telling you. The Second Amendment is the keystone to all of our rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
When Kids Get Life
William Brigham, ed., The Compact with the Charter and Laws of the Colony of New Plymouth (Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1836)
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-908695 “Who Are the Shooters”
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-897281 “Sandy Hook-a Teacher’s Thought”
http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/13/politics/gun-laws-battle/index.html Countdown to new wave in gun violence battle