Monday, July 14, 2008

Obama and Gun Control

Obama says: "We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measures that I think respect the Second Amendment and people's traditions. I think there's a lot of room before bumping against a constitutional barrier. ... I am not in favor of concealed weapons. There has not been any evidence that allowing people to carry a concealed weapon is going to make anybody safer. ... I wanted to make sure that local communities were recognized as having a right to regulate firearms. The notion that somehow local jurisdictions can't initiate gun laws isn't born out by our Constitution."

"Thus, while I may favor common-sense gun control laws, that doesn't keep me from reaching out to NRA members who are worried about their lack of health insurance."

"I'm a strong believer in the rights of hunters and sportsmen to have firearms." -- Barack Obama

"I knew Obama during the mid-1990s. The first time I introduced myself to him he said 'Oh, you are the gun guy.' I responded 'Yes, I guess so.' He simply responded, 'I don't believe that people should be able to own guns."' -- Professor John Lott, PhD, author of More Guns, Less Crime

"He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism... that you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed." -- Michelle Obama

http://www.sportsmenforobama.org/content/view/14/27/
http://www.sportsmenforobama.org/

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Of all of the Obama quotes this one causes me the most trouble:

"As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right, and, you know, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it." [emphasis mine]


Barack Hussein Obama does not understand the Constitution. The Constitution does NOT "confer" rights to the citizen.  This image that the government, in all its benevolence, is granting or conferring our rights to us, smacks of Royalism, elitism and a general disregard or lack of understanding of the intent and purpose of the Constitution. (This is a common thread among liberals).

The Constitution is not about granting rights to us by the government.  The Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights, establishes a list of freedoms and liberties that Man already has, by definition of his existence.  The Bill of Rights is a list of limits that are placed on government that acknowledges that fact and establishes that government shall never infringe on those God-given rights of Man.

You already have a right to own a gun. Self protection, whether it's from a mugger or a tyrannical government, is an inherent right (i.e., "unalienable").  The Founding Fathers recognized that right and it was their intent to force any government that was established to acknowledge that right and prevent government from ever infringing on that right.

I get so tired of the 'great debate' of liberals and politicians over whether we have a right to own a gun.

How many times must we answer that question?

YES! We have a right to own a gun!

The Second Amendment states unequivocally that government "Shall Not Infringe" on that right.

"You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe."    -- John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

"You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe."    -- John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

"You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe."    -- John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

-- Larry

 

"[The Second Amendment] isn't some archaic custom that matters only to rural Americans who find solace in firearms out of frustration with their economic circumstances." -- John McCain

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"

-- Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334

"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good"

-- George Washington
 

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest."

-- Mahatma Gandhi

"As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives [only] moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion to your walks."

-- Thomas Jefferson, writing to his teenaged nephew.

You know why there's a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.

-- Rush Limbaugh 17 Aug 1993

The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.

-- Albert Gallatin (Senator 3rd Congress 1793, Jefferson's Secretary of the Treasury), Oct 7 1789
 
 
 

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