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  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    This from the Federalist Digest 3-21 for 23 May 2003:

    "The Federalist has ruffled a few Leftist feathers with our latest PatriotPetition.US campaign encouraging Congress to reject legislation renewing the 1994 Clinton-Feinstein-Schumer Gun-Control Act. Even some of our readers, who identify themselves as "conservative" but think the central government should restrict the Second Amendment for their safety, are rejecting our challenge to this incremental encroachment on the right of all law-abiding citizens to own semi-automatic rifles for lawful purposes.

    For the sake of argument, let's simplify this debate by setting aside the constitutional issue for the moment and asking this question: "How has the 1994 Clinton-Feinstein-Schumer Gun-Control Act made anyone safer?" Criminals in the U.S. (and every country in the world) have access to all manner of small arms, and they don't care if the weapons they're using comport with Feinstein-Schumer or any of the other 23,000 federal, state and local gun restrictions.

    Contrary to the notion that such laws increase safety, a substantial body of evidence supports the conclusion that gun restrictions on law-abiding citizens have precisely the opposite effect of their stated intent (the law of unintended consequences). For example, states and cities with the most restrictive gun controls on law-abiding citizens tend to have the highest rates of violent crime, while those with the least restrictive gun control tend to have lower rates of violent crime.

    The evidence is similar internationally. In Switzerland, by law, virtually every household must contain at least one fully automatic military "assault weapon," yet Switzerland's gun homicide rate is one of the lowest in the world -- far lower than in the UK, which has the strictest gun-control laws in Europe. Despite the UK's total ban on handguns, you will recall that man in Dunblane, Scotland, who entered a preschool a few years ago and killed sixteen 4- and-5-year old children, their teacher, and then himself. He murdered more victims than those two sociopaths at Columbine, and a total ban on handguns did not stop him. Further, the UK now has the highest crime rate in Europe.

    Consider the gun-control issue in this context: Alcohol-related auto wrecks injure and kill far more Americans every year than criminals with guns. Yet Feinstein-Schumer and their Leftist cadre of Chardonnay-tippers are not suggesting a five-day waiting period to buy beer, or demanding six-ounce containers instead of 12-ouncers -- because anyone with a modest degree of common sense knows beer-control would make no difference. (Of note, alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in the vast majority of violent crimes.)

    Or consider the incremental encroachment on the Second Amendment in this context: What if Feinstein-Schumer endeavored to encroach on First Amendment rights -- and declared that the indictment of their Socialist vision by e-journals like The Federalist constituted "hate speech" and was, thus, illegal. How would one propose to defend the First Amendment -- or any other -- if they had allowed the emasculation of the Second?

    As noted by Justice Joseph Story, appointed to the Supreme Court by the author of our Constitution, James Madison: "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."

    As for those who would argue that the NRA, and other Second Amendment advocacy groups, are overreacting by suggesting the Left's ultimate objective is gun confiscation, one need only to re-read Ms. Feinstein's declaration after passage of her 1994 legislation: "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate...for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it!"

    The Federalist believes President Bush missed a brilliant opportunity to take a stand for the one constitutional right that ensures all the rest. It was a colossal blunder by his Beltway handlers to gamble that this legislation will not pass the House, rather than make a principled stand! Feinstein and Schumer will attempt to engineer a roll-call vote on this issue in the upcoming election year.

    Feinstein-Schumer is an affront to the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to own semi-automatic rifles for lawful purposes. Please join fellow American Patriots on the front lines in defense of our constitutional liberties calling on Congress to reject renewal of the 1994 Clinton-Feinstein-Schumer Gun-Control Act."

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    For your friends and associates who still don't get it, we are printing some colorful stickers for their front door stating, "This is a gun-free household!"
  2. 1952Sniper

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    Good post, Marlin!

    I hate to say it, but the 2nd Amendment is inherently flawed. It is almost impossible to ask any government to allow its citizens to keep weapons for the purpose of violent overthrow of said government.

    I mean, that would be like telling your boss that he should give you the power to fire him. Do you think he's going to willingly agree to that?

    This is why the 2nd Amendment has been and always will be an albatross for the Federal government. As long as we are free, we will have to fight this battle. Even if the Supreme Court grew some nads and decided to hear the matter and make a firm decision, there will always be people who want to take this right away from us.

    Sad, but true. Join the fight, folks, and never quit fighting.
  3. Shizamus

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    The 2nd Amendment, your LIBERTY TEETH !


    This country was FOUNDED by religious nuts with guns !!

    Remember this : Anyone, anyone that wants to take

    your GUN away from you is your ENEMY,

    let me repeat, Is your ENEMY !!!

    And anyone that can come up with a different
    conclusion is also your ENEMY !!!


    Real talk radio , if you dare : www.gcnlive.com
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  4. Texan

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    Sadly enough, this is the glory and shame of democracy: The ability to give and retract the rights that made you free. I would prefer to see more regulation on alcohol and tobacco, which are more harmful IMHO, than on firearms.
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    Oooooh, don't get me started on regulation of tobacco.

    I consider it my right to smoke a damn cigarette, but apparently there is no Constitutional right to keep and bear cigarettes. That is one freedom that people just love to take away. Liberals, conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, it doesn't matter. They all want to take away my cigarettes. Or tax the hell out of them.

    Just one more example of government gone bad. They can't just leave well enough alone. They constantly... CONSTANTLY.... are looking for something else to take away from America.
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    I thought that would get a rise out of you!!! The Government, IMHO, has no right to regulate our freedoms, firearms, tobacco, alcohol, seatbelts. The bleeding hearts are under the impression that if they try to restrict the things that are POTENTIALLY harmful, we will have a more secure society. Less shootings, less lung cancer, less DUI's...You don't ingest or inhale a gun.
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    Yes, it never ceases to amaze me how people think that they can legislate our safety.

    For all of you who think America is still a truly free country, try driving down the highway without a seatbelt, and see how free you are.

    Government needs to stay out of our personal decisions. Period.

    I guess the Libertarian Party is looking better and better after all.....
  8. Texan

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    What ever happened to natural selection? If they take away our RKBA we're finished. All freedoms will disappear one by one.
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