In regards to Senate Bills S.54, S.146, S.374, S.433, S.443, S.649 I would encourage you to oppose all of these Bills. “Public Safety” is not an excuse to deprive honest citizens of their right to self defense. It is not an adequate excuse to deprive any citizen of any of their rights. These laws are not aimed at public safety but control by force rather than authority of the federal government, an illegal control and force at that as the Constitution denies the Federal government the authority to limit the right to bear arms.
"The instrument by which it [government] must act are either the AUTHORITY of the laws or FORCE. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government there is an end to liberty!"
--Alexander Hamilton, Tully, No. 3, 1794strong>
This leads to the second problem brought about by these types of actions by the government, useless and unenforceable laws. This causes the citizens to have disrespect for the authority of law enforcement and our public officials, also a disregard for the laws that exist.
"Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure."
--Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 1823
Our government is one of limited power, limited by the constitutional authority granted to the government by the people. If the Government has a disregard for the law, why would you expect the citizens to respect it? If the “Lords of Power” continually exempt themselves from laws inflicted on the masses, why should the people respect the leaders or the laws? An armed man is a citizen.p>
"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others."
--James Madison, Federalist No. 58, 1788
When government exceeds its authority the people have the right and responsibility, to ignore or alter either the laws or the government; it is not dependent upon what a few unelected Judges say, but what is agreeable to the People. This leads to a lawless state with chaos ruling, this is the point to which this administration has lead this country. the people do not trust or respect their Government.
Again I ask you to support the Second Amendment and oppose all gun control laws.
So Far: the govt is only putzin around...reducing clip size or even eliminating automatic weapons altogether will not disable a respectible gun owners ability to defend self or family or castle.. How many snipers use AR's? How many skeet shooters or respectable hunters use them...The problem is the media sensationalism and the false belief that guns are the CAUSE of death...Same false logic as pencils cause mistakes in arithmetic.
While what you say may have a ring of truth, the Second Amendment was NEVER about Hunting, unless you consider a Tyrannical Politician fair game. And one thing is Certain, the Elite Bankers who control the Pin Heads in the Government, want NO RESISTANCE when they put the final Nail in the coffin of this country, will stop at Nothing to completely Eliminate Your Freedoms, as their relatives did in Germany, and a few other countries.
If your not ready to fight, and maybe even shed the blood of your enemy, you will be on the other side of the stockade fence watching the Last Free People fight for their freedoms, even if it means their death.
"If your not ready to fight..."
...IF A person isn't gettin' ready to fight, then he's gettin' ready to submit.
Depends on what you are defending your home from. There are 6 bills listed in this and there are two more in the house. What’s not in one can be in another. All 6 together can affect your right to self defense.
See this video from Mark Dice; he asks people to sign a petition to confiscate guns from law abiding citizens and allow criminals to retain their guns.
Well Hugh, the way I see it' they are not going to stop till they have Every Person in this country Hemmed In with a Ring of Regulations that would prohibit the Free Exercise of our Constitutional Rights, and ALL OF US, will one day be considered Terrorist, and rounded up and put to death, so if we have to die, might as well die fighting
From: Senator Saxby Chambliss
Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Your taking time to contact me is appreciated.
I have always been and remain a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and it is Congress' responsibility to make sure that Americans' constitutional rights are protected. We must make certain that the rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens are not unfairly impeded. I believe that the ability of sportsmen, hunters, gun enthusiasts and citizens concerned with their personal safety to own a gun, whether for sport or protection, is clearly defined in the Constitution and must not be compromised.
In response to recent tragic and high-profile acts of violence, there has been a renewed focus on government regulation of guns. Congress has had an extensive and detailed debate about the potential causes of these crimes, including mental health issues, depictions of violence in television, movies, and video games, and firearms.
It is my belief that implementing improved background checks could significantly impact the ability of individuals who are a danger to themselves and to others from obtaining guns. For this reason, I voted in favor of the Grassley/Graham/Cruz amendment # 725 to S. 649, the "Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013," to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and to address mental illness in the justice system. Ultimately, this amendment failed on April 17, 2013 by a 52-48 vote margin.
Additionally, Senators Manchin, Toomey, and Schumer offered amendment # 715, which in certain instances would criminalize the private transfer of firearms by law-abiding citizens. Specifically, this amendment would require individuals who sell their firearms to lifelong friends, neighbors, and even family members to obtain the federal government's permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. I voted against the Manchin-Toomey amendment #715, which failed passage by a 54-46 vote margin.
The dialogue regarding acts of violence will likely continue with additional legislative proposals seeking to address the underlying causes. As Congress continues this conversation, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of assistance to you in the future.
Dear Mr. ******:
Thank you for contacting me regarding S.649, The Safe Communities and Safe Schools Act. I appreciate hearing from you and appreciate the opportunity to respond.
S.649 was introduced by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) on March 21, 2013. This legislation would have amended the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, and the federal criminal code to require background checks for all firearm sales, to prohibit straw purchases of firearms, and to expand the school safety grant program. Senator Reid brought this bill to the floor for debate in April 11, 2013, but pulled it off the floor a week later after the Senate defeated an amendment to expand background checks on gun purchases. There was no vote on final passage of this legislation, and Reid has said he might try to bring the bill back to the floor at an undetermined date in the future. I voted against the amendment to expand background checks and did not support the overall bill because of my concerns over its potential impact on private sales and privacy issues.
I support the Second Amendment right of all law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families. I firmly believe that we do not need more gun control in America; rather we need more criminal control. To that end, I support instant background checks on the commercial purchase of all guns to prevent convicted felons from obtaining them, but I do not support waiting periods or the registration of any firearm. As these issues reemerge in the 113th Congress, I will work for commonsense legislation that keeps our children safe without infringing upon our Second Amendment rights.
United States Senator
Good letter and an a fine example for citizens to use for their congressmen.