February 4, 2013
At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, Wayne LaPierre, vice president of the national Rifle Association (NRA), asserted that “background checks will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them.”
LaPierre continued to say that the President and his administration would take the federal gun grab “a step further” if it were to become successful in disarming Americans. “I think that they’ll do is they’ll turn this universal check on the law-abiding into a universal registry on law-abiding people. ‘Obamacare’ wasn’t a tax until they needed it to be a tax. I don’t think you can trust these people.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act which restricts gun access further in a town that already has tough gun laws. Provisions inside SAFE include:
• Mandatory police registry of ‘assault weapons”
• State registry of private gun sales
• Criminal penalties of “unsafe” gun storage within the home
Citizens met with officials in Erie, New York to discuss SAFE. During the meeting, state officials declined to answer questions while maintaining that this was the purpose of the meeting. Private interviews with media were provided while law abiding citizens were proverbially cast aside.
The crowd requested explanations on jury nullifications for gun trials, police actions, the 2nd Amendment and how domestic terrorism fits in with SAFE.
National polls have found that Americans are becoming increasingly convinced that the US government is a threat to their personal rights while rumors about militias being formed are surfacing.
The 2nd Amendment and Constitution allow for the legal formation of “organized” and “unorganized” regulated militias while federal courts have defined that unorganized militias are not protected under the Constitution.
Militias are viewed by some as open doors for anarchy because of the impossibility for constitutional democracy if everyone were to enact their right to bear arms.
Militias are recognized by a portion of states as protection for the local government.
US Supreme Court cases such as District of Columbia v. Heller have maintained the right to bear arms and right to free speech. This case outlined with the dissenting opinion of Justice John Paul Stevens that: “The Second Amendment was adopted to protect the right of the people of each of the several States to maintain a well-regulated militia. It was a response to concerns raised during the ratification of the Constitution that the power of Congress to disarm the state militias and create a national standing army posed an intolerable threat to the sovereignty of the several States. Neither the text of the Amendment nor the arguments advanced by its proponents evidenced the slightest interest in limiting any legislature’s authority to regulate private civilian uses of firearms. Specifically, there is no indication that the Framers of the Amendment intended to enshrine the common-law right of self-defense in the Constitution.”
The National Sheriffs Association (NSA) has released a statement concerning their position on the federal gun control legislation and 23 executive orders.
The NSA said: “The Sheriffs strongly support our Citizens right, protect his right, to bear arms under the Second Amendment and the National Sheriffs Association does not support any law that deprives the citizens of the rights provided under the Constitution and the bill of rights. Every elected sheriff has the right to enforce the laws in their county as they see fit.”
Last week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was accompanied by a SWAT team and local county Sheriff deputies when they descended on a citizen’s home in Albuquerque, New Mexico and removed 1,500 firearms from the residence.
Although no charges were filed against the gun owner, the guns were bagged and tagged as evidence. According to neighbors, the gentleman was a gun collector, as well as a licensed gun seller. Authorities claim that the gentleman is part of an investigation into gun smuggling, tax evasion and violation of importation laws.
Last week, DHS suggested that citizens could protect themselves from a gunman with scissors and by hiding under a desk. In a promotional video entitled “Options for Consideration”, it is recommended that “if you are caught out in the open and cannot conceal yourself or take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter with whatever means are available” and in the next scene, the office worker pulls out a pair of scissors from a desk drawer.
The video shows scenes from the Virginia Tech shooting and suggests that survival during an attack with a raging gunman could include barring yourself behind a door blocked by furniture or hiding “behind large items such as cabinets or desks.”
Another mysterious addition to the recent federal gun grab is the sudden murder of Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author. Kyle was shot by a gentleman at a shooting range, according to Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant.