The only issue here is “CONTROL”. There is no precedent for gun control. The only precedent that exists is the Second Amendment which clearly states that: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
What do the Founders mean? My interpretation of the plain English in the second amendment is this. The Founders stated that each male between the ages of 16 and 60 has the obligation, in order to serve as a member of a locally formed militia group, to obtain, maintain, learn to use and obtain and keep ammunition on hand for use in their arms, whatever form they may have chosen for their arms. Then, the Founders, in order for the capability for a community to assemble its militia like group on short notice and have it be fully armed and ready upon assembly, included “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” You will notice that they used the word “shall” which is the way a definite statement is made to which there are no exceptions or conditions permitted.
That means that unless we “The People” approve of an amendment to our second amendment, no amendment is allowed by interpretation or otherwise. Restriction of those rights is a form of infringement and is not permitted by the Constitution.
So, in my opinion, the President, Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Supreme Court, no-one and/or no entity has the constitutional authority to change the intent or meaning of the second amendment or any other part of the Constitution by law or by regulation or any other product of government.
We the People, in order to remain in control of our Republic, and to retain our freedom and liberty as provided by the Founders, had better pay a whole lot of attention to everything that our government does or proposes to do. We are each responsible for doing all that we can to see to it that our central government remains small and efficient and that the States retain the largest part of governmental functions. No-one else is responsible – we are fully responsible and we must perform responsibly to keep those we elect in line.
The quickest and most efficient way to accomplish this is to insure that no-one elected to office by the People is allowed to serve more than one term. This will prevent the cronyism you see in Washington right now. No-one would be in office long enough to form coercive relationships with special interests that diminish the power of the People in favor of those special interests and the temptations they represent. Keeping those we elect to one term only will prevent the growth of progressive attitudes in those folks like we are seeing in those having served multiple terms.
When people are in powerful positions wherein they have enjoyed power and influence far beyond what any of the rest of us ever hope to experience, for years and years, and have rubbed noses with the elites of the World all on the taxpayers dime with immunity from prosecution for any abuses or excesses they may commit they become to feel entitled to theses things via their position and that only those in their position are entitled to rule over those at a lower station than theirs who are too stupid to know what is good for themselves let alone for the country.
That is where those in Congress are now and they have caused the problems that are diminishing our country right now. The entrenched are enjoying the benefits of country club membership to excess and have come to ignore the reasons they were elected, the oaths of office in which they swore to God they would preserve, protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic, and that they are “public servants” responsible for representing their constituents concerns in all that they do. NOT THEMSELVES!
DO NOT REELECT/ELECT ANYONE except proven Constitutional Conservatives who are protecting the Constitution as they swore they would do when they took their oaths of office. GOT IT! By exercising our right to vote and elect those that we have found to be willing and able to represent our interests in Washington we can control the make up of Congress. We can purge Congress of those that think they
are entitled to be there and we are too stupid to be able to decide what is good for our country and for ourselves.
I am from Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District and the Senators that are supposed to be representing me
and my neighbors are Clair McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R). Our Representative in the House is Vicky Hartzler (R). Claire McCaskill always votes for whatever the Liberals are doing, no matter what we constituents tell her. She must be voted out as soon as possible. Roy Blunt gives a lot of lip service to being a Conservative but has been known to show his RINO stripes on controversial subjects. He needs to go as soon as possible. Vicky Hartzler, and ex school teacher turned politician who is in her second term in the House. She spends too much time addressing local issues at a time when she needs to be focused only on saving our country. She needs to go in 2014.
You must not elect or reelect anyone in 2014 that is not proven, by act and word, that they are committed Constitutional Conservatives. Then, in 2016, we must make sure that the polls are not rigged as they were in the 2012 elections. Make sure that no radical Liberal is approved as a presidential candidate (Clinton, Gore, Biden, etc.), and, make sure that no-one is able to serve more than one term, ever. There are no allowances for multiple terms in the Constitution. Politicians and special interests money have created a convenient assumption that more than one term is allowed. The Constitution does say, in the seventeenth amendment: “The Senate of the United States SHALL be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator SHALL have one vote. ….”
Nothing in the seventeenth amendment or anywhere else in the Constitution makes any statement allowing more than one term. In fact, the seventeenth amendment is emphatic in its identifying how many Senators each state is to have, that they will be elected by the people voting in that state, that each Senator elected by the people of the state serve for six years. There is not doubt that they were emphatic about these conditions because they used the word “shall” before setting the details.
WE ALL must be totally involved in the operations of our government and contact our members in Congress daily, and more than once daily if you are really concerned. Every Senator and Congressperson has several offices. Its a good idea to call every one of them. When you do your concerns may get through from one of those offices. The most important thing is that they understand that their constituents are involved and watching everything that is going on, especially how they are serving their needs. One term public servants won’t have the need for time to get re-elected and that will provide more time for them to do their jobs.
God Bless You and America
Joseph D. Hollinger