Thursday, January 17, 2013
It has served our nation well in our short history and guided us into becoming the super power we have been known as, along with being the freest nation on the planet a long as we have abided by it and followed the basic tenets of it.
But government wishes to grow and assume powers our country was founded to get away from, putting the limits on citizens and granting more powers to government denied it when we adhere to our Constitution.
In my 64 years I have seen our Constitutional freedoms slowly removed from the citizens and taken by government, purportedly for the “common good” we are told by those who read what they wish into our constitution and twisting clearly laid out rights to mean something they are not.
Most recently we see this effort as presidential executive orders are being signed to place limits on the right o law-abiding citizens to “keep and bear arms” as laid out in our 2nd Amendment that states, “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.”
Using the tragic and horrendous murder of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Barack Obama and the Democrat Party have launched an unprecedented attack on our Second Amendment Rights, calling for the return of the “Assault Weapons Ban” that failed to curb gun violence the 10 years it was in effect.
Also in play is limiting the capacity of magazines semi-automatic weapons may hold as well as promoting a registration system for every gun and owner, letting government know just where those guns are should they ever desire to move to a gun confiscation policy and disarm the public.
Along with this move to limit our ability to purchase ammunition for our guns by requiring background checks to purchase ammunition as well as calls for increasing taxes on it to discourage and impair ability to afford to purchase ammunition.
Democrats have launched a well orchestrated attack, likening efforts to strip the National Rifle Association, the largest pro-gun organization in our country, to defeating Germany’s Nazi’s in World War Two along with comparing to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
One email sent out by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has even twisted their attacks into us and the NRA attacking them.
Most Democrats seem to be lining up behind these efforts to strip us of our Constitutional Right to keep and bear arms while a few Republicans seem to be leaning to cave to Democrats demands, hoping to retain their offices next election or not wanting to stand up for our rights.
While we are seeing County Sheriff’s stand up for our rights by publicly stating they will not enforce any unconstitutional measure that violates our right to keep and bear arms, elected officials are not coming out as strong or are remaining silent in the face of the Democrats assault.
It was very pleasing to receive a press release this evening from the Clark County Washington Republican Party that proposes a strong stand on protecting our constitutional right and putting elected officials on notice that if they side with the Democrats assault, “The Clark County Republican Party may refuse to support and may condemn, and/or recruit opposition to any holder of public office and any candidate for public office who the Board finds has taken any action to infringe, impair or usurp our Natural and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, regardless of their party affiliation.”
A strong stand that I wholly support and believe will easily be passed into an official resolution at the next Central Committee Meeting in February.
A quick review of the Clark County Washington Democrat Party revealed no stand one way or the other on this assault, but I highly doubt they will stand against Obama and their party leaders to support citizens and our Constitutional Rights.
Knee Jerk reactions to tragic events are often not well thought out and end up hurting more than helping by focusing on the wrong area and ignoring the real problem. While the 23 executive orders signed by Obama do have a slight indication of “discussing mental health,” none of them address the over reliance our society has seen over the years on Psycho-therapeutic drugs and the ill effects of their use or withdrawing from not taking them as prescribed.
More often than not they seem to play a central role in these mass shootings and are not being addressed currently.
In the meantime, calls for arming teachers who would have a better chance of ending a maniacal shooter before they commit mass murder of children is scoffed at and ridiculed, primarily by Democrats and a few Republicans, some not even willing to look at the proposal as a potential solution.
Disarming more law-abiding citizens or limiting our ability to protect ourselves from either criminals or a future tyrannical government is not a viable solution, as seen in our larger cities that currently have strict gun regulations and gun bans, while also having the highest gun murder rates.
This stand by the CCGOP is what I got used to seeing from Republicans, taking a strong stand for citizens and our rights years ago.
Seeing it returning is what I have been hoping to see for some time now and I applaud the new party chair, Lynda Wilson for standing up for the people, not necessarily the politician.
We need to see more of this from conservatives, letting elected officials know that our rights are not negotiable.
Posted by Lew Waters at 10:01 PM