Action On 1994 Aw Ban Sunset
Posted 20 January 2004 - 09:55 PM
I am really pleased with all the responses concerning this topic. Nick thanks a bunch for letting this thing fly here on the main page. This web site is a great tool for what we hope to accomplish in the future!!! Frank and Nick, many thanks!!!
Just so you all would know I am serious about the upcoming election and sunsetting of the 1994 Act, here is what I wrote and sent to Sean Hannity at Foxnews (while you all were listening to the State of the Union Message):
Dear Mr. Hannity,
As we all remember, the 2000 election was extremely close with the State of Florida deciding the outcome. I do not remember the total number of votes in Florida that put Mr. Bush into office, but I believe it was less than 1,000. As we all learned from that experience, every vote does count!
I would like to bring to your attention an issue that may likely play a decisive role in the upcoming general election. For too long, Americans have seen their Constitutional Rights slowly erode by the acts of politicians. We always get more laws, rules, acts or regulations to comply with, which usually hampers our freedoms. This has been the case with respect to the Second Amendment for many years. The gun laws passed in recent times such as 1968, 1986 and 1994 have severely impacted the right of law abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. The 1994 act, which many refer to as the “assault weapons ban” is to sunset in September 2004, unless congress and the President make it a permanent act. There is really nothing new in the “assault weapons ban” with respect to actual “assault weapons”. For the most part it is a fraud. For the record, “assault weapons” as defined by the Department of Defense, are currently regulated by an act that was passed in 1934 (The National Firearms Act of 1934). This act regulates fully automatic firearms to this very day. Contained in the 1994 act are semi-automatic rifles that many people use to hunt with, target shoot or are collectibles. Collectors, who typically have static displays of antique firearms, who wish to purchase accessories for their displays can no longer do so at a reasonable cost, thanks to Bill Clinton and the supporting congress. What has actually been perpetrated on the American people is more and more means of getting the more ordinary types of firearms from law-abiding citizens. The anti-Second Amendment crowd (the Dems) is planning to run a bill through congress that is severely more restrictive than the 1994 act, should the current congress allow the 1994 act to sunset.
Many believers in the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights think enough is enough. The assault weapons ban of 1994 must sunset if President Bush expects the support of many Americans who own firearms. President Bush must also let it be known that he will veto any new gun legislation that limits gun ownership that crosses his desk during his second term should he get re-elected. I am willing to bet there are at least 1,000 gun owners in Florida with this attitude and many more across America. I know there are many Second Amendment advocates that are willing to write-in a candidate for president in the next election should President Bush stumble with the 1994 assault weapons ban. In the past, Second Amendment supporters may have taken the approach of voting for the lesser of two evils, but no longer! If the Second Amendment is to fall, does it matter if a democrat or a republican was president at the time?
The believers in the Constitution and The Bill of Rights plan on making a statement in the next election, if necessary!
Mr. Hannity, I listen to your radio show every chance I get. I even tolerate Alan Colmes on Fox so I can hear what you have to say. You are a breath of fresh air to the airwaves of America! We need your support in getting this message out. We need your help in this tough fight to save the Second Amendment. I would be willing to discuss this letter in more detail at your convenience.
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I will let you all know if Mr. Hannity responds.
Posted 20 January 2004 - 10:29 PM
Posted 20 January 2004 - 11:14 PM
The Founding Fathers own words, concerning firearms:
"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."-Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." ""What is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials."-George Mason, 1788.
"The militia is our ultimate safety. We can have no security without it. The great object is that every man be armed."-Patrick Henry.
"On every question of construction, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."-Thomas Jefferson, 1823.
"That the Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."-Samuel Adams, 1788.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 10:27 AM
Posted 21 January 2004 - 12:46 PM
Posted 21 January 2004 - 01:07 PM
Posted 21 January 2004 - 01:39 PM
It's my understanding that if it weren't for the NRA's efforts in 2000 in the states of Arkansas, Tennessee and W. Virginia, President Bush would not have won those states and the Florida issue would have been irrelevant (what a scary thought to have a Pres. Gore!).
What concerns me about the upcoming 2004 presidential election is that, thanks to the Supreme Court, the NRA will not be able to be our advocate to the same degree as in 2000. The result is that we as individuals will have to become advocates in the NRA's absence. Unlike in past years, more will be required of us than just going to the ballot box. We must make the effort to educate those who we consider friends about the issue of freedom (it's not about guns, it's about the freedoms that come with being an American citizen).
Far too many of our fellow citizens have no idea just how fortunate they are to be an American. They have not had their homes and families put at risk by a shooting war at their doorstep. They have not witnessed war's terrible consequences to their neighborhoods or cities. They don't get it! We would be much better off as a country if each and every citizen had to spend a year in a third-world country. In 1968 I realized how lucky I am to be an American--before I went to Vietnam I owned my first car. When I arrived in Vietnam I realized that not only do young people not own cars, there were no roads worthy of vehicle traffic (in the Mekong Delta region). My exposure to how people live in other countries was the best educational experience of my life. God Bless America!
Posted 21 January 2004 - 02:18 PM
A: Pull the fangs
Once the militia, ie, the law abiding, gun owning citizens are completely disarmed, we are only one step away from the Gestapo tactics of the 1930's . The Patriot Act effectively removed the need for a warrant signed by a judge in order to break down your front door at 3 am. The only thing left that may deter this is the common sense of law enforcement and what might await them on the other side. Once the any risk of danger behind the door is eliminated, who knows what may happen?
Having been an active duty infantry soldier who has heard the sound of a shot fired in anger on more than one occasion, I take great pride in the oath "to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign AND domestic." I don't want someone like Diane Feinstein being in a position to tell me what I can and cannot do on ANTYHING, including what I do with my leisure time. If our representatives are able to be pressured into voting against us, they can be pressured into voting for us. Lets take back our country from our domestic enemies (those who want to take our freedoms away) and VOTE!!!!