The Sad History of Gun Control

Posted in politics on February 27th, 2013 by sysadmin

The Sad History of Gun Control

Commentary by Rick Ainsworth
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”…
George Santayana
Let’s explore a little history of gun control.
  • In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1953, about 20 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • In 1938, Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945 a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
  • In 1935, China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • In 1964, Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • In 1970, Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
  • In 1975, Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
A total of 56 million people were killed in the 20th century as a direct result of gun confiscation. Can history be more clear?
Does gun confiscation work? It does if you’re a despot (Ed. or a government). If you want to control a populace, gun confiscation (Ed. and education) would seem to be like, dictator 101.
The goal of the Obama Administration, make no mistake about it, is to confiscate all guns from law abiding citizens, leaving us vulnerable to criminals who have guns. But more importantly, confiscating our guns makes us vulnerable to an out of control central government whose only purpose for existence is to run our lives for us… We must always remember that someone with a gun is a citizen, someone whose gun has been taken away from him is a subject.
(ed. Something to consider is: What do you think protects the 1st amendment? Answer: The 2nd amendment)
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9 Things To Know About The 2nd Amendment

Posted in politics on February 27th, 2013 by sysadmin

9 things you don’t know about the Second Amendment

by Matt MacBradaigh Policymic.com February 8, 2013

1. The Second Amendment codifies a pre-existing right The Constitution doesn’t grant or create rights; it recognizes and protects rights that inherently exist. This is why the Founders used the word “inalienable;” these rights cannot be created or taken away. In D.C. vs. Heller, the Supreme Court said the Second Amendment “codified a pre-existing right. The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it “shall not be infringed … this is not a right granted by the Constitution” (p. 19).
2. The Second Amendment protects individual, not collective rights The use of the word “militia” has created some confusion in modern times, because we don’t understand the language as it was used at the time the Constitution was written. However, the Supreme Court states in context, “it was clearly an individual right” (p. 20). The operative clause of the Second Amendment is “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” which is used three times in the Bill of Rights. The Court explains that “All three of these instances unambiguously refer to individual rights, not ‘collective’ rights, or rights that may be exercised only through participation in some corporate body” (p. 5), adding “nowhere else in the Constitution does a ‘right’ attributed to “the people” refer to anything other than an individual right” (p. 6).
3. Every citizen is the militia To further clarify regarding the use of the word “militia,” the court states “the ordinary definition of the militia as all able-bodied men” (p. 23). Today we would say it is all citizens, not necessarily just men. The Court explains: “’Keep arms’ was simply a common way of referring to possessing arms, for militiamen and everyone else” (p. 9). Since the militia is all of us, it doesn’t mean “only carrying a weapon in an organized military unit” (p. 11-12). “It was clearly an individual right, having nothing whatever to do with service in a militia” (p. 20).
4. Personal self-defense is the primary purpose of the Second Amendment We often hear politicians talk about their strong commitment to the Second Amendment while simultaneously mentioning hunting. Although hunting is a legitimate purpose for firearms, it isn’t the primary purpose for the Second Amendment. The Court states “the core lawful purpose [is] self-defense” (p. 58), explaining the Founders“understood the right to enable individuals to defend themselves … the ‘right of self-preservation’ as permitting a citizen to ‘repe[l] force by force’ when ‘the intervention of society in his behalf, may be too late to prevent an injury’ (p.21). They conclude “the inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right” (p.56).
5. There is no interest-balancing approach to the Second Amendment Interest-balancing means we balance a right with other interests. The court notes that we don’t interpret rights this way, stating “we know of no other enumerated constitutional right whose core protection has been subjected to a freestanding“interest-balancing” approach. The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth insisting upon. A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all” (p.62-63). This doesn’t mean that it is unlimited, the same as all rights (more on that below). However, the court states that even though gun violence is a problem to be taken seriously, “the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table” (p.64).
6. The Second Amendment exists to prevent tyranny You’ve probably heard this. It’s listed because this is one of those things about the Second Amendment that many people think is made up. In truth, this is not made up. The Court explains that in order to keep the nation free (“security of a free state”), then the people need arms: “When the able-bodied men of a nation are trained in arms and organized, they are better able to resist tyranny” (p.24-25). The Court states that the Founders noted “that history showed that the way tyrants had eliminated a militia consisting of all the able bodied men was not by banning the militia but simply by taking away the people’s arms, enabling a select militia or standing army to suppress political opponents” (p. 25). At the time of ratification, there was real fear that government could become oppressive: “during the 1788 ratification debates, the fear that the federal government would disarm the people in order to impose rule through a standing army or select militia was pervasive” (p.25). The response to that concern was to codify the citizens’ militia right to arms in the Constitution (p. 26).
7. The Second Amendment was also meant as a provision to repel a foreign army invasion You may find this one comical, but it’s in there. The court notes one of many reasons for the militia to ensure a free state was “it is useful in repelling invasions” (p.24). This provision, like tyranny, isn’t an everyday occurring use of the right; more like a once-in-a-century (if that) kind of provision. A popular myth from World War II holds Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese navy allegedly said “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”Although there is no evidence of him saying this, there was concern that Japan might invade during WWII. Japan did invade Alaska, which was a U.S. territory at the time, and even today on the West Coast there are still gun embankments from the era (now mostly parks). The fact is that there are over 310 million firearms in the United States as of 2009, making a foreign invasion success less likely (that and fact that the U.S. military is arguably the strongest in the world).
8. The Second Amendment protects weapons “in common use at the time” The right to keep and bear arms isn’t unlimited:“Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited” (p. 54). The Court upheld restrictions like the prohibition of arms by felons and the mentally ill, and carrying in certain prohibited places like schools and courthouses. What is protected are weapons “in common use of the time” (p.55). This doesn’t mean weapons in common use “at that time,” meaning the 18th Century. The Court said the idea that it would is “frivolous” and that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding” (p.8). The Court’s criteria include weapons in popular widespread use “that [are] overwhelmingly chosen by American society” (p. 56), and “the most popular weapons chosen by Americans” (p. 58).
9. The Second Amendment might require full-blown military arms to fulfill the original intent The Court didn’t rule specifically on this in D.C. vs. Heller, but noting that weapon technology has drastically changed (mentioning modern day bombers and tanks), they stated “the conception of the militia at the time of the Second Amendment’s ratification was the body of all citizens capable of military service, who would bring the sorts of lawful weapons that they possessed at home to militia duty. It may well be true today that a militia, to be as effective as militias in the 18th century, would require sophisticated arms that are highly unusual in society at large” (p. 55).
They further added that “the fact that modern developments [in modern weaponry] have limited the degree of fit between the prefatory clause and the protected right cannot change our interpretation of the right”
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Send this letter to…

Posted in politics on February 27th, 2013 by sysadmin
I am sending this letter to you to express my position on the current spate of legislation that you will be facing regarding firearms and ammunition.
The Nevada Firearms Coalition is the grassroots firearms organization for the State of Nevada. The Nevada Firearms Coalition replaced the former Nevada State Rifle and Pistol Association and is the state association for the National Rifle Association, and a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Civilian Marksmanship Program.  I am a member of the Nevada Firearms Coalition.
Needless to say, we are concerned about the rush to place the blame and the cure for firearms violence on the backs of legal gun owners. We are also concerned about the blatant attack on the rights of all law-abiding Americans. Both of these are extremely serious issues and will determine the future of the freedom of this country and its citizens.
We strongly urge you to support legislation that is directed at the root of the violence issues in this country. Marketing of violence to children through the entertainment industry, violent video games and the decline of morality based parent influence, as well as a very broken mental health system, are all major factors that need serious consideration. We also urge you to resist and deny attacks on our liberties that are being expressed in the rush for gun and magazine control that the data shows has no effect on reducing crime.
9 things you don’t know about the Second Amendment
by Matt MacBradaigh Policymic.com February 8, 2013
  1. The Second Amendment codifies a pre-existing right The Constitution doesn’t grant or create rights; it recognizes and protects rights that inherently exist. This is why the Founders used the word “inalienable;” these rights cannot be created or taken away. In D.C. vs. Heller, the Supreme Court said the Second Amendment “codified a pre-existing right. The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it “shall not be infringed … this is not a right granted by the Constitution” (p. 19).
  2. The Second Amendment protects individual, not collective rights The use of the word “militia” has created some confusion in modern times, because we don’t understand the language as it was used at the time the Constitution was written. However, the Supreme Court states in context, “it was clearly an individual right” (p. 20). The operative clause of the Second Amendment is “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” which is used three times in the Bill of Rights. The Court explains that “All three of these instances unambiguously refer to individual rights, not ‘collective’ rights, or rights that may be exercised only through participation in some corporate body” (p. 5), adding “nowhere else in the Constitution does a ‘right’ attributed to “the people” refer to anything other than an individual right” (p. 6).
  3. Every citizen is the militia To further clarify regarding the use of the word “militia,” the court states “the ordinary definition of the militia as all able-bodied men” (p. 23). Today we would say it is all citizens, not necessarily just men. The Court explains: “’Keep arms’ was simply a common way of referring to possessing arms, for militiamen and everyone else” (p. 9). Since the militia is all of us, it doesn’t mean “only carrying a weapon in an organized military unit” (p. 11-12). “It was clearly an individual right, having nothing whatever to do with service in a militia” (p. 20).
  4. Personal self-defense is the primary purpose of the Second Amendment We often hear politicians talk about their strong commitment to the Second Amendment while simultaneously mentioning hunting. Although hunting is a legitimate purpose for firearms, it isn’t the primary purpose for the Second Amendment. The Court states “the core lawful purpose [is] self-defense” (p. 58), explaining the Founders“understood the right to enable individuals to defend themselves … the ‘right of self-preservation’ as permitting a citizen to ‘repe[l] force by force’ when ‘the intervention of society in his behalf, may be too late to prevent an injury’ (p.21). They conclude “the inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right” (p.56).
  5. There is no interest-balancing approach to the Second Amendment Interest-balancing means we balance a right with other interests. The court notes that we don’t interpret rights this way, stating “we know of no other enumerated constitutional right whose core protection has been subjected to a freestanding“interest-balancing” approach. The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth insisting upon. A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all” (p.62-63). This doesn’t mean that it is unlimited, the same as all rights (more on that below). However, the court states that even though gun violence is a problem to be taken seriously, “the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table” (p.64).
  6. The Second Amendment exists to prevent tyranny You’ve probably heard this. It’s listed because this is one of those things about the Second Amendment that many people think is made up. In truth, this is not made up. The Court explains that in order to keep the nation free (“security of a free state”), then the people need arms: “When the able-bodied men of a nation are trained in arms and organized, they are better able to resist tyranny” (p.24-25). The Court states that the Founders noted “that history showed that the way tyrants had eliminated a militia consisting of all the able bodied men was not by banning the militia but simply by taking away the people’s arms, enabling a select militia or standing army to suppress political opponents” (p. 25). At the time of ratification, there was real fear that government could become oppressive: “during the 1788 ratification debates, the fear that the federal government would disarm the people in order to impose rule through a standing army or select militia was pervasive” (p.25). The response to that concern was to codify the citizens’ militia right to arms in the Constitution (p. 26).
  7. The Second Amendment was also meant as a provision to repel a foreign army invasion You may find this one comical, but it’s in there. The court notes one of many reasons for the militia to ensure a free state was “it is useful in repelling invasions” (p.24). This provision, like tyranny, isn’t an everyday occurring use of the right; more like a once-in-a-century (if that) kind of provision. A popular myth from World War II holds Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese navy allegedly said “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”Although there is no evidence of him saying this, there was concern that Japan might invade during WWII. Japan did invade Alaska, which was a U.S. territory at the time, and even today on the West Coast there are still gun embankments from the era (now mostly parks). The fact is that there are over 310 million firearms in the United States as of 2009, making a foreign invasion success less likely (that and fact that the U.S. military is arguably the strongest in the world).
  8. The Second Amendment protects weapons “in common use at the time” The right to keep and bear arms isn’t unlimited:“Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited” (p. 54). The Court upheld restrictions like the prohibition of arms by felons and the mentally ill, and carrying in certain prohibited places like schools and courthouses. What is protected are weapons “in common use of the time” (p.55). This doesn’t mean weapons in common use “at that time,” meaning the 18th Century. The Court said the idea that it would is “frivolous” and that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding” (p.8). The Court’s criteria include weapons in popular widespread use “that [are] overwhelmingly chosen by American society” (p. 56), and “the most popular weapons chosen by Americans” (p. 58).
  9. The Second Amendment might require full-blown military arms to fulfill the original intent The Court didn’t rule specifically on this in D.C. vs. Heller, but noting that weapon technology has drastically changed (mentioning modern day bombers and tanks), they stated “the conception of the militia at the time of the Second Amendment’s ratification was the body of all citizens capable of military service, who would bring the sorts of lawful weapons that they possessed at home to militia duty. It may well be true today that a militia, to be as effective as militias in the 18th century, would require sophisticated arms that are highly unusual in society at large” (p. 55).
They further added that “the fact that modern developments [in modern weaponry] have limited the degree of fit between the prefatory clause and the protected right cannot change our interpretation of the right”
We could present massive documentation demonstrating our position, but at this time it is sufficient to ask you to resist the implementation of laws that will destroy our property, limit our freedoms and make criminals out of good citizens.
Sincerely,
Your Name
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Black Americans, What Has The Democrats Done For You?

Posted in politics on September 21st, 2009 by sysadmin

I’m just a regular guy. I watch football, NASCAR, politics etc. I have had my ups and downs in life (ups: 2 sons, worked in Washington D.C. with my own parking place and now trying to be a landscape photographer. Downs: within 2 weeks of being homeless, 3 divorces you get the picture.)

I’ve tried to remain current on events. From time to time I pay attention to politics. The last 3 years being the longest time (maybe its 5 years). Anyway, I’ve tried holding myself and other people responsible of things promissed. So, now the real question…

Why do Black Americans believe the Democrat Party when for 40 years the Democrat Party has promised so much and delivered so little? Our children (no color here) are so important and this lie by the Democrat Party is so well supported.

I love the saying that goes something like this: If you have tried something 99 times, why do you believe that its going to change the 100th time tried? I believe this was stated by Benjamin Franklin but sounds like something Thomas Edison would have said.

For example: I can’t grow anything. Grass, vegetables, plants etc. Everytime I tried, they died. I stopped trying. I live in an apartment. Someone else takes care of the plants and grass, I buy frozen vegetables. I learn.

Black Americans have been told for over 40 years by the Democrat Party that education for your children is going to be better.

  1. How do you know whether your children are getting better education? You need to test.
  2. How much does it take to educate a child for 1 year? According to the Democrats this years amount was not enough. If only we raise taxes, that will be enough!

Education can be good at a lower level of cost/student. Remember Bush gave Kennedy 10% more education funds than his bill asked for? Kennedy saying later that: there wasn’t enough money in the bill? 10% more than asked for! Remarkable.

The republicans have been trying to help you by a lot of different ideas. They have been stifled by the Democrats.  Some are:

  1. Some states have vochers for charter schools and that seems the best education for our money.
  2. But, those kids taught at home seem to get the best education. The problem with that is: the parents need to have a reasonable education before this can happen tho. The democrats have put walls up to stop this great education tho.

So, how do Black Americans get better education when they haven’t learned the basics of what the Democrats have been teaching them for decades?

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