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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Beauty of the Second Amendment...

The New Year is upon us and with it comes a fresh round of political fights to keep us all busy. Many people are focused on the “fiscal cliff” debacle, but I haven’t spent a lot of time on it because there is little to no chance that anything will improve on that front in the next four years. Government spending will continue to grow uncontrollably, the Democrats (with plenty of help from the GOP) will continue to take the money we earn, and the economy will continue to wallow in cesspool of Socialism.

To me, the more important issue is the Democrat effort to further erode our right to keep and bear arms. As I fully expected, even before the Sandy Hook shooting, the left has begun an all out effort to take away our guns. Emboldened by Obama’s re-election, they have even openly admitted they ultimately want to confiscate guns from law abiding citizens.

Some would assume that the renewed push for a gun ban is a result of the recent school shooting, but that simply isn’t the case. In a press release dated December 17, 2012, Sen. Diane Feinstein said “I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation”. Isn’t it funny how conveniently she had it ready to submit just as Obama begins his second term? According to the press release, here is are the key provisions of her bill (my comments are in {} ):

• Stops the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of more than 100 specifically-named firearms as well as certain semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds. {This will ban many very common handguns that most of us don’t consider to be “assault weapons”}.

• Stops the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices (magazines, strips and drums) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds. {This would include every magazine I have for my favorite 9mm handgun, hardly an “assault weapon”.}

• Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:

> grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment;

> exempting more than 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting and sporting purposes; and

> exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons.
{She conveniently ignores the fact that every single provision of this bill tramples on the rights of every American citizen to keep and bear arms for the purposes expressed by the authors of the Constitution (you know, the document that is supposed to define her authority as a member of the Senate?), namely to be able to overthrow the government if it begins to act in the way Sen. Feinstein is suggesting.}

While it is true that any such legislation that made it through the Democrat controlled Senate would then have to be passed by the Republican House, please don’t make the mistake of getting a false sense of security. Already I have heard rumors that some members of the Republican leadership are entertaining the idea of adopting some provisions of the bill so that they can say they are “doing something”.

We must also not forget that we are just one election away from possibly giving Barack Obama a second chance at Democrat control of both Houses of Congress. Given the Republicans’ track record in the past few election cycles, I’d have to say the chances of that happening are much better than I would feel comfortable with. If that happens, our next stop is the Supreme Court, and my memory is long enough to know we can’t count on them. At that point, we are left with the words of Thomas Jefferson a very wise person Matt Carson:

"The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."


  1. fyi - though a noble thought, the quote about the beauty of the 2nd amendment appears not to be attributable to Thomas Jefferson.

    1. Thank you for the correction. Regardless of who may have said it, the statement is correct.

  2. I was looking up your quote on the Second amendment and it was attributed to a book written by Matt Carson (a fellow Virginian with similar thoughts) that referenced the quote to Thomas Jefferson.

    Galen Barefoot

    1. Thank you, that was an interesting read.