Posts Tagged ‘Second Amendment’

Mitt Romney at campaign stop

Sit Down: Mitt Romney and the NRA-ILA

By Chris Cox, NRA-ILA

This year’s election is going to define the future of our freedom, perhaps more than any other in our history. For gun owners, there are a number of areas crucial to the survival of our Second Amendment rights. That’s why I took the time to visit with Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, to find out precisely where he stands on the issues of concern to gun owners.

Senator Dianne Feinstein holding an AR-15

Will The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban be Reinstated?

On September 4, 2012, the Democrats released their official platform on gun control, stating that they fully support reinstating the assault weapons ban. Just a few months prior to this, President Obama, while speaking in New Orleans, said that he believes “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals—that they belong on the battlefields of war and not on the streets of our cities.” It has been eight years since the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban expired. If President Obama serves another term, will he stand by his party’s position?

o'reilly v chaffetz capture

Silencer Association Calls for O’Reilly Retraction

The American Silencer Association (ASA) wants Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly to immediately make on-air corrections of factual inaccuracies he made about current firearm regulations during his July 24 interview with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). The debate, which focused on the validity of additional gun control measures in response to the tragic events in Aurora, CO, found O’Reilly calling for stricter oversight of the firearms transfer process. ASA pointed out that O’Reilly consistently misstated current gun-law requirements.

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Coming Soon: Son of ATT

Gunowners’ vocal resistance “made the difference in stopping the U.N.’s Small Arms Treaty,” Paul said. But he points to August 27 as the next opportunity the U.N. has to force anti-gun measures on Americans.

On that date, the U.N. is scheduled to take up the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. But unlike the failed ATT, the Programme is an ongoing effort that does not have to be ratified by the U.S Senate, Brown said.

The 2nd Amendment is my gun permit.

Why I believe in Constitutional Carry

We all know that a criminal or someone who has criminal intent is not going to display their gun for all to see. That would be an immediate submission of guilt, would it not? It would not be very good for their element of surprise when they go to kill, rape, or rob someone. In fact, a criminal isn’t going to go through a concealed carry class to obtain a permit either. If they are a felon, they don’t even own the gun legally. Requiring law-abiding citizens to jump through hoops, pay hundreds of dollars, and take 8 to 10 hours worth of training is not going to stop bad people from owning, carrying, and using guns.

A meeting of the Second Continental Congress. Can you just imagine what it was like in that room?

What are you if you aren’t free? The Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms

Before America’s founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment, securing our individual right to own a firearm, they wrote the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms, paving the way for the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence. Becoming increasingly at odds with the British parliament, the members of the Second Continental Congress agreed to draft a declaration explaining why America was taking up arms against the British.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

House Holds AG Holder in Contempt of Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday for his role in suppressing and withholding Fast & Furious documents from congressional investigators. The bipartisan vote—255 to 67, with 17 Democrats joining 238 Republicans voting for contempt—marks the first time in history that the U.S. Congress has held an attorney general in contempt.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

The lead investigator, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, heads the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which last week voted to send the contempt citation to the floor of the full House.

Rep. Issa said that he’s committed to fixing the problems related to Operation Fast & Furious—where the Obama administration helped gun smugglers sneak firearms south of the border in an apparent attempt to create a demand for more gun control laws in the U.S.

The National Rifle Association, which contends the government used the operation to promote stricter gun control laws, warned lawmakers last week that it will use the contempt vote to rate lawmakers. The organization’s decision placed added pressure on House Democrats in gun-friendly districts.

Issa told CNN he was surprised that President Obama exerted executive privilege in an attempt to seal up the requested documents. This move, he says, indicates the White House’s role in Fast & Furious “has been greater than previously acknowledged.”

This revelation—that the President himself may have had more intimate knowledge of Fast & Furious—is motivating legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill. The ranking Senator on the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said that he had previously only traced the Fast & Furious program to an assistant attorney general.

But now Grassley says that Obama’s claim of executive privilege “raises the question of what does the president know and when did he know it.”

As we reported earlier, the Gun Owners Foundation has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for DC to compel the Justice Department to produce tens of thousands of documents related to Operation Fast & Furious. If Eric Holder were to refuse the court’s demand for producing documents, then a “contempt of court” citation could land the attorney general in jail.

Arguing Semantics

When talking with staunch anti-gunners, it’s worth inquiring whether they object to firearms or to weapons. Contrary to their initial impression, the two are not the same. This Anschutz target rifle is a firearm. While it can be used as a weapon, it’s designed for an entirely peaceful purpose. That didn’t stop California from temporarily banning Olympic .22Short pistols as “assualt weapons” because of the forward location of their 5-shot magazines.

The cover of Guy Smith’s Gun Facts.

Arguing with Anti-Gunners. What is Your Defense?

We all have probably faced this argument before, defending our right to own a gun. I’ve been so blindsided by the question why I own guns by someone that is anti-gun, that I could only stammer, “It’s how I make my living.” To an anti-gunner this is in no way a valid reason to own a gun. Before getting into a discussion or argument with someone who does not believe anyone should own a gun, you should arm yourself with the facts.