Amendment control

By Paul Moomjean 01/24/2013

There they stood, a small group of multi-ethnic, multicultural children behind the president of the United States. In an attempt to sway the American people to agree with his stance on gun control, President Barack Obama stole a page used by numerous past world leaders and exploited the faces of clean-cut children and asked his citizens to follow him down the yellow brick road to stricter gun control.

Obama’s use of children to pull at the heartstrings of moderates isn’t new territory for a party that once had a 12-year-old girl speak at its convention in 2004 to criticize the Republican Party and Dick Cheney. The Democratic Party knows it can’t articulate its points through constitutional logic, so it must use emotional pulls to get its agenda across and, in this case, begin the process of stripping law-abiding citizens of their rights to bear arms.

Gun control is by far the hottest issue in America right now. After the Colorado movie theater shootings and the Sandy Hook school shootings, Americans are asking big questions about constitutional freedoms, personal liberty, gun control and the role of the NRA. All of these issues are worthy topics of discussion, but they must be done with logic and within a historical context and not just an emotional outburst, crying to do anything to stop something.

Let us all remember what the United States Constitution is set up to do. Our Constitution was created to protect people from the government. The Second Amendment wasn’t created for hunting, as everyone outside the cities (i.e., most people) hunted back then; it was created to stop another government (the British back then) from attacking us and to stop the tyranny of our own government if it became too powerful.

The Second Amendment 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.

As thick as the ink James Madison used to pen the document, there sit the words “shall not be infringed.” Yet there was President Obama, using a shield of children to protect him, asking for there to be an infringement on the American people’s rights.

Some of Obama’s proposals require criminal background checks for all gun sales, bringing back the assault weapons ban, implementing a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines, and eliminating armor-piercing bullets. While these might seem fine on the surface, ask yourself these questions: If a law-abiding citizen needs a gun now for protection, how will a background check slow down those needs? How does a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines actually stop anything that happened recently? And why wouldn’t we want the most effective bullets?

Everything the president wants to do is just an emotional plea. It’s a feel-good, liberal agenda that asks law-abiding citizens to wait longer to be safe and to be less effective if harm does come to them.

Obama’s argument is that the safety of a few outweighs the freedoms of the majority. “I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” said the president. “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”

Why doesn’t that last statement apply to water-boarding terrorists?

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas, recently was on Laura Ingraham’s radio show and said it best, concerning the president’s new agenda.

“He is feeling, right now, high on his own power, and he is pushing on every front, on guns,” Cruz said. “And I think it’s really sad to see the president of the United States exploiting the murder of children and using it to push his own extreme, anti-gun agenda. I think what the president is proposing and the gun control proposals that are coming from Democrats in the Senate are, number one, unconstitutional, and number two, they don’t work. They’re bad policy.”

He’s right, of course. Gun laws don’t stop murder, because criminals don’t follow the law. Good, average, hard-working American citizens follow the law. And they are the ones being blamed by the Second Amendment restrictions moving forward.

What President Obama is suggesting isn’t gun control. It is Amendment control.  


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