“The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”

~ George Washington (1787)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Second Amendment: If it goes, what happens to the rest?

While the debates and arguments raging over the Second Amendment are not top priority (the budget comes to mind), it is a key discussion, considering that many state and Federal elected officials want to infringe on it again.

Even if you do not own firearms, you should weigh in with your Congressional delegation, and tell them where you stand.  There are multiple bills pending in Congress right now, some good, most of them unConstitutional in that they infringe on our right to keep and bear arms.  POPVOX has a good round up them with their "Issue Spotlight: Firearms and Gun Control", and their simplified means of letting your representatives in Washington, DC, know where you stand on the bills.

Along those lines, don't forget that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is still pushing her magna opus, S 150: The Assault Weapons BanThe NRA has a dedicated site for you to contact your delegates.  If you already have contacted them, consider contacting them again.

The Gun Owner's of America sent out an alert concerning S. 54: Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013.  In it, they said:

We have talked about some of the problems with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy's gun “trafficking” bill.  Leahy apparently thinks that, if he puts a shiny label on the bill, he can ban as many guns as he wants.

But, at its core, S. 54 would make it a federal crime to violate virtually any state gun law.

Clearly, no stone will be left unturned by the Democrats in their quest to infringe on the Bill of Rights. You can read more -- and send letters to your Congressional delegation -- at the GOA alert site.

Both bills remain in committee, and might never leave, if enough pressure is placed on Congress.

Obviously, this post focuses on the Federal legislature.  For information concerning Washington State, reports from the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) of Washington will be posted on a regular basis.  GOAL Post #6 #7 is the latest.