To start out, let's view the U.S. 2nd amendment (as passed by congress):
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.
If the term inalienable human right wasn't enough, let's take a look at the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, clause 2) of the United States Constitution:
And now, let's make a note of some state laws where gun control is already in place:This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
The Sullivan Act:
Let's quickly then look up the definition to the word license:The Sullivan Act, also known as the Sullivan Law, is a gun control law in New York State. Upon first passage, the Sullivan Act required licenses for New Yorkers to possess firearms small enough to be concealed.
Meaning that, In New York (under this act), it is illegal to possess firearms small enough to be concealed as a license is required to allow, by it's very definition, "an activity that would otherwise be forbidden". That would also mean that hunting, fishing, and driving are also illegal activities in the United States which, in a sense, are unconstitutional in their own right, but we'll save that for another thread. Continuing on...In particular a license may be issued by authorities, to allow an activity that would otherwise be forbidden.
In Illinois, not only must you have a permit to purchase and carry a firearm, but you must also ask permission from the police and be searched through an FBI database. FOID:
Just as a reminder:FOID is an acronym for Firearm Owners Identification. To legally possess or purchase firearms or ammunition, residents of the state of Illinois are required to have a FOID card. (The term is alternatively pronounced "a foid card" or "an F.O.I.D. card".) The law has been in effect since 1968.
The FOID card is issued by the Illinois State Police, who first perform a check of the applicant on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), an electronic database maintained by the FBI.
It seems to me that some states have over stepped their boundaries considering that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. I wonder why the Federal Government doesn't step in and do the job that it was put into place to do (protect the rights of the people)? I guess because the ATF is too busy running guns to Mexican drug lords: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.
So let me get this straight, we the people can't be trusted to be responsible with guns, but the ATF is?The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ran a series of "gunwalking" sting operations between 2006 and 2011. These operations were done under the umbrella of Project Gunrunner, a project intended to stem the flow of firearms into Mexico by interdicting straw purchasers and gun traffickers within the United States. "Gun walking" or "letting guns walk" was a tactic whereby the ATF "purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, hoping to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders."
Who was in charge of this operation?Guns tracked by the ATF have been found at crime scenes on both sides of the Mexico–United States border, and the scene of the death of at least one U.S. federal agent, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent Holder a letter in May 2011 asking for details about Operation Fast and Furious, a botched federal firearms sting operation that allowed weapons to reach Mexican drug gangs.
Eric Holder. I think I remember him. Wasn't he the guy that said something about brainwashing people? Eric, I'm curious, do we "really change the way people think about guns" by running them across the Mexican border to drug lords? Is that how we "really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way"? Remember, we the people can't be trusted with guns, but this guy can. Continuing on...
Let's quickly look at what our President has said and done about this "problem". Let's just completely ignore the UN gun control treaty (that Obama seems to support), and move towards what the President has actually said:
Obama Calls for Renewal of Assault Weapons Ban (ABC NEWS)
Debate answer on assault weapons ban could cause problems for Obama (FOX NEWS)
What President Obama Says He'll Do To Your Gun Rights (FORBES)
Obama Assault Weapons Ban (YOUTUBE: 2ND DEBATE)
Obama hints at handgun restrictions too (WASHINGTONEXAMINER)
FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban
Take it for what it's worth folks. I've done the legwork here to bring you something more than a youtube video and a smile. At the end of the day, the 2nd amendment is not only the law of the land, but an inalienable human right. And there are obvious attempts to restrict that right as covered here.Obama was being misleading when he denied that his handwriting had been on a document endorsing a state ban on the sale and possession of handguns in Illinois. Obama responded, “No, my writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns.”
Actually, Obama’s writing was on the 1996 document, which was filed when Obama was running for the Illinois state Senate. A Chicago nonprofit, Independent Voters of Illinois, had this question, and Obama took hard line:
35. Do you support state legislation to:
a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Yes.
b. ban assault weapons? Yes.
c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Yes.
Obama’s campaign said, “Sen. Obama didn’t fill out these state Senate questionnaires--a staffer did--and there are several answers that didn’t reflect his views then or now. He may have jotted some notes on the front page of the questionnaire, but some answers didn’t reflect his views.”
Obama Still Thinks the Second Amendment Is About Hunting
Just for a bit of comic relief, let's see what rapper Ice T thinks about that.I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. And we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation—that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.
...I guess it wasn't really that funny.