All,

 

We need to keep up the pressure, and we need to be as serious about keeping our guns as they are about taking them.  Any new law - even if it's called a "good" one - represents an expansion of government control that is unacceptable as far as I'm concerned.  I am a citizen, not a subject.  The government answers to me, not I to it.  My freedom isn't a privilege granted by elitists and statists; my freedom exists because I exist.

 

The Latest From NRA-ILA:

Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill Feinstein's bill would ban commonly owned semi-automatic rifles, limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds, require owners to register their firearms under the National Firearms Act, be fingerprinted, photographed, undergo a background check to own a firearm they already possess, likely require a payment of a $200 tax just to keep your legally owned firearms and require its surrender to law enforcement upon your death. This bill must be stopped! Our opponents are contacting their lawmakers in support of this bill. It's imperative that every gun owner contact their U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative in opposition to any gun ban proposals. You can reach your member of Congress at 202-224-3121.

 

When you talk to you reps, I would also mention the need to eliminate the "Gun Free Zones" immediately; they create pens of sheep that draw wolves like a moth is drawn to flame.  Every recent mass shooting except for the incident involving Giffords has taken place in a "Gun Free Zone".  The answer is to allow the sheepdogs of society to defend any sheep that are unwilling or unable to defend themselves. 

 

Lastly, I'm really tired of talking heads and politicians saying that the Second Amendment is about self-defense and hunting.  Even pro-gunners are doing it.  The real intent of the 2A was to prevent tyranny, unjust policies, and power grabs like the one we are currently witnessing.  It is liberty's last defense; anyone who bothers to actually read what George Mason and the Founders had to say about the issue would understand that clearly.  Ask yourself this:  If tobacco, alcohol, vehicles, and Big Macs kill exponentially more people than guns ever will (and they most certainly do), then why haven't they moved to ban them?  The answer is simple.  You can't defend yourself from a tyrannical government using smokes, a 40 of Old English, a Toyota, or a value meal.  The anti-gun agenda has nothing to do with "safety" and everything to do with disarming those capable of defying unjust authority.

 

Shaffer

 

Some light reading...

 

"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." (Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J.Boyd, Ed., 1950])

 

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States" (Noah Webster in `An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution', 1787, a pamphlet aimed at swaying Pennsylvania toward ratification, in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at 56(New York, 1888))

 

"I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials." (George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426)

 

"And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms....The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants" (Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William S. Smith in 1787. Taken from Jefferson, On Democracy 20, S. Padover ed., 1939)

 

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined" (Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836)

 

"The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military. The hired servants of our rulers. Only the government-and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws." (Edward Abbey, "The Right to Arms," Abbey's Road [New York, 1979])

 

"To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege." [Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. Rep. 52, at 54 (1878)]

 

"The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the "high powers" delegated directly to the citizen, and `is excepted out of the general powers of government.' A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power." [Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394, at 401-402 (1859)]