Gun Control Is Needed: For the Government
The safety and liberty of the people must be secure.
President Obama enjoys talking about gun control, especially now that he will not have to run for reelection again. Most of the focus is on magazine restrictions, gun registration, and superfifical firearm features. None of this is particularly dangerous to “the militia”, but the ramifications of it are. We have not had a Marxist revolution in this country, instead we have been living in an incremental march towards statism. The eventual goal of liberals is the complete removal of guns from society. This will not be achieved with one bite, but with small nibbles. That is why gun control must be fought in every instance. Once you begin giving ground you will not stop and will be overrun in the end.
While liberals and the President are trying to disarm law abiding American citizens, they are increasingly arming much more dangerous elements of society. I’m not talking about Fast and Furious, though that certainly applies, I am talking about arming the government itself.
Over the past year the Department of Homeland Security and its various agencies within has purchased several million rounds of hollow point bullets. This is a disturbing development. Think about it, there is a concerted effort to disarm the people and arm the government. Rudimentary history tells us that the 2nd Amendment was not put in place for hunting, but to keep government power in check. The balance is shifting.
I have to commend Senator Rand Paul for blasting the issue of drone strikes all over the air waves. At first glance, it probably seems like he is being “soft on terrorists”. Islamic terrorists are certainly a substantial threat that must be dealt with. With that said, all measures to deal with them must be done within the Constitutional boundries of government, just as all other government actions should be. It really started when the President ordered a strike on Anwar al-Awlaki, and later is teenage son in a separate strike, who were American citizens overseas. Most commentators at the time said that drone strikes would only be restricted to “enemy combatants” overseas. Others, like myself, predicted that this would be one of those many incremental stepping stones that history has taught us about. The administration has now gone so far as to defend the legality of domestic drone strikes on these “enemy combatants” who by their actions have, according to the administration, invalidated their citizenship and are not afforded Constitutional protections.
There are some problems with this approach. Obviously, under this procedure the President has sole discretion on revoking the citizenships of citizens. That is the power of a king, and also not legal. See: Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution:
No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
Even this remedy should be used as a last resort; in cases of imminent threats. The right to trial by jury is a fundamental bedrock of the American system.
The threat or front of terrorism is not a valid excuse for Obama’s newfound claim to the power of execution. It is comical to argue otherwise, in this nation of 300 million, that if one man is not tried by a jury or given a treason hearing, that the country will be destroyed. On the otherhand, countless nations have failed due to the excess power of an executive, including the power to kill. If you believe this man is just benevolently concerned about protecting us from Islamic terrorists, you are fooling yourself. Disrupting secular regimes and embracing and arming radical Islamists is proof of this. And if I am wrong, we cannot count on future Presidents to be benevolent. As we know too well, precedents shape policy regardless of the Constitution.
We need gun control on the President: Congress must stop his execution and drone powers that he has given himself. Impeach and remove him if he does not obey. We must never give ground to incremental statism. President Obama, I will take MY chances with MY guns and you can put away YOUR guns.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.-Ben Franklin