Liberty Counsel Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
Using a backdrop of children, grieving parents, gun control advocates, Vice President Biden’s task group, and key liberal lawmakers, yesterday Barack Obama outlined 23 measures he wants implemented into federal, state, and local gun control laws and ordinances. Relying on the power of his bully pulpit, the President launched the most sweeping gun control campaign in decades with preliminary cost estimates in the range of $4 billion to $5 billion.
Many of the components of the President’s proposals will impede the ability of law-abiding gun owners to purchase additional firearms and ammunition. Most of the proposals involve increasing the complexity and scope of federal involvement in regulation of gun purchases and ownership.
But make no mistake: ALL of the President’s proposals aim at limiting Americans’ right to bear arms under the Second Amendment! The negative reaction to this latest federal power grab is centering on its expansion of executive power and its obvious disdain for the Constitution. Please read my very important message below – Mat.
While the President’s theatrical presentation yesterday on the alleged need for more gun control measures in our nation was both emotional and carefully scripted, the prevailing reaction of responsible journalists and policy analysts was to note the sheer hypocrisy underlying the entire campaign.
That’s because the President’s comments and proposals had little or nothing to do with the actual causes of the Sandy Hook tragedy and would do nothing to deter or prevent future such disasters.
The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) statement following the broadcast got straight to the point…
“Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation.”
The NRA’s release went on to say that the only people who would be affected by the new proposals are “honest, law-abiding gun owners” while children will “remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.”
The President’s extensive use of statistics concerning handgun violence in Chicago and other jurisdictions was particularly questionable since thugs and gang members would not be affected in any way by his proposals. Further, those who aren’t obeying current laws will certainly not obey new ones!
Also quite telling was this week’s White House reaction to a new NRA ad noting that the President’s daughters attend a private school employing armed security guards.
Denouncing the ad as “repugnant and cowardly,” the administration continues to mock the NRA’s position that the best preventive measure in school systems would be to have firearms in the hands of responsible adults to deter attacks.
The liberal media and pundits are howling in protest at any mention of the ways in which liberal leaders protect their own children, but that actually gets to what should be the point of the debate. Even Sandy Hook Elementary School has opted to increase the presence of armed security guards going forward.
Using children as a component of the President’s dramatic presentation yesterday was truly the epitome of hypocrisy!
++Reaction to the address was swift and intense.
In a statement released after the President’s announcement, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned against Obama’s use of unilateral executive power...
“Making matters worse is that President Obama is again abusing his power by imposing his policies via executive fiat instead of allowing them to be debated in Congress... President Obama’s frustration with our republic and the way it works doesn’t give him license to ignore the Constitution.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a scathing indictment of the President's ultimate agenda...
“In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be, nor will it be, abridged by the executive power of this or any other president."
Our Washington sources tell us that dramatic gun control measures have been part of the President's plan from the beginning and, sadly, he has chosen to use the Sandy Hook tragedy as a “launch platform” for a pre-existing political agenda that was merely waiting for a flashpoint.
As former presidential advisor and now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel famously said, "You never want a good crisis go to waste." This cynical strategy seems to be the core rational of the Obama administration’s intense new offensive to subvert the Second Amendment.
++The real story is the power grab.
The bottom line is that President Obama is once again running roughshod over the constitutional foundations of our government’s balance of power and every American’s personal liberties.
We must not allow these protected rights to be dismantled by a tyrannical president with no regard for the rule of law or the checks and balances built into the framework of our Constitution and its precious Bill of Rights!
Liberty Counsel’s “I Second the First” campaign communicates to our elected representatives that…
“We the People” demand that our federal government return to the rule of law as established by the United States Constitution!
We will stand together and protect our Constitution and its First and Second Amendments, the very heart of every American's Bill of Rights, against radical attacks!
If you haven’t already, please click here now to add your name to Liberty Counsel’s powerful “I Second the First” petition:
Our constitutional rights are being dismantled before our eyes as the Obama axis of power rolls roughshod over the rule of law in America. This juggernaut must be stopped before it’s too late!
That’s why I am now planning to have this petition hand delivered to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, January 23rd. By then, I would like to deliver our message with 100,000 signers.
Please add your name now to be included in this important delivery. If you have already done so, please forward this message to as many of your like-minded friends and family members as possible:
In appreciation for the stand you are taking, we will send you a complimentary “I Second the First” sticker for you to display on your car, home, or anywhere you feel it will have an impact.
This is a citizen action that every freedom-loving American should take. If you would, after signing, please make your circle of friends aware of this campaign and the availability of our complimentary “I Second the First” campaign stickers.
++Best barometer of public reaction: Gun sales are skyrocketing!
Reports of dramatic increases in gun and ammunition sales since the Obama administration began exploiting the Sandy Hook tragedy demonstrate that mainstream Americans are not falling for the administration’s political theater. Membership in the National Rifle Association is also rising fast, as are requests for our colorful “I Second the First” bumper stickers!
Please add your name or help others learn about this powerful campaign by going here now:
I sincerely appreciate your thoughtful patriotism. Thank you and God bless America!
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
P.S. If you have already signed the petition, PLEASE consider forwarding this message to 10-20 of your fellow patriots who will also stand in the gap for the preservation of our First and Second Amendment rights.
Our constitutional rights must be protected from the assaults of what Thomas Jefferson called an “elective despotism.” We cannot allow any tyrant, even one who has mastered the art of manipulating the public, to subvert the Bill of Rights! Take action with Liberty Counsel today:
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