Skip to comments.Support for the Second Amendment among Americans continues to rise
Posted on 02/08/2012 6:10:47 AM PST by marktwain
A recently released Angus-Reid Public Opinion Poll show that "...most people in the United States agree on the meaning of the Second Amendment, and half endorse the 'shall-issue' prerogative to carry concealed weapons in public."
This most recent poll (taken January 17 - January 18, 2012) show that support for legal firearm ownership continues to grow. Fully 85% of Americans believe that individuals have the right to keep and bear arms. This belief matches the United States Supreme Court finding in the D.C. vs. Heller case from 2008.
Also, now more than half of the United States are supporting concealed carry. "51% support the idea of allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon..." This is an increase of 4% from one year ago. This number is sure to rise as the final states enact CCW laws and as national concealed carry continues to move in congress. This is certainly good news as it indicates that Americans have moved past most of the lies and distortions that the anti-gun rights groups have been spreading for decades. This is the direct result of gun rights supporters becoming more engaged and actively refuting the falsehoods of the anti-gun side.
The report does point out one area where we should continue to focus our efforts:
"61% believe only the police and other authorized persons should have access to semi-automatic weapons." With 51% supporting "shall-issue" concealed carry, this tells me that we need to continue our work to educate the public on what a 'semi-automatic' firearms actually is and what is does and does not do. During the 1990's, the anti-gun side was very effective at demonizing a large class of firearms through the entire 'assault-weapons' campaign and we are still fighting this falsehood today. Even more troubling, this misconception still exists in many parts of the shooting community as well.
Let's start today to make certain that Angus-Reid's 2013 survey shows this trend continuing. We have a specific item we can focus on, so let's all continue our work to educate supporters and non-supporters alike on the truths about lawful firearm use.
The entire analysis of this poll can be found online here: 2012.01.25_Guns_USA.pdf
Joe Eaton is the Buckeye Firearms Association Southwest Ohio Region Leader.
Thinking a smile just popped up on Ronald Reagan’s face.
A modern Author put it this way...
Every man, woman, and responsible child has an unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon -- rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything -- any time, any place, without asking anyone's permission. - L. Neil Smith. The Atlanta Declaration
Now is the time to start pushing for a complete repeal of all federal gun control laws. I propose that we pass a Federal Firearms Freedom Act, modeled somewhat after the state firearms freedom acts that have been so successfully passed in the last few years.
I believe that most of the federal gun control laws are located in two portions of the federal code, in Title 18 and in Title 26. Both Title 18 and Title 26 guff are derived from the NFA, the FFA, the GCA, and the FOPA.
Here's my proposed text for a repeal:
Federal Firearms Freedom Act1) United States Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 44 is hereby repealed in its entirety. 2) United States Code Title 26, Subtitle E, Chapter 53 is hereby repealed in its entirety.
The first part takes care of all of 922 and 923. The second part takes care of the Internal Revenue Code related to 922 and 923.
Your bill language has been submitted to Justin Amash (R-MI), and to Pete Hoekstra and Peter Konetchy, candidates to replace Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), requesting a commitment to propose it and seek it’s passage.
I believe that most of the federal gun control laws are located in two portions of the federal code, in Title 18 and in Title 26. Both Title 18 and Title 26 are derived from the NFA of 1934, the GCA of 1968, and the FOPA of 1986.
Under Article 6, Paragraph 2.. It plainly states that:
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.
Further, the 14th Amendment, Section 1 states:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
As a taxing agency, the BATFE had the purpose of registering certain classes of firearms to ensure that the proper taxes were being paid. With the closing of the Registry to Class III firearms manufactured after May 19, 1986 (Hughes Amendment to the FOPA, Pub.:. 99-308, 100 Stat. 449), this tax is no longer payable and is a de facto infringement.
With the BATFE now under the auspices of the Department of Justice, rather than the Internal Revenue Service, their stated mission goal is now no longer tax collection, which is Constitutionally legal, but enforcement of a law which blatantly violates the express language and intent of the Second Amendment.
Therefore, let is be purposed that a Bill be enacted to repeal the following from the USC.
Here’s my proposed text for a repeal:
Firearms Freedom Act
1) United States Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 44 is hereby repealed in its entirety.
2) United States Code Title 26, Subtitle E, Chapter 53 is hereby repealed in its entirety.
This restores the true intent of the Second Amendment, allows the FBI and BATFE to re-purpose those resources and personal to fighting the terror threat, removes a Constitutional crisis that has lasted too long, and brings our laws back into compliance with both the Miller (1934) and Heller (2008) Supreme Court decisions as well as numerous lower Court decisions like McDonald V Chicago(2010).
I want to see all gun control eliminated from these United States — and in order to do that, we must get legislation passed to put this unconstitutional abrogation of the Second Amendment away for good.
Contacting one's legislators with specific wording for proposed legislation is the very best way to do so.
Also, if you have time, please verify that there's nowhere else in the federal code that relates to gun control. I would like to be sure that we have identified all of the laws that need to be removed.
Here is a compilation of the United States Gun Laws: