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Seize Freedom Again by Undoing McCain-Feingold Bill
Human Events ^ | 2/11/04 | Wayne LaPierre

Posted on 02/11/2004 6:44:13 AM PST by Valin

Thank you for inviting me to be among the brethren who are the caretakers of our nation’s soul.

As of last week, Canada’s gun ban and gun registry has been declared a colossal failure that squandered billions, while more and more gun crime sickened their society.
England’s gun ban and gun registry has been declared a colossal failure that squandered billions, while more and more gun crime sickened their society.
Australia’s gun ban and gun registry has been declared a colossal failure that squandered billions, while more and more gun crime sickened their society.
South Africa’s gun ban and gun registry has been declared a colossal failure that squandered billions, while more and more gun crime sickened their society.

But in America, since 1991, the number of privately owned firearms grew by about 70 million guns.
In America, since 1991, the number of states with Right-to-Carry more than doubled, from 17 to 37 states.
In America, since 1991, the percentage of the American population living in Right to Carry states doubled from 30% to 60%.

So we have more guns, more gun owners, more citizens carrying guns, and more citizens living among citizens carrying guns....
And what’s the effect on crime?

In America, since 1991, the total violent crime rate has been cut 35%, dropping every single year to a 30-year low.
Murder, down 43%.
Rape, down 22%.
Aggravated assault, down 28%.
Robbery, down 47%.

By every measure, the debate over lawful gun ownership should be over.
But the liberals, like Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, still want your guns.
The United Nations wants to take away your guns.
The Brady Campaign wants to take away gun shows and even more semi-automatics.
The so-called Americans for Gun Safety want to take away Eddie Eagle.
Hollywood wants to get rid of you.

The list is long. So on one hand, we have all this global evidence of gun control failures.
On the other, we have all these new threats.

But the worst of it is this: Just when Americans need to hear these facts and know who stands where, they’ll be deprived.
Thanks to a hand-wringing band of whiny politicians who’ve entered into a smelly insider deal called the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. I call it an incumbent protection scheme.
You know it as McCain-Feingold, a bald-faced insult to the constitutional freedoms of common Americans.

And I’m here to guarantee you on their behalf that it will not stand.
A lot of people think that just because the U.S. Congress passed it...and the President signed it...and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it...that means they can freeze you out...sever your tongue...and choke your voice to silence.
And you’ll just have to get used to it.
If they can steal that much freedom today, think what they’ll embezzle from your children and grandchildren...who will never get it back.
No, we will not be silenced.
We’re going to use every means to restore the 1st Amendment.

And now, I am telling you that the time has come to look at every option.
We will be heard.
And we’re even beginning the process of looking at one final option.
It hasn’t been used in 215 years.
Until now, it wasn’t necessary.
It’s buried in the Constitution’s Article Five, which authorizes the people to convene a Constitutional Convention . . . and seize freedom again.
So, if there is no other way, we will demand a Constitutional Convention.
It’s now a crime to criticize Congress when it needs it most.
We’re back to the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798...

First, we will invite participation by an unprecedented representation of common Americans...groups who may have absolutely nothing in common...except the right and the duty of free speech on behalf of their memberships.
We will test the limits of McCain-Feingold.
We will introduce the repeal of the Wellstone speech gag.
And if that doesn’t work, we will begin pursuing the two-thirds of states it takes to petition for a Constitutional Convention.
And a Constitutional Convention can amend the U.S. Constitution as it sees fit on any topic, without asking anybody for permission.
All it takes is 34 state legislatures.

And here’s what’ll happen: When we get to state number 33, as they did in 1912, Congress will buckle.
This class of political elites will do what they’ve always done when the people threaten their power. When state number 33 signs up, they’ll back down. And we won’t stop until they restore the full measure of freedom guaranteed by the 1st Amendment.
And here’s what’ll happen.
When we get to state number 33, like they did in 1912, Congress will buckle.
This class of political elites will do what they’ve always done when the people threaten their power.
When state number 33 signs up, they’ll back down. And we won’t stop until they restore the full measure of freedom guaranteed by the 1st Amendment.

You know, for decades the NRA has preached that erosion of one freedom in the Bill of Rights invites erosion of them all.
This outrageous new law is proof that what we predicted has come to pass.
Inch by inch, law by law, month by month, these self-dealing power addicts will happily deny you the freedom they reserve for themselves and the media…quot;whose narcotic of power feeds the addiction.
Well, they’re about to suffer a sobering withdrawal.
It’ll last until we restore freedom to its full measure...as America’s children watch and learn.

And we will reclaim lost liberty, pilfered by the powerful who, left unchallenged, would reduce the Bill of Rights to a dusty piece of the past...and render it useless to the common men and common womenæit once honored, elevated, and celebrated.
Come join us.
It will be a blessing for our children, and a civics lesson for the ages.

Together we will seize freedom again.

Thank you.
Mr. La Pierre is Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association of America.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; billofrights; campaignfinance; cfr; lapierre; mccainfeingold; nra; shaysmeehan

1 posted on 02/11/2004 6:44:14 AM PST by Valin
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To: Valin
And I’m here to guarantee you on their behalf that it will not stand.

On the contrary it will...unless you... yes YOU! get up off your butt, quit your whineing and make your yourself heard.

How? WELLLL I'm glad you asked!
Hugh & Series, Critical & Pulled by JimRob
Special to FreeRepublic | 17 December 2003 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

This is nothing like the usual whine by someone whose post was pulled. JimRob pulled my previous thread for a good reason. "If direct fund-raising were permitted on FR, it would soon be wall-to-wall fund-raising."

So, let's start again correctly. This is about civil disobedience to support the First Amendment and challenge the TERRIBLE CFR decision of the Supreme Court to uphold a terrible law passed by Congress and signed by President Bush.

All who are interested in an in-your-face challenge to the 30- and 60-day ad ban in the Campaign Finance "Reform" Act, please join in. The pattern is this: I'm looking for at least 1,000 people to help the effort. I will run the ad, and risk fines or jail time to make it work -- AND get national support.

But there should be NO mentions of money in this thread, and not in Freepmail either. This is JimRob's electronic home, and we should all abide his concerns.

Put your comments here. Click on the link above, and send me your e-mail addresses. I will get back to you by regular e-mail with the practical details.

This CAN be done. This SHOULD be done. But it MUST be done in accord with JimRob's guidelines.


Fair enough?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1042394/posts



Update
I've already tested the idea of my in-your-face challenge ads, first in the print media and then deliberately illegal on TV, with certain editors I have a long relationship with. I could trust these two gentlemen, one in the print media and the other in the broadcast media, with a "heads up" on what I am planning. Both said they wanted to know, in advance, when I am about to do this.

The bottom line is clear. If I am willing to put my neck on the line, with the possibilities of a fine and jail time, THAT effort will put CFR back on the front page in all media. And that is part of the point. There's not much value of going in-your-face against the enemies of the First Amendment unless the press takes up the story and spreads the word. It is now clear they will do exactly that.

Update 2
QUICK PROGRESS REPORT, ANSWERING A SUPPORTER'S QUESTION:
We have about 15% of the needed 1,000 sign-ups.

Spread the word, direct folks to the front page link on my website.

Google-bomb the phrase "anti-CFR" directing readers to that page and link. (We're already #2 and #4 on Google.)

Target date is now August, since the NC primary looks to be put back to September. (Remember, the ad isn't illegal until the 29th day before the election.)


Cordially,

John / Billybob


Note if you are interested in more on this please contact Valin or Congressman Billybob

Or
If You Think Campaign Finance "Reform" Offends the First Amendment, Join This Effort
http://www.armorforcongress.com/index.php?submit=cfrad
2 posted on 02/11/2004 6:48:14 AM PST by Valin (Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.)
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To: Valin
And now, I am telling you that the time has come to look at every option.

We will be heard.

And we’re even beginning the process of looking at one final option.

It hasn’t been used in 215 years. Until now, it wasn’t necessary.

It’s buried in the Constitution’s Article Five, which authorizes the people to convene a Constitutional Convention . . . and seize freedom again.

So, if there is no other way, we will demand a Constitutional Convention.

I have serious reservations about a Constitutional Convention. Anything can be done, any liberty guaranteed under the Constituton - or the whole Constitution itself - can be gutted or eliminated. Does anyone really trust a bunch of politicians to keep the 2nd Amendment, or to strengthen it? Not me.

Oh, and what if the Con Con option fails, and nowhere near 33 states ratify the resolution? At that point, what's Wayne going to say?

...the time has come to look at every option. We will be heard.

It hasn’t been used in 229 years.

Until now, it wasn’t necessary.

It’s buried in the Constitution’s Amendment #2, which protects the means of the people to seize freedom again.

So, if there is no other way...

3 posted on 02/11/2004 7:15:09 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: *bang_list
Wayne is raising the possibility of a Constitutional Convention. What do y'all think of that?
4 posted on 02/11/2004 7:15:55 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Valin
I love that guy.
5 posted on 02/11/2004 7:28:55 AM PST by King Black Robe (With freedom of religion and speech now abridged, it is time to go after the press.)
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To: Ancesthntr
I don't know if this is a good idea or not. But I support anyone who is actually DOING something about this abortion of a law.
6 posted on 02/11/2004 7:29:12 AM PST by Valin (Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.)
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To: joanie-f
Ping for when you get home
7 posted on 02/11/2004 7:38:29 AM PST by skip2myloo
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To: Ancesthntr
A Constitutional Convention (CC) to restore the 1st sounds good. That's a worthy objective but by expanding the objectives, say to restore the Constitution to its original intent or a close facsimile, may result in more support from the common citizen. Do the DC elected elite make the final decision in any changes to the Constitution under a CC? The last bastion of freedom in this country is the gun so if the fed gov ignores or over rides the demands of the citizens in a CC supported by 33 states, is the will there to force the issue? It will definitely be a line in the sand. Something to think about. Also shows how we've been molded thus, we've already lost more than just the 1st.
8 posted on 02/11/2004 8:29:10 AM PST by drypowder
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To: drypowder
Do the DC elected elite make the final decision in any changes to the Constitution under a CC?

No. Article 5 says that if 2/3 of the state legislatures apply for a Con Con, then it comes into existence. The DC folks have nothing whatsoever to do with the process. In fact, in the Con Con, they aren't there - it is just the delegations chosen by the state legislatures. If 3/4 of them ratify the changes, then the Constitution is changed - period, without a single vote or debate in Congress.

The last bastion of freedom in this country is the gun so if the fed gov ignores or over rides the demands of the citizens in a CC supported by 33 states, is the will there to force the issue?

33 states is 66%, not quite the 2/3 needed. My earlier reference to it echoed La Pierre's - he said that when 33 states call for a Con Con, then Congress will act to do whatever it is that caused 33 state legislatures to vote that way. Congress would act then because it would HAVE to or face being made irrelevant.

As to "forcing the issue," I don't think that if 34 states called for a Con Con that there would even BE an issue - it would just take place. The Fed.gov would face an immediate revolution (I could see most/all of the 34+ governors calling out their respective National Guards, for example) if it tried to stop it, and I don't think that most leaders in the military would give a second thought to the idea of obeying such orders. Any that did would likely get fragged.

9 posted on 02/11/2004 8:59:33 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Valin
I don't know if this is a good idea or not. But I support anyone who is actually DOING something about this abortion of a law.

Uh, I wasn't recommending the course of action that you seem to think that I was. I was merely speculating about the contents of Wayne's next speech IF the course of action he specified above failed to achieve the desired results.

10 posted on 02/11/2004 9:01:31 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Ancesthntr
Yes, 33 states is 66%; that's why LaPierre said "When we get to state number 33, like they did in 1912, Congress will buckle."
What he meant was, when we get to one less than the number of states required to call a Constitutional Convention, Congress will act out of desperation.

The only problem I see with a Constitutional Convention is that, once it is in session, ANY topic may be debated, ANY change can be made to the Constitution:
Gay marriage?
Restricting firearms ownership to the "properly trained"?
How about firearms for militia members only?

Any of these things could be written into the "new" Constitution, regardless of the original purpose for having called the convention.
11 posted on 02/11/2004 9:30:19 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Valin
And I’m here to guarantee you on their behalf that it will not stand. A lot of people think that just because the U.S. Congress passed it...and the President signed it...and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it...that means they can freeze you out...sever your tongue...and choke your voice to silence. And you’ll just have to get used to it.

IOW, you are just supposed to shutupandtakeit. Well, I swored to "support and defend" and I will do that and I won't shut up.

12 posted on 02/11/2004 9:34:39 AM PST by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: Valin
And I’m here to guarantee you on their behalf that it will not stand. A lot of people think that just because the U.S. Congress passed it...and the President signed it...and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it...that means they can freeze you out...sever your tongue...and choke your voice to silence. And you’ll just have to get used to it.

IOW, you are just supposed to shutupandtakeit. Well, I swored to "support and defend" and I will do that and I won't shut up.

13 posted on 02/11/2004 9:34:56 AM PST by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: Valin
i>And I’m here to guarantee you on their behalf that it will not stand. A lot of people think that just because the U.S. Congress passed it...and the President signed it...and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it...that means they can freeze you out...sever your tongue...and choke your voice to silence. And you’ll just have to get used to it.

IOW, you are just supposed to shutupandtakeit. Well, I swore to "support and defend" and I will do that and I won't shut up.

14 posted on 02/11/2004 9:36:11 AM PST by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: Redbob
The only problem I see with a Constitutional Convention is that, once it is in session, ANY topic may be debated, ANY change can be made to the Constitution:

Exactly my point in Post #3. I'm not in favor of a C-C; in my bones, I see a real push to eliminate firearms ownership entirely, by tying it to something like hunting or sport at the Constitutional level, and also by giving Congress the right to "reasonably regulate" it. We'd then see exactly why the FF's put the 2nd into the BOR in the first place.

15 posted on 02/11/2004 9:41:34 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: El Gato
Sorry about the triple post. I think my computer has worn sear. :) Actually if you look closely you'll see it's a double post, and the third is slightly different. I thought I'd checked to see if the first one had gone out, but I guess it had, twice, when I thought I'd hit the stop button soon enough.

16 posted on 02/11/2004 9:46:05 AM PST by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: Valin
bttt!
17 posted on 02/11/2004 9:48:38 AM PST by proud American in Canada (Take back the First Amendment! Call today! U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121)
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To: Redbob
The only problem I see with a Constitutional Convention is that, once it is in session, ANY topic may be debated, ANY change can be made to the Constitution:

And the 1912 example is not reassuring. The resulting 17th amendment basically took away all the direct voice the states had in the Federal Congress, coupled with the 16th amendment, it greatly expanded federal power, leading directly, although through the "new deal", to the out of control behemouth we have in DC today.

18 posted on 02/11/2004 9:53:18 AM PST by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: Ancesthntr
Constitutional Convention sounds like a pretty radical measure. I'm not sure we are at the point where we need to do something like that.
19 posted on 02/11/2004 8:41:07 PM PST by Valin (Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.)
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To: skip2myloo
(A belated) thanks for the ping, skip.

This article brought to mind an article that Michael Kelly wrote a couple of years ago that I have saved on my hard drive in which he wrote:

The good news about the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill, which passed the Senate this week by a vote of 59-41, is that it is at its heart such an insane measure that it will never be the law of the land. The courts will gut McCain-Feingold from stem to stern, and hurrah for that …. The court will -- any court would -- view McCain-Feingold for what it is: an insupportable, blatantly unconstitutional assault on the rights to speak and associate freely.

Kelly, as usual, was right about the bill …. but, in this case, he overestimated the integrity of the court. I sent him a brief note after reading his column, telling him that I didn’t have as much faith in the court as he did, but that I hoped and prayed that his optimism was justified, because this bill represented a major assault on the First Amendment. He wrote back, and said that we could compare notes, and one of us could issue an ‘I told you so,’ once the court rendered its eventual decision. (Michael Kelly was the first American journalist to be killed in Iraq in April of last year. He didn’t live to see the Supreme Court hand down their judicial abomination.)

In the article above, LaPierre (whom I also admire) hit the nail square on the head in this observation:

By every measure, the debate over lawful gun ownership should be over. But the liberals, like Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, still want your guns. The United Nations wants to take away your guns..

Most of us here on this forum know that gun control laws have nothing to do with the desire to deter crime. They have nothing to do with the desire to save us all (the children, especially) from trigger-happy gun owners who are irresponsible in the use or storage of their firearms.

The purpose of gun control laws (in the smaller scheme) is to disarm the populace, so that (in the larger scheme) the boundaries of sovereign nations can be erased, and the elite who best know how, and if, we all should live, can create their long sought after utopia. The Founders wrote volumes on the requisite safety represented by an armed populace, and the dangers inherent in a government that does not want its people to be armed.

The McCain-Feingold bill spits on the most important amendment of the Constitution. Somehow I can’t help but wonder how Ginsberg, Souter, Breyer, Stevens, and O’Connor would have voted in Dred Scott. Let’s just hope that McCain Feingold someday suffers the same fate.

I applaud almost everything that LaPierre expresses here, with one exception. I don’t share his call to convene a Constitutional convention. Theoretically, a Constitutional convention is desirable in that it allows the states to presumably attempt to hold congress accountable for its atrocities against the Constitution, and to strengthen the states’ authority under the (ever more ignored) Tenth Amendment.

All that sounds well and good, especially in the current political climate. But historical precedence indicates otherwise. The 1912 call for a convention, which came so close to garnering the required number of states, resulted in the atrocity known as the 17th Amendment. The historical reasons for pushes to convene a convention have generally been good ones, philosophically, although not necessarily focused on issues that should trigger an amendment (prohibiting bussing for racial balance, restoring prayer in school, permitting the states to have laws making abortion illegal, balancing the federal budget). But I have always been afraid that calling a Constitutional convention would amount to placing the Constitution (the most magnificent blueprint ever devised for the governance of man) back on the drawing board and opening it up for revision by modern-day special interest groups that have no conception of the magnificence of the Founders’ vision, and little interest in the general concept of what’s best for America.

I am also fearful of that because Article V does not in any way delineate what a constitutional convention may or may not do, a convention could be called in order to address the passage of one potentially good amendment, and it could be waylaid, forcing the delegates to consider any number of other amendments (waylaying is one of the favorite pastimes of leftist activists, so, considering the left’s penchant for Constitutional distortion, I have an almost paranoid aversion to the unlocking of a Constitutional Pandora’s box). As good as a Constitutional convention sounds on paper, and as noble as the Founders’ motives were in penning Article V, I’m not in favor of allowing the leftist camel’s nose into that particular sacred tent. Not yet, at least.

Our Supreme Court (or at least a majority of the nine justices) committed a grave crime against the Constitution with their recent reliance on international laws and standards in handing down decisions (something the Founders would have considered inconceivable, considering their inordinate emphasis on America’s national sovereignty). And, in McCain Feingold, the Court’s arrogant unwillingness to revere the First Amendment of the document they are charged to uphold is serving as the most obvious example of not only the tyranny, but the malevolence, of our judicial system .... on all levels.

~ joanie

20 posted on 02/15/2004 8:59:38 AM PST by joanie-f (All that we know and love depends on three simple things: sunlight, soil, and the fact that it rains)
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To: joanie-f
But I have always been afraid that calling a Constitutional convention would amount to placing the Constitution (the most magnificent blueprint ever devised for the governance of man) back on the drawing board and opening it up for revision by modern-day special interest groups that have no conception of the magnificence of the Founders’ vision, and little interest in the general concept of what’s best for America.

I'm with you there, Joanie. There's a good reason we haven't called a con-con in all these years and now isn't a good time to call the first.

21 posted on 02/15/2004 11:17:17 AM PST by CharliefromKS
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