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‘Honor’ the Second Amendment

March 24, 2009 - Larry Claypool
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” — Second Amendment, U.S. Bill of Rights, 1791

That declaration is being read and re-read probably more times recently than any other time in history. Why has the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States become so popular? It’s pretty simple. Some fear that ‘right’ will be taken from us, the Right to Bear Arms. That’s what the Second Amendment is all about. Written in the late 1700s, authorities had no professional, trained army and wanted a well-regulated militia, so it was written into the Bill of Rights as a form of protection, for the government and its people.

Today the government doesn’t seek protection from its people, as a whole. But individually, one’s right to protect themselves remains a big issue — so we clamor to the one thing that protects that right to be armed — the Second Amendment.

The reason all of this attention is being paid to the Second Amendment lately is the election of our new president, Barack Obama, who took office Jan. 20, 2009. The 44th President of the United States has been labeled the ‘most anti-gun’ president ever. Obama’s past record as a Senator from Illinois shows he’s voted against every gun issue that was placed before him. He’s tried to skirt questions regarding his record against gun issues by saying, he believes the Second Amendment creates an individual right, and he respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms. “I will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport, and use guns,” Obama has said after being elected.

That’s rhetoric, some believe. Not only is Obama accused of being anti-gun, so are many of his cabinet members. The two biggest targets are new Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t score well with the pro-gun side either. The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) put it this way about Holder, “The nomination of Eric Holder for the post of attorney general of the United States sends an ‘alarming signal’ to gun owners about how the Barack Obama administration will view individual gun rights...”

SAF founder Alan Gottlieb added this about Holder, “This is not the record of a man who will come to office as the nation’s top law enforcement officer with the rights and concerns of gun owners in mind.”
Emanuel, a former congressman from Illinois, received an F ranking from the NRA on pro-gun policies.
So, how can the Obama administration strip our Second Amendment? There’s lots of ways. Some think one of the first things he’ll do is re-instate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which was signed by Bill Clinton and expired in 1994. The word is he wants to expand that list. Some say Obama wants to ban most rifle ammunition, increase taxes on firearms and ammo by 500% and support stricter gun registration and Right to Carry laws.
Rumors? Who knows. Obama’s voting record hasn’t proven otherwise. And neither has any of his cabinet appointees.
So this ‘fear of the unknown’ has led to gun shops and gun shows being slammed — across the country — the last quarter of 2008 and first two months of 2009. And with that concealed carry instructors can’t hold enough classes for the demand of people wanting Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) training.
“Yes people are concerned. For two reasons. Half are worried about Obama, and the other half see that crime is up in the Ohio Valley where I’m at. Drug abuse is bad and heroin use has gone up. Hopefully a new government will change that,” said Tom Bell, owner of Bowcase Archery Shop and a CCW Instructor of Brooke County, WV.
Gun shops have been busy too since Obama won the election. “Right after the election, our wholesalers sold out all high capacity magazines, military surplus ammo and black guns (riot guns). Sometimes buyers buy one gun or some will buy five, you just never know,” said Eric Crozier, Owner of Nathan‘s Sport Shop of Bellaire, OH.
“People are concerned with what Obama will do in his first 100 days (in office). He’s setting up the perfect storm. People are stocking up on ammo and gun powder,” said Kim Hobart of Hobart’s CCW Training of Tuscarawas County, OH.
Dave Fisher, a senior NRA Instructor from Salem, WV said taking guns away will have a trickle-down effect on crime. He says students tell him they’re taking CCW classes because of the new administration. “The political process is long and people indicate this is the reason they’re getting permits. My numbers are up but not by an astronomical amount,” said Fisher. “But if you look at criminology reports, states with (CCW) permits the crime is down. Criminals are not sure who is armed or not. If the country is making guns illegal, homes are going to be invaded significantly. And taking a shot gun that a man goes duck hunting with is unpractical.”

Norman Doyle of Belmont County, OH said politicians want to take guns from the wrong people. “The second amendment is misinterpreted. Everyone Obama has appointed (so far) has been anti-gun. All they need to do is enforce the laws. Don’t go after the law-abiding citizens, go after the criminals. They’d have no problems if they took guns away from the criminals.”
The new administrators in Washington are being accused of holding onto old ideas on gun control. The fear is, the Second Amendment is no longer honored or respected by the government. “It’s not for individuals,” Holder once said.
If you want to help assure the Second Amendment remains ‘honored’ and ‘respected’ for future generations — and possibly now — make your voice heard. Contact representatives in your state. Write letters and emails. Phone calls work too.

There’s also some House Bills sitting in state Judiciary Committees that could effect sportsman. Find the key ones in your state and contact representatives to make sure those bills are shot down.


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