Obama, gun control and the Constitution
Author and researcher Luke Montgomery grew up on the ancient...
DALLAS January 15, 2010 – It started on Monday with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg telling students from John Hopkins University that President Obama should bypass Congress. He said, “There are steps that President Obama can take without congressional approval at any time he chooses with just one stroke of the pen.” In a country with a system of checks and balances formalized in three branches of government, Bloomberg’s cavalier attitude towards the Constitutional system is worrisome.
Rule of Law Suspended
Bloomberg continued by saying that Obama should direct his agencies to “cease adherence” to the Tiahrt Amendment, a law which prevents local law enforcement agencies from full access to federal gun databases. This suggestion that the President stop obeying the will of the people as expressed in laws made by Congress borders on treason.
If you want to change the law, appeal to Congress, but it is the job of the executive branch to enforce the law, not make, change or ignore laws duly passed by Congress. Imagine New Mexico governor Martinez calling on the President to “cease adhering” to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or the mayor of Atlanta suggesting that the President violate the NAFTA treaty. No-large-soft-drink-Bloomberg’s attitude towards government is arrogant, abusive and dangerous.
Mayor Bloomberg went on to say, “President Obama should make a recess appointment to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, direct the Department of Justice to prosecute convicted criminals caught providing false information during gun background checks, and order federal agencies to submit data to the national gun background check database.”
Do we really need an executive order for the DoJ to prosecute criminals for providing false information? There is no evidence that the DoJ has been derelict in this duty! These are scare tactics, a deliberate disinformation campaign!
We all have a first amendment right to express our opinion. Bloomberg has exercised his and there is good reason to believe he did this without a permit. There is also no record of his having obtained a permit to practice his Jewish faith, the existence of which is actually based on rumor as sightings of his religious convictions have been quite rare. It is, however, understood that the 1st amendment does grant intrinsic “concealed carry” rights for religious convictions, rights which he is clearly exercising.
Today, Joe Biden, who was put in charge of a task force on the issue, joined the chorus of the “King’s men” claiming that President Obama can move unilaterally on the issue of guns and is considering 19 different measures. In a press conference, President Obama reaffirmed his belief that there were things that could be done by executive order.
This new focus on rule by fiat (executive orders) is due to a certain political reality, namely that there is not sufficient support for additional gun control measures in Congress. When Congress has approval ratings lower than Lance Armstrong and popularity ratings on par with that of Darth Vader, it is not difficult to understand why Vice President Biden thinks the public will accept this radical new legi-executive branch, but these facts notwithstanding, Congress, not the President, is charged with making law.
President Obama and Vice President Biden might consider that Congress is the fullest expression of the “will of the people” currently residing in Washington DC. And if they can’t find the votes for more gun control, maybe it is because their constituents don’t want more gun control in this government “of, for and by the people.”
Reframing the debate
The Obama administration is riding the wake left by a tsunami of emotion unleashed by the Sandy Hook shooting, and there is tremendous obfuscation of the facts.
Bloomberg has advocated banning all semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines saying, “If you haven’t hit the deer with three shots, you’re a pretty lousy shot. The deer deserves to get away.” The guns-are-for-hunting argument used so often by the left is an attempt to confuse the issue by implying that hunting is the Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment!
Yesterday, the New York State Senate approved a bill called the toughest gun law in the nation. It was supported by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said, “At what point do you say, ‘No more innocent loss of life.’” Notice how the debate is couched in innocent-loss-of-life language to make gun control seem like a “common sense” measure while ignoring the hundreds of studies on the issue and the thousands of lives saved by guns each and every year. (See this database of facts related to gun ownership that you’ll never hear the media talk about).
Not only does the left make emotional appeals, but it also frames the debate with inflammatory language. Take the word “assault” rifle for instance. This term is continually tossed into the “media salad” fed the public, but as every gun owner knows the term “assault rifle” is a fabricated term. Assault rifles are essentially no different than other semi-automatic rifles.
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