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Posted: 3/13/2011 2:48:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 2:56:39 PM EST by SSMdive]
I sent this to some of the folks in Congress and in the Senate both State and US.

Feel free to read and reply, copy and paste...etc.

Gun ownership is a civil right.

Looking at the Bill or Rights it is easy to see that the Founding Fathers were writing a document designed to protect individuals from a powerful government that was no longer listening to the people. The problem is people often try to ignore that the Second Amendment IS a civil right. This letter will show how through out the history of the United States good meaning people passed laws that limited that civil right, to the point of promoting racism.

This Bill of Rights included the five freedoms in the First Amendment (Religion, Speech, Assembly, Petition, Press). Four of those freedoms allowed individuals to speak out against the government, assemble against the government, petition the government when the individual was wronged, and to allow the press to print and tell the truth. The Second Amendment was not something the Founding Fathers took lightly. Looking at the historical context and quotes from the founding fathers written before, during, and after the Bill of Rights was constructed shows what the Founding Fathers intended. There is not one quote from any of the great men that shaped this country stating that individuals should not have the right to firearms. Thomas Jefferson, one of the chief architects of the US Constitution, said it best in two succinct quotes:

1."On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." (Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, June 12, 1823, The Complete Jefferson, p. 322)

2."No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." (Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J.Boyd, Ed., 1950])

Unfortunately, some people ignore the Founding Fathers wishes and try to ignore the meaning of the Second Amendment. The quotes of Jefferson above (and the lack of any quote from any Founding Father against the notion) show that the Second is an individual right. The Supreme Court has also agreed in the recent Heller and McDonald rulings.

The following is a brief history of some gun laws and rulings in the United States and how each of them were designed to keep one group in power over another group.

•In 1834 there was a change to the Tennessee Constitution, where Article XI, 26 of the 1796 Tennessee Constitution was revised from: "That the freemen of this State have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence," to: "That the free white men of this State have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence [SIC]."

Conclusion: Clearly this change was only to deny right of African Americans

•The North Carolina Supreme Court in an 1840 statute provided: “That if any free negro, mulatto, or free person of color, shall wear or carry about his or her person, or keep in his or her house, any shot gun, musket, rifle, pistol, sword, dagger or bowie-knife, unless he or she shall have obtained a licence therefor from the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of his or her county, within one year preceding the wearing, keeping or carrying therefor, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be indicted therefor.”

Conclusion: This ruling clearly went against African Americans since it only applied to them.

•The National Firearms Act of 1934. This law required the registration of machineguns, short barreled rifles and shotguns, and of firearms suppressors. The law required that you obtained a signature from a chief law enforcement officer and paid a 200 dollar tax to the federal government.

1.The signature meant you had to ask permission to own this type of weapon.
•What law enforcement officer was going to grant permission to an African American in 1934?
•The law was also written that corporations and legal trusts did not have to get a signature…. How many black men in 1934 had a corporation or a legal trust?
2.The fee was 200 dollars. Back in 1934 the average income was 1500 dollars a year.
•How many poor people and minorities do you think had the ability to spend 13% of an average family income to pay a tax on a single item?

Conclusion: If you were rich you could still own any type of weapon you wanted.

•GCA of 1968. This piece of legislation required that any firearm (except antiques) needed to be purchased through a Federal Firearms Holder.
•How many blacks could walk into a store in the 60’s and purchase a gun for self defense?
•Made straw purchases illegal, so a white guy could not buy a gun and give it to a black man.

Conclusion: In the racially charged 60’s, where stores would refuse to allow blacks to eat or even use the same bathroom, what are the chances that an African American could have legally bought a firearm for self defense?

The Founding Fathers took great effort to ensure that the people would be able to control the government through every possible measure to include voting for representatives to represent them and providing for a means to prevent that same government from ignoring them. In truth, each amendment in the Bill of Rights is to protect the individual from the Government and prohibitions against the Second have historically been used as a method to encourage control over minorities.

"...to disarm the people - that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them." (George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380)

I urge you to watch this movie


Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:21:28 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:52:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By osprey21:
Well done, but too wordy. They'll never read it all.

Indeed, you should have simply written "Gun laws are illegal. Assholes!"
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:44:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By osprey21:
Well done, but too wordy. They'll never read it all.

Hell, they don't even read bills they sign in to law.

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