This column presents facts regarding the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Wisconsin State Constitution, and various other documents in reference to modern topics. Mark hopes to encourage interest in those works so that others can consider whether our government is practicing within its constitutional limits. In the last category, he may indicate his opinion. Mark is a resident of New Berlin. Readers are encouraged to visit the following sites for more information on the United States Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's views on politics and government.
According to FoxNews.com, January 20, 2013
Top Democrats expressed confidence Sunday that Congress will pass significant gun-control legislation, with the backing of Washington lawmakers and pressure from Americans across the country.
David Plouffe, a senior adviser for President Obama, acknowledged the president’s gun-control proposals will need public support to pass in Congress and said the White House will try to “enlist” Americans in the debate through its newly formed, grassroots advocacy group.
According to FoxNews and Associated,January 26, 2013
WASHTINGON – Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as "Ban Assault Weapons Now," gathered in front of the Capitol on Saturday for a March on Washington for Gun Control.
James Agenbroad, 78, of Garrett Park, Md., carried a handwritten sign on cardboard that read "Repeal the 2nd Amendment." He called it the only way to stop mass killings because he thinks the Supreme Court will strike down any other restrictions on guns.
Washington (CNN) -- On one side were pegboard panels mounted with various assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons -- including a Bushmaster similar to the one used in last month's Newtown school massacre.
Behind the stage stood police officers supporting a renewed ban on such firepower. One by one, victims of gun violence told their brief stories and expressed support for a new federal ban being proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein on some assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons.
She said the goal is to "dry up the supply of these weapons over time."
She then made a plea for people to call their senators and House members to declare "enough is enough," adding that a mobilized public is "stronger than the gun lobby."
Later Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden made a similar appeal in an online discussion on Google, saying: "Make your voices heard."
Supporters of more gun control acknowledge the constitutional right to bear arms, but argue that rifles capable of firing multiple rounds automatically or semi-automatically exceed the reasonable needs of hunters and other gun enthusiasts.
They also contend that high-capacity ammunition magazines provide the capability for mass shootings such as the Newtown massacre.
Opponents contend the Second Amendment forbids the government from this type of limit on weapon ownership by citizens.
They worry that such a weakening of gun rights would signal a shift that would leave citizens defenseless against criminals and, some also argue, against potential future government tyranny or abuse. Instead, the NRA has called for increasing armed guards at schools to protect students.
According to| FoxNews.com/AP; February 04, 2013
President Obama on Monday tried to undercut National Rifle Association leaders and appeal directly to their membership, claiming gun owners support the "common-sense" gun control measures he's proposed -- and urging those supporters to "keep the pressure" on Congress.
The president spoke in Minnesota, in his first campaign-style stop as part of a second-term push for new firearms laws.
On the other side of that debate, the NRA has aggressively argued against Democrats' call for a new and stronger assault-weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks. But in a risky move, the president used his speech Monday to try and sideline America's most powerful gun lobby.
He urged the public to call Congress and voice support for the proposals.
The Administration and some Congressmen vs. The Constitution
Exerpt from the Declaratrion of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
US Constitution; Presidential Oath of Office
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
US Constitution; 2nd Amendment
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.
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” (Richard Henry Lee; (signatory to the Articles of Confederation and Declaration of Independence),
We the People:
Which constitutional right will they test next? As stated in the Declaration of Independence, our government was established to secure the rights of its citizens. Unfortunately, to power-hungry officials, a crisis is a short-lived opportunity to exceed constitutional restrictions and remove rights. As a former Obama administration chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said: “You never want a serious crisis to go to wasteVice President Biden referenced a "narrow window" in which to capitalize politically. However he struggled to justify gun restrictions when he said; “If you look at every one of the tragic events that have attracted so much attention, it's hard to be able to pinpoint what you would have done to assure it wouldn't have happened”. So the administration cannot pinpoint that restricting guns would prevent these tragedies, but it still intends to take advantage of this crisis.
Our president and some Congressmen and women want us to ask them to violate the constitution. According to the words of the second amendment, it is not there only to protect sport hunting; it is there to protect freedom. Call or email your legislators, and tell them to uphold their oath to the Constitution.
For US House of Representatives, go to http://www.house.gov/
For US Senate, go to http://www.senate.gov/