Yesterday, I received a message from U.S. Senator Rand Paul regarding defending our Second Amendment Rights and a Presidential Memorial Certificate honoring the memory of Ron’s service in the Armed Forces signed by President Obama.
There is something incongruous about this, to say the least, but that’s to be expected in politics.
Senator Paul’s message is yet another example of the wide division of the population on this topic.
Ironically, he mentions the recent secret banning by Obama of “the re-importation of nearly a million American made M1 Garand and Carbine rifles that “carried the U.S. through World War II seeing action in every major battle.”
Mr. Obama’s citation is in recognition of Ron’s “devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.”
Don’t get me wrong: I support our troops. I just don’t support our current wars.
I also support the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people of keep and bear arms that was adopted in 1791.
During the debate of the ratification of the Constitution, Patrick Henry, eloquently argued for “the dual rights to arms and resistance to oppression” saying, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
The fight between the gun-grabbers and the gun owners continues. I don’t know about you, but I’m “locked and loaded” and will support Senator Paul’s efforts to keep up the good fight.
▪ Here is Senator Paul’s message:
“Dear Fellow Patriot,
“Nearly 1 million American rifles.
“Banned by a stroke of Barack Obama's pen.
“In a move unprecedented in American history, the Obama Administration quietly banned the re-importation of nearly one million American made M1 Garand and Carbine rifles.
“The M1 Garand, developed in the late 1930's, carried the United States through World War II seeing action in every major battle.
“General Patton at the time called the M1 Garand "the greatest battle implement ever devised."
“The rifle is largely credited with giving American soldiers the advantage and securing victory for the allies.
“During the Korean War, nearly one million of these rifles were brought to South Korea and left with the South Korean government afterward.
“Now, South Korea wants to give American gun collectors the chance to get their hands on this unique piece of history.
“A piece of American history that Barack Obama would like to see go down the memory hole.
“That's why I want as many Americans as possible to put themselves on record opposing this gun ban by signing the Official Firearms Freedom Survey the National Association for Gun Rights has prepared for you.
“After World War II, the United States government sent millions of these rifles overseas to our allies and friends.
“Over the past 50 years, many of the countries we lent them to returned them to America to be bought and sold by firearms collectors.
“This is nothing new.
“Make no mistake; these rifles were made in America, by Americans, for Americans, to defend freedom on foreign shores.
“As a part of our history, they are greatly sought after by American shooters and collectors.
“But according to Hillary Clinton's State Department there is a danger they might ‘fall’ into the wrong hands.
“That they might, possibly, one day be used in a crime.
“No mention of the hundreds of thousands of gun owners deprived of the opportunity to own an integral part of American history.
“The State Department's outrageous claims are nothing more than a thinly veiled ploy to distract from the real issue: President Obama's deep seated hatred for gun rights.
“While his gun-grabbing base is giddy with praise at this back-door gun ban, law-abiding citizens across the United States are crying foul.
“Let me be clear: at no time in U.S. history has the ownership of this firearm -- or any part of this firearm -- been illegal, restricted or banned.
“Americans have collected World War II M1 Garand and Carbine rifles for decades.
“Now they are sold through the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
“You can even purchase a newly manufactured model from Springfield Armory that was made just a month or two ago.
“And the M1 Garand's caliber or capacity is no more dangerous than the millions of modern firearms owned by Americans across the country today.
“As you can see, there is absolutely no justification for this unconstitutional gun ban by the Obama Administration:
-A new so-called ‘Assaults Weapon Ban’ -- targeting ALL semi-automatic rifles and shotguns -- which, unlike the Clinton ban, would NEVER expire;
-An outright BAN on ‘high capacity’ magazines -- banning the sale and manufacture of magazines holding more than just a handful of rounds;
-A National Concealed Carry ‘Standard’ -- designed to make it even more difficult for law-abiding citizens to carry a gun to protect themselves and their families from assault;
-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ‘Catch-All Gun Control Scheme’ -- to create a national ‘cannot buy registry,’ allowing citizens to be stripped of their Second Amendment rights on a Justice Department whim, effectively banning all private gun sales.
“That's why it is essential that Americans like you and I take a stand against the M1 Garand gun ban!
“It has been common practice since the end of World War II to re-import these American made rifles from the foreign allies they were lent to during the war.
“But the Obama Administration departs radically from the American tradition.
“In fact, on top of banning American citizens from owning these historic firearms, Obama's State Department is arranging for the destruction of nearly one million of them -- ironically, at a time of ballooning federal deficits.
“It's an outrage!
“These firearms -- truly pieces of American history -- rightly belong in the hands of U.S. citizens.
“That's why I was glad to hear that the National Association for Gun Rights is helping fight this power grab in the U.S. Senate.
“Do you believe the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment are the supreme law of the land?
“Do you believe that President Obama banning the re-importation of these historic firearms is an unprecedented and unconstitutional power grab?
“Do you support Congress forcing President Obama to reverse his ban and save these American made rifles from destruction?
“If you said ‘Yes’ to these questions, please sign the Firearms Freedom Survey the National Association for Gun Rights has prepared for you.
“Your survey will put you squarely on the record AGAINST Barack Obama's Rifle Ban.”
He asks that along with signing the survey, he hopes a contribution will be made to help pay for “the massive program to launch the designed to force President Obama to reverse this ban.”
That plan includes “Direct mail. Phones. E-mail. Blogs. Guest editorials. Press conferences. Hard-hitting internet, newspaper, radio and even TV ads if funding permits. The whole nine yards.”
Adding to a call for contributions, he said, “the National Association for Gun Rights will continue contacting Second Amendment supporters to turn up the heat on targeted U.S. Senators.”
“So please put yourself on record AGAINST Barack Obama's Rifle Ban by signing NAGR's Firearms Freedom Survey.
“Thank you in advance for your time and money devoted to defending our Second Amendment rights.”
“For Freedom, [signed] Rand Paul, United States Senator" and added this post script:
“P.S. In a move unprecedented in American history, Barack Obama secretly banned the re-importation of nearly a million American made M1 Garand and Carbine rifles.
“The M1 Garand, developed in the 1930's, carried the U.S. through World War II seeing action in every major battle.”
▪ Here is the wording from the gold crested Presidential Citation:
“The United States of America honors the memory of Ronald C. Smith. This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States. [signed] Barack Obama, President of the United States.”
He left out his middle name: Hussein.
▪ Today’s Guest Columnist is Mona Charen, writing about “Obama and the Future Fallacy” (courtesy of Townwhall.com’s editor, Jonathan Garthwaite.)