Former gun owners perhaps?
The attacks on our Bill of Rights are continuing while we are all distracted by healthcare.gov crashing, resurrecting, crashing, and on and on.
Two cases are currently being argued, one before the Supreme Court of the United States and the other before a Senate judiciary committee, both should raise some serious concerns about liberty.
The first case is before the Supreme Court of the United States and it is an attempt to use international treaties to impose unjust laws on Americans. The second case is intended to eliminate Stand Your Ground laws on the local and state levels with a misuse of federal power.
1. The first case involves the misuse of international treaties to take away fundamental rights of Americans.
The Department of Justice is arguing a Supreme Court case that is getting no play in the press but it should be on page one. The DOJ is arguing that the government should be allowed to use international treaties as a legal basis for policies which would include such things as gun control and home schooling even if they conflict with the US Constitution.
They are attempting to say that treaties signed by the US allow the government to prosecute criminal cases that would normally be left to state and local authorities.
Ted Cruz told the Washington Examiner that the “Supreme Court should not interpret the treaty power in a manner that undermines this bedrock protection of individual liberty.”
Cruz said it could be a backdoor way to undermine Second Amendment rights, home schooling, abolishing the death penalty, and any number of rights we hold as Americans. It would override the Tenth Amendment.
The case is Bond v. United States. A woman is charged with violating the international ban on chemical weapons because she used toxic chemicals to harass a former friend who had an affair with her husband. The case should have been handled by the state but the feds are prosecuting it under the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act, an international treaty. Read the full story at the Washington Examiner
2. The Senate Judiciary has been meeting to debate Stand Your Ground laws, laws that are under the jurisdiction of the states. The hearing is titled, ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force.’
Even the title is abominable. What right do these people have to insinuate our God-given right to self-defense lies in opposition to civil rights and using a gun is actually an ‘expanded use of deadly force’ as opposed to a appropriate self-defense.
Stand Your Ground laws merely state that we have the right to defend ourselves. The statists in our federal government want to take away our right to defend ourselves!
Trayvon Martin’s mother testified tearfully though she has no standing in determining whether or not we have the right to defend ourselves.
Senator Cruz said, “This is not about politicking. This is not about inflaming racial tensions. This is about the right of everyone to protect themselves and protect their families.”
There is strong evidence that blacks benefit from Stand Your Ground laws as much as whites. This is not a civil right issue.
The left made the law about race as much as possible. One Harvard attorney attempted to prove Stand Your Ground laws have the potential of devastating our cities and towns.
Twenty-two states have laws stating that there is no obligation to retreat during an attack and nine of those have Stand Your Ground laws.
Several months ago, we posted information about a report ordered by President Obama titled, “Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearms Related Violence.” President Obama ordered the Center for Disease Control to compile the 124-page report by Executive order. Prior to this, there was a law prohibiting any research on gun control by the CDC.
The report came out more in support of gun rights than opposed but there were alarming suggestions by the groups that orchestrated it and within the report.
The CDC put the report together with funds provided by the National Academy of Sciences, the CDC, the Californian Endowment, the Joyce Foundation, the Kaiser Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
The groups want gun ownership treated as a disease. They also want the CDC to collect the personal and private information on all law abiding gun owners and use it to create a centralized database on all gun ownership.
There is nothing to stop Mr. Obama from attempting to put this into effect. The purpose of the report was to find an excuse to do exactly that.