Connecticut Joins Growing List of Tyrants
Connecticut has become the latest state to pass draconian anti-gun laws on top of the anti-gun laws they already have in place. This proves that the gun control advocates believe that if their gun control laws did not work, it was because they were not strict enough. Connecticut had a ban on assault weapons, yet the shooting at Sandy Hook still happened.
So what is Connecticut’s response?
Stricter gun laws!
It hasn’t passed yet, but observers say it is a mere formality at this point.
Details of the new law include:
- a ban on “high capacity” magazines
- any existing magazine with a capacity greater than 10 must be registered with the state
- a dangerous weapon offender registry to prevent dangerous people from getting their hands on weapons; that is, according to the New York Times, if you are convicted of more than 40 weapons offenses, you will be entered into this “registry”. I want to know if you get a free gift for reaching that milestone. Forty offenses? Really? That’s supposed to accomplish, what again?
- ammunition eligibility certificates
- universal background checks
- adds 100 “assault style” weapons to their list of banned weapons and requires that a weapon only have one type of “scary” feature to be considered a “banned” weapon
- banned weapons cannot be bought or sold in Connecticut
- existing weapons must be registered with the state
Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said:
“We have to be satisfied. There are still other things that we want, we’ll be back for in later sessions, but for now, it’s a good thing.”
Let’s see, you are getting your registry, you are getting your ban on high capacity magazines, you got your “assault weapons” ban. What else could you be coming for in later sessions? I wonder, but the left keeps insisting that no one is coming for the guns!
They focus on the reports that Lanza fired 150+ bullets (I say that because reports vary as to the actual number) in a span of 5 minutes, but there are reports that he used as many as nine magazines, but at least 1/3 of them were not completely empty. So, he had 270 bullets at the most, and shot 150. Doing the math, he shot five out of every nine bullets, or a little over half a magazine before he reloaded. 16.8 bullets per mag, to be exact.
That’s also including the bullets he used to break into the school in the first place.
So limiting him to a ten round magazine would not have prevented the massacre.
No. Ten round magazines are a mere stepping stone.
Take a close look at the list of new laws. See the common thread? Registries.
Never mind that the Supreme Court has already declared the registry of weapons to be unconstitutional in 1968 (repeat ad nauseam; I hate having to repeat myself over and again).
All governments want to create these gigantic databases: Obamacare; gun registries, financial data. Pretty soon they will want to start keeping track of when you sleep, how long you sleep, when you take a crap, or other bodily functions kick in, when you eat, how much you eat, what you eat. They even turned the White House Easter egg roll into a Federal Fat Camp.
Government knows what’s best for us, and those of us who complain are just to stupid to realize it. Most Democrats that I know have that attitude and don’t understand why we would not want to bend knee to the king. They don’t believe that they are slowly being enslaved by this government, and don’t understand why we want to stand on our own two feet and forge our own path. We don’t need rights, whatever we need, the government will provide. I believe that during the American Revolution period, they were called Loyalists.
The list of states that have added new gun control laws, or are talking about adding them:
- New York
- Illinois (Chicago)
And probably a few more that I can’t think of off the top of my head.
California is considering regulating and taxing ammunition. Missouri, Minnesota and Oregon have had bills requiring that gun owners remove their “assault weapons” from the state.
Gun control advocates claim the Second Amendment only applies to the National Guard, a “well regulated militia”. Democrat operative Cass Sunstein claims in an article that even Chief Justice Warren Burger (appointed by Nixon) said the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to keep firearms.
They are right that the Second Amendment covers a “well-regulated” militia. The term “well-regulated” has several meanings:
- working at peak precision.
It does NOT mean having lots of rules or government control, as liberals would like us to believe. However, when they say that it refers only to the militias, who do they think made up those militias? The People.
It’s easy to be a fool when you just repeat by rote.
The intention of the Second Amendment was that the Founders distrusted standing armies. They had experienced firsthand the tyranny of a standing army, and wanted to avoid it believing that a standing army was the bane of liberty.
However, as troubles with the Indians began to escalate, as much as they disliked the idea of standing armies, the Founders realized that they had to have one, so they tried to keep it as small as they could. (It should be noted that the Indians were starting to figure out that the new settlers had no intention of staying put and not moving westward) The Constitution does not prohibit a standing army, but it encourages it to be temporary.
What gun control advocates tend to ignore is, what did the Founding Fathers think about it? How about that First Congress that debated the Second Amendment? It amazes me how poor these “scholars” actually are. In fact, they suck. Well, they probably don’t suck so much as they are not honest with us.
Tench Coxe, a delegate from Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress (1788-89):
As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms. (Tench Coxe in ‘Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution’ under the Pseudonym ‘A Pennsylvanian’ in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1)
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…. [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. (Tench Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.)
Alexander Hamilton, a Federalist, and the First Secretary of the Treasury:
If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair. (Federalist No. 28)
…but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights…. (speaking of standing armies in The Federalist No. 29)
What plan for the regulation of the militia may be pursued by the national government is impossible to be foreseen…The project of disciplining all the militia of the United States is as futile as it would be injurious if it were capable of being carried into execution… Little more can reasonably be aimed at with the respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed and equipped ; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them once or twice in the course of a year. (Alexander Hamilton The Federalist, No. 29)
Noah Webster (of Webster’s Dictionary fame, cousin to Daniel Webster (Connecticut representative), editor of the Federalist Party newspaper):
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive. (“An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution,” 1787, a pamphlet aimed at swaying Pennsylvania toward ratification, in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at 56 [New York, 1888])
The thoughtful reader may wonder, why wasn’t Jefferson’s proposal of ‘No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms’ adopted by the Virginia legislature? They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. (Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.)
John Adams (Second President of the United States):
Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs, and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I have never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which perhaps, I could not surrender if I would. (Boston Gazette, Sept. 5, 1763, reprinted in The Works of John Adams 438 [Charles F. Adams ed., 1851])
Samuel Adams (John Adam’s cousin and a great beer):
The Constitution shall never be construed…to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. (Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 86-87)
If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. (Letter to James Warren, October 24, 1780) [Note: to find this, go the the linked site, then in your browser, “find” and enter the search term “Oct 24 1780” and it should take you straight to the letter]
I am thus far a Quaker, that I would gladly agree with all the world to lay aside the use of arms, and settle matters by negotiation; but unless the whole will, the matter ends, and I take up my musket and thank heaven he has put it in my power. (Thoughts On Defensive War, 1775)
Thus America must suffer because she has something to lose. Her crime is property. That which allures the Highwayman has allured the ministry under a gentler name. But the position laid down by Lord Sandwich, is a clear demonstration of the justice of defensive arms. The Americans, quoth this Quixote of modern days, will not fight; therefore we will. His Lordship’s plan when analized [sic] amounts to this. These people are either too superstitiously religious, or too cowardly for arms; they either cannot or dare not defend; their property is open to any one who has the courage to attack them. Send but your troops and the prize is ours. Kill a few and take the whole. Thus the peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned, while they neglect the means of self defence [sic]. The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves. (Thoughts On Defensive War, 1775)
George Mason (Father of the Bill of Rights and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights):
…to disarm the people ― that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them. (3 Elliot, Debates at 380)
I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials. (3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426)
[The American Colonies were] all democratic governments, where the power is in the hands of the people and where there is not the least difficulty or jealousy about putting arms into the hands of every man in the country. [European countries should not] be ignorant of the strength and the force of such a form of government and how strenuously and almost wonderfully people living under one have sometimes exerted themselves in defense of their rights and liberties and how fatally it has ended with many a man and many a state who have entered into quarrels, wars and contests with them. (“Remarks on Annual Elections for the Fairfax Independent Company” in The Papers of George Mason, 1725-1792, ed Robert A. Rutland [Chapel Hill, 1970])
George Washington (First President of the United States):
A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a Uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent others, for essential, particularly for military supplies. (First State of the Union Address of January 7, 1790 in the Boston Independent Chronicle, January 14, 1790)
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. (Walter Bennett, ed., Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican, at 21,22,124 [Univ. of Alabama Press,1975])
A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves…and include all men capable of bearing arms. (Richard Henry Lee, Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer  at 169)
The constitution ought to secure a genuine militia and guard against a select militia. …All regulations tending to render this general militia useless and defenseless, by establishing select corps of militia, or distinct bodies of military men, not having permanent interests and attachments to the community ought to be avoided. (Richard Henry Lee (writing as the Federal Farmer – Letter #18; recipient unknown)
Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence and Third President of the United States):
No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. (Proposal to Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950] )
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms…. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. (letter to William S. Smith in 1787. Taken from Jefferson, On Democracy 20, S. Padover ed., 1939)
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks. (Encyclopedia of T. Jefferson, 318 [Foley, Ed., reissued 1967]; Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, [Memorial Edition] Lipscomb and Bergh, editors)
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. (Jefferson’s “Commonplace Book,” 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764)
We established however some, although not all, its [self-government] important principles. The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved,) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed… (Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright, 1824. Memorial Edition 16:45, Lipscomb and Bergh, editors)
James Madison (Father of the Constitution and Fourth President of the United States):
Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. (The Federalist, No. 46)
It is not certain that with this aid alone [possession of arms], they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to posses the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will, and direct the national force; and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned, in spite of the legions which surround it. (The Federalist, No. 46)
The right of the people to keep and bear…arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country…. (I Annals of Congress 434 [June 8, 1789])
From The Congressional Register, 17 August 1789:
(Note, these are representatives. The Senate debates were kept secret)
Elbridge Gerry (Massachusetts):
This declaration of rights, I take it, is intended to secure the people against the mal-administration of the government; if we could suppose that in all cases the rights of the people would be attended to, the occasion for guards of this kind would be removed.
Fisher Ames to George R. Minor. 12 June, 1789
The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people.
There are so many more, but I think you get the point. Of course, not everyone agreed with this, but 2/3 of both Houses did.
In fact, it was some of the states who had actually proposed the amendment::
New Hampshire: Congress shall never disarm any Citizen unless such as are or have been in Actual Rebellion
Virginia: That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated Militia composed of the body of the people trained to arms is the proper, natural and safe defence [sic] of a free State. That standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided, as far as the circumstances and protection of the Community will admit; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to and governed by the Civil power.
We need more firearms training!
New York: That the People have a right to keep and bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia, including the body of the People capable of bearing Arms, is the proper, natural and safe defence [sic] of a free State;
Hold on, these are talking only about militias? The point is that militias are made up of people.
But it is interesting that this is the only amendment where the term “the people” doesn’t mean the people to liberals:
… or the right of the people peaceably to assemble …
The right of the people to be secure in their persons …
… shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people
The powers not delegated to the United States … are reserved … to the people.
Half of the amendments in the Bill of Rights refer to the People in some manner. Why is it that the term in this amendment doesn’t mean the same to liberals as the others? Because they are afraid that they might get overthrown when this country wises up.
Anyone who believes that this amendment is just for militias, just for sporting and hunting, just for self defense and not overthrowing the government is very mistaken and either ignorant or disingenuous.
Are the people outgunned by our standing army? Yes we are.
But so was the Continental Army.