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This Gun Bill Will Increase the Problem

Jun 21, 2022

Thomas Jefferson understood and warned about disarming the people. He wrote, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

Ten Republicans* agreed to a verbal “compromise” bill against our Second Amendment rights. And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised, “I will put this bill on the floor as soon as possible.” But now, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is balking at the Democrats’ insistence on the so-called “red flag” provision. But it appears that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may support the compromise. The vote will be close. That is why they must hear from you.

Earlier this month, gun control activists flooded D.C. to push the Senate to pass a bill. We cannot rest until these bills are blocked. Send an urgent message today to Congress to block these disarmament bills. —Mat

Democrats have laid out their playbook to take your guns.

During the House Judiciary Committee meeting, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) said, “You will not stop us from advancing the Protecting Our Kids Act today.”

Jones threatened, “If the filibuster obstructs us, we will abolish it. If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand it. And we will not rest until we have taken weapons of war out of circulation and our communities each and every day.”

Sen. Schumer (D-NY) wants to “put this bill on the floor as soon as possible.” With a crack in the original coalition of 10 Republican senators, we have a short time left to stop this bill.

Gun restrictions do not stop mass shootings. A student from 1950 to 2022 found that 96% of mass shootings are in gun-free zones. This is not about fixing the problem—it is about control and disarming law-abiding citizens.

The Founders knew from history that average citizens must not be disarmed. Despots, tyrants and even mass shooters target people who are disarmed.

The day after the Uvalde shooting, a woman in Charleston, WV, lawfully carrying a handgun stopped a man who had an AR-15 rifle and intended to carry out a mass shooting at a party. Shooters will pick soft targets and are likely to avoid, or be stopped, at locations where law-abiding citizens are armed.

I don’t doubt the sincerity of some politicians who want to address mass shootings. But the fact is, since 2005, 96% of mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. This bill will increase the problem. We urgently need to stop this bill. Send this message today to Congress with an urgent fax to stop attacks on our Second Amendment now.

The rights of Englishmen to bear arms were established as far back as 700 years ago. And there are eerily similar parallels between the attempts to disarm British citizens in the 17th century and what we are hearing from the White House and Congress today.

History has shown that disarmament precedes despotism and that truly free people are free to bear arms in defense of life and liberty. The first Revolutionary War battle on Lexington Green was in response to the 700 British soldiers who had been dispatched to disarm the “rebels” of Massachusetts. Col. John Parker, commander of 77 ragtag colonial minutemen, boldly told them, “Stand your ground.”

Today I am calling on every American who is concerned about the loss of our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms to “Stand Your Ground.” Get involved politically and use your First Amendment right to speak out in favor of your Second Amendment right.

We need to flood the senators’ offices to demand they block this attempt to disarm the American people. Send your faxes to demand the Senate stop this bill.

Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court still holds to the idea that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm. In the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller case, the Court struck down the district’s ban on handguns. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia made no bones about the validity of the Second Amendment:

Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.

But I return to the first quote I shared with you: “If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand it.” These tyrants are not playing around, and they are even willing to overpower the U.S. Supreme Court. They want to know where every gun is and who owns it at all times. But the risk to American freedom is way too great.

Politicians are intent on demonizing and banning semi-automatic rifles, but the vast majority of mass shootings happen with a handgun. Just 14% of them are with a rifle only, while 82% of all mass shootings include a handgun. These politicians are not even trying to address the real problem.

They want to use your tax dollars to get one step closer to grabbing your guns. Tell Congress in no uncertain terms to leave our constitutional freedoms ALONE.

You can show your support for the Second Amendment and help our ministry at the same time. LC Action will send you a “Stand Your Ground” bumper sticker for a donation of any amount today. In addition, you can take advantage of our Challenge Grant that effectively DOUBLES the impact of your gift.

Mat Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action

P.S. You can also sign our petition to urge Congress to block this bill.



Sources:

Downey Jr., Kevin. “It’s Not MY Second Amendment Right — It’s OURS, and Yes, It’s Worth the Price.” PJ Media, June 4, 2022. Pjmedia.com/columns/kevindowneyjr/2022/06/04/its-not-my-second-amendment-right-its-ours-and-yes-its-worth-the-price-n1603199.

Nadler, Jerrold. “Text - H.R.7910 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Protecting Our Kids Act.” Congress.gov, June 7, 2022. Congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7910/text#toc-HDBBD64ABA06744E8BE0F377C65655974.

“U.S. Senate to Take up Gun Bill as Soon as Possible, Schumer Says.” Reuters via US News and World Report, June 13, 2022. Usnews.com/news/us/articles/2022-06-13/u-s-senate-to-take-up-gun-bill-as-soon-as-possible-schumer-says.

*The 10 Republican senators who initially agreed to a compromise are: Mitt Romney (UT), Susan Collins (ME), Thom Tillis (NC), Bill Cassidy (LA), Roy Blunt (MO), Richard Burr (NC), Rob Portman (OH), Pat Toomey (PA), John Cornyn (TX) and Lindsey Graham (SC). However, Cornyn is now pushing back on the red flag discussion.

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