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  • Lake view: Gun ownership a civil liberty

  • The only people that a gun ban law would impact are the law-abiding citizens, which will only serve to cripple the ability to protect themselves.
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  • An ex-Marine made this observation on gun law.
    A person steals guns, (which is against the law),
    shoots and kills his own mother (which is against the law),
    transports these guns loaded (which is against the law),
    brings guns onto school property (which is against the law),
    breaks into the school (which is against the law),
    discharges the weapons within city limits (which is against the law),
    murders 26 people which is against the law),
    and commits suicide (to escape the law).
     
    And there are people in this country that somehow think passing another law banning guns would protect us from someone like this.
    If you haven't noticed, people like this are not concerned about breaking laws — they only care about fulfilling their own twisted agenda.
    The only people that a gun ban law would impact are the law-abiding citizens, which will only serve to cripple the ability to protect themselves.
    Attorney General Holder, who was implicated in the fast and furious gun running scandal, stated that the President determines who is "entitled to possess guns.” Holder, and the agencies he heads, contributed to over 2,000 weapons going across the border, in fast and furious. They were then used to kill citizens of Mexico as well as American citizens and continue to be found at the scenes of crimes. It is our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence that spells out our liberties and freedoms and where they come from, not the other way around.
    Our founders created a foundation for a strong local self-government as the keystone to preserving human freedom. You see, the independent states created the federal government, the federal government did not create the states. They saw the advantage of the close-knit towns over a central government. You talk to your local representatives more than you would ever get a chance of seeing the President.
    Political power automatically gravitates toward the center, and the purpose of the Constitution is to prevent that from happening. The centralization of political power always destroys liberty by moving the decision-making function from the people on the local level and transferring it to the officers of the central government. The process gradually deadens the spirit of the people.
    As one of our own state representatives just recently stated, "private property and the principles of self-ownership” is what is at stake here. Protecting property rights as mentioned in Amendment 5, is directly related to our right to own and bear arms in Amendment 2. In Amendment 3, it clearly states that the federal government can not force you to do something "but in the manner to be prescribed by law." Law that is Congressionally authorized. The state of Missouri is the buffer zone between the people and the federal government, and states rights are clearly defined in Amendment 10.
    Page 2 of 2 - Without our liberties we do not have freedom. Our liberties are tied to our right to own property, the right to bear arms and have the ability to protect ourselves, our families, and our property.
    These are all related to self-ownership, individual freedoms, and individual responsibility. The erosion of our liberties depletes our freedoms. Governance comes directly from the people, delegated to our Representatives chosen to represent us. We are a republic with a democratic government, not a democracy for the collective.
    The legislation on gun control that is being debated In Jefferson City clarifies and defines that governance comes from the people through our appointed representatives. A central government has no constitutional right to tell the people of a state what they can own and what liberties they are allowed to have. This is in violation of our civil liberties and will be interpreted as a violation of our civil rights here in the state of Missouri.
     
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