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Obama, Biden, And Liberals Wage War On 2nd Amendment! This Bold And Brazen Assault Proves: It Is Not About The Right “To Keep And Bear Arms” But Constitutional Liberty!

Mar 15, 2013 | by William Perry Pendley

In April 2012, a Los Angeles Times editorial entitled “Obama anti-gun? Says who?” declared “Obama hasn’t proposed any anti-gun legislation in his first term, and has rarely mentioned the topic.” Obama, opined the Times, rather than being “a wolf in sheep's clothing is really just a sheep.” Second Amendment defenders should stop “crying wolf,” lectured the editorial writer, because “the battle against gun control has been largely won.”

Somehow the Times missed Obama’s March 2012 whispered comment to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev assuring incoming president Vladimir Putin that, after the 2012 election, he will have "more flexibility" to deal with contentious issues. Obviously, the Times ignored Obama’s political record on gun rights: support for a total ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns, votes to ban nearly all commonly used hunting-rifle ammunition, and opposition to right-to-carry laws. TheTimes overlooked as well Obama’s support for a U.N. gun-ban treaty, his gun registration decree imposed on four border States, and his attempt to build support for his anti-gun agenda by using the ill-conceived “Fast and Furious” operation.

Today, not even the Times can ignore the assault on gun rights waged by Obama, the Obama Administration, and foes of the Second Amendment in Congress and across the country. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), which has long defended the “right to keep and bear arms,” did not wait for Obama’s second term. In 2008, MSLF was before the Supreme Court of the United States for District of Columbia v. Heller when MSLF’s brief prompted a justice’s tough questioning of Washington’s anti-gun laws. In 2010, when Justice Alito authored the opinion ending Chicago’s gun laws in McDonald v. Chicago, he cited MSLF’s hard-hitting brief to support his ruling for the Court.

In late 2010, MSLF sued the U.S. Postal Service when Obama’s U.S. Department of Justice refused to adhere to Heller and the commands of the Constitution. In Bonidy v. U.S. Postal Service, MSLF represents a Colorado man, Tab Bonidy, and the National Association for Gun Rights in challenging a Postal Service regulation that—on pain of a $5,000 fine or imprisonment for 30 days, or both—bars guns, including those locked in private automobiles, from Postal Service property. The Postal Service regulation is much more sweeping than federal law, which prohibits private possession of firearms in all federal facilities but exempts firearms carried “incident to hunting or other lawful purposes.” (There is a total ban on firearms in federal court facilities.)

Twice Obama’s Justice Department moved to dismiss MSLF’s lawsuit and twice the Colorado federal district court refused. Now the case is briefed fully and awaits oral argument. When it reaches the Supreme Court it will be the first challenge to Obama’s anti-gun assault. In the long fight to preserve the Second Amendment, it is right that the initial skirmish starts out West.

While Obama plans anti-gun orders, Biden advises women to fire their shotguns into the yard at unseen potential intruders (illegal in Delaware and everywhere else), and Congress debates gun bans, Colorado politicians seek to overturn a landmark MSLF victory before the Colorado Supreme Court.

In 2012, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in a lawsuit brought by MSLF on behalf of three students, one of whom is female, and a national group, that the University of Colorado (CU) may not issue separate rules on the carrying of concealed weapons; instead, Colorado law controls. In response, anti-gun proponents in Colorado’s General Assembly want to change the law. One says women are too emotional to have guns to defend themselves from rape and should use whistles instead. Another says women should use “ballpoint pens” to defend themselves. Yet another says, use the “buddy system” or “judo.” A liberal commentator told Fox News there is no “rape on a college campus.” Finally, CU advised coeds to fight rapists, not with guns, but with “passive resistance,” including the use of bodily fluids.

MSLF continues its fight for the Second Amendment. After its victory over a ban on firearms in Nevada state parks, MSLF urged an Illinois federal district court to grant its motion for summary judgment to permit an Ohio woman who visits friends in the Land of Lincoln to purchase a firearm and ammunition. Today, only Illinois residents who hold a valid Illinois driver’s license may do so. MSLF is also litigating other Second Amendment cases. Somehow the Times missed Obama’s March 2012 whispered comment to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev assuring incoming president Vladimir Putin that, after the 2012 election, he will have "more flexibility" to deal with contentious issues. Obviously, the Times ignored Obama’s political record on gun rights: support for a total ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns, votes to ban nearly all commonly used hunting-rifle ammunition, and opposition to right-to-carry laws. The Times overlooked as well Obama’s support for a U.N. gun-ban treaty, his gun registration decree imposed on four border States, and his attempt to build support for his anti-gun agenda by using the ill-conceived “Fast and Furious” operation.

Today, not even the Times can ignore the assault on gun rights waged by Obama, the Obama Administration, and foes of the Second Amendment in Congress and across the country. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), which has long defended the “right to keep and bear arms,” did not wait for Obama’s second term. In 2008, MSLF was before the Supreme Court of the United States for District of Columbia v. Heller when MSLF’s brief prompted a justice’s tough questioning of Washington’s anti-gun laws. In 2010, when Justice Alito authored the opinion ending Chicago’s gun laws in McDonald v. Chicago, he cited MSLF’s hard-hitting brief to support his ruling for the Court. In late 2010, MSLF sued the U.S. Postal Service when Obama’s U.S. Department of Justice refused to adhere to Heller and the commands of the Constitution. In Bonidy v. U.S. Postal Service, MSLF represents a Colorado man, Tab Bonidy, and the National Association for Gun Rights in challenging a Postal Service regulation that—on pain of a $5,000 fine or imprisonment for 30 days, or both—bars guns, including those locked in private automobiles, from Postal Service property. The Postal Service regulation is much more sweeping than federal law, which prohibits private possession of firearms in all federal facilities but exempts firearms carried “incident to hunting or other lawful purposes.” (There is a total ban on firearms in federal court facilities.)

Twice Obama’s Justice Department moved to dismiss MSLF’s lawsuit and twice the Colorado federal district court refused. Now the case is briefed fully and awaits oral argument. When it reaches the Supreme Court it will be the first challenge to Obama’s anti-gun assault. In the long fight to preserve the Second Amendment, it is right that the initial skirmish starts out West.

While Obama plans anti-gun orders, Biden advises women to fire their shotguns into the yard at unseen potential intruders (illegal in Delaware and everywhere else), and Congress debates gun bans, Colorado politicians seek to overturn a landmark MSLF victory before the Colorado Supreme Court.

In 2012, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in a lawsuit brought by MSLF on behalf of three students, one of whom is female, and a national group, that the University of Colorado (CU) may not issue separate rules on the carrying of concealed weapons; instead, Colorado law controls. In response, anti-gun proponents in Colorado’s General Assembly want to change the law. One says women are too emotional to have guns to defend themselves from rape and should use whistles instead. Another says women should use “ballpoint pens” to defend themselves. Yet another says, use the “buddy system” or “judo.” A liberal commentator told Fox News there is no “rape on a college campus.” Finally, CU advised coeds to fight rapists, not with guns, but with “passive resistance,” including the use of bodily fluids.

MSLF continues its fight for the Second Amendment. After its victory over a ban on firearms in Nevada state parks, MSLF urged an Illinois federal district court to grant its motion for summary judgment to permit an Ohio woman who visits friends in the Land of Lincoln to purchase a firearm and ammunition. Today, only Illinois residents who hold a valid Illinois driver’s license may do so. MSLF is also litigating other Second Amendment cases. One critic decries the “absurd fallacy” of anti-gun plans: “that honest citizens who own guns are potential criminals, and that real criminals will dutifully conform to the new laws, even though they’ve defied all the earlier ones…. Just look at Obama’s home town of Chicago: with the toughest gun laws in the land, it’s also the gun-murder capital.” Gun opponents who like to quote victims of gun violence should read the letter of a survivor of the Columbine massacre to Obama. “I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke…. Your…ideas are the worst possible initiatives if you seriously care about saving lives and also upholding your oath of office.”

Today’s battle over the Second Amendment is informed by Obama’s first term and the realization that the Obama Administration does not believe it is constrained by the Constitution. MSLF’s gun rights battles are not just about the right to “keep and bear arms,” but about whether Americans are to be trusted with the freedoms—“inalienable rights”—with which the Founders sought to preserve the Republic. Thank you for helping MSLF defend liberty!

One critic decries the “absurd fallacy” of anti-gun plans: “that honest citizens who own guns are potential criminals, and that real criminals will dutifully conform to the new laws, even though they’ve defied all the earlier ones…. Just look at Obama’s home town of Chicago: with the toughest gun laws in the land, it’s also the gun-murder capital.” Gun opponents who like to quote victims of gun violence should read the letter of a survivor of the Columbine massacre to Obama. “I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke…. Your…ideas are the worst possible initiatives if you seriously care about saving lives and also upholding your oath of office.”

Today’s battle over the Second Amendment is informed by Obama’s first term and the realization that the Obama Administration does not believe it is constrained by the Constitution. MSLF’s gun rights battles are not just about the right to “keep and bear arms,” but about whether Americans are to be trusted with the freedoms—“inalienable rights”—with which the Founders sought to preserve the Republic. Thank you for helping MSLF defend liberty!



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