Monday, January 4, 2016


Weekly Opinion Editorial


by Steve Fair

       As I write this, President Obama is set to announce on Tuesday that he will sign an Executive Order that will create stricter gun laws in America.  He is scheduled to hold a Town Hall on CNN to explain his actions and has announced his action will be ‘entirely consistent with the Second Amendment.”  The President met with AG Loretta Lynch on Monday to discuss the gun issue.  “This is not going to solve every violent crime in this country.  It is not going to prevent every mass shooting.  It will potentially save lives in this country and spare families the pain and extraordinary loss they experience when they lose loved ones to gun violence,” he said after the meeting.   The plan includes adding background checks for those who purchase at gun shows and online, tightening up restrictions for gun ownership on those who have domestic violence history, adding 230 additional FBI personnel and 200 new ATF agents and some unidentified ‘gun safety technology.’

     “The good news is that these are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch,” Obama said. “But they're also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support and believe in.”

     Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said that Obama’s executive order is, “delusional, dangerous, not to mention unconstitutional.”  “The thing the president should be doing on gun control is enforcing the laws that we have. We have long lists of criminals who own guns, who routinely purchase guns. We know who these people are, and we are not prosecuting any of them,” Fiorina said.   

     Other GOP candidates also weighed in.  "We're not changing the Second Amendment," Donald Trump said. "I will veto that. I will un-sign that so fast."  Governor Chris Christie said, “I’m sure (the gun executive action) will get stopped by the courts.”  Senator Ted Cruz said Obama’s move is unconstitutional.  “It’s entirely backwards. We don’t beat the bad guys by taking away our guns. We beat the bad guys by using our guns,” Cruz said.  Senator Rand Paul said he would fight the President, ‘tooth and nail’ on the gun control issue.  Paul plans to push the Senate GOP caucus to vote on legislation he proposed in December that would reduce executive orders on gun control to ‘advisory only. Senator Marco Rubio said, “I believe that every single American has a Constitution—and therefore God-given right—to defend themselves and their families.”  All the Democrat candidates said they supported the president’s executive order action.

     The second amendment is a critically important right to Americans.  In a democratic republic form of self-government, an armed citizenry serves to prevent tyranny.  Without the second amendment, the other tenets of the Bill of Rights would likely be ignored by government.  So why did the founding fathers put the second amendment in the constitution?  Was it so Americans could own shotguns to duck hunt?  It was about insuring the liberty and survival of a country.  The founder of the Democrat Party, Thomas Jefferson said; “Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not.” 

     It is likely President Obama’s executive order will be overturned by the courts, but rest assured the liberals in America will not rest until they have forced every law abiding citizen in America to give up their guns.  They fail to understand the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Guns don’t kill people- people kill people.  The root problem of any violent act is a depraved, wicked heart and gun control will not cure that.   

     George Mason, the co-author of the second amendment, said this: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”   Americans need to be well armed lambs. 

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