The Statist-Marxists (self-termed “Progressive Democrats”) are by no means finished hacking away at the branch of the Tree of Liberty bearing the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The right of a free citizenry to keep and bear arms is a right the Marxist-Statists absolutely cannot tolerate. We have seen it all throughout history: Hitler’s Germany, the Soviet Union, Cambodia…all of the totalitarian states must take the firearms from the hands of their citizens in order to make them subjects.
Ben Franklin once said, “Those who beat their rifles into plowshares will plow for those who do not.” How simplistic, but eloquent in its truth. Bill Clinton kicked off the Brady Bill on November 30, 1993, and this was followed by what was termed the Bill Clinton Gun Ban that imposed drastic restrictions on firearms that lasted for ten years. What Clinton did not foresee was the severe backlash that occurred as a result from angry citizens that ended up propelling the Republicans to regain the House of Representatives after they had lost it for forty years.
This lesson was not lost on Obama, who preferred to attack the 2nd Amendment indirectly without the passage of legislation. Such actions are his attempts to control firearms with executive actions. The Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by the United Nations on April 2, 2013, and on September 25, 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty. This action was proposed before and argued over tooth and nail for more than ten years. The treaty went into effect on December 24, 2014, a quiet Christmas Present for the whole world that nobody noticed.
The U.S. Senate has not ratified it and will not ratify it: we know, it violates Marbury vs. Madison and is onerous to the Constitution. The problem lies in the fact that Kerry signed it as Obama’s representative and thereby made the United States a signatory to the treaty. What this means is the United States is now obliged to refrain from any actions that the treaty holds in its terms. One example of this would be a federal opposition to gun control, as this UN treaty clearly makes the objective of removing firearms from every human being on the planet not sanctioned, certified, and approved in the service of a government. Here are a couple of points to this:
Obama can still use signing the treaty as a justification for executive actions or orders that would institute gun control.
Only the courts could undo this (and the judges for the Circuit Courts and the Supreme Courts are owned by Obama), or actions by Congress (that would inevitably be vetoed anyway).
To return to the “friendly Senate” issue, the treaty (even if not ratified by the current Senate) could be ratified by another Senate at a future date. Not to mention the factor of time. Look at the Executive Orders to stop the deportation of illegal aliens that Obama put into play. The courts ruled that the executive orders crossed the line, but that ruling came almost two years after the orders were initiated. So, in that time…how many illegal aliens crossed the border between Mexico and the United States and are now here?
Fast and Furious: Everyone is well aware of it, and the Teflon-coated administration allowed rotten egg Eric Holder to slip right out of the frying pan and slither under the rug until he resigned. Prior to this, Obama directed the DOJ and the FDIC to pressure lending institutions that the government regulated to curtail any dealings with “high-risk” businesses. The maneuver was designed to affect firearms manufacturers and other industries dependent upon the sale of firearms for business, such as ammunition suppliers.
Yet no pressure was placed on the government to curtail its own purchases of billions of rounds of ammunition, for “worthwhile” groups such as the US Postal Service (technically a private corporation, now), the IRS (hollow points for IRS agents), and a slew of others that you have undoubtedly read about. Why would the Motor Vehicle Administrations and the Social Security Administrations need firearms and hollow point rounds? And the Postman? What is he going to do, breach the front door and clear the house before he delivers the mail?
What the Federal Government cannot accomplish directly, it tasks to the states. California and Massachusetts are placing Ever-More-Draconian restrictions on the purchase of firearms and ammunition. The ATF has been picking up the slack and demanding of owners and firms with FFL’s to report the sale of certain calibers and types of weapons. This has been primarily in the states on our southern border. The ATF has also been going after different types of ammunition, and has been instrumental in creating categories of people to be restricted from purchasing a firearm for “mental or psychological problems.”
There is still also the problem of time.
Yes, Obama is a “lame duck” president, but there is still plenty of time left for him to do more damage. He isn’t officially out of office until January 2017, and he still has four months to play before the election.
The probability is high that he will do something drastic, and then bow out of office. Such will not “tarnish” Hillary, should she win, and she will certainly keep whatever measure he institutes. The death of Justice Antonin Scalia did not help matters, either, and Justice Thomas is nearing the end of his career. This has been the frontispiece of Obama’s successes:
Using the Courts to subjectively reinterpret the Constitution, and subsequently bypass it…under the “color of law” upheld by justices in black robes…less than a dozen, who decide the fate of 315 million Americans.
The battle for the 2nd Amendment is far from over for the moment, and the election will determine how that battle will proceed.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.
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