Oct 5, 2013

Legislation and Politics Update: 10052013

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: During the government shutdown, allegedly only key essential departments will be operating at full scale, which means that law enforcement will be running as usual and the important NICS operations will be operating. The NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] is essential to performing background checks for firearm purchases. Thus far there have been no impact as far as slowing down response times within the NICS system.
The government shutdown has affected other areas, like ministers to Catholics on military bases are not permitted to perform their duties, not even if they volunteer. Maggie at Maggie's Notebook stated that contract priests have been threatened with arrest if they volunteer their spiritual services. So it goes in the Obama/Progressive administrative world. The question has been offered: 
Will Muslim soldiers be allowed to follow the call to prayer?
UN ARMS TRADE TREATY: Last week Secretary of State John Kerry signed a UN arms treaty and President Obama is expected to sign the treaty this week during his visit despite the fact that Congress, namely the Senate, has not ratified it. It is expected that the Obama administration and supporters of the arms treaty will claim that the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution puts this treaty above constitutional law, the supreme law of the land. In this way, the progressives are expected to circumvent the Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution to keep and bear arms.
The Framers of the Constitution did not write the law of the land to be circumvented with backdoor legislation and policies. Politicians have developed a practice for some time now where they spend more time looking for ways to circumvent constitutional law rather than abide by it.
Alexander HamiltonThe only constitutional exception to the power of making treaties is that it shall not change the Constitution.
James MadisonI do not conceive that power is given to the President or the Senate to dismember the empire, or alienate any great, essential right. I do not think the whole legislative authority to have this power.
Thomas JeffersonI say the same as to the opinion of those who consider the grant of treaty-making power to be boundless. If it is, then we have no Constitution.
Supremacy Clause: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
Clearly Kerry and Obama's assumption that they can legislate by using a ratified [or un-ratified] treaty is clearly not the intent of the Framers of the US Constitution, which in this case involves the Second Amendment. They have promised that by signing an anti-Second Amendment treaty agreement that it will not affect the rights of US citizens. But where have we heard such promises before? Remember the push to pass the so-called Obamacare legislation, and how they promised it would be good for citizens and save them money dealing with health care?
The Framers/Founders did not provide the Federal government the power to usurp the Constitution via a treaty because the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, not treaty law.
So the questions is asked: Why would a president sign a treaty that countered the US Constitution?
If the treaty is not in compliance with our constitution, why sign an agreement that acts against the fundamental rights and natural law of other people in other nations be agreed to? In effect, that is what Obama and company are doing.
There's an old Missouri saying that was used in the script of the Outlaw Jose Wales film:
Don't piss on my back and tell me it's raining.
It applies today. This treaty, like Obamacare, will menace US citizens for years to come.
Colorado DA Refuses to Prosecute Flood Victims for Private Firearm Transfers … NRA warned that the Colorado House Bill 1229 would broadly criminalize the private transfer of firearms between law-abiding citizens.
In CaliforniaNRA intends to file suit against Governor Brown if he signs unconstitutional semi-automatic firearm ban legislation.
In ConnecticutLaw Requiring “Ammunition Certificate” to Purchase Ammunition and Magazines Takes Effect Tomorrow. The oldest firearm manufactures in US is located in Connecticut. Will they remain in a state that counters the Second Amendment?
In Montana – On October 1st, the following laws take effect: Senate Bill 145 that ensures confidentiality and privacy protection for concealed weapon permit holders; House Bill 446 deletes “discharge of firearms” from the disorderly conduct statute; House Bill 459 provides that health care facilities and providers may not inquire about a person's firearm ownership as a condition of receiving medical treatment nor refuse treatment because a person refuses to answer questions about firearms ownership. This is an important counter against the Affordable Health Care Act, infamously known as Obamacare, where such practices would take affect because of the law being poorly written and unconstitutional.
In NevadaConcealed Carry Improvement Law took effect on October 1stSenate Bill 76.
In North Carolina Pro-gun reform bill took effect that reforms the handgun purchase permit process and makes several improvements for gun owners and sportsmen.

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