Will Obama Follow Cuomo’s Example on Guns?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined the parade of progressives and their media apparatchiks looking to exploit the Newtown massacre. On Wednesday, in the part of his State of the State speech devoted to gun control, Cuomo urged the state legislature to enact the strictest gun laws in the nation. “Gun violence has been on a rampage as we know firsthand and as we know painfully,” thundered the governor. “We must stop the madness, my friends. In one word, it’s just ‘enough.’ It has been enough. We need a gun policy in this state that is reasonable, that is balanced, that is measured.”

Such descriptions are in the eye of the beholder. What Cuomo outlined would give the Empire State the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. “Number 1: Enact the toughest assault weapon ban in the nation, period!” he shouted. “Number two, close the private sale loophole by requiring federal background checks. Number three, ban high-capacity magazines. Number four, enact tougher penalties for illegal gun use, guns in school grounds and violent gangs. Number five, keep guns from people who are mentally ill. Number six, ban direct Internet sales of ammunition in New York. Number seven, create a state check on all ammunition purchases,” he added.

In a radio appearance on December 20, Cuomo attempted to emphasize the idea that he does not want to take away peoples’ guns and that he himself is a gun owner. “My position is this…there is a balance here and I understand the rights of gun owners, I understand the rights of hunters,” he told radio host Fred Dickers. “As you know, I have a gun.” According to a spokesman for Cuomo, the governor bought a shotgun while he was Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary from 1997 until 2001. Cuomo once used it for hunting, but stopped using it once he became governor. It currently sits in a locked case with a trigger lock on the gun itself.

Thus, it came as little surprise that Cuomo chose to address that particular aspect of gun ownership to make his case on Wednesday. “No one hunts with an assault rifle,” he shouted. No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer! Too many innocent people have died already! End the madness now!”

This is utter sophistry. The framers of the Constitution didn’t write the Second Amendment to facilitate hunting. They wrote it so that ordinary Americans could protect themselves from a variety of threats, including would-be totalitarians. And the notion that a magazine capacity of ten bullets or less will keep people safer, while one that holds eleven or more leads directly to a Newtown and therefore must be eliminated, smacks of the “do something” mentality to which politicians resort when they have nothing of substance to offer.

Genuine substance reveals that there are times when ordinary citizens are faced with threats, such as multiple intruders into one’s home, or an encounter with a street gang, where a magazine with more than ten bullets may be the difference between life and death. Perhaps a reporter with a bit of honesty or backbone might be willing to ask the governor how many bullets are contained in the magazines of the guns his bodyguards carry to protect him.

The answer to that inconvenient question would undoubtedly inform the overbearing hypocrisy that surrounds this issue. Nothing speaks more clearly to the concept of “do as I say, not as I do” than the self-righteousness of politicians surrounded by armed protectors telling their fellow Americans to “end the madness” that amounts to having the exact same opportunities to protect themselves enjoyed by the political class, as well as many of the self-righteous celebrities and media members looking to exploit tragedies like Newtown.

Furthermore, every one of the aforementioned proposals made by the governor, with the possible exception of keeping guns away from the mentally ill, is made with the full and equally hypocritical knowledge that they will only apply to law-abiding citizens. Since it is impossible to believe that there is even one politician in the entire nation who believes that stricter gun control laws will have the slightest effect on the nation’s criminal element, one is left to conclude that disarming law-abiding citizens is nothing more than an effort to make them as dependent as possible on the state to protect them.

Even Cuomo’s claim that he would limit the ban to “assault rifles” is pure hokum. The “assault” label, despite what liberals would like you to believe, is a political “catch-all” designation that does not refer to any special “killing machine” feature, but could fit any number of modern firearms. Assault “rifle” is even more complicated. Although the term was once used to refer to semiautomatic rifles beginning around WWll, the definition was so vague that legislators had to list specific models of guns and/or gun characteristics when the assault weapons ban was enacted.

Fully automatic rifles, aka machine guns, have been outlawed for civilians since the National Firearms Act was passed in 1934 — unless they get special permission from the U.S. Treasury Department. Even more daunting for those politicians who think they can somehow stuff the proverbial genie back in the bottle is the reality that there are approximately 270 million firearms currently held by civilians, a number equivalent to almost 89 percent of the entire population.

Yet Cuomo will persist. Undoubtedly he is buoyed by Pew Research Center survey indicating that 49 percent of Americans now believe that controlling gun ownership is a bigger priority than protecting the right to own firearms, while 42 percent said the opposite. Human Events columnist John Hayward explains the meaninglessness of such a poll. “A ‘right’ is not something that politicians can take away because they disapprove of it, or even because they can persuade some percentage of voters to share their disapproval,” he warns. An unnamed national Democratic strategist put the governor’s latest pitch in the proper context. “Everything with Cuomo is politics,” he revealed. “He could have done anything he wanted on gun control in his first two years, but now it’s in the headlines.”

That goes double for Joe Biden and the Obama administration. For the two years before the 2010 election, Democrats had complete control of Congress and White House. They did nothing to advance a gun control agenda. Yesterday, Biden met with the NRA, hoping to either win their support, or soften their opposition to limiting ammunition sales and banning assault weapons. The NRA released a statement revealing the meeting was little more than an effort to attack the Second Amendment. “While claiming that no policy proposals would be ‘prejudged,’ this task force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners–honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans,” it read. “It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.”

Biden countered with a tiresomely familiar progressive familiar bromide. “I’m not sure we can guarantee this will never happen again, but as the president said, even if we can only save one life it would make sense,” he contended. “And I think we can do a great deal without in any way imposing on and impinging on the rights of the Second Amendment.” Using Biden’s “logic,” one could ban anything that has caused a single death. As for doing a great deal without impinging on the Second Amendment, one is left to wonder how that squares with the Vice President’s statement that he and the president believe some as-yet-to-be-revealed aspects of the Second Amendment are vulnerable to executive order.

Yet perhaps the most ominous development of the day was Attorney General Eric Holder’s reported meeting with large firearms retailers, including Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest, and others, such as Bass Pro Shops, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The implications of such a meeting might best be explained by another story reported Monday at the CNS News website. In a Facebook posting, Joe Sirochman, owner of the American Spirit Arms gun manufacturing company, accused Bank of America of freezing his accounts. “After countless hours on the phone with Bank of America, I finally got a manager in the right department that told me the reason that the deposits were on hold for further review–her exact words were–‘We believe you should not be selling guns and parts on the Internet,’” he wrote.

Considering Eric Holder’s scandal-ridden track record, highlighted by a contempt of Congress citation for his refusal to turn over critical evidence in the Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation, it isn’t much of a stretch to think that he would be more than willing to put the full force and fury of the Justice Department behind an effort to get gun retailers to “reconsider” their commitment to selling firearms. For an administration that believes the president is capable of bypassing Congress completely to get the gun control measures he wants, intimidation by the Attorney General is small beer by comparison.

Thus, from Cuomo and Biden, to Holder and President Obama the progressive agenda regarding gun control is being laid bare, as is the transparent effort to get something done as quickly as possible so that raw emotion can be exploited to facilitate the effort. So much so that Biden has committed to getting the president his full recommendations by next Tuesday, well ahead of the president’s end-of-the-month deadline request. “I committed to him I’d have these recommendations to him by Tuesday,” Biden said. “It doesn’t mean it’s the end of the discussion, but the public wants us to act.” For a president and his party that rammed a healthcare bill through Congress before Americans “could find out what’s in it,” such calculated haste is nothing new. Once again, the most transparent administration in history is poised to run roughshod over the opposition, and possibly the constitutionally-mandated separation of powers as well, to get what it wants, when it wants.

As for Andrew Cuomo, he is doing nothing more than surfing a wave he hopes will carry him to the White House in 2016. As his speech pattern got shriller and shriller, he told New Yorkers to “forget the extremists” and “end the madness now!” In other words, you either agree with Cuomo, Biden, Holder, Obama and their agenda, or you’re an extremist whose affection for the right to bear arms is madness. The only thing sadder is a thoroughly compromised mainstream media backing them to the hilt, oblivious to such irony, even as they too would kick the Constitution to the curb if it saves “just one life.”

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Gunning for the kiddies, this is precisely what progressive (fascists) are doing. Sans the Second Amendment there is NO stopping their total control.

    At the same time that Obama bypassed 2 proposals (brought forth before Congress), to shore up safety at schools, he is opining about the kiddies. Whereas his progeny are entitled to 11 ! armed guards at their school, the rest of the riff raff are supposed to go to schools where guns are banned!

    Alas, guess who "understands" the Radical-in-Chief's angst over the innocents – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/18/pa-prez-abbas

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel -http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • JacksonPearson

      Despite launching a gun control agenda that threatens to disarm the American people, President Obama has signed a bill that would afford him armed Secret Service protection for life.

      The new bill, which will cost American taxpayers millions of dollars, is a re-instatement of a 1965 law which will see presidents protected for life as well as their children up to age 16. The irony of Obama seeking to surround himself with armed men for the rest of his life while simultaneously working to disarm the American people via a gun control agenda that is likely to be enforced via executive decree represents the height of hypocrisy.

      But it’s not the first time that Obama has lauded the notion of responsible Americans using firearms to protect himself and his family while concurrently eviscerating that very same right for the American people.

      During an ABC Nightline interview broadcast on December 26 yet recorded before the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama said one of the benefits of his re-election was the ability “to have men with guns around at all times,” in order to protect his daughters.

      In addition, the school attended by Obama’s daughters in Washington D.C. has no less than 11 armed security guards on duty at all times, yet the idea of arming teachers and school officials to prevent school massacres has been dismissed by gun control advocates who want school campuses to remain “gun free zones” where victims are disarmed and shooters are free to carry out their rampage unimpeded.

      The hypocrisy of gun control advocates who feverishly work to create victim disarmament yet surround themselves with armed men is rampant amongst the political class.

      As we reported last month, despite in the same year calling for “Mr. and Mrs. America” to “turn in” their guns California Senator Dianne Feinstein, author of a draconian bill set to be introduced later this month that would treat gun owners like sex offenders, admitted to carrying a concealed weapon for her own protection after she was threatened by a terrorist group.

      Other prominent gun control advocates such as Mayor Michael Bloomberg have also aggressively pushed to disarm Americans while themselves employing armed bodyguards at all times.

      Michael Moore, another vehement proponent for gun control, also has armed bodyguards, one of whom was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon at in New York’s JFK airport back in 2005. A White House petition created at the end of last month calls for making the White House and all federal buildings gun free zones. “If the government believes gun free zones are a solution for citizens, the same standard should apply to government servants and employees,” states the petition, which currently has over 12,000 signatures.

    • ron

      I think arming guards at schools is a red herring. Personally, I'm horrified by the idea of having armed government agents at schools. But that is a local state/town issue not Federal.

      I'd rather teachers were allowed to carry.

      Again we are missing the point: The purpose of the 2nd amendment is to protect against the government. To at least make it difficult and costly for government to impose it's heavy handed will on the populace. To act as a "moment of pause" in the event of a worst case scenario: A government run amuck.

      I think we've been led down this road by both people on the right and on the left, and I think that needs to stop.

  • truebearing

    The core doctrine of the Left was responsible for the deaths of 150,000,000 men, women, and children in the 20th Century, yet there are no calls for the banning of Marxism. They don't care about the children. Dead children are the kind of fulcrum the Left prays for. All they really care about is power, and then using that power to destroy.

    • Tan

      The reason that the Left and Hollywood won't reject Marxism is because they embrace it. Hollywood puts Marxism in a positive light in their films, which is dishonest because Marx was one of the founders of political genocide; therefore, Marxism embraces political genocide just as radical Islam embraces terrorism and religious genocide against infidels. Like whitewashing atrocities of Islam, the Left will also whitewash the atrocities of Marxism. The Left believes that they can do no wrong and that only conservatives can do wrong. I believe for sure that's the reason behind the Left's lies and the evil they commit in the US: they don't think they can do any wrong; therefore, whatever they do is therefore good. But if you think about it, that's how real villains in this world think. Hitler, Castro, Lenin, Mao, for example, all came to power acting like they were going to be liberators of their people and the world, and we see the same disastrous results every time. These monsters saw no evil being done regarding their government, military, ideology, etc. And the Left in the US will not see any evil in their deeds and corrupt minds until they wake up. It's just a question of whether they will or will not at all.

      • Mary Sue

        And they excuse it all by claiming the right people weren't in charge and whatever Lenin or Mao was practicing wasn't True Communism™

        • Fritz

          All that I ask of these fools that claim that neither Marxist theories or "True Communism" has never been put into practice is, "Communism was tried in several dozen countries on almost every continent, for over 3/4s of a century, if communism as a viable economic and political system was a workable idea at all surely at least one of those countries would have got it right?" They are as bad as the Neo Nazis, they believe in a hoax, a failed system that claimed it could supposedly solve all of the World's problems but history proved otherwise. The best analogy is from the Bullwinkle and Rocky Show, the running gag of Bullwinkle asking Rocky to watch him "pull a rabbit out of his hat" , and no matter how many times Bullwinkle tried it the trick never worked.

  • Mary Sue

    Cuomo is an idiot. He gets it from his old man. Apple doesn't fall that far from the tree…

    • kafir4life

      Idiots would be upset putting mario jr. lumped in with them. They have some pride.

      • Mary Sue

        I wonder if he has a brother named Luigi… :p

    • Spider

      Calling Cuomo an Idiot is I believe an insult to Idiots

      • Mary Sue

        I know, right?

    • JacksonPearson

      Progressives never let a crisis go to waste.

    • ron

      He's not an idiot, don't make the mistake the left made when discussing Bush. You don't get to that position by being a moron. Yes, that includes the current President too. Cuomo is a ruthless greasy machinist. He's a wily tough son of a bitch; he'll do what it takes to get elected and has nearly zero conscience.

      But that's NY, if the bastard can at least keep the trains running on time I'll vote him in again. I don't expect a lot of from NY politicians.

      • Fritz

        Unfortunately for Cuomo's national ambitions he was also the former chief of housing and urban development, and there are a lot of skeleton's in that closet. He became governor at the state level largely because he was preceded by a letcher, who had to resign in scandal, and his unelected successor.

  • RedWhiteAndJew

    Number 1: Enact the toughest assault weapon ban in the nation, period!

    How many murders are committed in New York with "assault weapons?" *

    Number two, close the private sale loophole by requiring federal background checks.

    There is no loophole, only liberty. That said, how many guns are used in crime, which are purchased with a genteel exchange of cash and a handshake?

    Number three, ban high-capacity magazines.

    The Columbine murders were committed using carbines (short rifles) loaded with 10 round magazines. Magazine changes are quick and easy when you don't have to worry about return fire. See: Gun Free Zones ™.

    The rest are just as contemptible, and not worth the time. The point is made.

    (*) Sorry, that was a trick question. There is no such thing as an "assault weapon." It is a politician and MSM-created fiction. There is such a thing as an assault rifle, but it is not relevant to the discussion, as they are not used in crimes (excepting crimes committed by law enforcement, like the kidnapping of Elian Gonzales under Janet Reno, for example). An assault rifle is, by definition, capable of selective fire. If it isn't, it's not an assault rifle.

    In short, pass more laws which further chip away at the Second Amendment, further endanger law-abiding citizens by making them vulnerable to prosecutors tilting and windmills, and not do a damn thing about real crime.

    • intrcptr2

      I just read your moniker and spotted your avatar; excellent, sir, most excellent.

      good post, too…

      • RedWhiteAndJew

        You are most kind. Thank you for the encouraging words. :-)

  • EthanP

    IMHO the pro 2nd Amendment forces should run Andy's rant as much as they can. This was the behaviour af an unbalanced individual. I would certainly question allowing a lunatic like that have a firearm.
    This wasn't a political speach, it was the unstable oratory of a demigog.

    • Fritz

      That little outburst can and will be used against him should he ever decide to run for Barry's job in 2016, and knowing the way things work it will probably be used by members of his own party wanting to taking him out in the primaries. Remember the Dean Scream?

  • pierce

    I do not own a gun. Never wanted to own a gun. But now with all the crackpots out there, I am beginning to think maybe I should change my attitude. But now I will need a psyche evaluation to find out if I am mentally capable of gun ownership, and I am not sure I could pass one. It would be scary, after 70+ years, to find out I am crazy.
    Well go for it Andrew and Barack, go for it.

    • kafir4life

      I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested.
      – Sheldon

    • Smitty

      I would advise some training, but there is no reason why you should not own a weapon, but only if you are psychologically prepared to use it to defend your life. People have remarked to me that they are "afraid of guns." Guns are only a tool; it takes a person to pull the trigger. When confronted with a situation whereby your life could be saved (by you), you might well wish that you had some sort of self-defense firearm in your residence and that you would know how and when to use it. I do, and I sleep quite well, knowing that if some creep tries to kick in my door, he will wish he had chosen a house whose owner is unarmed and vulnerable.

    • Asher

      Remember, All it takes is a breakin by a robber, or a mental case to rob you of your family and your life. Its worth investing in at least one firearm to protect your precious family.

  • sharpsrifle

    Only if he actively is seeking a second civil war…and I suspect he may be unhinged enough to be doing just that.

    • pierce

      It will not, I repeat, it will not be civil, but then again, some of the American people reelected him, and maybe this is what they want. A SUPREME LEADER TELLING THEM WHAT TO EAT, WHEN TO GO TO SLEEP, HOW MANY CHILDREN THEY CAN HAVE, SORT OF LIKE CHINA, ETC, ETC.

    • Ghostwriter

      I doubt it. President Obama made people believe that he was far more moderate than he really is. The media also portrayed Romney as some callous rich guy with little in common with the little guy. We're going to soon find out the real President Obama and I don't think that few will like what we see.

  • rjgallip

    Someone tell King Cuomo and Obama, some rights are God given and not up for debate. Hunting is not mentioned in the 2nd amendment

    • kafir4life

      Neither is personal protection, altho' they work rather well for that. Number two is about protection from a tyranical gov't. Number one says we can say that.

  • davarino

    Hey dictator in chief, you can take your executive order and shove it up your a$$

    • kafir4life

      No room. It's already full.

      • davarino

        That is funny, but probably true : )

  • misternatural13

    Since we’re playing the “some Bill of Rights amendments are better than others” game let us try this out, it’s guaranteed to make the anti-gun zealots (more) crazy.
    Step 1= Pick a city with strict gun laws and a high rate of gun violence. How about Chicago?
    Step 2= Select the section of the city that has the highest numbers of shootings and/or the section in which the largest # of convicted shooters lived prior to conviction
    Step 3= Do house to house/apartment to apartment searches of every residence in that section to seize illegal weapons
    Step 4= Warrants? We ain’t got no warrants. We don’t need no stinking warrants! (We do have these badges, though.)
    To hell with the 4th amendment if it’s for the good of the community. What’s so unreasonable about that?
    Step 5= sit back and enjoy the spectacle emanating from the lib universe

  • Smitty

    Cuomo: "No one hunts with an "Assault Rifle' (keep in mind no one has ever defined the term, "Assualt Rifle.").I hate to puncture your balloon, Mr. Cuomo, but on the west coast, such weapons are great for helping to rid ranchers and alfalfa growers of the ground squirrel pest. These little varmints live in the ground, chewing up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of crops that growers depend upon for their living. AR-15 type rifles, using a .223 or similar caliber, work well when trying to shoot these very small varmints that pop in and out of holes like a mole in "Whack-a-Mole" games that used to be seen in carnivals.

    I have personally shot over 350 of these gopher-like varmints in one morning in northern California—not with an "Assault Rifle," but with a .22 caliber rimfire, using a 10-round magazine. I wish I had owned the larger caliber rifle, but they are virtually outlawed in California, plus they have a high cost, and .223 ammunition is also costly to buy in a store or reload at home. Cuomo evidently has no clue as to riflery, and can hardly lay claim to fame re the hunting world just because he owns a shotgun. Oh yes…..I am a long-time member of that evil organization: the NRA.

    If Biden and his clan has their way, they will be responsible for the deaths of many, many more persons than those who died in the recent outrages due to homeowners who would be left completely vulnerable. The gang bangers and other criminals who make their living via home invasions would love to see such laws passed.

    • Mary Sue

      what's really funny is those idiots have no idea what "assault rifle" is, and because the term is cosmetic based, they end up classifying a .223 in with it.

      It gets hysterically funny when they lump in "high-powered rifles" in with it. You know, hunting rifles. The kinds you need to bring down a moose or a bear.

      Nobody needs 10 rounds to kill a deer unless the person's a bad shot, or they're not killing deer but rather a gazillion gopher pests.

  • The Goon

    Everyone should be on board to stop this onslaught on the 2nd amendment, everyone down to the last liberal.

    Whether you happen to like the 2nd amendment or not is irrelevant, because it's attached to the Constitution, and a Gov't that can run rough-shod over one piece of the Constitution, can do the same for any part of it, or all of it. It is the nervous system of the Country.

  • Drakken

    If Obummer and company push through a weapons ban, they will have an insurection of biblical proportions, they would not be able to go to any public forum out of fear of being shot at and thus would be holed up in Washington. Bad times are ahead.

    • Asher

      I agree, there will be a huge awareness of the right to defend oneself…against the Government…this country is not Europe..and we are not going to put up with Genocide.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Will Obama follow Cuomo's example?
    What makes them think that Cuomo wasn't doing Obama's bidding?

    • JacksonPearson

      Birds of the feather….

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        I would expect to see him at one of Michelle's lobster feeds soon.

        • JacksonPearson

          Democrats don't dine on the cheap…

          Earlier in the evening, I was reading an interesting article titled "Why socialism needs killing fields." The read got right into Russia, China, Germany, Pol-Pot killings of which all tied right into America's abortion factories, and Obama-Care's coming "Death Panels."

          In a nutshell, socialism auto spins into communism, which calls for a dictator, the disarming of the populous, and then the killing off of the masses that disagree with them. That's where the current crap of a government we have is heading. Sometimes this happens quickly, but here it's happening in slow cincrements.

        • JacksonPearson

          They both can't seem to comprehend four simple words:
          "shall not be infringed."

          • bloodyspartan

            I live in NY LI Suffolk to be specific. He is doing the demi-goofs bidding remember HUD.

            I will not turn in on weapon but I will lend out all the Ammo I have time for.

            OOPs time to go downstairs and load some more.

            I hope I get enough time and Help.

            IF not see you all later, GOD bless and good skills.

            and for the Spying crowd energy is neither created or destroyed only the form changes.

            Any one want to donate some claymores and Napalm please feel free to drop it off on Duane Drive. LK Ronk.
            You will know which house.

  • drivesguy

    Some reflection on history might show some perspective:

    What the Framers said about our Second Amendment
    Rights to Keep and Bear Arms

    “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
    — George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788

    Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
    – Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution

    “The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
    – Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-188

    If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.
    – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28

    “That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms … ”
    – Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850)

    “[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
    –James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46

    “To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.”
    –John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States 475 (1787-1788)

    “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”
    –Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).

    “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
    –Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

    “Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.”
    –Richard Henry Lee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

    “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”
    – Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787. ME 6:373, Papers 12:356

    • drivesguy

      The constitution and the Federalist Papers mean nothing to the Liberals unless of course they proof text its content to suit their agenda. Liberals often use the cliche that such rights secured in the Bill of Rights are not relevant today and Laws need to enacted to “bring the Constitution” more in line with modern thinking. Yet the framers of the Constitution knew there would times with the Constitution would need to be updated. Newsflash to the Liberals: It is called Amendments. If they want to repeal the 2nd Amendment, then they should repeal it through the Amendment process. Since they can’t do that, they would chip away at it through regulation duping Congress into forcing gun owners to register their weapons.

  • Karl Stein

    The historical comments are great. Unfortunately, most Democrats do not read much or know much about history. They just act out on instincts and feeling good. To many of them, the Constitution is just a piece of old paper, and has little relativity in today's world. And history, who cares. It was the caring and knowlegeable people who helped to guide this country, but now we are the oppressed minority. The US is in a free fall, especially with this President. May God help us.

  • Infovoyeur

    All I know is via the statistics I hear (are they accurate and the total story?), I as an innocent inept un-armed citizen am gonna feel much safer walking around in a jurisdiction with concealed-carry permission.

    That said, If I were younger I would also start toward getting a personal weapon, but I shall be gone before our society overtly blatantly explicitly starts to be gone.

  • Adolf Hitler

    I imposed gun control laws right before my r e i g n of t e r r o r. Classic facist this obama guy.

  • Linda Rivera

    Barack Hussein Obama told the UN General Assembly: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

    England Warns America: Don’t Let Them Take Your Guns

    England grabbed its citizens guns in 1997. Crime skyrocketed as the law-abiding were disarmed. The English citizens have a message for Americans — Don’t give up your guns!

    • Fritz

      Not to mention the Islamists in East London and elsewhere in Britain pay about as much attention to U.K gun laws as career criminals and the IRA have. They have been caught stockpiling not only guns but high explosives in mosque basements, and explosives have been regulated for decades pretty much everywhere.

    • Asher

      Beware when the Government wants to disarm its citizens, it can only mean tyranny!

  • Western Spirit

    Maybe Cuomo should ban street cars. People can be pushed in front of them, and die, for heavens sake.

  • Asher

    The leadership in New York is abysmal…Nanny Bloomberg can't keep his mitts off of everything that lets people have some choices and some fun, especially in the food deparment…he wants to regulate everything which is becoming more apparent..Cuomo doesn't seem to be any smarter and alot of people are now examining the recent publication of the Journal news of law abiding gun owners…Who's side are the elected officials on? Is it really for the law abiding citizens? Better start asking these questions.

  • Joel

    Let's see. In one hand you have nearly 1,000,000 abortions over the past three years performed via Planned Parenthood. In the other hand you have millions and millions of firearms and virtually zero wrongful deaths by way of contrast when in the hands of legal owner. Now Hussein says get rid of the 2nd. Go figure. Why not get rid of the 1rst while we're at it, it's just one before two — heck we already have pretty much as the the fellow who made a film recently rots in jail for supposedly causing Benghazi. Gee, did that fellow also cause Fast and Furious?

  • big phil

    let em pass a gazillion gun laws it dont matter ill go to mehico and get more