Second Amendment Preservation Act

Posted: August 20, 2013 in Fire Arms, Legislative Issues

From our friend Ron Calzone:

Second Amendment Preservation Act
Veto Override Session is 3 weeks away!

U.S. About to Sign United Nations Small Arms Treaty!

Missouri First Home

August 20, 2013,

Doreen, have you heard the rumblings about the U.S. finally signing on to the United Nations Small Arms Treaty?

President Obama hit a road block with his last round of gun control bills, but this treaty is another opportunity to trample our 2nd Amendment rights. And Monday’s Washington Times article by former Congressmen Bob Barr points out how much damage can be done even if the Senate doesn’t ratify the treaty.

For weeks there have been rumors that Obama would sign the treaty before the end of summer, and Barr’s article fuels those concerns.

Some “experts” are saying not to worry, though, that a treaty can’t trump our 2nd Amendment rights, but some of them are the same “experts” who poo poo state nullification, claiming the Supremacy Clause means federal “laws” always trump state statutes. They can’t have it both ways — they are not applying the Supremacy Clause consistently.

Take another look at the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution:

“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” (emphasis added) (U.S. Constitution, Article VI)

The “experts” who say we don’t have to worry about treaties base that claim on the fact that the only valid treaty is one the president and the Senate had “authority” to enter into. Since they don’t have authority to sell off our constitutional rights, a “treaty” that infringes on our right to keep and bear arms is no treaty at all.

I agree with the “experts” on that point.

Think about it this way: If I sold your car to Roger without your permission you would still have title to the car and have a right to take it back from poor Roger, since I had no authority to sell it to him in the first place.

The same is true if the president, with the help of the Senate, attempt to “sell” our Constitutional rights through a so-called treaty.

Now, back to the “experts”… Where some of them are wrong is when they fail to make the same application to “laws” that Congress pass which, like the treaty, infringe on our right to keep and bear arms. Such “laws” are not laws at all, and the People, with the help of their states, have a right to wrest those rights back unto themselves.

Does any of this mean we shouldn’t worry about the U.N. Small Arms Treaty?

We had better worry, because it doesn’t matter if it’s legitimate or not if the federal government tries to enforce it against American gun owners. And we had better prepare to defend the rights of Missouri gun owners!

That’s where HB 436, the Missouri Second Amendment Preservation Act comes in and that’s why the right and constitutional thing to do is for the General Assembly to override Governor Nixon’s veto, since the Second Amendment Preservation Act will protect Missourians from unconstitutional gun control, whether from our own federal government or the United Nations.

For liberty,

– Ron Calzone

Three more weeks to the veto override session:

  • Write letters to editors of your local newspaper. We need LOTS of letters, each week between now and the 11th.
    • The letters can be as short as 50 words or as long as the paper will allow – usually between 250 and 400 words. Anything is better than nothing. You can also ask for an oped slot if you want to write a longer piece.
    • (Look for an email from me with a special online tool that will make this easier.)
    • The SAPA Resource Page has examples of LTEs (letter to editors) and talking points.
    • VERY IMPORTANT: Editors publish letters about issues they think their readers are interested in, so even if your letter isn’t the one to get published, it will help persuade the editor to publish someone else’s letter on the same subject.
  • Write, call, and meet with your state Rep and Senator. Tell him or her just how important this veto override is to you. Ask for their commitment to vote for the override.
    • (Look for an email from me with your legislator’s contact info and also a record of his vote on HB 436.)
    • There are lots of events, like fund-raisers, going on right now. There’s nothing as good as a face to face meeting to make an impression on how important this is to you.
    • Please let me know if you find any legislators who are not willing to commit.
  • Call in to radio talk shows to promote the SAPA.
  • Attend the huge rally and lobbying day on Sept. 11 at the Capitol.

Of course, we each need to recruit as many people as possible to do all the above.

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