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Gun Rights & Freedom – Background Checks

Gun Rights & Freedom – Background Checks

Idaho may soon become the latest state to stand up to the Obama administration’s attempt to infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.
Earlier this week, the state House of Representatives approved a pro-gun-rights bill already passed by the state Senate. The measure now awaits action by Governor Butch Otter.
The published purpose of SB 1332, the Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act, makes clear the intent of state lawmakers:
In The Federalist, No. 33, Alexander Hamilton wrote:

But it will not follow from this doctrine that acts of the large society which are not pursuant to its constitutional powers, but which are invasions of the residuary authorities of the smaller societies, will become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such.

He restated that principle in a later letter, No. 78:

There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.

James Madison, also writing in The Federalist Papers, recommended that state legislators, in order to prevent federal abridgment of fundamental liberties, should refuse “to co-operate with the officers of the Union.”

Speaking during the War of 1812, Daniel Webster said:

The operation of measures thus unconstitutional and illegal ought to be prevented by a resort to other measures which are both constitutional and legal. It will be the solemn duty of the State governments to protect their own authority over their own militia, and to interpose between their citizens and arbitrary power. These are among the objects for which the State governments exist.

Background Checks

If Toby Hoover, Michael Bloomberg, Diane Feinstein or any other gun ban extremist would like to explain to me how a background check is going to help stop repeat offenders who aren’t being locked up from simply stealing the guns they use to inflict mayhem upon society, I’d love to hear from them. Chief Nice wasn’t finished. He also made clear that one of gun ban extremists’ favorite press-grabbing tactics – so-called gun ‘buybacks’ – do absolutely nothing to get crime guns off of the streets. Gun buy backs are a farce. The gang members, and people stealing guns are not bringing those in. Gun buy backs are bringing 70-year old shotguns from widows. They’re bringing those in to sell,” says Nice. We’ve been saying that for years. Gun “buyback” programs, misnamed because a government entity can’t “buy back” something it never owned to begin with, have been proven to be a failure at preventing violent crime. According to the federal government, gun ‘buybacks’ have “no effect” on preventing violent crimes. (Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Promising, National Institute of Justice, July 1998) “Buy backs” remove no more than 2% of the firearms within a community. And the firearms that are removed do not resemble guns used in crimes. “There has never been any effect on crime results seen.” (Garen Wintemute, Violence Prevention Research Program, U.C., Davis, 1997) Up to 62% of people trading in a firearm still have another at home, and 27% said they would or might buy another within a year. (Jon Vernick, John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, Sacramento and St. Louis studies ) More than 50% of the weapons bought via a gun buy-back program were over 15 years old, whereas almost half of firearms seized from juveniles are less than three years old. (District of Columbia buyback program, 1999) According to a variety of sources, the actual effect is that gun buy-back programs:

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