What Part Of “Shall Not Be Infringed” Does Obama Not Understand?
The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The amendment is very unambiguous: “… shall not be infringed.” The definition of the word “infringe” is also unambiguous: “to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress”.
But “Dear Leader” President (for life?) Barack Hussein Obama announced today (January 14, 2013) that he intends to “infringe” upon the 2nd Amendment through legislation and Executive Order. Obama said:
My understanding is the vice president is going to provide a range of steps that we can do to prevent gun violence. Some of them will require legislation. Some of them I can accomplish through executive action.” [emphasis mine]
The key phrase here is “prevent gun violence.” I don’t think anyone, even us 2nd Amendment zealots, would have objections to any legislation or executive actions that quell (or even reduce) gun violence. But (and there’s always a “but” with Obama), Obama’s track record and pronouncements are against him. For example, on May 25, 2011, Obama told Sarah Brady, “I just want you to know that we are working on it [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.” And, today, Obama said, “… ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines are all on the table.”
What he says and what he does tend to be two different things. His statements and actions tend to, as Richard Larsen so eloquently pointed out, “exceed his authority.” The legislation he sponsors or asks for, and his executive actions, tend to exceed his authority, to “infringe” upon our right to keep and bear arms. But we can expect any actions taken by Obama to be cast in a “reasonable” light by his lap-dog MSM.
As Richard Larsen, in his excellent article, says:
“The limits of presidential declarations, like the EO [Executive Order], were clarified judicially by the landmark 1952 Supreme Court ruling of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer. By executive order 10340, President Harry Truman declared that all steel mills in the country were to be placed under federal government control. The Supreme Court ruled, however, that the EO was invalid since Truman was essentially creating, or making law, as opposed to clarifying the executive branch enforcement of an existing law.” [emphasis mine]
So, is Obama going to “create” law? Is the law he “creates” going to infringe upon our constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms. History is NOT on Obama’s side.
Or does Obama understand the phrase, “… shall not be infringed,” and just wants his way?
But that’s just my opinion.
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