Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2012
Gun Control

The 113th Congress should
  • repeal the federal ban on interstate purchases of handguns
  • revoke the federal age minimums on buyers and possessors of handguns
  • abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • repeal the Gun Control Act of 1968,
  • defund Project Safe Neighborhoods,

  • reject efforts to bar municipal lawsuits against gun manufacturers,

  • process “relief from disability” applications to own firearms with user fees

  • stop the illegal compilation of gun-owner registration lists from the National Instant Check System.
  • use its constitutional authority over the District of Columbia to overturn D.C.’s handgun ban and enact a ‘‘shall issue’’ concealed carry licensing statute [done in part by recent Supreme Court decision]

  • compel Washington, D.C., to abide by the principles established in the Heller decision;

  • enact legislation that would authorize airlines to arm pilots who volunteer and complete appropriate training

  • rescind the Department of the Interior regulation banning defensive guns in national parks.

"I repudiate the Second Amendment."
Nobody really believes in the Second Amendment anymore. NRA-approved politicians who talk about an "individual" right for hunters and collectors have destroyed a "Free State" and given us tyranny.

Call him a pacifist, but Kevin Craig does not like guns. He deplores gun violence. For this reason he opposes all gun control laws. Such laws give ever more powerful guns to the greatest gun-wielding force on the planet: the State. The guns (and tanks) directed against a church in Waco, Texas, were enforcing a gun-control law.

The Second Amendment was not designed to protect the rights of hunters and gun collectors. It was designed to protect the rights of armed revolutionaries to defend themselves against their government, overthrowing it if necessary. The United States of America was born out of an armed revolution. Any politician who advocates gun control laws arguably violates her oath of office to support the principles of the Constitution.

Gun Control has cost the lives of over 170 million people in the 20th century.

"Innocents Betrayed" by
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

"The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution 3:§§ 1890-91

Kevin Craig opposes all armed revolution. He also opposes intrusive government laws which abridge unalienable rights and foster armed revolution. 

The problem is not guns, it is criminal hearts and defenseless victims. Kevin Craig believes that law-breakers buy guns to commit crimes, while law-abiding citizens buy guns to prevent crimes, and do so successfully millions of times a year. Jurisdictions with laws against guns are jurisdictions with laws against the law-abiding, laws which raise barriers to self-defense against crime -- to the benefit of law-breakers. Lawbreakers do not obey laws. "Liberty Under God" -- not gun control laws -- is the answer.

Benjamin Wittes is a Fellow and Research Director in Public Law at The Brookings Institution and a member of the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. He describes himself as "Gun Shy," the title of an article for New Republic magazine in which he suggests we should "Ditch the Second Amendment." He admits that we know what the Founding Fathers intended in the Second Amendment. He says flat out that they were wrong:

There are lots of good reasons why our values today might not coincide with those of the Founders on the question of guns. The weapons available today, for one thing, are a far cry from muskets, which could never have yielded the kind of street violence America sees routinely now. On a more esoteric level, the Second Amendment's protection for militias reflected the importance the Founders attached to an armed citizenry as a protection against tyrannical government. This made sense at the time. The Founders had a lot of experience with oppressive rulers and little idea whether the constitutional order they were setting up would remain free; maybe they would need to overthrow it sometime. After more than two centuries of constitutional government, however, it's safe to assume that neither an armed citizenry nor a well-regulated militia really is "necessary to the security of a free State." The opposite seems closer to the truth; just ask the Bosnians or the Iraqis. And elections, it turns out, do the job pretty well. To put the matter simply, the Founders were wrong about the importance of guns to a free society.

This scholar should not be allowed to take an oath to "support the constitution." The Constitution was ratified on the basis of a promised Bill of Rights which would include the right of the People to overthrow the Constitution by force if necessary.

Recent Supreme Court Decision

An Open Letter to High-School Students:
Pay Attention to Government

by Bart Frazier, Posted July 6, 2007

To every high-school student in this country between the ages of 15 and 18, this letter is to you. If there is ever something that you should take the time to learn about, it is government.

Why? — you ask. If your idea of government is endless babbling by old congressional codgers on C-SPAN, you’re partly right. The art of government, or politics, is less entertaining than a visit to the dentist. However, hidden among all the babble of congressional rules and yeas and nays that you hear on television, the real secret that is never explained to you in school is that government is force, and government can use this force to violate your rights.

It is through government that other people can take your money, forbid you to visit foreign countries, prevent you from drinking alcohol, mandate attendance in public (i.e., government) schools, and even force you into the military to possibly die in battle thousands of miles away from American shores. In short, you need to be interested in government because government officials can adversely affect your lives in the most serious of ways.

Since government at its basic level is force, what should the role of government be? After all, with force government can act in just about any way that we allow it to, right or wrong. Philosophers have debated the question for centuries, but a sound rule of thumb that has emerged is that government should defend our rights, while at the same time not violate them.

In other words, government should protect us from the violence of others but not initiate violence against us. The government should not be allowed to steal from us, it should not be allowed to enslave us, and it should not be allowed to murder us. In short, it should protect our fundamental rights but not transgress them.

It sounds pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? Government should not prevent any activity that does not violate the rights of another person. However, you’ll see, in fact, that most of the things that government does today violate individual liberty in one way or another. Let’s look at an example.

Gun control

Gun control is an issue that most young people don’t understand because they have been taught that guns are dangerous and responsible for the deaths of countless persons every year. It is true that guns are dangerous, but people are responsible for the deaths of those they shoot, not the guns they use. Guns are only tools, and they are dangerous only in the hands of dangerous or careless people. Keep in mind that every person has a natural right to defend himself, even with a gun, as long he doesn’t violate the rights of others in the process.

I am sure that you have heard of the Second Amendment to the Constitution — it guarantees the natural right we all have to keep and bear arms. In other words, the government is not legally permitted to do anything to take our guns away. When the Constitution was written in 1787, why would the authors want to make sure that we could all keep our guns? Your civics teacher will never tell you this, but the reason is so that we could defend ourselves against our own government should the need should ever arise.

Does this sound crazy to you? If so, listen to what Thomas Jefferson had to say about gun ownership: “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.” These are not the words of some whacko, but rather of the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence.

You should be extremely outraged at any politician who favors the idea of gun control. Though it seems like a small and meaningless act, taking away guns from the citizens of a country is one of the first steps that dictators take to rule their countries with iron fists. They know that once the people have been disarmed, there is nothing they can do to stop the government from violating individual rights. As long as citizens are armed, politicians will always think twice about doing very bad things to their own people. If you didn’t know why the Founding Fathers wanted you to own guns, you should pay more attention to government.

There are many more examples of the abuses that we suffer at the hands of government, but as long as you learn this one lesson — that government is the biggest threat to the freedom of its citizenry — you are well on the way to becoming an educated citizen and a patriot. There are no parting words more appropriate with which I could leave you than these words attributed to George Washington: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

That is why you should pay attention to government.

The Future of Freedom Foundation

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