GRNC issues an open letter to Obama on gun rights
Second Amendment rally planned for January 23
January 10, 2013Grassroots North Carolina, the premier supporter of the Second Amendmant in the state has issued the following open letter to Barack Obama:
Dear President Obama: Click here to go to www.GRNC.org
Both Attorney General Eric Holder and Vice President Joe Biden have said you are weighing using "executive action" to implement gun registration and licensing beyond even the ban on semi-automatic firearms proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein and others.
When the National Firearms Act passed in 1934, Congress still understood that it didn't have the power under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution to regulate Title II weapons, so it imposed a tax – an exorbitant tax, perhaps, but still a tax. Since then, however, overbroad interpretations of its power to regulate "interstate commerce" have become the norm, and Congress now feels free to legislate gun laws.
IT'S CALLED 'USURPATION OF POWER,' MR. PRESIDENT
"usurpation: …the unlawful or violent seizure of a throne, power, etc." – Webster's Dictionary
Apparently, however, even congressional usurpation of power no longer sufficient for you: What you now threaten violates Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution. Since you seem to have forgotten it, here it is:
"All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives."Is your usurpation of power by circumventing the legislative process a bid to turn our Republic into an autocracy? What will be your next Executive Order? Will it give you another four – or perhaps forty – years in the White House?
IT'S NOT ABOUT GUNS, IT'S ABOUT FREEDOM
Do you expect the American people to take so lightly this assault on their freedom?
They won't, Mr. President. Otherwise law-abiding citizens will refuse to comply, and by so doing become criminals. But I suspect you know that, don't you? Maybe that is exactly what you want because, as George Orwell noted in his book "1984," government has no control over the law-abiding; it can only control people who violate existing law, such as it may be.
And what happens next, Mr. President? Do S.W.A.T. teams break into the homes of our citizens at night to confiscate arms and arrest offenders? Make no mistake: That is what enforcing this law will require.
And what happens when, inevitably, some resist? Do you honestly believe people will go peacefully into bondage? How many will die as the direct result of your actions?
There is no need to send the Secret Service to my door, Mr. President (although I suspect you might anyway). I am not advocating violence; I am merely saying what others are afraid to.
The real question, Mr. President, is whether you so hunger for power that you are willing to foment what might be the next American Revolution. Will that be your enduring legacy?
At the Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidus I, facing demands by the numerically superior Persian army for the Spartans to surrender their arms, responded with what is now expressed as "Molon labe."
F. Paul Valone II
President, Grass Roots North Carolina
Executive Director, Rights Watch International
SECOND AMENDMENT FREEDOM RALLY
Rally will present unified message:
Molon labe – 'Come and get them'
It is time to demonstrate to legislators that you are serious about defending your rights. GRNC will give you the opportunity to do just that: On Wednesday, January 23 at 12:00 PM, we are holding the Second Amendment Freedom Rally at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Yes, it is during the week, when you work. But it is the only time when we can be sure legislators will see you and get your message, namely that "COMPROMISE" ON GUN RIGHTS IS NOT AN OPTION.
We need to know whether you are coming and how many you will bring, so respond by sending a message to: FreedomRally@GRNC.org This address is not for information. Use the subject line: "__ people will attend," indicating the number of people, including yourself, that you are bringing. Do not put anything into the body of the message.
Where: Halifax Mall between the Legislative Building and Legislative Office Building in Raleigh. The General Assembly is at: 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
When: Wednesday, January 23 at 12:00 PM
Why: Because your rights depend on it
Please note that FIREARMS ARE PROHIBITED BY LAW AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. Additional details, including relevant regulations, parking, etc. will be announced in coming days. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with, or at least drop in on your state House and Senate reps on the morning before the rally. Your state reps can be found at:
'NATIONAL COALITION TO STOP THE GUN BAN' GROWS
The coalition organized by GRNC and others continues to grow, and now includes 34 participating gun rights organizations, including 6 national organizations and 34 state groups. Most recently, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership signed on. For a full list, go to: www.GRNC.org
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
• IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR US HOUSE REP AND BOTH SENATORS: Send them an email AND call their offices. Regardless of whether you have contacted them before, do it again. Due to the congressional email system, it is only possible to email your own US House rep, but it is suggested that you CALL all of them. That's right: "FIFTEEN PHONE CALLS FOR FREEDOM."
• SIGN THE "STOP THE GUN BAN" PETITION: Go to:www.StopTheGunBan.org Whether or not you have already signed it, forward this to others and tell them to sign it too.
• ATTEND THE FREEDOM RALLY: Immediately send a message to FreedomRally@GRNC.org using the subject "__ people will attend" and indicating how many, including yourself, you will bring.
• SUPPORT GRNC: Thanks to your generosity, GRNC continues to gain strength, but we will need more to fight the looming ban. If you have already contributed, please tell others to go to: http://grnc.org/index.php/join-grnc/contribute
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE
Dear [Congressman or Senator]:
According to reports from inside the Obama administration as reported by "The Washington Post," the administration plans nothing less than a full assault on American freedom, beginning with universal registration of guns and gun owners.
Beyond even the draconian ban on semi-automatic firearms being proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein – which would entail dramatic expansion of police powers by the chronically abusive BATFE – what the administration proposes will result in the government tracking activities of millions of law-abiding citizens.
Absolutely nothing about any of these proposals is acceptable, meaning no "compromise" is possible. The proposals must die. Period. If they pass in any form, the result will be willful non-compliance by millions of otherwise law-abiding Americans who will then become "criminals." What happens then remains to be seen, but will almost certainly result in violence.
Only you can stop the destruction of American freedom. I will be closely monitoring your actions via Grass Roots North Carolina legislative alerts.
Email BOTH Senators:
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 202-224-3154 http://burr.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) 202-224-6342 http://www.hagan.senate.gov/contact/
Email your Congressman:
(To identify your Congressman, go to: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/)
Rep. G. K. Butterfield, Jr. (D-01) 202-225-3101 https://butterfield.house.gov/email-congressman-butterfield
Rep. Renee L. Ellmers (R-02) 202-225-4531 https://ellmersforms.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=58§iontree=358
Rep. Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-03) 202-225-3415 https://jones.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Rep. David Price (D-04) 202-225-1784 https://forms.house.gov/price/webforms/contact_form.shtml
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-05) 202-225-2071 https://virginiafoxx.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/
Rep. Howard Coble (R-06) 202-225-3065 http://coble.house.gov/contact/zipcheck.htm
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-07) 202-225-2731 http://mcintyreforms.house.gov/contact/
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-8) 202-225-3715 https://hudson.house.gov/contact/email-me
Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-9) 202-225-1976 http://pittenger.house.gov/contact
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-10) 202-225-2576 http://mchenry.house.gov/contact/zipauth.htm
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-11) 202-225-6401 https://meadows.house.gov/contact/email-me
Rep. Mel Watt (D-12) 202-225-1510 https://forms.house.gov/watt/webforms/zipauthen_contact.shtml
Rep. George Holding (R-13) 202- 225-3032 https://holding.house.gov/contact/email-me
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