GOA Slams Bloomberg & Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment

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GOA Slams Bloomberg & Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment
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Gun Owners of America

Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- While gun owners dramatically winning the culture war.

“The founders did not establish a right to bear arms,” GOA’s Erich Pratt was quoted as saying to Newsmax. “They assumed it already existed [and] said that it ‘shall not be infringed.’ [But] gun-control advocates frequently want to skip over those words.”

Gun Owners of America joined a chorus of pro-gun organizations in slamming idiotic comments made recently by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

In a newly released book, Justice Stevens said the Second Amendment should be altered to say that people only have the right to bear arms “when serving in the militia.”

GOA blasted the comments, adding that gun owners would welcome the opportunity to demolish Stevens’ arguments in the court of public opinion.

“Bring on the debate,” said GOA Communications Director Erich Pratt in an interview with Newsmax over the weekend. Gun control advocates are always “pushing for draconian gun restrictions” while hiding behind words like “gun safety.”

But to a gun banner, those words are code for, “We just want the military and the police to have guns,” Pratt said. “So let’s get them out of the closet.”

Gun owners need not worry about Stevens’ idea gaining traction. Even an anti-gun liberal, like Professor Alan Dershowitz, opposes Stevens’ proposal.

“You don't amend the Magna Carta,” Dershowitz said. “You don't amend the Bill of Rights. There are certain things that you just leave pristine.”

GOA agrees. And increasingly, so do the American people.

Polls Show More Americans Opposing Gun Control
Remember all the phony polls which were used by Obama last year in order to push gun control?

Remember the unrelenting unilateral media pressure to ban guns — pressure reflected in even the “conservative” media?

Well, who's laughing now?

Tuesday, the liberal USA Today was forced to concede that even liberal pollsters have found a massive, cataclysmic shift by Americans in favor of the right to keep and bear arms.

We bet that USA Today trolled all of the polls for some evidence that Americans embraced gun control to the same extent as their editorial board. What they found was a liberal Pew poll — conducted immediately after last year's Newtown vote in April — that found that Americans were statistically evenly divided between pro-gunners and anti-gunners. Okay, it's a liberal poll.

But what was even more interesting is that, in 2000, the same poll, asking the same questions, had found Americans supporting gun control by a margin of 66% to 29% — a 37% gap in favor of gun control.

And Pew is not alone.

Later in 2013, Gallup found that 51% of all Americans do not support stricter gun control. In 2000, that number was 38% — with 62% of Americans supposedly favoring more anti-gun laws.

Of course, 2000 was the year when gun owners confounded the pollsters and elected George Bush as president, over the anti-gun Democratic candidate, Al Gore.

Hence, you shouldn’t trust the polls. But when liberal gun grabbers are forced to concede that the polls are against them, that tells you something really interesting.

So, guess what, in this Easter week, we note that even Satan quotes scripture when he has no choice.

Bloomberg Gets It Really, Really Wrong
Speaking of the forces of darkness quoting Scripture, anti-gun former Mayor Michael Bloomberg chose this Easter week to try his hand at some biblical exposition.

But before we tell you about his whopper, Bloomberg made headlines on Wednesday after announcing his “threat” to spend $50 million to change people’s hearts and minds in favor of gun control.

Never mind the fact that Bloomberg has anything but the Midas touch when it comes to pushing gun control, as he’s lost almost every battle where he’s spent his millions.

“I guess he’s free to do so; he’s got money to waste,” said GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt on MSNBC. “But frankly, I think he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing.”


  • Bloomberg lost in Nevada last year, where he tried to get a universal gun registry and universal background checks enacted.
  • He lost in Colorado, where he tried to rescue two state senators from being recalled because of their gun control votes.
  • And he lost in the U.S. Senate, where a concealed carry amendment actually garnered more Senate votes than did his proposal for expanding background checks on guns.

But it’s not just on guns where he gets it wrong. Obviously proud of his efforts in pushing firearms restrictions, Bloomberg said this week that:

“If there is a God, when I get to heaven, I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I’m heading right in. I’ve earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Wow, if he thinks he’s blessed because of his efforts to disarm the public, he should consider passages like I Samuel 13:16-22, where arms control was considered a curse; and Luke 22:36, where Jesus told His disciples to sell their cloaks and buy a sword (if they didn’t already have one).

And as for breezing right through the pearly gates, without an interview, and gaining entrance on the basis of his own very tainted efforts? Does he really think that he can buy his way into heaven because of the millions he’s spent on “social issues”?

Most people would find that disgusting.

Sadly, it appears that Bloomberg has no idea what this Easter weekend is all about. And so on that note, we here at Gun Owners of America hope that you and your family will have a blessed holiday.

Click here for “What does the Bible say about gun control?” — in English or Spanish — to get additional arguments refuting Bloomberg’s views on religion and gun control.

And go to our Facebook page here to see other stories of interest that GOA has been following or involved in — like the effort to prevent another Waco from occurring in Bunkerville, Nevada.

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  • 28 thoughts on “GOA Slams Bloomberg & Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment

    1. First of all you don’t earn your way into Heaven!! As long as we keep pushing the truth for all to see and hear we will win against anti-gunners because everything they use is based in lies and deception!!

    2. The lengthy comment by Dirt of 04/19/2014 is right on but left out one little thing. As recognition of this Easter Eve let us not forget the words of Jesus,”Should a man take your sword, sell your cloak and buy another” (approximately), so Jesus Himself coming face to face with Mayor of the USA Bloombutt would tell him, “Shut up Bloomie”!

    3. To those foolish enough to use the “militia argument” to argue that the 2A does not mean an individual right, I offer this: simple English grammer will tell you that the entire 13 word militia reference is an introductory clause, and serves only to provide a lead-in to the actual meaning: “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The last 14 words can stand alone.

    4. So how much money did the mayor’s group spend on the Colorado recalls? What did all that money get them? BWAAAAHAAAAAHAAAA

    5. Now not only are we faced with Obama and the democrats and his attempted to place a surgeon general that will ban all firearms claiming they are a health risk but also rich Communists like Bloomberg trying to get our 2nd Amendment eliminated but now as I stated long ago, the United Nations is calling for a complete elimination of American’s ownership or guns as they do not feel we have the right to defend ourselves either against criminals or the government. Research by the respected Dr. Gary Kleck clearly states that only 3% of criminal gun assaults involves anyone being wounded and the same is true in defensive gun uses. Even a recent study by the CDC found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims, a report commissioned by the Obama Administration (I am sure he was not happy). Earlier this month Detroit Police Chief James Craig told residents to arm themselves and shot to kill assailants and robbers. “A lot of Detroiters are fed up” he told WDIV-TV. They’re tired and they’ve been dealing with this epidemic of violence. They’re afraid and they have the right to protect themselves……

      “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independance from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government” George Washington

    6. I am sure that the Liberals wouldn’t like the 1st amendment to be altered to read that freedom of speech applies only to those authorized by the government and can be revoked at any time. At least they wouldn’t if a Republican was in the white house and not a socialist.

    7. “An unarmed man is an Enslaved man.
      A disarmed man is a Conquered man.
      I shall not be Enslaved or Conquered.”

      Sic Semper Tyrannis !

    8. I love this Op Ed – but where is the USA Today article from Tuesday about the big shift? I have googled it and can’t find it.

    9. Robt Bomba – You should research the writings of the Founders vis a vis “militia”. James Madison and George Mason, the co-authors o0f the 2d Amendment say that the militia was comprised of all citizens between the ages of 14 and 60. Madison says that the militia need not train because training should have been accomplished at a very young age and there was no point in marching to and fro and wasting powder and shot. Even George Washington disdained the militia because they lacked military training and discipline, and, at the first volley, would run and hide behind trees and walls.

      Madison and Mason appeared before the state militias to explain the 2nd Amendment during the Constitution ratification process, and based on their explanations, the 2d Amendment was ratified. From then on, the American people freely adopted every new firearms technology with no attempt by the government to interfere, including fully automatic weapons. That was only changed in 1938 with the National Firearms Act. It should be noted that the justification of public safety had no impact on the criminals who retained such arms.

      The US Government recognized the peoples’ right to firearms by it’s actions. Following conflicts, soldiers were a;;owed to retain their weapons up to the end of WW2, and the government sold surplus weapons as a means of recouping war costs.

    10. cant fix stupid,

      Samuel Adams:
      “Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life, secondly to liberty, thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.”
      “That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of The United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms…”
      (Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Peirce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850))
      John Adams:
      “Arms in the hands of the citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the overthrow of tyranny or private self-defense.”
      Thomas Jefferson:
      “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
      “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms in his own lands.”
      –Thomas Jefferson, in an early draft of the Virginia constitution:
      “The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”

      –Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright, 1824. ME 16:45

      “And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms….The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants”
      (Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William S. Smith in 1787. Taken from Jefferson, On Democracy 20, S. Padover ed., 1939)
      Thomas Jefferson’s advice to his 15-year-old nephew:

      “A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.”
      “Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people”
      (Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788)
      Thomas Paine, writing to religious pacifists in 1775:

      “The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them; the weak would become a prey to the strong.”
      Article 3 of the West Virginia state constitution:

      “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use.”
      Noah Webster, 1787:

      “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”
      “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them.”
      (Richard Henry Lee, 1788, Initiator of the Declaration of Independence, and member of the first Senate, which passed the Bill of Rights, Walter Bennett, ed., Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican, at 21,22,124 (Univ. of Alabama Press,1975)..)
      “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined”
      (Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836)
      “The great object is that every man be armed” and “everyone who is able may have a gun.”
      (Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution. Debates and other Proceedings of the Convention of Virginia,…taken in shorthand by David Robertson of Petersburg, at 271, 275 2d ed. Richmond, 1805. Also 3 Elliot, Debates at 386)
      “Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
      (Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836)
      “The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.”
      (Zachariah Johnson, 3 Elliot, Debates at 646)
      “The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
      (Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-8)
      “No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion.”
      (James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775])
      “To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege.”
      [Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. Rep. 52, at 54 (1878)]
      For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution.”
      [Bliss vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822)]
      ” `The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, and not such merely as are used by the milita, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree; and all this for the important end to be attained: the rearing up and qualifying a well-regulated militia, so vitally necessary to the security of a free State. Our opinion is that any law, State or Federal, is repugnant to the Constitution, and void, which contravenes this right.”
      [Nunn vs. State, 1 Ga. (1 Kel.) 243, at 251 (1846)]
      “The provision in the Constitution granting the right to all persons to bear arms is a limitation upon the power of the Legislature to enact any law to the contrary. The exercise of a right guaranteed by the Constitution cannot be made subject to the will of the sheriff.”
      [People vs. Zerillo, 219 Mich. 635, 189 N.W. 927, at 928 (1922)]
      “The maintenance of the right to bear arms is a most essential one to every free people and should not be whittled down by technical constructions.”
      [State vs. Kerner, 181 N.C. 574, 107 S.E. 222, at 224 (1921)]
      “The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the “high powers” delegated directly to the citizen, and `is excepted out of the general powers of government.’ A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.”
      [Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394, at 401-402 (1859)]

      Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.” — John F. Kennedy

      In 1776, George Washington wrote in his General Orders, “The time is now near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.”

    11. Bomba:
      At the time the 2nd Amendment was written “well regulated” meant well supplied and trained and the “militia” was everyone between the age of 15 and 45.
      Also, you need to read the Heller decision as that unequivocally states that owning a gun is an individual right.

    12. So I’m watching the old TV series called “The Rebel” and it’s about gun control. The newspaper convinced the local rich people to take everyone’s guns and they would live happier ever after. Wait a bad guy gets one of the guns and everyone wants their guns back. Kind of a familiar scenario!

    13. why do we have people such stevens in our court system Bloomberg and stevens are traiters to this country .sure they have to speak but I have a right to speak and protest what they say stevens need to be booted out of the courts . I say to the courts leave the constitution like it is and stop trying to change it

    14. Another factor that one must remember. In the early history of america the militia had to provide its own arms. Today, some consider the National Guard the modern equivelant of the Militia. Most people do not realize that the weapons in the possesion of the National Guard are federally owned and not state owned. This means the feds can take the National Guards weapons at any time by ordering them returned to a federal depot.

      This would disarm the National Guard (Militia) and leave a State Helpless. An armed populace can be called on to protect the state or community in time of need. We should reinstate the every man a member of the militia by requiring all able bodied men of good charter to be a part of a state militia according to the precepts of the early militia regulations. Such membership and training to be under the control of the Adjutant General of the States National Guard command. Each member would be required to possess a rifle of suitable caliber unless its community wanted to purchase and provide this to its militia members

    15. The ” Well Regulated Militia” part of the second ammendment meant in the time of its writing a WELL
      TRAINED AND DISCIPLINED militia. One has to look at the military reference to REGULATED at that time. It did not have the meaning that is implied today by the gun control advocates.

    16. The IV Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. Self help, in certain circumstances, is due process of law. Therefore it is unconstitutional for any authority to presume to disarm any citizen of the United States and thus render him defenseless when in the last extremity of danger from an assailant.

    17. Why if Bloomberg is so against guns does his bodyguards carry guns. I can not or the normal person afford a bodyguard so I carry my own pistol. If the Government would take all his bodyguards guns and stop them from carrying guns we would see Bloomberg change his mind on guns. I doubt if there is a place for him already reserved in Heaven for him as he claims.

    18. Bloomberg is a sick individual. His money has caused him feelings of grandeur. His sickness causes him to believe he knows what is best for all simply because of his riches. He has become a fanatical danger to the populace of the US. He keeps armed guards around him 24 7. It is a game to him and he just wants to win. Tyranny reigns over disarmed citizens!

    19. If these commie’s dont like America then get out. Anyone who attemps to restructure the amendments to The United States constitution should be tried for treason and thrown out of the country

    20. Was Bloomberg wearing a yarmulke while quoting from the Bible? Does he wear a yarmulke while “jousting with windmills”? Was he a bully as a kid or the victim of one? Just seeing his picture everywhere, like another guy who’s name I won’t mention, raises a lot of questions. How long do these geniuses think they can push their agenda on the sub-genius population?

    21. American gun owners and constitutionalists have to worry more about traitors from within like NRA contract lobbyist for IL Todd Vandermyde. After taking Otis McDonald to the Supreme Court, Vandermyde cut a deal with the anti-gun Chiefs of Police to give them Duty to Inform with criminal penalties in Rep. Brandon Phelps HB183 carry bill.
      The NRA lobbyist doesn’t really care about the right to remain silent, and the right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty?
      NRA lawyers made $1.3 MILLION on Otis McDonald,so bad gun laws are good for business, and Vandermyde can “fix” his own crap bill.

    22. Hard to get around the fact that the entire 27-word 2nd Amendment pins itself to the need for a “well regulated militia” … it begins with this specific urgency, not with the rights of the individual citizen.

    23. Why does Bloomberg want to take your guns? First, he would probably say it’s about safety. But of course, that is a lie. We are safer now than we have been at any time since the 1960s. There are more firearms today in the hands of private American citizens than ever and crime rates are low and falling.

      Besides, Bloomberg is not using his billions to fight crime or to take guns from criminals. On the contrary, his goal is to eliminate guns from the possession of law-abiding citizens. In fact, like many on the left, Bloomberg makes no distinction between a law-abiding citizen and a criminal. In his eyes, if either has a gun, they are evil. That position is of course delusional but that does not stop him from holding it.

      Well then, it must be for the children. We must be living in a time where children are massacred at rates that are truly unprecedented. Eliminating guns must be imperative to save young lives. But again, that is not true. Though all mourn the death of an innocent child whatever the cause, there is no justification for infringing on people’s fundamental rights of self-defense: Even though crime rates are falling, crime has not disappeared.

      Despite what the media has told you, most likely causes for accidental deaths among children are automobile accidents, poisonings, drownings, and house fires. Deaths from firearms — even deaths caused by criminals — are very rare for children when compared with these other causes.

      So given these facts which are all easily verifiable in the Internet age for anyone who cares about facts, why is Bloomberg pursuing gun-control? Clearly, it is not about the guns but about the control.

      You see, just as the Nazis learned when they rounded up the Jews for extermination in 1930s Europe, an unarmed people are much easier to subjugate. An unarmed people cannot resist tyranny. An unarmed people cannot resist even genocide.

      I don’t know why Michael Bloomberg, an obviously intelligent man of Jewish heritage, cannot see these obvious facts. And I don’t care.

      The bottom line is that gun control is not acceptable. A free people should always be armed.

      Whether you’re a gun owner or simply a lover of liberty, please consider joining or donating to the NRA today. Or, if you prefer, donate to the Second Amendment foundation or any other pro-liberty organization of your choice.

      Freedom is not free.

    24. Why would Bloomberg be interested in quoting from the Bible? I rekon he can put all his sins on a goat and send it off into the desert. I rekon that takes Bloomberg to the gates, but how would he use it to get inside. A rich guy has about the same chance as putting a camel through the eye of a needle. I rekon ol’ Bloomy needs to realize he’s just throwing him money away, and I would hope he would lose it all and let him come down to “Our” level and see what he can do. Apparently the goobermtn of Amerika doesn’t need to read the first Amendment as it is primarily Freedom of Religion, but the news media wants it only to say freedom of the press, which it ain’t.

    25. The irony (and poetic justice) is that the Bloomberg/Obama types have actually CREATED the socioeconomic environment that makes people buy weapons.
      Recall that the peaceful and prosperous 1950’s saw a lot of support for handgun bans, and long guns were seen as sporting goods, not weapons. Who needed a weapon in Eisenhower’s America? Six decades of leftist social engineering later, we’re bankrupt, unemployed, fragmented into a hundred mutually-hostile subcultures, spied upon, preyed upon by criminals both organized and not, and living with the realization that our government cannot (and doesn’t care to) protect us from all manner of unconventional warfare tactics by anyone from the Chinese to Al-Queda.
      When things fall apart, people get scared and want weapons. When people realize that the fall-apart was at least partially INTENTIONAL, they get pissed and want weapons. Soft times make soft people, hard times make hard people — and hard people buy guns. It’s your own fault, Lefties — petard, meet hoist.

    26. To me gun control means controlling my gun in a safe manner and hitting what I aim at. I do believe in that kind of gun control. If we are going to start messing around with amendments, lets also work on the first, I don’t like what these antigunners are saying. Jon.

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