Charleston, WV -(AmmoLand.com)- Just one day after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, members of the US Senate tried to attach the Manchin-Toomey bill to another bill not related to the Second Amendment.
They did not even wait on the victim's funerals. They attempted to capitalize on terrorism as quickly as possible.
The attempt failed.
The WVCDL does not generally get involved in national issues. Except this one hits close to home, being authored and pushed by Senator Joe Manchin, who was elected on commercials depicting him firing a rifle into the Cap and Trade bill, in an attempt to paint himself as pro-gun.
We ask that our membership politely call Senator Manchin's DC office and let him know he does not represent West Virginia with his gun control efforts.
And as soon as you hang up from that call, please call Senator Capito's office and thank her for standing for your right to bear arms. She voted against attaching Manchin-Toomey to the bill. She needs to hear from us that we appreciate her vote.
And while you're talking to both offices, let them know that you do not support “no fly, no buy.” Last night, Obama told the country that he intends to use a secret list maintained by the executive (the President) to deny Second Amendment rights with no due process of law. If that were implemented, you could arbitrarily be denied your right to bear arms, and you would have no legal recourse.
- Manchin's office: 202-224-3954
- Capito's office: 202-224-6472
Believe me. Your call matters.
On the Law
The WVCDL spends an enormous amount of energy on education. And there's a misconception we encounter on a regular basis. It is a fundamental principle of the way American law works.
Generally, if the law does not make a thing illegal, then that thing is legal.
Simple example. There is no law expressly allowing you to put mustard on a ham sandwich. But more importantly, there is no law prohibiting you from using mustard.
Tomorrow, if they pass a law banning the use of mustard on ham, THEN that would be illegal. Until there is a specific law banning a thing, that thing is generally legal.
This is an obvious oversimplification, but it's a basic principle of law, and we find misinformation on a regular basis when people say, “show me the law that allows you to do this.” That's not how it works. If there's no law saying you can't do it, then it's legal. Generally.
Speaking of Education….
The WVCDL is running a prolific social media ad highlighting the lies we ran into last year regarding 3-22 (permitless) carry. The ad links to this page.
If you haven't seen the ad yet, give it time. It'll pop up. Until then, feel free to share it. The media is not on our side, and it's our job and duty to be our own media and spread truth in the face of all the lies.
February 15, 2016. Come stand with us in defense of your rights!
I look forward to seeing you all in the Capitol in Charleston!
About West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL):
The West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, all-volunteer, grassroots organization of concerned West Virginians who support our individual right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, as protected by the state constitution and the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
For more information, visit: www.wvcdl.org.