Senator Majority Leader McConnell, Do something: Protect the Bill of Rights!

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Senator Majority Leader McConnell, Do something: Protect the Bill of Rights!

 

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- – In a recent editorial, the Washington Post calls on Senate Majority Leader McConnell to “Do something.”

The editorial lists names of people killed in the last 20 years in mass public murders that involve guns. All of them easily fit on less than one page of the Post. The writer calls for action, out of emotion, and nothing else but emotion. From the Washington post:

The list below, far from comprehensive, is tragic, in part, because it is so far from inevitable. No, no single law would end gun violence. But there are reasonable, obvious measures that would help. For example: Ban the sale of military-grade assault weapons. Unneeded by civilians, they are a blight on the nation, their ready availability a national disgrace. Eliminating them would slow the growth of this list. It would save lives.

There are many falsehoods and misstatement of fact in the above paragraph. It is unknown what a “military-grade” assault weapon is. No “assault weapons” used in the U.S. military are readily available for sale to U.S. residents. The AR-15 semi-automatics sold in the United States are not issued to the U.S. military, nor are AK47 semiautomatic clones. Details are important in legislation.

It is far from obvious that an unconstitutional ban on “military-grade” “assault weapons” would reduce mass public killings one iota. Most of them do not involve semi-automatic rifles; the involvement of semi-automatic rifles appears to have increased as the media has promoted the idea they were the firearm of choice in public mass killings.

There is the little detail of the Bill of Rights. There are quite a few rights which, if ignored, might result in taking criminals off the streets and reducing the number of murders by significant amounts.

  • If we do away with the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, the police would be able to solve more crimes, more easily. Doing away with the requirement for warrants will simplify police work considerably.
  • If we do away with the Fifth Amendment protections of double jeopardy, and due process of law, we will be able to lock up criminals more easily, preventing innumerable crimes. As the vast majority of murders are not mass public shootings, this will save many more lives than focusing on rifles such as the AR15, which are used in a tiny percentage of murders.
  • If we do away with the Sixth Amendment's pesky requirement for speedy trials and juries, prosecutions can be done at the whim and convenience of police and prosecutors, keeping many dangerous criminals off the streets for longer periods.

Doing away with the Eighth Amendment requirement for reasonable bail and the prohibition against excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishments could free up the system to extract justice from, especially evil criminals.

If we wish to make a serious dent if mass public killings, there is one amendment we should focus on. It is not any of the above.

It is the First Amendment. Study after study shows that mass public killings are promoted and spread by media publicity and glorification of the perpetrators. Eliminate the First Amendment, and we can return to the day when mass public killing was rare (or rarely heard of).

Semi-automatic rifles and pistols have been commonly available in the United States for over a hundred years. Millions of military rifles with a standard magazine capacity of 15 and 30 rounds were sold to the public as surplus after World War II (6.2 million M1 carbines were made during the war). They have figured in remarkably few mass public killings.  What happened? The rise of the 24/7 news cycle, social media, and the Internet have all contributed to the media contagion effect that spreads mass public killings.

A ban on “assault weapons,” whatever that fuzzy, imprecise term means, would not make a difference in mass public killing, just as it did not make a difference from 1995 to 2005. It would make a difference in the destruction of the Bill of Rights, and the rule of law, just as violating the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments would.

In the end, violating the Bill of Rights does far more damage than it prevents.

The Washington Post demands “Do something” in a plea to the emotions. Pleading to emotions is something the Left does very well. It is the opposite of good government. The Left has always pushed emotional pleas because they despise the idea of limited government. Pleas to emotion allow them to pass statutes that would never stand up to clear, logical discussion because they lack logic and facts. Emotion is a way to bypass ordinary Constitutional restraints.

The designers of the Constitution deliberately created a system that resisted pleas to “Do something” on the instant. The designers knew those emotional pleas were a guarantee of bad law.

The takeover of the American Media by far-left Progressives circumvents much of the restraint built into the American Constitutional system. The Progressive Media has the ability to do a full-court press on the President, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and even the Supreme Court, all at once, rapidly and emotionally.  Only recently have a small amount of conservative, Constitutional, media been able to provide a minimal voice to counter them.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives to preserve the Bill of Rights. It has made us the exception in the world. In most of the world, free speech, the rule of law, and the right to bear arms are ignored, or only given lip service. It has made us the most powerful, free, and arguably, rich, nation on earth.

Don't throw away the American heritage for a false promise of preventing a small number of murders. Murders that have been promoted by the Progressive media.

Yes, Mr. McConnell, do something. Follow your oath of office and protect the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Firewagon
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Firewagon

Roger that Senator McConnell, DO SOMETHING, for the over 120 million American gun owners. Other than that ‘reading comprehension’ challenged SCOTUS “amending the 2nd Amendment” by their decree that “individuals have the ‘right’ to keep a gun (in the home),” NOTHING but ‘infringements’ on the “right to keep and bear arms” have flowed forth from the bowels of our benevolent, misguided, gubment! PASS and get signed into law at least those two positive ‘gun control’ bills you have been warming your backside with for over two years: CCW Reciprocity and The SHUSH Act! NOTHING else is required from that puzzle… Read more »

SGT_Wombat
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SGT_Wombat

PLEASE! Everybody STOP using the MADE-UP term “Assault Weapon”
Assault RIFLES are the select-fire rifles used in & by the militaries around the world.
AR-15 are self-loading semi-automatic rifles

pigpen51
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pigpen51

If you can define the terms used, you get to own the discussion. That is why the gun ban bunch came up with that assault weapon term. It was designed to instill fear in the hearts of those on the fence, and of mothers of kids who must attend public school with no protection from criminal murderers. The do the same thing when it comes to issues like abortion, which they couch in terms of ” women’s health care” and you can find the same thing in any group that has an agenda. We need to look past the term… Read more »

American Patriot
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American Patriot

In essence isn’t anything that could be used to Assault someone be called an Assault weapon? Yea that term is played out, I was told I used Assault language because I Offended some liberals….Bahhhhhh Haaaaaa

jack mac
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jack mac

Even select fire rifles should not be referred to as an assault weapons. The term is a figment of imagination that should be purged from the mind. The catchphrase is used by deceivers and repeated by the deceived. Our lawmakers should delete the term from use in laws.

freewill
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freewill

@jack.. Nobody ever did explain what a saturday night special was

Doc
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Doc

The anti-gun movement is a diversionary tactic by Boomberg et al from the social problems facing society. The lack of mental health services is the cause of the extreme behavior that precludes many of the recent mass shootings. There should be no indecision about the Bill of Rights. It is not an a la carte menu, McConnell should vehemently support all the Amendments!

JDT
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JDT

Ban all the guns so it will create a black market and I can become rich just like the Kennedy family. Maybe my grand kids will become president one day!

Hankus
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Hankus

It’s painfully obvious that Leftard herders are stoking the culture of fear in their sheeple by publicizing every firearm-related blurb they can scrape up. Repetition, you know. Get the word “gun” in front of the bobbleheads every day, thus manufacturing a “crisis”. They are now stampeding and you can see the crazy in their eyes.

JoeUSooner
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JoeUSooner

“Unneeded by civilians…”? “Unneeded”??? The waste-of-human-skin that wrote that article (and the editor that allowed the article to go to print) “need” a swift kick to the groin – or several… dozen.

Just a thought….

mlhtd51
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mlhtd51

You Want To Make A DENT In Mass Public Shootings, GET RID of “GUN FREE ZONES”.
98% of Public Mass Shootings occur in GUN-FREE ZONES. The other 2% occur in areas that were immediately Adjacent To “GUN-FREE Zones” (such as Parking Lots or Streets just outside the building).

KenW
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KenW

Essentially we have always had “gun free zones” because up until “shall issue” carry laws were implemented, concealed carry was illegal, just about everywhere, and getting a permit was not that easy. I’m not disagreeing with you, just pointing this out.

JPM
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JPM

Based upon recent events: The First Amendment is already being lost when something you print or say can be used to cost you your job or get you kicked out of school. The 2nd Amendment is under constant attack and has been infringed upon for decades (1968 for example). The 3rd Amendment hasn’t been violated yet due to the Posse Comitatus Act, but I’m not hopeful. The 4th Amendment has been violated on a regular basis by the Feds and local Law enforcement for decades, most recently when a 70-year-old gentleman had his guns seized based upon a phone call,… Read more »

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

Yes Mr. McConnell, DO SOMETHING?!?!?! Protect the Constitution from the communists and muslems who want to destroy America. Pass the Constitutional Carry that covers ALL of America. The approximately 25,000 to 30,000 INFRINGEMENTS against the Second Amendment MUST be corrected.
As far as OUR FOUNDING FATHERS are concerned, there is only ONE reason to withhold weapons from an individual. That REASON is; “IF an individual (not group) is WANTON to harm others, that individual should be restricted from all weapons.”

freewill
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freewill

It use to be that a violent person was hunted down and hanged, today they hunt him down and feed him for a while and then turn him lose

jack mac
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jack mac

People who wantonly harm society should be restricted from society. Their freedom denied through lawful confinement or execution. We should have never allowed any free person’s rights to be denied. By allowing this we now have, through law, a de facto underclass. An ever increasing underclass consisting of prohibited persons that any of us can easily be degraded into. Regardless of their stated beliefs, it is our elected who seek power through media favoritism who are degrading us. A communication system owned by less than six corporations, individuals. The communication system includes all mass media, mass entertainment industries, the internet,… Read more »

VAPatriot
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VAPatriot

Dean Weingarten, good article sir!

Miket
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Miket

All it takes is for the millions of gun owners to get out and vote.

Bowserb46
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Bowserb46

You are correct, Miket. 100 million voting gun owners could make the difference. However, average turnout in national elections is 60% in presidential election years and 40% for midterm elections, so there are really only 60 million and 40 million voting gun owners. The 3rd rate bartender/actress AOC was elected from a district with a 28% voter participation. 2nd problem. Most gun owners don’t think they’re targets of the anti-gunners. Hunters, farmers and ranchers, people with a small pistol they’ve owned for 40 years, and many others believe what the leftist socialist democrats say: “No one is going to take… Read more »

tetejaun
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tetejaun

It is better to die in the cause of freedom than live in comfort as a slave. The American People are the supreme Power and ultimate Authority in the United States. For over 130 years, the American people have deferred to their servant government and as such, the government has garnered power, denied Rights, raised taxes and spit in the People’s faces. I do not think the American People have the spirit & will to wrest power from the political tyrants be it with votes or bullets. Apathy and cowardice appear to have doomed the United States to the designs… Read more »

Huapakechi
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Huapakechi

Must we have a national replay of the 1946 Battle of Athens TN,?

https://constitution.org/mil/tn/batathen.htm

JoeUSooner
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JoeUSooner

NO!! We must have a replay of the 1861-1865 Civil War. Big, BIG, difference.

freewill
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freewill

No, I’d rather repeat Athens and have an accurate and public count of the ballots, It really doesnt matter who votes, but it matters who counts them!

tetejaun
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tetejaun

Your overweight carcass and your cowardly comment indicate you will kneel and lick the hand of the tyrant.

wolfzatDawn
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wolfzatDawn

Senator McConnell,
Please save our 2nd Amendment, which protects the rest of the Bill pf Rights!!
Also, remember which state you have been elected from. This state has every other person owning guns. You might remember that!

Pew Pew Pew
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Pew Pew Pew

We the People are angry! We are opposed to all gun control and especially red flag laws.

Will Flatt
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Mitch the RINO, I can’t wait for the primaries, I’ll be happy when he gets voted out!!

Henry Bowman
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Henry Bowman

Cocaine Mitch does this he will be primaried badly as he should.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

Henry Bowman, Welcome back, it’s been a while.
Mitch isn’t likely to be re-elected as it is. He knows this so he can pretty much blow in the wind without consequences.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@HB, Good nome de guerre!