2nd Amendment under assault

Posted by on March 2, 2009

Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL-1, that’s Chicago BTW) sponsored this gem. The text of the bill illustrates for the first time the new tactic by the anti-firearm lobby:


(a) Findings- Congress finds that–

(1) the manufacture, distribution, and importation of firearms is inherently commercial in nature;

(2) firearms regularly move in interstate commerce;

(3) to the extent that firearms trafficking is intrastate in nature, it arises out of and is substantially connected with a commercial transaction, which, when viewed in the aggregate, substantially affects interstate commerce;

(4) because the intrastate and interstate trafficking of firearms are so commingled, full regulation of interstate commerce requires the incidental regulation of intrastate commerce;

(5) gun violence in the United States is associated with the majority of homicides, over half the suicides, and two-thirds of non-fatal violent injuries; and

(6) on the afternoon of May 10, 2007, Blair Holt, a junior at Julian High School in Chicago, was killed on a public bus riding home from school when he used his body to shield a girl who was in the line of fire after a young man boarded the bus and started shooting.

(b) Sense of the Congress- It is the sense of the Congress that–

(1) firearms trafficking is prevalent and widespread in and among the States, and it is usually impossible to distinguish between intrastate trafficking and interstate trafficking; and

(2) it is in the national interest and within the role of the Federal Government to ensure that the regulation of firearms is uniform among the States, that law enforcement can quickly and effectively trace firearms used in crime, and that firearms owners know how to use and safely store their firearms.

So now the sale of firearms in two states is a threat to all states simply because the process of purchasing the firearm may be different.  Congressman Rush wants all firearm owner and perspective owners to be licensed.  Not just licensed but they will have to be a dealer if this legislation is passed:


Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(aa) Firearm Licensing Requirement-

`(1) IN GENERAL- It shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to possess a qualifying firearm on or after the applicable date, unless that person has been issued a firearm license–

I honestly don’t think this particular assault will be successful.  However, I’m quite certain that there will be others targeting ammunition (rumors abound on this one already), attempts to govern legal firearms owners’ behavior, or attempts to label the casual sale of a firearm as an illegal act.  The current status of this bill is:


Title: To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] (introduced 1/6/2009) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 2/9/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.ALL ACTIONS:


Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.


Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Bottom line is, how important is this issue to you?  Important enough to protest against it?  It should be.  There is a movement afoot to stand up against some of these wildeyed policies coming out of DC.  It started with the notion of the Stimulus bill and it’s called “The Tea Party”.   I think this movement can be extended to support the 2nd Amendment.

Would you be willing to stand up against the Feds for your firearms?  Or more to the point for your Constitutional Right to purchase MORE firearms?  If so, find your local Tea Party organization and get organized.



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