America is Gun Country

By John M. Snyder

The right to carry a concealed firearm around the country is a prime political issue.

Congress should take immediate definitive action on this matter.

Nearly 80 percent of America’s top cops as well as over half the U.S. Representatives favor such a bipartisan initiative.

Consider the 2011 poll of United States chiefs of police and sheriffs conducted by the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP).

In the postal survey, 79 percent said general recognition throughout the nation of CCW permits issued by a state, in the way drivers’ licenses are recognized throughout the country, would facilitate the violent crime-fighting potential of the professional law enforcement community.

Over 230 Republican and Democrat Members of Congress now cosponsor H.R. 822, the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.

H.R. 822 would allow any person with a state-issued permit to carry a concealed firearm to carry concealed in any state that issues permits to carry concealed, or that does not prohibit such carrying for lawful purposes.

The gun lobby is on the march.  It’s really a people’s lobby.  One-hundred million Americans own over 200 million rifles, shotguns and handguns.  Americans purchase millions of firearms and probably billions of rounds of ammunition each year.  The United States is gun country.  It’s time for anti-gun politicians, media personalities, and government bureaucrats to get lost.

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One response to “America is Gun Country

  1. Kajika Halkawitta

    To all members of the U.S. House of Representatives:

    I am writing this email to encourage you to cosponsor H.R.822, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 and vote affirmatively for this bill when it comes up for a vote. There are clear and undeniable U.S. Constitutional provisions that support this measure. Recent Supreme Court decisions have affirmed individual rights under Amendment II of the U.S. Constitution. In addition, this bill is required for the Federal Government to fulfill its constitutional obligation, on this matter, under Section 5, Amendment XIV. A summary of the applicable portions of this document is included below.

    As of the date of this email there are 243 sponsors and cosponsors of H.R. 822 ,which represents 55.9% of the votes in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is interesting to note that there are 193 Democratic and 242 Republican Representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives; yet only 34 (17.6%) of the Democratic Representatives are cosponsors of H.R. 822 while 209 (86.4%) of the Republican Representatives are sponsors/cosponsors. I thought that in the U.S.A. we elect candidates that will represent their constituents rather than a political party. I urge all Representatives to fulfill their obligations under the oath of office they took under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution as regards Amendment II of the U.S. Constitution and support H.R. 822 rather than vote along party lines.

    Finally, here are 3 questions, the answers to which are respectfully requested:
    1. Why are 86.4% of the Republican Representatives supporting H.R.822 but only 17.6% of the Democratic Representatives?
    2. Given the clear and undeniable U.S. Constitutional provisions and the Supreme Court decisions on this matter; please explain why 44.1% of our elected Representatives have not cosponsored H.R. 822?
    3. As of the date of this email there are 243 sponsors and cosponsors of H.R. 822 which represents 55.9% of the votes in the U.S. House of Representatives. With a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives supporting this bill, why is H.R. 822 still referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security without any mark-ups, hearings or votes scheduled?

    ==========================================================================Discussion:
    Currently there are eleven (11) states that do not recognize concealed weapons carry permits issued by any other states in violation of Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States. (CA, CT, HI, IL MA, MD, NJ, NY, OR, RI, & WI) Of these one (1) does not have any provisions for issuing concealed weapons carry permits and does not allow concealed weapons carry. Conversely, there are eleven (11) states that honor all other states’ concealed weapons carry permits in compliance with Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States. (AK, AZ, IA, ID, IN, MI, MO, OK, SD, TN, & UT). One state (VT) does not require a permit for concealed weapons carry and therefore does not issue concealed weapons carry permits. The remaining twenty-seven (27) states recognize some other states’ concealed weapons carry permits but do not recognize other states’ concealed weapons carry permits, again in violation of Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States. These remaining 27 states are also not consistent with each other thus creating a mind-numbing and constantly changing environment for travelers with valid state issued permits for concealed weapons carry. In some states, you can not even possess a handgun without a permit and permits are only issued to residents with a “demonstrated need”; effectively violating residents’ U.S. Constitutional, 2nd Amendment rights . We should have the right to protect ourselves in any state while traveling or on vacation. All but one state have passed concealed carry laws because the right to self-defense does not end when one leaves their home. However, as listed earlier, interstate recognition of those permits is not uniform, is in violation of the U.S. Constitution, and creates great confusion and potential safety and legal problems for the traveler. H.R. 822 would solve this problem by requiring that lawfully issued carry permits be recognized in accordance with Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States, while being subject to the same conditions or limitations that apply to residents of the State who have the least restricted permits issued by the State or are otherwise lawfully allowed to do so by the State. It would authorize a person who is carrying a government-issued photographic identification document and a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one state to carry a concealed handgun in another state in accordance with the restrictions applied to the least restricted concealed carry permit of that state. This provision protects the ability of the various states to determine the conditions of concealed carry, much like they determine their individual state traffic laws. The bill would not create a federal licensing system; rather, it would require the states to recognize each others’ carry permits, just as they recognize drivers’ licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards.
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    The United States Constitution
    Article IV – The States
    Section 1 – Each State to Honor all others
    Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
    Article VI – Debts, Supremacy, Oaths
    · · ·
    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
    The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
    [The Speaker of the House administers the oath of office as follows:
    “I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”]
    The Amendments
    AMENDMENT II – Ratified 12/15/1791.
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
    AMENDMENT XIV – Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.
    Section 1.
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
    · · ·
    Section 5.
    The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

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