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Debate on gun control should ask whether Congress has power to regulate

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President Obama called for more gun control in his State of the Union address last night. The effectiveness of his proposals have been the subject of heated debate. But both sides are missing the larger question: Does Congress even have the right to regulate or ban guns?

Gun control has become one of the preeminent battles of 2013. During a press conference last month, in which he was surrounded by children, President Obama urged Congress to ban “assault” (automatic) weapons, limit magazines to 10 bullets, and introduce universal background checks for all firearm buyers. And last night, Mr. Obama again called for this regulation in his State of the Union address. Naming those affected by gun violence, he asserted to a cheering, standing crowd: “They deserve a vote.”

Across the country, Americans are debating the effectiveness of Obama’s gun-control proposals. Commentators on the left argue that automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines aren’t necessary for home defense or hunting. On the right, the president’s critics say limiting guns won’t end violence and point out that no matter what laws Congress passes, criminals will still find ways to be well armed. The proposed legislation, they contend, simply would put law-abiding citizens at a disadvantage.

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  • foxxybey

    They don’t care about the constitution, just their power to be masters of the plantation made up of all colors and races, a bunch of nazi’s in both parties.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000124607818 Michael Wilson

    “Commentators on the left argue that automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines aren’t necessary for home defense or hunting.”
    These @ss hole S. O. Bs. don’t determine what’s necessary for me! Period.

    • violater1

      You are right and it is our right to be armed as well or better than those that obama will move.against us in his lust for power!

      • http://www.facebook.com/kid721952 Paul Erwin

        Homeland security is already geering up to confiscate our guns,7,000 AR15’s and over a billion rounds of ammunition,first they will try to catch you in your car,away from your guns,box you in,cuff you and take you to your home,use your own keys to enter and confiscate all computers,discs,anything of value,ransack the rest of your belongings and TAKE ALL GUNS while you watch in the back of their vehicle then they will hand you a warrant of search and seizure and leave you standing in your front yard,if not that way,they will do like they did in new orleans after katrina,come in the dead of nite,element of surprise and break your door down catching you off guard and confiscate ALL YOUR WEAPONS and anything of value and call it MARTIAL LAW.Start planning,organizing,arming your self,food,medical supplies,communicating with friends and neighbors,chaos and confusion is the only way obama knows to get what he wants done,don’t get caught without a plan,DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR GUNS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES,YOUR FAMILY DEPENDS ON YOU

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-Smith/100000315535706 Dennis Smith

          Homeland security maybe considering the idea, but once they relize how American people will not give into there plans, they are going to open a can of woop ass, they will not be able to handle. Consider the special operation community just made a statement of how they between 1100 to 1500 who dont agree with the gun grabbers and how its unconstitutional. What do you think will happen when Vets. and current soldiers in special operations community step up to the plate and so hell no, and back up there words. Consider also the veterans of Oath keepers, the militias, with alot of special forces trained, and I could go on. once they try a gun grab program, and word get out, all hell will erump. I can see arm citizens in the streets marching on the white house. Let say this there will be blood in the streets, and it will not stop, until this nation is on its knees, and government is changed from whos in power, to a more friendly group of politions to the constituon and the people. There will be fight home land security will not have man power to handle.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          When my dogs go off, I’ll be awake and waiting, Anybody kicks in my door had best be bulletproof to 30.06. If they’re kicking in my neighbor’s door, I can take out the command group from an upstairs window.

  • colt38

    Comments from the left are just uninformed idiots.

  • dad666

    Since when does Obozzo care about the Constitution or any of our rights. He is the Supreme Moron and knows what is best for all of us. Just ask him????

    • Evermyrtle

      He only cares about the constitution if he can accuse a conservative of breaking onr of the rules. That is his only interest int it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rumsower Montie Rumsower

    Under NO circumstances does the Government have ANY right to regulate arms! Read the constitution
    And NO there is NO room for reasonable regulations. Reasonable regulations are code words for the government makes the choice IF you are allowed to excersize your rights. Our rights come from God NOT the government the bill of rights specifically DENIES the government the power to regulate our rights. ANY politician or judge that allows ANY regulation of our rights no matter who else did it has violated his oath of office and should be impeached. NOT ONE MORE INCH! Molon Labe.

  • pissed off conservative

    let him pass any law he wants patriotic americans will simply ignore them..even if it comes to armed conflict..there is that old saying live free or die..i have already decided what ill do.. proubly die..but not without one hell of a fight..

    • http://www.facebook.com/kid721952 Paul Erwin

      I agree with you 100%,I’m NOT GOING DOWN without a fight,I like and enjoy my freedom and so does MY FAMILY,I’m willing to die for both

  • violater1

    When will Congress stand up to obama and tell him that Americans need the same firepower and protection (body armour) as his well armed tyrant force formed under the cloak of the DHS! Someone tell him to his face that he and his force are armed to kill American Citizens not Terrorist as they so lyingly tend to refer to!
    They are hell bent on eliminating Patriotic Americans by every devious means in their power!
    SOMEONE CALL HIS HAND AND CHALLENGE HIM NATIONALLY FACE TO FACE ON CAMERA FOR THE WORLD TO SEE!

    • Derek Schneider

      The problem is Congress is NEVER going to stand up to Obama…
      We need to get rid of ALL of these leeches we have representing us…they are only in it for power, money and perks. They are beholden to lobbyists and big-corporations and could care less WHAT their constituents think. When was the last time ANY politicians came and asked you what you thought about an issue? I had ONE and ONLY one person who was actually running for office come to my door during the last election cycle. She stood and talked to me for 15 minutes…but what impressed me is she asked me what issues were important to me…and LISTENED when I spoke…and gave her take on them. Wasn’t afraid to disagree with me either. I found it remarkably refreshing to actually connect with a politician on a human level. She is my new state Senator…and yes, I voted for her.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kid721952 Paul Erwin

        My representative,James Lankford of Oklahoma,holds regular meetings in oklahoma and give all citizens the time to express what they think and want from oklahomas reps and our government

  • oldguy199

    “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” what does that mean? Need more people holding the Gov employeeeesss to the chopping block (literaly) and let them know it is OUR decision –not theirs and will be strictly enforced… For decades WE have NOT done our job of being a BOSS , but WE can change and now

  • Wapatia

    This is what Red blooded American ‘s think about gun control. Cabela’s Outdoors just opened a store in Saginaw Michigan and within 1 hour of opening the doors hand gun and 223 ammunition was wiped from the shelves . This shows the real concern OF THE FOR THE PEOPLE!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

    Nope and neither does any one else except for the people. That to is clearly described in the Constitution and how to LEGALLY change it.

  • rikker45

    I wish I could have some of those automatic firearms the idiots on the left keep talking about.

    • Ron

      Ya,, I for one would love to have those automatic firearms!!!!!!

  • Terry C

    Another question is does the president have the authority to regulate guns by executive order, like he is threatening to do if Congress doesn’t? According to the 2nd Amendment, they do not.

  • mickey

    The time is long overdue, IMPEACH OBAMA. Why is he, and other radicals within the Democratic party allowed to keep on with their quest for the takeover of our government. Why are we not weeding out the ones who have become a threat to America, (and there are plenty of them), starting with Feinstein, Pelosi, Waters, Sebilious, Napalitano, Reid, Holder, Geithner, have you noticied the trend here, most of them are radical frustrated women., who are abusive with their powers. Not that there aren’t plenty of men also.

  • machodog

    Today I received in the mail a flyer from the NRA asking me to make my “voice heard and to tell my Representative to stand up for my Second Amendment right”. The NRA should channel their energy and lawyers in the direction of protecting the Second Amendment in the way of getting the laws about guns already on the books REPEALED. Not a one of them is legal. The NRA needs to study the phrase “shall not be infringed” and act on all these existing laws against guns. Infringed means just that. All laws about guns are an infringement on the Second Amendment. NRA needs to rally the people to civil disobedience. Even the Supreme Court has ruled that an unconstitutional law does not have to be obeyed. So, technically, nobody needs to or has to obey any gun law.

  • Florida

    Constitutional attorney Stewart Rhodes will explain The Second Amendment for you.

    …”The whole point of the Second Amendment is to preserve the military capacity of the American people – to preserve the ability of the people, who are the militia, to provide for their own security as individuals, as neighborhoods, towns, counties, and states, during any emergency, man-made or natural; to preserve the military capacity of the American people to resist tyranny and violations of their rights by oath breakers within government; and to preserve the military capacity of the people to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, including those oath breaking domestic enemies within government. It is not about hunting, and at its core, the Second Amendment is not really even about self-defense against private criminals. It is about self-defense against public criminals – against tyrants, usurpers, and foreign invaders.

    . Thus, any attempt to ban their possession, sale, purchase, or transfer, is an attempt by Tyrants to disarm the American people.” MOLON LABE