I’m all about the 2nd Amendment – I’m all about the Constitution and I generally support the NRA but here lately they are just pissing me off…
A little history for the past few weeks, maybe months I’ve been getting calls from the NRA along with a dozen other marketing/survey firms and here I thought all that crap ended with the election. Well it didn’t and I would receive calls from the NRA as early as 8 a.m. in the morning to as late as after 9 p.m. at night – I admire persistence’s but if I don’t answer your call after three or four attempts likely I’m ignoring you – if I don’t answer after twenty or fifty attempts you can bet you ass I’m ignoring you and after about sixty to hundred attempts I might answer and I will not be happy when I do…
This morning at about 8 a.m. … might have been 8:30 the NRA called – I’m a night owl and I’m NOT a morning person - I went to bed about 3 a.m. however, I was up fairly early when they called. The general rule is do not to be speak to me for at least the first 2 hours and if you must speak to me when I first get up, ensure it is something that does NOT require an answer – early morning answers are about 99% filter free and until I have had about 3 or 4 cups of coffee the filter is – off. I’m not talking about a cussing filter, I’m talk a diplomatic filter – I will answer you, I just will not factor in your feeling nor care.
So anyway the NRA called, we spoke and they played some prerecorded message from Wayne LaPierre, NRA’s president, about how the UN is trying to push a global gun ban and we need to stop it right now by getting out our checkbooks/credit cards to ensure that keeping and bearing arms, our inalienable 2nd Amendment right, as American as apple pie and the 4th of July (and jingoism and xenophobia), isn’t trampled by some foreign folks and we’re all for stopping the commies at the door. So according to the NRA I, me alone can save America for the low-low price of not $175.00, not $150.00 but today because I’m a patriotic American… I can save it for only $125.00 a year and for my $125.00 I get a sticker! Yeah!
However…. however… the NRA conveniently left out a little part about how the US can not enter into treaties without a 2/3 vote of support in the Senate, nor how any treaty or law can circumvent or undermine Constitution Rights (the Supreme Court has ruled on this in Reid v. Covert and District of Columbia v. Heller hello ObamaCare) nor how the UN (as much as I dislike them) isn’t even trying to ban guns at all and I’m sure many of the socialist at the UN would love to tell American just what and how to do something. But the reality is the UN is a joke and the next conservative congress should stop paying dues and cut all ties to them for the socialist joke they are and in an effort to reduce our debt charge them a trillion dollars a month rent in NYC.
Anyway, I digress…
So what the NRA who you will remember supported the DISCLOSE ACT (that suppressed Free Speech) because they got an exemption is not not telling you is that they are fear-mongering and lying and in my opinion completely losing credibility – what little credibility they’ve had left. So when the fund rising member of the NRA returned to the phone after I had listened to the fear mongering BS of Wayne LaPierre I gave them an unfiltered ear full of just what I thought – granted at this point I have had 2 cups of coffee so the filter was slightly on, but all in all they got the point I was pissed at them for lying – I tend to be somewhat nice to the people on the other end of the phone – because as some guy once said “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34)
BTW this NRA fear-mongering on this issues of an UN gun ban has been going on since 2009 from what I can tell and as I’ve said I support the 2nd Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms – put I don’t support ginning up fear to fund your coffers – that’s just wrong.
While I’m at it – there is a lot of stories out there about this, most of them pushing the line of truth that the UN is going to ban your guns and take away your bullets – you believe what you want, but I advice you to research it and based on facts and not hyperbole. As noted Reid v. Covert ruled by the Supreme Court stated that not even if ratified by the US Senate can the US Constitution be circumvented PERIOD.
The ruling in this case basically said that no agreement with a foreign nation can confer power on Congress, or any other branch of Government, which is free from the restraints of the Constitution.
The Court felt that Article VI, clause 2 was written the way it was written not to make Treaties supreme, but instead to simple keep treaties written prior to ratification of the Constitution in force.
The Court also distinguished this case from Missouri v. Holland by saying that in this case, the Treaty directly violated a Constitutional protection. In Missouri v. Holland, it was more of an indirect violation.
The UN’s desire to control guns come from the 300,000 people killed worldwide each year by firearms mostly in third world nations armed conflicts – however there is no plan to ban automobiles that kill on average 1,200,000 people each year worldwide nor is there a plan to ban the largest historical killer of people yearly… governments. So since I was in a foul mood this morning (You’ll learn more about ‘why is that’ at years end) I was more incline to lecturing facts than listening to bullshit – so if the NRA calls you ask them these questions and ask them as if you have no idea the answer ( I love to do that)…
1.) Does UN law supersede the US Constitution for Americans?
2.) Can Obama circumvent the congress and make international treaties?
3.) If Obama signs a treaty is it binding?
A: NO! Must be ratified by 2/3 of the Senate.
4.) If the Senate ratified a treaty would it be binding or enforceable?
A: NO! See Reid v. Covert that ruled no branch of government can make an agreement with a foreign power that is free of the restraints of the Constitution.
5.) Is the NRA make lying to raise money?
Generally I support the NRA and generally they are on the right side of the issues, but I will not be lied to just to gain my support – I get enough of that crap from politicians. So for me the NRA will get as much money as I give the RNC – $0.00 until they wake up and fly right.