Leave Our Guns Alone ~ No UN Treaty, No Infringement
There is no end to the lengths our current administration will go to, in order to regulate guns. To be sure, what we thought was dormant, the UN arms control treaty, is now being touted, yet again. Obama is actually pushing for it, as is his new doormat, Secretary of State, John Kerry. Please see more about this, at Fox News. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/28/buyers-beware-un-arms-trade-treaty-will-regulate-individual-gun-ownership/
Of course, we have to hope that the Senate has more sense than to ratify the treaty, but when considering the Senate, at this juncture, there is room for doubt, as to their allegiance. As I was digging today through quotes for something else I was seeking, I stumbled onto a few that speak to this issue. I will share them and their sources, with you below.
“I say the same as to the opinion of those who consider the grant of the treaty making power as boundless. If it is, then we have no Constitution.” (Thomas Jefferson, a letter to Wilson Cary Nicholas The Works of Thomas Jefferson, September 7, 1803.)
“By the general power to make treaties, the Constitution must have intended to comprehend only those objects which are usually regulated by treaty, and cannot be otherwise regulated. It must have meant to except out of those the rights reserved to the states; for surely the President and Senate cannot do by treaty what the whole government is interdicted from doing in any way.” (Thomas Jefferson, A Manual of Parliamentary Practice, p. 110. 1873.)
“The only constitutional exception to the power of making treaties is, that it shall not change the Constitution.… On natural principles, a treaty, which should manifestly betray or sacrifice primary interests of the state, would be null.” (Alexander Hamilton, The Works of Alexander Hamilton, 1796.)
“That the treaty power is unlimited and omnipotent and may be used to override the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” said Holman, is “a doctrine of recent origin.…” (President of the American Bar Association Frank E. Holman, began a campaign in earnest to protect the rights of Americans from treaty law 1948.)
“[T]hough the [treaty] power is thus general and unrestricted, it is not to be so construed as to destroy the fundamental laws of the state. A power given by the Constitution cannot be construed to authorize a destruction of other powers given in the same instrument.… A treaty to change the organization of the Government, or to annihilate its sovereignty, to overturn its republican form, or to deprive it of its constitutional powers, would be void; because it would destroy what it was designed merely to fulfill, the will of the people.” (Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Story, Limitations on the Treaty-Making Power (5th ed. 1891), Commentaries on the Constitution, Section 1508, original source, the Commentaries on the Constitution, written by Chief Justice Joseph Story in 1833.)
“I do not conceive that power is given to the President and Senate to dismember the empire, or to alienate any great, essential right. I do not think the whole legislative authority have this power. The exercise of the power must be consistent with the object of the delegation.” (James Madison, Debate in Virginia Ratifying Convention, Elliot 3:499-515. June 18, 1788.)
As I sit and ponder what happens in a nation that is deprived of its rights, I am given pause, as historically, the peoples of those nations are subverted and become slaves to the state or casualties. Our nation was founded on the idea of freedom and liberty. It was founded on the idea of self reliance and self governance of the individual sovereign. The Bill of Rights is essential to the stability of our sovereignty.
“§ 981. In the next place, a bill of rights may be important, even when it goes beyond powers supposed to be granted. It is not always possible to foresee the extent of the actual reach of certain powers, which are given in general terms. They may be construed to extend (and perhaps fairly) to certain classes of cases, which did not at first appear to be within them. A bill of rights, then, operates, as a guard upon any extravagant or undue extention of such powers. Besides; (as has been justly remarked,) a bill of rights is of real efficiency in controlling the excesses of party spirit. It serves to guide, and enlighten public opinion, and to render it more quick to detect, and more resolute to resist, attempts to disturb private rights. It requires more than ordinary hardihood and audacity of character, to trample down principles, which our ancestors have consecrated with reverence; which we have imbibed in our early education; which recommend themselves to the judgment of the world by their truth and simplicity; and which are constantly placed before the eyes of the people, accompanied with the imposing force and solemnity of a constitutional sanction. Bills of rights are a part of the muniments of freemen, showing their title to protection; and they become of increased value, when placed under the protection of an independent judiciary instituted, as the appropriate guardian of the public and private rights of the citizens.” (CHAPTER XLIV. § 981, AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION., by Justice Joseph Story, Cambridge, January, 1833.)
It is with this last quote, that I will close. Let the words of Chief Justice Joseph Story make you think, and may they also ring true forevermore. To infringe upon our right to bear arms, would be the undoing of everything else we all hold dear. The time to reach out to your Legislators is now. No ratification on this treaty and no infringement on our rights to bear arms, is what we must demand.
“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” ~ Justice Joseph Story; Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833