It’s been called the most important Mid-Term Election of our lifetime. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but one thing is clear, Democrats were desperate to wrest control of Congress away from the Republicans as part of their relentless campaign of “resisting and distorting” every action or reaction, taken by the Trump administration. Their desperation was vividly made evident by their underhanded political tactics!
Beginning on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, nearly two and one-half months prior to President-Elect Trump’s inauguration, came the baseless cries for impeachment from Democrats in the House of Representatives. The “Not My President Coalition” was launched followed by the “Russian Collusion Crew”. Not to be outdone, Democrats in the Senate produced their own carnival freak show with the Crucifixion of Judge Kavanaugh and their “Schumer Shutdown” exploitation of the illegal aliens known as the “Dreamers”!
Theirs has been a crusade of Biblical proportions. Bolstered by the liberal luminaries of Hollywood and mainstream media moguls, they fought each little skirmish like the very essence of their political party was at stake! No question about it, the Democrats brought an AR-15, equipped with a 30 round magazine, to the Republican’s knife fight!
It mattered not how they would be judged by history as this was a battle plan designed to win back power at any cost. So how did they do and what are the consequences? As election results are still being reported, we can say with some degree of certainty that control of the House of Representatives went to the Democrats while control of the Senate remains with the Republicans, who could increase their majority to 55 seats from 51. Political pundits are calling this election a resounding success for President Trump.
As we have said in the past, the Liberty First Foundation is not a partisan organization. We welcome gun owners no matter what political party they identify with. We are interested in the election results only to the extent that it affects our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. Accordingly, we are deeply troubled that Initiative-1639, also known as the Public Safety and Semiautomatic Assault Rifle Act, passed in the state of Washington. Among its many seemingly unconstitutional provisions, it now defines ALL semi-automatic rifles as assault rifles which trigger draconian restrictions on the purchase and use of these rifles by law abiding citizens.
We are concerned not only for Washingtonians but for all citizens of our Republic, regardless of where they reside, because the tyrannical promoters of this initiative have hailed it as a blueprint of common sense gun laws for all states to follow!
On the national level, a Constitutional Amendment to modify or repeal the Second Amendment is a now a virtual impossibility and other gun control legislation is not likely to gain any traction. To be sure, political radicals in the House will propose Bills intended to infringe upon our freedoms, but they will probably be stopped in the Senate. On the bright side, President Trump will be able to continue his appointment of conservative men and women to the Federal Judiciary as vacancies occur and he will surely receive Senate confirmation for his Cabinet nominees.
With the resignation of Jeff Sessions the question of who will be the next Attorney General remains unpredictable at this time. However, a pro-active Attorney General, one who is firearms friendly, could use the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to bring lawsuits against states where its citizens have been deprived of an enumerated Constitutional right such as the Second Amendment. Title 42 USC Section 1983 says, in pertinent part:
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress…
The Liberty First Foundation wants the new Attorney General to restore our liberties in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and now Washington. If the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to enforce its precedents of Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010), then the Attorney General should intervene to protect our rights!
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