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All of Nothing Election for the Second Amendment

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

By Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President

Feinstein: “Do you believe that if there was some form of registration when you purchase these firearms that that would make a difference?”

Breuer:  “I do, Senator … Very few hunters in the United States or sports people and law-abiding people really need to have semi-automatic weapons or long guns. … Without that kind of notification [registration], we lose track and can lose track of these kinds of potent weapons.”

That chilling exchange on registration and gun bans between arch-anti-Second Amendment U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer indelibly exposes the first step in President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda for the destruction of our freedom.

We need to look no further than the unconstitutional registration-based gun bans in Washington, D.C. and Chicago to understand that gun-owner databases are always the precursor for confiscatory bans on firearms.

Assistant AG Breuer was speaking officially for the Obama administration as head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division in endorsing gun registration, giving bureaucrats the power to decide what guns “law-abiding people” could own based on the government’s ever-changing notion of “need.”

The colloquy between the two radical gun-ban advocates came during a November 2011 U.S. Senate hearing exposing “Operation Fast and Furious”—the rogue Justice Department scheme that sanctioned violations of federal firearm and smuggling laws. “Fast and Furious” aided criminals moving thousands of firearms into the hands of Mexican narco-terrorists and led directly to the death of hundreds of Mexican nationals and to the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The purpose of “Fast and Furious” was to give truth to the constant administration/media lie about American freedom being responsible for the 40,000 drug cartel murders in Mexico, a nation that long ago banned virtually all private ownership of firearms.

With Breuer’s testimony, the Obama administration’s call for a “need-based” gun ban is clearly in line with Feinstein’s vision of private ownership of firearms. As the Senate author of the 1994 Clinton gun ban, Feinstein told CBS “60 Minutes,” “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them—Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in—I would have done it.”

While Obama spends hard-earned taxpayer dollars jetting to $75,000-a-plate fundraisers with his super-rich cronies, he remains above the fray, knowing that his cadre of radical bureaucrats and “czars” are tirelessly pursuing the dirty work of his agenda. While Obama appears aloof, his termites are eating away at the very foundation of our freedom.

When it comes to the Second Amendment, Obama endorses that right as one limited to membership in organized military forces—a view shared by four justices on the U.S. Supreme Court including Obama’s pick, Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

In joining the Court’s four-judge minority in voting against declaring the Chicago gun ban unconstitutional, Sotomayor signed the opinion that could “find nothing … that could warrant characterizing [the Second Amendment] as ‘fundamental’ insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes.”

Obama’s plan for a second term is to overwhelmingly alter the 5-4 Second Amendment majority on the court. If he is re-elected, Obama could fill as many as three vacancies, marking the end of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and, with it, virtually all that we have accomplished working together for the past 30 years.

For the planned Obamageddon against the Second Amendment, timing is everything. The hunker-down-and-wait plan was first expressed by Sen. Feinstein in an interview with Leslie Stahl of CBS’ “60 Minutes” in the opening days of the Obama regime.

As CBS reported it:

“Asked by Stahl if trying to renew the assault weapons ban would start a culture war and pose a distraction for an already overburdened Obama administration, Feinstein replied, ‘I agree with you.’ ‘So you are going to hold off?’ asked Stahl. ‘That’s correct. I’ll pick the time and the place, no question about it.’”

That time and place is just one election away on Nov. 6. This is an all-or-nothing election for the Second Amendment and its outcome depends on you. As NRA members—as citizens proud to carry the NRA Membership Card proclaiming our singular dedication to securing the Second Amendment for the future—we must muster every ounce of strength and energy to defeat Barack Obama and educate our gun-owning friends about the terminal dangers that lie ahead if he retains the awesome power of the presidency.

If Obama is returned to the White House, if the pro-gun majority in the House of Representatives is reversed, and if Nancy Pelosi once again wraps her iron fist around the speaker’s gavel, gun owners will face the worst serial assaults on our freedom ever.

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