The federal gun control measures President Barack Obama, Senator Dianne Feinstein and others now propose represents nothing less than an attack on American freedom. Included in that attack is a proposal to dramatically expand federal police powers by using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to register millions of law-abiding gun owners. As history has repeatedly demonstrated, registration is the necessary prelude to confiscation.
Using the Sandy Hook tragedy as a pretext to advance a gun control agenda set in the 1980s, gun ban advocates now seek universal registration and licensing, bans on firearms only cosmetically different from common hunting guns, and limits on magazine capacities which will restrict self-defense handguns used by millions of Americans to protect themselves and their families.
‘Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban’ opposes all measures
In response, the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban – comprising thirty-six (36) participating state and national organizations and still growing – has unified to defeat federal gun control legislation including, but not limited to, current proposals.
The Coalition is not “the gun lobby.” We do not represent gun manufacturers, nor are we controlled by the NRA. Most Coalition leaders don’t even earn incomes from the organizations they direct. Instead, the Coalition represents what politicians should fear most: An organized grass roots movement to defend the Second Amendment and unseat those who would undermine American freedom.
Presidential ‘usurpation of power’
“usurpation: …the unlawful or violent seizure of a throne, power, etc.” – Webster’s Dictionary
Both Attorney General Eric Holder and Vice President Joe Biden have said the administration is weighing “executive action” to implement gun registration and licensing beyond even the ban on semi-automatic firearms proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein and others. Today, Barack Obama issued twenty-three (23) executive orders, apparently to begin that process.
When the National Firearms Act passed in 1934, Congress still understood that it didn’t have the power under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution to regulate Title II weapons, so it imposed a tax – an exorbitant tax, perhaps, but still a tax. Since then, however, overbroad interpretations of its power to regulate “interstate commerce” have become the norm, and Congress now feels free to legislate on firearms.
Apparently, however, even congressional usurpation of power is no longer sufficient: What Obama threatens clearly violates Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution, which says:
“All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.”
If executive orders are used to circumvent Congress and force gun control on the American people, Coalition members will not only fight those unconstitutional laws in our courts, but will actively advocate the impeachment of any president who would so blatantly abuse his power.
Rather than issuing executive orders with which law-abiding Americans will refuse to comply, this President should acknowledge the thousands of people whose deaths resulted from implementation of the federal Gun Free” School Zones Act of 1996 – after which school killings increased by fivefold.
The Coalition will not ‘compromise’ on this issue
As gun ban advocates define it, “compromise” is a process in which the American people lose slightly less freedom than under their original proposal. Consequently, Coalition members will not accept “compromise,” and will not settle for “the best we can get.” Nothing less than the demise of current proposals will suffice.
Politicians will find no quarter
Any politician who supports such measures will be targeted for defeat via coordinated action by Coalition members. They will be subject to picketing, leaflet drops at events in their districts, phone and mail campaigns, and political action committee opposition. Neither party affiliation nor NRA ratings and endorsements will have any impact on Coalition actions.
Right now, Coalition leaders are contacting their members, directing emails and phone calls to Congressional delegations and galvanizing supporters. In this most egregious attack on American freedom, we will prevail.
The National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban
The Firearms Coalition
Gun Owners of America
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Rights Watch International
Second Amendment Sisters
Arizona Citizens Defense League
Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Inc
Damas de la Segunda Enmienda (Ladies of the 2A, Puerto Rico)
Firearms Owners Against Crime
Florida Carry, Inc.
Grass Roots North Carolina
Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, Minnesota
Gun Owners of California
Gun Owners of Maine
Gun Owners of Utah
Gun Owners of Vermont
Iowa Gun Owners
Michigan Gun Owners
Michigan Open Carry, Inc.
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Nebraska Firearms Owners Association
New Hampshire Firearms Coalition
New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society
Oregon Firearms Federation
Peaceable Texans for Firearms Rights
Shooters Committee on Political Education, NY
Utah shooting Sports Council
Virginia Citizens Defense League
West Virginia Citizens Defense League
Western Missouri Shooters Alliance
Wisconsin Carry, Inc.