Small Arms Treaty – My Interaction with Senator John Cornyn

Natural Right to Life Necessarily Gives License to Self Defense

I wrote Senator John Cornyn to oppose the UN Small Arms Treaty and imposition of unconstitutional restrictions on firearm ownership.

As do so many Americans, the senator associates firearm ownership with hunting and home defense from criminals. It’s not that these aspects of gun ownership are not valid, the problem is he fails to comprehend why the founding fathers added the Second Amendment.

Our Second Amendment right to bear arms has its direct antecedent in the English Bill of Rights which compressed the various reasons for owning a firearm into a right as a result of the government’s efforts to disarm its citizens.[5] Events in English history provided many of the seeds that would become the fruit that we know as our Constitutional rights, among them the right to bear arms. – Cliff Stearns [Click on this link to read more from the St. Louis University Public Law Review]

The second amendment has nothing to do with fishing, hunting and crime prevention, though they come into play in these matters every day of our lives. The reason we have this natural (God-given) right to “keep and bear arms” is to protect ourselves from government tyranny. There – I said it.

After the liberals in power in Great Britain and Australia successfully couched gun ownership in terms of crime prevention, the next step was gun confiscation. Citizens of both countries are now disarmed and they are warning us to avoid allowing the same thing happen to us.

You see, we, as a nation, are the last and best hope to billions of people all around the globe. We enjoy this situation whereby people want to break into America – no one seems in a hurry to break out. It’s really very easy to leave this extraordinary country; getting in is the difficult thing to do.

Herewith, Senator John Cornyn’s response to my contact form message.

Texas Senator John Cornyn

22 August 2012

Dear Sir:

Thank you for contacting me about federal firearms laws.  I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.

It is essential to safeguard the law-abiding citizen’s constitutional right to own and use firearms designed for legitimate purposes such as hunting, target shooting, collecting, and self-protection.  Restricting this right runs counter to the intent of our Founding Fathers, who expressly guaranteed that citizens would retain the right to keep and bear arms.

As a former Texas Supreme Court Justice and Attorney General, I have firsthand knowledge of crime-fighting policies that work, and I believe that citizens’ Second Amendment rights should not be restricted because of the actions of criminals.  Rather, we must respect the rights of law-abiding citizens and focus our attention on the source of violent crime: criminals who use firearms to commit crimes.  I believe that strictly enforcing the law and meting out longer sentences for career criminals and those who use firearms when committing crimes will reduce crime more effectively than gun or equipment bans, which primarily serve to take firearms away from law-abiding citizens.

I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texans in the United States Senate, and you may be certain that I will continue working with my colleagues to protect our Second Amendment rights.  Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

Sincerely,

JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856

http://www.cornyn.senate.gov

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