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02/13/2019 / By JD Heyes
The war for independence from Great Britain won, our founders set about debating and deciding upon what form of government they should adopt for the newly formed United States.
They decided upon ‘divided government’ in the form of a representative republic, not a democracy where majorities ruled and minorities received no consideration or voice. In fact, as founder and future president James Madison, considered the “father of the Constitution,” once wrote in the Federalist Papers No. 10, “democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention” and “have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.”
Other observers have noted throughout our history that democracies amount to mob rule, which is the same as “two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch,” noted San Diego resident Marvin Simkin in 1992. “Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.”
With that in mind, a new initiative in Florida would seek, by mob rule, to deny — “infringe” upon — the constitutional right of residents to keep and bear firearms.
As reported by The Truth About Guns website, a push to ban so-called “assault weapons” in the Sunshine State from civilians (not law enforcement or the military) via ballot measure is gaining ground as lawmakers from both political parties are embracing it. The ballot initiative calls for changing the state’s constitution allowing for the prohibition of certain otherwise lawful firearms and is being spearheaded by Ban Assault Weapons Now (BAWN), “a bipartisan group of gun grabbers made up of Republican and Democrat authoritarians who want to see law-abiding Floridians disarmed,” the website noted.
“Now their effort is gaining political ground and financial support,” the site added.
Al Hoffman, a major GOP donor, has recently lent financial support. Following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland — in which authorities and school officials missed numerous warning signs — Hoffman said he would no longer support any Republican candidate who did not back more gun control.
Some GOP lawmakers who ordinarily wouldn’t have gone along gun control such measures went with Hoffman, however, in exchange for his continued support and now he’s putting financial support behind BAWN’s push.
Of course, former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student-turned-anti-gun activist David Hogg supports the effort, using disinformation to spread the message. (Related: Wait, what? Parkland shooting commission adopts the NRA’s recommendation to arm teachers.)
“As Americans and Floridians, we can come together to say that gun violence is not going to happen in the Sunshine State,” Hogg said this week, according to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.. “Gun violence is a preventable issue. … The fact of the matter is if you are using an assault weapon … you are hunting someone. You are not defending yourself.”
Adds activist Ann Marie Milano, “Our bipartisan coalition is not trying to take anyone’s guns or Second Amendment rights. We are simply striving to keep the use of military grade assault weapons in the hands of the military and law enforcement, who are trained to use them.”
Hogg is lying; the guns people call “assault weapons” are not simply for “hunting someone.”
Milano is lying; the fact that she’s behind a statewide ballot measure to ban “assault weapons” is infringing upon, and taking away, Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
This is one of the reasons why the founders eschewed democracy: Because mobs can be persuaded to do something through the use of false information, playing on emotions, and peer pressure.
“It is a blatant attempt to fool Floridians by sucking them into a deception that would effectively ban most hunting, target shooting, and significant home defense as well,” notes Marion Hammer, a Florida lobbyist for the NRA.
If this amendment passes, it should be challenged not simply on grounds that it violates the Second Amendment’s “infringement” clause. It should be challenged on the grounds that it violates Article IV of the Constitution, which says, “The United States shall guarantee to every state … a republican form of government…”
Ballot measures are the political tools of democracies, not republics.
Read more about the Left’s never-ending assault on gun rights at Guns.news.
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