Robert B's Email to Senator Bill Nelson
I gave you a grade of F. You have earned this low grtade by consistent failure to defend our God-given rights.
Dear Senator Nelson:
The Pulse Nightclub Massacre was an act of war perpetrated by a traitor in service to a foreign enemy. The only sane reaction is to blame the foreign enemy. The body count was obscenely high because Pulse, like every other establishment in Florida that sells booze, was a designated gun-free zone. This maniac attacked 320 adults all by himself, and as far as I can determine, not a single one of them offered the slightest resistance to his murderous rampage. Instead, they cowered in fear while he killed them at will for three hours. Such paralyzing mass cowardice is a direct result of several decades of politically-correct “zero tolerance” anti-violence brainwashing, mostly in the public schools. They are turning us into a nation of wimps – easy prey for psychotic mass killers.
The obvious logical response should be to fully restore the right to self-protection - eliminate gun-free zones, and train our citizens to fight back. The only way to minimize casualties when ambushed by a deranged killer is to immediately respond with overwhelming countervailing force. When seconds count, the police are minutes or hours away.
Obama, Clinton, and the Democrats blame law-abiding, patriotic, loyal Americans.
Now, the gun-grabbers are rushing to exploit this tragedy to advance their evil anti-freedom agenda. Their latest attack on liberty is to demand that the Terrorist Watch List (TWL) be used as a determining factor in firearms background checks under the National Instant Check System (NICS). This proposal is extremely dangerous to American liberty.
Current Federal law establishes certain classes of persons who are prohibited from buying or even possessing firearms. These Prohibited Persons include those convicted of felony crimes, under court-issued restraining orders, and those adjudicated mentally defective. The common factor is that all of these people know that they are Prohibited Persons – they attained such status as a result of legal due process actions that took place in open court.
The TWL, of the other hand, is a deep secret. Persons are added to and removed from the TWL by virtue of a totally secret process. People are never notified that their name has been added to the TWL, nor that their name has been removed from it. There is no process that allows the citizen to appeal the inclusion of their name on the TWL, or to get their name removed from therefrom. If the TWL is used as a NICS discriminator, it will therefore be impossible for persons on the TWL to refrain from illegal acts, because they do not know that their acts are illegal. People will be committing felony crimes without even knowing it.
For the TWL to be acceptable as a determining factor in firearms purchase, the List itself and the process behind it must become completely open, transparent, and subject to due process of law. Making the TWL transparent will destroy its effectiveness as an anti-terrorism tool.
To make the TWL a NICS factor without transparency would be even worse – a total denial of Constitutional due process. The free exercise of Constitutional rights must never become subject to the arbitrary whim of faceless government bureaucrats operating behind a veil of secrecy. It is already reported that the TWL contains the names of at least 280,000 people who are not terrorists and whose names should have never but added to it in the first place. Please recall that one of the first acts of the Obama Regime was to circulate a “study” to law enforcement agencies nationwide alleging that devout Christians, Constitutionalists, Tea Party members, gun owners, and service personnel returning from overseas deployment are prime terrorism suspects. Using the TWL as a NICS factor will give Obama or any other corrupt President the means to selectively disarm his or her political opponents by including their names on the TWL. This Regime has already been caught red-handed using the IRS against its political opponents. They have been caught illegally supplying thousands of powerful weapons to Mexican criminals, which have so far been used to murder over 300 people. To give such a criminal regime additional power over our Constitutional rights is seditious insanity.
In addition, we know from hard past experience that the anti-freedom movement cannot be appeased. Every compromise brings ever more strident demands for more and greater erosion of our freedom. They do not want to keep certain guns out of the hands of terrorists – they want to get all guns out of the hands of loyal Americans.
Senator Nelson, we cannot afford to give an inch at this critical time. Our Second Amendment rights must be defended with total determination and devotion. Freedom compromised is always freedom lost.
Please let me know what you plan to do to defend our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Robert W. Baldwin
P.O. Box 727
Lake Alfred, FL 33850
"Every terrible implement of the soldier is the birth-right of an American. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust it will ever remain, in the hands of the people."
Tench Coxe (February 20, 1788 Pennsylvania Gazette)
"Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail bondage upon them."
President Thomas Jefferson (1775)
"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree."
James Madison, "Father of the U.S. Constitution" and 4th President of the United States
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves."
William Pitt (speech in British House of Commons – 18 November 1783)