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Unicoi Co. Commission backs state’s votes on guns/johnsoncitypress.com/August 31, 2009

August 31, 2009

Reported by Jim Wozniak, Erwin Bureau Chief, jwozniak@johnsoncitypress.com

ERWIN – The Unicoi County Commission normally takes a dim view of the actions of state government, but last week the panel quickly voted to support a resolution that backed the Tennessee Legislature’s votes on guns.

“The Tennessee Legislature is commended for their recent passage of several laws lessening the restrictions on people keeping and bearing arms,” the county’s resolution states. “This legislative body (in Unicoi County) supports the rights of its citizens to keep and bear arms in conformity with the rights provided in the United States Constitution.”

The resolution was quickly adopted last Monday in a unanimous vote.

The resolution was the brainchild of Sheriff Kent Harris, who had been approached by Dr. Dan Moore about the idea of supporting the Second Amendment. He liked what Moore had in mind.

“Me and him had spoken about what was going on on the state level and different things about the Second Amendment, the Constitution, about the right to bear arms,” Harris said. “He wanted my opinion of it. I told him what my opinion is – that people have a right to carry a firearm. I believe in people’s right to bear arms.

“My officers have never bothered anybody that’s going armed unless they’re out here breaking the law. Law-abiding citizens, we’re glad they got a gun. We might need them to help us. Whether somebody’s got a gun permit or not, if we stop them and they tell us they got a gun and they’re good, why bother them?”

Harris said he has not had a major problem with anyone who has a handgun permit. He said he supports the handgun permit program even though he believes a person has a right to carry a gun without one.

Moore drafted a resolution that was presented to County Mayor Greg Lynch, who favored it, and County Attorney Doug Shults, who reworded it to comply with all of the laws, Harris said. Moore considered the resolution that was presented to the commission to be watered down, but he said the development nonetheless was positive.

“I’m very proud of our sheriff and the county,” Moore said.

He said he went to Harris because of the importance of the sheriff to protect the community against foreign or domestic invasion and the possibility U.S. residents would have their guns taken away. He said other sheriffs were not as supportive as Harris about the resolution.

“We just wanted to send a message to the world that our county strongly supports the Second Amendment,” Moore said. “(Harris is) setting an example for the other sheriffs to truly uphold the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the of the land, other than God’s law.”

Why is a county government delving into this issue? Harris said it was a sign of support for the state Legislature and to convey the belief that Unicoi County backs gun ownership.

Moore said he and others are planning a rally “for freedom” during the Apple Festival. Details have not been finalized, but Harris said topics include the Second Amendment, taxes and government waste. The sheriff said Moore has asked him to speak, and he has agreed.

“It’s all about the Constitution,” Moore said.

He and Harris said there is a constitutional movement occurring in Unicoi County. Moore said it applies to other parts of the country as well.

“People are tired of seeing their freedoms taken away,” he said

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Must Watch! Video via Infowars.com: Media Freaks Out After Man Carrying Legal Firearm Outside Obamacare Event-August 11, 2009

August 12, 2009

www.infowars.com/media-freaks-out-after-man-filmed-carrying-legal-firearm-outside-obamacare-event/

Must Watch! Military Joining the American Resistance to Protect the Constitution!

August 4, 2009

www.revolutionnow.us/emvideo/thickbox/23/425/350/field_video/youtube/zGHlvnqPdH0

Why Rep. Wamp and Mayor Haslam can NOT be Governor of TN! [or who I’m (NOT) supporting for TN Governor] by Matt Collins July 13, 2009

July 14, 2009

The following is contributed by Matt Collins. His credentials follow the article below.

Definitely a must read for folks who strive for accountability in government!

You’re kidding me. Our elected officials are supposed to actually keep their oath to uphold the Constitution? The supreme law of the land?

Yup, that’s it. It’s so simple; but these folks are hard to find due to “Special Interest Influence” and arm-twisting from the “Dark Side”.

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Why Rep. Wamp and Mayor Haslam can NOT be

Governor of TN!
[or who I’m (NOT) supporting for TN Governor]

The Davidson County (Nashville) Republican Party held our annual summer picnic Saturday (7/11); all of the Republican gubernatorial candidates were present. After speaking with each candidate individually I am still unsure who I am going to support, however there are definitely two of the candidates who have not only disqualified themselves, but should never hold and elected office again!

I‘ll start with Bill Haslam the Mayor of Knoxville.

In case you are unaware Mayor Haslam joined NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-gun coalition in an effort to curb crime in Knoxville. However Mayor Haslam then says that upon joining the coalition the leadership took a different direction and he withdrew from the organization. Fair enough and at the DCRP picnic Saturday 2nd Vice Chair Dan Davis and myself asked him about this issue. I wanted to hear the straight scoop directly from him in order to give him a chance to explain his actions before I decided.

Mayor Haslam discussed the story as I explained and he said his intention in the entire situation was simply to “stop the wrong people from having guns”.

I asked him “what kind of people are you referring to that you say shouldn’t have guns?”
And he responded with “felons, criminals, and those without a permit”.

Then I asked “so you believe we need a permit or permission to exercise a right guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment?
Mayor Haslam said “well, for handguns yes

That told me everything I needed to know; I thanked him for his time then I ended the conversation and Dan and I walked away.

What Mayor Haslam does not understand is that ONE DOES NOT NEED A PERMIT TO EXERCISE A RIGHT!!!
We have a right to bear arms that both the US and TN Constitutions guarantee shall not be infringed. Do we need a permit for free speech? Do we need a permit to print a newspaper? Do we need a permit to have a trial by jury? Do we need a permit to birth children? NO, of course not. Why? Because these activities are fundamental individual RIGHTS which cannot be taken away without due process (obviously those convicted of violent crimes should be denied their right to posses firearms). We do not need permission from the government to exercise our rights. If we have to ask permission, then it isn’t a right, it’s a privilege! Rights and privileges are opposites.

The idea that our right to self-defense, our right to bear arms, and that our right to buy/sell/own personal property is first contingent upon a governmental grant of approval is insulting to the very ideals of freedom on which the American Republic was founded. I suggest Mayor Haslam read the US and TN Constitutions because ignorance of both that magnitude and of that authoritarian mindset is dangerous to individual rights and to a free society. He is obviously unfit to govern if he cannot understand the simple and basic difference between rights and privileges.

(Upon edit apparently I am not the only one who takes issue with Mayor Haslam in this regard)

Continuing on to the other gubernatorial candidate, Zach Wamp, the US Congressman from Tennessee’s 3rd District.

Representative Wamp voted for the October ’09 bailout. Representative Wamp calls himself a conservative but one has to ask what is conservative about spending billions of nonexistent dollars, increasing the size/scope of the federal government, and voting against the US Constitution? As an aside it is worth noting that the bailout Representative Wamp voted for also included an audit of carbon emissions which laid the foundation for the coming cap-and-trade / carbon tax; next time you see him be sure to thank him for that.

All US Congressmen upon being seated are administered an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States”. Nowhere in Article 1 Section 8 of the US Constitution (the part that lists Congressional power) is the federal government given the authority to bail out banks, businesses, or mortgages. By voting for and supporting the bailout Congressman Wamp clearly violated his oath to support and defend the US Constitution. On those grounds alone he should be removed from office immediately, and personally I would like to see him, along with most of the rest of the members of Congress, either in jail or forced to perform restitution to those of us who are footing the bill for his unconstitutional action.

When one is entrusted with and given the awesome power to make laws governing the life and property of others, the abuse (or negligence) of that power is not only criminal, but amoral; Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary labels an individual “who betrays another’s trust or who is false to an obligation or duty” as a traitor. Does that denotative description fit Representative Wamp’s blatant violation of his oath?

Several DCRP officers and myself approached him near the conclusion of the Picnic because we wanted to discuss HR1207 (Audit the Federal Reserve Act). Representative Wamp extended his hand to me to shake it and I absolutely refused; I am not interested in being friendly towards those who violate the Constitution. To be fair he said that he was very supportive of HR1207 and that “we ought to do more than just audit the Fed….it’s the cause of a lot of our problems”. While I agree with the Congressman on that specific issue I honestly wanted to vocalize that the other cause of our problems were big-government Republicans acting like big-government Democrats such as himself. However in the spirit of, at minimum, being cordial, I held my tongue. But prior to walking away I did thank him for and told him I appreciated his support on HR1207. I still did not shake his hand.

Regardless of his support for a call of transparency in Auditing the Fed, the fact of the matter is that he broke the trust of the People of the United States by clearly violating his oath to uphold the US Constitution. One or multiple positive actions do not negate the fundamental premise of breaking the highest law in the land, usurping more power to the federal government, and going against one’s sworn oath. Even though Representative Wamp has called his vote for the bailout “a mistake” how can the voters continue to trust him after such a grossly grievous err in judgment especially considering the significance of the consequences resulting from his action?
At this point we have a candidate who has violated his oath, and another who is of the authoritarian mindset that the People need permission from the government before exercising their individual and guaranteed rights. I have 3 more candidates in the TN gubernatorial race to investigate before I decide who to support, hopefully at least 1 of the 3 will not disappoint me because the thought of voting for “none of the above” in the upcoming primary is extremely depressing– I refuse to vote for anyone who is going to increase government, or decrease liberty.

In conclusion it is prudent to ask if we attain smaller, more limited-government, more liberty, more personal freedoms, and less taxes by continuing to vote for elected officials that have broken our trust and ignore the Constitution? Should we reward politicians who take our money, our property, and our freedoms by elevating them to higher office? Should we continue to vote for more of the same? Upon a review of history, I think not. If the Republican Party, and ultimately the country, is going to restrain its government, we must vote for those who adhere to principles, not compromise them.

Matt Collins
principle before politics
Vice Chair Davidson County Republican Party
Vice Chair Republican Liberty Caucus of TN
Coordinator Davidson County Campaign for Liberty
Talk Radio Producer 99.7 WTN Nashville
Member America’s Future Foundation
Member Liberty on the Rocks

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Restore The Republic » Blog Archive » There is One Type of Total Gun Ban We Need, Jefferson Would Agree, and It’ll Bring Back 1776

July 9, 2009

Returning to 1776 is really in the article. Please read it before blowing a head gasket. I am a proponent of the entire Bill of Rights. The article is excellent food for thought (and action).

via Restore The Republic » Blog Archive » There is One Type of Total Gun Ban We Need, Jefferson Would Agree, and It’ll Bring Back 1776.

Video: Sheriff Mack-The Ultimate “Oath Keeper”

July 5, 2009

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLJgPuNAh60

Self-Defense-June 19, 2009

June 19, 2009

Dear Council Members,

I hope you are all having a restful and relaxing summer.  Even though I
have had conflicts which have caused me to miss the last couple of
Council meetings, I continue to follow developments in our community
through the media and I am as committed as ever to keeping our Town a
great place to live.

Let me begin by thanking you for holding the line on the Town budget and
avoiding a tax increase.  In a year when the economy is in deep
recession and properties are being reappraised by the county (leading to
a de facto tax increase for some citizens) it is more important than
ever for local government to live within its means.  You are to be
commended for tightening the Town’s belt rather than imposing a tax
increase on residents who would have a very difficult time coming up
with the money.

I would also like to thank you for asking the Planning Commission to
review the SROZ zoning put in place by your predecessors several years
ago.  There are good reasons why those council members were recalled.
One is the existence of the SROZ itself, but the second and more
important reason was the arrogant dismissal of the views of their
constituents on the part of those elected officials.  I trust you will
not fall into the same trap.

With that in mind, I would like to share with you my opinion on the bill
recently enacted by our General Assembly in Nashville regarding the
legalization of handgun carry by permit holders in state and local
parks.  Specifically, I strongly urge you not to exercise the “opt out”
provision that (in my opinion) was unwisely included by legislators.

As one of hundreds of thousands of Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit
holders (and one of hundreds in our community), I have demonstrated my
responsibility as a gun owner by taking and passing a state-approved
safety course including classroom instruction on the law as well as a
marksmanship test on the firing range.  I have also submitted to a
criminal background check and have been found to be responsible enough
to be trusted to carry a weapon for defensive purposes in public.  If I
am responsible enough to be approved to carry a weapon in Wal-Mart,
Pruett’s, or (now) O’Charley’s or Friday’s, I feel I am equally as
responsible to carry a weapon in any of our municipal parks.

While I think Signal Mountain’s parks are among the safest anywhere, and
I never feel threatened in our community, I feel the principle of
self-defense rights for law-abiding citizens is important to uphold
everywhere.  The shootings by a crazed gunman at Virginia Tech prove
that no place, however laid-back or pastoral, is immune to violence.  It
is an obvious fact that criminals and lunatics, paying no attention to
the law, will be armed wherever they go.  The only way that sane,
law-abiding citizens can even the odds is to reserve the right to arm
themselves as a deterrent and counterbalance to those who mean us harm.
Even though I rarely, if ever, feel the need to go armed in Signal
Mountain, I often pass through our local community – parks included – on
the way to other, less safe locations.  Disarming me – or other
law-abiding citizens – is not the way to increase overall liberty or safety.

As Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence and
our third President once said, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms
… disarm only those who are neither inclined or determined to commit
crimes.  Such laws only make things worse for the assaulted and better
for the assassins; they serve to encourage than to prevent homicides,
for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed
man.”  Jefferson was joined in his sentiments by our first President,
George Washington, who said “Firearms stand next in importance to the
Constitution itself.  They are the people’s liberty teeth (and) keystone
… the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable … more than 99%
of them [guns] by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane
hands.  The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil
interference [crime].  When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour.”

I know that Hamilton County, the city of Chattanooga, and Red Bank have
unfortunately moved to ban the legal possession of firearms in their
parks.  I know it will be politically tempting to follow their lead.
However, their actions are neither wise nor in keeping with the wisdom
of our Founders.  My copy of the Constitution does not say “right to
keep and bear arms, except for local parks.”  Criminals will be armed in
public parks regardless of the law.  I strongly urge you to resist the
knee-jerk impulse to ban legal weapons carry in local parks and uphold
the letter and the spirit of the Second Amendment in our community.

If you have any questions or would like to engage in a more thorough
discussion of this issue prior to acting (or preferably not acting) on
the issue, please feel free to contact me by return e-mail or by
telephone at 423-645-5599.  If there is any other service I can perform
for our community, please know that I am always happy to serve or
participate in any way I can.

Please accept my best wishes and my sincere thanks for your service to
our community.

Best regards,

Joe Dumas

Governor Bredesen Needs To Study The Constitution Of Tennessee And The Constitution Of The United States-June 17, 2009

June 17, 2009

The Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act

Though I’m glad the Governor didn’t veto Tennessee’s Senate override of the Governor’s veto of SB 1796, he places too much credence in believing the “Less-Powerful” federal government has free rein and control over products “Made in Tennessee” when there is no “Interstate Commerce” involved in the production of said products. His arrogant loss is our gain.

Here’s a little reminder to our Governor… He should be familiar with it; he took an “Oath” to protect and defend the Constitution of Tennessee and the Constitution of the United States-respectively.

9th & 10th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States:

  • Ninth Amendment – Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

politics.nashvillepost.com/tag/tennessee-firearms-freedom-act/

More Draconian Unconstitutional Proposals-May 23, 2009

May 23, 2009

wearechangecoloradosprings.org/blog/?p=594

More Draconian Legislation In The Works – HR 1259-May 09, 2009

May 10, 2009

www.infowars.com/house-bill-aims-to-strip-rightwing-extremists-of-second-amendment-right/