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Kathryn M. DeLong
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran
Texas State Sen. Glenn Heger
John R. Bolton
Former Ambassador John R. Bolton suggested in a speech at the NRA convention that President Barack Obama is laying the foundation to push a multi-faceted gun control agenda if he is reelected in just about 17 months.
Bolton is a former CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month.
Bolton was U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security during the Bush Administration. Bolton fought successfully against attempts to circumvent Americans’ Second Amendment rights through international agreements.
In his speech Bolton accused the Obama administration of trying to use its own failures in the struggle against Mexican drug cartels as an excuse or pretext for promoting more restrictive gun control on law-abiding American citizens.
“We can understand that, as he (Obama) likes to say, he’s playing the long game, and that ‘leading from behind’ means waiting until he’s elected to a second term when he faces no further political constraints and his true agenda can come to the floor,” declared Bolton. “And I believe right at the top of it is (to) increase gun control at the federal level and at the international level.”
Bolton discussed the collapse of public order in Mexico. He fears that may spread across our southern border. He referred to estimates of 35,000 to 40,000 drug-related homicides in the last five years in Mexico. He noted how dangerous tourist areas have become. He noted also recent State Department tourist warnings.
“If it weren’t for our demand,” he opined, “the supply wouldn’t be there and the drug cartels wouldn’t be there. But the (Obama) administration in as cynical a political move as I think we’ve seen in Washington in a long time – and that’s saying something – is using this crisis in Mexico and the use of drugs in our own country not to combat the illicit narcotics but to use it as a foundation to argue for stricter gun controls at the federal level in our country.”
He said that, “When they do talk about what’s happening in Mexico, our White House follows the Mexican line by saying that the real problem of drug-related violence in Mexico is caused by guns that have come illegally across the United States-Mexican border.”
He said, “This is something that is music to the ears of gun control advocates in this country, because they can say, ‘See, actually, it’s our lack of gun controls, our lack of enforcement, that’s the real cause of the problem. So stiffer gun controls in the United States will solve the problem of drug violence in Mexico and prevent it from coming here.”
While admitting that some guns used by the Mexico gangs come from the U.S., Bolton said “the bulk of those guns” come from corrupt police and military officials or from the international weapons market.
“The idea that what’s going on in Mexico is somehow our fault because of lax gun control laws here is exactly the kind of subterfuge that the Obama administration would like to carry forward in the near future to get stronger gun control laws here,” Bolton said. “It will provide a foundation for their argument (on) why the United States will have to enter into, in short order, the United Nations-negotiated small arms treaty.”
Chuck Norris is the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month for May.
In nominating the celebrity for the award, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, indicated reasons for selecting Norris.
“Chuck has distinguished himself in a variety of fields,” said Snyder. “He has become a stalwart and incisive defender of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms in print and electronic media. He is an articulate and popular proponent of gun rights. He surely deserves a CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award.”
In a recent column, Chuck Norris wrote, “I am a strong Second Amendment advocate. I believe in protecting our fundamental rights, including our Second Amendment rights, through the political process.”
In trying to operate through that political process, Norris issued a warning. He warned that now, “Obama Triangulates on Gun Control.”
In elucidating his meaning, Norris noted that, “The 2012 election now looms large for this administration. Even while the president’s top aides are deserting the White House to staff up his campaign office, those left behind seem to be working from a mandate to begin patrolling the divided Democratic base.
“Up until now, the Obama White House had given a wide berth to the gun control debate, abandoning campaign promises to pursue new restrictions on gun rights. This avoidance does not reflect any shift in position; it is merely recognition of the political reality that most members of his party have no interest in having yet another political loser of an issue crammed down their throats.”
This situation is undergoing a change, Norris thinks. “Those in Obama’s liberal base have grown restless and rancorous over his first two years in office because he hasn’t done everything they’ve wanted, at least regarding more restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. They resent the president’s avoidance of fulfilling his campaign rhetoric.
“Gun control groups have thrown tantrums for months that Obama wouldn’t champion their agenda, with one group resentfully awarding him an F. So only now is Obama sticking his toes into the swirling currents of the Second Amendment debate.”
Norris noted the Obama “campaign kicked off in the Arizona Daily Star, with a subtle op-ed that was intentionally vague. The words could be read as a broad endorsement of proposed gun control measures; they also could be read as embracing the mantra that enforcement of current laws is what’s needed. But Obama’s attempt to place himself at the center of an ideological divide over guns is pure political positioning, and it comes with the rank odor of cold, crass calculation. One can almost hear the tearing of another page from the Clinton playbook.
“One thing he definitely got wrong, however, was his arrogant statement that he had ‘expanded’ the rights of gun owners. The Bill of Rights is guaranteed and can’t be ‘expanded’ by government, as it contains fundamental natural rights. Those rights can, however, be restricted by illegitimate government fiat, which is why the clear language of the Second Amendment prohibits even ‘infringement’ upon it. But infringement is clearly on the agenda, despite Obama’s rhetorical vacillations.”
Chuck Norris felt that intended future Obama infringement was evident. He wrote, “Implementation of the goals set forth in his article came via phone calls from Justice Department operatives seeking to arrange a series of ‘active listening’ meetings for groups on both sides of the gun control debate, as well as industry companies and groups. The proposed meetings were intended to develop an agenda of new legislative and regulatory proposals for the White House to embrace and push in Congress.”
Norris has starred in more than 20 major motion pictures. His television series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which completed its run 10 years ago after eight full seasons, was the most successful Saturday night series on CBS since “Gunsmoke.”
He starred in such films as “Delta Force” and “Missing in Action.”
He is a New York Times best-selling author of two books, including the 2004 autobiographical “Against All Odds.”
Chuck Norris first made his mark as a renowned teacher of martial arts. He was a six-times undefeated world middleweight karate champion. He is the first man from the Western Hemisphere in the more than 4,500-year tradition of tae kwon do to be awarded an eighth-degree black belt grand master ranking.
He thinks “our Founders ratified a Second Amendment as a right and defense for all Americans.”
Sen. Charles E. Grassley
Oklahoma State Senator Steve Russell
Congressman Denny Rehberg
Congressman Denny Rehberg of Montana is the recipient of the CCRKBA February Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award.
In nominating Rep. Rehberg for the Award, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, said “this Congressman is taking a leading role in trying to prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) from assuming power and using it to impose upon law-abiding firearm dealers unwarranted burdens in the operations of their businesses.
“The BATFE action is a bureaucratic attempt to undermine the Second Amendment by encumbering firearms dealers with more red tape. By fighting the BATFE on this, Congressman Rehberg is rendering a real service to law-abiding American gun owners. It means that he certainly deserves to be named CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month.”
In December, 2010, the Second Amendment community was upset to learn that BATFE was moving to require federally licensed firearms retailers to report multiple sales of modern sporting rifles. BATFE wants to require that firearms retailers report multiple sales or other dispositions of two or more over .22 caliber semiautomatic rifles that are capable of accepting a detachable magazine and are purchased by the same individual within five consecutive business days.
Although a report in The Washington Post suggested that the mandate would be limited to retailers along the Southwest border, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) pointed out that BATFE’s Federal Register Notice did not limit the geographic scope of the reporting requirement.
In fact, the BATFE “emergency” mandate originally was published more than a year ago by the gun-grabbing Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition under the control of anti-gun Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. Although the newspaper reported that the Department of Justice “languished” over the plan for several months, it was hard to see from where the “emergency” came, as NSSF noted. It really looked like BATFE was taking orders from MAIG.
Congressman Rehberg stated that, “While we’ve managed to stop gun control efforts in Congress, the Obama administration wants to circumvent the legislative process altogether in order to force its anti-gun policies on the American people. Beyond the economic burden of more paperwork for gun dealers, this rule is predicated on the incorrect assumption that buying multiple guns is a questionable activity that warrants a red flag for government attention. This is the exact mindset that proponents of the Second Amendment feared when an anti-gun Chicago politician moved into the White House. I’ll keep fighting to make sure the federal government respects all of our constitutional rights.”
Rep. Rehberg organized a bipartisan statement with 33 congressional co-signers declaring that, “We cross a line when the federal government starts keeping tabs on citizens who are exercising their constitutional rights in a completely legal manner. This isn’t about partisanship or politics – this is about standing up for liberty.”
His office indicated that, “Unlike previous efforts to register firearm purchases, this emergency information request can be implemented without any congressional action whatsoever.”
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Congressman Rehberg and the others noted that the BATFE “request asks the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve an information collection that would require federally licensed firearm dealers to report the sales of two or more semiautomatic rifles to the same customer within a five-day period…We are strongly opposed to this request by the ATF, and to any further efforts to regulate the sale of firearms through emergency notices and paperwork changes that have not been properly vetted by Congress or by the affected public.
“Implementing the ATF’s proposal would subject firearms dealers and their customers to new, onerous requirements that would inevitably track and catalogue the purchases of law-abiding gun owners. And while Congress has authorized multiple sales reporting for handguns, we have never extended this authority to other types of firearms.
“Expanding this power by executive decree would be an end run around Congress.
“Under current law, the ATF already has extensive powers to inspect the sales records of firearms dealers and investigate suspicious transactions. We encourage your administration to reconsider this ill-conceived change to the reporting requirements, and instead utilize the ATF’s existing authority to ensure that firearms dealers are in compliance with the law.”
Throughout history, America
has been blessed with the patriotic
services and commitment of individuals
who, even though affected
adversely by a physical disability,
have rendered through determination
and dedication, great service to
This is the case in the ongoing
battle to protect and preserve the
individual Second Amendment
civil right of law-abiding American
citizens to keep and bear arms with
St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt
Hofmann, the CCRKBA Gun Rights
Defender of the Month.
In nominating Kurt Hoffman
for the CCRKBA Gun
Rights Defender of the Month
Award, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA
Public Affairs Director, pointed
out that, “For some time now, Kurt
has been writing a regular internet
examiner column. In his writings,
he shows the fallacies behind the
thinking of gun grabbers, often with
rapier-like sarcasm. He shows how
anti-gun advocates will use any
smidgen of false interpretation in
attempting to promote an anti-gun
“A former paratrooper, Kurt was
paralyzed in a car accident in 2002.
He says that the helplessness inherent
to confinement to a wheelchair
prompted him to explore armed
self-defense. When he found out
that certain political entities in the
country deny the right of armed selfdefense,
he was inspired to become
involved in gun rights advocacy.
Now he writes a gun rights internet
blog, Armed and Safe. He surely
deserves recognition as CCRKBA Gun
Rights Defender of the Month.”
One of Hofmann’s anti-gun literary
targets is the Violence Policy Center
In a recent column, Hofmann
wrote he felt “compelled to point out
the utter absence of logic in” a VPC
statement. “The fact that nothing in
the District of Columbia’s homicide
stats provides much reason for faith
in the efficacy of gun bans in reducing
violence, thus forcing the VPC
to instead concentrate on suicides, is
Kurt was criticizing VPC for supporting
anti-gun policies in the District
of Columbia as a means of reducing
rates of suicide when homicide data
show that draconian anti-gun policies
do not reduce rates of homicide.
“I utterly reject the contemptible
scare tactics used by citizen disarmament
advocates – ‘Only gun control
will save you from crackheads and
gangbangers,’ or, ‘Only gun control
will save you from angry, white gun
nuts,’ or, ‘Only gun control will save
you from terrorists,’ etc., but at least
such Chicken Little fear mongering
tacitly acknowledges that part of the
problem is evil people, who commit
evil acts, with guns,” he stated.
“But,” he continued, with the VPC
attempt to connect tough gun laws
with a reduction in suicide, “we are
apparently being told that only gun
control will save Washington, D.C.
residents from themselves. If I were
a D.C. resident, I would have trouble
not taking that as a rather harsh insult,
implying that only through the noble
efforts of the benign D.C. officials
am I being prevented from offing
myself. How blessed D.C. residents
must feel to have such paragons of
wisdom watching over them.
“While the VPC defends the District
of Columbia for supposedly protecting
residents from themselves, we
are apparently expected to ignore
the fact D.C.’s laws prevent citizens
from protecting themselves (despite
the well-known fact that police are
under no obligation to provide the
protection that citizens are denied
from providing themselves.)”
Hofmann takes literary aim at the
attack on firearms as a mental health
concern, stating that, “Support for
draconian gun policies has long been
prevalent in the health care profession…
“And with health care reform
moving in the direction of putting
the federal government in charge of
the purse strings involved in paying
for medical care, what’s to stop an
anti-gun administration (the kind
of administration, for example, that
would pick Eric Holder for Attorney
General, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena
Kagan for the Supreme Court, and
Andrew Taver as head of the BATFE)
from putting some rather effective
back-channel pressure on the mental
health care folks, to come up with a
diagnosis that calls for a prescription
“Efforts to frame the gun control
debate as a public health issue are
well underway, as are the gun ban
lobby’s efforts to recruit the medical
profession to their side,” Kurt stated.
“Expect those efforts to continue, and