"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- JP Curran, 1790

Monday, February 16, 2009

H.R. 17 - Citizen's Self-Defense Act of 2009

Rep. Bartlett (R-MD) has introduced the Citizen's Self-Defense Act of 2009 to the House, but as of now it's only moved through the House Committee on the Judiciary by moving to the subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, where it will surely never achieve the votes necessary to go to a full floor vote. Here's why: there are 9 Democrats and 6 Republicans on the subcommittee (see for yourself).

This is a bill that states that police cannot protect citizens (they merely draw an outline on your body after you've been murdered) and it mentions that there are thousands of gun crimes where the police do not respond for an hour or more after a 9-1-1 call. Common sense, while common on this website, is far from common in Congress, but this bill is the exception to that rule. The bill specificies that shotguns, rifles, and handguns can be used in the defense of family or property. Here's an excerpt:

(a) Reaffirmation of Right- A person not prohibited from receiving a firearm by Section 922(g) of title 18, United States Code, shall have the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms--
(1) in defense of self or family against a reasonably perceived threat of imminent and unlawful infliction of serious bodily injury;
(2) in defense of self or family in the course of the commission by another person of a violent felony against the person or a member of the person's family; and
(3) in defense of the person's home in the course of the commission of a felony by another person.

Citizens, write directly to the Chairman, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) to encourage him to send this bill out of the committee and on to a full floor vote today! Write Rep. Scott here.

Let them know that we are Americans, and we will not sit and watch our God-given freedoms be flushed down the toilet.

--J.Dallas Brooks

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1 comment:

  1. When you read this, it sounds like a reasonable act to be passed. It allows people to enact their second amendment rights and gives them a sense of responsibility. However when I read this I think that it puts the people in a position of power that not all can handle. It gives the average citizen the same powers and justifications police officers have when handling weapons, a responsibility they may not be able to handle. It puts too much trust in a single person's judgment; something that can vary from person to person in an entirely unpredictable way. I am neither for nor against this bill; I know that it was introduced awhile ago and may have died by now, but I just felt that I should mention this.


I believe in the 1st Amendment. Say whatever you want. If you're a moron, I may point that out...if I have time. :P

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