We all know what happened in the Senate yesterday. Now is no time to get down. To the contrary, it’s time to get loud. We must fight the apathy and do what we can do to stop this Manchin-Toomey fiasco from making it to the President’s desk. The D.C. Clothesline has been following Steve Stockman’s plans for a couple of weeks and he seems to be our best bet to defeat the Manchin-Toomey legislation. Let’s quote a Stockman press release from April 10, 2013:
Congressman Steve Stockman Wednesday reinforced his intentions to use a “blue slip” to kill any Senate anti-gun bill that contains expanded background checks.
Stockman will also deliver U-Haul gift cards to the offices of Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan and Max Baucus should they vote for the package, to help with move-out expenses after they are defeated by voters in 2014.
“A requirement to make citizens submit to a background check imposes a tax. Such legislation cannot originate in the Senate. The bill is automatically unconstitutional,” said Stockman.
“Constitutional rights don’t require permission slips. If you infringe upon the Second Amendment’s absolute protections, you will be removed from office,” said Stockman. “The language of the Second Amendment is perhaps the starkest and most absolute in the Constitution. ‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ That means any obstacle whatsoever is strictly prohibited. The right to keep and bear arms cannot even be approached.”
“Criminals nationwide are applauding Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey,” said Stockman. “Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey want to give the federal government the name and address of everyone who buys a gun. They want to turn our entire country into Chicago.”
“Of the 1.5 million background checks conducted in 2010, only 13 criminals were caught and jailed but hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens were denied self-protection because of administrative errors and false matches,” said Stockman. “Background checks lead to confiscation from law-abiding citizens and more crime from criminals. ”
The Manchin-Toomey anti-gun compromise reportedly would mandate background for gun sales at gun shows and over the Internet, despite the well-documented fact criminals don’t look to gun shows or Internet sales for guns.
A “blue slip” is a resolution that automatically returns to the Senate any bill that violates the “origination clause” of the United States Constitution. The origination clause states “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”
Blue slip resolutions are immediately considered as a matter of constitutional privilege, are debatable for an hour and are not subject to amendment.
According to The Heritage Foundation, background check mandates imposes a new tax by forcing individuals to pay for background checks when selling or giving away a firearm. The mandate to use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System does not provide a service to the buyer or seller but to the government, making it a tax.
Additionally, the Supreme Court ruled last year in NFIB v. Sebelius that mandating citizens to pay for a service can be construed to be a tax, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion expanding the federal definition of a tax.
This Bill should have never been introduced in the Senate. It is unconstitutional to do so for a variety of reasons that go beyond the obvious. For the gun owners of this country it is gut check time. We can sit and watch and hope that Stockman can convince House Republicans to support a blue slip resolution.
Apathy is what has taken us to this point.
What we need to do is rally behind Steve Stockman. We need to get on the phone and send emails to our local Representatives now. This is urgent. Unless we apply the pressure that Stockman needs us to apply then we deserve whatever hand we are dealt. We witnessed 16 Republican Senators showing their true colors on Thursday and we can not afford to see the same thing happen in The House of Representatives.
Make it clear to your Representative that you are aware that the Manchin-Toomey legislation is a violation of the “Origination Clause.” We must remember that a good number of our Representatives have egos and they are well aware that this was their Bill to introduce. The Senate has overstepped its bounds and House Reps know it. We must also be aware that politics can be a dirty game and there may be more RINO’s lining up and waiting to vote to pass this unconstitutional measure.
The best thing we can do is rally to help Steve Stockman. If you can pass this article along it would be very helpful, because quite honestly not many publications tend to write about Stockman and our readership is not very large (about 10,000 readers a day). We have share buttons below for a wide variety of social media outlets. But even if you can not do that, please take the time to apply the pressure that is badly needed to your own Representatives (Democrat or Republican). This is not a partisan issue. The Senate violated Constitutional Law and some Democrats may be convinced to take that stance as well.
If we do not hold our Representatives accountable they will surely do what they want. We need to make sure that the pressure to defeat it or reject it is much greater than the pressure to pass Manchin-Toomey. That is the only way we can win. Winning in Washington D.C. is all about leverage. We must make them fear for their jobs. Tell them that if they do not support Stockman then you will not support them in the next election. Be nice about it, but make sure this is clear.
You know what you have to do. This is your time to show some fight. If this measure passes then who knows what we will find in the fine print. We have all seen that far too many times in recent years.
Your fellow Americans and a bold Congressman from Texas’ 36th District are counting on you to get loud.
We will not submit to any more attempts to infringe on our 2nd Amendment Rights. This is not negotiable. We will deal with the RINO Senators later. Now it’s time to focus our efforts on the here and now. Get on that phone or send that email. NOW!!!
The Right to Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed! Period!