I have never been so proud of my Senator. Beautifully said Senator. Laws like
the ones being proposed right now only effect law abiding citizens. Which
means, if they are passed it will force 60 million Americans to make a choice.
We must set aside our rights in order to remain law abiding citizens, or we must
become criminals in order to keep our second amendment rights. Is a
law that puts the people in this kind of catch 22 ever a good thing? I think
I like Senator Lee he isn't afraid to stand alone for what he thinks is
right. I also like that he and I see eye to eye most of the time.
What about my rights as a citizen to be able to send my child to school and be
safe and my right to go to a movie theater and be safe? Why does your right to
bear arms come before my right to be safe .
It offends me that the politicians in Utah continue to pander to the wayward
fringe of their base that is not part of, nor represents mainstream America. All
things in our society have limits, mostly based on common sense. With every
aspect of freedom, comes responsibility. I have no qualms with those that want
to own guns. I do, however, have a problem with those citizens, especially
politicians, that use a very literal and outdated interpretation of the 2nd
Amendment as a means of perpetuating a culture based on no limits. Mike
Lee's stance on gun control is a political prop used to create fear and
paranoia by waging a huge information campaign. Nobody is coming to take your
guns away. The majority of Americans just want common sense restrictions and
regulations in place to keep gun ownership exclusive to those that are
responsible enough to bear that right. And Senator Lee's continual
criticism of the federal government seems a bit hypocritical, considering that
he is an integral part of it.
The critical and missing element here is trust. Obama says his proposals are not
intended to violate the right to keep and bear arms under the 2nd Amendment. Why
should we believe him? He has squandered his credibility on a host of issues.
His attorney general made a speech back in the '90s where he said he'd
like to put guns into the same category as cigarettes -- taxed and shamed out of
existence. He is close to Mayor Bloomberg and numerous others who want guns gone
-- period. I don't trust Obama on any issue any more -- why should anyone
“....the Constitution was not written to maximize the convenience of the
government. It was written to protect the liberty of the people....”______________________________We're in trouble if
that’s an example of the perceptive insight from a sitting Senator touted
as a world class authority on American history and the Constitution. If Senator
Lee was half the authority some in here wish to believe he is, he would know
that the Constitution is a framework for a strong central government without
provision for liberty and that the Bill of Rights was tacked on as an
afterthought several months after adjournment of the Philadelphia convention by
a Congress desperate to win ratification.Senator Lee’s only
obvious familiarity with the concept of liberty seems to be the liberty he takes
in interpreting history in this shrill alarmist diatribe.
The Deseret News reader comments are invaluable. Without them I wouldn't
have realized that the readers know more about the Constitution than Sen. Mike
Lee, who was elected on the false premise that he knows a great deal about
constitutional law from his background as a constitutional lawyer in Utah and
Washington DC and as a law clerk for current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sammy
Alito. His late father, Rex Lee, founder of the BYU law school and former
Solicitor General of our nation, obviously did a poor job of passing on his
knowledge to son Mikey. Thank you, dear readers, for enlightening me on this.
I should also point out my support for universal background checks
for anybody who wishes to express their freedom of the press or freedom of
speech. Since the pen is mightier than the sword (or the keyboard mightier than
the AR15), it's incumbent upon us a nation to ensure that people who
brandish weapons of words verify their capability to employ logic as well as
certify their knowledge of history and current events.
The Scientist: You can call me whatever you want, but if a conservative means
all the things you said they were for, then I am not a conservative. I am not a
libertarian either. I believe in exactly what the founders wrote the
constitution to mean, protection for me in my individual rights and a limited
government. I have always considered myself conservative and I have never stood
for the federal government's involvement in the issues you stated. As far
as I'm concerned the democrats and republicans, you name the issue, have
thrown in with big government. What imaginary colossus or politically correct
issue can you bring up next?
Senator Lee has issued a concise summary on the meaning of our
Constitution's 2nd Amendment. It is a beautifully written piece. Of course
we see many writing about what gun control means to American citizens but
Senator Lee has given it a fresh touch that brings it to life. He covers the
basic points we all must study and know by heart and treats the issue with what
is an evident respect for the founders intent. We have all grieved over the
tragedies of Sandy Hook and Aurora but those who understand history's
lessons know that in attempting to rectify these tragedies we must not risk
It seems like very little root cause analysis was done by politicians to
determine the causes of gun violence. If you take away the guns, the killers
still remain. These people who do not respect human life may suffer from mental
illness, poor role-models or lack of values training during childhood, etc., and
nothing is being done to combat these problems. Politicians who attempt to
enforce gun control are using bad medicine to treat a symptom of the cancer
while ignoring the 80lb tumor causing the sickness. Since many murders occur in
poverty stricken areas where unemployment and single-parent household numbers
are high, it would seem that building strong family units, creating a favorable
environment for job creation and having available high-quality medical care
would do more for Americans' safety and well-being than limiting which
firearms they are allowed to purchase.
"All of you commenting on how government is only seeking to curtail gun
violence by passing universal background checks need to read some
history...income tax...social security...affordable care act..."Yes, let's look at history. Conservatives are so confused.The
most vocal moral crusaders of today are Christian conservatives, who deploy
government power against all sorts of perceived wrongs: sexual trafficking, AIDS
in Africa, gay unions, poor parenting, teen sex, indecent television, abortion,
and euthanasia, etc.Conservatives see nothing wrong with channeling
$2 billion of public money to religious charities, as the Bush administration
boasted.They have no problem spending government money to promote
sexual abstinence, or with telling parents in government literature that a gay
child probably needs therapy. They disparage Science, question the teaching of
evolution, and pharmacists are allowed to refuse prescriptions for contraception
on "religious grounds."Bismarck in Germany ("social
security") and Disraeli in Britain are their "conservative" examples
from the 19th century, using imperial foreign policy, domestic paternalism, and
religious piety to cement new majorities to get elected at all cost. In America,
it was the abolitionist/temperance campaigns, Jim Crow laws, and a
Constitutional Amendment to forbid drinking alcohol!
Homebrew,It would be nice if you learned how to use "spell check".
Also "gerrymander" does not apply to Senators because they are elected
by state wide elections, with exception of those Democrat controlled states that
bus in outsiders to vote for their candidate.
To Ronald Keyser & er al,For your information criminals do not buy
guns at guns shows or any other legal source. They buy them on the black market
and steal them. Just last month a friend in San Diego had his home burgled
while he was out of town. The thieves stole his gun safe with several rifles,
shotguns and handguns securely locked away. There are also many people who will
satisfy the demand for guns by illegally selling guns to criminals and would be
criminals knowingly that the guns will be used in criminal activity.We have drug laws and prisons full of drug offenders and there are more drugs
on the street than ever before and it is obvious that law enforcement can't
control something that is far more destructive than guns.Something
that all mass murderers have in common is mental instability and most, if not
all, have been prescribed psychotropic drugs. Guns don't kill people,
deranged people kill people.
There are only two questions to this debate.1. How many legally
owned guns are used by their legal owner to harm someone? A legal owner is
someone who has met their state's requirements to own a firearm.2.
How many illegally possessed guns are used to harm someone?If the
number in question one is the greater number, we need more gun control. If the
number in question two is greater, we need more effective enforcement of
existing laws.If this country spends more on making new laws when it
can't enforce existing ones, we have a problem. With prisons that are
overcrowded, criminals are being let out without serving their full sentences,
the police on the streets can't respond in time to many crimes in progress,
emphasis needs to be placed on fixing those glaring problems.Most
people don't realize that about the same number of people are killed on
average in the US in school bus accidents as those killed in mass shootings
All of you commenting on how government is only seeking to curtail gun violence
by passing universal background checks need to read some history. Study up on
how the income tax was passed and where we are now, study social security and
what its status is now and study what Obama said about the "affordable care
act" and what it is already costing us without full implementation. Adam
Lanza murdered his mother and stole guns. Go to Chicago and see how many of
those guns used in the 500 murders were purchased legally, NONE! So how is
limiting the rights of law abiding citizens going to stop one more incident like
these. Evil will always carry out its desire. Criminals dont obey laws so making
up one more or a thousand more will not stop evil. Murder has been illegal since
the dawn of time, to use the words of Hilary what difference does it make what
tool was used to accomplish it. Our forefathers new exactly what they were doing
when they created the 2nd amendment, it was created for this time in history
when a government bent on tyranny would come to power!
Senator Lee: Thank you for that concise, well-written and spot-on commentary on
the Second Amendment, what it means, and what those who attack and oppose it are
all about. Your words ought to be cast in bronze and set for all to see in the
National Archives. And, thank you for your courage in the face of constant
criticism from those who oppose your commitment to defend the Constitution- no
matter what. And thank you for your sacrifice, your time, your fortune, your
sacred honor and your strength to stand up for what you believe, and for what
those of us who comprise the majority in the state of Utah believe, and that is
that America was founded on principles of freedom and liberty, and you defend
those principles against all odds. May you continue to have the strength to
stand and fight, even when it may seem that all is lost. All is not lost, even
if you are the last man standing. Let us help you stand, because you continue to
work for what you promised the voters of Utah that you would do, and you are
doing just that
@pragmatistferlife:"I still think Utah needs a comprehensive overhaul
of it's reading comprehension program. The constitution guarantees the
'right' to [keep and] bear arms, and says that 'right' will
not be infringed."So far, so good..."It
doesn't prevent the government from restricting or regulating what guns are
owned or even produced for public consumption, and it surely doesn't
guarantee a completely unregulated process of gun ownership and use."Think of it this way... under your theory, the government could
legislate the right to keep and bear arms down to a simple, harmless pea shooter
toy... without peas, not less.The fact that the right to keep and
bear arms is in the Constitution is so that the government couldn't fiddle
with it... as governments are wont to do."As long as a
restriction or regulation doesn't diminish the overall 'right to bear
arms' it's constitutional..."If the Constitution
writers wanted the government to modify the 'right' they would've
made provision. They didn't. Because they knew how governments like to
strip rights away. They must've envisioned Hitler's day.The proper action for the government is to amend the Amendment.
The problem with todays attempts at gun control, is that people believe their
rights of self defense are being put at risk because of the misdeeds of other
people. People are generally willing to pay for their own misdeeds, but to be
asked to give up a basic human right because of what others have done is
something most people would resist amd rightfully so.If those
offended by gun violence would go back to square one, brain storm of ways to
accomplish their goal, without holding innocent law abiding people responsible
for the misdeeds of others, progress could be made.I won't list
specifics here of what could be done, people own ideas more when they feel they
"Some believe that the Amendment's phrase "the right of the people
to keep and bear Arms" creates an individual right for U.S. citizens. Under
this "individual right theory," the Constitution restricts legislative
bodies from prohibiting firearm possession, or renders prohibitory and
restrictive regulation presumptively unconstitutional. Other scholars point to
the prefatory language "a well regulated Militia" to argue that the
Framers intended to restrict Congress from legislating away a state's right
to self-defense. Scholars have come to call this theory "the collective
rights theory." A collective rights theory asserts that citizens do not have
an individual right to possess guns legislative bodies therefore possess the
authority to regulate firearms without implicating a constitutional right. In 1939 the U.S. Supreme Court considered the matter in U.S. v. Miller.
The Court adopted a collective rights approach in this case, determining that
Congress could regulate a sawed-off shotgun under the National Firearms Act of
1934. The Court explained that the Framers included the Second Amendment to
ensure the effectiveness of the military.This precedent stood for nearly
70 years until 2008, D.C. v Heller."(Cornell Law School)
Government at all levels has diligently tried to eradicate the knowledge that,
in the U.S., ALL government powers were granted to them by WE THE PEOPLE . It
is ENTIRELY up to WE THE PEOPLE whether or not WE choose to let government
retain it power OR establish governments more in keeping with OUR beliefs.
It is great to see so many posters supporting Senator Lee, and justly so. He
articulated the issue so well, and he is on the correct side of this, and so
many other issues. Yeah all the regulars are here, with their usual
dribble, but all the new or rare posters, you give me hope that there are still
masses who care about freedom.Nice work Senator Lee! Keep it up!
Americans can own any kind of firearm they want; almost. The FEDERAL government
does not BAN any type of firearm, but they do put strict controls on them. States ban or restrict certain firearms like machineguns, cannons, silencers
and short barreled rifles or shotguns.The federal government divides
firearms into two categories; title 1 and title 2. Title 1 guns are
ordinary rifles, handguns and shotguns. Title 2 guns are machineguns,
silencers, shortbarreled guns, and destructive devices (greater than
½” bore, and bombs). The National Firearms Act of 1934 controls the
possession of machineguns and other title 2 firearms.Title 2 guns
are NOT banned, but in order for a person to buy them, they must submit the
required registration forms to the ATF. There are hefty fines ($500,000) and
jailtime (25 years) for those who do not comply.In May of 1986 REAGAN
signed a bill into law that prohibited the registration of new machine guns for
civilian use. Machine guns can now only be sold to licensed dealers or
government agencies (FBI, US Army etc). Machineguns registered before May 1986
can be sold to anyone that lives in a state where they not banned.
Well I think we learned a lot today.We learned that an AR15 will
totally defend you from a government with F-22's and Reaper DronesWe learned the 2nd ammendment says "The rights of the people to keep and
bear arms shall not be infringed" ...and there is nothing before that
statement. We learned that "shall not be infringed" means
the rights of ALL people (Convicted Felons, loons) to own any type of arms
(Machine Guns, RPG's) "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" And we
learned Scalia is a "Liberal"
Here is another history lesson for you all. Back in 1934, people were able to
buy chain machine guns. Guess how many mass shootings they had in 1934? ZERO.
Background checks will only bring about the 2nd coming of Al Capone. The Gun
Manufacturers will just sell firearms to those who can't pass a background
check, on the black market and it will be more violent than ever before. These
people who sell the Guns, will grow very rich and buy off anybody who wants to
Mike Lee has his interpretation of history. I have mine. I don't see why
the framers of the Constitution would have said "a well-regulated
militia" if what they actually meant was a well-armed mob. With so many in
here sharing Lee's view of history, I shudder to think what they're
not teaching in school these days.
I commend Senator Lee for his correct assessment of history and the purposes of
gun control legislation, regardless of what the history revisionists and
gun-grabbing progressives have commented to the contrary. The
irreducible challenge the Second Amendment poses to gun restrictionists is that
it does not bestow upon the people a right they previously lacked. It proscribes
the government from infringing upon a right the people already have. It is not
that the people are allowed to arm. It is that the government is disallowed to
disarm them.The key fallacy of gun control laws is that such laws do
not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people
bent on violence find firearms readily available.Liberty allows good
people to do good and pursue happiness. It also allows bad people the ability
to pursue their nefarious course, for which there are just laws and punishments
inflicted for the violations of these laws ONCE THEY ARE BROKEN…not
before. Every act of government restricts in some way the liberty
of the people. Careful deliberation is therefore required before the force of
government is used to restrict liberty. Liberty, once lost, is lost
What all the naysayers are saying is they don't want senators following the
constitution, in my life (58) I have never seen such a srict constitutionalist.
The founding fathers would be delighted in seeing Mike Lees character and his
steadfast determination to do the right thing I for one am grateful that he
represents me. By the way senators are just people and as human beings are want
to do, make mistakes!!!
I think people should be able to own as many guns as they want, just as people
can own as many cars as they want. But the true cost of guns should be paid by
the gun owners just as the cost of automobiles are paid by car owners. I am
tired of paying for the cost of gun violence (our emergency rooms are full of
gun-related injuries). Therefore, if you own a gun you should buy an insurance
policy to cover any mayhem that may occur as a result of that gun being in
existence. Just as the cost of automobiles is spread over car owners, the cost
of guns should be spread over gun owners.
"There is no room for interpretation. It says 'the right of the people
to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' That means
everybody."..I still think Utah needs a comprehensive overhaul of it's
reading comprehension program. The constitution guarantees the "right"
to bear arms, and says that "right" will not be infringed. It
doesn't prevent the governmnent from restricting or regulating what guns
are owned or even produced for public consumption, and it surely doesn't
guarantee a completely unregulated process of gun ownership and use. As long as
a restriction or regulation doesn't diminish the overall "right" to
bear arms it's constitutional, and that's why we currently have
Supreme Court supported restrictions on guns, and all you any gun, any time, any
where, for anyone crowd are just plain wrong. Restrictions on who
can purchase guns, size of magazines, and even specific weapons does not
"infringe" on the "right" to bear arms. It's still there
just regulated..oh yea and that word regulated is in there too..right?
To "LDS Liberal" unfortunately we don't have any common sense
legislation being proposed in Washington. The problem that we face with the
mass murders is a mental health problem, and the politicians are going after the
guns.What they are doing is like taking away an alcholic's
credit or debt card as a means to make them stop. It does nothing to address
the underlying problem.To "atl134" we already have laws to
cover the private sales loopholes you claim. Utah laws prohibit selling
firearms to people not allowed to have them. Maybe we can figure out how to
enforce that law.It is sad to see that you are willing to sell you
freedom for a sense of security. Allowing government to regulate and limit your
freedoms will never end well for anybody. In countries that have enacted strict
gun control laws they have all experienced an increase in violent crimes. The
people are put in more danger by removing the guns than be leaving them in the
hands of law abiding people.
"TANGENT: Tyrants, criminals, ignorant, fearful, and possibly another group
doesn't want armed good civilians. Which are you? If ignorant or fearful;
learn. If that other group; please define."What does this even
mean? The unarmed are tyrants and criminals? Here's an attempt to define:
It is precisely because I'm not ignorant or fearful that I feel no need to
be armed. Only the fearful ("I believe the world is full of bad guys,"
even though most cops never draw weapons), the foolish ("Red Dawn is
coming," and my AK can stop the black helicopters) and the faithless
("Turning the other cheek is meant for other Christians") need guns. But
go ahead and keep them. I don't care, since you're more likely to thin
your own part of the population than eliminate bad guys. Just don't claim
your "right" to be "god-given" or without "regulation."
If you need a gun in America for reasons other than just wanting one
(which is fine) please define. Gun ownership is evidence of foolishness,
faithlessness or fear.
Scientist: That 'blather' are my rights you so indiscriminately want
someone else to manage. I only feel pity for those who want the
'government' to do something and refuse to do much, if anything,
themselves to make our society less violent. Christ said 'help thy
neighbor',not give all your liberty to a corrupt and powerful entity to
whip people into helping 'thy neighbor'.
Thank you Senator Lee. As a government and civics teacher, I can assure you
that there are more liberty loving students and parents then socialists. Kids
want direction, structure, and the truth. America has always been the beacon of
hope throughout the world because of its dependence on God, the Constitution,
and Free Enterprise. Unfortunately, we are been drenched with propaganda about
the virtues of socialism, government control, etc., and it has hurt us as a
nation. Senator Lee believes in Liberty and is only defending our individual
rights. There are far too many that don't even understand the concepts
found in our constitution and why they are important!
Lee's overly idealistic (and totally naive and dogmatic) opinion
piece(meal) is on par with another conservative pundit who recently tried to
assert that when the 2nd Amendment refers to "a well regulated
militia...", ALL Americans ARE the militia! As if that poor argument
automatically gives every US citizen the unfettered, un monitored, uncontrolled
"right" to build up arsenals of weapons, pack any and all forms of
"heat" everywhere he pleases, and brandish any form of weapon
indiscriminately.We, the People, have ordained and established a
Government by which we regulate "arms" among us. Slathering together
abstract patriotic-sounding platitudes, as Mr. Lee has done is empty rhetoric
that does nothing to address the very real problems in our increasingly violent
society, the regulation of which is our mandate. Mr. Lee's blather provides
no comfort to families and friends of victims of gun violence, and gives no hope
for turning the red tide in our nation.
2nd Amendment not about sport, hunting, crime. It's about that last means,
when all else fails, that last incentive against tyranny, to regain our rights,
freedoms lost from the Constitution and Bill of Rights.A tyrant wants no
civilian armed, also a criminal so that they have advantage to intimidate
citizens.At some future time, when needed, and you're against some
corupt vote, press, and politician; when the military just follows orders as in
the Milgram Experiment, when they threaten the Church and your family to get
submission, will a flintlock or less be enough to get back the Constitution and
our freedoms?For those that might say "God will do it. We don't
need weapons or anything." may I remind you that Noah built an ark in
preparation. He was acting under orders but his work provided the means of
success. Were Utah War defenders wrong? Does the Lord want us to stand or submit
to future tyranny under color of law?TANGENT: Tyrants, criminals,
ignorant, fearful, and possibly another group doesn't want armed good
civilians. Which are you? If ignorant or fearful; learn. If that other group;
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hunting, or even crime. It's about that last means, when all else fails,
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@Doogie -- Justice Scalia is a liberal? I think you are the first person who
has ever made that claim. Got my entertainment for the night reading that
Sen. Mike Lee, I have honestly tried to make sense of your opinion
piece by reading it carefully three times. It makes no sense. You cite no
history, as expected by the title, for one.Worse, you have no
argument. You have a shameless, unsupported rant about individual rights. Let
me, as a layperson, bring some news to the self-declared constitutional expert:
You cannot own a tank and drive it down America's Main Street; you cannot
fly your own armed drones. I could go on forever to cite the number and type of
arms you cannot bear - thank goodness to the modern interpretation of the 2nd
@Fred44:"Either their is some room for interpretation or their is
not."There is no room for interpretation. It says 'the
right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' That
means everybody.And it means all things that can be considered to be
arms. Missiles and tanks are not arms. But hand-held rocket launchers and hand
grenades are arms.You have to remember why the 2nd Amendment was put
in the Constitution. To overthrow a corrupt government, if necessary.It is fairly obvious that the Amendment is outdated and should be reworked.
And how is that done? There is provision in the Constitution for that
exigency... Amendments by the US Congress.Will there be an
amendment? Not likely. Why? Because members of Congress are chicken and will
do nothing to jeopardize their jobs. Any amendment would be extremely messy and
complicated causing alotta consternation with the gun-owning constituency.
Obviously, the mentally incapacitated shouldn't have guns. But how you
gonna decide that? Inventory all guns in the country and test the mental
capacity of the gun owner on a monthly basis?
A little "history" lesson for the Tea-Partiers, including the Honorable
Senator from Utah...The Framers of the Constitution, who wrote said
2nd Amendment, did so with the understanding that modern human beings, with the
most elementary education, would be capable of using some "Common
Sense".Therefore, they didn't feel a need to spell every
stupid little possible scenerio that could happen over the course of history of
this nation.For example - "shall not be infringed" - does
not automatically mean total unrestrained access of any and all types of
"arms" not does it apply to children, the mentally ill, dangerously
violent, or known Criminals.That's where good old "Common
Sense" is supposed to kick in, we use our God-given intelligence, think for
ourselves, and we do the right thing to "insure domestic Tranquillity"
(the other part of the Constitution you extremeists convienntly forget or
sinisterly leave out to suit your political agenda.Class ajourned.
If you add a provision for mentally ill what constitutes mentally ill? Would
that eliminate every person who has been treated for say OCD, ADD, depression?
There are people who seek treatment for depression in particular due to some
type of trauma in their life and do not require permanent treatment. How does
the government differentiate? And what about the ones who slip through the
cracks? The ones who are not known to have mental problems because
they never sought treatment? When one of them go on a shooting spree then what?
We all have to PROVE we're sane to own a firearm? That still
doesn't cover those who can beat a mental health evaluation. Which would
cover just about anyone of average intelligence who is not completely off their
People were commuting murder among other violent crimes long before guns came
along. And if guns were wiped off the face of the earth they would commit them
still. Wasn't' there a guy that went on a rampage with a knife and a
crossbow nit that far back. Our time might. Be better spent helping good people
stay good and putting bad people away long term.
wrz,You quoted the following passage from the 2nd Amendment:
"the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Based on the interpretation that you and Mr. Lee are applying to this part of
the 2nd Amendment EVERYONE should be able to have any and every weapon of their
choosing. The 2nd Amendment doesn't say "the right of the people
except for mentally ill and felons to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed
upon". Based on yours and Mr. Lee's argument the possession of surface
to air missiles, grenade launchers etc. should not be infringed upon either. The
constitution does not say the right of the people to keep and bear arms except
for surface to air missiles and grenade launchers shall not be infringed upon.
The NRA and the gun advocates are perfectly fine with a broad
definition of the 2nd Amendment, but only in the places (felons and mentally
ill) of their choosing. In other aspects of the 2nd Amendment they want a very
narrow interpretation. You cannot have it both ways. Either their is some room
for interpretation or their is not.
Re: DoogieAnyone who could refer to Antonin Scalia as a
"liberal" justice needs to re-evaluate how he distinguishes the words
'liberal' and 'conservative.' Justice Scalia does not fall
in the category of the former, not even in some weird Freudian dream
Senator Lee is absolutely right in his view of history and opposition to the
universal gun registration (needed for confiscation later) scheme.Keep up the good work, despite the opposition from the "low information
What's all the falderal about controlling guns? If Congress seriously
thinks guns should be controlled all it need do is amend the 2nd Amendment to
the Constitution. That's the shortest and easiest way. Otherwise, hands
The surest way to increase the population of bad guys with guns is to persuade
more good guys to bear arms. That's because every bad guy with a gun is
legally a good guy until he commits his first crime.And let's
face it, having a gun around sure makes it easy for a good guy to quickly become
a bad guy, especially if he's angry, loopy, desperate or off his meds.
(Loopy is probably not the technical medical term, but I can't think of it
at the moment.)
Oh, I get it---it's an April Fools joke.
The government can background check til they are blue in the face. The end
result is, it cannot restrict gun ownership in any way, shape, form, or fashion.
Says so in the US Constitution. And, in case they haven't read it lately,
it says in part '... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall
not be infringed.' I don't see any, ANY exceptions there.
@alt 134"Even Justice Scalia said in the court ruling striking
down the Chicago gun ban that the Second Amendment doesn't mean there
can't be any regulation on guns." And your point is? That is an opinion
of one supreme court justice, a liberal one at that. The facts about gun
control are well stated and for that matter no one focuses on the lives guns
have saved! The killer in Portland only shot and killed two people...why?
Because there was a man with concealed carry gun who pointed his gun at the
shooter and would have fired if another person had not been in the way. That
was the last shot the guy fired at anyone but himself!
I see people complaining about Lee's knowledge of history. Some of you
should do some brushing up yourselves. The 2nd amendment was not written into
law to protect us from each other. It was written into law to protect us from
government tyrant. Something the founding fathers were all to familiar with as
are many people's from many nations. If we really want to
protect us from ourselves how about better medical education to prevent
malpractice deaths which far out number gun deaths.
Re: dwayne"First, being elected to the Senate doesnt make you a
part of the government. It makes you a representative of the people who elected
you."Then, pray tell, who/what exactly IS the government if it
isn't the people we elect to, you know, govern?Forget gun
control. We need remedial education for all of these folks who somehow conned
their teachers, parents and peers into believing they understood basic word
Mr. Lee,I own several guns and am for gun control. My husband is a CC
permit holder and is also for gun control.
Regardless of what anyone thinks of Mike Lee; what he is saying and what he is
doing in fighting arms control and defending the 2nd Amendment is RIGHT ON!Don't cut off your nose to spite your face, folks. If
we lose our right to bear arms, or have our arms capacity scaled down so much
(magazine size, etc.) that we can't protect ourselves from a Tyrannical
government, should one arise, you will wish for a thousand Mike Lees.
@Redshirt1701"We already have laws for background checks when buying a
gun. How about we just enforce the laws that we already have?"We
don't currently have laws that require background checks for ALL gun
purchases. There are plenty of loopholes in the system whereby someone can
currently legally by a gun without a background check. I would like those
loopholes closed. Btw, if you want things enforced then tell the Republicans to
stop blocking the appointment of an ATF director. @iron&clay"Are these people making an argument for more government control because
they are on the payroll of the Wall street bankers? You know, the bankers who
float all the bonds that underwrite big government spending programs and take
their percentage on every dollar of big government debt?"What
logic is that even trying to... no, not at all. We just want less gun
violence.@Doogie"no facts to back them up. " Even Justice Scalia said in the court ruling striking down the Chicago gun ban
that the Second Amendment doesn't mean there can't be any regulation
on guns."I don't hear anyone lambasting Corzine"Because that's off-topic to this editorial.
@Monk"The current debate on gun control is about addressing a very
real epidemic of mass shootings in the United States."We have
maybe 50 people a year killed by mass shootings. We have roughly 10,000 a year
killed by guns. Mass shootings are a tiny fraction of the gun violence we see.
We should be looking to reduce ALL gun violence (including suicide). @Redshirt1701"Here are the 2 main points that they have yet to deal
with.First, and most importantly, are they prepared to have government
regulations on more of their rights?"As long as it's a
reasonable regulation, sure. Obviously we differ on what we consider reasonable.
"Second, by making guns harder to get you are putting more lives
at risk to violent crimes and death by means other than guns. Is it really worth
saving 1 life if it costs 10 other lives that could have been saved by
guns?"If your hypothetical were true, I'd say no. However,
I do not believe your hypothetical is accurate since I believe the ratio goes
the other way where making guns harder to get saves more lives than it costs.
Ah I helped get rid of that loser other politician so there'd be room for
Mike Lee! Go me! I rock! You all owe me a debt of gratitude.
A right to "arm" includes by the senators open ended discussion any arm,
including rocket grenades, and laser weaponry available to the military. Then
the citizens can fill in the "gaps" of government and take individual
action to remain free. So if your having a paranoid delusion about a
conspiracy to regulate who can buy guns that develops into into a UN conspriacy
to confiscate all guns, you can act on it? The problem with weapons designed to
kill people being carried around concealed on the streets is the reasonableness
of the gun obsessives as demonstrated above. A resonable person should not mind
proving they are law abiding and carry weapons outside the home in a secure
@Duckhunter"Just because you can justify and do something and call it
"constitutional" or "allowed" it doesn't mean it should be
done."As a general concept, I agree with this. As it regards
this particular issue, I don't think this is such a case."None of these proposals will buy you a bit of safety nor will they make
your life better, but you appear to be just another of the emotional
reactionaries that wants "something done" regardless of its lack of
value or effectiveness. "I held these positions long before
Newtown and I do think some of these proposals will make things safer,
especially the background checks for all gun purchases provision. Something like
the high capacity magazine ban doesn't do much outside of mass shootings, a
small percentage of the gun deaths each year, so I'm willing to compromise
away things like that just to get the background check provision.@ShaunMcC"we ignore and even assist criminals ability to have
weapons"Fast and Furious? You know the problem with that is
because our laws do not currently allow us to pursue those who engage in straw
purchasing. That's something we need to change.
Senator Lee respectively how do you expect us to respect you when you did a
short sale on your own home after you had mortgaged it to the hilt for some last
minute campaign spending. Is it not true that Reagen's own head of the
budget has said that the combo of the Bush tax cuts and the unfunded wars (two)
are almost half the debt owed now?and yes I believe those who sell to the
mentally impaired and people who lie on gun checks are committing a felony and
should be put in jail along with the felon.
Mike won't win another election, because he is just hot air and radio
In addition I don't hear anyone lambasting Corzine, the ex governor of New
Jersey for his bilking millions out the investors in his charge at MF Global.
He is being protected by this administration because he has made significant
contributions to it. The guy should be in jail! Personal attacks instead of
solid reasoning and facts don't solve any problems.
I find it pretty interesting that those arguing against what Mr. Lee says in his
article have no facts to back them up. Personal attacks and heresay don't
cut it. Way to go Senator Lee keep up the good work. Yes you are one of the
Senators back there but you are not a part of their hypocrisy. Those who attack
Mr Lee for short selling his house think about the own mistakes you have made in
your lives. Would you like to be publicly berated for it? It comes with the
territory I know, but the mistake he made in no way discredits the good work he
is doing back in Washington to bring about change. Again, keep it up Mike, we
are with you!
Well-stated reasoning for opposing the madness of current gun-control efforts.
It's nice to know we have a true Patriot in Washington representing our
interests properly. Senator Lee understands our God-given,
Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms, and it appears he will
do all he can to preserve this fundamental right... even if he has to launch a
filibuster to prevent the UN Small Arms Treaty from being ratified in the
Senate. I applaud him for his brave stance and loyalty to liberty!
Whatever you think of Mike Lee is not the point! He is right in what he says,
and we had better stand for our liberties, or there will shortly be NONE! Not
everyone is perfect, but the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are the only
thing we have to protect us. I hope all will see through what the Government is
doing, because we are little by little losing anything we cherish.
In writing about the Second Amendment, Sen. Lee said nothing about the term
"well-regulated." I'd like his thoughts on what well-regulated
means. Remember, the amendment doesn't merely say "regulated." It
says "well-regulated."Also, he talks about the right of gun
ownership. Usually, a discussion of rights includes comments about
responsibilities, because rights and responsibilities tend to go hand in hand.
What does he think are the responsibilities connected to gun ownership?
Thank God for men like Senator Lee, as they are few and far between during these
dark days. It is the Constitution that must be upheld, nothing more. I stand
behind you, Mike, and applaud your courage in remembering and fighting for our
laws. Undoing the damage that has been wrought on our nation may be impossible,
but we have a fighting chance with principled men such as yourself.
I heartily endorse what Mike Lee wrote. He is 100% correct on everything he
wrote. The right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Pretty doggone
easy to understand. If you support the Constitution, you cannot be in favor of
gun control. Frankly, the fact that criminals sometimes use guns to commit
crimes doesn't give government the right to infringe on the Constitutional
right of citizens to bear arms (of all types). The sole remedy the government
has is to prosecute criminals to the full extent of the law. Tell you what, do
away with illegal immigration, stop the welfare cycle in inner cities, and quit
government sponsorship of the destruction of the traditional family, and crime,
including crimes committed using guns, will plummet.
Thomas Jefferson said, "When the founders of the Constitution wrote it, they
wanted to assure universal ownership be uninfringed."And the
founders also established the Supreme Court with intention of interpreting the
Constitution. One of the most conservative members ever to sit on the Supreme
Court, Antonin Scalia, wrote these words in the majority opinion against the DC
ban on owning and possessing handguns, "The Second Amendment
right is not a right to keep and carry any weapon in any manner and for any
purpose. The Court has upheld gun control legislation including prohibitions on
concealed weapons and possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill,
laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and
government buildings, and laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the
commercial sale of arms. The historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of
dangerous and unusual weapons supports the holding in United States v. Miller
that the sorts of weapons protected are those in common use at the time."
And so we see that the right to bear arms is not absolute, without
any conditions. Mr. Lee should know that. I think Justice Scalia would agree
Roland, if the government had its way, all of our guns would be registered so
they could confiscate them at their leisure. Any gun registry would be a
violation of at least teh 4th and 5th Amendment.
Good job Mike Lee. You are representing the people of Utah well.There are some misguided people commenting here who don't seem to
comprehend how a Constitutional Republic works, or they have an agenda that is
seditious and rebellious of said Constitutional Republic and they want
government to own and control everything. Which begs the
question:... Are these people making an argument for more government control
because they are on the payroll of the Wall street bankers? You know, the
bankers who float all the bonds that underwrite big government spending programs
and take their percentage on every dollar of big government debt?
Senator Lee is right on with his common sense approach! The government is all
about passing legislation without a way or the means to enforce it.
"They" are all of the bandwagon legislators who want to look like they
are "doing something" for their constituents, even if what they are
doing is wrong. Would gun legislation have prevented Sandy Hook's horror?
No. Would gun legislation have prevented the Colorado theater shootings? No.
"We" need to stand up and be counted so that "they" quit trying
to invade every single aspect of our lives, beginning with gun control. Thanks
for the great work you are doing, Senator Lee!
History's lesson and warning: those who misuse the words "right granted
by God..." usually find themselves on the outside looking in.
".....I will oppose any attempt by Congress to restrict Americans'
constitutional rights. And I will equally oppose any attempt to allow government
surveillance of law-abiding citizens exercising those rights....."_____________________________If Senator Lee was half the defender
of the Constitution that he aspires to be, he would know that Congress not only
has the right to pass needed legislation, it has a duty to do so. The United
States can’t surrender the public well-being to the mercy of the law of
the jungle. And the Bill of Rights was never meant to empower miscreants who
show utter contempt for the public safety of 300 million Americans.
"Second, by making guns harder to get you are putting more lives at risk to
violent crimes and death by means other than guns. Is it really worth saving 1
life if it costs 10 other lives that could have been saved by guns?" This is such utter nonsense, guns are saving the lives of ordinary
middle class citizens. First of all nearly 70% of Americans do not own a gun.
If guns where what stood between ordinary citizens and being killed by violence,
we'd have a slaughter. There would be dead accountants every night on the
news..instead what we have is dead criminals every night on the news, killed by
another criminal, and an obituary page full of suicides. That's where gun
violence occurrs. All those ordinary citizens who think they are protecting
their families from some deranged criminal are living in an alternate universe.
re techpubsSioux City, IAMilitary type guns are exactly the
type of guns protected by the 2nd ammendment. This is so that people can join
militias, (which are a military organization) when the need arises.For example, suppose there were a hurricane or an earth quake and as a result
there were gangs looting. Because the founders recognized that government
militias (The army, the national guard, the police) wouldn't ALWAYS be able
to respond in time or all the time, they allowed for the possibility of people
militias to fill the void. Individuals, families, neighboors standing firm
against criminals and gangs who would take advantage of them in this vulnerable
Senator Lee,You need to be less of an obstructionist and more
cooperative in getting things done for the people who elected you. The only
purpose for military style weaponry and ammunition maganizes is to arm a militia
to oppose our government. Are you aware that Dallin H. Oaks has cautioned
against this very thing and advocated using the peaceful means available to us
of which you are a part to solve these differences. Your promise to filibuster
would be frowned upon by our founding fathers as much as any restriction on our
freedoms. Let the bill be heard and debated so a vote can be taken.
Mr. Bloomberg before attempting to infringe on the constitutional rights of all
people in the nation, do all you can to try to solve your problems yourself.Are you aware of what Ogden Utah is doing?, they don't allow gang
members to associate with other gang members. Have you tried this?Do
you ensure that everyone gets the mental health care they need?Do
you teach gun safety in your schools? Do you allow teachers to carry
a gun in the class room to help protect the children?Do you allow
law abiding people to carry a gun so they can defend themselves and others?Mr. Bloomberg, you have no business asking others to give up their
rights when you refuse to do what you can to help yourself.
Leavitt for Senate!
I applaud your support on Americas Second Amendment rights Mr. LEE, we need more
Americans like you, and need to get those who want to control people like
Bloomberg, Obama, Pelosi, and Biden out of office. Just look at how Bloomberg is
pushing his financial weight around in NY. That is what they want for the rest
@ John Armstrong:"Nor does it say that God gave everyone a right to
arm themselves with military assault rifles."And that is why
there has been a ban on most private ownership of fully automatic guns, tanks,
cannons, etc. for a long time. Not a complete ban, but it is very difficult to
obtain permission to possess, clear the background checks, and pay the necessary
fees to have one.Now you seem to believe that we should ban semi-automatic
rifles that are used for hunting and target practice even though they are used
in less than 24% of the homicides annually.
@ ECR:"Techpubs - Universal background checks would have saved Adam
Lanza's mother if he had been identified as someone who should not own a
gun or have access to a gun. Hopefully his mother would have been more
responsible about making those guns accessible to him. But the system can never
work if we don't start somewhere. Where would yiou suggest we
start?"By your own admission earlier Adam Lanza never completed
the paperwork for a background check or CT's 14 day waiting period. He also
was not listed on the National Registry since he had a clean record and was
never adjudicated as mentall unstable. So even if they had required every person
in the house to have a background check he still would have escaped notice.I would start by determining what is causing these people to do things like
this and finding a way to identify the warning signs earlier so that they can
receive the help they need.
What do we do for excitement when we tire of whacking "criminals?"
ThomasJeffersonWELLSVILLE, UTWhere you ever in the
Military?I grow more and more tired everyday of you self-called
"Tea-Partiers", "Patriots", and "TRUE Americans", who
have never one-day serving this great Country of ours in uniform.Your tripe falls on this veteran's deaf ears.
I think the old bumper sticker said it well. "If guns are outlawed, only
outlaws will have guns." Universal background checks will only net law
abiders. Crooks and thugs will continue to get their guns from untracked
sources. The mentally ill will still have access to guns left unsecured.I
am not a gun owner, but I am beginning to think that the best deterrent would be
for everyone to be armed, or at least a sufficient number to give an attacker
I will call 9-11 on anyone not wearing a uniform carrying a weapon in public.They are not protected by the 2nd Amendnment becasue they are not part of
"a well regulated milita" and should therefor be considered a Domestic
Terrorist.Terrorists do not wear uniforms.I will then
let the responding police officers decide if it's "Constitutional"
Fresh from a revolution the Founders created a list of rights they had been
denied by the British, rights that would have made dissent possible and perhaps
held oppression at bay.Those rights included speaking your mind,
assembling in groups and arming yourself.Now, a local militia might be no
match for Homeland Security, but it would be impossible to contend with a
government who knew where all the weapons were.Gun ownership is, simply
put, none of Washington's business. If they take over that function it is
a clear sign that it has become too big and too controlling. In short, it has
assumed too many rights that do not belong to it.
What a load of tired old tripe! Let's take on some of these statements:"There is no reason to believe a government $17 trillion in debt has
the competence to cast a net of paperwork that will catch every single gun sale
in a country of 300 million people and 300 million firearms. And even that
ignores the fact — always inconvenient when designing gun laws —
that armed criminals don't obey laws in the first place."Sure - criminals don't obey laws in the first place. So, why bother
having laws at all. This is the essence of this objection. Criminals will
always find a way to sell heroin. Why should we enact laws against it? Our government is $17 trillion in debt, so how can you expect us to have
an FDA that prevents the sale of thalidomide. Why bother? Is there an argument
that is more ridiculous than this one?The difference in quality
between former Senator Bennett's thinking abilities and Senator Lee's
is quite striking, don't you think?
If people want to find a gun to buy they will. The idea of universal background
checks is closing the door after the cows have escaped. To me, Senator Lee and
his personal background on the financing of his house makes me ill. On this
issue, I agree with him. Go figure.
To "ECR" by regulating the press you could save people. For example, if
the paparazi was regulated we could have saved Princess Diana.More
recently the NY Times published the names and addresses of people with conceal
carry permits in NY. Some of their homes were robbed and had the guns stolen.
That never would have happened if the press had been responsible.How
many soldiers were killed as a result of journalists publishing pictures of
troops doing things that enraged islamists in the middle east?It
seems like there are hundreds if not thousands of lives that could have been
saved if the press was regulated.We already have laws for background
checks when buying a gun. How about we just enforce the laws that we already
@EDM 8:31 You stated "There have been and are restrictions on
the types of "arms" we can "bear" nearly since the day the
Second Amendment was written." I am just curious. Can you please
share what exactly those restrictions were? I have never heard this before. Are
you using the old liberal tactic of just throwing info out without anything to
back it up? Please share."When seconds count, the police are
just minutes away". "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall
not be infringed." PERIOD! Sounds pretty clear to me.
It is interesting that if you take Senator Lee's family size, 5, and the
amount the bank lost on his home, $400,000.00, and factor in the population of
the United States, 315,596,000, and the national debt of 16,771,379,006,760 we
find that the equivalent national debt would be 25,247,680,000,000. And he
wants to control our budget?
Dear Sen. Lee,Check's in the mail!Sincerely, NRA
I'm not intimidated by Mike Lee. This is an imperfect but decent nation of
laws for the common good of all.
@open minded mormonCan you show me the amendment in the constitution
dedicated to guaranteeing a "right" to gay marriage? Or any marriage for
that matter? I can point you to the one that guarantees the right to keep and
Redshirt said, "...then why not make a registry of people that are
registered press members with all sorts of regulations to ensure that what they
say is unbiased. How about they require that all demonstrators obtain licenses
and submit all the names and addresses of attendees?" Do you
really think that will save lives?"Second, by making guns harder
to get you are putting more lives at risk to violent crimes and death by means
other than guns." Do you mean people will just look for
different ways to kill people and guns will lose the battle of what weapon can
kill the most? Of course I'm being facetious. I don't think
that's what you meant even though...that's what you said.Background checks for law abiding citizens is not a violation of anyone's
Constitutional rights. Even the most conservative member of the Supreme Court,
Antonin Scalia, said so in District if Columbia vs. Heller. Please stop trying
to scare Americans into thinking that this precautionary step taken by a
responsible government will lead to the confiscation of the weapons owned by
responsible citizens or allow the government to meddle in your private life.
"The federal government has no right to surveil innocent citizens exercising
their constitutional rights." - Mike LeeOh really? And I'm
sure you fought tooth and nail against the Bluffdale NSA facility which is to be
used for that very purpose. Senator Lee, I hope that you are distracted yourself
and not doing the distracting. There are epic times ahead.
Wow, the liberals have hit ever single one of their standard talking points.Here are the 2 main points that they have yet to deal with.First, and most importantly, are they prepared to have government regulations
on more of their rights? If the government can put all of these regulations on
guns, then why not make a registry of people that are registered press members
with all sorts of regulations to ensure that what they say is unbiased. How
about they require that all demonstrators obtain licenses and submit all the
names and addresses of attendees? How much freedom are you willing to sell for
a sense of security?Second, by making guns harder to get you are
putting more lives at risk to violent crimes and death by means other than guns.
Is it really worth saving 1 life if it costs 10 other lives that could have
been saved by guns?
The overlooked history lesson seems to be that allowing people nearly unlimited
access to arms brings with it the attitude that access is equated with freedom
to use, and of the thousands of people shot in this country every year very few
are an act of defense.
You can say or believe what you want regarding gun control. You can choose to
side with Mike Lee or land anywhere else on the issue. The current debate on gun
control is about addressing a very real epidemic of mass shootings in the United
States. It is only part of the whole issue. But it is a major part. I will
hold Senator Lee opinion void until I hear a real plan to deal with the
epidemic. Discussion on anything else at this point is a useless distraction
from the issue of protecting innocent life. Arming everyone who can hold a
gun is not an answer, it is a sick joke. Math doesn't lie, you introduce
more weapons into any situation it becomes inherently less safe. We have our
arms. We need to be more responsible with them. We have failed on that issue.
I am so happy that Sen. Lee is being a true TeaPublican Patriot and standing up
for the 2nd Amendment! I was so afraid that Sen Lee was going to say he was
going to do what the majority of Americans wanted...and that would of been
terrible for the Constitution. A March 7 poll of voters nationwide by the
Independent Qyinniipiac University shows 88% FOR universal background checks
including 85% among gun owners! Thank God Sen. Lee has the courage to be a true
American Patriot and stand against what the majority of people THINK they want!
We TeaPublicans will NOT allow any gun control under any circumstances! We
Stand For America! What you expect anything less?
"From reading some of the comments here I am troubled that communism is so
prevelant in Utah"..Good summary of Utah..what a whacky place this is. Not
the only whacky place certainly but truly a whacky place. Sunday the DN had an
editorial touting the need for Christians to celebrate Easter and to especially
celebrate caring for all. Christ died for all so ergo we should care for
all..then this nonsense of me, me, me...my liberty, and the nearly pathological
logic that your liberty is tied up in your ability to own a gun inorder to shoot
and kill someone. The cognitive dissonance here is truly scary.
I am dismayed by the typically critical comments by some. Senator Lee has
expressed very well the constitutional and logical framework on which his
decisions are to be based. I wish all our legislators had the integrity to do
likewise. Knee-jerk reactions to tragedy are the source of many of our worst
laws and judicial decisions. I am considered liberal by some and conservative by
others, but in this I am totally in agreement with Mr. Lee. Until we realize
that keeping track of and limiting ownership of weapons by law abiding citizens
while we ignore and even assist criminals ability to have weapons that are not
registered is not the way to stop crime and decrease violence, we will have
missed the boat and contributed to the loss of liberty and safety for our
citizens. Thank you Senator Lee for a principled stand on an important topic.
I am totally confused, To me Lee's article is disturbingly out of focus.
For the life of me I'm unable to understand exactly how prudent gun control
would ever violate any reasonable interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, let alone
endanger the Constitution and threaten the downfall of the government? And here
I thought it was government tyranny why we were arming ourselves. Is this some
kind of joke?Does Lee have any recommendations on what kind of
weapons we can stockpile to effectively take on local law enforcement officials
or the U.S. military when the need arises?Who elects these people?
The Constitution, according to its preamble, was written not only to protect
liberty. It was also written to secure domestic tranquility, promote the general
welfare, and provide for the common defense. Allowing citizens to arm themselves
however they see fit seems to me not to promote these goals. Rather, it seems to
create a nightmare civilization. The reason stated in the second amendment for
the right to bear arms is to have a well-regulated militia for the security of
the state. It says nothing about personal protection. Nor does it say that God
gave everyone a right to arm themselves with military assault rifles. Do
something for domestic tranquility, Senator Lee. Be a statesman.
I will oppose any attempt by Congress to restrict Americans' constitutional
rights. And I will equally oppose any attempt to allow government surveillance
of law-abiding citizens exercising those rights.[Great! Prove it
Senator - And you can start by repealling the Patriot Act]I will
remind people in Washington that the Constitution protects everyone equally, not
just the people we happen to agree with, and the rights we happen to like.[I'm so glad you will be reminding people in Washington that you
are a firm supporter of Gay Marriage then as well.]
duayne - I'm afraid I don't quite follow your explanation of the
American Revolition. I always thought it was about obtaining liberty from a
tryannical government that made laws without the representation of the citizens
effected by those laws - taxation without representation - which I think you
agree with. And if you do you might want to come help the half million or so
tax paying citizens that live across the Potomac River from my house who have no
representation in government. You accuse me of using the tragedy of children
dying to violate your rights. I am not proposing the violation of anyone's
rights and I wonder how many dead children it will take for you to accept the
fact that a conversation needs to take place about how to save those
children.Techpubs - Universal background checks would have saved
Adam Lanza's mother if he had been identified as someone who should not own
a gun or have access to a gun. Hopefully his mother would have been more
responsible about making those guns accessible to him. But the system can never
work if we don't start somewhere. Where would yiou suggest we start?
Well said Senator Lee.
From reading some of the comments here I am troubled that communism is so
prevelant in Utah.
@atlJust because you can justify and do something and call it
"constitutional" or "allowed" it doesn't mean it should be
done. None of these proposals will buy you a bit of safety nor will they make
your life better, but you appear to be just another of the emotional
reactionaries that wants "something done" regardless of its lack of
value or effectiveness. I feel true pity for you and all like you, I really do.
@one old man"More blatant pandering to the extreme right from
Mike Lee."Meanwhile your unfactual subjective emotional
statement panders to the extreme left.Evidently now people are the
"extreme right" if they believe in liberty and the constitution. That
is what the extreme left would scare you into believing so that our corrupt
government can slowly remove your liberty and rights.Weak old man.
Very weak indeed.
@wonderSo do you think they'd be any less dead if they'd
only been shot 3 times each?Lotsa foolish and thoughtless
reactionaries on this subject.
Dead wrong, again, Mike.
I normally don't side with the extreme right but on the 2nd amendment i
stand with them. Citizens cannot let the government (which is made up of human
beings) control our rights. Take a look at the DA's in Texas. Suppose the
Aryan Brotherhood targeted you. The police can't protect you. I would
support laws the prevent criminals and the insane from obtaining firearms and
laws the would severely punish the misuse of firearms. Politicians don't
want to punish behavior.
Right on, Senator! I thank you for defending my Second Amendment rights. You
must also know that all of the Bill of Rights is under attack. There are those
who wish to curtail our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, and even our
right to life. Every elected official and every appointed judge takes an oath
to sustain and defend the Constitution, but many are lying in their teeth. The
Constitution now hangs as by a thread. Thank you again, Senator Lee, for
honoring your oath.
This over bloated government can't even control our borders so why should
we allow them to control our guns? There is no reason for the federal
government to be moving down this path at all. In my opinion, those who are
promoting "gun control" are deluded, simplistic, and unpatriotic.How about, for once, the federal government do it's constitutional
duty? That doesn't include promoting social issues or agendas?
Oh please... even if the Democrats get everything they proposed on gun control
we'd still be 1st in the world in the guns per person ratio. @Cool Cat Cosmo"we only seek to protect the innocent."So you oppose expanded background checks to apply to all gun purchases? That
provision only harms those who shouldn't be allowed to have guns and is
merely a temporary inconvenience to the rest of you rather than actually
stopping you from getting the gun. Probably why this provision has 80-90%
support in polls and majority support among NRA members and gun owners.Statistically a person is much more likely to be shot by a gun owned by
someone in their own home than by anyone else. I'm safer without a gun. @dwayne"Please stop defending your violation of our
rights"Guns violate the right to life of roughly 10,000
Americans a year. There's no argument behind your claim that your rights
are being violated when there's a "well-regulated" clause in the
2nd Amendment and even Scalia says that the Second Amendment allows for
regulation (just not total bans like Chicago was doing).
Sure - You have the right to your guns.How many of you pro-gun nuts have
tried to buy ammo lately?Your rellious insurrection against the U.S.
Government will last about 3 days, when you run out of ammo.And then your
Rambo, Red Dawn fanatasies will slip away.BTW - The Taliban had
AK-47s, mortors and shoulder launched stinger missles.And the Iraqi Army
lasted about 2 weeks.Sad - It was like shooting fish in a barrel.The only thing different, would be this time the military would be
opening fire on fellow Americans.White guys, Christians, and speaking
english.BTW - I wonder if Senator Mike Lee supports my right to
chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in my garage in Farmington, Utah.I seriously doubt he would - so his whole premise is merely political
pandering to the mindless masses.
Senator Lee, as a constituent, I am disappointed that you would generate the
same ill-conceived rhetoric that has contributed to increased divisiveness. The
2nd amendment has become so broadly defined that it seems to grant us a license
to deride anyone who thinks maybe society would be better off if there were a
limit to how many guns are produced and disseminated. How shall we define arms
anyway? Is it okay to say that we should limit assault weapons or high capacity
magazines? What about automatic weapons, what if I want a bazooka? Where do we
draw the line, and who decides? It seems that there is a limit to what most
reasonable people feel should be allowed and I think it is a good thing to
strictly limit these weapons. Of course, I do understand that there are
individuals who choose not to obey the law, which is why we should prohibit the
manufacturing of these weapons. I know that there are a few individuals who
could still make them illegally, but it would severely limit the availability,
which would go a long way to curb the types of tragedies that took place in CT,
AZ, and CO.
Senator, and other tea partiers: I do not fear a background check. Since
you're talking about "law abiding citizens" right to bear arms, an
effective background check is a minimal step, but a very necessary step for us
to take.The 2nd amendment is one of the poorest written sentences
I've read, in or out of the gov't, and I've worked for the
gov't and read plenty of sentences. There is too much left to
interpretation in the wording of the 2nd amendment. While I agree with your 2
reasons, self protection from criminals and self protection from an out of
control gov't, I do not agree with your conclusion that we must avoid a
background check before owning a gun. Stop your illogical conclusions,
you're so tea party!When 2 mass murderers are still awaiting trial a
year or more after the fact, that's a problem. Fix that one, Sen Lee.
These 2 obviously guilty guys should've been done away with long before
now, there's no mystery or lack of facts about their guilt.
Conservative mantra -- "Everything is about ME". E.g.: I want to go
shooting with multiple rounds, so who cares if some little kids were shot 10 or
so times each in the space of 5 minutes. Or, in another example: I have
insurance, so why would I care if anyone else does. In fact if they get
insurance, they'll go to the doctor more and then that will really
inconvenience me. Modern tea party conservatism (devotion to atheist Ayn Rand)
is the very definition of selfishness and greed.
@eric samuelsenEvery time you post we learn how little you know
about history, the constitution, and liberty in general.
Once again, our delusional senator misses the point. Since his gerrymandered
election to the senate, this clown has done NOTHING! He opposes to oppose. He
obstructs just to obstruct. Bob Lee could teach you a thing or to MR Lee, about
compromise and governing. Lying on the florr and crying is No way to govern. YOU
are an embarassment to this state, and to the nation.
Cjb's comment expressed my opinion on this issue exactly. It's also
the most truthful comment on this board. What a beautiful statment. I
couldn't have said it any better myself.
So background checks restrict our "God given" rights? Therefore God
must be against background checks. I'm surprised he didn't throw in
the requisite, "choose ye this day whom you will serve..." Please
fellow Utahns, let's vote this embarrassment out!
@ ECR "And it is worth noting that Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook gunman, was
turned down for a gun purchase by a Connecticut gun shop becasue their laws
require a 14 day background check and wiating period, which he rejected. That
law worked in that case but the lack of other laws and enforcement allowed Lanza
kill 26 innocent victims."Since you brought up this tragedy I
would like to ask you the following:1. Would Universal Background Checks
have stopped him from killing his mother and stealing her guns?2. Would
more magazines with less rounds have prevented him from killing those at the
school? (Please don't tell me that these children would have tackled him
while he was reloading.)
The problem that caused the Sandy Hook tragedy is two fold. First, we have
abandoned control of people who are potentially violently insane. Second, we
pretend that a sign declaring an area a gun free zone actually prevents guns
from being carried inside, as if the guns themselves read the signs and refuse
to enter. That is as stupid as the woman who thinks we should relocate all deer
crossing signs to less busy sections of the highways, to make the deer cross
there. But guns and deer don't read signs. And people disobey signs all the
time. We enforce speed limit signs with a highway patrol. Gun free
zone signs are only effective if there is a school patrol to enforce them. We
know how to do it. We have armed guards and metal detectors at our courthouses
and airports, using metal detectors and x-ray macines. All the government
buildings where laws are made have real guards, such as the US Capitol. If we
want real security, it needs to se real guards.The Sandy Hook
survivors are in a new building. And they have armed guards now, to ensure
against another attack by an insane person.
I thought Utah was a conservative state. I am amazed at the uninformed leftists
trashing this article. Effective background checks always lead to total gun
registry. Those of us who have read the history of the last 100 years know that
is very dangerous. I will take my freedom, you liberals take your big
Former Governor Mike Leavitt said, he was concerned that another six years of
Lee, who along with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who
make up the Senate version of The Three Stooges, would be too embarrassing.So Lee proposes to block an attempt to punish aiding and abetting in a murder
in order to protect Second Amendment rights. Mike is apparently thinking
of running against him, to relieve Utah of the failed tea party experiment, that
is Mike Lee.
Compare what Sen. Lee says and the likes of Obama and his wanna be,sFrom the voices of Freedom and liberty!According to a Washington
Times article, on a Wednesday conference call organized by "Mayors Against
Illegal Guns," Biden referred to current anti-gun legislation and told his
anti-gun supporters, "Let me say this as clearly as I can: this is just the
beginning."As reported Monday by the Washington Times, Bloomberg
indicated on Sunday that sometimes government does know best, and in those
cases, Americans should just cede their rights and allow the government to make
their personal choices for them."I do think there are certain
times we should infringe on your freedom," Mr. Bloomberg said, during
an appearance on NBC.Please stay the course Sen. Lee
I find those of you who are commenting on this and Senator Mike Lee, either
unconstitutional or sheep still sleeping. I am from Utah but live in Alaska and
I have been awake for awhile. Mike Lee is doing a great job in the senate for
Utahns I wish I could say the same about our senators, who just vote with Obama
regardless. Mike Lee is fighting for your constitutional rights come on Utahs I
have seen a lot of people in pictures at the capitol standing for your rights
also. This is no joke, this is the government trying to take your 2nd amendment
rights. We don't need a Universal Background Check that will be controlled
by the UN, this is about this Administration taking YOUR RIGHTS TO BEAR ARMS. I
know a lot of hunters in Utah, and this is not about more laws but complete
control of our guns. If they take them welcome to Germany and socialism. Be
smart Utah listen to Mike Lee and God.
“Gun control isn't about guns — it's about control. And
the right to bear arms isn't about the arms — it's about the
right.”A person who is supposed to be a representative of the
people should understand the purpose of government and how it accomplishes
it’s job. And knowing the true job of government, should support the main
purpose of government. There are very few, if any, laws that
regulate the actions of inanimate things. The laws of government regulate and
control the use of inanimate by human beings. And by that regulation and
control of the human beings make possible civilization and the society we live
in. The first and most important job of government is the
protection of it’s citizens. The main part of that job is protecting them
from each other. There are many more laws about our own actions than about
actions of foreigners. The government tool for that job is control. That control is what gives us freedom and protection. Those who rant about
government control may not have our best interest in mind
So today we learned that Mike Lee knows as little about history as he knows
about the Constitution. Why did anyone ever vote for this guy?
Thank you Mike Lee! Keep up the heat on Washington, I am rooting for you!
I would like someone to explain the logistics to me about the universal
background check. If I want to sell a gun, would I go to a website and enter
the person's information and it would tell me if I can sell my gun to
him/her? Would I need to make a trip to a police station to have them perform
the check for me? What if the person gives me false information, am I now
liable? The universal background check sounds nice, but I have not heard a
concrete plan on how it would be implemented. Could someone please explain?
And lets just forget, that criminal and thugs and gang-bangers do not follow the
law anyway and would continue to get their guns illegally.
Thank you Sen. Lee. Excellent explanation and you are right on. This Government
would like nothing more that a registry showing ownership of all guns. And I
firmly believe that a government led by the likes of Obama and those like him
would welcome the chance to confiscate those guns." The unarmed man is
not just defenseless, he is also contemptible." ~ Machiavelli.
I would also be opposed to a national gun registry. There is not one being
proposed at the time, so the Senator's point on that issue is moot. Anyone who buys a gun from a retailer has to pass a background check.
Convicted felons know this, so they buy their guns at venues where no check will
be required, or they pay someone else to buy them. This is why universal
background checks are needed along with tougher laws on straw buyers.
Thank you Senator for a reasonable explanation of why the Universal Background
Checks won't work.
"I will oppose any attempt by Congress to restrict Americans'
constitutional rights. And I will equally oppose any attempt to allow government
surveillance of law-abiding citizens exercising those rights."This is one American that could not agree more, which is why at this moment I
am typing this from my smartphone before getting up for another day of intensive
firearms training in the Nevada desert. I do not have much spare
time as a school teacher, but knowing the deadly use of force, understanding the
repercussions, & threats my students may face, I feel I have the obligation
to exercse my 2nd Amendment rights and defend them and myself. Thank
you for standing for our eroding rights, even if it means being demonized as a
"nut," "baby-killer," etc. The irony is, we only seek to protect
the innocent.I invite all who may see weapons as simply evil to go
and get trained by those who train our policeman. You will see that the majority
of legal gunowners take it very seriously, and are responsible & respectible
citizens, not the crazies we are sometimes made out to be.
It is disheaertening to read the Senator's words and discover that he uses
the same, worn outm message used by others to squelch the conversation about gun
violence in America."The first is history's lesson that
government can't be everywhere, all the time. So free citizens must fill in
the inevitable gaps to look out for ourselves and for each other."Seems like a reasonable statement, but then..."The second
reason is history's warning that we would not like to live under any
government that tried to be everywhere, all the time."There goes
that totalitarian plot theory. No one is talking about the government being
everywhere but we are talking about doing something, even if you if it is just
one thing, in response to the tragedy of Sandy Hook and so many other shootings
in recent times. And it is worth noting that Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook gunman,
was turned down for a gun purchase by a Connecticut gun shop becasue their laws
require a 14 day background check and wiating period, which he rejected. That
law worked in that case but the lack of other laws and enforcement allowed Lanza
kill 26 innocent victims.
For the elite gun control people its one set of rules for them and another for
the rest of us.For us, we have gun free zones to protect our
schools. For them, they have armed guards to protect the schools their kids go
to.For them they have guards with automatic assault guns to protect
them. For us, we are supposed to have a double barrel shotgun and then shoot
both rounds in the air to scare off an attacker.If this is such a
good tactic, may I suggest they train and then instruct their guards to do the
same?May I also suggest to Mayor Bloomberg, that if New York has
issues with gun violence, that he deal with the violent people in his
juristiction and let law abiding across the nation alone.