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LETTERS: Obama and executive powers; gun related issues

By: ltr
January 12, 2013

Issues that need to be addressed
Issues that have not come up in the gun control dialog — what about video games and illegal purchase of guns, the black market? I’ve watched our grand children and adults play these games and it’s nothing but killing, death and mayhem with assault weapons. They play them hours on end — the food that keeps the killing machines going. What happens if laws are passed to ban assault weapons and the bad or mentally ill people can still buy them off the street? What about Hollywood and their violent movies? These are issues that need to be addressed in the overall picture. Assault weapons should be banned but not the right for the average citizen to have hand guns for protection. Yes, there should be background checks on every person who buys guns.

There should be trained and armed security at the schools, be it police, principals, or teachers … face reality we live in a violent world and that is not going to change. The bad people will still be able to have their guns to kill the innocent.

If every school had this policy these children and adults in the recent school shooting would not be dead today. That gunman would have been put down. God help us to put common sense back into the picture.

Lupie Riley, Calhan

On Obama using executive powers
Using executive orders to control guns is against our Constitution (right to bear arms) and would be a blatant abuse of executive powers. In my opinion it would be an impeachable offense.
John Hawley, Colorado Springs

An inauguration, not a coronation
The President can not legally use an executive order to institute gun control, or change the debt ceiling. As a Constitutional instructor, he is well aware of the limitations of the Constitution.

The Constitution has provided for a separation of powers, the President, a Congress, and a Supreme Court. Laws that affect an Amendment must be generated by the Congress. The President can state his opinion, but Congress must legally change any law. The Supreme Court can determine the legality. Obama liked their ruling on Obamacare. He has the same recourse if he doesn’t like a law he disapproves of, or a lack of immediate action of gratification.

The Constitution and Declaration of Independence were created to stop the rules of King George of England from running roughshod over the Colonies. We are having an inauguration on Jan. 20, not a coronation. Executive orders reflect the later approach to governing to any adult.

This in not government of “my way or the highway”.
Terry Maketa had a very effective approach to school safety in The Gazette. “Sheriff offers firearms training for teachers, administrators.” Background checks, mental health database checks, and enforcement of laws are the answer.

Randy Kroeger, Colorado Springs

Second Amendment rights
Article 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America states, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states in part, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The 10th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states, ”The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are respectively to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Any attempt to restrict the private use or ownership of any semi-automatic pistol or rifle, by the President of the United States of America is a direct violation of the Constitution of the United States of America and will be stricken down by the Supreme Court as Unconstitutional.

The framers of the Constitution foresaw politicians of the future attempting to do exactly what President Obama is attempting to do and established the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment was written for the specific purpose to allow the people to have the means and ability to overthrow a tyrannical government. In actuality, in accordance with the 2nd Amendment, the people should be allowed to have exactly the same weapons as the military (Yes, automatic weapons, rocket launchers, anti-tank weapons, etc.). The private gun owners, NRA and numerous other firearms organizations are not asking for every citizen to have the same weapons used by our military. However, we are demanding that our God given rights as outlined in the Constitution to keep and use semi-automatic (single shot each time the trigger is pressed) rifles, pistols and shotguns no matter what they look like. A semi-automatic AR-15 is not an assault rifle.

A pistol grip, a sliding stock, or any attachments like (flashlights, scopes, red dot sights, laser sights, vertical grips, bi-pods, etc.) do not make any semi-automatic rifle an assault weapon.

Private citizens who wish to purchase or own any type of firearms in the United States must abide by all of the requirements outlined in the Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide, (approximately 3/4” thick) as well as all other state and local government requirements. Gun ownership is not taken lightly by those of us who legally own guns. There are already enough gun control laws on the books at the federal state, and local levels. We need enforcement of the current laws, nor more laws and restrictions on those of us who obey all of the laws.

Only those who obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL) at a cost of at least $1,000 annually and adhere to strict federal firearms requirements may own, manufacture, sell, trade, transfer or handle in any way, full automatic weapons.

Enforce the current laws that are already on the books before enacting new ones that you can’t or won’t enforce.

Fritz Prater, Fountain

Executive orders should be reviewed
Obama has authority to address, legally, certain things under executive order. But, he cannot usurp or override the Constitution and cannot violate federal law.

Anything he tries under executive order should be thoroughly reviewed through this lens and, if unconstitutional or illegal under existing law, should be sued against immediately.
Robert B. Clarke, Woodland Park

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