We Need To Pass ‘Stand Your Ground’ In Every State, Abolish The BATFE, And Repeal The Major Federal Gun Laws

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Throughout history, dictators and tyrants have always wanted to take guns away from the people. Hitler confiscated guns once he took power in Germany, Stalin confiscated guns in Soviet Russia, and Mao confiscated guns when the communists took power in China. An armed population is one of the cornerstones of a free society, and our founders understood this very well. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t seem to understand the Second Amendment in our day and time. The following is what the Second Amendment actually says…


A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The phrase “shall not be infringed” was intended to leave no room for confusion.

Unfortunately, all sorts of restrictions have been put on our absolute right to keep and bear arms over time, and we need to fight to fully restore our rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

A lot of politicians say that they are “pro-gun”, but most of them will only go so far. To me, being “pro-gun” means that you should be fighting to fully restore our Second Amendment rights. In particular, the following are three areas where many “pro-gun” politicians are often quite weak…

#1 We Need Stand Your Ground Laws In All 50 States

If you are not familiar with “stand your ground” laws, the following is how Wikipedia defines them…

A stand-your-ground law (sometimes called “line in the sand” or “no duty to retreat” law) is a justification in a criminal case, whereby defendants can “stand their ground” and use force without retreating, in order to protect and defend themselves or others against threats or perceived threats. An example is where there is no duty to retreat from any place where they have a lawful right to be, and that they may use any level of force if they reasonably believe the threat rises to the level of being an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death. One case describes “the ‘stand your ground’ law… a person has a right to expect absolute safety in a place they have a right to be, and may use deadly force to repel an unlawful intruder.”[1]

Today, 28 states have adopted “stand your ground” laws formally, and a few others have adopted “stand your ground” in practice. But even where such laws have been passed formally, they are often way too weak.

We need very strong “stand your ground” laws in all 50 states, and we need to keep fighting for this until we get it done.

#2 We Need To Abolish The BATFE

The BATFE has been used as a political weapon for decades, and there have been many instances where the authority that it has been given has been greatly abused. The following example comes from Breitbart

A recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) violated restrictions to compile information on U.S. gun owners.

According to the report, the ATF “has 25 firearms-related data systems, 16 of which contain retail firearms purchaser information from a federal firearms licensee (FFL)—such as firearms importers and retailers.” Sixteen of these systems contain “retail firearms purchaser information,” as it pertains to guns purchased from a federal firearms license holder (FFL).

Many have suggested reforming the BATFE, but I believe that the best approach would be to abolish it altogether. If we fully restored Second Amendment rights in this country there would be very little for this agency to do anyway, and any essential functions could easily be taken over by other federal law enforcement institutions.

#3 We Need To Repeal The Major Federal Gun Laws

We have lived with some of these laws for so long that most people just assume that they are constitutional. There are so many federal laws that need to be repealed, but I think that a good place to start would be with these four major ones

If I end up in Washington, I plan to work very closely with the Gun Owners Of America, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance and other pro-gun groups to draft legislation which will fully restore our Second Amendment rights.

If you believe in what we are trying to do, I hope that you will support us. Whenever the left takes power, they unashamedly try to advance their anti-gun agenda. But when the right takes power, they seem to think that the status quo is okay.

The status quo is not okay, and now is the time to fight harder than ever for the rights that are guaranteed to us by the Second Amendment.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

  • tax slave

    “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.” Mao Zedong

    Before the age of guns monarchs often maintained control by using eunuchs. They are docile and non-aggressive and since they can’t have kids emperors asumed they would be less likely to overthrow them. This is how monarchs in countries like China kept power for many centuries before the gun was used to maintain their authority.
    In China they had the government divided into eunuch vs noneunuch to keep each side in check.

  • greanfinisher .

    We’ve had conserative majorities in both houses of Congress before, and even with a sitting Republican president, no such repeals were ever entertained. Repeal the unconstitutional federal gun control statutes on the books? Huh, I should live that long. Dream on.

  • DJohn1

    Are you running for a position in the House or the Senate?
    The reason they have these laws is to protect their police.
    Police have gotten out of hand. They have the right to break into your house if they have suspicion of drugs. No evidence, just suspect. There have been incidents where police break into a home and end up shooting the home resident because they thought they were defending against a break in theft or worse.
    The victim is often in the courts with an expensive lawyer because they defended their own home with a gun.
    It is like they are on the side of the thief instead of the victim here.
    I think the real villain here is a combination of lawyers in the congress and the court system that supports rights for criminals in the process of committing a crime.
    IF a person is invading your home, that person should have no rights.
    IF a policeman does not ID themselves before using legal paperwork to invade a home they also deserve no rights.
    There is a right way to do things and a wrong unprofessional way to do things.
    Too often the courts hand out permission to invade a home with no evidence of a crime. An anonymous phone call is considered “evidence” of a crime.
    I personally do not believe in having a gun on hand in my house.
    I am trained to use one by the US Air Force as an Air Policeman. I served 4 years.
    A pistol crossbow can be had in Ohio over the counter for less than 20 dollars.
    No paperwork to the state or the feds.
    It is deadly quiet. You can get six bolts off without being detected.
    The bad thing about all guns is they pinpoint where you are.
    The worst job in a combat zone is the guy running the machine gun. He has an expected lifespan of approximately 15 minutes.
    We trained people in the middle east to use missile weapons on horseback. Why? They bankrupted the Russians occupying the territory. The weapons did not id where they were coming from and the horsemen were long gone.
    They lost a combat helicopter per day. The helicopter was expensive to replace.
    Our laws have become so complicated that only a specialist in law can understand them or wade through the courts. That should be unconstitutional.
    It is discrimination in its worst form.
    Pretty soon only the wealthy will have any rights at all.

    • tax slave

      One man even got the death penalty for shooting a cop who made a surprise raid of his house.
      I think he didn’t know it was a cop invading his home (probably a night raid like they usually do).

      People can even get SWAT raided for leaving their Wi-Fi unlocked. A passerby simply has to look at child p. and they’ll come and steal all your electronics.

  • DJohn1

    In the programming computers occupation, we have a saying: KISS. Stands for Keep It Simple Stupid!
    The same should, would, could be said about our laws. Those words are infamous for being the most used in a jail cell.
    What ought to be . . .
    Instead we have a group of people making things complicated every chance they get.
    The constitution was written in plain ordinary 18th century English.
    The words are simple. The lawyers administering and interpreting the laws make their living by making things complicated.
    Until that situation is straightened out nothing will change.
    Instead we have made a situation where the law is for the wealthy.

  • Luis E

    Another thing you forgot to mention is Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which the RINO’s are neglecting. This is vital since many innocent lives who have carry permits have been ruined for making a wrong turn into a deep blue state (NJ is the worst offender). That should be priority number 1, and then take care of the rest. Just my opinion. Best of luck in your run for Congress Michael.

    • Reince Pubis

      It’s ironic to me that people say “state’s rights! Let the states decide!!!!” but then want to impose on a state’s sovereignty with regards to carrying weapons.

      • Luis E

        So let me get this straight, you are saying it is OK to for an innocent civilian to be thrown in jail for mistakenly crossing into a blue state and be thrown in jail by some scumbag cop for exercising his/her constitutional right when the amendment to that right specifically ends with saying “shall not be infringed” in the name of states rights? I don’t think so. Finally, the Second Amendment DOES apply to the states thanks to the McDonald v. Chicago decision.

        • Reince Pubis

          You often don’t know which state you’re in? What’s outrageous is your mistaken idea that because you have a concealed carry permit from one state, that supercedes a totally different state’s sovereign power to have their own standard for who they want carrying a concealed weapon. State’s rights, remember? That thing conservatives say they support?

          • rick

            Concealed carry permits are in themselfs, unconstitutional.

          • Reince Pubis

            No they’re not.

  • We’re trending that way. Keep pushing.

  • Fred Smith

    As has been said, the ATF should be a convenience store; and not a government agency.

  • Reince Pubis

    Obviously, every reaonable person believe in some infringement of the 2nd amendment. I live in Texas, a state with widespread gun ownership and open carry, but you must be 21 here to buy a handgun from a dealer. I don’t see the NRA here anywhere fighting for the rights of those oppressed 20 year olds. Likewise, we prevent felons from bearing arms, the mentally ill, we don’t let people bear arms in bars, in a courtroom, etc etc etc – all very reasonable infringements that only a lunatic would disagree ith.

  • Joel W

    One step further. 99.9% of gun laws, at all levels, must be repealed, including background checks & barring certain people from ownership. In the case of felons, if that person is too much of a danger to be trusted with a firearm to protect self & family, then that person should still be in prison. The only acceptable time an American should be barred from ownership is if currently on probation/parole, but once that is up, the debt to society is served, and ALL Constitutional/civil rights restored, immediately.

    ‘Shall not be infringed’ means what it says, and was inserted there for a reason.

  • James

    No firearm regulations. No taxes. No government. No regulations!

  • Kyle Hill

    But Democrats only know Angry Birds. They cannot read such long boring text!