* Make politicians prove they support the Second Amendment
* 2009 NRA Director candidate questionnaire
UPDATE: SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SEPT. 1
SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION
We have a politician principled enough to give us what most
will not: unequivocal answers on his support for the right to
keep and bear arms.
Meet Chris Bunch, Republican candidate for California's 10th
Congressional District, a seat vacated by (F-rated gungrabber)
Ellen Tauscher, who has taken a position in the Obama admin-
istration, where I guess she figured becoming Undersecretary
for State Arms Control gives her the chance to effect even more
This has necessitated a special election, to be held in November.
Regular Gun Rights Examiner readers will recall my candidate
questionnaire. Mr. Bunch has answered the questions:
1. Do you believe that the Constitution is the "supreme law of
the land" and that the Bill of Rights acknowledges our birthrights?
The short answer is yes. I would expand that to say that our
rights are interlinked and interdependent, that they all ultimately
depend on one another for the survival of them all (i.e. We
cannot defend our 2nd Amendment rights without the freedom
of speech, we cannot defend our 1st Amendment rights without
our 2nd Amendment rights, and so on!).
2. If so, should these rights be proactively protected from
infringement by all levels of government, including city,
county and state?
Yes, the Constitution is an agreement between the states,
and as such, each sovereign state must agree to the terms and
conditions of that agreement. Ultimately, the Bill or Rights is
not where our rights flow from, rather they are innate to us by
our Creator; to say say that any level of government can
remove any of those rights implies that those rights are
established by a government. Because this is counter to our
founding, our rights must be protected from the abuse of
any level of government.
3. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider
Any law that expands (clarifies or ensures) our rights,
such as laws that enable us to conceal carry.
4. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider
Any law that regulates the rights of law abiding citizens
of the United States.
5. Does the right to bear arms include the right for any
peaceable citizen to carry them concealed without a
permit, as in Vermont ?
It does. See also my comments on question #8.
6. Do you believe that Americans have a right to own,
use and carry weapons of military pattern, and will
you use the prestige of elected office to publicly promote
Yes I do believe that people have the right to own and
weapons of a military pattern, and yes I will use my
office to fight for that right.
7. Do you support or oppose registration of weapons? Why?
OPPOSE, because registration attempts to undermine
and neutralize the purpose of the 2nd Amendment, which
is to ensure that the government will fear becoming
tyrannical towards the population. If the government can
tell what a person has, then they can use that information
to neutralize their rights. We must remember the deep
fear and reservations that our founders had regarding the
power of a central government. Therefore, it is perfectly
acceptable to view our rights as a power (check) against
the powers of the government.
8. Do you support or oppose licensing requirements to
own or carry firearms? Why?
I do not support licensing to own weapons. I only accept
licensing requirements to carry as a point of compromise;
this assumes that the licensing requirements are affordable
to the population at large, that competency or training
requirements are only there to ensure a standard of public
safety, and lastly that any requirements enable at risk
populations (women or the elderly) to have the skills
necessary to use the weapons in a manner to protect
themselves from a hostile agent. All that being said, you
cannot regulate a right, that is why licensing must be
something that enables our rights, the minute that licensing
is used to prevent the free exercise of our rights it is no
longer acceptable as a point of compromise.
9. What specific gun laws will you work to get repealed?
The Brady Bill, and in the generic sense, any legislation
that violates the spirit of my prior answers.
10. If elected, will you back your words of support for
firearms rights up with consistent actions? How?
Yes, I will back my words and I will actively push
amendments to every bill possible to help ensure and
expand the free exercise of our 2nd Amendment rights
as our founders envisioned. I will sponsor and/or co-
sponsor legislation in that same vein.
I've asked before why politicians should stick their
necks out to support gun owners if gun owners will
not support them back. True, the answer is "out of
principle," but that works both ways.
I've already seen sentiments from naysayers concerning
the makeup of the 10th District and the expenditure of
resources. What this always seems to translate into is
expending effort and treasure elsewhere to elect some
squishy RINO who betrays as often as not, and painting
that as some sort of incremental win for our side.
Enough. Don't listen to weaklings who counsel surrender
before the engagement begins. Liberty was never won by
such as these.
If you believe in the right to keep and bear arms, here is
an honest representative for those rights. Chris Bunch's
election to congress will benefit us all, so we all should
help his campaign. If enough gun owners sent him a
contribution and helped spread the word, if he had the
chance to get his message out, who knows who he could
motivate and what effect that could have? Particularly
considering in the last election, at least 35% of those who
voted did not support an entrenched and well-financed
democrat incumbent, and over 20% of the electorate was
not inspired enough to vote.
More lop-sided battles have been won, just never by the
faint of heart.
Please join me in supporting Chris Bunch for Congress.
Please do something today, including forwarding a link
to this column to your gun owner friends.