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Pot And Guns: Will Obama Administration Deal Equally With States That Defy Him?

March 20, 2013 by  

Pot And Guns: Will Obama Administration Deal Equally With States That Defy Him?
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Will The Administration of President Barack Obama turn the same blind eye toward State laws defiant of possible Federal gun-grabbing laws as it has thus far with States that have legalized recreational marijuana?

If the Fix Gun Checks Act (each of which moved through the Senate Judiciary Committee last week) actually wins Congressional approval and become law, most types of private gun purchases would be illegal under Federal law, as is recreational pot.

States that have approved recreational weed smoking and those whose legislatures have, or soon will, approve laws preserving Constitutional gun ownership would then stand, equally, in defiance of the law of the land.

But, as CNS News points out in an interesting weekend piece, it’s difficult to imagine that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) would stay on the sidelines when it comes to guns — even though it has done the same when it comes to marijuana.

A particularly interesting test case could happen in the State of Washington, whose residents approved private marijuana use late last year. Obama himself famously said his Administration has “bigger fish to fry” than to go after Washington and other States where pot has been or soon may be made legal.

But Washington’s Legislature is currently considering a bill that would make any future Federal ban on semiautomatic weapons or magazines, as well as forced gun registration, “unenforceable” throughout the State.

It’s unlikely that Senate Democrats’ gun grabbing proposals will pass through Congress in their present form.

But if they do, the DOJ would be inviting massive ridicule, as well as legal action from every side, if it swoops in to make sure States adhere to the Federal gun ban while letting them slide on permitting their citizens’ enjoyment of good old Mary Jane, which is still a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Patric Henry

    How many remember the days of alcohol ‘prohibition’? Many people like ole Joe Kennedy made many millions as a bootlegger. How many folks will travel to those places where military weapons are for sale to those who can pay and bring them into the USA surreptitiously for Americans to own anti-tank weapons, shoulder held missiles, anti-aircraft (drone) weapons and the ability to drive Obama’s SS (black thug) troops into the hell they so rightly deserve.

    America is not likely to allow another despot to take over this democracy into a totalitarian state.

    • Vicki

      “America is not likely to allow another despot to take over this democracy into a totalitarian state.”

      Republic. The US is a Constitutionally LIMITED Republic.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4r0VUybeXY

    • mark

      Keep dreaming on in your hate-filled, paranoid fanstasy land. At least it gives you some comfort – that and poisoning your children with loathsome, racist lies so they can grow up to be even uglier and more frightened than you are.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chris.funnell.16 Chris Funnell

        We, as Americans, are not paranoid. We do, however, have concerns about a tyrannical government as this administration is demonstrating by Obama’s willfulness to skirt the Constitution at every turn. Liberals like Obama, like to play the race card whenever anyone voices an opposing view of his policies. Sir, it is called the First Amendment and the right to disagree and/or debate views contrary to the public’s point of view. He has such a high opinion of himself that he cannot tolerate views contrary to his ideology, regardless if they’re in the best interest of the people he’s supposed to represent. All dictators seem to have a similiar personality trait that Obama possesses. Get over it, Mark, he is not a king and he is not above reproach or criticism. Bush was often criticized for his policies, but I never heard him whine or demonize his critics the way this President does. As one former President(Truman) once said, “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”. Quit being a crybaby and man-up, Mr. President. All presidents have had to take some heat for their decisions and or ideas. It goes with the job.

  • Dr Richard Wright Hogeland

    Dear Readers – The Freedom and Liberty Forum – Most of what Obama dores – at gread time and money – is have “show time” for his audience . The Supreme Court Cases over the last 200 years – pretty well – establishes what can be expected from the SC – 2nd amendment applies to the individual – any militarty arms will be allowed to the individual – any restriction – must be well tailored – and a common sense restriction –
    Yes, the Congress caqn pass whatever it likes – the Statyes can do the same – but eventually the legislation will be struck down as being unconstitutional – Obama and the Congress know that will happen –
    The practical solution to this game of chartades is for the individual aand State officials to ignore totally what is put on the books – not only re gun laws – but any laws – the Latin Countries have been passing legislations and ignoring it since – forever – where the Anglo-Saxon Countries wear legislation enacted like a hairshirt -

    Best

    R

  • dcjdavis

    In a violent siege, patriots took over the White House today with bongs and joints in hand….Hmmm. Nope I don’t think so.

    • Alex

      A+ for dcjdavis!

  • MIKE THURMAN

    IMPEACH OBAMA HE IS WANTING TO BE A DICTATOR

    • http://yahoo don

      as dictator if he’d get his way. he’d turn the population into sheeple. no resistance without weapons. we’ become another mexico. crime would rule.

  • Dad

    I just hope that this administration stops selling guns to drug cartels…

  • Jana

    The question of: Will Obama Administration Deal Equally With States That Defy Him?
    Answer:
    He hasn’t yet so why do we think he will change now? He has his hit list and his enemy list. He thinks of those states as his enemies.

    What a sad state of affairs when a supposed President of the United States perceives some of those very states as his enemy. I happen to live in one of those states an we are doing all right in spite of him.

  • Anthony

    “States that have approved recreational weed smoking and those whose legislatures have, or soon will, approve laws preserving Constitutional gun ownership would then stand, equally, in defiance of the law of the land.”

    Wrong. The law of the land is the Constitution. Any “Law” against it is unconstitutional, and by definition is unlawful. I, for one, do not pay much attention to their suggestions. I follow just, and constitutional laws. The rest are just barnicles on the hull, and are working hard at sinking our country.

    • Vicki

      Agreed. I find nowhere in the Constitution did we delegate to the federal government the power to control/forbid our possession or use of ANY herbs.

      I find in the Constitution a specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms.

      Thus none of those states are in violation of the SUPREME Law of the land.

  • Anthony

    Oh, and “Patriot” is NOT a bad word, or label to have. Being blatantly anti-constitutional is treasonous and should be punnishable by firing squad.

  • Anthony

    Federal law= Nope!
    Congressional law= Nope!
    Constitutional Law= True America, and a resounding YES!

  • Just a Native

    Unfortunaly the only Goverment agency handling the Gun ownership verses Mary Jane use is the ATF. If the Mary Jane users marked “NO” on the first question on the gun registration form they are breaking the law. If they marked “YES” they would not approve the purchase. Marking “NO” is lying and the ATF has the right to come after you and break into you home with a swat team. Penalties could be 10 years and $10,000.00. These laws came into affect last year. Look it up on google.

  • Kevin Wickham

    States that have approved recreational weed smoking and those whose legislatures have, or soon will, approve laws preserving Constitutional gun ownership would then stand, equally, in defiance of the law of the land.

    ummmm the Constitution IS the “law of the land” is it not?

  • Philip Hathaway

    I am proud to here these upstanding individuals are fighting for America, for FREEDOM and upholding the Great Constitition. I really hate knowing that our President obama is so opposed to our Great Nation and the Freedoms that our Founding Fathers laid down to ensure Freedom and to save this nation from dictators who live to control others and power over American Life. It is great to know that power and control doesn’t go to everyones head.

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