By Loraine Aceto
Janet Mills, American lawyer and liberal Democratic politician, was selected to be the Democratic candidate in the June primary election. Mills is running for Maine governor in the upcoming November general election and wants to enact “gun control” laws if elected. However, according to legislature.maine.gov, Article 1, Section 16 of the Maine state constitution states that “every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.” Janet Mills: not a constitutionalist towards the rights of citizens.
Why is our history so important and how does it connect to Maine? Maine values our constitution, we value our state constitution and want a governor who will do just that. Janet Mills won’t. According to Janet Mills’ stance on “gun control” and “gun violence”, “We are a state full of people who hunt, who shoot for recreation and for sport, and who value our constitutional rights. But we also know that to eliminate the threat of gun violence in our community, we need to bring people together to achieve real, lasting change.”
Monday, Sept. 17, was Constitution Day, a day to “commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who have become citizens.” So why do we need the Constitution? According to congress.gov, “The Constitution comprises the primary law of the United States. It describes the three chief branches of the Federal Government and their jurisdictions, and lays out the basic rights of the country’s citizens.”
The process of changing the constitution according to the seventh article can be done but is very difficult. According to the declaration of independence, “ whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these rights, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it”. In the case of if the government is taking away the rights of the second amendment as well as other amendments, we can then abolish.
The Second Amendment of the Constitution states that, “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.” An argument made is that we need to have thorough background checks. Gun background checks exist — enforced.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ 4473 form, “In order to purchase a gun from a federal firearms licensed dealer (FFL), a consumer must provide identification and pass a federal background check using the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ 4473 form.” Additionally, “The first page of the document requires basic information, including the buyer’s full name, address, sex, birthday and ethnicity. A Social Security number is encouraged, but not required. The form also asks the buyer about criminal background, immigration status and mental health — information that could result in a consumer being denied. … Once the form is completed, the dealer will submit it to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) online or by phone.” The second amendment protects ourselves in this country from the government and for self defense which is so crucial, if updated we would have much less protection and secureness.
American rock musician, right-wing activist, and police officer Ted Nugent points out that gun violence is overblown,
“30,000 gun related deaths [happen] per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. U.S. Population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.000000925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically insignificant! 30,000 deaths, as compared to other causes of death…’gun violence’ – not 30,000 annually; drops to 5,100. 25% of all gun crime happens in 4 cities whom have strict gun laws…example, California – 1,169 and Alabama – 1 (no strict gun laws). California – strictest gun restrictions in California but not guns cause. What about other deaths each year?” According to Ted Nugent’s research findings, 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. Focusing on guns controls the government, when there are other causes of death. Our founding fathers savvied how those in power can unfortunately become corrupt and seek to disarm. A disarmed populace is no populace.
Gun self-defense incidents also really show that guns save lives by allowing individuals to defend themselves — empowering them.
On April 28, around 8:30 p.m., Barb Moles, 80-year old granny, shot a home intruder in her house who attacked her husband. Granny grabbed her .38-caliber pistol and — bang — shot the attacker! Problem solved. She defended herself and her husband.
The famous Kardashian/Jenner Sisters, Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, rightfully considered buying guns and went to a shooting range in an episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on E! Network. “Kendall’s been robbed before and we want to protect ourselves. I know Kim is against guns, but for Kendall and I, it’s something that we feel we need in order for us to sleep better at night. I think Kim will later respect how much work, effort and responsibility we put into this,” Khloe told E! Network.
Two armed robbers attempted to murder innocent people at a small pharmacy in Apple Valley, California. The pharmacist protected himself and his employees, wounding one of the suspects. This is proof that owning a gun is a choice to not be the victim.
Guns are also used for hobbies: hunting and shooting at shooting ranges. Hunting also is an activity (separate from politics) and one of the multiple purposes of a gun like multiple purposes of knives including prepping meals. But if we ban guns, why don’t we ban knives even when we are using them for different purposes such as preparing a salad, spreading butter on bread, etc like guns for hunting and shooting ranges?
Don’t vote for Janet Mills. She is not a constitutionalist. She will restrict your rights to keep and bear arms according to Ballotpedia (Encyclopedia of American politics), Janet Mill’s goal is to “regulate military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. We should also prohibit devices designed to turn semi-automatic firearms into fully-automatic machine guns, including bump stocks.”
Vote Shawn Moody for governor, a self-made entrepreneur at the age of 17 who follows the Constitution. According to his website, “Shawn is a strong believer in Maine’s outdoor heritage. He supports the 2nd Amendment and Maine’s hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation industries.” Vote Shawn Moody, a constitutionalist.