WASHINGTON — “Maine’s two U.S. senators voted with the majority Thursday to move forward with debate on a package of gun-control measures prompted by December’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.”
I would love to hear Collins explain to her constituents in Maine, under what part of the federal Constitution have they delegated a power to the federal government to enter Main and regulate the ownership of firearms.
I do know Maine’s Declaration of Rights stipulates in crystal clear language that:
Section 16. To keep and bear arms.* “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”*
I also know that the good people of the State of Maine ratified the first ten amendments to our federal constitution to specifically prevent misconstruction or abuse of Congress’ powers. How do I know this to be true? Because the Resolution of the First Congress Submitting Twelve Amendments to the Constitution; March 4, 1789 declares this in crystal clear language:
“THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added .”
I also know the first ten amendments were added to our federal Constitution to preserve and protect federalism, our Constitution’s plan, so that the good people of Maine retain the sole, exclusive and inherent right of governing themselves and regulating the internal affairs of their own state. How do I know the preservation of federalism was specifically intended by our founding fathers? Because Madison states so with respect to the adoption of the first ten amendments to our federal Constitution. He says:
“It cannot be a secret to the gentlemen in this House, that, notwithstanding the ratification of this system of Government by eleven of the thirteen United States, in some cases unanimously, in others by large majorities; yet still there is a great number of our constituents who are dissatisfied with it; among whom are many respectable for their talents and patriotism, and respectable for the jealousy they have for their liberty, which, though mistaken in its object, is laudable in its motive. There is a great body of the people falling under this description, who at present feel much inclined to join their support to the cause of Federalism” ___See :Madison, June 8th, 1789, Amendments to the Constitution
I also know that among the declaratory and restrictive clauses of the first ten amendments to our federal constitution one deals with firearms and another reserves to the States and the people therein all regulatory powers not granted to Congress. And so, it seems crystal clear from the historical record that the regulation of firearms was specifically removed from Congress’ legislative power by the 2nd Amendment, and intentionally reserved by the States and people therein under the Tenth Amendment. And so, is it not justified to ask Collins to explain to her constituents in Maine, under what part of the federal Constitution have they removed the protection of federalism and delegated a power to the federal government to enter Maine and regulate the ownership of firearms?
***“If the Constitution was ratified under the belief, sedulously propagated on all sides, that such protection [federalism] was afforded, would it not now be a fraud upon the whole people to give a different construction to its powers?”***___ Justice Story