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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Northwestern PA Republicans Stand Up for Second Amendment Liberty at Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally

Less than one week after Gov. Rendell reissued his demands for several overwhelmingly defeated gun control proposals, Reps. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), Matt Gabler (R-DuBois), Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) and Kathy Rapp (R-Warren) today joined with hundreds of Pennsylvania gun owners and outdoorsmen in the state Capitol rotunda for the Fourth Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally.

“Every gun owner who made the time to journey to the state Capitol today has done his or her part in putting the governor and any other lawmakers who hide behind tragedy to advance their ineffective and unconstitutional gun control agendas on notice,” said Rapp. “You have no authority whatsoever to criminalize our Second Amendment right to defend our lives, families and properties with a firearm whenever necessary. Any time overkill gun control or confiscation legislation comes before the Pennsylvania House, Warren, Forest and McKean county residents can count on me to cast a vote that directly reflects Article 1, Section 21 of our state constitution which clearly confirms: 'The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.’”

“It is important for Pennsylvanians to come together every year to reaffirm their rights to keep and bear arms in order to defend themselves and protect public safety,” Causer said. “As much as some would like to believe otherwise, stricter gun control laws will not stop people who don’t abide by the law from misusing guns. What we need are laws that ensure law-abiding citizens have the right to defend themselves and ensure criminals who obtain or use guns illegally will be prosecuted.”

Featured speakers at today’s rally included nationally recognized Second Amendment defense attorney and best-selling author Stephen Halbrook; Larry Pratt, executive director, Gun Owners of America; John Sigler, president, National Rifle Association; and Kim Stolfer, chairman, Firearms Owners Against Crime.
“The ‘right to keep and bear arms,’ isn’t confusing or even ambiguous,” said Oberlander. “It is a guaranteed liberty that is not subject to any gun-grabbing governor or lawmaker’s personal interpretation. Gun ownership is also not a special limited right for hunters and collectors. In reality, the Second Amendment is every law-abiding citizen’s last safeguard against tyranny. Politicians simply don’t have the luxury or authority to alter the crystal clear intent of both our state and federal constitutions.”

“We must make every effort to stand up for our way of life against attempted assaults on our rights by big city politicians who wish to take away our freedoms,” stated Gabler. “My constituents’ voice in this matter is loud and strong in demanding that their representatives fight efforts to infringe on the rights of responsible, law-abiding citizen gun owners who simply wish to exercise their ability to defend themselves. The fact remains that when you outlaw guns, you guarantee that only outlaws have guns.”

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DannyB said...

Causer said "“It is important for Pennsylvanians to come together every year to reaffirm their rights to keep and bear arms"

I appreciate what they did for us in protecting our 2nd amendment right,but this statement is a bunch of crap.....we should not have to reaffirm ANY of our rights every year. The government needs to just learn that they aren't going to change this and to back the hell off!!!!

Gary Rea said...

Agreed, Danny. In fact, if we truly want to "reaffirm" our Second Amendment (protected) existing right to defend our right to life, we ned only REPEAL the hundreds of laws that have infringed that right for seventy-five years. It is that simple, yet, where is the NRA on this? They have never once, in seventy-five years, called for the repeal of all existing gun laws.

Anonymous said...

Thank god they haven't.

Anonymous said...

Under Ombama & the Dem's social rule you will see many'many more of our rights vanish!!!

Anonymous said...

I sincerely doubt that Obama or "Dem's social rule" (apparently we're no longer a democracy, we have rulers??) will take any more rights from us than Bush did.

And frankly, losing the right to bare an assault riffle is far less damning than the rights of freedom removed by Bush.

Get over the Dem vs. Rep thing.

Anonymous said...

Poster 12:11

Please be more specific about the "rights of freedom removed by Bush". What the hell are you talking about? What rights of freedom did he remove?

Anonymous said...

What rights or freedoms has obama removed? Last i checked this was a state issue, Like it should be. Obama should be focused on rebuilding our economy, and guess what Bush DID have something to do with our economy like it or not. This entire post has nothing to do with presidents. I would however like to see the shootings stat on assault related shootings from the last ten years prior to clintons ban running out.

Anonymous said...

Um... the patriot act? wire tapping? racial profiling?

and lets not go into flat out ignoring the separation of church and state.

If people want to argue that the second amendment is the second amendment then and now, the first should be the same. Then and now.

Anonymous said...

Ya know it still amazes me that there are still people out there that think Bush was a good is shocking.

Anonymous said...

obama will go down as the worst president ever!! He is going to take the country with him!

Anonymous said...

Thats funny i thought bush already did that?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

sorry i made a mistake....THEN MOVE TO CANADA!!! I know how spelling errors can end up negating a point. I have a question though, What kind of american hopes for the failure of the president? I won't say i agree with everything, but i am not looking forward to his failure so that i can be right.

Anonymous said...

Well said, 5:45. And 4:14.

It's not about the president. And wishing failure on one is... ignorant? Unpatriotic? Gosh... so many words. I may not have liked Bush, but I never wanted him to fail because his failure meant the failure of my country. Nor do I wish failure on Obama. I don't care what side of the aisle you sat on, if you're the president, I want to see you succeed so my country can be stronger.

Anonymous said...

The 2nd ammendment promises the Right to keep and bear arms, it doesn't say you get to keep and bear any type of weapon you choose. With the mentality that this applies to all weapons then we should be able to buy RPG's and hunt with them?

Joe Bob the Redneck said...

The right to keep and bear arms is totally different from the laws in place to limit what you can use to hunt. If I want to use an RPG from deterring a crazed, homicidal heroine addict from entering my home and harming my family, then I believe that is my choice. It states "Arms" in general...not
"whatever arms we decide to let you have". Actually arms could be depicted as any weapon of choice that you wish to arm yourself with including knives, tasers, and archery gear. I know that in this day and age, I feel a lot better about having my .45 with multiple 12 round clips readily available to me. Maybe you anti-gun people should practice swinging your brooms to "Shoo" people out of your houses and see how that works.

Anonymous said...

The 2nd ammendment was not written fer the bad guys,,,,,it was written fer the good ones!!!!! I have owned over 300 firearms and never once have I used any of 'em fer a weapon!!!!! I have also owned 'bout 30 cars,,,,,,,nope,,,,never used any of 'em fer a weapon either!!!!! Golf clubs,,,ball bats,,,,steak knives,,,,,zippos/hair spray,,,,nope notta weapon in my hands!!!!
Just one more thingy,,,,,,,,,if by chance the sound of glass breakin at 2AM whichever firearm I be a packin,,,,,,,it'll save more lives then it'll take!!!!!!!!

Firearm Friendly

Bobby said...

The 2nd amendment protects
the 1st. The 2nd is for protection of life and liberty and not hunting. There have been very few crimes committed with "assault weapons" and the Clinton gun ban never kept any guns from being bought or sold in the US. They were all still available during the ban they just removed the bayo lug or changed the stock to thumbhole. You need to be informed before you speak otherwise it is just oppinion. There are a lot of Democrats in Pa that stand up for the 2nd. Bush was better than than the current oppinion and time will cast him in a kinder light. His problem was he could not communicate. The financial mess has nothing to do with the president it was corporate greed behing closed doors.

Anonymous said...

The patriot act,wire tapping and racial profiling took nothing away from me !

Anonymous said...

Remember when voting this spring, vote for who you think can honestly do the best for us. Forget what party you are and vote your true choice. I truly believe this is the answer to get out nation back on track.

Anonymous said...

A President doesn't have any say anyway. It's the House Senate. Congress in general that rules Not the President. He is only the escape goat for them.

Anonymous said...

Communication is kind of a big part of running a country. I also do not beleive time will forgive Katrina and Iraq. I think it is important for America to be cast in a new light. For us to rebuild our foriegn relations. As well as for us to begin to restablize. I don't care who is the president, what their party is, where they were "born", what their religious veiws are, where their from. I care about this country and frankly it is too soon to cast judgements. Unfortunatly it is time for the country to come together, and it seems like that is just too difficult in this extremest partisanship.

Anonymous said...

"Poster on Thursday, April 23, 2009 4:22:00 PM EDT"

When you were asked what rights Mr. Bush had removed, you said:

".......ignoring the separation of church and state"

Could you please explain what you mean by this?


Anonymous said...

This post is not directed at me, but bush's stance on stem cell research alone was soley based on a religous perspective. He was making decisions based on a religous stance that is not shared by all the people he represents shares. Hence the point of The separation, our Elected leaders are responsible for making decisions for the good of all the people, not just the Christians. I am not turning this into a religous debate by the way.

Anonymous said...

Granted we do elect and operate under a basis of a christian based ethical code, but it is the responsibility of our elected officials to back up those beleifs with facts on a level not strictly religous.

Anonymous said...

I don't care where our president is born?? I don't care about his religous veiws??I don't care who he is?? And yet you care about this country?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME !!!Maybe you should try living in Iraq or Afgaistan DUMB ASS !!!!

Mr Realistic said...

I must correct you on this statement "our Elected leaders are responsible for making decisions for the good of all the people"

It should read "our Elected leaders are responsible for making decisions for the good of the MAJORITY of the people". Everyone knows that it is impossible to make everyone happy all of the time. The president has to look at the option that hurts/offends the least amount of people know matter what the advantage is.

Anonymous said...

Did i say i don't care who he is? or that his views wouldn't still sway my decision on who i voted for. I am saying that just because some idiot continues to bring up that he was not born in this country or some stupid biggest calls him Muslim i don't care. I cast my vote based on his plan for the country by comparison to john McCain’s. I was saying that policies and a plan should influence the outcome of an election. You on the other hand feel that where he is from, and who his kids pray to before they go to sleep is more important than what is actually doing. So lets think a little deeper, superficial, redneck oriented baseless rumor mill, V.S economic policy, and foreign relations. hmmmm, lets think which makes who the dumb ass? Maybe you should have thought a little deeper. I care what our president is doing over who he is. And guess what, a majority of the people that voted, felt the same damn way.