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‘MAKING AMEREICA GREAT AGAIN’ SERIES – COMMENTARY TWO – FIXING THE LAWS – PART ONE

MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE  Juanita Holloway-Walters

My husband jokes with me that if I were to create an epic movie, it would last about ten minutes after I had streamlined it, and edited it to death. Being able to see the big picture in business as well as the movies, I feel confident in saying that one important endeavor into “Making America Great Again” is that the ENTIRE “law of the land” must be whittled down into something the average American adult can understand. American citizens have proven their consciences are in good working order; as evidenced by 95% of America’s population do not break laws (1) – making them the all-important “self-governing citizens” ideal our founders believed could exist.

What we see on contemporary television, and movies, that often gives Americans a bad rap, is not a true picture of the real America. Sadly, there is a minority of the American population – a bag of tricks – of the rich, the famous, the thespians (and those of lesser abilities), the singers, the notorious no talents, the ghetto pimps (claiming to be preachers), the uber-athletic, and the political, who appear to live by some upside-down beliefs / rules / laws that they promote to the world. In that Bizarro-World they live in, right is often wrong, and wrong is often right. These people are the role models our children, and grandchildren are exposed to. This American false veneer of society reminds me of Bizarro-World from our childhood comic books. The enemy within has been very engaged in portraying these people as normal, while plying their socialist influence, as they are ever-chipping away at our Republic through much bad, destructive or useless laws.

The world seems to have begun the fight of all time. Broken down to the most common denominators of culture and education, this fight is absolutely a war of two religions / faiths / economies . . . of good and evil. Many titles can be given, but the division between the Real-America and the Veneer-America is the difference between a culture of life, and a culture of death. We each make a choice with our eyes wide open.

Because case law has taken on a form of judges each “discovering the right result” (2) in an atmosphere of “democracy,” equal justice under the law has become impossible. An identical court case in two different jurisdictions could have different results, and either conclusion might not be constitutionally correct. This is an excellent reason for a complete revamping of our laws in a format that all High School Graduates not only understand, but leave school with their own copy of the law.

We do not need for Congress to pass hundreds of laws every year. The more ways that you describe right and wrong – thieving and murdering – the more opportunity for lawyers to let bad people run the streets, and good people go to prison. The laws we have should be easy to understand; should each be written involving only one subject; and should be written with the support of “We the People.” At the time of voting for Obamacare, 59% of “We the People” were against it. They were clearly not doing “The Peoples” business when they made it law. The balances of justice have been off kilter for a long time. TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, the Scales of Justice must be re-balanced.

I have a direct life-line to my Creator. Because of this, I can see that LAWS ARE WRITTEN TO CONDEMN. The more laws, the more condemnation for the sake of condemnation. There are so many laws, that any government could pick you up, charge you with something ridiculous, and you would be forced to go through a flawed system which may or may not get the verdict right. Look no further than the law-suit over hot coffee to see that I am right. Our court systems have become a crap shoot. (Outcome based on the unpredictable roll of dice.)

IF I WERE CHARGED WITH MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN I WOULD RETURN THE USA TO OUR (JUDEO / CHRISTIAN BASED) CONSTITUTIONAL LAW.

I might have each state send a team of 30 citizens, capable of LAW SCRAPPING, that would have in its mix any of the following career classifications:

– Accountants with a minimum of 20 years-experience as an accountant;
– Business managers with a minimum of 20 years-experience as a corporate business manager;
– Small business owners with a minimum of 20 years-experience as a small business owner (1M or
less/yr.);
– Medium business owners with a min. of 20 years-experience as a med. Business owner (2M – 20M/yr.);
– Housewives with 3 or more children (children and step children) with a minimum of 5 years-experience;
– Chemical plant operators with a minimum of 15 years-experience as a Chemical Plant Operator;
– High school coaches with a minimum of 20 years-experience as a high school coach;
– History teachers with a minimum of 20 years-experience teaching American History;
– Professional umpires with a minimum of 20 years-experience as a Professional Umpire;
– Retail store managers with a minimum of 20 years-experience managing retail stores;
– Farmers with a minimum of 20 years-experience farming;
– and Police Officers with a minimum of 20 years-experience as a Police Officer.

All would meet in one location to investigate all federal laws for a few criteria with the expressed goal of scrapping every one possible, effective January 1, 2019. I guess you noticed absolutely no lawyers, no movie stars, or professional politicians allowed in our group of law scrappers. Period. Criteria:
1.) If history has changed the law’s meaning, or it is obsolete – it is time to give the law a scrapping funeral.
I.e. We no longer need a law for a servant to precede the carriage by 20 paces while carrying a lantern.
2.) If the law is un-Constitutional, and therefore cannot be a law, it must be scrapped.
I.e. There is a ruling for law, and the basis for the law is found nowhere in the Constitution.

3. There is no separation of church and state in the Constitution. To read the proof of this, please read my commentary on Mr. Jefferson’s Letters which can be found here: http://www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=hwaltersj&date=120810
4.) The law is redundant, and should never have been written, it must be scrapped.

5.) The law has impact on more than two topics; it is useless to the common man and it must be scrapped.

6.) If the law is one that the states are supposed to have control over; it must be scrapped.

7. All laws are written for all citizens in equality with no distinctions (I.e. Race, Sex), (for example: statutory rape is rape no matter which sex the victim is).

8. If fifty people on the committee cannot understand what the law is, it must be scrapped.

9.) If the law is Constitutional, and does not fit into the 1 – 8 descriptions above, then tell us why it should still be a law. These are the ones we should be keeping.

The special team could be called ‘America’s Law Scrapping Team’, and would be classifying the laws that are left into the 51 U.S. Title Codes – or less categories. What is left cannot be a book larger than what one high school senior can learn in a one year class entitled “Federal Laws, What Every Citizen Must Know.” We need for every child in our country to learn the laws that he/she are expected to live by.

How can we live in a Republic, and keep the peace, if the citizens do not know the Laws? By the same token, there must be a chapter in the book on the Bill of Rights, so our young adults understand them. There should be a further explanation in the difference between rights and privileges. For example, your driver’s license is a privilege.

If the laws cannot fit into a 600-page book, they will be further reduced / streamlined by those who will be on the Law Streamlining Team.  Each Law Scrapping Teams will select ten members to be on a secondary team for streamlining. This team will look at laws that are good, but need to be combined with all other laws on the same subject matter for streamlining, and providing a law that is the same without a ton of duplication and useless posturing.

PART TWO COMING IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.

  • (1) Politifact correcting Dan Patrick article 9/2/15 from 15% to 5%
  • (2) First Things, Common Law and Constitutional Law by William J. Haun 12/15/12
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END TIME PROPHECY – SIMPLE TO EXPLAIN

There have been a lot of good sermons delivered in the last few weeks, because those in political / societal control are turning the American ship further into deep destructive waters – destructive waters that most Americans are not brave enough to stand up against. Washington is a reflection of the majority in America. For truly, if millions of Americans were keeping Washington in line with God’s traditions and laws, our entire existence would change for the better almost overnight. America would be the nation she once was, when other nations worked to emulate the overall positive existence of the American people. Our government would once again tow the line of the majority of the people for fear of losing their jobs. Satan would crawl back under his familiar rock to hide for another season.  But, I can sum up the reality of all Biblical wisdom, and end time prophecy in one question:

Are YOU going to follow God’s traditions / laws – or man’s?

It is the age old pattern of Israel, and it is the pattern of Christianity, of history repeating itself every time mankind forgets who our Creator is, starts behaving as if men are gods, and forgets that we live for God’s glory. This question above is one that we each must come to terms with, and be prepared to not only live with the consequences, but are forcing our young to also live with the consequences of our individual choice.

It really is that simple to explain. I have recently been asked the age old questions that have been asked of every Christian who has studied the Bible for thousands of years:
1. Don’t all religions lead to salvation?
2. Where in Biblical history are we; isn’t the answer in Revelation?

I explain it like this. Milk Christians often go straight to reading Revelation to find answers. The answers aren’t just in one book of the Bible designed for Milk Christians. Salvation is through Jesus Christ, period. To study Revelation, you must go through every book of the entire (OT & NT) Bible to understand it – why Revelation is at the end. I encourage the masses who have not studied the Bible to do so. You will find answers to questions you didn’t even know you have. Only by studying the Bible will you receive the truth of Who actually wrote it. This is a truth that can only be obtained by your direct experience. I can tell you the truth all day long and give you fifty examples in short order to back it up – but – that will mean nothing to you. You must seek the truth to receive it.

There have been many “pre-tribulation” times throughout history. But, so far, each time, mankind turns the ship of earthly existence back toward living for God’s glory, and turns the ship away from the end times. One time, in the future, mankind will not wake up and turn the ship of all earthly existence back toward living for God’s glory. Only God knows which time that will be. For God lives outside of His creation (space/time continuum), and only He can see when that will happen.

Those of us who think of ourselves as the watchmen are absolutely saying, WOW, today does seem to be the season before the tribulation years – but, we do not know for sure. We are praying mankind wakes up one more time and strives to live for God’s glory. Yes, our nation (and most of the world) are being ruled by the Prince of Darkness – it says so in the Bible. His days are numbered. One day soon the end-time-prophecies will come true . . . or not, if mankind wakes up again. It all revolves around that one sentence – again:

Are YOU going to follow God’s traditions / laws – or man’s?

Copyright © 2016 by Juanita Holloway-Walters, All Rights Reserved

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HATS OFF TO MR CAVUTO AT FOX:

Mr. Cavuto’s Commentary – BRAVO MR. CAVUTO:
” Obama’s henchman, Senator Harry Reid, and Senate Democrats have not passed a budget in four years. The Senate’s obstructionist, do-nothing policy has refused every attempt of the House to make reasonable changes to the Un-Affordable Health Care Act that would be approved by the people. Changes need to be made such as giving the same waivers to the people as given to the large corporations, Congressional members, and federal workers.

This Administration has refused to keep the National Parks open, resulting in tremendous loss of revenue to lodging and restaurants within the park and ruining the vacations of thousands of tourists; barricaded the World War II Memorial to shut out Honor Tours of WWII veterans; and threatened Veteran’s Administration funding, among many others. Then we have establishment Republicans like Senators Peter King, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and others viciously attacking Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul and Congressman Louie Gohmert, who have been bold enough to stand their ground and serving as the voice of the people who elected them to the Senate and elected the House majority. When have we ever seen the Democrats shoot their own? It doesn’t happen!

It is despicable that 79 senators, including Texas Senator John Cornyn, voted YES on cloture, giving Harry Reid what he wanted! Conservative PACs and the RNC need to run hard-hitting TV ads on the mainstream media late night shows like Leno and Letterman explaining to the people which Party is destroying America if the out-of-control spending is not reined in before the debt limit ceiling is voted.

If not now, when? If not led by the Republicans, who, and why not? Read below what Neil Cavuto told the President.

Neal Cavuto of Fox News explained to President Obama why he, Barack Obama, not Fox News, is responsible for the problems with Obamacare and the debt..

Obama is blaming Fox News for 2/3 of the country disliking Obamacare. Here’s Neil Cavuto’s explanation, and it is great. If you don’t understand what is bad about ObamaCare, please read his comments, and you will understand.

Mr. President, Fox News isn’t what’s making Americans sick about your healthcare law. Your healthcare law is. Welcome, everybody, I’m Neil Cavuto. And excuse this departure from form. But I think this is just poor form. So, it’s time we set some things straight.

Mr. President, we at Fox News are not the problem. I hate to break it to you, sir. You are. Your words are. Your promises are. We didn’t sell this healthcare law. Sir, you did. Remember this?

President Barack Obama:  “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”

Mr. President, tell that to tens of thousands of retirees at IBM and Time Warner and dozens of others, who’ve been dumped from their coverage and told to find their own coverage. Fox News didn’t break that news to them, Mr. President. Their companies did.

Fox News didn’t push more of those firms to hire part-time workers. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t incentivize fast food restaurants to scale back their benefits. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t make doctors want to opt out. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t make insurance premiums sky rocket. Your healthcare law did. Just like Fox News didn’t grant hundreds of exemptions to companies that needed them. You did. And Fox News didn’t delay one key provision after another, including online enrollment for those small business exchanges. You did.

Just like it wasn’t Fox News that said we had to pass this to see what was in this. You did. Or was that Nancy Pelosi? Sometimes I’m confused. But of this I am not. Fox News didn’t re-do basic math. Sir, you did. Fox News didn’t say you can cover 30 million more Americans and not see a hit in premiums. You did. Fox News didn’t say you could throw in those with pre-existing conditions and not have to pay for it. You did. Fox News didn’t all but say you could get something for nothing. You did. Fox News didn’t come back years later and say, oh yea, we did raise some taxes. You did.

Here’s where you are right about Fox News, however, Mr. President. We can do math. And did. You cannot. And did not. We said it, and proved it. You didn’t. And we’re all suffering for it. Take it from the numbers guy at Fox. Numbers don’t lie. The number of Americans working part-time and nervous. The number of retirees days away from being dumped on exchanges and anxious. The number of company bosses with any news to pass along on those exchanges, but still clueless. The number of doctors who want out. The number of congressmen now opting out. No, Mr. President, none of those numbers lie.

But with all due respect sir, I can only conclude you do know; I know, I know you hate us at Fox. But please take a look in a mirror, and fast. You think we’re the skunk at your picnic. But that doesn’t mean we’re the ones that stink. Because that smell isn’t coming from the folks reporting on your law. Mr. President, that smell is your law.”

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GARDEN OF YOUR GOOD OR EVIL MIND?

I prefer to break issues down to their lowest common denominators . . . Snowden . . . NSA . . . cracking PERSONAL encrypted information . . .
Think about all of this in the following two different aspects —

It isn’t proper to say, “I have nothing to hide.”

ONE ASPECT.
Whereas, I do not mind God seeing and hearing all of my private thoughts, correspondence, and pictures – I DO MIND Satan looking at them and twisting them in any way except how I intended.  That word intended doesn’t help you at all when Satan decides to read into your private thoughts, correspondence, and pictures from his really evil view. It is important to remember that Satan has rule over the Earth temporarily.

SECOND ASPECT.
Have you had a friend or spouse who read something different than what you meant into things you have said or written? Have you had a friend or spouse that pestered you for your opinion on something, then immediately took issue with whatever you said that they forced out of you? Do you think strangers would be more interested in your actual meaning, or applying their own prejudices to whatever you write or say?

FISA COURTS are anti-constitutional and have every opportunity to destroy our U.S. Constitutional Bill of Rights by the very nature of being secretive in their actions against whomever they please. We have a right to public trial, and to know exactly who our accusers are, and what we are being accused of. WE ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY by a preponderance of evidence in a legal trial before a jury of our peers. No GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY has the right to our private thoughts, correspondences, and pictures. Should there be a need to our personal information for a specific legal trial in an American court, those kinds of issues are resolved via the Judge issuing a warrant for specific information during such a trial. All diligent care must be afforded American citizens for such warrants to only be granted the right to specific information regarding a trial – and not a fishing expedition.

By common sense reasoning of the above two aspects, I do not trust any person or entity (especially government persons or entities) to read my personal thoughts and correspondences – or to view or edit my pictures. It is reasonable to expect others, especially strangers, to impose their prejudices upon my personal information.

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LIFE CHANGING QUESTIONS – CATEGORY FOUR

  • Because, any hacker or your government can access your camera in your computer or phone, and record what you are doing – even in the privacy of your own home, and even when your computer or phone is turned off – and alter the video in any particular way they so desire . . .
  • Because even the keystrokes that you backspace over or delete on your computer or phone is recorded by your government . . .
  • Because telephone calls are being recorded without a court order . . .
  • Because anyone you are in the company of – including your offspring – may do stupid or intentionally damning things on your computer or phone . . .
  • Because your government is made up of all sorts of people, including dishonest and un-American folks . . .
  • Because there are Americans who will vote for someone based on the color of their skin, someone who gives them something as simple as a free phone, and someone who is their bully who will hurt those that think differently than they do . . .
  • Because your government can take your hard earned money, and give it to another citizen . . .
  • Because your government can now incarcerate you without formal charges, without knowing who your accuser is, and without due process of law . . .
  • Because your government is not securing our national borders – but, instead your government has brainwashed the majority of Americans to give up their Constitutional rights for an illusion of some sort of safety . . .
  • Because our government is in the end game stages of making infrastructure through huge Congressional bills / laws that most do not read and / or understand, which in effect are laws that are capable of making each of you guilty of something of their choosing . . .
  • Because your government is able to give and to withhold medical care . . .
  • Because your government is using drones to kill the enemy / and the innocent alike . . .
  • Because your government is using the media they own to control the argument regarding your right to free speech, and your right to own a gun for your protection . . .
  • Because your government owns the media to control any argument . . .
  • Because your government refuses to name the enemy . . .
  • Because your government is using the media they own as judge and jury, the odds of you having a fair trial are zero . . .
  • Because your military has been divisively infiltrated with persons who do not have patriotic ties to our Republic . . .
  • Because, your government believes that ‘the ends justify the means’ . . .
  • BECAUSE, IF YOU ARE CHRISTIAN, YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT MEN’S LAWS CAN ONLY CONDEMN – AND THE MORE LAWS THERE ARE – THE ODDS OF YOU BEING CONDEMNED IS HIGH  – (BUT THANKFULLY, SALVATION COMES FROM THE LORD) . .

WELL,

NOT MUCH GOOD HERE IN AMERICA . . .

YOU ARE SCREWED IF THE STATE DEEMS IT SO . . .

AND, IF YOU ARE IN THE MAJORITY . . .

YOU NOT ONLY ASKED FOR IT – YOU CONDONE IT.

It makes me truly sad, that so many Americans haven’t a clue why people have died to protect our American rights – that today’s American often doesn’t know or care about those rights. May I remind you of the Original Ten Amendments to the United States Constitution / The Bill of Rights (Passed by Congress September 25, 1789; and Ratified December 15, 1791.)

Amendment I – Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II – Right to bear arms

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.

Amendment III – Quartering of soldiers

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV – Search and arrest

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V – Rights in criminal cases

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI – Right to a fair trial

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII – Rights in civil cases

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII – Bail, fines, punishment

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX – Rights retained by the People

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X – States’ rights

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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The Letter I Received From the President, and My Response:

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A few hours ago, President Obama stood with parents who lost children in the Newtown tragedy and said: “All in all, today was a pretty shameful day for Washington.”
That’s because a minority of senators blocked legislation that would have made America safer and better protected our kids. Forty-five lawmakers stood in the way of improvements to the background check system that would keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and the mentally unstable — something that 90 percent of Americans support.
You’re going to want to hear President Obama explain why he thinks this happened. Watch the video or read the transcript below, then share this so that everyone knows what comes next:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence/action

— The President’s Remarks —

A few months ago, in response to too many tragedies — including the shootings of a United States Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, who’s here today, and the murder of 20 innocent schoolchildren and their teachers — this country took up the cause of protecting more of our people from gun violence.
Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders — not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all our children. And a few minutes ago, a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery.
By now, it’s well known that 90 percent of the American people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun. We’re talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness.  Ninety percent of Americans support that idea. Most Americans think that’s already the law.
And a few minutes ago, 90 percent of Democrats in the Senate just voted for that idea. But it’s not going to happen because 90 percent of Republicans in the Senate just voted against that idea.
A majority of senators voted “yes” to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward.
I’m going to speak plainly and honestly about what’s happened here because the American people are trying to figure out how can something have 90 percent support and yet not happen. We had a Democrat and a Republican -– both gun owners, both fierce defenders of our Second Amendment, with “A” grades from the NRA — come together and worked together to write a common-sense compromise on background checks. And I want to thank Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey for their courage in doing that. That was not easy given their traditional strong support for Second Amendment rights.
As they said, nobody could honestly claim that the package they put together infringed on our Second Amendment rights. All it did was extend the same background check rules that already apply to guns purchased from a dealer to guns purchased at gun shows or over the Internet. So 60 percent of guns are already purchased through a background check system; this would have covered a lot of the guns that are currently outside that system.
Their legislation showed respect for gun owners, and it showed respect for the victims of gun violence. And Gabby Giffords, by the way, is both — she’s a gun owner and a victim of gun violence. She is a Westerner and a moderate. And she supports these background checks.
In fact, even the NRA used to support expanded background checks. The current leader of the NRA used to support these background checks. So while this compromise didn’t contain everything I wanted or everything that these families wanted, it did represent progress. It represented moderation and common sense. That’s why 90 percent of the American people supported it.
But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. They claimed that it would create some sort of “big brother” gun registry, even though the bill did the opposite. This legislation, in fact, outlawed any registry. Plain and simple, right there in the text. But that didn’t matter.
And unfortunately, this pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a purpose, because those lies upset an intense minority of gun owners, and that in turn intimidated a lot of senators. And I talked to several of these senators over the past few weeks, and they’re all good people. I know all of them were shocked by tragedies like Newtown. And I also understand that they come from states that are strongly pro-gun. And I have consistently said that there are regional differences when it comes to guns, and that both sides have to listen to each other.
But the fact is most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn’t want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun. There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this. It came down to politics — the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. They worried that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-Second Amendment.
And obviously, a lot of Republicans had that fear, but Democrats had that fear, too. And so they caved to the pressure, and they started looking for an excuse — any excuse — to vote “no.”
One common argument I heard was that this legislation wouldn’t prevent all future massacres. And that’s true. As I said from the start, no single piece of legislation can stop every act of violence and evil. We learned that tragically just two days ago. But if action by Congress could have saved one person, one child, a few hundred, a few thousand — if it could have prevented those people from losing their lives to gun violence in the future while preserving our Second Amendment rights, we had an obligation to try.
And this legislation met that test. And too many senators failed theirs.
I’ve heard some say that blocking this step would be a victory. And my question is, a victory for who? A victory for what? All that happened today was the preservation of the loophole that lets dangerous criminals buy guns without a background check. That didn’t make our kids safer. Victory for not doing something that 90 percent of Americans, 80 percent of Republicans, the vast majority of your constituents wanted to get done? It begs the question, who are we here to represent?
I’ve heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. “A prop,” somebody called them. “Emotional blackmail,” some outlet said. Are they serious? Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don’t have a right to weigh in on this issue? Do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate?
So all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.
But this effort is not over. I want to make it clear to the American people we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence, so long as the American people don’t give up on it. Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities. We’re going to address the barriers that prevent states from participating in the existing background check system. We’re going to give law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns so it can do its job. We’re going to help to put in place emergency plans to protect our children in their schools.
But we can do more if Congress gets its act together. And if this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters.
To all the people who supported this legislation — law enforcement and responsible gun owners, Democrats and Republicans, urban moms, rural hunters, whoever you are — you need to let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed, and that if they don’t act this time, you will remember come election time.
To the wide majority of NRA households who supported this legislation, you need to let your leadership and lobbyists in Washington know they didn’t represent your views on this one.
The point is those who care deeply about preventing more and more gun violence will have to be as passionate, and as organized, and as vocal as those who blocked these common-sense steps to help keep our kids safe. Ultimately, you outnumber those who argued the other way. But they’re better organized. They’re better financed. They’ve been at it longer. And they make sure to stay focused on this one issue during election time. And that’s the reason why you can have something that 90 percent of Americans support and you can’t get it through the Senate or the House of Representatives.
So to change Washington, you, the American people, are going to have to sustain some passion about this. And when necessary, you’ve got to send the right people to Washington. And that requires strength, and it requires persistence.
And that’s the one thing that these families should have inspired in all of us. I still don’t know how they have been able to muster up the strength to do what they’ve doing over the last several weeks, last several months.
And I see this as just round one. When Newtown happened, I met with these families and I spoke to the community, and I said, something must be different right now. We’re going to have to change. That’s what the whole country said. Everybody talked about how we were going to change something to make sure this didn’t happen again, just like everybody talked about how we needed to do something after Aurora. Everybody talked about we needed change something after Tucson.
And I’m assuming that the emotions that we’ve all felt since Newtown, the emotions that we’ve all felt since Tucson and Aurora and Chicago — the pain we share with these families and families all across the country who’ve lost a loved one to gun violence — I’m assuming that’s not a temporary thing. I’m assuming our expressions of grief and our commitment to do something different to prevent these things from happening are not empty words.
I believe we’re going to be able to get this done. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it. And so do the American people.
Thank you very much, everybody.

MY RESPONSE:
Dear President Obama,

     With all due respect, the majority of Americans do not want the background check legislation, and know that it would not prevent criminals from murdering Americans. I often feel that I am lucky to have Texas Senators who listen to their constituents, and vote accordingly. 
America needs to concentrate on not releasing murderers from prison – that would be legislation America would support. What would be even better is if America’s youth do not turn to a life of crime. We need to promote education that gives our youth more options than college. College is not for everyone. Our entire high school system needs to be revamped to encourage many career fields with programs that give them a head start in the real world. Our young need basic classes that will help them in their young adult lives such as economics.
     Americans will not be happy if our representatives in all branches of government take our God given rights from us. The only acceptable course for changing the Constitution is outlined in the Constitution. 
     I am an active senior citizen. My only hope of protecting myself from someone breaking into my home is to have a gun. 99.8% of CHL licensees are law abiding citizens. Taking our rights from us will not stop even one murder. Gun control by taking rights away from law abiding Americans is a false argument. It is the criminal who needs to be stopped, and it is the enforcement of the existing laws to stop them. 
     The 700+ teachers who just completed their Texas Conceal Carry Permit training represents a real solution to protecting our children. Thank you for your time, and consideration of this American’s views. 
Mrs. Juanita Holloway Walters
Grandmama of six, five of which are in school
Kemah, TX
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