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Maryland: Meet Your 2008 Pro-Gun U.S. House Candidates

Discussion in 'Activism' started by Lambo, Oct 7, 2008.

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  1. Lambo

    Lambo Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    Bel Air, Maryland

    Andy Harris (MD-CD1)

    "Prescription for Preserving Our 2nd Amendment Rights"
    Key Principle: As a naval officer with an expert pistol qualification who believes in the historical basis and the value of the 2nd amendment, Andy supports the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

    Andy Harris believes each law-abiding citizen has the right to keep and bear arms. Andy is a pistol expert in the US Naval Reserves and is an NRA life member. As a State Senator, Andy has received “A+” ratings from the NRA numerous times, and has been endorsed by the NRA. Andy is a member of and has been endorsed by the Gun Owners of America.
    Andy's prescription:
    1) The right to keep and bear arms is an individual right that cannot be taken away from a law-abiding citizen. Therefore, the federal government does not have the right to keep records of who does and who doesn't possess firearms.
    2) National right-to-carry laws with reciprocity should be enacted.
    3) The right to self-defense means that an American should be allowed to take any means necessary to defend their home and loved ones from loss or harm - without fear of government or personal legal action when self-defense is used ( ie. the Castle Doctrine).
    4) Public lands should be made available to citizens for legal hunting.

    Richard Matthews (MD-CD2)


    The Second Amendment
    “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.” -- Second Amendment of the United States Constitution

    This to me is a very simply explained concept and well written amendment.

    In order to secure liberty it could be necessary for the people to defend it with arms from an enemy, foreign or domestic. In addition to the security realities of the day, I believe that the intent of the founders was to create the ultimate of the many checks and balances in the Constitution via this amendment.

    There are of course many reasons for a free person to desire to own a firearm. Hunting is the cherished past time of many regions and families. Marksmanship is a sport of Olympic stature. Great enjoyment is found by those who collect and care for firearms. Of course protection of one’s home and the safety of one’s family is of paramount concern to many gun owners. All of the issues I listed are enough to convince me that our Constitution’s position on arms is correct. Free people, in the exercise of their liberty, should be able to do any activity so long as that activity does not conflict with another person’s exercise of their own liberty.

    However, what is actually the substantive point of this issue and this cherished amendment, is that by allowing the citizens to remain armed this preserves their right to give consent to be governed. Without the clearly defined rights in the Second Amendment, the people lose the ability to rebel and therefore lose their ability to consent to be governed. Reductions of the strength of the Second Amendment via legislation is contrary to the revolutionary spirit of our nation's founding. I feel those who signed the Declaration of Independence would look on with scorn at those who attempt to cheapen the significance of these concerns.

    I am anxious to read the Supreme Court’s opinion in District of Columbia vs. Heller. Regardless of that opinion and its affect on the regulations of the states, I will not vote for any additional Federal regulation of firearms if elected to Congress and will work to rescind the majority of those on the books.

    - Richard Matthews

    Peter James (MD-CD4)

    Collins Bailey (MD-CD5)


    Second Amendment

    I support the Second Amendment which says: "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". The Second Amendment does not address duck hunting. It does address the personal and collective rights of a free society. Our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution to guarantee our God-given liberties. They wisely made many provisions to guard against tyranny, including tyranny from our own government. The Second Amendment is one of those provisions. It acknowledges our personal rights as well as our collective rights.

    Mike Hargadon (MD-CD7)

    Second Amendment"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future! - Adolph Hitler
    In a free society each citizen must have the right to keep and bear arms; not for hunting or gun collection, but to protect our families from government tyranny or anarchy. The Second Amendment right is the guardian to every other right. You have the right to protect your life, liberty, and property. As Congressman, I will guard the liberties stated in the Second Amendment and the entire Bill of Rights​
  2. Phil Lee

    Phil Lee Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Silver Spring, MD
    Roscoe Bartlett belongs in this list too.
  3. ZombieHunter

    ZombieHunter Member

    May 16, 2008
    Maryland...A Brady Bill Top 5 State /puke
    There are MD pro-gunners? w00t! I know who I'll be voting for. Thanks for the write up and I'll tell my friends.
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