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Ballot Question 3 Is About Control

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CONTROL: To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over others. To regulate.

Question 3 on the 2016 ballot asks, “Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions and shooting range activity?”

The phrasing of this question sounds about as innocuous as white on rice, until you read the legislation. What Question 3 would do is make criminals out of law-abiding citizens and strip you of your inalienable rights.

The proponents of this legislation try to make you think you will be safer if there are more laws on the books regarding guns. This is absolute rubbish. What these individuals really want is ultimate control, and the only way they can have that control is to disarm the American people. But no one should be subservient to any government entity.

When one considers our Second Amendment, which reads: “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,” or the language in Maine’s Constitution: “The right to bear arms shall not be questioned,” we must ask ourselves why these words are penned as such and why they matter to all law-abiding citizens.

The Second Amendment was not penned in consideration to hunting and it was not penned to consider self-defense, even though that was a widely assumed right of the era. Believe it or not, it was not penned for militias, who ultimately turned out to protect the United States from a foreign invasion. The Second Amendment was penned to keep government afraid of the masses. Our founders had suffered greatly under the tyranny and oppression of King George, and so they pledged their lives, their liberty and their sacred honor, knowing how dangerous government could become. They were willing to die to ensure you would not have to suffer as they had in securing liberty and prosperity for themselves.

Frankly, I am tired of combating social purveyors of justice who ignore history and buy the sound bites from individuals like billionaire Michael Bloomberg of New York who has contributed millions to strip you of your rights here in Maine, but here we are with yet another attempt to diminish liberty.

These purveyors of social justice exploit heinous mass shootings, they strike fear into your heart and soul and try to make you believe you will be safe from these injustices if they can just put another law on the books. As we speak, there are over 20,000 gun laws on the books, with the strictest laws in Chicago, yet that is a killing field in itself.

How Question 3 proponents think this new proposal with curb gun deaths is beyond me. Criminals do not abide by the current laws, and if for one minute you think they will abide by this one, I have a bridge to sell you.

What these sheep fail to understand is that this is about power. This is about control of the masses. This is about the expansion of the regulatory state. Passage of this law allows the omnipotent federal government to try and establish to a national registry so they know where every single armed law-abiding American is. This law will be ultimate control over you, your friends, your neighbors and your loved ones.

I don’t know about you, but every time someone tries to infringe on my rights, I take action. I pick up my pen, which has been said to be mightier than the sword. But just in case my First Amendment right is infringed, I have a back-up plan.

So it’s off to the Kittery Trading Post I go to legally purchase items that will protect you, me and every other law-abiding citizen from the overreach of ignorant social purveyors of justice who choose to ignore history.

About Beth O'Connor

Representative O'Connor represents House District 5 including the towns of Berwick and North Berwick (part). She can be reached at (207) 289-9047.

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