Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe responds regarding the 2nd Amendment and anti-2A legislature

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Below is the response we received from Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe regarding the 2nd Amendment and anti-2A legislature.

Dear (Name Withheld) :

Thank you for contacting me about the Second Amendment. As your voice in Washington, I appreciate being made aware of your views.

When I was sworn in after being elected to the Congress, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. The Second Amendment 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.”

The intent of the legislation at the time it was adopted was crystal clear. The Founding Fathers included the Second Amendment because they believed a well-armed populace was the ultimate check on the power of the federal government. If one were to argue the Second Amendment does not prevent the federal government from abridging the individual right of citizens to own a gun, the second half of the Amendment is rendered meaningless.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in Commonplace Book, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

I am very satisfied that the United States Supreme Court ruled in 2008 in a landmark 5-4 decision (District of Columbia v. Heller) that the Washington D.C. gun ban is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also positively affirmed that “(t)he Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

Before the Supreme Court heard this case, I joined former Vice President Cheney, 54 other Senators, and 250 Members of the House of Representatives – including all members of the Oklahoma delegation – in submitting an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to hold that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms.

Recently, the Supreme Court heard another Second Amendment case (McDonald v. City of Chicago) regarding Chicago’s handgun ban. Fortunately, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Second Amendment applies to state and local government gun laws. I signed another amicus brief filed in McDonald, asking the Supreme Court to affirm that the right to keep and bear arms applies to state and local governments through the Fourteenth Amendment. You will be interested to know that when I signed the amicus brief in District of Colombia v. Heller, it had the support of more Members of Congress than any other amicus brief in history. I am now pleased to say the amicus brief filed in McDonald v. City of Chicago has even more signatories, with a total of 251 Members of the House of Representatives and 58 Senators signing on to the brief.

As your Senator, I will continue to strongly oppose any effort to undermine the Second Amendment and an individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. Again, thank you for your comments. Please do not hesitate to contact me again.

Sincerely,

James M. Inhofe
United States Senator

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20 thoughts on “Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe responds regarding the 2nd Amendment and anti-2A legislature

  • January 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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    Thank you, Senator Inhofe, for supporting our rights!

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  • January 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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    James Inhofe, I appreciate your support for the continued freedom of arms provided by the constitution. Keep up the good fight!

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  • January 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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    BRAVO ZULU, Senator Inhofe, as the Navy says for a job well done, thanks.

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  • January 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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    Atta boy, Jim!

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  • January 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM
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    Thank you for standing up for the rights of the American people.

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  • January 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM
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    Thank you for your support Mr. Inhofe, it is Senators like yourself who fight for the rights of your constituents that get the respect from the people who live in their home districts. I am proud to say I live in OKLAHOMA and that you are my representative.

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  • January 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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    Now…can we hear from Tom Coburn? I sent a letter to him the same day I sent one to Sen. Inhofe….heard from Sen. Inhofe…haven't heard 'boo' from Sen. Coburn's office.

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  • January 10, 2013 at 9:33 PM
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    thanks so much for serving we people of this great nation and our state Oklahoma….

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  • January 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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    Thank you senator Inholf!

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  • January 11, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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    I don't agree with him on everything, but I sure agree with him in this matter.

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  • January 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM
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    He is a nice guy when he's not trying to land his plane on a closed runway nearly running over the personnel working out there.

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  • January 11, 2013 at 1:17 AM
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    Well said, we will continue to support you and the stance that no new gun control laws are needed or will be tolerated.

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  • January 11, 2013 at 3:51 AM
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    Thank you Mr, Inhofe.

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  • January 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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    wish we had more politicians that understand "Shall not be infringed."

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  • January 12, 2013 at 2:14 AM
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    This guy has more common sense than most in congress (and all Democrats). Have you ever read his report on global warming? If not, read it to get the truth on that subject.

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