It’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you

Senator Crapo via Joe Durnbaugh on the Lewiston Pistol Club email list. Emphasis in the letter body is mine:

Sent: Monday, April 27, 2009 2:37 PM
Subject: Correspondence from Senator Crapo

April 27, 2009

Mr. Joe Durnbaugh
Lewiston, Idaho 83501

Dear Joe:

Thank you for contacting me regarding your opposition to the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (referred to by its Spanish acronym CIFTA). I agree with you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

On November 14, 1997, the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the CIFTA treaty, which among other things, aimed to curtail the small arms trading of deadly weapons often used during the traffic of illegal drugs. Although President Clinton signed the CIFTA treaty, it received less than the requisite two-thirds majority vote in the U.S. Senate. As a result, it was never ratified.

As you may know, President Barack Obama is now urging its ratification in order to combat the Mexican drug cartel. The CIFTA treaty would ban any firearm that falls under a misleading classification of “illicit” manufacturing. For example, the treaty would make illegal the assimilation of a lawful firearm from a kit. Further, it would criminalize any modifications made to a firearm. Additionally, this treaty would prohibit pro-gun organizations. Most alarming is that a broad interpretation of this treaty would call for the extradition of U.S. gun dealers.

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.” I firmly believe this provision prohibits the federal government from denying citizens this right.
Let me reassure you that I do not support gun control. We must protect and preserve our constitutional right to bear arms. I will not support any legislation that requires a waiting period for the purchase of a firearm, bans the ownership of firearms, promotes or requires the rationing or taxation of firearms, or the taxation of ammunition.

As you may know, gun control advocates continue to seek creative methods of advancing their agenda, both through legislation and litigation. You may be assured that I will continue to oppose all efforts to weaken Second Amendment rights.

Again, thank you for contacting me. Please feel free to contact me in the future on this or other matters of interest to you. For more information about the issues before the U.S. Senate as well as news releases, photos, and other items of interest, please visit my Senate website,

Mike Crapo
United States Senator


If U.S. Senators are saying this does that mean I’m not really paranoid after all?


6 thoughts on “It’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you

  1. I don’t think ANY of us are paranoid… I believe we’re simply realists and the powers that be want to make us *look* paranoid…

  2. “…I will continue to oppose all efforts to weaken Second Amendment rights.”

    There are at least two major flaws in that statement. First and foremost, “opposing efforts to weaken the second amendment” isn’t enough. On its face, all it means is that you’re going to sit around doing nothing until the next anti-gun rights bill is proposed. Then you’ll “oppose” it, and you may or may not be entirely successful in that endeavor. Then you’ll sit on your butt until the next attack, and so on, ad infinitum. That keeps the antis in charge. They have the initiative and they pick the battle grounds. The result of that style of “effort” is that you lose. Sure, you may slow down the failure considerably, but failure is assured in the long run.

    The second part is that the second amendment is already weakened considerably. Notice the lack of mention of that fact. Notice the total lack of mention of any “efforts” to restore the second amendment to its original potency.

    There are two tactics critical to success that are being largely ignored. One; stay on the offensive. Rather than waiting for the next anti-gun rights effort so you have something to “oppose”, go for the jugular of those people and organizations that are aligned against the constitution. Do whatever it take to ruin them. We have reality and the constitution on our side and we have the legal tools at our disposal. Two; initiate legal actions and legislation to restore the rights already lost. And I might suggest a third; forget what the antis are doing. Once you’ve taken away their power and their initiative, they’ll never be allowed to have their way. One measure of success is that the antis will be seen for what are– outlaws and anti-American bigots. Legal and social outcasts.

    Republicans and pro-gun democrats; we’re waiting for someone we can support.

  3. Wow… I wonder if I could corner my representatives into writing language like that. Given that I am a citizen of the Patron State of Shooting Gos-se, something tells me it is fairly probable…

  4. If I understand correctly, that a treaty passed by the senate becomes part of the constitution. It would then supersede any previous law. The 2nd amendment would not be weakened. It would be destroyed. We would be like Australia or worse Britain.

  5. TF,
    If they come for you in the night, I know you won’t go out quietly. I’ll be watching out on the news (Fox, most likely) for any neighborhood explosions & gun battles. GIVE ‘EM HELL!!

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