“Gun Rights, Healthcare and the Constitution” with CATO Institute"

By Mountain Heritage | Jun 14, 2013
Photo by: Robert Levy - CATO Institute

(Waynesville NC) Haywood County TEA is honored to welcome Robert Levy of the CATO Institute Thursday, June 20th at 6 pm  at  the USDA Ag Extension Center on Raccoon Road - for an intelligent discussion of some important issues. Everyone is welcome to attend.

CATO Institute is a ‘think tank’ dedicated to individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. It is independent and non-partisan.

Robert Levy fought for Gun Rights based on Constitutional arguments and won a landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). It was the first Supreme Court case in United States history to decide whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

Due to Mr. Levy’s arguments, the Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 as unconstitutional.

The Heller case may have enforced freedom but it is up to folks like us to “Keep our freedoms”. It has been said: ‘the 2nd Amendment protects all the other amendments including the right to free speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press.’

The United Nations will be working with some members of Congress and the President – to implement aspects of Gun Control this year through Executive Order, ATF regulations and signing of the UN Small Arms Treaty. Some say that is not enough. Three Supreme Justices would “overturn” Heller… if it came before them. This discussion is not over.

In times like these, we must discuss ways to preserve freedom. Rights are being trampled upon. Many legal questions stem from the “invasion of privacy” such as emails being spied upon, phones being tapped and the IRS targeting people to prevent them from expressing their beliefs.

The IRS has been charged with the task of implementing new Healthcare regulations known as Obamacare. Robert Levy will discuss Constitutional aspects of this new tax. Implementation will begin this year. An additional 16,000 IRS Agents have been hired.

You have seen Robert Levy  on TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, CNN’s Crossfire, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC’s Hardball, and NBC’s Today Show. You have read his message in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington PostNational Review. And may have seen his book, The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.

“Contrasting Constitutional Perspectives: Liberal vs. Conservative vs. Libertarian” – Robert Levy will link these philosophies to current “public policy debates" such as Gun Rights, Healthcare, and even election finance.

"When people fear the government - that is tyranny; but when government fears the people - that is liberty." Thomas Jefferson

Any one interested in the hot topic of “Gun Rights, Healthcare, and the Constitution” is encouraged to meet with Mr. Levy in a small group setting on Thursday, June 20th @ 6 PM at USDA: Agricultural Extension Center on 589 Raccoon Rd, Waynesville, NC 28786. Free to Attend.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Jun 18, 2013 09:42

      This is reactionary nonsense:       

"It has been said: ‘the 2nd Amendment protects all the other amendments including the right to free speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press.’"

         The First Amendment is self-protecting. Either by "Congress" or as WE the People was established as a republic, by the people themselves. Unless of course, you don't understand "Congress shall make no law..."  But there are many un/ill-informed easily pursuaded reactionaries eager to believe they are under attack from those god-less heathon "liberals".

          All treaties concerning the United Nations must be approved by Congress. No Presidential directive-fiat-order is legally binding nor enforcible. Nor can any such agreement supersceede OUR Constitution.

           OUR IRS monitors OUR income to determine what level of payments/coverage WE receive. OUR IRS will not be charged with "implementing ACA".

            There is no privacy in space. Any electronic signal that can be reddily picked-up is fair game. Even though George Washington, James Madison, etc clearly established with the passage of Thomas Jefferson's Act For Establishing Religious Freedom:

            "Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free, that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to begit habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do..."

         From this Deistic embrace of "Free Will", privacy comes.


         I have no use for Anthony Scalia. His opinion in the two recent gun cases is something to the extent that the most reddily available weapon to protect property or self is a gun therefore people have a right to own one. But! He also concedes that this does not allow for every type of gun to be allowed. This chicken-sh!t ruling fails to consider that there many types of reddily available items for protection of home, family & self. Machetties and/or pitchforks, are cheap, need no training, are reusable & quite. As are tasers or even livestock shockers. Plus!!! No neighbor need wory about a stray bullet or otherwise have their person, place or family put at risk.

           Guns are property with no rights whatsoever.

           People on the other hand are born with inalienable rights they inherited from their creator. Except for those protected by the First, all others exist in balance with each other.

            What part of "A well regulated militia, being neccessary to the security of a free State..." is so hard to understand?


            Chuck Zimmerman

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