Steagall Responds to Biden Second Amendment Remarks
Mike Seals - June 29, 2021 9:41 am
State’s Rights Committee Chair Responds to Second Amendment Remarks
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon, Chair of the House State’s Rights Committee, today sent a letter in response to comments made last week by President Joe Biden concerning Amendment II to the United States Constitution. The full text of the letter can be seen below.
Fellow Oklahomans and Americans,
During his speech on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. threatened the People of this country with military action, and fabricated lies about multiple provisions in our Constitution – including the Second Amendment and the enumerated powers of the Federal Government. His comments should be taken very seriously, as they are extremely dangerous and certainly not reflective nor commensurate with the type of individual the American People entrust to protect their lives, liberties, and properties.
In his tyrannical, nonsensical ramblings on Wednesday, President Biden declared, “…if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.” This is a statement made to threaten Americans, one that egotistically exerts an “ultimatum of compliance” through a reckless warning of military action against the very people by which he is employed, whom he is duty-bound to protect. Any such threat from a sitting U.S. President, our great military’s “Commander in Chief,” is completely absurd, inappropriate, and dangerous, and shall not be tolerated – no more than would be a threat against the President.
Found in the continuance of his most recent misconduct, the President intentionally molests the language and intent of Amendment II to the U.S. Constitution with his statement, “The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own. You couldn’t buy a cannon.” There is absolutely no language found in the Amendment, nor in the Constitution itself, that can be rationally construed to agree with the President’s abundantly blatant lie. To suggest that the Constitution provides for any limitations on Americans’ rights and liberties, is to entirely and willfully distort the purpose of the delegated, enumerated powers of the federal government found in Article I, Section 8 as well as the restrictions placed on the federal government in our Bill of Rights. President Biden’s threat against the American People is both unacceptable and in direct contradiction to the oath of office, found in Article VI, “…to support this Constitution;” – the oath that someone in this country with a nearly 50-year political career should be intimately familiar with.
President Biden’s threats against our republic last week were not only completely out of line, but also an attempt to render you, the People, helpless and powerless against an overreaching federal government. What the President said was nothing short of an absolute threat to all Americans, as well as our Constitution and the God-given rights and liberties it is designed to protect. Our Constitution provides no refuge for such tyrannical behavior.
Jay W. Steagall
Chairman, Oklahoma House State’s Rights Committee