Death Toll Will Rise While Law Abiding Americans Are Scapegoated.

March 15th 2014
Ed. March 15th, 2015

A message to the peoples representatives,

In America we do not punish any one citizen or group of citizens for the crimes committed by others. Yet, that is precisely what is going on across America today with the seemingly endless rules, regulations, and laws being implemented against law abiding Americans who wish to exercise and enjoy their “RIGHT” to keep and bear arms.

If you do not like the 2nd Amendment and you feel it is at fault for the crimes of mass/multiple murders committed by Americans then amend the Constitution of the United States and be done with it. Article V of the U.S. Constitution will explain this procedure to you. Until then you do not circumvent it or, shall we say, INFRINGE upon it with rules, regulations, and/or laws that punish Americans who have COMMITTED NO CRIMES and who own firearms which have ASSAULTED NO PERSONS.

Please do not pretend punishment only exists when doled out by a judge and therefore, law abiding citizens will not be punished. Three, but not all, examples of punishment are as follows.

1. Punishment is leaving Americans without the proper amount of ammunition to protect their families or themselves.
*NOTE: If you cannot limit the number of home invaders or muggers that attack Americans at any one time then you should never contemplate limiting the amount of ammunition decent Americans need/have to protect their families and themselves.

2. Punishment is the creation of financial roadblocks. E.g.- Levying fees/taxes that inhibit Americans from securing either firearms or ammunition due to their financial status. *If you insist on violating Americans constitutional rights by creating these financial roadblocks then you should pay for them for those who cannot afford them. Surely a constitutional right should be subsidized before corporate goods, like cell phones, are subsidized.

3. Punishment is telling Americans that their firearms – they legally own and have never used in a crime- are suddenly illegal because a human being, having no connection to them, using a firearm, having no connection to theirs, committed a crime. *Put your energy into ending the crimes by going after the actual criminals and the actual firearms used in the crimes.

Bottom line is you do not have the right to punish law abiding Americans with your rules, regulations, and laws simply because you are too cowardly, flat out unwilling, or honorably incapable of fixing the real problems by going after the ACTUAL criminal and the root causes.

I will leave you with these two tips. Tip 1- Next time you’re about to vote on some form of legislation ask yourself this: “Did this particular group of people we are punishing with our new rule, regulation, or law actually do anything wrong?” When the answer is “No” Then you know you are punishing law abiding citizens for the actions of others if you vote yes.

Tip 2 – The problem is NOT the 2nd Amendment,  it is the social engineering gone awry. The true problems lie within the endless social programs that are teaching our children they do not need to be responsible for themselves. They are told they are equal to their peers -whether they strive as hard or not-. They are led to believe they deserve whatever their fellow citizens have -whether they earn it or not-. They are taught that there are no winners or losers-when in fact there are. Then one day when the truth sets in and there is something they want, but nobody is there to hand it to them, as they’ve now been conditioned to expect, they explode like spoiled little brats.

Add doctor prescribed drugs (psychotropic medications) to the mix and boom, you’ve ENGINEERED a ticking time bomb.

Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) and Serotonin Noradrenaline-Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI’s) are two, but not the only, well documented medications known for increasing and even CREATING tendencies toward violence. The well respected and world renowned Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) documents the relationship between thirty-one school shootings, sixteen murder/suicide cases, and prescribed drugs. Twenty-two international warnings have been issued about the deadly side effects of these drugs including nine right here in the U.S.A., yet our representatives refuse to address these ACTUAL causes and implement preventative solutions in lieu of make believe feel good legislation.

If you ladies and gentlemen representing the people of the United States really want to PREVENT unnecessary murders and suicides it is time to stop expending energies and resources trying to blackball law abiding Americans and start addressing this very real and ACTUAL cause of violence.

Yes, there are other variables involved, but until you are willing to admit the fact that law abiding Americans are by far the least of the problem and you are ready to start looking for solutions that solve as opposed to solutions that feel good then what is the sense in continuing.

Thomas Maerling


Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)

SSRI Stories

Psychiatric Meds: Prescription for Murder? Written by  Rebecca Terrell


My Comments Objecting to BATFE Proposed Ban on 5.56 Ammo

Comments to ATF must be received by midnight 3/16/15 and can be sent via:
Email comments to:
Fax: (202) 648-9741

RE: Proposed AP Ammo Ban Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Monday, March 16, 2015 To whom it may concern,

From this point forward “we” refers to, Thomas and Tammy Maerling of Greenfield Park, N.Y., our sons, and anyone else who may wish to associate with these comments.

The word “framework” to which I will refer to throughout this comment refers to the BATFE notice, titled, ATF FRAMEWORK FOR DETERMINING WHETHER CERTAIN PROJECTILES ARE “PRIMARILY INTENDED FOR SPORTING PURPOSES” WITHIN THE MEANING OF 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C)

We are writing in objection to the announced action to “withdraw the exemptions for 5.56 “green tip” ammunition.” On the following grounds:

  1. The Firearms Alluded To In The “Framework” Are Not Handguns

We would like to first bring your attention to section IV, pages 14 and 15 of the ATF “framework” stating that:

“Specifically, 5.56mm projectiles loaded into the SS109 and M855 cartridges are commonly used in both “AR-type” rifles and “AR-type” handguns. The AR platform is the semi-automatic version of the M16 machinegun originally designed for and used by the military. The AR-based handguns and rifles utilize the same magazines and share identical receivers. These AR-type handguns were not commercially available when the armor piercing ammunition exemption was granted in 1986. To ensure consistency, upon final implementation of the sporting purpose framework outlined above, ATF must withdraw the exemptions for 5.56 mm “green tip” ammunition, including both the SS109 and M855 cartridges.”

It is our belief that the ATF has gravely erred in defining the AR platforms as handguns and based on this incorrect definition we implore you to rescind your decision to withdraw the current exemptions for the 5.56 ammunition in question as the AR platforms cited by the ATF are indeed NOT handguns at all. The correct definition for these AR platforms as found in the “Definitions” of 18 U.S.C 921(a)(8) and cited below is in fact a “short-barreled rifle”.

18 U.S.C. 921(a)(8) “The term “short-barreled rifle” means a rifle having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length and any weapon made from a rifle (whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise) if such weapon, as modified, has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches.”

Furthermore, the AR platforms defined as handguns in the ATF “framework” is again evidenced as being incorrectly defined by the “Definition” in 18 U.S.C 921(a)(29)(A) and cited below.

18 U.S.C 921(a)(29) “The term “handgun” means—

(A) a firearm which has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand;…”

By no means, whatsoever, are the AR platforms cited in the ATF “framework” “designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.” In fact the short-barrel, AR platform, rifle is no more a handgun than is the short-barreled shotgun ~18 U.S.C. 921(a)(6) and the shotgun is the shorter of the two.

So, we again ask that the ATF rescind their decision to withdraw the current exemptions afforded the 5.56 ammunition in question because the AR platforms cited are indeed NOT handguns at all.

  1. The Ammunition in Question is “Primarily Intended to Be Used for Sporting Purposes.”

Throughout the “framework” it states that ammunition can be exempt from being considered armor piercing if that ammunition is: “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”

We feel the M855 and SS109 have thus far correctly been exempt, as they are indeed “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”

With that in mind we would strongly urge that this same exemption continue unimpeded because, other than the ATF’s incorrect defining of the AR platform as a handgun, no circumstance(s) has(have) changed to warrant withdrawing the current exemptions.

In fact, where previously this ammunition warranted exemption it now warrants even stronger exemptions, as today its sporting purposes have increased further with the growing popularity of match shooting competitions and the introduction of the short-barreled AR platform rifles used in match competition.

  1. The Ammunition in Question Does Not Pose “Extreme Safety Risks to” LEO’s

As for the misconception in the “framework”, page 2, Section II, that this particular ammunition poses “extreme safety risks to police officers when used by criminals”, we would direct your attention to the recent comments of James Pasco. Mr. Pasco is the “Executive Director of the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police, the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members.”

“Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem,” ~ James Pasco


Please note E.D. Pasco made his statement in response to the ATF’s decision and thereby contradicts the ATF’s finding that the withdrawal of exemptions are warranted for officer protection.

  1. Criteria to Qualify for Exemption in Section III of “framework” Have Been Met

In section III, pages 7 and 8, of the framework it says:

“… the Attorney General must determine that [1] a specific type of armor piercing projectile does not pose a significant threat to law enforcement officers [2] because the projectile at issue is primarily intended” for use in shooting sports, and [3] is therefore unlikely to be encountered by law enforcement officers on the streets.”

We believe public testimonial from the Executive Director of the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers stipulating that,

”this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem,”

in addition to the ATF providing zero evidence contrary to the Executive’s expert testimonial confirms that criteria 1,

“a specific type of armor piercing projectile does not pose a significant threat to law enforcement officers”

and criteria 3,

It “is therefore unlikely to be encountered by law enforcement officers on the streets.”

have both been satisfied.

Therefore, with criteria 2,     “because the projectile at issue is “primarily intended” for use in shooting sports,”

already being confirmed via common knowledge throughout the sporting industry and again confirmed within the ATF’s own “framework”, it has now been proven that all 3 criteria have been met and we feel the Attorney General (AG) and or the person(s) delegated by the AG should rescind the decision to withdraw the exemptions.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maerling (and sons),

These 2 sources were not sent with comment to ATF, but are included in this blog post for the readers knowledge and study.

Wash DC- May 25th-26th- 10 Million Gun Owner March – Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Rally

In Ulster County N.Y., Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Ulster County, and Ulster County Friends of the Constitution are in the process of arranging buses for the May 25th (Memorial Day Weekend) 10 Million Gun Owner March on Washington and the May 26th the XXVI annual Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Rally

We think it’s time to take our 2nd Amendment fight to DC and put them on notice that we are no longer sleeping and no longer standing by quietly while they shred our Constitution that too many of our true heroes have sacrificed for.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining us and reserving a seat on the bus(es) ASAP as the amount of interest in the buses will determine if either 1 or both packages are viable options.  Email any questions or to let us know you are interseted

The 1st package is a same day round trip:
The price is $65 round trip. We will leave 3am Saturday, May 25th arrive in D.C. at 9:00am for the 10 Million Gun Owner March and then leave D.C at 5pm and be back home around 11pm.

The 2nd Package is a round trip 1 night sleep-over: (room prices not yet included)
The price for this bus is $75 round trip. We leave Sat 3am., arrive in DC Sat. 9am stay at the rally until 5pm then head to the rooms. The following morning, Sun. 10am, we return to the Mall for the Rolling Thunder POW/MIA rally; stay until 3pm and then board the buses arriving back home around 9pm Sunday night.

Here is information on the 26th annual Rolling Thunder POW/MIA event we will be attending on day 2. We support the 2nd Amendment on day 1 and our Veterans on day 2. We can take America back. We just need to UNITE.

Seats can be reserved by Credit Card, Check, Money Order, or Cash. And as always you do not need to be a member of any of the clubs and you do not have to take our bus(es) to attend.
If we all speak to our respective clubs they may be willing to offset a percentage of the cost per ticket for their attending members.

*PLEASE TAKE NOTE* We do not yet have the room prices figured in for the overnight, but we will not be making making money on them so whatever the price is will be your cost added to the bus price. If you want one room for you and your family then you will pay the full room price. If you want to share a room with someone than you will split the room price.
You are welcome to make your own room arrangements, but we won’t be able to send the bus to different Hotels/Motels for pick-ups and drop-offs, so we just ask that you book your room in the same facility as us or nearby so we can all board the bus at one spot.


There are already more than 65 buses from around NY booked full and ready to go.

We will easily surpass 10 thousand people and have predictions as high as 40,000.
FEB. 28th – REPEAL N.Y. unSAFE Act – FEB. 28th

That’s the firearms law where they want to limit you, fine you, restrict you, register you, and confisicate from you, but of course they will not infinge at all.


ALBANY – INSIDE the CAPITOL BUILDING – 8:30am to 2:00pm


Speeches by pro-2nd Amendment NYS Assemblypersons & Senators, NRA.
Tables with literture and peolpe to speak with about sporting clubs & organizations throughout NYS.


You Do Not Have To Belong to a Club & You Do Not Have to Take Our Bus to Attend. Car, Boat, Train, Plane; Doesn’t Matter. Please Just Grab As Many People As You Can & Show Up To Help LITERALLY Fill The Halls Of Congress.





For Seat Reservations & Complete Rally Details Visit GA2A.ORG

To Chat About This And Other NY unSAFE Act Matters Visit HUDSONVALLEYSPORTSMAN.COM,42.0.html

There Are Buses Available From Buffalo All the Way Down to Long Island


You Can Also Reserve Seats In Person At The Following Ulster CountyBusinesses:
Check back; More businesses may be added)

Ruger’s Custom Guns, 1050 Morton Blvd. Kingston, N.Y. — 845-336-7106
Tom’s Taxidermy (Bait & Tackle), 7109 Route 209 Wawarsing, N.Y. — 845-647-8157
Hot Shotz Bar & Grill, 8 42nd St. Kerhonkson, N.Y. — 845-626-7371
Catskill Mountains Firearms, LLC, 89 Stiller Berg Strada Kerhonkson, N.Y. — 845-626-7676
Wildlife Encounters Taxidermy, 300 Wynkoop Road Hurley, N.Y. — 845-338-1242
Pro Fitness Gym, 95 Canal St., Ellenville, N.Y. — 845-943-9115
Jame’s General, 46 Main St., Napanoch, N.Y  — 845-647-5973
All Catskill Hearing Aid Center, 343 E Broadway, Monticello, NY – (845) 794-7766


I made this from past grades given by,, and NY Senate website. I wanted to concentrate my efforts on pro-2A members to encourage them to hold strong and true to the 2nd Amendment.

I think it is important to rally behind the pro-2A members rather than waste time trying to convince the antis to change their mind. The antis know they are violating the Constitution and just don’t care, so no sense in wasting time with them.

You can click on the members names to go directly to their contact pages for faxes and emails and such.





Capitol #
District #


Kenneth P.   LaValle (R)



(518) 455-3121
(631) 473-1461


John J. Flanagan   (R)





Lee M. Zeldin   (R)





Carl L. Marcellino (R)



(518) 455-2390
(516) 922-1811


Kemp Hannon   (R)





Charles   J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R)





Dean G. Skelos   (R)



(518) 455-3171
(516) 766-8383


Martin J.   Golden (R)



(518) 455-2730
(718) 238-6044


Andrew J. Lanza   (R)



(518) 455-3215
(718) 984-4073


William J. Larkin, Jr. (R)



(518) 455-2770
(845) 567-1270


Greg Ball (R)



(518) 455-3111
(845) 279-3773


John J. Bonacic   (R)



(518) 455-3181
(845) 344-3311


Kathleen A Marchione (R/C)



(518) 455-2381


Elizabeth OC. Little (R)



(518) 455-2811
(518) 743-0968






Joseph A. Griffo   (R)



(518) 455-3334
(315) 793-9072


Patricia A. Ritchie (R)





John A. DeFrancisco (R)



(518) 455-3511
(315) 428-7632


James L. Seward   (R)

A  A*


518) 455-3131
(607) 432-5524


Thomas W. Libous   (R)



(518) 455-2677
(877) 854-2687


David J Valesky (D)





Michael F. Nozzolio (R)



(518) 455-2366
(315) 568-9816


Joseph E. Robach (R)



(518) 455-2909
(585) 225-3650


Catharine M. Young (R)



(518) 455-3563
(716) 372-4901


Thomas F. OMara   (R)





Patrick M. Gallivan (R)





Mark J. Grisanti   (R)

A  B*




Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R)



(518) 455-3161
(716) 631-8695


George  Maziarz (R)

A  A*


(518) 455-2024
(716) 434-0680


Philip M Boyle   (R)


(518) 455-3411
(631) 669-9200


Jack M. Martins   (R)




Hugh T Farley (R)


(518) 455-2181
(518) 843-2188


James Sanders (D)




Tony Avella (D)




Velmanette Montgomery (D




Brad Hoylman (D)




George S Latimer (D)




David S. Carlucci (D)




Terry Gipson (D)




Ted O’Brien (D)




Timothy Kennedy (D)

D  B*


Michael N. Gianaris (D)





*Jose R. Peralta (D)





*Malcolm A. Smith (D)





*Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D)





*Toby Ann Stavisky (D)





Simcha Felder (D)



*Martin Malave Dilan (D)





*John L. Sampson (D)





*Eric Adams (D)





*Kevin S. Parker (D)





*Diane J. Savino (D)





*Daniel L. Squadron (D)





*Liz Krueger (D)





Jose M Serrano (D)





*Bill Perkins (D)





Adriano Espaillat (D)





*Ruben Diaz (D)





J. Gustavo Rivera (D)





*Jeffrey D. Klein (D)





*Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D)





*Ruth H. Thompson (D)





Neil D. Breslin (D)




This Monday, January 14th 2013 Rally for 2nd Amendment in Albany NY

On Monday the 14th we will be rallying at the Albany Capitol building in support of the 2nd Amendment and against the tyrants trying to circumvent the Constitution.

The NRA-ILA had a warning up that the Albany tyrants (my words) were going to try and push Cuomo’s extremist and unconstitutional proposals through on Monday before we have a chance to react.

If you can, please take off from work for this one and bring letters with you. If anybody in the Ellenville thru Kingston areas cannot make the trip, but wants to write letters, I will pick them up along the way and deliver them.

I will be bringing my letters to hand deliver to the NYS senators and assembly members. It would be nice to put a stack of pro-2nd Amendment/ pro-gun letters on their desks. I am going to pick a bunch of pro-gun members and print as many as I can to them.

I just addressed it; Open Letter to All NYS Elected Officials, so I can just print the same letter. But address yours as you see fit and I will deliver it to the proper office.

In Washington DC they will only except hand delivered letters if they are not in envelopes, so I recommend not putting them in envelopes.

I will be there around 7:45 and protest outside until around 11 or 12 (play it by ear) then go inside to deliver letters.

Tom Maerling

Open letter to all NYS elected officials.

me and Mike LoebbakaThis is the final copy of the letter I hand delivered to our state reps in Albany on Monday the 14th. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

To Members of the New York State Assembly,

I am quite disgusted that Governor Cuomo finds it necessary to spew lies about law abiding citizens, such as when he calls us “extremists”, simply because we ask that our 2nd Amendment rights be FULLY protected, and again when he calls our semi-automatic rifles “assault weapons” as part of his fear mongering propaganda game.

I swear to you these two things: My semi-automatic rifle has never assaulted any human being and I am not an extremist.

What I am, in fact, is one of over four million New York State firearm owners who are law abiding, taxpaying, voting, citizens. We law abiding citizens have committed no crimes and we have murdered no children, yet we are being subjected to punishment, penalty, and public persecution by a malicious governor and his minions as though we have.

I strongly urge you to take to the public airwaves and defend the innocence of me and my fellow law abiding citizens by denouncing the slander, the false terminologies, and the false promise of safety being spewed by the governor and his fellow gun grabbers.

I also strongly urge you not to impose any further restrictions, laws, or regulations on our 2nd Amendment Rights as granted by the Constitution of the United States. If you do agree to any of the governor’s 2nd Amendment restrictions you will not only be legitimizing his blatant lies you will be helping send the seventy-four million American children still alive down a path of tyranny, all the while doing nothing for the stated purpose of public safety.

The following are some things I would like to hear you tell the governor and his anti-gun team:

1. When the necessary number of United States Senators, House Representatives, and States vote to amend the Constitution of the United States then you will abide by the new amendment when proposing or agreeing to new legislation, but until then, you expect them to abide by the 2nd Amendment of the current Constitution and not bring any legislation forward that infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

2. Law abiding citizens registering firearms will do absolutely nothing to aid in deterring the criminals, gang bangers, and psychopaths, but it will absolutely add to the financial burdens of law abiding citizens and our families. Many of us are already struggling to overcome the hardships of this weak economy. So, please tell them you will ask law abiding citizens to register their firearms only AFTER the criminals are done registering theirs.

3. The same holds true for disarming law abiding citizens and or restricting their arms and or ammunition. Restricting law abiding citizen’s access, besides being unconstitutional, only strengthens the societal trash while making us and our families more vulnerable to violent crime. Your focus, and that of the governor, should be on them, not us.

4. If the governor and the president of the U.S. have the right to have their families protected by semi and or fully automatic rifles then surely they must agree we law abiding citizens have the same right to protect our families. Unless of course they think their families are more precious than ours.  I assure you, they are not.

I will repeat my request that you publicly stand up to these gun-grabbing tyrants and put an end to the illusions they are disseminating that we the law abiding citizens and our semi-automatic rifles are evil and or at fault for the acts of deranged individuals. I also ask that you publicly dispel the illusion that the right to “keep and bear arms” is based on the purpose of hunting, sporting, or for any reason other than ‘because we feel like it.’

PS. Kindly tell the governor to stop being so extreme and stop assaulting law abiding citizens.

With great concern,
Thomas Maerling

Bank of America Tells American Gun Manufacturers to Take a Hike. Seizes Funds.

Please close your Bank of America accounts and be sure to tell them it is because they are anti 2nd Amendment. This is the second American firearms manufacturer that they have screwed with. (both links below)

Please Take control. We are one of the most powerful voting and consumer blocs in America, but we get walked all over because of our silence and some bullchit moto “from my cold dead hands.”

Well guess what they are ripping them from our warm live hands one finger at a time. Whether it is by rules and regulations or by artificial price increases or by the all new violence tax on ammo we are losing.

And if you think having your firearms in your possession is winning well that’s just more bullchit. The only thing I see as a win is that our children have the same “right to keep and bear arms” that we do (if not more).

-Saying “I still have my guns,” but knowing you have to hide them or parts of them, magazines for instance, is not a win.

-Having to register all long guns; not a win. Having to register and pay to do so; a double loss.

-Tax per bullet; not a win.

-Recertify every year or 2, or 3; not a win.

This is all just part of the incremental (finger by finger) gun grab. And this is why we are failures to our children. So either you are writing and phoning congress on a DAILY basis or you are starting RWII. If you are not doing 1 of the 2 you are nothing but talk and you are failing your (OUR) children.

So start with a nice simple call to BoA and then start phoning and or writing all (not just your’s) pro 2A congress-people. We will not change the minds of the commie/liberals, but we must let our pro 2A congress-people know we are here for them. They have to know they are fighting for a reason or else they will just fold.

Just like the home team at any sporting event counts on the crowd for inspiration and passion so do our congress-people. Call and support; until they know your voice if possible.

Please, lets give up our independent streaks and work as a team until we get this mess of a country straightened out. Choose your most fearless leader of any group of men, no matter who, be they dead or alive, and they will or would have told you United We Stand Divided We Fall.

With 80 million gun owners in this country there is only one reason we are having a gun-control conversation. It is because we are too damn quiet. This conversation would be over tomorrow if just 10% of us made calls tomorrow, probably even 5% or if 2% marched on Washington.!/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151384274052790&id=67153142789

Back from Jan 3rd Washington DC (solo) Demonstration

Back from Washington two o’clock this morning. I stood outside the Longworth House yesterday, Jan. 3rd, with my sign until about 12:45pm when the lines started dying down. Longworth is one of the buildings where the House of Representatives have their offices.DSC_3166

Good news was that there were tons of people, and long lines, in Washington for the swearing in of the new members so my signs got plenty of attention.  The bad news and sad news is nobody else showed up to demonstrate so I’m sure I looked pretty weak, number wise. But personally I felt pretty damn good standing up to the tyrants. Anti-gun ban sign

After I left the Longworth House I headed over to the Senate side of the Capitol to hand deliver my letter to the Senators. I only got to print out thirteen before I left for Wasington DC. They were two pages (legal size) long and my printer wasn’t working right, so I had to print on best quality to make it all legible and it took forever. Anyway I delivered them to eleven republicans and two democrats.

The democrats were Joe Manchin and Dianne Feinstein.

The republicans were: Kelly Ayotte,  John Barrasso, Tom Coburn,  Micheal Enzi, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Joe Hoeven, John McCain, Mitch McConnel, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio.

To tell you the truth, I hesitated (yes, from fear of retaliation) for awhile outside of Feinstein’s office because it is pretty obvious the letter was about her and her proposal. But then I started thinking about the Jefferson quote: “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” And I’ve been preaching to people lately about speaking without fear, so there was no way I could back off now. It would’ve been too big a setback and way too hypocritical.

Because none of the Senators were available, (it was swearing in day) when I handed in the letter in I asked each of their staff (except Feinstein) if they knew how the Senator felt about Feinstein’s ban proposal; specifically the part limiting magazine capacity and banning semis.

They all (except Graham) basically said the Senator defends the 2nd Amendment, but as of now has no official statement on the specifics of Feinstein’s proposal. McConnel’s office added that without an actual bill being submitted he doesn’t know what’s in it to respond to. Graham’s office said he already appeared on Piers Morgan and said they have to amend the Constitution if they want change the 2nd Amendment.

So in the end I didn’t save America, and I never will without your help, but I sure as hell am more proud of myself today than yesterday.

*NOTE* I didn’t take notes, so I am only paraphrasing Senate staff members.

Tom Maerling

Tyranny In The Halls, An Open Letter to Congress

To the peoples 113th Congress,

When twenty American children are murdered by a madman in a schoolhouse it is tragic and it needs to be prevented from happening again. When seventy-four million American children are having their Constitutional rights duplicitously stripped by congress it is not only tragic it is tyranny, and it needs to be stopped from happening in the first place.

Today our children are in greater danger from tyranny than they are from school shootings.

If either you or your colleagues feel so strongly that the 2nd Amendment is the cause of the Newtown murders then you should do everything in your power to AMEND the Constitution so it reads as you see fit. If you do this then the citizenry of this country must comply by the words of the new Amendment to the Constitution.

If instead you pretend that there is no Constitution and submit to the people a law which is in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, then the citizenry must ignore the words of your new law because those words of law are in fact unconstitutional and baseless.

It is the words of the Constitution of the United States which “we the people” are first responsible to. Any words written thereafter are merely those of guidance, and if that guidance takes us outside of the restraints of the Constitution then we the people are to ignore such guidance.

Just as we will not be guided to bathe our children in boiling water, or be guided to have our children cared for by pedophiles, we will also not be guided to disarm our children and leave them, at best exposed to the criminal element from the street, and at worst leave them exposed to the tyrants that are creeping into our governing houses of congress.

You will notice a tyrant’s discussion of the Constitution will consist of inserting words and or meanings into the 2nd Amendment that by no means exist. This will be done by insinuating our 2nd Amendment right is limited by the quantity or the grade of arms. Or they are inclined to insinuate our 2nd Amendment is limited to hunting and or sporting arms. However, the Constitution, and the 2nd Amendment thereof, does not say, nor insinuates, any of those things.

In fact, the above acts are the tyrant’s duplicitous incremental dismantling of the Constitution and it is no more legal or enforceable than would be a United States Senator telling the American people that congress is simply no longer obliged to abide by the Constitution.

You will also notice a tyrant’s discussion will consist of the blissful ignorance of the words which the 2nd Amendment actually does contain. These words, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED, are truly an oppressive and irksome road block to the want-to-be tyrant and his or her plans to oppress and repress the citizenry.

The gun-grab tyrants often like to remind people that the arms the framers of the Constitution were talking about keeping and bearing were muskets. This duplicitous introduction of muskets into the argument is baseless. If the framers wanted to limit the citizens right to keep and bear arms to a certain grade it would at the least be recorded in the many pages of historical documents and or personal writings, if not in the Constitution itself.

However what is recorded in the many pages of historical documents and or personal writings is the framers wariness of man’s desire for power and dominance over his/her fellow man and their many warnings to their future citizens to be ever vigilant of their government.

It is therefore more than reasonable to expect the framers mindset, when penning the Constitution, was one in which their desired outcome was to ensure the American people were armed with the capability of protecting their unalienable rights from being usurped by future governments by whatever means or grade of arms available; not limited by muskets.

Should you experience this duplicitous argument of muskets please remind your colleagues that muskets were also what the tyrannical British government possessed when the framers penned the Constitution. It should therefore be noted that the framers felt the citizenry should keep and bear arms equal to that of which government possessed/es; thereby ensuring the citizenry has the capability to carry out that which “is their right, [and which]it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security” (That’s from one of those historical documents I mentioned earlier; see the Declaration of Independence.)

So the omission of grade, type, and or quantity of arms to be kept and beared by the people is not based on our framers knowledge of arms being limited to muskets. Rather, I submit, it is based on the framers extraordinary wisdom in realizing that limiting the citizenry, at any given time, to arms of such an inferior capability to that of which government possesses would be just as dangerous as not recognizing, at all, the people’s right to keep and bear arms.

You see Sir/Madam, the framers of the Constitution were also wise enough to know that the risk of tyranny rearing its ugly head in these United States did not end with the defeat of the British.

If you wish to prohibit and or confiscate arms from the American citizenry without violating the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution you may do so by amending the Constitution as described in Article 5 of the United States Constitution.  Simply ignoring and circumventing the 2nd Amendment would be tyranny and shows exactly how wise and prophetic the founding fathers were in wanting to ensure the American citizenry should always keep and bear arms.

“Certainly, one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms. … The right of the citizen to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be always possible.” — Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey


“That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms” — Samuel Adams


“This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.” —Adolf Hitler


“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”. — 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution.


“You amend it, we will abide by it. – You ignore it, we will die by it.” — We the people of the United States of America in defense of the 2nd Amendment.

With great concern,
Thomas Maerling