What's in us always comes out, eventually. I have corresponded from time to time with Senator Stacey Campfield. I have observed that he is consistently conservative in his speaking, acting, and voting. Year after year, when I attend the Knoxville March for Life, Campfield is there to stand up and work for the unborn; others can speak more eloquently on his work in that area, I will stick to the issue of guns and gun rights.
Campfield has not only voted consistent with the United States and Tennessee Constitutions, he has taken the lead, and introduced legislation intended to restore these constitutions in Tennessee. Among other things, he introduced a Constitutional Carry bill in 2011. You can see Campfield's views in his answers to this quiz from 2010.
I am proud to say that I am a single issue voter. Gun rights are inextricably intertwined with the natural right to self preservation. Without the natural right to effectively defend oneself from unlawful aggression, nothing else matters. The United States Constitution guarantees that natural, God-given right. The Tennessee Constitution allocates certain power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms to the State Legislature. Campfield has, as I stated, consistently adhered to both these constitutions.
Campfield's Primary opponent, County Commissioner Dr. Richard Briggs swore an oath, as did Campfield, to both those constitutions. Long before being sworn in as a commissioner, Briggs took the oath to the United States Constitution as an officer in the United States Army. As a commissioner, he swore an oath to both constitutions. I find his statements in this video to be inconsistent with his oath to the Tennessee Constitution.
In the video, Campfield reviews the requirement that the State alone has the power to regulate wearing of arms, not local governments. (The Legislature punted, and unconstitutionally allocated that to local governments when they passed the Parks Carry Bill) Briggs, on the other hand, states that he doesn't want people in Nashville or Memphis controlling what we do in Knoxville. His statements evade the issue. In matters unrelated to constitutional requirements, local control is great. But when faced with a constitutional requirement, either you support the constitution you swore to defend . . . or you don't.
If elected, would Briggs vote for an unconstitutional state income tax as well?
A short review of Constitutional supremacy is in order:
- The U. S. Constitution is inferior to only the Declaration of Independence. Otherwise it is the Supreme Law of the Land
- The State Constitution is the Supreme Law of Tennessee, inferior only to the U. S. Constitution
- The cities and counties within the state exist as subdivisions of the state, and are subordinate to the State Constitution
If you believe in the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitutions, and live District Seven, Campfield is the clear choice.
This just in. Briggs has responded to the video*, and I'm sorry, I don't buy it. He could have said, in the video, that he is in favor of local control, save for where the State Constitution requires otherwise. But he didn't. And the video doesn't appear to be edited.
*A perfect example of editing on the part of Stacey to distort the original question. The original question was,"should the state legislature or the local government determine how we live and which laws we make." The question had nothing to do with the constitution. It had to do with Big Government vs. local rule. He twisted the question to argue for Big Government.
I have repeatedly argued against the Big Government in Washington dictating to the states about policies such as Common Core, Race To The Top (which Stacey voted for), Obamacare, and gun laws which are forced on us by a liberal president and Democratic Senate. Stacey seems to like Big Government telling East Tennessee what to do.
Again, the real question was "Do you want the liberal Democrats in Memphis and Nashville having a vote on what we do with our guns, our schools, and our health care in East Tennessee or should East Tennesseans decide?" I trust the conservative people in Knox County and East Tennessee to do the right thing. He wants the liberals in Memphis and Nashville to have a vote on what we do with our guns. I don't trust them.
The real question, Dr. Briggs, is "Do you agree that the State Legislature alone has the constitutional authority to regulate the wearing of arms?" A simple yes or no will suffice. I will update it here.
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)
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