The Potowmack Institute

The letter below was placed in the hands of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, May 5, 2011, at an appearance before the Women's National Democratic Club. She was the day before made the new chairperson of the Democratic National Committe. The question posed before that gathering was, can we have public discourse on what the courts have decided that leads toward policy? The response was a conventional politician's response supporting more piecemeal gun control legislation of the sort that has failed to change public consciousness on what is really at stake for 40 years.

The letter with attachments was also placed in the hands of Michel Blake White House Director of Minority Business Outreach in the Office of Public Engagement on May 11, 2011, at a community meeting in Washington. He said he would forward it to the Justice Department. If there was intelligent life at the DOJ the Potowmack Institute would have no reason to exist.

May 5, 2011

The Hon. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capital Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Dear Ms. Schultz:

The only role for the Federal Government in firearms policy is to control the illegal traffic. That is empowerment policy for state and local jurisdictions. The courts have opened the path for policy. After many pages to fabricate a personal right and disparage the original civic purpose, Judge Silberman in Parker arrived at the conclusion that we can have "registration ... for militia service if called up." That is the original civic purpose based on civic obligation and military preparedness. There is nothing in the Supreme Court opinions that contradicts those purposes. All that is missing now is the political leadership that makes policy. That means changing the context. Political leadership has to change policy making from the public health strategies that have failed to the original purposes. Militia duty in the militia clauses of the Constitution, the Second Amendment and the Militia Act of 1792 was conscript duty.,,,
The gun lobby would fight viciously to defeat any legislative attempt to implement the conclusions of the courts. That is the challenge to political leadership.

The next step, as I have proposed, is that the Justice Department conduct a study that updates Attorney General Ashcroft's 2004 study in the light of the courts' decisions with the purpose of correcting and clarifying the enormous ignorance and confusion and of providing a resource directed toward policy. The enclosed letter to four members of Congress received only one lame response from Sen. Cardin,
Follow the links. The enclosures to that letter are extremely important to enlightening what is at stake.
Democrats in Congress and on the campaign trail are part of your challenge. Asking a few simple questions changes everything in the present politics.

Yours truly,
The Potowmack Institute
attachments:, p. 17, p. 18.
Response from Cardin
NYTimes editorial on Ms. Schultz appointment to the DNC, April 22, 2011