Cynthia Dunbar For Congress - Texas District 22
Press Release
For Immediate Release: January 30, 2008
From: Dunbar For Congress
Phone: 609-703-8111

Texas GOP Congressional Candidate Cynthia Dunbar Calls Government's Attempt to Control Private Gun Ownership A Violation of 2nd Amendment

Richmond, TX—The federal government's response to a Supreme Court review of the Second Amendment right to bear arms is a typical example of how our constitutional liberties are being stripped, stated Cynthia Dunbar (R-Richmond), candidate for the 22nd District to the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement has drawn criticism from gun owners for an Amicus Brief he filed with the Supreme Court advocating that the government has authority to regulate the types of firearms permissible for private citizens to own under the auspices of the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court brief established the government position by saying, "Given the unquestionable threat to public safety that unrestricted private firearm possession would entail, various categories of firearm-related regulation are permitted by the Second Amendment under that constitutional understanding, as illustrated by the existing federal laws regulating firearms."

Dunbar says the courts and the federal government are trying to circumvent the Constitutional right of a citizen to own guns. "These Washington, D.C. bureaucrats want to have it both ways—for public purposes, they wish to support the right of individuals to bear arms—this keeps conservatives and lobby groups satisfied that their rights are not threatened," Dunbar says. "In practical terms, however, they wish to excessively regulate the types of arms that may be manufactured and sold to law-abiding citizens."

"In fact, the Solicitor General believes that such regulations do not apply to the Second Amendment. So rather than risk the Supreme Court deciding that the Second Amendment means what it says - that a citizens right to bear arms shall not be infringed - the federal government recommends sending the case back to the lower court so the law can be interpreted by avoiding a Constitutional conflict." Dunbar accused the government of really desiring some form of constitutional amendment being handed down from the bench, since any attempt to modify the 2nd amendment through a legitimate constitutional framework would never pass.

Clement's brief states emphatically, "If the Court takes the foundational steps discussed above, there would be virtue in remanding the case for application of a proper standard of review and permitting Second Amendment doctrine to develop in an incremental and prudent fashion as is necessary to decide particular cases that may arise."

"In other words, the federal government wants the law to evolve by avoiding confrontation with the Constitution. This does not respect the Constitution as the governing document and it purposely abridges the individual rights of private citizens," Dunbar says. "The preservation of the Constitution is essential to maintain freedom. I plan on standing my ground to uphold the Constitution no matter from where the assault may come. Richard Henry Lee, a signer of the Declaration, once said, 'to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.' Well, apparently the Federal government doesn't share Mr. Lee's opinions on the indispensable right to bear arms."

Dunbar, 43, says she is compelled to run for the Congressional seat once held by Republicans because she believes that fellow Congressional District 22 residents need a conservative, common sense voice in Congress who puts principal above politics and values ahead of compromise. Dunbar was elected to the State Board of Education in 2006 where she proved to be instrumental in working to fully implement the Board's statutory authority over textbook adoptions.

A 1990 graduate with honors of Regent University School of Law, Dunbar was the founding editor of the Regent University Law Review. A sought after speaker on America's conservative heritage, Cynthia Dunbar has won numerous awards, including three separate American Jurisprudence Awards. Throughout her years of practice, Dunbar has cultivated a sincere interest and love for the charter documents that served to frame our nation. Her review of the Mayflower Compact, the Constitution and Bill of Rights has caused her to be a constitutional purist who strongly opposes judicial legislating.

Dunbar served for three years as Director of Governmental Affairs for Fort Bend County, Precinct 3, where she drafted resolutions in support of legislation benefiting the citizens of Fort Bend County as well as the entire State of Texas. In that capacity, she proved her position against tax increases by working for the reduction of property taxes and protection of private property rights from eminent domain. Cynthia Dunbar currently practices law with the Law Offices of David Showalter, LLP, continuing to help property owners adversely impacted by eminent domain. She is pro-life, supports limited government, and believes immigration laws must be enforced while a strict new immigration policy is developed. Dunbar resides in Richmond in Fort Bend County. She is the mother of two children and attends River Point Church.

Cynthia Dunbar For Congress - Texas District 22

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