When I heard the news announcement about the creation of a new Department known as the Department of Peacebuilding, I thought to myself you can’t be serious, thinking that this was just another attempt to increase the size of the nanny-state.
I decided to look up the proposed legislation, as I read it I realized they are serious, and the proposed legislation (HR808) known as the ‘‘Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013,” has serious implications.
This gun rights grabbing, waste of money bill was re-introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California (The original bill is actually a rehash of the bill introduced by Rep Dennis Kucinich in2007). In short, this legislation is a wolf-in-sheep’s clothing piece of deceptive legislation.
If your initial assessment of this bill was based simply on the title of the legislation, it would lead you to believe what I did when I first heard about it; that it was a pointless nanny state waste of money.
After reading this bill I find it is dangerous; it not only attempts to link gun control legislation to left wing organizations like the UN, the Institute for Economics and Peace, and the Earth Charter, but it interjects itself into just about every other department of the Government.
Beginning in Section 2, line 23:
“We must address the multiple causes of this public health epidemic by reinstating the ban on assault weapons, prohibiting high-capacity magazines, improving mental health services, supporting comprehensive violence prevention efforts, establishing a Federal gun buy-back program, and enforcing existing laws by investing in our law enforcement agencies to help get guns off the streets.”
None of this proposed legislation is necessary with the exception of “enforcing existing laws,” which this government has failed to do.
It’s clear from the outset what the point of this bill is; an attack on the 2nd amendment right to bear arms. This is almost verbatim what the liberals have been saying in almost every news outlet in the country of late, but this bill takes it 2 steps further. One, by instituting a Federal gun buy-back program, and two, it creates an agency that will ultimately have a say on almost any gun transaction inside and outside the U.S.
The justification of this legislation (according to hr808 supporters) is supported by determinations made by the following organizations:
A 2004 World Health Organization report, the Institute for Economics and Peace, and The Earth Charter, none of which are organizations founded in the U.S.
The bill sights the UN program Action on a Culture of Peace, whose stated purpose is among other things “the free flow of information and disarmament.”
I might mention just a couple other points of interest surrounding these organizations mentioned in this bill: First, the Institute for Economics and Peace is an organization founded by Steve Killelea a philanthropist from Australia whose stated mission is “dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the social and economic factors that develop a more peaceful society. It achieves its goals by developing new conceptual frameworks to define peace; providing metrics for measuring peace; and, uncovering the relationship between peace, business and prosperity.”
In short, creating links between social and economic factors, peace and guns.
All of the leadership members reside outside of the U.S. with exception of Michelle Breslauer, their Program Manager of US Operations, who now resides in New York, transferring from her previous location in Brazil. It would appear that they are setting up shop in the U.S. Firing their first scathing report of U.S. violence (which is mentioned in this bill and entitled “The U.S. Peace index”).
Of course they tried to illustrate the cost of domestic violence to the taxpayer, but the index included “affairs such as offshore military activities,” which kind of skews their findings.
They also determine “Violence prevention is cost effective. For every dollar spent in violence prevention and peacebuilding, many lives and many dollars are saved,” even though they would be hard pressed to produce any evidence to support these claims.
Another hidden agenda in this legislation is mentioned in the charter of the other organization of note, The Earth Charter; which includes the following “We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.’’
I think this socialistic statement speaks for itself.
The purpose of this bill not only creates an entire new department of government, it also creates a cabinet level position, which would inherently be allowed a budget and legal authority to carry out its stated purpose. The head of this new department would be appointed by the president thereby BYPASSING Congressional confirmation. It does this by modifying the National Security Act of 1947, which is another danger of this legislation.
The limits of the far-reaching authority of this proposed department are difficult to calculate totally, but its stated responsibilities are alarming.
Just to highlight a few sections under Responsibilities and Powers:
“developing new policies and supporting existing policies that effectively address personal and family violence, including suicide, domestic violence, spousal abuse, child abuse, and mistreatment of the elderly;”
“policies and programs that effectively reduce drug and alcohol abuse;”
“address crime, punishment, and rehabilitation,”
“approaches for dealing with the tools of violence, including handguns,”
“societal challenges of school violence, gangs, racial or ethnic violence, violence against gays and lesbians, and police-community relations disputes;”
“providing for public education programs addressing diversity of the people of the United States with regard to race, religion, creed, gender and gender identification, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, and other perceived difference;”
“advise the Secretary of Defense”
“establish and administer a budget designated for the training and deployment of unarmed civilian peacekeepers”
“work jointly with the Secretary of the Treasury,”
“submit to the President recommendations for reductions in weapons of mass destruction, and make annual reports to the President on the sale of arms from the United States to other nations,”
And on it goes. The power and influence transferred to the President trough the powers vested in this department are alarming especially “establishing and administering a budget designated for the training and deployment of unarmed civilian peacekeepers,” all outside the control and oversight of the Congress.
I think the dangers hidden in this legislation are obvious. This is but part one of the examination of HR808.
But this should be enough to get you to contact your representatives and express your displeasure over this bill, but don’t wait too long because the bill is in committee now.