I'll give $0.02 to anyone running for state office who promises to vote no on every spending bill. I'll give $100 to anyone, who at the end of their term, actually did it.
We citizens need to stand up. Anyone who can read well enough to understand the instructions on a can of soup should correctly understand that the federal and state constitutions prohibit ANY law regarding a citizen's right to bear arms. Any law passed by congress is void on its face that goes against the constitution. Until our constitutions are amended, no law regarding the bearing of arms should be enforced. Period. Concealed carry laws, licensing laws, safety training laws, prohibiting guns in any public space including schools, roads, and government buildings are all null and void. They should not be enforced by police, procecutors, judges or juries.
It's a sad comment on the state of our citizenship that we've let it come to this. Politicians of all flavors have ignored the constitution because it is inconvenient to their desire for power. Bush should be tried for violating habeus corpus. An american citizen was declared "enemy combatant" held without bond, or trial or the right to confront his accusers. He had no access to an attorney. Bush did it because he was president. He abused his powerful office of trust. It doesn't matter whether or not Padilla was a terrorist. Under our constitution, he had a right to confront witnesses, and refute the charges. That's how it works. That's how it works even in war and the fear of terrorist attack. Roosevelt did the same thing to Japanese Americans. Nixon's quote, "it's not a crime when the president does it," sums up this approach.
If you are on a jury, read and understand your responsibilities. Even though the judge will never mention it, you are the last check against a runaway legislature, or misguided one. He will tell you that you are to judge the facts of the case, and that he will tell you what the law says. What he won't mention, is that you are to judge the law as well as the facts. [ see Fully-Informed Jury in a google search ] If you are on a case where someone is accused of robbing a bank at gun-point, and he is guilty as hell, convict him of bank robbery, but acquit him on any weapons charge. Possessing a firearm should never be illegal. Using a weapon can be robbery, battery, or assault, and if so convict him of that, but never on any crime or sentence based on mere possession of a firearm.