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Gun control proponents and gun rights activists have never clashed the way they are these days. Even when gun control was a major topic of conversation in the 1990s with the passage of the assault weapons ban and Brady bill we didn’t have the level of tumult that the current debates are causing. Americans are being split – again – over a topic that the President has taken up as a central issue.
Nearly every state in the Union has introduced or passed legislation either affirming one’s right to own weapons or trying to show up New York. In fact, last week a bill was introduced in Washington which not only banned the sale or possession of semi-automatic weapons that use detachable ammunition magazines, but also magazines that contain more than 10 rounds would be illegal.
So, what about all those Washingtonians that already own such crime-inducing weapons and evil magazines? The bill says this:
“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”
What that means in liberalese is that citizens will be treated to an annual visit by the resident brown-shirt. One may ask how anyone would know that such a weapon was in the house to begin with. Well, that is why our Marxist politicians are so adamant about gun registration. The government wants to know where every weapon in the country is so they can inspect them. They want to inspect them so that they can find a reason to confiscate them. They want to confiscate them because you can’t usher in a Marxist/Socialist philosophy without an enslaved and dependent constituency.
If you think all this talk about gun registration is just a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream, you haven’t been paying attention to the Justice Department. According to the National Institute of Justice, the investigative wing of the DOJ, the policies called for by President Obama in his SOTU address won’t work without registration.
The challenge to implementing [increased background checks] more broadly is that most states do not have a registry of firearm ownership. Currently NICS background checks are destroyed within 24 hours. Some states maintain registration of all firearms. Gun registration aims to 1) increase owner responsibility by directly connecting an owner with a gun, 2) improve law enforcement’s ability to retrieve guns from owners prohibited from possessing firearms.
Gun registration also allows for the monitoring of multiple gun purchases in a short period of time.
The problem with “connecting an owner with a gun” is that it seeks to blame the object, not the person. If a gun I originally purchased is lost, stolen, or sold to someone that commits a crime, the leftist utopia mandates I be held accountable for another’s criminal actions when I never had anything to do with the crime committed. Read the entire DOJ report here and be baffled and amazed at what your government is recommending.
In Maryland, Prince George County residents won’t notice anyway since the county has banned all gun shows until further notice.
“It is a temporary moratorium. We will revisit this,” says Anita Pesses with the agency’s Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. “We are taking everybody’s opinions and actions into account.”
Pesses is promising the department will re-evaluate its decision after lawmakers in D.C. and Annapolis are done debating possible gun control bills.
“We felt that given the potential legislation on the state and the federal level, we are putting a hold on that activity for now until we can reassess after the legislative session.”
What makes all this talk of gun control legislation even more scary is that many law enforcement groups are actually lobbying to remove guns from the hands of the citizens they can’t protect. Not surprisingly, the utterly useless Chicago Police Chief attacks the wrong problem. Instead of enforcing laws that have already failed in his city, he cites the problem is not the gangs and criminals…it’s that pesky 2nd Amendment.
After totally dismissing the citizen’s right to redress grievances, McCarthy trained his constitutional wisdom on the 2nd Amendment. Despite recent court decisions to the contrary, McCarthy opined that the 2nd Amendment limits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets. McCarthy went on to say that he believes that the 2nd Amendment supports mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners and the mandatory application of GPS tracking devices to civilian owned firearms.
New gun control legislation in Colorado is going to cost the state hundreds of jobs and tens of millions in tax revenue. Magpul Industries and other firms have vowed to leave the state if legislation already approved by the Democrat-led House is signed into law – which seems inevitable.
Erie-based Magpul Industries has threatened to leave the state if lawmakers are successful in passing the sweeping gun-control package, which limits the number of rounds a magazine can hold, according to The Denver Post.
“If we’re able to stay in Colorado and manufacture a product, but law-abiding citizens of the state were unable to purchase the product, customers around the state and the nation would boycott us for remaining here,” Doug Smith, Magpul’s chief operating officer, told The Post.
More sinister is that every single incident in which a gun is used has become a rally call for more gun control. The media ignores every single instance of guns being used to deter, prevent or stop crime and instead focuses on every criminal instance of gun use as proof of why we need more laws. Even the unfortunate suicide of country singer Mindy McCready is treated to a disgusting politicization by gun grabbers.
While guns are involved in just 5.6% of suicide attempts, they account for 55% of suicide fatalities. That’s because 85% of suicide attempts involving guns result in death, making firearms the leading method of suicide in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In comparison, taking pills results in death in 2% of cases.
“It’s access to weaponry that turns desperate people into suicides,” says psychiatrist Kenneth Duckworth, medical director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, interviewed before McCready’s death.
Here’s an idea: how about we decriminalize suicide.
The military, still reeling from the worst year of suicides among troops since records were kept, has even lobbied for legislation allowed commanders to register weapons owned by troops. Commanders say that knowing what type, how many, and the location of these weapons is key to potentially lowering the suicide rate. Instead of drawing more attention to drug and alcohol use among troops, they want to infringe on an express right recognized in the Constitution which we all take an oath to defend.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was trying to add language amending the law to the Senate version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act bill, the Post reported Monday. The House version of the bill that amends the law has already passed, the Post said, and authorizes mental health professionals and commanding officers to ask servicemembers about firearms and ammunition when they believe them at risk for suicide.
Legislators have said that this year they’ll clarify the law so that commanders, as well as other “gatekeepers” such as chaplains and doctors, are allowed to discuss weapons if they have “reasonable grounds” to believe the person is at high risk of committing suicide or harming others. There has been movement within the Defense Department to suggest voluntary means restriction to troops.
The Pentagon has helped hand out more than 65,000 gun locks this year. In a planned safety campaign, troops and their families will be reminded that they can store personal weapons in the base armory, and that it’s never a good idea to store weapons with ammunition.
Thomas Jefferson said, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
I believe it was Jefferson that also said the greatest aspect of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it. In all the gun control talk you hear at the local, state and federal level have you even once heard what the plan is to remove guns from criminals? All you hear about is how they are going to disarm the law-abiding among us.