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Guest Commentary: Obama/Biden Gun Control

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

Jeff Erding

By Jeff Erding, Wykoff, MN

“ALL IN ALL, IT’S JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL” [from THE WALL by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, 1979]

You may be sick of the gun control debate, and I sure don’t blame you. You may be thinking: “This guy is obsessed with guns. It’s all he ever writes about. Can’t he ever write about another aspect of the Constitution?” Point well taken. I revere the entire Constitution. It’s just that right now, the debate is raging over the second amendment.

And what’s with this “Brick in the Wall” thing? What does that have to do with “common sense gun control?” The answer is EVERYTHING. Please read on to find out.

There are compelling arguments from citizens and politicians on both sides of the issue. Let’s take the main issues and analyze them carefully, leaving out emotions and hype and concentrating on facts and effectiveness. Only then can we understand the goals of the proposed legislation and decide if it deserves our support.

1] UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. Good idea, right? I mean, we need to know who is buying guns. Who in their right mind could object to that? Let’s look at what the proposed legislation would do.

[A] Accurately stated, background checks will never be universal. Criminals will ignore them and the MENTALLY ILL ARE NOT TO BE REPORTED ON THE DATABASE. Who is left? Law abiding citizens who will never use a gun illegally but will risk becoming a felon if they dare bequeath a family heirloom to a friend or family member without going through an onerous registration process. The proponents of the legislation are perfectly aware of this fact. Then what is the real purpose? REGISTRATION. Some people in government want to know, to the greatest possible extent, where every single gun is and who owns it. On the evening of the most recent presidential inauguration, Charles Shumer admitted to MSNBC the goal is “universal registration” of “guns and gun owners.” When asked during a TV interview about the ultimate goal of the proposed legislation she has authored in the past, Diane Fienstein has stated

“Regarding your guns, Mr. and Mrs. America, TURN THEM IN. Every one of them.”

[B] Rest assured my friends; serial killers, murderers, violent and petty criminals of every sort will turn out in droves to support the proposed universal background checks and the politicians who are pushing them. If they pass as currently proposed, they will spell disaster to average law abiding citizens for obvious reasons. I have friends who laugh and call me paranoid. I tend to be persuaded by the sad reality of what has happened in England, Australia, Ireland, Jamaica, and yes in New York and California: REGISTRATION MEANS CONFISCATION. The ultimate goal of “ universal background checks” is to identify who has what guns and then take them. Don’t be fooled by any other explanation. According to Syracuse University, 76,000 firearm purchases were denied by the federal instant check system in 2010. Of these, the Obama Justice Department referred exactly 62 for prosecution and secured convictions for 13!! That is the lowest in over 10 years and proves the feds have no commitment to keeping guns away from felons and mental patients. They are focused on deployment of a gun registration scheme now which will allow confiscation in the future … and convincing the public all they want is “background checks.”

2] BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS AND “MASSIVE” MAGAZINES. Mr. Obama stated in Minneapolis last February, “ We should restore the ban on military style assault weapons” because “ weapons of war have no place on our streets.”

[A] That argument can be made, but the so called assault weapons ban is not about those kinds of weapons. Military style automatic weapons have been outlawed for non-licensed civilians since 1936. Modern “ military style” firearms are no different in function and effectiveness than any common conventional firearm: in fact many are less powerful than common deer rifles or fowling guns. The proposed ban would outlaw firearms that have been designed and built for 125 years!

[B] Massive magazines? The proposed laws would ban magazines of over 11 rounds: not all that massive. The Henry repeating rifle that became popular in the mid 1860’s held 17 rounds. [Custer would no doubt liked to have banned Sitting Bull’s warriors from ownership of the Henry repeater.]

[C] Even when including the wide range of so called “assault rifles” in the proposed ban, the percentage of murders attributed to them is less than 1 percent. In a recent interview on Capitol Hill, Vice President Joe Biden stated “Nothing we are going to do… is going to alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting…”

So why is a gun ban being pushed that even it’s most ardent proponents admit will not have any positive results? It will not protect our children or innocent citizens. It will not have any effect on criminals or the mentally impaired. It will do nothing to keep law abiding citizens safe and in fact will impose unfair and unconstitutional burdens upon them.

Why? My fellow citizens, it is an opportunity to place “ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL.” It’s another step on the path which has been a goal for the proponents of gun control for decades… and that goal is a total ban on the private ownership of firearms. Law abiding citizens need to contact their legislators and tell them that any legislation restricting their 2nd amendment rights is unacceptable. While you’re at it, please add that mentally impaired people should generate a “hit” on the data base. That would be a positive thing.

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