As someone who has grown up around firearms of all kinds in a military town in west Texas where September 1 (Dove season) and November 1 (Deer season) are practically considered state holidays you can bet I’m on the 2nd Amendment side of things. A young boy would always look forward to receiving his first gun, typically a BB gun, then a .22 and finally a larger caliber rifle suitable for deer, a .223, .243, .270 or the venerable .30-.30. A real “man’s” gun.
Father’s would take great care to teach their sons not only to shoot well but safely, to care for their firearms and respect their lethality.
Not everyone has grown up in this way but one thing is for sure, firearms are part and parcel an American tradition in many ways. I’m not going to rehash the 2nd Amendment, it’s very clear on what it says and Madison’s intent is without question. Those that wish to alter the 2nd may certainly attempt to do so but to interpret it via some Utopian goofball logic just won’t cut it. The ‘right to bear arms’ means just that and quite frankly if we were really following this to the letter it would mean the same today as it did 200 years ago, what you possessed then was equivalent to what the Continental Army soldier carried. End of debate as far as I’m concerned.
Fast forward to today. Our President and his followers have decided that this is a grand opportunity to do something they have always wanted to do, start the disarming process of American citizens. Dont’ think so? Think again. One might ask, ‘why would our government want to do this?’, and that is THE question. It’s very simple really. What stands between us as citizens and a corrupt government? What defines a corrupt government?
The 2nd Amendment was designed to protect the Constitution and hence our rights as citizens of the Republic. But really, what can we do against an armored division? While bearing arms is our right they won’t necessarily protect us from an all out military onslaught. So what really protects us? How about an oath? Every member of the military vows to protect the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. Pretty simple. But will the commanding General of a Division honor that oath if given the order to roll in to your city? Will the Colonel in charge of a Brigade consider that his oath was to the Constitution and not to a temporary seat warmer in the oval office? What if the Constitution was amended by an unlikely majority of both houses? This probably won’t happen all at once, no, it’s the slow erosion, the sleight of hand over time to lull their constituency in to a sense of well being. This was all started in 1934 by the National Firearms Act and again in 1968 via the Gun Control Act then the Assault Weapons Ban in 1994 that finally died off in 2004.
So here we are again, another attack against the 2nd with a proposed renewal of an Assault Weapons Ban on steroids and 23 Executive Actions signed today by President Obama…none of which will do a damn thing to protect the defenseless. You think differently? Ok, let’s take a look at all 23 actions. Take some aspirin now, preventative for the headache you will have in a few minutes. I’ll score each item as I deem fit as it relates to ‘addressing gun violence’.
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
What ‘relevant data’ is that and who decides what is relevant? This should really concern all law abiding citizens as it’s very open ended. As an idea it get’s a C, relying on our government to execute it receives an F and hoping that our government doesn’t abuse this get’s a ‘WTF are you thinking?’.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
Here we go, tie in Obamacare with gun ownership. Federally mandated taxation coupled with firearm reporting, see any danger there? And just what are those ‘unnecessary legal barriers’ anyway? F for the same reasons as above.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
Incentives? You mean, like we will cut off funding for X, Y and Z if you don’t tell us what we want to know? F again.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
Oh great, so our Fast and Furious AG Holder is going to decide who is ‘dangerous’ and who may or may not have a gun? Anyone see anything wrong with giving one man this much power? I’m not sure I can even grade this. If you turned this in as a paper in school the teacher would have to report you under these very same rules as being dangerous.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
So, why was the gun seized to begin with? What if that person purchased that gun legally in 2005 but has it seized in 2013 because it was used while defending his home? Somewhere in between the law abiding citizen ran afoul of one of those ‘laws’ that our AG has deemed to describe someone as dangerous? Now his gun is gone. You think I’m stretching things a bit here? I’m simply applying open ended assumptions to open ended Executive Actions. As the gun was stolen or lost it’s not with it’s legal owner anymore, so how does this stop gun violence? F.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
Well, that’s brilliant. You mean IF legislation is passed requiring person to person buyers to undergo a background check that the ATF wouldn’t know to send out this information? I’ll call this one ‘filler’. Failed again.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
WTF is that? So the crazy bastards like Holmes and Lanza would have been stopped by this ‘campaign’? I’m all for firearm safety courses and training, the NRA along with dozens of other organizations have been doing this for decades. Welcome to the party but it won’t stop murders. Ok, gun safety campaigns on the surface are good but this is already being handled…another Fail.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
Safety standards for gun locks and safes? Let me simplify this for ya… they all work very well IF you use them. I’ll say this much, legal firearms owners should be held accountable for securing their weapons. Lanza’s mother knew damn good and well that she had a mentally unstable young man living in her home and as a gun owner she should have secured her firearms from him. She paid for that mistake with her life and the lives of 26 others. But how is reviewing safety standards going to keep this from happening again? Worthless and simply providing more federal jobs for the CPS Commission. Fail again, gun safes and locks already work well, how to get people to use them is the problem.. Neverquit says tax breaks are good but that would reward us evil gun owners.
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
More taxpayer money to the feds. So does this apply to local law enforcement and don’t they have access to the FBI’s national database for this? Our resident LEO ‘OldBear’ will chime in on this. Ok, not a bad idea if it’s not already being done…but again, how does this stop gun violence? I’ll give a D simply for not being totally stupid.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
Ok, if this isn’t being done already then I’ll give them this one. If one of my guns is stolen and turns up in Ohio I’d like it back thank you very much. I’m just not sure how this protects our children… Fail.