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Excessive compromise in the gun debate

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Gun Control

One of the great things about our society is that we are able to have a free exchange of ideas on various subjects. Many of these subjects are banal and others are much more important. The subject of guns and gun control has long been a hot button topic for many across the political spectrum for decades. I wrote about the Left’s long game yesterday. If you missed it you can read that article here.

Today, NOQ Report’s editor Steve Berman laid out an interesting plan on gun control, based on the model Israel uses. Now I have a great deal of respect for Steve, not only as a fellow writer but as a friend and an ally who I usually see eye-to-eye with. I respect the fact that Steve was trying to walk the line on a tricky issue that many feel very passionately about and to find some sort of compromise, however I have to respectfully disagree with his ideas.

My disagreement is not simply a knee-jerk reaction to any more gun control, it is taking the totality of the circumstances into account. There are several points that Steve made I must counter. He said that there are 3 planks to sensible gun control, and I will post those next and respond to each in turn.

  1. Determine who can and cannot possess a gun.

Well, we already do that. The 2nd Amendment protects the right for all citizens (the militia, defending the free state against all, even their own government). Not a lot of people want lifelong violent criminals owning guns. Not me, not the NRA, and not anyone I know want this. It’s already illegal for violent offenders to own a gun, and yet many do by buying them illegally on the black market.

  1. Determine where guns can and cannot be carried.

Well, it depends on WHO is doing the determining in this case. The government has no right to infringe and yet they do already. Even in my home state of Texas there is a list of places you can’t carry, including government meetings, schools, and polling places on the day of election. This of course is insanity. Demented shooters usually like to pick gun free zones to make their attacks because they know no one will be able to stop them. Why else do so many attacks happen at schools? And yet, despite its utter failure, the Left wants MORE of this.

Further, businesses here in Texas can place the proper signage up and they make it illegal to carry in their establishment. I actually support this. A private business SHOULD be able to determine if patrons can carry firearms inside, just like they’d can determine if employees can exercise their right to protest on company time. Now, ask me if I spend my money at the businesses that tell me I can’t defend myself and my children in their establishment.

  1. Controlling how guns can and cannot be used.

Again, we already do this. You can’t just fire your guns randomly in the streets. Murder is illegal in the United States in many cases, and in all cases with a gun. It is only legal when it fits the Liberal agenda (looking at you Planned Parenthood).

On top of these three things, the Federal government already severely restricts automatic weapons and, bizarrely, other accessories which have nothing to do with the functionality of the weapons, like suppressors.

We’ve already compromised on gun control. A lot. It doesn’t work. Either domestically or internationally. Those saying Europe doesn’t have as many of these types of shootings ignore certain facts that don’t fit their narrative. For example, Britain has always enjoyed relatively low violent crime rates. However, those went from 1.1 per 100K people before their gun ban to 1.8 after their gun ban. Still lower than ours, but also a significant increase.

Switzerland and Honduras have roughly the same population. Nearly every Swiss home has a fully automatic ACTUAL assault rifle. Honduras has strict gun control. Switzerland has very little violent crime. Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the Western Hemisphere.

Liberals like to argue that’s if we applied gun control uniformly across the country places like Chicago wouldn’t be so bad because their gun control could have more effect. I’ll remind you, these are the same people who want a wide open border from which drug, humans, and yes, illegal guns, already pour across.

Fully automatic machine guns were readily available for purchase in the earliest part of the 20th century and we didn’t have this problem. People murder with all kinds of instruments. They have for millennia.

The problem isn’t guns. We DO have a serious cultural problem. We have hearts and souls without God. We have lost respect for the value of human life. We have men who father children and then are completely uninvolved in raising them. If the Left wants fewer shootings then they should work to solve these problems, but they won’t, since not only are they uninterested in solving them, they are oftentimes the cause.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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  1. Doug Olson

    October 5, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Ben, either you read my comments to Steve’s column or we are mental twins. I will not try to convince you that the latter is a good thing.:-) You are spot on. We do not have a gun problem so much as we have a moral problem. Even if you were to take religion out of it, you can safely state that people just do not respect themselves, or others, anymore. Without respect, you cannot have love, tolerance, honor, integrity.

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Culture and Religion

Video Double play: Busting the gun grabber’s musket myth.

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Gun confiscation bingo

Two videos that eviscerate the Liberty Grabbers ‘One shot’ musket myth.

It is a bedrock principle (if they have any) of the Liberty grabber Left that back during the ratification of the US Constitution the only weapons in existence were flintlock musket that took 5 minute to reload. Thus there wasn’t any school violence because it would have taken too long for the perpetrator to kill anyone.

As it typical of the lore of the national socialist Left, this is a lie of the first order. A previous video celebrated the “Assault Weapon” tricentennial, which was bit of the tongue in cheek variety since there were other repeating “Military Style” weapons in existence before this time period. These will be detailed in future articles. Meanwhile we present two videos that also bust the ‘Musket Myth’, one a short presentation from the Royal Armouries on the Jover and Belton “Flintlock breech-loading superimposed military musket”

Royal Armouries
Published on Aug 30, 2017
Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson, gives us a peek at the Flintlock breech-loading superimposed military musket, by Jover and Belton (1786)

This is a very relevant piece since the inventor Joseph Belton corresponded with the Continental Congress in 1777:

May it Please your Honours,
I would just informe this Honourable Assembly, that I have discover’d an improvement, in the use of Small Armes, wherein a common small arm, may be maid to discharge eight balls one after another, in eight, five or three seconds of time, & each one to do execution five & twenty, or thirty yards, and after so discharg’d, to be loaded and fire’d with cartridge as usual.

“It was demonstrated before noted scientists and military officers (including well known scientist David Rittenhouse and General Horatio Gates)”

This destroys the mythology that the founders had no knowledge of this type of repeating firearm technology that existed already.

The second is a humours dissertation on the subject from video raconteur Steven Crowder https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/

from a few years ago that also eviscerates this bit of Leftist mythology.

Published on Feb 10, 2015
People have been telling us for years that the 2nd amendment was written in a time of Muskets, and that it doesn’t apply to the evolved weapons of today. Is it true?

So why is this important?

Two primary reasons. One that these factual examples demonstrate that the founding fathers knew of these technological advances. Therefore, they destroy any Leftist pretences that the 2nd amendment be confined to muskets. Second that, school violence is something other than an issue of guns.

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Guns and Crime

Final pieces of the puzzle voiding the Second Amendment are ready to put in place

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It’s no mystery to the majority of liberty-loving Americans that politicians of every political stripe have been working feverishly to find new ways to restrict or eliminate our constitutionally protected God-given rights. And there has been perhaps no greater effort in their politically correct but unconstitutional agenda than their attempts to void in word and/or deed our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

While attempts to restrict gun ownership have existed throughout American history, the current movement got its footing from the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA). This law, a response to gangland crime during Prohibition, established a framework for the federal government to regulate specific types of firearms and accessories, and it imposed a tax on the manufacture and transfer of firearms defined by the Act.

Though amended by the Gun Control Act of 1968 to address a flaw that nearly voided the NFA, the law has been used to curtail, if not prohibit, transactions involving firearms identified in the 1934 law. Since 1968, the Firearms Protection Act of 1986, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, and the NICS Improvement act of 2008—which “improved” background checks required under the Brady Law—have also been added to the NFA.

As you can see in this very brief timeline, the old “slippery slope” adage is true. And in the aftermath of recent shooting events at public schools, the final pieces of the puzzle to void the Second Amendment are ready to put in place.

For example, the omnibus spending bill passed by the GOP-controlled Congress and signed into law by Donald Trump in March included the Fix NICS Act, a bill introduced by Republican Sen. John Cornyn. This so-called “improvement” to NICS gave the government power to deny gun rights to individuals for something as minor as a traffic ticket, and it laid the groundwork for the establishment of a FBI database of all gun owners.

With Fix NICS in the books, and with Republicans and Democrats in one accord on gun control, Washington is ready to take the next logical step toward voiding the Second Amendment—a Nazi Germany-style gun registry. If successfully made into law, these proposals will give the federal government complete control over every gun and gun owner in America, thus giving our Big Brother overlords the power they need to eliminate private gun ownership entirely.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) has introduced the Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act, a bill that will require the federal government to establish a “searchable, computerized database” of all records pertaining to the sale, importation, production, or shipment of firearms. Though he hasn’t advocated a database system “yet”, Nelson’s GOP opponent, Gov. Rick Scott is equally as dangerous following his strong anti-gun position since the Parkland, FL high school shooting.

In the House of Representatives, Democrats have introduced the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act. If passed, it would prohibit gun ownership without a license and would require a valid firearms license to transfer and receive a gun. The bill would also require the US attorney general to maintain a “federal record of sale” system to track every gun purchase made in America.

From laws denying gun rights to adults under 21 years of age to the growing acceptance—even in Washington—of using Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) to seize firearms from individuals who haven’t broken any laws, many Americans have already lost their Second Amendment rights.

If anti-gun politicians in Washington have their way—and with no Constitutional conservative coalition to stop them, they might—all of America will soon know the reality of living in a country without a Second Amendment . . . and without liberty.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes ERPO laws up a notch; will use teachers to seize guns

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The anti-Second Amendment hysteria by left-wing extremists and the media—but I repeat myself—has reached a fever pitch following recent incidents of gun violence at public schools as it breathes new life into a punch list of Constitutionally questionable laws designed to completely disarm America.

One such law gaining momentum is the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO). By taking one part “big government knows best” and adding a heaping cup of “for the children” with just a dash of “mental health crisis” for seasoning, progressives in both parties have created the perfect recipe to satisfy their appetite for killing the Second Amendment and denying us our God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

An ERPO empowers family members and the police to seize guns from anyone they feel poses a danger to themselves or others simply by obtaining a judge’s order—an order that doesn’t require testimony from the “accused” which is a violation of our Constitutional rights. No warrant. No charges. No arrests.

After the Parkland, FL high school shooting earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott—currently the GOP candidate for US Senate—joined forces with Republicans who had already joined forces with Democrats to pass a host of anti-gun laws, including ERPOs. In the months that followed, GOP governors in Vermont and Maryland also passed ERPO laws.

Earlier this year I wrote in an article about how mental illness is being used to deny gun rights, and I shared a story about an ERPO being used by police in Seattle, WA to forcefully confiscate the guns of a man because his neighbors didn’t like that he “stared” at them while legally wearing a holstered firearm.

Besides the fact that ERPOs are becoming one of the greatest threats to our Constitutional rights, they are also serving as the grease for the slippery slope we are taking toward tyranny, as we see in the recent proposal by NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo plans to introduce a proposal to the state legislature for a law that will allow teachers to petition a judge to remove guns from the homes of “troubled students.” Under his expansion plan for ERPO, teachers and school administrators would be granted legal standing to petition a court to remove firearms from the homes of students considered a threat to themselves or others. The teacher’s union loves this idea.

If it becomes law, the next time a child acts up in a NY school SWAT teams could be knocking down the door where they live to disarm the parents. And with the way ERPO laws are gaining acceptance—including in Washington DC—it could happen where you live too.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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