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Bump stock ban is Pandora’s box for gun control

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The box has, for now, been opened. The Trump administration announced today that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker signed the bump stock ban, a move that has been anticipated for a while. I say Pandora’s box has been opened “for now” because 2nd Amendment advocates like Gun Owners of America are filing lawsuits against the DOJ and ATF in hopes the courts will reverse the action.

This may end up being the most important set of lawsuits pertaining to protection of the 2nd Amendment in our lifetimes.

Before I get into why this is the case, let’s do a quick background on bump stocks. These accessories enable “bump firing” of semi-automatic rifles. The shooter utilizes forward pull on the barrel with one hand to engage the trigger. Then the shot recoil pushes the rifle back. Someone adept at bump firing can mimic a machine gun using this method, increasing the firing rate while decreasing accuracy.

The debate over bump stocks was sparked by the 2017 mass shooting at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas that killed 59 people. The shooter, Stephen Paddock utilized a bump stock to fire many rounds into the crowd at a concert below his room.

I completely understand the reaction by both gun control advocates and some 2nd Amendment supporters who feel bump stocks are dangerous. I’m not a fan of bump stocks, but my distaste for the accessories is greatly overshadowed by my concerns over where this action by the DOJ could lead.

You see, it comes down to a matter of interpretation. They have chosen to redefine the statute, which clearly states machine gun classification requires a single trigger function. Bump stocks do not change the functionality of semi-automatic rifles in a way that allows them to be fired continuously with a single trigger function. This is why the change in interpretation of the statute is so concerning.

I’m not alone in my concerns. Gun Owners of America have already included protections for semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 in their list of grievances against the reinterpreted statute. Here’s the problem they and I are seeing. An AR-15 can be bump-fired by an experienced user without any attachments at all. If a DOJ under the control of an alleged 2nd Amendment Republican President is reinterpreting the statute in this way, it’s a near certainty that a future gun-control friendly administration can use this loophole to ban a whole lot more. They can ban other accessories that assist in rapid firing. They could use this move as a launching pad for further gun control legislation. They could use either the new interpretation or additional legislation to make semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 illegal.

This is the perfect storm for future gun control activities. You have a Republican administration promoting gun control measures following a single event. What happened at Mandalay Bay was tragic and nobody can honestly claim the bump stock did not contribute to the high number of casualties, but that doesn’t change the fact that the actions of a single man are grounds enough for a gun control move that affects tens of thousands of gun owners.

The 2nd Amendment has always been one slippery slope away from being in jeopardy. This is why I’ve always opposed any additional gun control measures at the federal level. The ebb and flow of Washington DC mixed with the reactionary way politicians operate in modern times makes a dangerous concoction that can curtail our 2nd Amendment rights greatly.

Most who support this ban will invoke the progressive mentality that bump stocks aren’t needed for hunting or self-protection. They’ll ignore the primary reason for the 2nd Amendment in the first place, which is having a citizenry that can defend itself against tyranny.

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Dianne Feinstein’s comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

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Dianne Feinsteins comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

Gun control is the talk of the town as the week comes to a close. Well, that and Greenland. And Jeffrey Epstein. But the mass shootings two weeks ago has DC buzzing, media furiously reporting, and activists on both sides of the debate furiously Tweeting at each other. Senator Dianne Feinstein weighed in on the discussion by pointing out some important facts about the alleged Dayton shooter, Connor Betts.

Her facts are correct. Her analysis is off because it missed one important point. We’ll get to that in a minute, but let’s declare once and for all (though I’m sure I’ll have to repeat myself later) that the 2nd Amendment IS NOT ABOUT HUNTING OR HOME PROTECTION. Our right to keep and bear firearms was put into the Constitution by our founders because they recognized what could happen if the people had no recourse against an oppressive government. Just as Venezuelans didn’t realize they danger they were putting themselves into when they allowed their guns to be taken away, so too do many Americans put way too much trust in government.

The authoritarian left wants guns because they know they’ll never achieve their endgame as long as the people can defend themselves from tyranny.

Feinstein is correct that the Dayton shooter was able to cause an extreme amount of death and injury in a short period of time. Police were quick to respond, otherwise it could have been much worse. But as our EIC pointed out in a Tweet, Feinstein’s narrative is worthless when you look at it from the opposite perspective.

Gun control is not the solution to our mass shooting problem. If anything, gun control has enabled shooters to enact their crimes without fear of many “good guys with a gun” to stop them. We must never give up our 2nd Amendment rights.

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‘Sanctuary Sheriff’ Garry McFadden released convicted child molester Oscar Leonardo to protect him from ICE

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At some point, Democrats have to come to the conclusion that their little experiment with sanctuary cities has failed. It was supposed to encourage cooperation with the Hispanic community so they’d be more willing to report crimes knowing the people they were reporting won’t be deported. But instead, crime has risen in nearly every sanctuary jurisdiction while cooperation between the communities and law enforcement haven’t gotten any better.

But instead of learning lessons, Democrats are doubling down. One such Democrat is Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden. Known as the “Sanctuary Sheriff” for lording over his county with anti-ICE policies that went against the will of the people, the buddy of Barack Obama has been at the center of controversy for over a year. Now, he’s being questioned about one illegal alien his policy had released, a previously deported convicted child molester who took two additional months for ICE to capture.

“They know if they’re arrested, they’re not gonna be handed over to ICE,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said.

Oscar Leonardo sexually assaulted at least one child in McFadden’s district before being granted release. An ICE detainer was in place, which the sheriff’s office ignored. But McFadden doubled down on his policy by saying ICE should have sent an arrest warrant instead of a detainer. Either McFadden is ignorant of the law he’s supposed to uphold or he’s lying for the sake of misdirection as ICE is incapable of issuing warrants. That’s solely done by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sanctuary jurisdictions choose to ignore detainers, and despite their claims that this makes the community safer, there are numerous instances where they clearly made the community less safe. This instance is one of them, but ICE was able to recapture him after wasting two months and countless man-ours. They could have simply picked him up and deported him had McFadden cooperated with ICE. Instead, he chose to put more children at risk by protecting a child molester.

As long as Democrats like Garry McFadden continue to protect child molesters like Oscar Leonardo instead of the American citizens they’re charged to protect, they should not be given a single vote. If they won’t do their jobs, replace them.

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Seb Gorka: Red flag gun laws are a ‘red herring’

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Seb Gorka Red flag gun laws are a red herring

It isn’t often that former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka disagrees with his old boss, but as the President pushes for red flag gun laws to be incentivized by the federal government to be adopted by all states, Gorka’s loyalties rang at their highest pitch. He isn’t going against the President’s leanings to oppose him. He’s doing it to try to save him from the bad advice that’s being thrown at him in the White House and by members of Congress.

Red flag gun laws are a bad idea on many levels, perhaps most strikingly in the fact that they do not work. Then, there’s the unconstitutional nature of them that, as Representative Jim Jordan said, inverts our system to make American citizens guilty until proven innocent. But the biggest reason every American gun owner should be concerned about red flag gun laws is because of where they’ll lead.

“Red flags are a red herring,” Gorka said on Fox Business today. “This is another way for us to be disarmed. Look at the states where it’s already happened – California, Massachusetts, where certain types of weapons are already banned. This is the last straw they have take away our civil rights. Remember, the founding fathers called this a ‘civil right.’ The Bill of Rights includes the capacity to protect ourselves.”

Some are calling red flag gun laws a “slippery slope,” but that’s not strong enough as a characterization. They’re a guaranteed stepping stone to gun control because they will not work as advertised. When they fail, the left will double down.

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