Entries in gun control (194)

Saturday
Apr132013

Progressives Use Gun Control to Force Citizen Dependency on Government

The primary reason Progressives are trying to disarm the population is to increase the dependency of the average American on the government.

National (concealed carry) Reciprocity won bipartisan approval in the the House last year, passing by a margin of 272 to 154. National Reciprocity is expected to be added as an Amendment to the current gun control legislation pending in the Senate.

“Congress should recognize that the right to self-defense does not end at state lines,” said the NRA, in a statement issued last month when the measure was introduced in the Senate.

Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) described the measure this week as “the most pernicious” proposal under consideration and said approving the plan would mean that “Somebody could come from Wyoming to the big cities of New York or New Haven or Bridgeport and carry a concealed weapon, which is so against our way of life and the needs here in New York.”

Of course its against Chucks way of life.  He doesnt need a firearm since he has armed government security, provided at tax payer expense. 

As a law enforcement officer I carried a concealed handgun for hundreds of days in Washington D.C.,  New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hartford and Newark.  Under provisions of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), close to two million active and retired law enforcement officers are authorized to carry concealed handguns in all U.S. states and territories, including the District of Columbia. Thousands of law abiding citizens are quietly carrying concealed in these cities every day under LEOSA and state concealed carry laws, without untoward incidents happening.

Concealed carry permit holders not only commit fewer gun related crimes than law enforcement officers, many train and practice more than the average police officer.  Contrary to popular belief, firearms training is a relatively small block of police academy training.  Most law enforcement officers spend less than an hour firing 50 rounds of ammunition at annual qualification with their handguns.

As a federal agent we qualified quarterly and qualified with at least 200 rounds a year. But since retiring, I shoot at least twice a month and firing thousands of rounds a year.  Many concealed carry permit holders train and practice more than an average police officer. 

Concealed carry permit holders are the most law abiding and responsible citizens in America.  We are all safer because of the responsible, law abiding citizens who chose to train and practice at their own expense.  Firearms are used to prevent crime and save lives hundreds of thousands of times a year in America.

The ongoing debate over gun control is just another attempt by Progressives to make the average American dependent on the government in order to increase the Democrat Partys power. 

By disarming law-abiding Americans, Progressives hope to instill fear into people.  Progressives want citizens totally dependent on the government.  People who cant protect themselves will be less likely to oppose increases in taxes or the size of government when they are totally dependent on the government to keep them safe.

People who depend on the government will also tend to be less likely to criticize the government because they know that government can choose to ignore its obligations to them.

If liberals were motivated by a desire to prevent gun violence, they would be in favor of laws which make it easier to convict criminals who use guns and demand that the government enforce the hundreds of current gun control laws.

Progressives work constantly to change America from a country where the government draws all authority from the people to a country where the people are dependent on the government and hence where people are controlled by the government.

If we are to stop the assault on Second Amendment civil rights, we must work tirelessly to make the average low-information voter aware of the Progressive self-interest at the core of their calls for gun control. 

Wednesday
Apr102013

Gun Banner Chuck Schumer Strikes CCW Reciprocity from Senate Bill

Contact your Senators ASAP  and urge them to vote NO on the Manchin-Toomey bipartisan background check legislation for commercial gun purchases without nationwide reciprocity for state concealed carry handgun permits included in the bill.

Anti-Second Amendment Senate leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has been closely involved in the gun talks, called Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), on Wednesday morning to inform them he had signed off on the agreement after he negotiated several changes to the initial Manchin-Toomey proposal.  Schumer was able to strike language from the agreement allowing concealed permit holders to carry their weapons in other states, and limiting Internet sales to five guns per year. He also worked to make sure there is a 72-hour window for performing background checks except for gun-show sales, which will be cleared in 48 hours initially.

The Manchin-Toomey proposal would require background checks for sales at gun shows and online, but it will exempt personal transfers from such checks.

It also calls for the creation of a “commission on mass violence” that will study the sources of, and ways to prevent, the mass shootings that have plagued the country over the last decade.

The NRA and GOA both oppose the Manchin-Toomey legislation.

Email your Senators NOW

I urge you to OPPOSE the Manchin-Toomey bipartisan background check legislation for commercial gun purchases unless it includes nationwide reciprocity for state issued concealed carry handgun permits.  Senator Chuck Schumer is responsible for striking national reciprocity for CHL licenses.  Concealed Handgun Licenses should be honored in all the states just as LEOSA concealed carry, marriages, and drivers licenses are required to recognized by federal law. 

Tuesday
Apr092013

A Colorado Sheriff Responds To Progressive Gun Banners

Barack Hussein Obama visited Denver on April 3, 2013 to push his excessive gun legislation. Not one sheriff in the state of Colorado was included in the event. The sheriffs of Colorado representing 62 counties were kept out of the event because their legislative needs were not useful to the president. Obamas purposeful shunning of the state sheriffs could not silence them. Listen as Sheriff Shayne Heap from Elbert County Colorado responds to the presidents comments.

Monday
Apr082013

Obama Continues to Stand on the Graves of Children to Push his Progressive Political Agenda

Eleven parents of children killed in the Connecticut Sandy Hook school shooting will fly to Washington with the Barack Hussein Obama on Air Force One tonight following his speech in Hartford.  The parents are going to Washington to lobby Congress to pass partisan laws to restrict law abiding citizens Second Amendment civil rights.

“There is no more effective advocate than a parent who has lost a child,” a senior administration official told ABC News.

In his Hartford speech Obama said Congress owes an obligation to these families, and the many other victims of gun violence, to act on his gun control proposals.  Obama will met with the families prior to his speech. 

Obama’s speech today was part of the administration’s broader effort this week to rally public support for the the Progressive gun-control agenda.

Nothing in the proposed law would have stopped the criminals and crazies who committed the atrocities in Newtown and Aurora.  Both mass shootings took place in gun free zones. 

It was a concealed carry pistol permit holder in Oregon who stopped the Clackamous Mall shooter, limiting the death toll to two innocent victims and the felonious shooter.

KGW news in Portland reported that Nick Meli, a 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire.

I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, are you serious?, he said.

The friend and baby hit the floor.  Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar.

He was working on his rifle, said Meli.  He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side.

The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter.

As I was going down to pull, I saw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and I knew if I fired and missed, I could hit them, he said.

Meli took cover inside a nearby store.  He never pulled the trigger.  He stands by that decision.

Im not beating myself up cause I didnt shoot him, said Meli.  I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.

I dont ever want to see anyone that way ever, said Meli.  It just bothers me.

Of course this news was buried by the Progressive Propaganda machine, which Obama controls.  You wont read or hear any talk about a concealed hangun license holder saving lives in the Oregon mall shooting in the lame stream national media. Progressive Propaganda is the greatest threat the Republic faces.

The laws Obama is pushing are part of the Progressive Plan to ban civilian possession of most firearms within a generation.  If passed these laws will have a negative effect on public safety.  The proposed gun control measures will increase violent crime.  See the results of the gun ban in Australia and the United Kingdom where gun crime is soaring in England where virtually all guns are banned.

New research shows there are more guns but less gun crime in New South Wales, Australia.  Although the number of legally owned firearms has increased substantially over the past decade, firearm crime has decreased.

The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.

Monday
Apr082013

Legislation Proposed in 26 States to Protect Second Amendment Civil Rights

Connecticut is the third state since the Dec. 14 Newtown shooting to approve strident new gun control measures, joining New York and Colorado in requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases and prohibiting magazine capacities beyond 10 rounds.  Maryland will be the fourth when anti-gun Gov. Martin O’Malley signs similar legislation this week, which includes fingerprinting of all gun buyers.

These states already had strict gun control laws, including assault weapons bans and prohibition of concealed carry for over 99% of civilians, except for Colorado.  The Colorado legislation was written and paid for by Bloombergs Illegal Mayors Against Guns.  The 2014 elections in Colorado will be among the most interesting to watch. 

There are harsh, irresponsible and irrational gun control laws being passed in heavily liberal states, but they can be repealed in time as political control passes to legislators who get elected running against them. The Wall Street Journal reports that “This year, five states have passed seven laws that strengthen gun restrictions, while 10 states have passed 17 laws that weaken them, according to the Anti-Gun Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which tracks and promotes gun-control-laws.

The Progressive Propaganda Machine (Main Stream Media) lead by MSNBC is reporting that expanded gun control legislation has 90% voter support, including most members of the NRA.  Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.   Here are the facts, which most of the MSM ignores.           

The Hartford Courtant reports that 17 states and Washington D.C. are considering gun control legislation during 2013 sessions, noting that 26 states are seeking to expand Second Amendment civil rights. 

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence tabulates that more than 600 bills have been introduced to strengthen gun control in state legislatures nationwide, while about 540 bills are being considered to expand gun rights.
               
According to the Associated Press, these are among those states expanding gun-owners rights:
               
* In Michigan and Ohio, lawmakers have made it easier to obtain a gun.
               
* Arkansas, Maine and Mississippi have passed laws to protect the privacy of gun owners.
               
* Wyoming enacted legislation allowing judges to carry weapons in the courtroom
               
* South Dakota passed a law authorizing school employees to carry guns on the job.

* More than a dozen other states are considering legislation that would enhance gun rights, including Texas, North Carolina, Missouri and Georgia.

The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.
Alexander Hamilton -The Federalist Papers at 184-8