Entries in Schumer (4)

Friday
Apr262013

Progressives Planning to Come Back for Your Guns

Progressives will NEVER give up on banning civilian ownership of firearms.  See UK, Canada and Australia for details. 

A week after the Senate failed to come up with 60 votes to pass more gun control measures Crazy Joe Biden regrouped with gun control advocates yesterday and reassured them the White House isnt giving up the fight.

Biden made a real commitment to keep pushing for more gun control laws, said Pia Carusone, executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control PAC run by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly.

Bidens message to the groups was, Its the beginning. Its not the end, said Carusone. The tone of the meeting was very positive. There is a collective sense that we are on the right side of history.

Yesterday the New York Times reported that talks to revive gun control legislation are under way on Capitol Hill.  Drawing on the lessons from battles in the 1980s and ’90s over the Brady Bill, which failed in Congress several times before ultimately passing, gun control supporters believe they can prevail.

According to the NY Times, gun control groups and Obama allies are already turning an eye to 2014, plotting payback for senators who voted against expanded background checks. Giffords group is even prepared to run ads against Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is a close friend of Giffords but who also voted against background checks.

Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire,  only one out of 22 senators on the East Coast north of Virginia who voted against the Manchin-Toomey-Schumer gun control amendment has been the target lately of some of the most furious lobbying by gun control proponents.  The NY Times says local newspapers have been inundated with letters to the editor denouncing her vote, and the gun grabbers have run radio ads saying she “ignored the will of the people”.

The gun grabbers will never give up and gun owners (in at least 40 states) are willing to waive their Second Amendment rights and give up their guns.  This fight will play out in the 2014 mid-term elections.  Supporters of Second Amendment civil rights, including Democrats who voted against Manchin-Toomey-Schumer need to be supported with our time and treasure, to defeat the gun banners.

Senators who supported the Schumer/Bloomberg backed amendment, including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) MUST be opposed and defeated.

According to the Progressive Propaganda publication, the Huffington Post, several senators have confided to Crazy Joe Biden that they are feeling the backlash from constituents.

Those senators told him that they needed to be assured there was adequate support for expanded gun control to pass because they did not want to take such a great political risk on something that was doomed to fail. Those Senators are vulnerable and MUST be defeated to protect our Second Amendment civil rights.

We can not afford to let our guard down for a minute.  The Progressives are coming for our guns.

I think were going to bring back that bill and address it, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who has been leading the charge for action in the wake of the Newtown shootings. It may be months, it may be half a year. But the Majority Leader seems committed to bringing it back.

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. 

Saturday
Mar162013

Schumer Bill Seeks to Criminalize Most Gun Transfers & Establish National Registration

We’ve read Chuck Schumer’s proposed Universal Background Check bill, and it is beyond ridiculous, even for a Progressive statist like Chuckles. Its gun transfer tyranny. PERIOD

The bill is overly broad, has some crazy penalties, and will result in government abuse and National Firearms registration, which will facilitate confiscation.  The full text of S. 374, the “Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013” is here .

The main provision of the bill is that any transfer of a firearm, no matter how fleeting, needs to go through an FFL and the transferee needs to have a background check performed through the NICS system.

There are few exceptions. In order to qualify for an exception to the rule of all transfers going through an FFL, the following requirements must be met:
The temporary transfer takes place at the owner’s house
The gun can’t be moved from the property
The transfer must last less than 7 days

There’s also a poorly worded exception for hunting and “sporting purposes,” as well as gifts to family members. What that means is if you go on a trip for more than 7 days and leave your guns at home unattended with a roommate, its now a felony under this law. And if I’m reading this right, this applies if you leave your guns with your spouse, but don’t transfer them as a gift.

There’s also no exception for lending guns to friends for the afternoon at their home or local range. I you loan guns to friends to try out before buying, you will have to transfer the gun through a FFL, than transfer it back, you guessed it, through an FFL with background fees paid both  ways.

It would be illegal to hand a firearm to someone other than the owner, effectively killing range trips with friends.

I quote from the bill the definition of “transfer” includes:
shall include a sale, gift, loan, return from pawn or consignment, or other disposition
Broad much? The only exception appears to be handing a gun to a potential buyer to evaluate and lending guns at a shooting range but ONLY IF:
at a shooting range located in or on premises owned or occupied by a duly incorporated organization organized for conservation purposes or to foster proficiency in firearms and the firearm is, at all times, kept within the premises of the shooting range;

So, only facilities where the stated purpose in the incorporation documents is conservation (hunting) or firearms proficiency. And if you’re shooting on your own private property, or on BLM land, ANY lending of guns EVEN IN THE PRESENCE OF THE OWNER for recreational shooting would be illegal.

As one of the provisions designed to “alleviate the fears” of the gun-owning public, it looks like there’s a provision in here that permanently sets the price of all FFL transfer fees to the same amount. That number will be set by the Attorney General, which these days is still Eric Holder. The current speculation is that this FFL fee will be used to do what the NFA tax was originally designed to do — make buying or transferring a gun so expensive that almost no one can do it.

In addition to the transfer requirements, it also makes it a federal felony to fail to report a lost or stolen firearm. If the gun isn’t reported to both local AND federal authorities within 24 hours, that’s a 5-year stretch in a federal pokey you just earned yourself.

The bill also specifically removes the ability for people with state permits to skip the NICS check. Currently in Texas, those with a concealed handgun license can purchase a gun without a NICS check as they’ve already passed a more stringent background check than NICS provides. This puts more strain on the FFL as well as the NICS system.

As written, this bill is a trainwreck. It creates felons out of people who may not have been aware that their roommate (on their month long trip through Asia) even owned a firearm, much less that there was one in the house.

It allows the government to regulate the price of background checks, enacting a mandatory fee (read tax) to be paid every time you want to exercise a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment, and lets the government set the fee at whatever level they choose with no recourse.

It also creates de facto registration through the NICS checks as well as the paperwork preservation requirements already in place.  

You don’t have to pay a fee to vote, as the supreme court ruled that unconstitutional. But for Chuck Schumer, its okay to charge a fee to exercise your Second Amendment right. And Eric Holder will tell you how much to pay.

If youre surprised then you havent been paying attention. There are consequences to elections. 

“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.”
Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle