Over the past several months, thousands upon thousands of people have come out of the woodwork to express their opinions on firearms in the United States. As the Obama administration has harped upon the Sandy Hook incident as its impetus for enacting further control upon the American people, there are now multiple indicators that point to a changing of the tide.
Various polls that have been recently conducted show that the percentages of people who support an assault weapons ban and universal background checks has decreased significantly since those same types of polls were conducted in December 2012. Though gun control legislation has been passed in Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut, and New York, Congress will be hard-pressed to gain enough support in the Senate for bills such as S. 649 being crafted by Sen. Harry Reid. The NRA has shown its might in mobilizing a vast lobbying effort at the grassroots level, and even smaller gun rights groups such as the National Association of Gun Rights (NAGR) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) have been very effective. In particular, talks that had been occurring between Sen. Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Coburn (R-OK) in an effort to reach a “compromise” on universal background checks has since fizzled out, mainly due to the influence of GOA.
In addition, a growing list of states have taken matters into their own hands by proposing and enacting new legislation at the state level which seeks to protect 2nd Amendment rights. Wyoming, Kansas, Arkansas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Montana, and Texas all have joined the ranks of states that have had enough of federal encroachment.
The impact of this huge hot-button issue has enormous economic implications as well. High-profile firearms components manufacturer Magpul has officially announced at the end of March that it will manufacture its first component outside the state of Colorado in 30 days. Several states have vied to become its new home, but Magpul has not yet made public where it is moving to. Other big-name gun manufacturers such as Maryland based Beretta and Connecticut based Colt have also publicly discussed the possibility of relocating to other states that are more gun friendly.
It’s still vital that we all continue to contact our state senators and representatives, as well as US senators and representatives to express our absolute opposition to gun control. Let the people speak!
You’ve probably heard the news this week that the U.S. Senate decided to drop Dianne Feinstein’s infamous Assault Weapons Ban bill from deliberations. Many gun owners rejoiced when the news broke, but it’s not over. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced this week that, though the Feinstein bill was dropped, he will see to it that universal background checks are incorporated into a new bill, as well as amendments which will include very similar assault weapons ban language. He has promised to allow this new bill to voted on at the Senate floor, sometime after April 8, 2013.
Now is the time to contact your senators to voice your opposition to this illegal move to grab your guns. We all know that “universal background check” is a watered-down code name for universal gun registration and confiscation. Reid also explicitly plans to include language in the new bill which would put limits on high capacity magazines, as well outlawing private firearm sales and transfers.
Don’t think for a second that this is over. It is not the time to sit back and ignore what the Senate is trying to do. It is the time to get on the phone and call Washington, write Washington, email Washington, and show up in person to your senators’ regional offices until they get so tired of hearing from us that they back down.
This is a VERY thought-provoking video of what a “high capacity” magazine ban really accomplishes. It includes video clips of actual armed thugs breaking into homes and businesses, documenting how armed, law-abiding citizens deter these thugs from killing people. See for yourself and write your elected officials at both the state AND federal levels to voice your opposition to ANY magazine bans of any kind!
Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst wrote a letter to Beretta USA last week, courting the giant gun manufacturer to relocate to Texas in light of recent developments in Maryland, where it is based. Maryland has an assault weapons ban pending in its state assembly, which would mean the manufacturer would be significantly limited in the firearms it could legally produce.
Here is a copy of the letter that Dewhurst wrote to Beretta:
As if the proposed assault weapons ban being proposed by Senators Feinstein and Schumer wasn’t enough, we now have watched the latest in the gun control debacle escalate to the level of insanity: a proposed ban of LEAD BULLETS. Yes, you heard right, lead bullets. This is a proposal that was introduced this week by California Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, who represents the Long Beach area. The proposal is being pushed under a “green” agenda and it’s supposedly meant to protect the California Condor…a BIRD!
I’m not sure what these people are thinking, but it seems to me that now the state of California is broadcasting to the entire world: “We don’t care about letting our citizens protect themselves from murderers, but we do care about protecting BIRDS!” This is ridiculous. Anybody who lives in California must contact Anthony Rendon’s office as well as the other Assemblymen to voice opposition to this proposal. Rendon’s blatant goal is to generate additional interest in other states by convincing them to ban lead bullets there as well.
What is the alternative to lead bullets? Plastic?
Additionally, several states including Nevada, New Jersey, and Illinois are also considering state legislation that would add various taxes to gun purchases. These measures fit very conveniently into the anti-gun agenda by taxing guns to the point where less citizens will buy them, and thus effectively disarm even more people. Furthermore, Colorado, Washington, and other states are passing state legislation that makes it illegal to buy and sell firearms between private individuals. This comes along with mandatory background checks, which then will lead to gun registration.
Those of you that have not contacted your elected officials at both the state and federal levels need to wake up and speak your mind. Otherwise, we are about to see one heck of a lot of people who lose their rights by this summer.
When it comes to unalienable rights that were endowed upon mankind by our Creator, these rights are a whole package, and as such, are inseparable. To storm down the doors of our state capitol buildings, city halls, county courthouses, and any other public place touting the right to free speech at the expense of snuffing out the right to keep and bear arms is ILLEGAL.
The only reason any of us have the right to free speech is first because it was given to us by God, and secured for us by the first amendment. And the SAME logic applies to the second amendment. It is not tolerance for gun violence prevention groups to stand on their bullhorn and rant about the need to lock down the freedoms of American citizens to keep and bear arms, all the while attempting to deny the same people their own right to keep and bear arms!
What if the pro-gun movement were to begin spreading a message that today’s “modern” interpretation of the first amendment wasn’t REALLY meant to guarantee the right to free speech? There would be an outrage. Yet, these same anti-gun movements are using the same line of thinking to legislate out of existence the God-given right to keep and bear arms.
This will go to the Supreme Court again, and again, and again. And the people will not stop speaking up for what they believe in. It does not matter how much you try to legislate it out of existence. The right shall not be stripped from the people.
Republished from Gun Owners of America: http://gunowners.org/alert03042013.htm
Do you like Cuomo’s semi-auto gun ban? D.C.’s microstamping requirement? Rahm Emaunuel’s licensure laws?
The Senate is about to vote to make all of these into federal crimes, turning gun-owning Americans into prohibited persons — meaning they would NOT be able to own a firearm anywhere in the country!
We have talked about some of the problems with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s gun “trafficking” bill. Leahy apparently thinks that, if he puts a shiny label on the bill, he can ban as many guns as he wants.
But, at its core, S. 54 would make it a federal crime to violate virtually any state gun law.
Section 5 creates a new “prohibited person” classification which makes it a federal crime to transfer a gun if “prohibited by State or local law … from possessing [or] selling … THE firearm or ammunition.” [Emphasis added]
Note the use of the word “the.” We’re not talking about a person who’s banned from owning ANY firearm. We’re talking about a person who’s prohibited by ANY state law from possessing a PARTICULAR firearm.
So do you like Andrew Cuomo’s massive gun ban? He bans more types of guns than would Feinstein’s so-called “assault weapons” ban. Yet under S. 54, transferring a firearm banned by Cuomo becomes a federal crime, punishable by ten years in a federal prison — at least for New York residents and possibly for others.
Do you like California’s proposed ammunition ban? That also becomes a federal crime — at least for California residents and perhaps for others.
So you like gun licensure? A person who doesn’t have a license in New York and Illinois is also “prohibited by State … law … from possessing [or] selling … the firearm.” This becomes a federal crime.
Do you agree with D.C.’s efforts to ban firearms by imposing a microstamping requirement? Transferring a non-microstamped firearm would become a FEDERAL crimeunder S. 54 — at least for D.C. residents and maybe others.
By voting for S. 54, your senator will be making guns banned by Andrew Cuomo’s expansive law into federally banned guns, as well. He will be saying, “I like every word of gun control which Rahm Emanuel is pushing.”
By the way, Senator Leahy is trying to sell S. 54 as a supposed crackdown on gun traffickers. But there’s not one word in this bill that would punish (or prevent) what happened in Fast & Furious, where our government helped send thousands of illegal guns south of the border, resulting in the murders of hundreds of Mexicans and at least one federal agent.
Moreover, it’s currently illegal to traffic in firearms. It’s illegal to sell a gun to a prohibited person [18 USC 922(d)]. It’s illegal to serve as a straw man [18 USC 922(d)]. It’s illegal to sell a bunch of guns without a license [18 USC 922(a)]. But that’s not what S. 54 is about. The one thing S. 54 would do is to make gun bans being passed by every anti-gun state into federal crimes as well.
ACTION: Click here to contact your senators. Demand that they oppose S. 54 and speak out against it.