Friday, March 25, 2011

Obama & Gun Control

A real short post here. We're at work early today so we can leave early and stop by the shooting range on our way home.

Hat owner, John Lott, has a Gun Control update at Fox News. It is a good summary to see where we are now, and what proposals are likely to be coming our way. "Reasonable" proposals. "Common Sense" proposals. Proposals that "we can all agree on". In other words, liberal progressive communist proposals.

Obama has been a consistent opponent of gun ownership. He enacted a ban on the importation of semiautomatic guns because, “The U.S. insisted that imports of the aging rifles could cause problems such as firearm accidents.” He has proposed much more extensive reporting requirements on sales of long guns. Obama’s nomination of anti-gun Andrew Traver to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives threatens imposing many new regulations. Still further, the Obama administration has actively pushed for the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty and continues to make inaccurate statements about the source of Mexico’s crime guns.
Everyone wants a perfect, almost magical solution that will stop criminals from getting their hands on guns. But, unfortunately, background checks do not stop bad guys from getting their hands on guns. Not a single academic study by economists or criminologists has found that the Brady Act or any state background checks has reduced violent crime.
banning more people from buying guns. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) proposes that those who have been arrested, but neither charged nor convicted, for illegal drug violations should be denied buying guns.

Dr. Lott references this Washington Times article, EDITORIAL: U.N. threatens Second and First Amendments, from 2010 about the UN Arms Trade Treaty:

The Obama administration strongly supports the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty and no doubt will use the process to push for gun-control regulations that it can’t get through Congress otherwise.
Gun rights aren’t the only thing would-be globocops are targeting in the treaty. There is a U.N. discussion paper advancing “the reduction of violence in the media and in video games” as well as “sustained efforts at reeducation and reorientation of [member state] citizens.” Whatever the plan, that can’t be good for the First Amendment.

Three indisputable facts:

1) The Second Amendment protects the other amendments,
2) Every rifle in 1776 was an assault rifle, and
3) You can have it when you pry it from my cold dead hand.

In related news, the ATF was allowing guns to go to Mexico in order to justify more spending on stopping guns going to Mexico.

NRA's Wayne Lapierre asks:

They wanted to prove that there were guns flowing to Mexico, so they set up an illegal pipeline to send guns to Mexico,” speculates LaPierre. “When does it stop being law enforcement and start being a criminal enterprise?

We've followed Wayne Lapierre for years - we contribute to his salary - and we doubt he is 'speculating' here.

We think Obama's first gun-control proposal should be the elimination of the ATF.

It is reasonable, as it will reduce the deficit.

It is common sense, as it will save the lives of US border patrol agents.

It is a proposal we can all agree on, as they won't be missed.

U/T: SayUncle

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