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by Paul Helinski
It would be very easy to think that the threat to our 2nd Amendment freedom is over now that the “assault weapon” ban has been removed from the proposed national anti-gun legislation. All we have left in the current version are “universal background checks, and everyone supports that, right? Wrong! Nobody wants guns in the hands of criminals and those who would harm others, but statistically those people don’t get their guns through legal channels, any legal channels. All this new “universal background check” scheme will accomplish is the creation of national mandatory gun registration system. Within a generation at most, every gun will be registered to an individual in America, and that is a disaster waiting to happen. Gun confiscation always follows gun registration throughout history, and there is nothing to say that today’s politician would-be dictators are any better than the despots of previous generations. And yes folks, it can happen here. It is crucial that we win this fight, and that means that everyone needs to contact their legislators by the beginning of next week. “Universal background checks” has got to be dead on arrival. The real Sandy Hook conspiracy doesn’t need a theory. We have now faced a sustained and well funded attack on our 2nd Amendment freedom that is unprecedented, and this is most likely only the beginning.
But we have to do something, right? Wrong again. Statistically, unless you are a racial minority living in an inner city with a crime rate several times the national average, your kids are pretty safe from being harmed with a gun in any way. If you have a pool, bring home plastic bags, drive a car or have a steep stairway you might want to address those issues first, because they kill far more middle class white kids than guns. Government, or government gone wrong, has historically been the largest mass murderer of innocents civilians, including kids. Hitler killed over a million kids and he limitted himself mostly to only one race, and that was only about 70 years ago, not 700 years ago, in what was one of the richest countries in the world at the time. This is why the Founding Fathers of the USA decided to make a Bill of Rights, and to put the 2nd Amendment second, right after free speech, because in order to guarantee God given inalienable rights, you have to keep the civilian population armed. That will be threatened, within one generation, if we cave into “universal background checks” today.
Benjamin Franklin once said, ” “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” It may feel to you like you are not giving up essential liberty by eliminating the private transfer of firearms, but do you really want to leave it to your children to find out if you made them safer or worse off with knee jerk legislation? There is a very small chance you will even ever know someone who lost a child to a gun related death. Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot may not have been Americans, but we put George Takei in a concentration camp for heaven’s sake. Who is to say that a bloodthirsty dictator could not rise up here, right after he tells you what your kids can eat in school and attempts to ban your super sized soft drinks? The time is now to act. Go on Facebook! Email your contacts list! Text your phonebook! These are not scare tactics. They are historical facts and you are a fool let the influence you hold in your hand slip away.
What happened after Katrina when the government wanted the right to shoot anyone with a gun on sight? They took the guns away from the law abiding people. The bad guys never turned in their guns, and for weeks the streets of New Orleans were ruled by gangs of armed looters. They even fired on helicopters that were dropping sandbags on the breeches in the levies. Since December 14th we have all seen what hysteria can accomplish in our “modern” society. The anti-gunners and their lapdog media cronies have been unrelenting, seizing what they consider an “opportunity” to take the next step toward a disarmed populace.
Does anyone believe that Michael Bloomberg would stop at cigarettes and big sodas if he didn’t have to worry about an America that can shoot back when he sends in his personal army to enforce some law that he and he alone thinks is in our best interest? This guy could run for president with his billions next, and he is the best dressed candidate we have at present for “maniacal dictator.” Is anyone fooled that this gun registration scheme isn’t just step one in a larger plan? At some point more white kids will eventually be killed and yet another opportunity will present itself to knock the gun control baseball out of the park. The speed with which the media blitz after Sandy Hook kicked in proved that this isn’t all just paranoia on the part of gun nuts. The anti-gunners are standing at the plate, waiting to swing. The “national discussion on gun control” started before the blood was dry in Connecticut, and no matter what you think of all the “hookers actors” videos on Youtube, it is pretty clear that all of the official interviews with the parents were scripted and planned for an anti-gun agenda.
We all learned with the passage and subsequent Supreme Court defense of Obamacare that the masses in America have been medicated and paid off enough to ensure that they can accomplish anything with the proper sales pitch in the media. If you had any doubt, the November elections sealed the deal. What we don’t know is how far even our existing politicians would go were it not for an armed populace. They sure are going to great lengths to disarm us. For instance, we were told “don’t worry, there won’t be any death panels” as our national healthcare systems became nationalized as a new “tax” with Obamacare. How much do you want to bet that behind closed doors the only reason they backed off any denial of care was the fear of the armed family members of death panel victims? What is the answer? Disarm that family as soon as granny is denied her surgery! How do we do that? Make sure we know where every single gun is located first. This is what “universal background checks” will accomplish.
You could play this out with every kind of big government abuse. You voted against the union and lost? You are now disgruntled. No guns! You don’t support our latest war? You must be a terrorist sympathizer. No guns! You don’t believe the government story on the latest mass death of innocent civilians? You are a potential terrorist. No guns! With the abuse and expansion of The Patriot act and her ugly sisters, you could theoretically buy an MP3 player from a South Korean seller on Ebay today, who the government then says is getting said MP3 players from his brother in North Korea, and end up with your phone bugged on the no fly list, and, you guessed it, NO GUNS, for the rest of your life. This isn’t some kind of joke. The only reason we haven’t devolved to this point is because American gun owners do still have some political power, and the government has no idea who owners at least half of the guns out there. We will lose this with “universal background checks.”
Next week the US Congress is going to begin voting on the first of what will surely be a tidal wave of anti-gun legislation in the coming year, especially after the knee jerk successes the anti-gunners have had in New York, Colorado, and now Connecticut. They have paired the legislation coming next week down to what they think can pass, but we have to make sure that it does not pass. It is very important to call your individual US Senators and reps in the House of Representatives this week and early next week. Don’t put it off, and don’t just use the NRA form letter pages. The government understands the quantifiable power of the NRA, but what they underestimate are the wishes of the actual constituents, and not just in the strongly pro-gun states. Privately, very few members of the US Congress believe that gun control of any type will do anything to curb crime of any kind, and nearly all of them care little about it one way or the other. They need to hear from their constituents. “I vote, and I am watching you.”
Private transfers of firearms are integral to a free and armed society. The term “universal background checks” has replaced “the gunshow loophole” in political and media jargon, but we are talking about the same thing. Federal law requires that all interstate transfer of firearms be handled through a Federal Firearms License-holder, or “FFL dealer,” but in-state transfers don’t require a dealer. In most states, you can meet someone at the gym in a pillates class and buy a gun right out of her gym bag, with no paperwork other than getting a copy of each other’s drivers license. It may sound scary, but in practice this is not how criminals get their guns. Almost all crime guns statistically are previously stolen and bought on the street from mutually known criminals. A second source is the “straw purchaser,” where a criminal gets a friend or relative with a clean record to go buy a gun. “Universal background checks,” on local transfers between individuals, at gunshows, at the gym, or even through a GunsAmerica ad, won’t fix either of those situations, and it sets us up for a fall down the road when an out of control government decides we don’t need guns anymore “for our own protection.”
This current legislation was brought to the floor buy Chucky Schumer, who came after GunsAmerica back in 1999 trying to ban internet gun sales. He is a completely ignorant man and has no concern over what the actual wishes of his constituents might be. At the time he suggested that online sales of guns would lead to a rash of illegal guns being shipped without FFL involvement. Eventually he went silent after I went on CNN and said that he had never stopped to consider that it is a lot easier and cleaner to sell a gun to someone locally at a bar or something than to create a door to door paper trail of shipping documents. This guy is an idiot, but he wields considerable power, and he is a leader in the anti-gun movement. The New York legislation that passed actually has a clause prohibiting the online purchase of … ammunition, and makes all but family transfers of firearms without an FFL dealer illegal. Ruthless politicians don’t do things for the good of society. They have an personal agenda and they do things that will only extend their own power.
If we let this lunacy gain ground at the national level we are setting ourselves up for the next opportunistic gun grab after the fortuitous slaughter of white people, which will happen. The police report from Sandy Hook isn’t even out yet, and some of the stuff on Youtube about the alleged massacre is downright scary. If anything even close to this happens again in the not so distant future, like within five to ten years, we will wake up the morning after to nothing short of mandatory gun confiscations from legislation that is being written now, in preparation for the inevitable event. Ask the people in New York if they support or even care about taking guns, even dreaded “assault weapons” from law abiding people. Their elected legislators wrote and signed sloppy legislation overnight that didn’t even exempt law enforcement or the National Guard, and which will do nothing to prevent any crime, or another Sandy Hook. Ask the voters in Connecticut the same thing. Their legislators passed a set of laws yesterday, in another midnight session, that doesn’t even make sense and that most likely violates Federal law. The anti-gun politicians are salivating because they don’t think their constituents will stand up against them. The next election is still over a year away. They need to hear from you, and we all need to follow through when that next election does come, and VOTE THEM OUT.
The battle lines have been drawn. Rich, privileged politicians like Bloomberg and Schumer fear a free citizen with a gun, especially if that person doesn’t have the same color skin as they do, or doesn’t talk in quite the same accent as them. I will say to all of you a big “I told you so” from back in the primaries when I urged everyone to vote for Ron Paul or don’t vote at all. The anti-gunners, with full support from President Obama who many Republicans (on the dole) defended as not being anti-gun, are sustaining an attack on our gun freedom that is unprecedented. Pick a political issue that maintains its steam over more than two weeks, let alone four months. In our fast, smartphone enabled 24 hour news cycle society even big issues come and go pretty quick. Yet this attack was pre-planned and well funded, from day one, and it continues in full force today. This is only the beginning, mark my words. We have only seen the beginning of this long term plan to disarm America. If this matters to you, if you care about a free America for your children and grandchildren, armchair activism isn’t going to work on this one. We could be facing the greatest threat ever to the future of America right now, and the Greatest Generation could be us. History will ultimately be our judge. On which side of the battle lines will you fall?