Archive for December 24th, 2012
Recent talk of banning “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” ammunition magazines has turned into discussion about gun confiscation and compulsory “buy-backs” by leading Democrats.
(Editor’s note: How can government buy back something it never owned in the first place?)
There’s talk of confiscation and a compulsory “buy-back” in the state of New York. Thomas Kaplan reported on The New York Times website last Thursday that New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo had discussed gun “control” in an interview on an Albany radio station that same day. Kaplan wrote:
In the interview, Mr. Cuomo did not offer specifics about the measures he might propose, but, while discussing assault weapons, he said: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”
(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)
Confiscation. Compulsory “buy-back.”
No mention of an option to not implement more gun “control” in the state of New York.
And speaking of gun confiscation- but on a national level- CBS New York ran the following on their website this past Saturday:
Amid talk of reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired eight years ago, police departments nationwide are thinking of ways to confiscate such weapons.
As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, among the departments considering taking action is the NYPD. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said if Congress were to reinstate the ban, police are wondering whether it will be their responsibility to confiscate them.
(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)
“Police departments nationwide are thinking of ways to confiscate such weapons.”
I don’t think owners of “assault weapons” will be too happy to hear that.
There’s also chatter about a potential national compulsory gun “buy-back.” Joel Gehrke reported on the Washington Examiner website on Friday:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that she and other gun control advocates are considering a law that would create a program to purchase weapons from gun owners, a proposal that could be compulsory.
We are also looking at a buy-back program,” Feinstein said today in a press conference. “Now, again, this is a work in progress so these are ideas in the development.”
(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)
Gun confiscations and compulsory “buy-backs.”
Kaplan, Thomas. “Cuomo Says He’ll Outline Gun Proposal Next Month.” The New York Times. 20 Dec. 2012. (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/nyregion/cuomo-says-he-will-outline-gun-measures-next-month.html?_r=1&). 24 Dec. 2012.
“Police Wonder If They’ll Need To Confiscate Assault Weapons In Event Of Ban.” CBS New York. 22 Dec. 2012. (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/12/22/police-wonder-if-theyll-need-to-confiscate-assault-weapons-in-event-of-ban/). 24 Dec. 2012.
Gehrke, Joel. “Sen. Feinstein suggests national buyback of guns.” Washington Examiner. 21 Dec. 2012. (http://washingtonexaminer.com/sen.-feinstein-suggests-national-buyback-of-guns/article/2516648#.UNjKUaweo1J). 24 Dec. 2012.
“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name.”
-Ancient Chinese proverb
On Saturday, I was watching FOX News when one of their liberal contributors, while talking about gun “control,” mentioned ammunition clips and magazines. She proceeded to complain about people making such a big deal regarding the differences between the two, displaying an attitude of “it doesn’t really matter.”
At which point I changed the TV channel.
Her ignorance regarding firearms is representative of what I’ve been witnessing in the gun “control” conversation after the Newtown, Connecticut, mass shooting. While this lack of knowledge about guns and their so-called “control” existed before, never have I’ve seen it so magnified to the degree it’s being displayed these days by politicians, journalists, bloggers, activists, Main Street, what have you.
Granted, a lot less Americans have grown up around guns than previous generations.
Still, pushing uniformed opinion as fact is inexcusable.
Which is why I’m going to suggest everyone who wishes to participate in the ongoing discussion about guns gets informed.
At risk of sounding like that talking head.
And subsequently getting tuned out by your audience.
This is what I recommend. First, learn as much as you can about firearms. There’s a lot of free, quality introductory material on these personal safety tools out there on the Internet. Query “gun basics” in a search engine and see what turns up.
Second, download and read Gun Facts, a free firearm reference book by Guy Smith I first blogged about back in December 2010. Regularly-updated, it’s now on version 6.1. From their website:
Gun Facts is a free e-book that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment.
Gun Facts has 112 pages of information. Divided into chapters based on gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, etc.), finding information is quick and easy.
Any doubts over what’s presented in Gun Facts? Try and debunk what’s been claimed.
I wrote in that December 2010 post:
While researching personal safety issues, it’s amazing how often I see people put forth arguments about guns without knowing the facts (now that I think about it, this just doesn’t apply to firearms). I learned a long time ago that if you want others to take you seriously- you’ve got to know what you’re talking about.”
I still feel the same way more than two years later. It’s time to get serious and learn the facts if you haven’t done so already.
Being an uninformed fool is one thing. However, pulling stuff out of one’s butt doesn’t cut it in a discussion about firearms and gun “control” where the implications of widely-disseminated misinformation can lead to future restrictions on a Constitutional right.
Gun Facts version 6.1 can be downloaded for free here.
Before I publish more posts today, I thought I’d let everyone know the Christmas schedule for Survival And Prosperity.
No new material on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25- except for a holiday message.
I will resume posting on Wednesday, December 26.
Christopher E. Hill
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
-Benjamin Franklin (American scientist, philosopher, printer, diplomat, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States, and Founding Father. 1706-1790)
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