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Washington County, WI, Sheriff Blasts Milwaukee Police Chief, Feinstein, And Obama On Gun ‘Control’

While my family’s Wisconsin residence is not in Washington County, I thought I’d share with you this morning something residents of the nearby county received from Sheriff Dale Schmidt last week:

To Washington County Residents, 03-08-2013

Recent comments on gun control by Milwaukee Police Chief Flynn highlight, for me, a problem with law enforcement in this country. Too often, law enforcement leaders confuse all citizens with criminals, and see themselves as “kings” of their jurisdiction instead of employees of the people.

In 2009, when Wisconsin’s Attorney General issued his advisory memo on open carry, it created little discussion within my department. That is because we already knew it was legal and protected by the Constitution. Chief Flynn’s position quoted from JSOnline was, “my message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we’ll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it.” Sounds like a man who makes no distinction between law-abiding citizens and criminals. That is one example, but I believe other law enforcement leaders operate under the “end justifies the means” policing model, Constitution be damned.

Law enforcement in America was never supposed to be about “ruling the people.” We are hired by “the people” to do that part of crime fighting they cannot do themselves. The citizens never gave up their protection against unlawful search of their persons, or seizure of their property, or the right to own guns and defend themselves, in that process. Does that make it harder to ferret out the criminals amongst us and arrest them? Yes it does, but it is how we protect our free society from a tyrannical government. I believe Chief Flynn is truly concerned about the safety of his officers, but law-abiding citizens are not the threat, and any law to improve officer safety must first be Constitutional.

The way it is supposed to work, is that the citizens elect people to run the government. Those elected people then hire police chiefs and officers to enforce society’s laws within the confines of the Constitution. In the case of Sheriffs, the people elect them directly. Either way, we are all accountable to the people, we are not their rulers. The law-abiding people are on our side and we should be focused on protecting their Constitutional rights, not limiting them! How did this get so backward?

The assertion, by President Obama, Senator Feinstein and Chief Flynn, that if certain types of guns or features of guns are banned, then violent crime will go away, is a fantasy. More importantly, they should not even be talking about it because the people hired them to protect that right. We should be talking about how to identify and stop people before they commit mass murders. We should be talking about why criminals remain on the street after multiple convictions for violent crimes. And we should be talking about how to change the sub-culture in this country that places no value on human life or personal responsibility.

Every American was appalled when they learned Adam Lanza inexplicably killed 20 children in their own classroom. But President Obama showed no leadership when he immediately took the focus to banning guns. That “kingly” position, shared by Senator Feinstein and Chief Flynn, essentially blames any American who supports the 2nd Amendment for those deaths, and excuses the perpetrator.

What if after Sandy Hook, President Obama had said, “this is bad; dangerous people are committing mass killings in public places, drug addicts are robbing banks, pharmacies and gas stations, and the Drug Cartels are operating in our central city neighborhoods. The violence in this country is more than our law enforcement people can handle right now. We work for you, and we need your help.” Might that have produced something more positive for this country than a threat to turn half its citizens into criminals for owning guns?

Rotten and disturbed individuals commit violent crimes, and that is where law enforcement leaders need to focus their energies. We were elected and hired by the people, and then took an oath to protect their Constitutional rights. I suggest we try a fresh angle on violent crime by inviting the law-abiding public to be a part of the solution instead of carpet bombing their individual rights. It would do Sheriffs, Chiefs and the President well to remember Sir Robert Peel’s 7th Principle of Policing:

Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

Mr. President, Chief, it’s time to trust the People, not rule them.

Dale K. Schmidt, Sheriff
Washington County, WI

All I can say is, thank God for Wisconsin county sheriffs like Milwaukee County’s David Clarke Jr. and Washington County’s Dale Schmidt.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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‘Summary Of 2013 Feinstein Assault Weapons Legislation’ Calls For Gun Registration Besides Bans

New information about U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s promised new gun “control” legislation that seeks to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” ammunition magazines has just been released. The California Democrat shares a summary of her proposed bill, entitled “Summary of 2013 Feinstein Assault Weapons Legislation,” on her Senate website. And by the looks of things, it seeks more than just bans. From Senator Feinstein’s website:

Summary of 2013 legislation

Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
• 120 specifically-named firearms
• Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
• Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds

Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
• Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
• Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
• Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans

Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
• Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
• Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
• Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons

Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
• Background check of owner and any transferee;
• Type and serial number of the firearm;
• Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
• Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
• Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

Note that part about “requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The discussion of the bill summary can be found on her website here. A .pdf of the bill summary is here.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (http://www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Talk Of Gun Confiscation, Compulsory ‘Buy-Backs’

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.”

What next?

Sources:

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.

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Democrats To Push Gun Ban On First Day Of New Congress

“In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens- from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators- in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this.”

-U.S. President Barack Obama at a prayer vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, last night

A person who’s only just tuned-in to U.S. current events in the last week or two would probably have a pretty good idea of where the country looks to be heading:

More attacks on religion, more drugs, more government regulation, more government spending (and waste), more taxes.

Oh, add more gun “control” to that list. In the form of a gun ban, no less.

Amanda Sakuma reported on the MSNBC TV web site Sunday:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, said on Meet the Press Sunday morning that she would introduce an assault weapons ban on the first day of the next Congress. “It’s a first-day bill I’m going to introduce in the Senate and the same bill will be introduced in the House, a bill to ban assault weapons,” Feinstein said. “It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession–not retroactively but prospectively–and it will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Another top Democrat in the Senate discussed what’s hoped to be accomplished with up-and-coming gun control legislation. Sakuma added:

Feinstein’s Democratic colleague, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, said on CBS’ Face the Nation that the U.S. had finally reached “tipping point where we can actually get something done.” Schumer outlined what he said were the top three areas that Congress will focus on with legislation.

“One is to ban assault weapons, try and reinstate the assault weapons bans,” he said Sunday. “Second is to limit the size of clips to maybe no more than 10 bullets per clip, and third is to make it harder for mentally unstable people to get guns.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“Third is to make it harder for mentally unstable people to get guns.”

I can’t help but wonder if gun owners who’ve ever seen a shrink or veterans who’ve been diagnosed with anxiety disorders like PTSD wouldn’t be affected by this. That’s one way of wrestling a lot of guns away from the masses (in the politicians’ minds, at least).

Meanwhile, at the White House, Gary Fields and Laura Meckler reported on the Wall Street Journal website last night:

President Barack Obama is also likely to propose gun-policy changes, according to two administration officials

The White House is looking at various options, and the scope and details of the president’s approach aren’t clear. One possibility likely to be considered is a ban on high-capacity magazines, the devices attached to firearms that store large numbers of bullets and reload them rapidly…

No White House proposal is imminent, and it remains to be seen whether it would be legislative or administrative and how hard the president would push for any legislative initiative.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“Administrative.” As in Executive Order? Time will tell.

Regardless of the horrific event that took place in Newtown last week, the push for more gun control- and a gun ban- by the Democratic Party should come as no surprise to regular Survival And Prosperity readers. Back on September 6, 2012, I noted that the Democratic Party’s 2012 National Platform approved at the Democratic National Convention included talk of “reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole.” And on October 17, 2012, I blogged about President Obama announcing at the second presidential debate:

But I also share your belief that weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don’t belong on our streets. And so what I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced, but part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence, because frankly, in my hometown of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence, and they’re not using AK-47s, they’re using cheap handguns.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

That remark by Obama about “looking at other sources of the violence” and “handguns” have left some to speculate these firearms are also in the cross-hairs of Democrats.

I live at “ground zero” of gun control (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois). And plenty of you know just how well that’s working out as it’s probably only a matter of days before the city reaches 500 “official” murders for the year. By the way, Connecticut has some pretty strict gun control laws as well. Henry D’Andrea wrote on the Washington Times website Sunday:

Connecticut has some of the strictest laws in the nation. To obtain a gun there, you must be 21. You must apply for a local permit with the town’s police chief and be fingerprinted for a state and federal background check. The process includes a 14-day waiting period, and the state requires a gun safety course for anyone who purchases a handgun.

The shooter in Connecticut wasn’t eligible to own a gun, as he wasn’t 21. He stole the weapons from his mother, who legally obtained them.

Plus, I understand the state already has an assault “weapons” ban on their books.

According to the National Rifle Association, there are already more than 20,000 gun laws in the United States.

With more to come, if Democrats get their way.

Sources:

Sakuma, Amanda. “Dems promise: First day of new Congress, a new gun law.” MSNBC TV. 16 Dec. 2012. (http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/12/16/dems-promise-first-day-of-new-congress-a-new-gun-law/). 17 Dec. 2012.

Fields, Gary and Meckler, Laura. “New Calls for Gun Limits.” Wall Street Journal. 16 Dec. 2012. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324677204578183781498008140.html). 17 Dec. 2012.

D’Andrea, Henry. “Sandy Hook: Gun control wouldn’t have stopped it.” Washington Times. 16 Dec. 2012. (http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/conscience-conservative/2012/dec/16/why-gun-control-wouldnt-have-prevented-connecticut/). 17 Dec. 2012.

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Senator Feinstein To Reintroduce ‘Updated Assault Weapons Bill’

Earlier today, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced she will be reintroducing “an updated assault weapons bill.” Kitty Felde wrote on the 89.3 KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) website this afternoon:

Dianne Feinstein announced Wednesday that she’s re-entering the battle over gun control during her keynote speech to the California delegates to the Democratic National Convention…

She promised California delegates she’d return to Congress to reintroduce “an updated assault weapons bill.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Although Senator Feinstein is an ardent gun “control” supporter and is well-known for co-sponsoring the original assault weapons ban legislation signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, she recently said it was a “bad time” to press the gun “control” issue. Michael Ono wrote on The Note blog on the ABC News website on July 22:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of more outspoken gun-control advocates in Congress, said today that both Mitt Romney and President Obama should give the gun control issue a lot of “consideration,” but said now is a “bad time” to press the issue politically.

“I think that they should give it a lot of consideration, I think this is a bad time to embrace such a new subject,” the California Democrat said on “Fox News Sunday.” “There has been no action because there is no outrage out there, people haven’t rallied forward.”

Stay tuned…

Sources:

Felde, Kitty. “Senator Dianne Feinstein says she’ll reintroduce assault weapon legislation.” 89.3 KPCC. 5 Sep. 2012. (http://www.scpr.org/news/2012/09/05/34168/senator-feinstein-says-shell-reintroduce-gun-legis/). 5 Sep. 2012.

Ono, Michael. “Sen. Feinstein: ‘Bad Time’ to Press for Gun Control.” The Note. 22 July 2012. (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/sen-feinstein-bad-time-to-press-gun-control/). 5 Sep. 2012.

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Illinois Governor Proposes Ban On ‘Assault Weapons,’ ‘High-Capacity’ Ammunition Magazines

In the wake of the Colorado movie theater shootings, some high-profile Democrats are pushing legislation for more gun “control.”

Colleagues in hotly-contested districts and party strategists may very well be pulling their hair out, as the last thing they probably want is for the electorate to strongly-equate the Democratic Party with gun “control” in these 98 days left until the November election.

1994 redux, anyone?

From Lauren Fox on the U.S. News & World Report website Monday:

New York Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer has some back up in his fight for gun control legislation he wants to attach to a cyber-security bill making its way through the Senate this week.

New Jersey Democratic Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez, California Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed are also expected to be vocal over one of the first legislative responses to the Aurora, Colorado shooting, which left 12 dead and injured nearly 60…

Schumer has offered an amendment that would limit the type of high-capacity gun magazines consumers could purchase.

The amendment bans drums, gun magazines and feed strips that can fire off more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The only exclusion is .22 caliber rimfire ammunition, which is a much smaller bullet.

Fox brought up another piece of gun “control” legislation being pushed by Democrats on the national stage. From the article:

New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and Lautenberg announced the “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act” Monday, legislation that would ban internet sales of ammunition and require licensed dealers to report suspicious purchases of 1,000 rounds of ammunition or more.

At lunchtime today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, proposed a statewide ban on what he calls “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” ammunition magazines. From the Associated Press:

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday proposed a statewide ban on assault weapons, a move that would face big hurdles in Illinois despite renewed nationwide debate over the issue.

The Chicago Democrat used his amendatory veto power to call for changes in a bill related to in-state ammunition sales.

“Banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines will make Illinois a safer place to live,” he said in a letter to members of the General Assembly. “There is no place in the State of Illinois for weapons designed to rapidly fire at human targets at close range.”

No word yet if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has anything to add.

Sources:

Fox, Lauren. “Democratic Senators Look to Tighten Gun Control in Two Separate Bills.” U.S. News & World Report. 30 July 2012. (http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/07/30/-democratic-senators-look-to-tighten-gun-control-in-two-separate-bills). 31 July 2012.

“Gov. Quinn to propose Illinois assault weapons ban.” Associated Press. 31 July 2012. (http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/illinois&id=8756283). 31 July 2012.

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