gun confiscation

SP Intel Report- October 27, 2015


Saw the following on Channel 7 news earlier today:

“Racially-Charged Sign Posted At Pilsen Coffee Shop”
ABC7 Video

If this is for real, I can only imagine the outrage if the sign had said “Black People Out…” or “Mexican People Out…” But since it targeted “White People” in America of 2015, it’s okay then (wink).

I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that as the U.S. financial crash draws closer, racial violence will pick up. Wish it weren’t so, but history will probably rhyme here.


President Obama’s in town this raining evening. Earlier Tuesday, he spoke at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Not surprisingly, gun control was on the agenda. From a transcript of the speech:

You know exactly why someone all too often should want to own a gun. It’s a powerful instrument. It helps you do a dangerous job. It’s something that has to be used with care. Many of you, like millions of law-abiding Americans, are sportsmen or hunters, or you’ve got a firearm in your home for protection. But you also know the fact is that it’s too easy for criminals to buy guns — and that makes your already dangerous job far more dangerous than it should be. (Applause.)

And it makes the communities so fearful that it’s harder for them to be a good partner with you, because the streets become abandoned, and parents start not being as involved in monitoring what’s taking place. You have a risk of being shot. It’s risky enough responding to a domestic violence call or a burglary in progress without having to wonder if the suspect is armed to the teeth, maybe has better weapons than you do. And the fact is that in states with high gun ownership, police officers are three times more likely to be murdered than in states with low gun ownership. That is a fact. So you know that more guns on the streets do not make you or your communities safer. (Applause.)

Now, one of the benefits of being President is you travel all around the country, and I do know that there is a difference in what firearms mean and how they are handled in rural communities and in urban settings. And we’ve got to take into account some of the regional differences that are involved. But I do want to emphasize this is not just an issue for cities.

There are those who criticize any gun safety reforms by pointing to my hometown as an example. They say, well, look, Chicago had a spike in homicides this year, they’ve got gun safety laws, so this must be proof that tougher gun safety laws don’t help, maybe make things worse. The problem with that argument, as the Chicago Police Department will tell you, is that 60 percent of guns recovered in crimes come from out of state. You’ve just got to hop across the border. As I said before, it is easier for a lot of young people in this city and in some of your communities to buy a gun than buy a book. It is easier in some communities to find a gun than it is to find some fresh vegetables at a supermarket. (Applause.) That’s just a fact.

And that’s why the IACP and the overwhelming majority of the American people — Democrat and Republican — believe we should require national criminal background checks for anybody who wants to purchase a gun. (Applause.) That’s why the IACP believes we shouldn’t sell military-style assault weapons to civilians. They don’t need them. (Applause.) They don’t need them to hunt a deer. It’s just a simple proposition — cops should not be out-armed by the criminals that they’re pursuing. (Applause.)

As I said, earlier this afternoon I met with families of police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. And I met with families of children here in Chicago who were taken from us by gun violence. And I do this too often, meeting with grieving families. I’m proud to be able to express to them that the entire country cares about them — (applause) — and that they’re in our thoughts and prayers, and that we’re sorry for their loss. But I have to tell you — and I know some of you have heard my frustration in the past here — when I meet with these families I can’t honestly tell them that our country has done everything we could to keep this from happening again — from seeing another officer shot down, from seeing another innocent bystander suffer from a gunshot wound. And that’s a travesty.

Thirty-two cops have been shot and killed this year. At least a dozen children have been shot and killed this month. About 400,000 Americans have been shot and killed by guns since 9/11 — 400,000. Just to give you a sense of perspective, since 9/11, fewer than 100 Americans have been murdered by terrorists on American soil — 400,000 have been killed by gun violence. That’s like losing the entire population of Cleveland or Minneapolis over the past 14 years.

And I refuse to accept the notion that we couldn’t have prevented some of those murders, some of those suicides, kept more families whole — (applause) — protected more officers if we had passed some common-sense laws. (Applause.)

So, look, I understand we won’t all agree on this issue. But it’s time to be honest — fewer gun safety laws don’t mean more freedom, they mean more danger. Certainly more danger to police, more fallen officers, more grieving families, more Americans terrified that they or their loved ones could be next. So I’m going to keep calling on the folks in Congress to change the way that they think about gun safety. And if they don’t, I’m going to keep on calling on Americans to change the folks in Congress until they get it right. (Applause.)

And please do not — some of you watching certain television stations or listening to certain radio programs, please do not believe this notion that somehow I’m out to take everybody’s guns away. Every time a mass shooting happens, one of the saddest ironies is that suddenly the purchase of firearms and ammunition jumps up because folks are scared into thinking that Obama is going to use this as an excuse to take away our Second Amendment rights. Nobody is doing that. We’re talking about common-sense measures to make sure criminals don’t get them; to make sure background checks work; to make sure that — (applause) — to make sure that we’re protecting ourselves…

A couple of thoughts here:

•In a nutshell, Barack Obama is trying to muster support from these police chiefs for his gun control initiatives.

• I worked alongside a number of police chiefs back when I was in local government. Keep in mind that many of them are political hires. It would be somewhat harsh to say they are not the police, but I suspect many of them have much more in common with their municipal masters than the beat cop at that stage in their career. If their “clout” is anti-gun, there’s a pretty good chance the police chief is as well (or at least that will be their public stance on the issue). Of course, there are always exceptions.

• Notice how “gun safety” is substituted for “gun control” in the speech. I learned a long time ago to be wary of people who get their jollies off playing around with words like this.

• Obama’s ongoing push for gun control mirrors that of the larger movement in America, which seeks to chip away at the Second Amendment piece by piece. Mass shootings embolden the effort. And the end justifies the means in these peoples’ minds. Compromise is not part of their vocabulary. Which leaves pro-Bill of Rights supporters no other alternative but to deal with them along the lines of that old Arab parable:

“If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.”

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Gun Registration Often Leads To Confiscation, As New Yorkers Find Out Once More

Why Gun Rights Advocates Oppose Gun Registration

A centralized registration system is the one usually proposed by gun control activists, and it is the type most feared by gun rights advocates. At the heart of resistance to registration is the belief that it encourages firearm prohibitions and ultimately leads to confiscation. (It is also why many choose not to comply and register weapons already owned.)

Those who favor more gun control often accuse gun owners of being paranoid, but the track record of firearms registration is not a good one.”, popular firearms information website, August 24, 2007

Supporters of more gun “control” in the United States routinely push for the registration of firearms.

And, “Don’t worry,” they like to say, “No one is going to take away your guns.”

Problem is, history repeatedly shows otherwise.

I blogged backed on January 14, 2013:

Gun registration often leads to confiscation. From the latest edition of Gun Facts, a popular firearm reference book:

Myth: Registration does not lead to confiscation

Fact: It did in Canada. The handgun registration law of 1934 was the source used to identify and confiscate (without compensation) over half of the registered handguns in 2001.
Fact: It did in Germany. The (before the Nazis came into power) required all firearms to be registered. When Hitler came into power, the existing lists were used for confiscating weapons.
Fact: It did in Australia. In 1996, the Australian government confiscated over 660,000 previously legal weapons from their citizens.
Fact: It did in California. The 1989 Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act required registration. Due to shifting definitions of “assault weapons,” many legal firearms are now being confiscated by the California government.
Fact: It did in New York City. In 1967, New York City passed an ordinance requiring a citizen to obtain a permit to own a rifle or shotgun, which would then be registered. In 1991, the city passed a ban on the private possession of some semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, and “registered” owners were told that those firearms had to be surrendered, rendered inoperable, or taken out of the city.
Fact: It did in Bermuda, Cuba, Greece, Ireland, Jamaica, and Soviet Georgia as well.

Now, you can add the “Big Apple” to that list for a second time. Edmund DeMarche reported on the FOX News website earlier today:

The New York City Police Department is taking aim at owners of shotguns and rifles capable of holding more than five rounds, demanding such guns be surrendered, altered or taken out of the city.

The demand came in the form of some 500 letters mailed out to owners of registered long guns that are in violation of a 2010 city ordinance. The first option for the letter’s recipient is to, “Immediately surrender your Rifle and/or Shotgun to your local police precinct, and notify this office of the invoice number. The firearm may be sold or permanently removed from the City of New York thereafter.”

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

“Surrendered, altered or taken out of the city.”

Sound familiar?

“Question: Why is it, every time I buy and register a gun in New York City, it gets confiscated?

Man, funk dat!”

Sagat, “Funk Dat” (1993)
YouTube Video

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (


Smith, Guy. Gun Facts Version 6.1. Guy Smith, 2012.

DeMarche, Edmund. “NYPD cracks down on long guns that hold more than five rounds.” FOX News. 5 Dec. 2013. ( 5 Dec. 2013.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Milwaukee County Sheriff: If Feds Try To Disarm Country ‘You Would See An Uprising And Maybe A Version Of The Second American Revolution’

Speaking of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr.- who recently made headlines when he told Milwaukee County residents in a PSA to use a firearm to defend themselves until police arrived- appeared on FOX News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine this past weekend and talked about gun rights. From their exchange:

JUDGE JEANINE: I’m back with… Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke, who this week warned that enforcing any gun laws to deprive Americans of the right to bear arms could lead to a Second American Revolution. Sheriff, you’ve been very vocal, and, by the way, I absolutely agree with you- if you wait for 911, then shame on you. You’ve got to arm yourself and defend yourself once you educate yourself. Well, what’s this whole idea of a Second Revolution? Where is that coming from?
SHERIFF CLARKE: Well, the question was, “Would I participate in assisting the Feds coming into states and going into homes and taking everybody’s gun away?” And I said, I would not be a part of something like that. And I said one of the reasons is that I didn’t want to get shot. Because the American people are only going to put up with so much before they push back. And I said, if the Feds tried to do that- disarm this country- I said you would see an uprising and maybe a version of the Second American Revolution because of that. Just read the Declaration of Independence. It’s right in there. It was talking about the Feds coming in and going into homes, forcing their way into homes and removing firearms. I mean, the thought is preposterous.

“Second American Revolution on the horizon?”
FOX News Video

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Many More Healthy Americans To Be Labeled Mentally Ill By Revised Mental Health Bible?

That article on about David Sarti of Doomsday Prepper-fame brings to mind another piece about mental health that I stumbled on this weekend. In the aftermath of Jared Loughner’s January 8, 2011, attack at a meet-the-public event held outside a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket by then-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, calls grew to prohibit mentally ill Americans from owning firearms. However, some smart individuals pointed out that the label “mentally ill” can be applied to whatever the powers-that-be want it to be. For example, are you vocal in your disappointment over how the country is being run? Well, you might be declared mentally ill then. By the way, no gun for you. Buh-bye.

And soon, a lot more healthy Americans could be labeled “mentally ill” according to Kate Kelland on last Thursday. The Health and Science Correspondent wrote on February 9:

Millions of healthy people – including shy or defiant children, grieving relatives and people with fetishes – may be wrongly labelled mentally ill by a new international diagnostic manual, specialists said on Thursday.

In a damning analysis of an upcoming revision of the influential Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health experts said its new categories and “tick-box” diagnosis systems were at best “silly” and at worst “worrying and dangerous”.

Some diagnoses – for conditions like “oppositional defiant disorder” and “apathy syndrome” – risk devaluing the seriousness of mental illness and medicalising behaviours most people would consider normal or just mildly eccentric, the experts said…

The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and has descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. It is used internationally and is seen as the diagnostic “bible” for mental health medicine.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Disturbingly, Kelland added that the revised DSM might even help criminals avoid prison time. From the piece:

At the other end of the spectrum, the new DSM, due out next year, could give medical diagnoses for serial rapists and sex abusers – under labels like “paraphilic coercive disorder” – and may allow offenders to escape prison by providing what could be seen as an excuse for their behaviour, they added.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Should the push to prohibit mentally ill persons from owning firearms ever gain traction, the alleged expansion of those that can be labeled mentally ill through the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) could lead to large numbers of Americans having their guns confiscated and from being able to purchase firearms. To top it all off, as guns are rounded-up and prevented from being acquired by law-abiding citizens, more bad guys could be on the streets rather than in prison.



Kelland, Kate. “Shyness an illness in “dangerous” health book-experts.” 9 Feb. 2012. ( 13 Feb. 2012.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Doomsday Prepper David Sarti Has Firearms Confiscated

Last week I blogged about the new National Geographic Channel TV series Doomsday Preppers. Once of the preppers featured in episode 2 was David Sarti, the “Hillbilly Prepper,” who lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Sarti says he is “prepping to survive an EMP detonation that will wipe out our nation’s transportation system.”

This weekend I happened to come across a story on the Off Grid Survival website that announced:

Just days after appearing on the National Geographic TV Show Doomsday Prepper, a prepper from Tennessee has been declared Mentally Defective and his guns have been seized by the government. The Prepper, David Sarti is a character to say the least, but his story is somewhat disturbing and should be a wake up call for everyone…

You can read the rest of “Doomsday Prepper Declared Mental Defective…. Government confiscates his Guns” on here.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Anti-Gun Group Claims Fewer Than 1 Out Of 3 U.S. Households Has A Gun

Earlier today I came across a press release issued by the Violence Policy Center with the headline, “Household Gun Ownership Hits New Low – Fewer Than One Out of Three American Households Has a Gun.” From the PR Newswire site yesterday:

Household gun ownership in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since it peaked in 1977 according to a report issued today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) analyzing new data from the General Social Survey (GSS) conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago…

Household gun ownership peaked in 1977, when more than half (54 percent) of American households reported having any guns. By 2010, this number had dropped more than 20 percentage points to 32.3 percent of American households reporting having any guns in the home–the lowest level ever recorded by the GSS. In 2010, fewer than a third of American households reported having a gun in the home.

Personal gun ownership peaked in 1985, when 30.7 percent of Americans reported personally owning a gun. By 2010, this number had dropped nearly 10 percentage points to 20.8 percent–the lowest level ever recorded by the GSS. In 2010, slightly more than one out of five Americans reported personally owning a gun.

These numbers conflict with other studies of household and personal firearm ownership in the United States. Gallup conducted a poll on gun ownership back in October 2005, with Gallup Poll assistant editor Joseph Carroll writing on November 22:

The poll, conducted Oct. 13-16, finds that 4 in 10 Americans report they have a gun in their homes, including 30% who say they personally own a gun and 12% who say another member of their household owns it. These results show essentially no change since this question was last asked in 2000. At that time, 27% of Americans said they personally owned a gun and 14% said another household member owned one.

Compare this to data used in the Violence Policy Center report showing household gun ownership at 37.3% in 2004 and 34.5% in 2006 (there was no survey data for 2005), and personal gun ownership at 25.5% in 2004 and 21.6% in 2006. The Gallup numbers are higher for both categories.

Now, here’s something interesting I found with the General Social Survey data utilized by the VPC. In 2008, household gun ownership jumped to 36.0% from 34.5% two years prior, then dropped significantly to 32.3% by 2010. In 2008, personal gun ownership also jumped to 23.6% from 21.6% in 2006, before falling to 20.8% in 2010. Seeing that gun sales went through the roof beginning in 2008 out of fears that a Democratic-controlled White House and Congress might enact tough new gun control measures or even confiscation- but GSS data doesn’t reflect ownership of all these additional firearms- is it possible a number of survey respondents weren’t telling the truth about household and personal firearm ownership?

And then there’s Guy Smith, who points out in his most recent edition of the firearms reference guide Gun Facts:

Myth: Gun owners are a tiny minority

Fact: The Federal government estimated that there were over 65 million gun owners in the U.S. and more than 50% were handgun owners.390 This number is generally considered low due to the reluctance of many to admit to a government agency that they own a gun. Other estimates indicate that between 41% and 49% of U.S. households are gun-owning households.

Fact: 43% of Americans claim that they own a gun.391

390 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 1997.

391 Americans by Slight Margin Say Gun in the Home Makes It Safer, Gallup Poll, October 20, 2006.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Does the reluctance to admit gun ownership to governmental entities extend to other parties as well? Like those conducting the General Social Survey? It probably doesn’t help that the survey is conducted face-to-face through an in-person interview. From the GSS website:

6 How is the GSS administered?

The vast majority of GSS data is obtained in face-to-face interviews. Computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) began in the 2002 GSS. Under some conditions when it has proved difficult to arrange an in-person interview with a sampled respondent, GSS interviews may be conducted by telephone.

Ask yourself this. If you were a gun owner, would you be open to sharing information about your firearms with a complete stranger, face-to-face no less, considering the stigma placed on gun ownership these days and other concerns such as theft and potential confiscation that come from broadcasting such ownership, or just take the easy way out, answer “no,” and move on to the next question? While it’s a University of Chicago project, it’s not like survey participants are being graded, after all. Therefore, I have a feeling a number of survey-takers may have opted for that second choice.


“Household Gun Ownership Hits New Low – Fewer Than One Out of Three American Households Has a Gun.” Violence Policy Center (Press Release). 26 Apr. 2011. (—fewer-than-one-out-of-three-american-households-has-a-gun-120702544.html). 27 Apr. 2011.

Smith, Guy. Gun Facts Version 5.1. Guy Smith, 2009.

Carroll, Joseph. “Gun Ownership and Use in America.” Gallup. 22 Nov. 2005. ( 27 Apr. 2011.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Survival And Prosperity
Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Est. 2010, Chicagoland, USA

Successor to
"The Most Hated Blog On Wall Street"
(Memorial Day Weekend 2007-2010)


Please Rate this Blog HERE

Limited Time Offers

Via Banner Ads Below (navigate to vendor home page if necessary); Updated 11/13/15:
>CHIEF Supply Free Shipping Over $69 (code needed); 15% Off Medical Supplies Plus Free Sniper Disinfectant w/ Orders Over $69 Thru 11/26 (Code Needed); Free Slim Tri-Fold Wallet w/ Orders Over $50 Thru 11/26; Free TDU Storm Belt w/ Purchase Of $69.99 Or More In 5.11 Pants Thru 11/26
>Airsoft Megastore Free Shipping On All Orders
>BGASC Silver Bullion, 90% U.S. Coin Sale
>BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap $119 Pre-Order Price; Ballistic Plate Only $169
>Food Insurance November Black Friday Specials; Warehouse Clearance Sale
>Nitro-Pak Black November Event Up To 35% Off
>Pyramyd Air Thanksgiving Sale Thru 11/21
>Tractor Supply Co. New Online Only Deals Every Day Thru 11/15; Free Shipping Online Only On Favorite Brands
NEW! Advertising Disclosure HERE
Buy Gold And Silver Coins BGASC Review Coming Soon
Nitro-Pak--The Emergency Preparedness Leader Nitro-Pak Reviewed HERE
Food Insurance Reviewed HERE
BullionVault Reviewed HERE
Free Wallet w/ $50 Purchase @Chief CHIEF Supply Reviewed HERE
bullet proof vests BulletSafe Reviewed HERE
Pyramyd Air is your one-stop shop for everything airgun related. Reviewed HERE
Airsoft Megastore Reviewed HERE
Survival Titles Save 20% Paladin Press Reviewed HERE



Prepper Website

RSS Chris Hill’s Other Blog: Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes

  • Happy Thanksgiving
    Just wanted to wish the American readers of Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes a Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for your continued readership and support (that applies to everyone!). Christopher E. Hill Editor
  • Additions To List Of Offshore Private Vaults
    Seems like I’ve been doing quite a few of these “additions” posts lately. Here are new entries to that list of offshore private vaults on my website of the same name: • Belfast Vaults (Belflast, Northern Ireland) • Berkshire Vaults (Berkshire, England) • DNK (Amsterdam, Hilversum, and Rotterdam in The Netherlands) • Griffin-Goodwest Oy (Tampere, […]
  • Related Reading: Austria’s Anonymous Private Vaults
    This morning I was reading an article on The Nestmann Group’s website entitled “Austria: Anonymous Storage and The World’s Safest Bank.” Offshore expert Mark Nestmann informed readers: Not that long ago, Austria had the world’s most stringent financial secrecy laws. Anonymous savings (Sparbuch) and securities (Wertpapier) accounts were widely used. The War on Terror, Money […]
  • Ireland: No Bank Safe Deposit Boxes For New Customers
    Further evidence that in some parts of the world, private, non-bank vaults are increasingly becoming the only game in town. Louise McBride reported on the Irish Independent website last Sunday: The banks have taken a lot of things from us in recent years. Here are ten things you can no longer do at your bank… […]
  • World’s Best Offshore Private Vault Videos For 2015, Honorable Mentions
    Last Wednesday, Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes started naming the “World’s Best Offshore Private Vault Videos” for 2015. Third place in the “short program” category went to Siam Secure (Thailand), runner-up was Sovereign Safe Deposit Centres (England), and the winner for the TV commercial-style marketing videos this year was Custodian Vaults (Australia). Third place in the […]