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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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Oxfam: Excluding Ammo From Proposed International Arms Trade Treaty ‘Totally Irrational’

Following-up on yesterday’s discussion about ammunition sales, I came across a May 30 press release from the global aid and development charity Oxfam International which talked about including bullets in a proposed multilateral Arms Trade Treaty that seeks to regulate international trade in conventional weapons. The treaty is scheduled to be negotiated at a global conference in New York this July. From the press release:

Global sales of ammunition are worth more than $4 billion and are growing at a faster rate than trade in guns, yet there is virtually no regulation in place to control where the bullets end up, according to international agency Oxfam, in a new report today.

The report, ‘Stop a Bullet, Stop a War,’ has been published ahead of this summer’s Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New York, where diplomats from around the world will gather to try and hammer out a new global agreement to regulate the trade of weapons and ammunition.

Some countries, including the United States, Syria and Egypt, have recently voiced their opposition to including ammunition in the final treaty text. But Oxfam believes it is essential that the sale of ammunition is covered by the new agreement, given the devastating impact that the illicit and irresponsible arms trade has on the lives of some of the poorest people in the world, particularly those living in conflict-hit or fragile states such as Afghanistan and Somalia.

Anna Macdonald, head of arms control campaigning at Oxfam, said: “Guns are useless without bullets; bullets are what turn guns into lethal weapons. It is absolutely essential that the sale of ammunition is included in the treaty and it is far better regulated. It would be totally irrational to leave it out.

“The trade in ammunition is lucrative; but while the monetary cost of production is low, the price paid in human lives for the trade in ammunition is incalculable. An Arms Trade Treaty which doesn’t include the trade in bullets doesn’t make sense.”

According to David Lerman in a May 23 Bloomberg.com piece, Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, said in an April 16 speech at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., that the regulation of ammunition is “hugely impractical,” while maintaining that the Obama administration remains “open-minded.”

You can read the entire press release on Oxfam’s website here.

Source:

Lerman, David. “Humanitarian Groups Push for ‘Bulletproof’ Arms Treaty.” Bloomberg. 23 May 2012. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-24/humanitarian-groups-push-for-bullet-proof-arms-treaty.html). 1 June 2012.

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A World Without Guns? Keep Dreaming

No-one should own a gun, because guns should not exist. Imagine what the world would be without weapons.

-Recent comment posted on a YouTube video I was viewing

“Image what the world would be without weapons.”

Probably not much different.

Violent acts would still be committed, just with something else.

The bad guys would use a stick if that’s all that was available.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the following surveillance camera footage from a recent convenience store robbery:


“Man Robs Store with a Tree”
YouTube Video Link
(Warning! One obscene pop-up comment)

This can’t be the first time a stick was used in a robbery. After all, there’s that saying “this is a stick up,” right?

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