Yes, Fellow Bubbas, They’re Coming for Your Guns
by William F. Jasper
In the ongoing
fevered debate over gun control legislation, registration of firearms
is a key flashpoint. “Progressives” insist that nothing could be
more reasonable and benign than simply requiring every firearm and
firearm owner to be registered with some government entity. Thus,
they argue, bad guys could be screened out and guns used in crimes
could be traced to help catch the criminals. They denounce as paranoid,
delusional nonsense the concerns of gun owners that registration
would lead to eventual confiscation.
In a “Fact
Check” at Time.com intended to dismiss
Gun Registry Red Herring,” Michael Scherer notes that President
Obama’s “Now Is The Time” gun plan issued on January 16 does not
call for a federal gun registry. However, the Time piece
does acknowledge that in a 2001 interview Obama, then a state senator,
“I’ll continue to be in favor of handgun law registration requirements
and licensing requirements for training.”
It is reasonable
to believe that President Obama still holds to those views and is,
at this point, taking a slower, more pragmatic, step-by-step approach
to get momentum going in the direction of more expansive firearms
reasonable speculation aside, however, it is clear that gun rights
advocates are far from delusional in suspecting that gun registration
might be used to actually confiscate firearms that had previously
been deemed legal. First of all, there is the historical record
in one country after another. In the past century alone, fascist
and communist regimes have used gun registration (oftentimes enacted
by previous democratic governments) to identify gun owners and implement
confiscation. In Canada, Australia, and many countries of Europe,
gun registration has led to confiscation in recent years. It is
happening here in the United States with state laws, as the recently
passed legislation in New York State amply demonstrates.
is an abundance of statements from the militant gun control activists
and the organizations they lead calling for outright bans and confiscation.
disregarding this palpable evidence that the anti-gun lobby does
indeed desire, and intend, to outlaw private firearm ownership (or
make it so costly and onerous as to be impractical), the pundits
and commentators of the liberal-left media would have us believe
that only crazy yahoos would suspect that anyone seriously intends
to infringe on the Second Amendment.
Daily Kos blogger who goes by the moniker GrafZeppelin127 says
in a January 25 posting entitled “Gun-Strokers'
of the things that makes what passes for "debate" on gun laws, gun
policy, gun control, gun safety, whatever you want to call it, so
difficult is that so many of those who proclaim their opposition
to these things always frame it in a way that pits them against
things that are not happening, that no one is proposing, that no
real person actually wants and that have no real chance of actually
I think, is what a lot of this hysterical freakout over "gun-grabbing"
is about, when no one is actually grabbing or proposing to grab
We get a torrid
lambasting of the supposedly ignorant gun-toting Bubbas from Justin
Gibson (a Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual activist, according to his linked
Facebook profile) in his Tumblr blog entitled, “Guns
are Just the Latest Symptom of the Right's Anti-Obama Delusion.”
current outrage and unfathomably ignorant claims from gun-fanatics
that President Obama is sending federal forces to confiscate their
precious firearms is a microcosm of the past four years of teabagger
claims their liberties and freedoms are being trampled asunder....
delusional conservatives’ real issue is they still cannot accept
the results of the last two general elections, or the will of the
people, so they fabricate imaginary sleights against the Constitution,
their freedoms, and for the past month, belief the President is
coming to seize their guns.
Obama may not be “coming to seize their guns” just yet, but
plenty of other politicians are already going down that road. New
Andrew Cuomo admitted during a December 17 radio interview that
confiscation is "one option" under his state’s new legislation.
In Iowa, Democratic
State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer went on the radio to call for “radical
changes” and said he favored a ban on semi-automatic guns — not
just so-called “assault rifles,” and said the government should
"start taking them" from owners who refuse to surrender any of the
newly prohibited firearms.
reported in the local newspaper:
an interview, a fiery Muhlbauer said it is time to act with "radical
changes" on gun laws and other issues to protect schoolchildren
from shooting sprees like the one last week in Newtown, Conn.
cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out
here, the semi-automatics and all of them," Muhlbauer said. "We
can't have those running around out here. Those are not hunting
added, "We should ban those in Iowa."
who did not list the specific weapons he wants outlawed in The
Daily Times Herald interview, said he would like to see the
ban implemented in a retroactive fashion.
if you have them, I think we need to start taking them," Muhlbauer
said. "We can't have those out there. Because if they're out there
they're just going to get circulated around to the wrong people.
Those guns should not be in the public's hands. There are just too
big of guns."
State Senator Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, has reintroduced
47) that would criminalize ownership of many formerly legal
firearms. Owners would have to either turn them in or have them
confiscated. His similar bill, SB
249, failed last summer, but with political impetus from exploitation
of the Sandy Hook shooting, he is hoping to push this one through.
And that is just a start; other anti-gun bills are also pending
in the Democrat-controlled legislature. Sen. Yee’s chief-of-staff,
Adam Keigwin, has stated
that California should ban all guns, even bolt-action hunting rifles.
The Brady Campaign
to Prevent Gun Violence, perhaps the biggest gun in the anti-gun
lobby, has often tipped its hand in the confiscation direction.
In its annual scorecard for state gun control laws it grants “Extra
Credit” points to states in which law enforcement uses firearms
registration records to “disarm” categories of citizens that have
been retroactively declared “Prohibited Handgun Possessors.” Here
is the Brady description from their 2011 State Scorecard:
Prohibited Handgun Possessors: State law enforcement matches firearm
records with prohibited person records to identify, disarm, and
prosecute illegal firearms possessors.
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