The list of Leftists demanding gun confiscation – Updated to Sep 2018

 

Once again proving that the Liberty grabber claim that ‘No one is talking about gun confiscation’ is a lie.

Leftists Lie about their obvious goal of gun confiscation to get people to accept the unlawful control over their private property that will lead to gun confiscation. They do this by denying that they are demanding gun confiscation while demanding gun confiscation. These lists are important in that they clearly illustrate that these denials are just bold-faced Lies.

Simply ordering gun owners to turn over their property is the easiest form of confiscation. This is facilitated with lists of gun owners gleaned from Intergalactic Background Checks [Enhanced, Universal, etc.] or registration. This is why the Leftist Liberty grabbers obsess over these critical steps to their final solution for the gun problem. Please note that this is an abridged list since there are numerous euphemisms for confiscation such as bans based on the use of open-ended phrases [“Military Style” or “Assault Weapons”].

May 2018

Esquire: Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns

Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters: Ex-prosecutor in Congress

April 2018

Observer: Is It Time to Repeal the Second Amendment?

Vox: Why an assault weapons ban can’t address America’s gun problem

Miami Herald Repeal the Second Amendment — it’s not a crazy idea

Emma González [March for our Lives]: Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.

March 2018

Paste Magazine: Repeal the Second Amendment, Idiots

USA Today: Repealing the Second Amendment isn’t easy but it’s what March for Our Lives students need

New York Times – John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

The Charlotte News: Ban military-style assault weapons for the sake of our children

Vox: What no politician wants to admit about gun control “taking a huge number of guns away from a huge number of gun owners”

NAACP President OPINION: Gun Safety Is about Freedom [Australian style gun confiscation – making gun owners an offer they can’t refuse ]

February 2018

Maine Voices: It’s time for a gun abolition movement

We need to stand up to the NRA and push for what is so desperately needed: a complete ban on firearms.

Mercury News – Eugene Robinson

Robinson: Arming teachers is absurd — ban military-style assault rifles

PSMag: Repeal the Second Amendment Already

The Star: Want to end gun violence Mr. President? Get rid of guns

La Times: No one becomes a mass shooter without a mass-shooting gun

It’s Too Late. You’ve Lost Your Guns.

Democrat and Chronicle: Let’s repeal the Second Amendment

New York Times -To Repeat: Repeal the Second Amendment

November 2017

Splinter news: BAN GUNS

Redhawks Online: Guns must go

Boston Globe: Hand over your weapons

News-Press – USA Today Editorial Board: Renew ban on military-style assault weapons

October 2017

Dan Pfeiffer: What to Bring to the Gun Fight [national gun registry, Tracking and limiting purchases of ammunition and a national gun buyback program]

Eugene Robinson: Gun control should include buyback program like Australia’s

Washington Post: President Trump, end this ‘American carnage’.
[Members of The Washington Post Editorial Board]

The Week: Ban guns

New York Times: The Cancer in the Constitution

New Boston Post-Connecticut Professor: Repeal the Second Amendment

The New York Times: Repeal the Second Amendment

Plan A Magazine: Ban Guns. Amend the Constitution.

(CNN) Sachs: Ban semiautomatic assault weapons and save lives

Forget about ‘gun control,’ let’s repeal the Second Amendment

Prospect magazine: Dear America: it’s time to grow up and ban guns

August 2017

Mike the gun guy [A Magazine With News and Notes From Both Sides About Guns.]

What Guns To Be Safe? Get Rid Of The Guns.

December 2016

Huffington Post: Domestic Disarmament, Not ‘Gun Control’

June 2016

Rolling Stone: Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment

Washington Post – Eugene Robinson: Assault weapons must be banned in America

January 2016

W. Kamau Bell [CNN]: I want Obama to take away your guns

Huffington post: Can’t We Just Put the Damn Guns Down?

Anderson Cooper:”Speaking only for myself, watching Obama get repeatedly accused of wanting to take people’s guns away makes me sort of wish he’d just do something to earn that accusation. May as well!”

The Daily Beast: President Obama Isn’t Taking People’s Guns—But Maybe He Should.

December 2015

New Republic: It’s Time to Ban Guns. Yes, All of Them.

The New York Times: End the Gun Epidemic in America [First Front Page Editorial In 95 Years]

This editorial published on A1 in the Dec. 5 edition of The New York Times. It is the first time an editorial has appeared on the front page since 1920.

Salon: The Second Amendment must go: We ban lawn darts. It’s time to ban guns

November 2015

The Daily Beast: Yes, They Want to Take Your Guns Away

October 2015

Hillary Clinton: “In the Australian example, as I recall, that was a buyback program.”…..“I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level”

Vox: Becoming a gun-free society would be hard. But we should still try.

Daily Kos: Effective Gun Control – A National Semi-Auto Ban

Washington Post: A gun-free society

Baltimore Sun: Repeal the Second Amendment

Obama: “We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.”

September 2015

Grieving mom of two slain sons: Get rid of the guns!

January 2015

Tallahassee Democrat – Stop the insanity: Ban guns

June 2014

Obama: A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it — we’re not seeing that again. And basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws.

May 2014

La Times: You say gun control doesn’t work? Fine. Let’s ban guns altogether.

April 2013

Huffington Post: Gun Control? We Need Domestic Disarmament

February 2013

America Magazine: Repeal the Second Amendment

January 2013

New York Times: [John Howard] I Went After Guns. Obama Can, Too.

Vanity Fair – Kurt Eichenwald: Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment

December 2012

Daily Kos: How to Ban Guns: A step by step, long term process

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: “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.”

Detroit Metro Times: Ban all guns, now

Opinionator – New York Times: Why Gun ‘Control’ Is Not Enough

House Dem: ‘Turn in your guns’

Huffington Post: It’s Not About the Constitution [Getting rid of the Second Amendment]

Eugene Robinson: First, Get Rid of the Guns

Economist The gun control that works: no guns

July 2012

Huffington Post: Get Rid of the Damn Guns

Mar 2012

Yes conservatives, we want to take away your guns…

February 2011

Arizona Daily Star: Reinstate ban on military-style assault weapons

April 2007

Salon: Repeal the Second Amendment

December 1993

La Times – Taming the Monster: Get Rid of the Guns : More firearms won’t make America safer–they will only accelerate and intensify the heartache and bloodshed

Originally published on the NOQ Report

 

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Celebrate #Liberty with Gun Pride Month #GunPrideMonth

Firearms in the defense of Liberty made Independence day possible, Gun Pride Month is a commemoration of that fact.

The 4th of July and the independence of the United States of America wouldn’t have been possible without the force to defend Liberty. At present there are many of the nation’s socialist Left who obsess over depriving the people of that force. This will be a month-long celebration of firearms in the defence of Liberty.

Authoritarian Socialism can only be imposed by a force of arms.

The blunt fact is that the Left’s socialist national agenda can only be imposed at the point of a gun,
this is why they obsess over depriving the people of their commonsense
human Liberty of self-defense. Toward this end, the Liberty grabbers of
the Left are working day and night to stigmatize guns and gun ownership,
so this is a direct response echoing the founding fathers’ conceptions
in the defense of Liberty. The Untied States became the greatest nation
on earth because of foundational limitations on governmental power, with
the most important being the common sense human right of self-defense.

Gun Confiscation sparked the Revolutionary War.

It is important to note that what became the war for independence
began when his majesty’s troops tried to deprive the colonials of their
fundamental human Liberties with gun confiscation. An idea the Left obsesses over now.
They can only do so by denigrating gun ownership/Liberty culture along
with the tactics of divide and conquer. This entails attacking parts
culture of Liberty culture in detail, attempting to defeat those
portions before moving on to other sections. Thus they are going after
those scary looking guns that have falsely labelled as ‘Military style’.
Were they to succeed in depriving the people of their venerable AR-15s,
they would soon enough go after another segment of Liberty culture.

The primary lesson of Gun Pride Month.

There would be no Bill of Rights were it not for the commonsense human Liberty of self-defence. In other words “Without the 2nd there would be no 1st”. That firearms are the last bulwark of Liberty, epitomised by this quote from Hubert H. Humphrey:

Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under
any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the rights of
citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should
not be very carefully used, and that definite safety rules of precaution
should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear
arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more
safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but
which historically has proved to be always possible.

Senator Hubert H. Humphrey,

Comm.: Foreign Relations Minnesota

Firearms serve as a check on government power, a force possessed by
the people that preserves their Liberty. The reality is that the Left
obsesses over the deprivation of this fundamental human right because
they want over control of the people, that is the bottom line of their
Liberty grabber agenda.

The Schedule of events for Gun Pride Month.

So now that we’ve explained the reason for the season, this is the
tentative outline for the festivities. During the month long
celebration, each day of the week will have it’s own special
designation:

#BLOATMondays [Buy Lots Of Ammo Today]
– This should need no explanation. One cannot defend Liberty without
the tools to do so. This includes practice ammunition to maintain what
are very perishable skills. For you Liberty grabber Leftists out there,
this means that someone with a few thousand rounds means they prefer to
be safe, properly maintaining their skills.

#DGUTuesdays – a weekly celebration of that which the Liberty grabbers claim never happens.

#Full30 Wednesdays  – Celebrating a video channel that doesn’t try to suppress liberty with censorship.

#3DThursdays – Highlights the ever advancing 3d printer technology  that has rendered Liberty [Gun] control obsolete.

#Freedom Fridays – The day for everyone to bring another freedom defender into the fold showing them how to select and buy a new gunhow else are we going to reach the goal of 200 million gun owners with 700 Million guns?

#SaturdayShoots – Practice makes perfect and it’s lots of fun.

#SundayReload.

Week Long Celebrations.

Each week of the month of July will focus on some of the very important parts of Liberty Culture.

  • The first week will celebrate the 4th of July and the AR-15: The Modern Day Musket.
  • Week two will honour the organisations that defend our vital civil Liberties from the scourge of Socialism – the NRA, Gun Owners of America [GOA] as well as other civil rights organisations.
  • The third week of the month of July will commemorate all of the Pre-Constitution repeating firearm technologies the Socialist-Left would like to pretend never existed.
  • Next we will have Guns save Lives week focusing on deterrence and the millions of times each year that firearms preserve life.
  • Finally, week 5 will be a tip of the hat to all of the Liberty
    grabbers that have helped boost memberships in those aforementioned
    Civil Rights organisations the civil rights and caused more and more
    people to buy more and more guns. This will be a half week recognition of their unwitting contributions to the cause of Liberty that cannot be underestimated.

We will add special events such as Eugene Stoner day as time permits. Now go out there and celebrate Liberty – it will be well worth it just to upset the Leftists.

 Originally published on the NOQ Report

 

 

True Liberals Belong on the Conservative-Right.

 

Which side of the political spectrum deserves the meritorious designation of Liberal?

Consider the words of a true Liberal on the effect of ever-expanding government on the cause of Liberty:

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild, and government to gain ground.” Letter From Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 27 May 1788

Then consider this ‘progressive’ synopsis of the issue:

  • Liberal precepts are essentially Individual rights and freedoms, It is self-evident that these are diminished as government grows.
  • Socialist-Left Precepts are of expansive government in conflict with the Liberal precepts based in Liberty.
  • Therefore, one cannot be an advocate of expansive government and be a true Liberal.

Despite this straightforward logic, the ever deceptive Socialist-Left would like to have it both ways. They
incessantly demand the ever-expanding government to the detriment of
Liberty, and yet they have the insolence to assume the pretense of being
Liberal.
This term is deeply rooted in the concepts
of freedom, it really belongs to the Pro-Liberty, Conservative side of
the political spectrum. The point of this discussion is to set the
record straight on this issue, despite Leftist lies on the subject.

Those of the Socialist-Left belong on the authoritarian side of the political spectrum.

Those who favor Individual rights and freedoms belong on the Pro-liberty, right side of the political spectrum.

While It is conceivable that Leftists may try to rationalize that
Liberty can thrive with an overarching government, common sense clearly
indicates this is an impossibility. Perhaps they know deep down that
this is a severe deception on their part. Or it could be that they
haven’t given the contradiction too much thought, lest it disturbs their
superficial worldview that is bereft of logical underpinnings. After
all, everyone would like to have a positive view of themselves. Who
wouldn’t want to think of themselves as “Liberators” or protectors of freedom?

The problem for the Socialist-Left is that they are neither protectors of freedom or liberators, they are quite the opposite.
The blunt fact is that their base ideology of collectivism has been the
cause of horrid oppression, as well as, mass murder in the past century
– and is still going strong.
That they severely contradict themselves each and every time they use
the Liberal label for their freedom destroying agenda should be obvious
to everyone, but many (even on the Pro-Liberty Right) still unwittingly praise them when they use that label.

The unchanging meaning of the words Liberty and Liberal.

If it seems that words such as Liberty, Liberation, Libertarian, Liberalis as well as Liberal all convey similar conceptions it is because they all stem from the same root word Liber. This word that signifies the idea of freedom that traces it’s roots to the word in Greek eleutheros meaning: free, i.e. not a slave or not under restraint free.  That they all have a common and unchanging meaning should be obvious.

Proving the case that true Liberals belong on the political right with two recent examples.

Consider a recent article from Reason magazine  on the revelation that the ACLU is wavering on Free-Speech

It seems fairly clear to me what’s
happening here. Leadership would probably like the ACLU to remain a
pro-First Amendment organization, but they would also like to remain in
good standing with their progressive allies. Unfortunately, young progressives are increasingly hostile to free speech,
which they view as synonymous with racist hate speech. Speech that
impugns marginalized persons is not speech at all, in their view, but
violence. This is why a student Black Lives Matter group shut down an
ACLU event at the College of William & Mary last year, chanting “liberalism is white supremacy” and “the revolution will not uphold the Constitution.”
Campus activism is illiberal, and liberal free speech norms conflict
with the broad protection of emotional comfort that the young, modern
left demands.
The ACLU’s capitulation to the anti-speech left should serve as a wake-up call for true liberals.

[Our emphasis] This revelation is pretty extraordinary considering
that Liberty is part of the organization’s very name. That is but one
data point in the revelation of the Left turning against Liberty and the
proper place for true Liberals being on the political right.

Then there is the example of the Dartmouth study that showed that who self-identify as Republican were more likely to be tolerant of others:

Democrats were consistently more likely to indicate conflicting politics negatively affect potential relationships. While 82 percent of respondents who identified Democrats say they would be less likely to date someone with opposing political beliefs, only 47 percent of Independents and 42 percent of Republicans said the same. Similarly, 55 percent
of Democratic respondents said opposite political views would make them
less likely to befriend another student, compared to 21
percent of Independents and 12 percent of Republicans.

In other words, it was those of the right who displayed a very Liberal attitude towards others.

The Takeaway.

Thus we have demonstrated that advocates of ever-expanding government
are adverse to Liberty and the Liberal precepts of Individual rights
and freedoms. This means that those two goals are in opposition such
that those on the Socialist-Left cannot be Liberal.

We have also shown that despite many protestations to the contrary,
the word Liberal, as well as others of the same root structure, have not
changed in meaning. Thus those who are true Liberals belong on the right side of the political spectrum
that supports these important concepts. Finally, we furthered the case
with two recent examples of how the Socialist-Left has turned it’s back
on Liberty [and being Liberal] and is now very intolerant of other points of view.

Thus we have made the case that True Liberals belong on the Pro-liberty, Conservative-Right side of the political spectrum.

 Originally published on the NOQ Report

 

 

Video: Celebrate the “Assault Weapon*” Tricentennial!

How time flies, it’s been 3 Centuries [1718 – 2018] since the
invention of the Puckle gun – one of the many early “Assault Weapons*”

Image Credit: littlegun.be

When they aren’t spouting nonsensical lines such as “30 magazine clip in ½ a second”,
Liberty grabber Leftists love to parrot the lie that back before the
ratification of the Constitution, (1788) they only had one shot muskets
that took 5 minutes to reload.  The reality is that repeating and other early versions of ‘automatic weapons‘ were in existence long before this time period. Imagine that, the national Socialist Left lying about an important historical fact that furthers their agenda?

This is a full video exposition of this historic gun from Forgotten Weapons

The Puckle Gun, or Defense Gun as it was also known, was invented and patented in 1718 by the London lawyer James Puckle.

This was an early ‘automatic weapon’ was capable of firing 63 shots in 7 minutes in 1721.

It utilised a revolving cylinder to bring a projectile and powder
charge to the breach of the gun. In essence, it was a manual revolver, but it was in existence 70 years BEFORE the Constitution was ratified. So much for the ‘One shot musket Lie’.
One could have several of these revolving cylinders loaded and ready to
be placed on the gun – making them something akin to the first “High
capacity magazines*”.

*Yes, we’re playing it a bit fast and loose with these terms, but since they have no set definition, that doesn’t matter. In point of fact, that term (and others) were made up by the Liberty grabbers
as a way of destroying the basic human Right of self-defense while
maintaining the fiction supporting it. The tactic is to use a term such
as this so it’s an easy progression to destroy any civil or natural
right. In the case of the Liberty of self-defense, the definition is simply expanded to include just about every gun in existence.

 Originally published on the NOQ Report

 

Snatching Defeat from the jaws of Victory: ‘Writing out’ Most Guns with the Bump-Stock ban.

The latest Liberty grabber wave has crested, but Trump is about to give them a tremendous victory over the 2nd amendment.

Now that the Sturm und Drang of the March for gun confiscation has ‘died down’
it has become evident that, much like previous movements of the past,
it came to nought aside from some localised suppressions of Liberty. The
problem is there a vestige of this assault of freedom that is still
rearing it’s ugly head, that of the infamous ban on so-called “Bump-Stocks”.

Those who are rightly concerned about this assault on Liberty can still inscribe their opposition with the Moonshine, Cigarettes and Fire-sticks bureaucracy [Better known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms – BATF]  pushing through a new ‘law’ that all by himself, Trump has taken to “Writing Out”.  The deadline is June 27, 2018 11:59 PM ET for everyone to post their opposition to this ‘Law’.

First they came for the Bump-Stocks.

For those who may not care about someone else’s concerns over
freedom, just be mindful of a reprise of Martin Niemöller Poem starting
with the line: “First they came for the Bump-Stocks, and I didn’t object – For I didn’t care about Bump-Stocks….
Soon enough, they get around to coming after the firearms everyone else
cares about, and eventually that will be hunting rifles or shotguns. If you chose to remain silent those guns will be “written out” as well.

But don’t just take our word for it, listen to what the Liberty grabbers have stated in bragging about the subject:

Delaney Tarr [March for Our Lives]

When they give us that inch, that bump stock ban, we will take a mile.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.):

Upon being asked if the bill was a slippery slope toward further gun restrictions, she said, “So what? … I certainly hope so.”

Apparently we’re not supposed to notice when the Liberty grabber Left
broadcasts their intentions to the world. We’re supposed to let them
get a foot in the door of a pretext for further bans before objecting.

Giving up the question.

David Deming over on the American thinker, Made the very important point that sacrificing one more time to the Liberty grabbers of what seems to be nothing is in essence:

If we agree to ban bump
stocks because they facilitate rapid firing, we have given up the
question. We have agreed in principle that any dangerous gun can be
banned and confiscated by an arbitrary executive order.
All
guns are capable of rapid fire, and all guns are inherently dangerous.
Pump-action shotguns can be rapidly fired and reloaded. Jerry Miculek
can fire five shots from a double-action revolver in 0.57 seconds.
High-capacity magazines most certainly facilitate rapid fire, so they
also will have to go. A writer who wants to ban all “private individual
ownership of firearms” recently argued that “even bolt-action rifles can still fire surprisingly fast in skilled hands.” He’s right. All magazine-fed guns will be outlawed.

Automatic redefinition.

In point of fact, the ATF previously ruled that Bump-Stocks [and presumably other ways of ‘bump-firing a gun – Fast fingers, Rubber bands and Belt-loops] don’t actually convert ordinary semi-automatic firearms to a “Machine gun” because the trigger has to be pulled for every shot.
Now with the President’s authorising this linguistic legerdemain, this
definition codified in the law has been blurred to the point that any gun that can be ‘Bump-fired’ could also be banned. However, they can’t very well ban fingers, belt-loops or rubber bands, so they will just ban each and every gun that can fire too fast.

Just ‘Write-out’ this legal requirement and Voila! Any gun
that can be fired too fast for the sensibilities of the Liberty grabbers
can be thought of as a “Machine Gun” and banned instantly –
converting most of the 120 Million gun owners into instant felons. With a
bit of training,  most guns can be fired faster, so in essence, letting
them change this legal definition could have them ban just about every gun in existence.

The Takeaway.

One might not care about the fate of thousands of inert pieces of
plastic or what happens to those who have them. One might not care if
someone won’t be able to bump-fire a weapon in this particular way. But we on the Pro-Liberty Right will rue the day that we let this go through in exchange for nothing.

If we let the powers that be arbitrarily proclaim that some guns with
these pieces of inert plastic are “Machine Guns’, the day will soon
dawn when ALL guns are dishonestly ‘written out’ as the same. It will then just be a slippery slope to everyone having to undergo a background check, registration and of course – TAXES – on guns that we already own. Followed by the inevitable confiscation of those guns.

Those who remain silent now will only have themselves to blame when
this happens – so now is the time to stop this dead in it’s tracks. The comment window is only open for a few more days [Jun 27, 2018 11:59 PM ET], make the best of it.

Originally published on the NOQ Report

 

Video Double play: Busting the gun grabber’s musket myth.

Two videos that eviscerate the Liberty Grabbers ‘One shot’ musket myth.

It is a bedrock principle (if they have any) of the Liberty
grabber Left that back during the ratification of the US Constitution
the only weapons in existence were flintlock musket that took 5 minute to reload. Thus there wasn’t any school violence because it would have taken too long for the perpetrator to kill anyone.

As it typical of the lore of the national socialist Left, this is a lie of the first order. A previous video celebrated the “Assault Weapon” tricentennial,
which was bit of the tongue in cheek variety since there were other
repeating “Military Style” weapons in existence before this time period.
These will be detailed in future articles. Meanwhile we present two
videos that also bust the ‘Musket Myth’, one a short presentation from
the Royal Armouries on the Jover and Belton “Flintlock breech-loading
superimposed military musket”

Royal Armouries

Published on Aug 30, 2017

Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson, gives us a peek at the Flintlock breech-loading superimposed military musket, by Jover and Belton (1786)

This is a very relevant piece since the inventor Joseph Belton corresponded with the Continental Congress in 1777:

May it Please your Honours,

I would just informe this Honourable Assembly, that I have discover’d an improvement, in the use of Small Armes, wherein a common small arm, may be maid to discharge eight balls one after another, in eight, five or three seconds of time, & each one to do execution five & twenty, or thirty yards, and after so discharg’d, to be loaded and fire’d with cartridge as usual.

“It was demonstrated before noted scientists and military officers (including well known scientist David Rittenhouse and General Horatio Gates)”

This destroys the mythology that the founders had no knowledge of
this type of repeating firearm technology that existed already.

The second is a humours dissertation on the subject from video raconteur Steven Crowder https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/

from a few years ago that also eviscerates this bit of Leftist mythology.

Published on Feb 10, 2015

People have been telling us for years that the 2nd amendment was
written in a time of Muskets, and that it doesn’t apply to the evolved
weapons of today. Is it true?

So why is this important?

Two primary reasons. One that these factual examples demonstrate that
the founding fathers knew of these technological advances. Therefore,
they destroy any Leftist pretences that the 2nd amendment be confined to
muskets. Second that, school violence is something other than an issue of guns.

Originally published on the NOQ Report

 

Gun Confiscation Reference May 2018

May 2018
[Reverse chronological order]
May 18, 2018
Esquire: Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a20747292/nra-guns-take-them-away/

May 3, 2018
Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters: Ex-prosecutor in Congress
https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/03/ban-assault-weapons-buy-them-back-prosecute-offenders-column/570590002/


 Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns
Young people of America are now expecting to witness gun violence in their schools. It doesn’t have to be that way.
By Dave Holmes May 18, 2018

Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I now actually do want to take your guns.

All of your guns.

Right now.

All along, there have been opportunities for sensible, incremental changes. This year alone, we could have banned the manufacture of bump stocks, which turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic ones. We could have raised the minimum age for gun ownership from 18 to 21, or instate a national minimum age for long-gun ownership. We haven’t, largely because you have bought our government.

What you have done is double down. What you’ve done is convince your members that the occasional school shooting, the odd literal slaughter of innocents, is an unfortunate but inevitable quirk of American life, a thing that is necessary to preserve freedom. You have taken to our television screens to tell us that the world is an apocalyptic hellscape, and that the only way to be safe from gun violence is to stock our homes with guns.

You pushed legislation that cut funding from the Centers for Disease Control for research on gun safety in America. Research that might conclude that fewer guns would mean fewer gun deaths, which leaves us with…no meaningful research on gun violence in America. Our ongoing studies on car safety have made cars, roads and highways safer—not without risk, but safer—yet no comparable studies can be done on guns.

Here’s what you get for that.

The young people of America are now expecting to witness gun violence in their schools. They are sitting in trigonometry waiting for the other shoe to drop, except the shoe can shoot 400 rounds a minute. That’s the result of all your hard work. There’s your prize. Stand up and take it!

This morning, as an active shooter situation unfolded in his town, this guy decided to show up on the scene with a MAGA hat, a full-size American flag and a pistol on his hip, to…I guess attempt to be a hero? This is what your relentless fear-mongering gets us all: an adult human being taking a gun to a school to be helpful.
..
So now I’m angry. Now I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. I want Ted Nugent to roam the halls of his gunless house, sighing wearily until he dies. I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.

It won’t happen, of course. So let’s meet in the middle. Let’s meet at…literally anything.

It’s happening. We tried it your way, and it really did not work. The ground is shifting. Get ready.
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a20747292/nra-guns-take-them-away/

Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters: Ex-prosecutor in Congress
Eric Swalwell May 3, 2018

Nonetheless, we can give ourselves and our children the chance these victims never had. We can finally act to remove weapons designed for war from our streets, once and for all.

Reinstating the federal assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004 would prohibit manufacture and sales, but it would not affect weapons already possessed. This would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.

Instead, we should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons. The ban would not apply to law enforcement agencies or shooting clubs.

There’s something new and different about the surviving Parkland high schoolers’ demands. They dismiss the moral equivalence we’ve made for far too long regarding the Second Amendment. I’ve been guilty of it myself, telling constituents and reporters that “we can protect the Second Amendment and protect lives.”

The Parkland teens have taught us there is no right more important than every student’s right to come home after class. The right to live is supreme over any other.

Our courts haven’t found a constitutional right to have assault weapons, anyway. When the Supreme Court held in 2008 that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that this right “is not unlimited” and is “not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

Australia got it right. After a man used military-style weapons to kill 35 people in April 1996, that nation adopted strict new measures and bought back 643,726 newly illegal rifles and shotguns at market value. The cost — an estimated $230 million in U.S. dollars at the time — was funded by a temporary 0.2% tax levy on national health insurance.

America won’t get off that cheaply. Gun ownership runs so deep that we don’t even know how many military-style semiautomatic rifles are in U.S. civilian hands.

Based on manufacturing figures and other indirect data, there could be 15 million assault weapons out there. If we offer $200 to buy back each weapon — as many local governments have — then it would cost about $3 billion; at $1,000 each, the cost would be about $15 billion.

It’s no small sum. But let’s put it in context.

The federal government is spending an estimated $4 trillion this year; $15 billion would be 0.375% of that, not that we must spend it all in one year.

Meanwhile, the GOP’s tax “reform” — a giveaway to corporations and the rich that threw comparatively meager scraps to working families — is projected to increase the national debt by $1.9 trillion over the next decade.

What is it worth to American taxpayers to not see our families, friends and neighbors cut down in a hail of gunfire? Consider this an investment in averting carnage and heartache and loss.

America has a deadly problem, a problem other developed nations have avoided or addressed. Some say we’re already too far gone to take corrective action, but we cannot have a defeatist attitude about this. Fixing our problem requires boldness and will be costly, but the cost of letting it fester will be far higher — for our wallets, and for our souls.
https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/03/ban-assault-weapons-buy-them-back-prosecute-offenders-column/570590002/