Gun Grabbers Gone Wild

The left’s gun grabbers believe that the Newtown massacre gives them a ghoulish yet golden opportunity to permanently undermine citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Exhibit A is California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s promise to introduce a bill which will supposedly stop “the spread of deadly assault weapons.” Her bill would go far beyond the so-called “assault weapons ban” passed in 1994, but which Congress refused to reauthorize in 2004.

Feinstein’s proposal, among many other things:

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

• “Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered.”

The only way Feinstein can accomplish the first of her two listed goals is to confiscate all such “devices” that already exist. This would be a massive, ugly — and logistically impossible — enterprise. At the Washington Post, reporter Brad Plumer wrote in mid-December that in 1994, there were “roughly 1.5 million assault weapons and more than 24 million high-capacity magazines in private hands.” Putting aside the fact that every weapon used to commit a crime against a person, including items which aren’t guns, is by any normal definition an “assault weapon,” there are surely more of the weapons and magazines Feinstein wants to see seized now than there were 18 years ago.

What’s more, their number is growing. Law-abiding citizens are responding to gun grabbers’ aggressiveness by buying any and every weapon they can, while they still can. The Associated Press reports: “The prospect of a possible weapons ban has sent gun enthusiasts into a panic and sparked a frenzy of buying at stores and gun dealers nationwide.” I would characterize what the AP describes as a “frenzy of buying” as “a wave of common sense.”

Feinstein justifies her far-reaching ban largely on a Justice Department study claiming that “the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was responsible for a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders, holding all other factors equal.”

Nice try, DiFi. Plumer, who clearly leans left, cites a University of Pennsylvania study that concluded, in his words, that “While gun violence did fall in the 1990s, this was likely due to other factors.” One of the more important “other factors” was the passage of concealed carry laws in many states during that period, and the growing interest in personal self-defense those laws helped to generate.

The word “grandfathered” in the senator’s second listed objective above would require the registration of all guns not otherwise outlawed. In other countries, this has historically been the opening round of governments’ efforts to confiscate guns, make their possession by ordinary citizens illegal, and subdue their populations while moving, sometimes glacially but often quickly, towards tyranny.

Blogger Doug Ross has summarized the impact of Feinstein’s registration provision quite well:

… once a gun is required to be registered, it is virtually confiscated. The government will know who possesses which firearms and where those arms are stored. And when they desire physical possession of those weapons (which history tells us is inevitable), they can then order the citizenry to voluntarily turn in their weapons.

This has happened over and over again throughout all of recorded history.

Tyrants and tyrant wannabes know that gun confiscation enables them to more quickly subjugate their society’s otherwise resistant elements, enabling them to consolidate their power more quickly and ruthlessly.

On December 20, as if to prove Ross’s point, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an Albany radio station interview, discussed his plans, as described at the New York Times, to “propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9.” Cuomo’s specific ideas: “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.” Not wishing to unduly alarm the Empire State’s populace, the Times dutifully buried the story on Page A29.

On the Friday before Christmas, the Journal News, a White Plains, New York-based newspaper owned by Gannett, helped make Mr. Cuomo’s ideas more easily achievable by publishing an interactive map showing the names and physical addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties. It obtained this information as a result of Freedom of Information Act requests.

The agenda behind the map is obvious in the paper’s ominous headline: “Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?” — as if residents should be presumptively afraid of anyone who has the nerve to own a gun in the same way they should be concerned about convicted sex offenders in their neighborhood. In response, a New York State Senator has proposed making this information off-limits to all except those with a need to know in law enforcement — something which is obviously long overdue.

While the Journal News apparently hopes that other citizens will treat permit holders as pariahs, the following results are far more likely:

• Criminals will use the map in one or both of two ways — either to target homes from which to steal weapons, or to target homes without permits for home invasions and away-from-home assaults on those who don’t have permits. I believe we’ll see more of the latter than the former; criminals prefer soft, non-relatively defenseless targets.

• As a reader at Instapundit pointed out, “women who have gun permits due to stalkers and abusive spouses now that the paper has revealed their new addresses” will either have to relocate or live in constant fear for their and their children’s safety — just in time for Christmas.

• Ex-cons with vengeance on their minds will now be able to find otherwise unlisted or hard to find addresses of law enforcement officers who arrested them, prosecutors who convicted them, and judges who sentenced them.

President Barack Obama, whose involvement with legally manipulative efforts to undermine the Second Amendment is an inarguable matter of historical fact, has, according to AP, “pledged to put his ‘full weight’ behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.” Senator Feinstein’s proposed legislation won’t accomplish that aim, but that’s not her or Obama’s point. Ultimately, it’s about control.

Law-abiding, freedom-loving Americans must strenuously oppose any such efforts to water down their Second Amendment freedoms.

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  • UCSPanther

    The one thing that has been happening is that the gun-grabbers' facade of "for the children" is cracking and we are seeing them for what they truthfully are: A pack of statists who do not want us peasants to have the means to defend ourselves…

    They are like environmentalists, striving for an unattainable utopia and are fully willing to make a huge mess while striving clumsily for their agenda, and want us peasants to make all the sacrifices in their place.

    • Snow White

      Our Moron in Chief thinks the way to solve all problems is to pass laws mandating they be solved, sometimes even setting unattainable goals as mandates. Want to solve our energy problems.? mandate all cars get 100 MPG. whether the technology exists or not. That's how he thinks. Accept it. His high IQ is a public relations fable. That's the reason he doesn't show his college records.

      The goal of environmentalists was never to solve environmental problems. Thier goal was to use the environment as the cause to unite the most dissidents to overthrow our government. Since actually overthrowing the govt. is not feasable they have settled for saddling our industries with so many regs, penalties, taxes, etc. that we can no longer compete with their beloved Chairman Mao's Red China. That's the reason Bill Clinton gave china most favored nation status which allowed them to flood our country with their cheap slave labor made goods. China has no environmental restrictions. Transferring our manufacturing base to Communist China was a plan to show that Communism is superior to Capitalism. I Was there back in the 1980s when they came up with this plan. You can believe me I know what I am talking about.

  • RedWhiteAndJew

    The liberty community sounded the alarm, and the leftists sprang out of the boxes, laugh tracks at the ready, calling them paranoid. "The government doesn't want to take away your precious guns," they say.

    Registration always precedes confiscation. The people who commit crimes with their guns will not register them. Meanwhile, the majority of gun owners will not comply. So, what will happen is the status quo will be maintained among the real criminals, and a whole new class of fictional criminals will be created, in the form of law-abiding gun owners who have been pushed too far.

    Fast forward ten years. No-knock raids on gun owners' homes is de rigueur, as are home invasions by habitual criminals, looking for guns. The later has skyrocketed because the criminals know their gun thefts will go unreported, because they will have a reasonable apprehension that the legitimate owners will not make themselves vulnerable to criminal charges for owning an unregistered firearm. The criminals know also, that gun owners will be less likely to use a gun in self-defense, for the same reason. Meanwhile, there will be those gun owners who will refuse to sacrifice their families to the whim of home invaders, and will double down on their unregistered, pending felon status, and add silencers to their arsenal. Many home invasions will end with "retired" criminals in shallow graves, or on river beds with bricks in their pockets.

    Naturally, crime will skyrocket, just as it has in the UK and Australia, following passage of gun confiscation laws there.

    Naturally, the statists will conclude, not that their unconstitutional actions were wrong, but that "further action" is warranted.

    Further action.

    • AmericaBeautiful

      I hope you will put this on every blog, conservative and rabid liberal, to begin "elevating the consciousness" of Americans.

  • pierce

    Maybe this statement is not completely true, but it is very close. "The left want to take your guns, and they want to keep theirs." So then the left will have all the guns, and the rest of us will have nothing, kind of contradictory. So even though I don''t own a gun, I don't want to lose that right. Make sense, I believe so.
    Well, that is why I don't like the left, never have, never will, cause you just can't trust them.

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      I think the statement is completely true, Pierce. Whether its the Hollyweird denizens who talk smack about gun owners, behind cadres of armed, private security; or statists whose every third sentence features the phrase "reasonable restrictions" or "for the children," who are protected by machine gun wielding guards, paid by our tax dollars; the hypocritical formulation is the same: guns for me, but not for thee.

    • AdinaK

      Their plan is so devilish it makes ghouls appear timid. They have a concerted goal and it is clear, at least for all those who are willing to take the scales from their eyes. They are after TOTAL control and that is that –… particular attention to 'phase two' contained within. Clear as a bell.

      This is a struggle the right can't afford to lose. Otherwise, all bets are off. Freedom and liberty will be gone forever. Finished.

      Adina kutnicki, Israel –

  • kafir4life

    Would it make sense to publish a list of the non-gun permit households? It should be easy to make, and no leftie could argue. You take a DB of an entire area, bump it against a map of gun owners, and publish any address that isn't in both lists. In bright green have pins for reporters, editors, and other employees of the paper. Cross reference with school enrollment, so their children's names and schools can also be published (include teachers names and addresses if the info is available. It "should". They'd need to be licensed in order to teach). If it's all public information, who could complain? What harm could possibly come from it?

    • RedWhiteAndJew

      Better that anti-gun badges be issued by local, state, or federal governments. Citizens who are anti-gun ownership should be proud to wear their disarmed status on their chests, or on armbands.

      In light of economic realities, they shouldn't be fancy. Shiny brass (expensive!!!) stars would be an extravagance. Instead, how about ones cut from a sturdy fabric? Something bright and conspicuous. Yellow, perhaps…

      • DMW

        …and make it mandatory. Those who are supposed to wear them, but don’t, get a free trip out of town and a reserved space on/in a box car.

  • JacksonPearson

    I'll say it again:
    General George Washington didn't use his First Amendment Rights to defeat the British, he shot them! All right Piers Morgan, there's the door!

  • tagalog

    They want to eliiminate grandfathered-in guns, tens of millions of them, by hunting them down and confiscating them, but they throw up their hands in despair when it comes to deporting 12 million or so illegal aliens?

    I guess we know where their priorities are at this point, don't we?

  • rightwingcanadian

    I'll tell about gun control in Canada if the gun you buy isn't a hunting rifle you have to get it transported to a range right away and may never leave the range unless you are transporting it to another range,to transport it you must get a permit and trust me your not gonna like it and its coming to America.

  • richard ahern

    President Obama is part of the Social Progressive Liberals-The people who voted for President Obama are like sheep led to the slaugter

    iTS TIME FOR OUR REUBLIC-www.wastewatchers

    • rightwingcanadian

      accidentally thumbed you down so here's a thumb up

  • LindaRivera

    The Muslim Brotherhood, Obama and Clinton’s top favorites, have been placed into extremely powerful positions in the American government. The Muslim Brotherhood stated goal in America is the DESTRUCTION of civilization and global Islamic conquest. What kind of future is planned for America by Obama?

    BARENAKEDISLAM Sep 25 2012
    Barack Hussein Obama told the UN General Assembly today: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
    I consider that statement a death threat to me and all anti-Islam bloggers, authors, and activists by the President of the United States.

    England Warns America: Don’t Let Them Take Your Guns

    England grabbed its citizens guns in 1997. Crime skyrocketed as the law-abiding were disarmed. The English citizens have a message for Americans — Don’t give up your guns!

    • curmudgeon

      here's a message from america to uk: give up your muslims. send them to some islamic eden where they can worship their evil god and venerate their archcriminal prophet. send them now, before they genocide you.

  • LindaRivera

    AmericanThinker September 20, 2012
    Why does Homeland Security need 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition?

    The Department of Homeland Security has purchased 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition during the last six months. This includes 450 million rounds of .40 hollow point, 200 million rounds of .223 rifle ammunition, and 176,000 rounds of .308 168-grain hollow point boat tail (HPBT) that is used almost exclusively as ammo for sniper rifles.

    Obama’s infamous 2008 quote,
    We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

    We must never forget that tyrants throughout modern history (Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin and Mao) always disarmed their opponents before rounding them up and sending them to the killing fields. We must never forget.

    The ammo is for DOMESTIC use in America against Americans!

    • FPF

      Sounds like Hitler's SS.

  • LindaRivera

    Casuals United Blog

    Gun control and the amazing Batman coincidence
    by casualsunited

    Have a look at the links below. (You may have to copy and paste it into your browser as wordpress is on the blink)

    Check this out chaps. The theory is that the US government wants to get peoples guns off them so they are behind this. The Batman references are weird don't you reckon?

    Also this

    Just like the British Government connected Dunblane shootings which they used to get legally owned guns off the streets.

    The American Government desperately want to take guns off its citizens so they are helpless against tyranny. When you remove legally held guns only the criminals (and tyrants) will have them.

    Check out the links above and judge for yourselves if something dodgy goes on here.
    Casuals United Blog

  • LindaRivera

    As witnessed by the above videos and article… ,UK leaders are pro-criminal and pro-rape.
    Muslims wage rape jihad on hated infidel females throughout Europe and other countries. UK ruling elites stomp on our children who are offered up as a sacrifice to Islam.
    Ruling elites ALLOW and are COMPLICIT in the cruel massive Muslim rape jihad against many thousands of Britain’s defenseless children. Angels weep.

    South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council Are Complicit in Child-Rape
    …thousands of predominately Pakistani Muslim gang rapes of white English girls in the Rotherham area…

    British Schoolgirl’s Testimony – Muslims Threaten Children With Violence & Rape Outside School Daily

    Muslim Gangs Drug & Rape Children All Over The UK – Britain Finally Starts To Wake Up

    Join and support British Freedom, Britain's last great hope!

    • AmericaBeautiful

      Your post sounded good, so I clicked on the britishfreedom link, and to my dismay, there's obaMao's New World Order logo with a Santa Claus hat on it. Apparently you are a statist.

      • LindaRivera

        What in the world are you talking about? Where do you get this stuff from? You can't make those kind of statements without giving evidence! If you are going to make such a shocking statement, you are responsible for providing the evidence! PLEASE do so! You are calling this NWO? Someone else has called this a Pepsi Cola logo.

        The New World Order is a horrifying threat to the SAFETY and FREEDOM of the human race. British Freedom believes very strongly in human rights, safety and freedom, NOT the evil New World Order.

        I wait for your reply. Thank you.

      • LindaRivera

        British Freedom is the total OPPOSITE of statism! British Freedom Manifesto, Democracy:
        Whilst the power of the British Parliament is drained away, the powers of supra-national organisations like the World Bank grows over our own national economy.

        On every level Britain and our British democracy is under attack.
        British sovereignty has been surrendered, British industry sold off to foreign nations (some of which are technologically advanced enough and wealthy enough to have put rockets into space) and yet your taxes are given away to the tune of £7 billion a year in foreign aid to support them without your being consulted. That is not democracy.

        The British Freedom Party will return democracy to Britain by:

        1. Withdrawing from the European Union.

        2. Devolving decision-making power down to the lowest practicable level.

        3. Abolishing restrictions on free speech.

        4. Allowing British citizens to utilise rights and liberties enshrined in the British Constitution in court cases to challenge laws that undermine, annul or remove those rights and liberties.

        5. Re-introducing the parliamentary boundaries, boroughs, and counties as they were in 1960.

        6. Introducing citizens’ referenda whose decisions shall be binding on parliament.

        7. Ensuring that any issues concerning England only, are debated and voted upon only by English MP’s.*

        8. Restoring power back to the British Parliament by repealing all laws and treaties that have allowed other nations and supra-national institutions to impose their laws upon us.

        * However: we oppose the break-up of the United Kingdom. Make no mistake; this country is under an invasion graver even than the dark days of the Battle of Britain. The New World globalists backed by wealthy banking cartels, will not stop at the Tweed, Severn, or Tamar rivers, nor will the advocates of a world caliphate stop there. These people want the whole of Britain and what better way than by encouraging a broken up, devolved Britain?

  • LindaRivera

    If only EDL leader, POLITICAL PRISONER, patriotic, caring human rights activist, Tommy, could be home with his family! PLEASE SIGN!

    Petition: Free Tommy Robinson!

  • JCS

    Turn in all your guns. Then if you are raped, shot, burgled, or murdered at least liberals will like you and of course feel better about themselves which is the whole point anyway.

  • geneww1938

    We should have Gun control just like Switzerland. There, every citizen must serve in the military, the Government issues them weapons, they receive proper training and then they retain their weapons [at home] for life. Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

    Every county that confiscated guns became dictatorships and the citizen became absolutely enslaved and persecuted [concentration camps or murdered] if they resisted the will of the dictators.

    • Soider

      Switzerland doesn't have Millions of uneducated Blacks and Illegal aliens to contend with. This is the reason for the low crime rate just like Japan… The gun issue has nothing to do with their low crime rate.

  • Ghostwriter

    I saw that video about the English protesting the ban on fox hunting. That,by in large,has survived in America. But,to be honest,I don't like the conspiratorial nonsense of websites like The that doesn't have a shred of evidence to back up any of it's claims.

  • Thomas Wells

    Stop the scourge of Arson. Ban fire.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Eventually in leftist land if you pick up a rock to look at it you will be jailed for holding
    and assault weapon. The idiocy of the anti-gun types and the arguements are the same
    and have been dealt with by the courts and will not gain traction. The problem lies in the
    fact that the majority of Americans re-elected thier own destructive force to replace
    members of the Supreme Court to undermine Constitutional rights which will lead to
    a demise in all that gave us our freedoms, leading to a controled society which will
    be a slave society…….rotten times ahead………William

  • Rebas Thgil

    One has to wonder if this despicable woman ever took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution.

    Maybe she'll keel over one of these days….soon…..

  • FPF

    Well said Mr. Blumer. Leftist gun grabbers are all for criminals and none for law-abiding citizens.
    However based on this logic, as long as law abiding citizens refrain from their law abiding practice, they will be the sweet heart of the leftists and they can therefore get whatever firearms they want. LOL.

  • creeper

    If they’re going to take our guns they’ll have to do it by Executive Order. Harry Reid will never jeopardize his “A” rating from the NRA by bringing it up for a vote.

    • Drakken

      You want to bet on that? Reid is a political animal and wherever the winds blows he goes with it.

  • Surly_Curmudgen

    The second amendment is man's attempt at paraphrasing GOD'S work. Every living creature down to the most helpless will fight to defend it's life. Even a baby in it's first trimester will fight to escape the forceps in the hand of an abortionist trying to tear it apart. Self defence is an integral part of being alive. For those who are intent on depriving me or mine of the tools of defence there are only two possible results of that attempt, either you are dead or I am dead. Can you grok that?

  • popseal

    FOR ME IT'S PERSONAL. Feinstein ratted out the Predator Drone missions being flown from inside Pakistan and in so doing the threat level was raised, ground tactics were changed, and visas became harder to acquire, all endangerinng the lives of Americans working for her Bill of Rights. Now the monumental hypocrite is whining about security leaks. When she surrenders her personal protection detail with its MP5s and Glocks all with high cap'mags'. we can tallk about gun control for we of the "great unwashed" What a dirt bag!