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Value of Gun Ownership
By Dr. Keith Ablow a
FOX News Contributor
Monday's Supreme Court
decision on guns allows citizens to challenge city and state regulations that
curtail their Second Amendment right to bear arms. This is an important ruling
because it shores up the Constitution at a time when the Obama administration is
testing it in more than one way.
The right to bear arms
is a critical component of feeling competent and autonomous as individuals,
rather than relying on the goodwill of a super-powerful, unassailable
government. A disarmed population is, by definition, a population that has
completely ceded the power to defend its homes against local, state or federal
Proposed Amendments to the 1968 Gun Control Act Would Deny Your 2A
Rights Based on Secret Government List
Senate Hearings: Terrorists and Guns: The Nature of the Threat and
4/15/2010 - Interview:
National Association for Gun Rights' Executive Director Dudley Brown
recently discussed the looming United Nations so-called "Small Arms
Treaty" with Gary Franchi of the Reality Report.
You can watch a video of the interview below.
Senate Hearing Promotes Anti-American Watchlist Bills
Friday, May 07, 2010
Since September 11, 2001, it's been clear that terrorists who hate
America will exploit our weaknesses in order to destroy us. This week,
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Rep. Peter
King (R-N.Y.) and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg exploited
Americans' fear of terrorism to push their latest anti-gun proposal, and
in doing so showed that they're willing to destroy other parts of the
Constitution, to choke its Second Amendment.
On Tuesday, as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government
Affairs Committee, Lieberman held a hearing to give Lautenberg and King
the opportunity to promote their bills S.1317 and H.R.2159, to prohibit
the possession of firearms by people on the FBI's "terrorist watchlist,"
and Lautenberg's S. 2820, to maintain records of approved instant
background check transactions for a minimum of 180 days. The watchlist
bills further propose that a person seeking relief in court from these
new restrictions would be prevented from examining and challenging
"evidence" against him, and that the judge deciding whether the person
had been watchlisted for good reason be limited to summaries and
redacted versions of such "evidence."
Joining Lautenberg, King and Bloomberg to speak in favor of these
patently anti-American and unconstitutional bills was Bloomberg's police
commissioner, Ray Kelly.
Claims made by the bills' supporters during the hearing bordered on the
frivolous. Lautenberg cited the failed attempt last Saturday to set off
a homemade gasoline-propane bomb in an SUV near NYC's Times Square --
even though his watchlist bill would only regulate firearms and
commercially made explosives. Lautenberg then brought up an even more
irrelevant incident, the 2008 attack by a terrorist group in Mumbai,
India, saying "That's why we need to change the law" in the United
States. A "fanatic" in his own right when it comes to gun control,
Lautenberg continued, "Nothing in our laws keeps fanatics on the terror
watchlist from purchasing guns and explosives."
Lautenberg was lying, of course, and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) called
him on it. Knowing that the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center* has
reported that about 95 percent of people on the watchlist are neither
American citizens nor legal residents of the United States, Sen. Graham
pointed out "there are 400,000 people on the watchlist." He then asked,
"what percentage of them are American citizens?"
Lautenberg and his allies sat silently, dumbfounded, for what seemed an
eternity, until Kelly, dutifully taking the punch so his boss wouldn't
have to, sputtered that he was unable to come up with a figure. Since it
was obvious that the anti-gunners didn't get the point, Sen. Graham
clarified it for them: "The law prohibits the purchase of a gun unless
you're an American citizen or a legal resident alien."
Lautenberg tried to justify his bill by saying "From 2004 to February of
this year, terrorists tried to buy guns and explosives 1,228 times. In
91 percent of those cases, they were given the OK to buy the guns." The
claim was misleading, in that the 1,228 checks were accounted for by
about 650 individuals, according to the Government Accountability
Office. But Sen. Graham seized upon a more important flaw in the
statistic when he asked how many of these "terrorists" were dangerous
enough to have been brought up on terrorism charges. On this point too,
the Lautenberg team had no response. That led Sen. Graham to question
whether the watchlisted gun buyers were as dangerous as the Lautenberg
team want people to believe.
King falsely claimed that his bill was justified by last year's Ft. Hood
murders, "where individuals [sic] suspected of terrorist activity
legally obtained weapons that were used to kill innocent Americans." The
truth is, the one person (not multiple individuals) accused of the Ft.
Hood crime was not "suspected of terrorist activity." Months before the
accused killer bought his gun, the FBI had completed an investigation of
him, concluding that despite some suspicious e-mails between the accused
and an anti-American Islamist overseas, he was not a terrorist threat.
At the bottom line, even if everything that Lautenberg, King and
Bloomberg are proposing had already been federal law, it would not have
affected the Ft. Hood crime one whit.
Speaking against the proposed legislation during the hearing was Aaron
Titus of the Liberty Coalition. "Senate Bill 1317 goes too far," he
said. "The bill should be titled, 'The Gun Owners Are Probably All
Terrorists Act,' because it strips citizens of their constitutional
right to [keep and] bear arms without any meaningful due process. And
Senate Bill 2820 should be called, 'The National Firearm Registry Act'
because it creates a national firearms registry. . . . a massive
database of names and detailed personal information of each law-abiding
citizen who purchases a gun."
Titus' point laid Lautenberg's, King's and Bloomberg's intention bare.
While S. 2820 would allow the FBI to retain NICS records on all NICS
transactions, 99.999 percent of the people documented in those records
would not be persons on the watchlist. "The bill disingenuously purports
to target terrorists," Titus said, "but in fact only one ten-thousandth
of one percent of these records will belong to people on watch lists.
Every year, only 200 new watch-list records will be created. But the
system will generate more than 14 million new records on law-abiding
citizens. Once collected, there's no limit on what the information may
be used for, and no legal requirement to ever delete it."
Later, Sen. Graham summed up the reason that should motivate every
American -- regardless of personal feelings about individual gun
ownership -- to oppose the Lautenberg and King bills. "I think you're
going too far here," he said. "There's a huge difference between losing
your gun rights based upon a felony charge that was proven by a court of
law and appealed, and is a conviction on the books, and being on some
list that is, at best, suspect." NRA members in South Carolina and
around the nation owe Sen. Graham their thanks for getting to the heart
of the issue.
* As originally posted, the Alert incorrectly attributed the statistic
to the Government Accountability Office.
What is H.R. 45
The legislation drastically increases requirements for firearms
Creates a national firearms registry overseen
by Federal Bureaucrats.
Stiffens penalties for bookkeeping errors related to the proposed
Federal Firearms Database.
To purchase a firearm one would be required to:
written examination to purchase a firearm.
Releases medical records -- including confidential mental health
records -- to the Attorney General for Government approval.
to an additional two-day waiting period on all firearms purchases.
an additional tax of $25 (or more) per firearm on all firearm
Federal ban on all private firearms sales.
The legislation will make all private sales of firearms illegal, and
a felony offense.
Did I mention that every firearm sale would be recorded in a
national firearms database, which would track the serial number,
make, model and identity of the owner?
In addition to the above, the legislation includes
excessive regulations and penalties for simple failures to report
address changes to failure to report stolen weapons.
You can read the full text of the bill