The gun-grabbers are really going all out here: A group of bills moving through California’s assembly and senate–including one to create a database for ammunition purchases–could create the strictest gun control laws of any state in the union. According the San Jose Mercury News, the bills being heard in the state senate on August 12 would create a database of all ammo purchases in the state, “make it crime to have a gun that’s not locked up when it’s not being carried, and extend the time for which someone is banned from owning a firearm after making a violent threat.”
So, they would track ammo purchases, with the next step logically being to red flag anyone buying “too much” ammo. The definition of “too much” to be determined by government of course. What could possibly go wrong?
One word deceit. The Gun Grabbers lie, they have to lie to win any debate, or to influence the media, and the public, and eventually legislators that disarming the American people, yes that is their ultimate goal, is the only way to curb violence.
The facts, nor public opinion, not being on their side however causes problems for the gun grabbers. SO, over a decade ago, the Democratic Party, and the gun “control” groups began to change their rhetoric. They started talking about common sense gun laws, and “high-capacity” magazines. They are still trying to seem friendly to gun ownership. They will even say it is a right. But much of their language is deceitful, meant to both lull gun owners into a false sense of security, and to turn more people against laws like Stand Your Ground, and against concealed carry laws.
A propaganda campaign organized by hucksters to take away the kind of natural right that would-be tyrants most fear, one that has always led to an increase in violent crimes, particularly in those urban areas where restrictions on rights are maximized, minorities are most adversely affected, and the law abiding majority is left as easy prey for the unscrupulous, opportunistic, and just place vicious and evil? Why, that could never happen here! Right?
Gun control advocates who propose gun bans and cumbersome restrictions and registration are most active within the progressive movement. And as such, it has been revealed today that such groups use a common playbook that spells out exactly which words to use, terms to promote, and words and phrases to avoid.
All of this, of course, is designed to keep the gun ban freaks on message all across the country no matter which group to which they happen to belong.Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman has discovered such a playbook and revealed its contents on the Examiner today. The book, titled “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging,” is a 80-plus page guide developed by a consultant firm in Washington, D.C. One of the primary goals is to divide the gun rights community, particularly the NRA, given that gun control groups invariably identify the NRA has the great, national bogeyman.
The consultant firm, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (GQR) has developed PR campaigns for other leftwing groups such as Planned Parenthood, National Public Radio, the Joyce Foundation, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
GQR advises gun control groups that in order to be effective in making progress toward their stated goal of restricting gun rights and enacting gun bans, they must use specific terms to counter Stand Your Ground self-defense laws, such as “Shoot First” laws or “Kill at Will” legislation. The objective is to tar and feather sensible self-defense by using such derogatory language every chance they get. And indeed, these phrases have been used repeatedly by Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and others on the front lines of the gun ban movement.
The firm also advises that gun control advocates avoid using the term “duty to retreat” in support of their position, due to the fact that the term is viewed negatively by the public, not to mention that the Supreme Court and lower courts have ruled over a long period of years that citizens have no duty to retreat if their lives are immediately threatened.
A pdf file containing the full 80-page gun control playbook can be found here.
Go read it. These people are evil. they have in mind one thing, taking away your best ability to defend yourself and your loved ones. They are not people who simply see an issue differently. They are not ignorant. They KNOW that concealed carry laws and Stand Your Ground laws reduce violent crime. They do not care. To them more innocent victims is a small price to pay in the pursuit of their Marxist Utopian dream. They hate your gun because it reinforces and defends the one thing they can never tolerate, Individualism. It is Individualism, the foremost founding principle of this nation they seek to destroy. They hate Individualism because it defies them as Collectivists. As I have said many times, the key difference between Left and right is this. The Right are Individualists, believing that our rights are Natural Rights, they are inherent to us. WE believe that rights neither come from, or can be denied by government. The Left are Collectivists. They believe all rights can only come from government, and that government can restrict or deny rights as it benefits the collective. The individual is their enemy. Never forget that!
Only four words are fitting for these miscreant bastards. Fuck You! Molon Labe!
Leaders of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are among those leftists who were hoping for strong new anti-firearm legislation from Washington, D.C.
And the very much hate the National Rifle Association, the group that keeps fighting off such measures.
NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen Garcia even believes she looked into their souls and determined that NRA leaders and supporters “are going to hell.”
“I’m not an ordained minister, I’m not a theologian, but these guys are going to hell,” she said at the annual Netroots Nation conference last week, according to Mercury News.
“We have to make those senators as frightened of us as they are of the gun lobby,” she reportedly said. “Shame on us if we give one inch to the gun lobby. They got where they are because they never give up. … Now the movement is us; we are the ones we were waiting for.”
The Left does not grasp that the NRA is millions of Americans who care about their right to self-defense. The Left sees only their totalitarian designs
Jazz Shaw has a post up at Hot Air about the latest trial balloon from the gun grabbers, firearm insurance. As others have pointed out, this is simply an attempt to make legal gun ownership more expensive. And as has been noted by others, the fact that the Progressives are having to float this kind of idea is a sign that they understand that they have lost the main argument for gun control with the public at large.
OK, if we’re winning, it’s time to push back. We probably can’t get a repeal of some of the more obnoxious portions of the Gun Control Act of 1968, but we can propose some “common sense” solutions.
Go read the rest, the point made. I think, is that we tend to rest on our victories, rather than using them to push harder. As i have said, incrementalism works for the Left, it can work for us.
Via Shall Not Be Questioned comes this nugget from a statement by the Illinois Attorney General
Our message is this: we will no longer use the power and authority of our office to criminalize and punish decent, otherwise law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise the rights granted to them by the Second Amendment of the United States’ Constitution to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and their families.
Wow, I love the sound of that. Of course, the Left is flipping out and mashing the panic button to beat the band I ESPECIALLY love this tweet
.@SebastianSNBQ We oppose anyone & everyone who flouts our Constitution & takes the law into their own hands. And we always will.
Aha, so NOW the gun grabbers give a rat’s ass about the Constitution? The same Constitution they actively seek to destroy where the 2nd amendment is concerned? I like this quote from the link, it really sums up the real priorities of the gun control zealots
This is what they are freaking out about. It’s not criminals possessing guns, it’s not drug dealers possessing guns — they are freaking out because a prosecutor has declared he’s not going to try to put otherwise law-abiding, honest people in prison.
BINGO! In the demented minds of these folks, armed Americans who defend themselves with a gun are a bigger threat than actual criminals.
Wow! How is that tough stance on guns working for ya there Bloomberg? Funny how criminals just do not obey laws isn’t it?
According to police statistics, crime rates in New York didn’t change overall in 2011compared to 2012. Overall crime decreased by 0.8 percent through December 18 compared with the same period a year ago. There have been 102,445 felonies so far compared with 102,269 by the same time last year.
Breaking it down further:
Murders went down this year. There were 490 homicides in New York through Dec. 18 compared with the 519 killings by last Dec. 19. That’s a 5.9 percent decrease. Borough by borough, Brooklyn’s murders are down, Bronx’s are on the rise, and Manhattan’s are about the same.
Slightly up this year: rapes, robberies, and felony assaults. Slightly down: burglaries.
Shootings are also slightly up this year, with a 2.8 percent increase. There were 1,465 shooting incidents in NYC this year and 1,425 for this period last year.
Of course, we could also point to nations like Great Britain, Australia, or Japan, with very very tough gun laws and see that their crime rates have jumped up SINCE the bans. Or we could look at the states with concealed carry laws. Those states have not had increases in violent crime as the gun grabbers predicted. In fact, violent crime drops in those states. But all of that matters not to Nanny Staters like Bloomberg. The real thing they love about gun control, is, the control.
Did I say our dictator? Goodness! I meant president of course. Honestly, I simply forgot that he is our president. A president who is constrained by the Constitution, and who must OBEY that document. Sadly, as Maggie points out, Obama seems to have forgotten he is supposed to obey our Constitution too!
In the Omnibus spending bill passed and signed in December 2011 (which contained the NDAA), Congress explicitly told Obama he cannot use any of the allocated funds to advocate for gun control. According to the NRA, Obama issued a signing statement over-riding the will of Congress.
Wow, what a shocker huh? Obama ignoring Congress and doing whatever the Hell he wants to.
Cam Edwards interviews John Frazer, NRA-ILA Director of Research and Information:
He will “not construe these measures as preventing him from fulfilling his responsibility to recommend such measures as he deems necessary and expedient.” So, in other words Congress says you can’t use this money to advocate for gun control. Obama says I’m going to use it to promote gun control if that’s necessary and expedient.
What else do you expect? Obama has repeatedly displayed his arrogant disregard for our nations founding documents. Face it, the man simply does not believe in the Constitution!
It is not surprising is it? We heard for weeks from Team Obama that guns used by Mexican drug cartels were coming from America, and that our “lax gun laws” were at fault. Then, we learn that a government agency was basically forcing gun store owners to sell large amounts of weapons to straw purchasers for drug cartels. Now, The Lonely Conservative has the obvious news. It was all about gun control
Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.
In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3″. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.
On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:
“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.”
As I have said, Democrats still hate the 2nd amendment. This also points out that Democrats will use any “tragedy”, even if they have to create one, to shove their agenda down our throats. Every one of these people who took part in this ought to be booted out of office, and possibly charged and tried.
Yes, imagine, if you will if Sarah Brady and her gun grabbing ilk had their way. Imagine a nation where we were all disarmed for the “common good”. Imagine if every city had STRICT gun control, and a mayor who detests the basic human right to defend yourself. Imagine if we were all fated to live HERE!
In one of the bloodiest weekends in recent city history, 31 people were brutally shot in roughly 48 hours this weekend — including three kids at a house party-turned-shooting gallery in The Bronx.
25 people had been shot as of Sunday night, but by early Monday morning, six more people were shot in three separate incidents in Brooklyn.
Four people were shot at 12:45 a.m. at what appeared to be a barbecue on East 54th Street. One of the victims, 18-year-old Tyrief Gary, has died. The other three are in stable condition.
Ah yes, because strict gun laws stop violence, so the gun grabbers tell us………….
Gun control is right there at the very top of the Worst Liberal Ideas Ever! You see, the Left refuses, it seems, to ever learn from their mistakes. They embrace ideas like gun control (what they actually seek is to disarm the people, but they call it gun control because they cannot be honest about theirtotalitarian designs) despite the fact that the evidence does not support their claimthat outlawing guns will somehow decrease gun violence. So, the Left twist the stats, and if that fails, they lie through their teeth about gun violence.
In fact, take the term “gun violence” or the term “firearm deaths”. The Left throws those around a whole bunch. What they do not tell you is that they lump EVERY death, or violent incident involving a gun together. So, if a policeman shoots a gang member, or if a homeowner shoots an intruder, the Left lumps that in the “gun violence” or “firearm death” category. It inflates the numberof what I call bad uses of guns (that is guns used by BAD people for BAD purposes) and also diminishes the actual number of times guns are used for good. A good use being a law-abiding citizen using a gun to defend themselves, loved ones, their property, etc.
The Left also lies in that they often only talk of incidents where a gun is actually used to shoot someone. The fact is this, well over 90% of defensive gun uses, do not involve an actual shooting. So, back in October of 1998, when some punk tried to rob me in an alley behind the restaurant I ran, my defensive use of my Colt .45 does not count in Leftist logic. See I did not shoot the bad guy, he turned and ran when I pulled my gun. As in MOST cases of defensive gun uses, I only brandished my weapon, so the Left wishes not to talk about such cases. If the Left were to be honest, and include ALL the times a law-abiding person used their gun to thwart a crime, including the times the gun is never fired, they would be forced to admit that their vision of gun control would drastically INCREASE violent crimes in America. So, instead of pursuing an honest approach, the Left lies. After all, Leftism, like all the Bastard ideological children of Marxism justifies ANY means as long as the desired end is reached. The desired end, of course, being greater degree of State control over the individual.
The Left, not satisfied with simply lying to achieve their Statist Utopian Ideal, also loves to use raw emotionalism to make people scared of guns, and to look at those who legally own guns as twisted, or dangerous. Take the oft-used Leftist line that allowing States to have concealed carry licenses, or open carry permits, will lead to “Wild West shootouts” or “Blood in the streets”. These are intended to stir panic and dread into people. The Left lovesto use such tactics to shut off your thinking and emotionalize you to the point that you will beg your legislature to do something to save you.
The Left wants you an emotional wreck because it will prevent you from thinking and reading the facts. And the facts are this almost every state in this nation has concealed, or open carry permits, and in every one of those states, violent crime has gone DOWN, not up! Yes, despite the claims of the Neo-Marxist Gun Grabbers, the presence of more law-abiding citizens with guns does not increase crime. It tends to do the exact opposite.
So, why does the Left loathe guns, and your right to own, and defend yourself with them so much? I mean isn’t it the Left which always shouts “power to the people”? The answer is simple. The Left are Statists, Collectivists. To them, ALL liberties come from government, and naturally, if government can grant rights then it can rescind those same rights, you know, for the “common good”. As Dennis Prager has said, the larger the State, the smaller the individual. Therefore any right that defends the individual over the “greater good” must be crushed if the Left is ever to achieve their dream of creating a Marxist State.
No right more strongly supports the individual over the State or the Collective, than the right to own a firearm. Thus the Left detests that right most of all.
The ultimate folly of the gun grabbing Left is this. They refuse, to their very core, to admit that rights do not come from government. Our Founders were wise, They realized that man’s right are natural rights, we are BORN with them. They come as a birthright. The only correct thing any government can ever do is to recognize those rights, and to defend them bitterly. That is that IS the type of government our Founders gave us. And the left has been waging a war against that principle for decades upon decades now.
The Left will, of course, lose this war, because they are not fighting against the individual, or the Constitution as much as they are fighting against the One that gave us those natural rights, and our Creator unlike the Neo-Marxist fools, does not make follies.