More Gun Control Is Looming

by Colonel Dan


The Cowboy Chronicle

February  2009  

…you can bet your last bullet on it.  This new leadership in the House, Senate and White House led by President Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder will go the “extra mile” in doing what they’ve been delayed in doing for the last few years—control as many guns in as many ways as they can—it’s coming.

Want examples?  Obama endorsed an Illinois handgun ban, cosponsored a bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month, stated that Bush erred in failing to renew the  assault weapons ban, supported a ban on semi-automatics and voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.  As deputy attorney general under Bill Clinton, Eric Holder was a strong supporter of the following: federal licensing of handgun owners, a three-day waiting period on handgun sales, limiting handgun sales to one per month, banning possession of handguns and "assault weapons" by those under the age 21, a bill that allowed the federal government to close down gun shows and favored implementing national gun registration.

So don’t think for a minute that the Heller decision by the Supreme Court last year finally settled the Second Amendment controversy.  Immediately after that decision came down in favor of Heller, the D.C. government went into over drive throwing impediments in the way of legitimate gun owners by saying, OK, you have a right to keep and bear arms but here are the hoops you must jump through to get your permit.  The hoops were designed to be so onerous that stringent gun control was still very much alive in our nation’s capital.  The Democrats, now in power at the national level, will reach for even greater heights and it won’t be long until I can foresee an attempt to apply the Great Britain solution in America .

It will start out slowly perhaps with “common sense” gun legislation that re-implements the assault weapons ban.  They will then add weapons and magazines to the banned list possibly increase taxes on components then likely at some point will come the gun registration laws.  Many will be suckered into this tripe because the media, as they did for Obama during the campaign, will eagerly paint the picture that most Americans will see and swallow.  Their line may go something like, “There are so many guns in America that we just need to get a handle on what’s out there.  We’re not trying to take anyone’s firearms away we’re just trying to better protect Americans and their children.”  This is “common sense gun legislation” at its deceitful worst.  Why do you say that Colonel?  Ask yourself what gun registration does and then tell me how innocuous it is.  Does registration keep guns out of the hands of criminals? No. Will guns in the hands of criminals be registered?  Absolutely not!  Since criminals ignore laws against robbery, murder and assault, why would they obey registration laws?  Does gun registration make legal owners safer or more responsible?  No. So if it doesn’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals and it doesn’t make legal gun owners safer what’s its purpose?  It’s simply the necessary forbearer of the “common sense gun confiscation act.”  It provides the government with a database of who has the guns and where they’re located. And again, the media will be in bed with this left-wing initiative because they’re one and the same.

How might all this come about?  I can think of at least one example.  Let’s say terrorists plan to test the new President as predicted by his Vice President, Joe Biden and they launch another significant attack. Obama declares a national emergency giving him more latitude for action than in ordinary times.  He tells America we need these new controls to keep our people safe. Many will be terrified and quickly buy into it.  And as Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel recently said, “Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste. They are opportunities to do big things.”  How more arrogantly revealing can they be?

They’ll simply use a crisis to initiate more gun control and sell it to America as necessary in order to deal with the emergency.  Don’t believe it?  Remember how the local government in New Orleans used Hurricane Katrina as the excuse to confiscate guns!  Other countries used random shootings to implement new restrictions and even confiscation—it can happen on almost any pretext.

How do we prevent it?  Forceful, uncompromising resolve in large coordinated numbers focused against those in power.  “We the People” must stand united and coordinated in our efforts to retain this unalienable right or it will be history. As I’ve written before, the NRA, GOA , SAF, JPFO and major gun manufacturers must combine their efforts now and vow not to give an inch.  On their part, Gun controllers would much rather see those opposed to such measures going it alone in protest than as a combined and well synchronized group.  Individuals or even groups can easily be defeated piecemeal but a strongly united force that shows real grit is totally different.

Gun organizations and gun makers should be strongly encouraged to merge their resources and efforts in this cause now and initiate a coordinated attack to sustain our rights.  Notice I used the word “attack” not “defense” because a spirited, well planned and coordinated offense of extreme pressure is exactly what it will take.  The prevent defense is not a reliable path to victory either on a football field or on a political battlefield.

If left to the individual level the protest/resistance will fail.  Individuals taking independent/piecemeal action just cannot mount the irresistible force needed to overcome the assault on our guns and could find themselves prosecuted for their trouble. It will take an NRA, GOA , SAF, JPFO and other such national organizations in conjunction with gun manufacturers to ensure effective action. It will take the harmonization of literally millions to beat this back.  If left to the individual, not only will the resistance fail but the NRA, GOA, SAF, JPFO as well as our own SASS could very well disappear along with gun makers, our guns and our God-given rights.

If America ’s gun owners and the firearms organizations truly believe in the founding principles of this country as does SASS and that our right of self defense is bestowed by God, then we can’t back down.  No government regulation can morally negate that unalienable right of self defense by outlawing the tools necessary for that defense.  If you don’t think we the people can fight such a force, recall the words of Patrick Henry when his generation faced a similar threat:

“They tell us…that we are weak – unable to cope with so formidable an adversary.  But when shall we be stronger? Will it be when we are totally disarmed…Three million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty…are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.”

I’ve been in contact with members of the SASS Wild Bunch regarding a massive email action I had in mind.  Over the years, I’ve been encouraged by the WB’s pro-active outlook and their activities on a number of fronts in helping to preserve our gun rights so I wasn’t surprised at all when this idea got an enthusiastic thumbs up.  We’re asking SASS members to email the NRA, GOA , SAF, JPFO and major gun manufacturers strongly urging them to combine their actions in a coordinated way in bringing the great pressure of millions of gun owners to bear on this looming assault. 

To get the ball rolling, I suggest one of the major gun organizations (NRA, GOA SAF or JPFO) take the lead in organizing an initial tele-conference among all the main organizations with the objective of beginning the preliminary planning process for such a joint effort.

In that regard, I’ve drafted an email that includes the appropriate addresses for NRA, GAO, SAF, JPFO as well as major gun manufacturers and posted it on my archive page located at:  Click on “Combine Your Efforts Email” on that page then simply add your name and email address in the boxes at the top and hit the submit button at the bottom.

Finally, keep a polite but forceful anti-gun control message to your congressman and both senators in your email file.  Then every week pull it up and hit the send button.

As Patrick Henry told us long ago, when millions of people are armed [united] in such a holy cause of liberty, we are [and will be] invincible. It’s the only way we’ll win in my view and there’s too much at risk to do otherwise.

Just the view from my saddle…

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