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Are Gun Owners the Second Amendment’s Worst Enemy?
The following is a guest blog by Derek Reeves, who works in a gun shop in Connecticut:
Working within the gun industry I am dismayed by the divisional attitudes among people who own firearms for whatever purpose that suits them. I have repeatedly heard gun owners disparage other aspects of gun possession. Some hunters feel that people should not own military style weapons, some target shooters feel that civilians should not have .50 BMG rifles, some who own guns for self defense feel that people should not hunt. So when one element comes under fire the solidarity needed to defeat it is not there. Whether you agree or disagree with my observation we, as gun owners, need to start realizing the stark, naked truth. We are all in the same boat and that boat is taking on water.
We are a diverse group and because of that we are divided and that hurts us when anti-gun regulations come under consideration. When the threat of legislation banning .50 BMG weapons was introduced a few people shrugged their shoulders and said, ‘Well I don’t have a .50,’ and that attitude is giving the forces allied against our constitutional right the foothold they need to further their agenda. Divide and conquer is their strategy and it’s working. The Assault Weapons Ban is up for consideration again in congress and all gun owners should be concerned as this “new and improved” version has no sunset and this added provision:
`(L) A semiautomatic rifle or shotgun originally designed for military or law enforcement use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the Attorney General. In making the determination, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a firearm procured for use by the United States military or any Federal law enforcement agency is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, and a firearm shall not be determined to be particularly suitable for sporting purposes solely because the firearm is suitable for use in a sporting event.'
Yes. Any semi-automatic weapon used by military or federal law enforcement cannot be owned by civilians and the Attorney General, at any time, can decide that a weapon (and any copies), are not suitable for “sporting purposes” and ban it. Do I have to mention the long list of weapons currently in use by our Government, Military and Federal Law Enforcement? Hunters you are included in this list. Get the wrong Attorney General and he or she can use this provision to expand the ban list to include any weapon.
We are heading into, perhaps, the darkest times for gun ownership and our liberties. We have the potential for the most anti-gun, anti-liberty, socialistic President in the history of our country. Running on the platform of “Change, We can believe in” with dashes of hope his Second Amendment stance is, at best, horrendous. Barrack Obama, claims he supports gun ownership while his own actions contradict his words. He feels that no one, other than law enforcement, should have concealed carry permits, that no civilian should have a semi-automatic weapon of any kind, and has said he will reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban and that the Washington D.C. gun ban is proper and should stand.
OK, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment is an individual right and the D.C. gun ban is unconstitutional. Now here’s the flip side. That ruling barely passed 5-4 and the backlash from anti-gun politicians has started. California is pushing through four new pieces of anti-gun legislation. The set of rules that the District of Columbia is implementing, concerning registration of firearms, are completely contradictory to the court’s ruling. Massachusetts is considering legislation to increase all firearms licensing fees by two hundred percent. If Barrack Obama is elected President he will have the opportunity to replace two to three Supreme Court members. What kind of people do you think he will pick?
Now is the time for all of us, gun owners and constitutionally minded individuals, to come together under one banner. That banner can be the NRA but most importantly it has to be heard through votes. There are an estimated two to three hundred million registered firearms in the hands of law abiding Americans--that is a strong and very loud voice at the polls. Or we can stay divided, kick back and hope for change or is it change for hope?
— Derek A. Reeves