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Code words for Universal Gun Registration

The lamestream media told you:

POLITICO.COM -- by Kevin Cirilli -- The federal background check system for gun buyers is porous, ineffective, and hampered by a lack of cooperation from the states. 

President Barack Obama called on Congress to implement universal background checks as part of the gun-control proposals he unveiled in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six others were killed.

“It’s time for Congress to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun,” Obama said. “If you want to buy a gun -- whether it’s from a licensed dealer or a private seller -- you should at least have to show you are not a felon or somebody legally prohibited from buying one. This is common sense.”

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The anti-gun-rights crowd is promoting the idea that 74% of NRA members support reasonable, common-sense, universal background checks on all gun transfers. Do you? Does it sound "reasonable" to you? The number is a complete fabrication, invented from thin air -- no such survey has ever been conducted, one NRA insider calls it absurd.

The media is now also promoting the idea that 40% of all gun sales take place without background checks. This is a new figure that sprang on the scene in the last few weeks. I was stunned when I first heard it, and now it's everywhere. But stop and think -- how could anyone possibly know that? It's impossible! If there is no check, who knows if Mr. A sells a gun to Miss B? The figure is a fabricated lie. The media is using it with no fact checking or ethics. They are recklessly repeating each other's propaganda. But I digress.

"Universal background checks" would mean every firearms transfer -- father to son, husband and wife, brother to brother, neighbors, friends, even hunting buddies, people at a range, and of course, the freedom of normal gun shows -- would all fall under total FBI and BATFE government control, in the name of crime control.

These agencies that cooperated in the deadly Fast and Furious scandal would experience astronomical growth in the process. Every sale or even free transfer would require filings and clearance with central command. No one could get or even use a gun without a government OK. The easy flowing text of a "news" story is nothing like the hundreds of pages of edict a proposed bill would have, a point always omitted from "news" stories, which is why they're called "stories."

That is certainly not what the Founders envisioned when they wrote the Second Amendment. In fact, is the exact opposite of what got the American Revolution started and why we have the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today. But it is what the anti-rights anti-gun lobby is pushing for. Sometimes they call it "closing the gunshow loophole" -- until you read the bills they're drafting. 

If that's going to happen, and the enemies of freedom along with some misguided percentage of our own allies are calling for it, then we need this:

What Feinstein's Bill Left Out

The lamestream media told you:

[Composite summary: Sen. Diane Feinstein, a long-time crusader for justice and peace, motivated by unspeakable tragedy, has introduced her wonderful brand new bill designed to make children safe and take those awful killing machines off the street to stop crime and make everyone safer. The powerful gun lobby will fight her because they are evil.]

[NY Times version:] WASHINGTON — by Jennifer Steinhauer -- During a lengthy and at times emotionally wrenching news conference, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Thursday announced legislation that would ban the sale and manufacture of 157 types of semiautomatic weapons, as well as magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition... 

Surrounded by victims of gun violence, colleagues in the Senate and House and several law enforcement officials, and standing near pegboards with several large guns attached, Ms. Feinstein acknowledged the difficulty in pursuing such legislation, even when harnessing the shock and grief over the shooting of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., last month. “This is really an uphill road,” Ms. Feinstein said...]

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

I've just finished reading the 122 pages of Diane Feinstein's latest "gun-control" bill, Senate Bill S.150, and was surprised to find some important things missing.

Even more surprising was one small item briefly mentioned on page 13 that has not been reported in any "news" coverage I have seen. It's a whopper -- it invalidates her entire list of guns, and I've written ten books on this topic, I know what I'm saying! -- but first, here's what's missing:

1. Criminals.
Nothing addresses criminals -- everything is aimed at innocent people who haven't done anything wrong. There is not even any"malum in se" (legalese for intent to do wrong) or criminal intention. It is all "malum prohibitum" (wrong because we say so), the worst kind of bureaucratic and government abuse -- crime by decree. The critics appear to be right. This is not about gun control, it is purely about control. The bill simply removes the right to own property Americans currently own.

(That's not completely accurate about criminals; there is one small requirement for anyone carrying a "grandfathered semi-auto 'assault' weapon" or having one in 'such close proximity' to yourself that you could retrieve it and use it as if you carried it, if a "prohibited possessor" came near, so that the prohibited individual has no ability to access the weapon, or else keep it protected with 'a secure gun storage or safety device'. Yes, it's complicated. It seems to mean you can machine gun (or otherwise shoot) criminals without being charged with having a gun near bad people. And of course, prohibited possessors are prohibited.) Licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers are exempt.

Continue reading "What Feinstein's Bill Left Out" »

One More State in the CCW Struggle -- Teachers

[NOTE: I know some of you will be motivated to write to me about this letter. Instead -- use that energy to find your local TV/radio/newspaper email addresses, and send this letter to them. We need to open those people's minds. Thanks. Alan.]

Permission to circulate granted.

Dear Editor,

I knew this sounded familiar -- I've heard this whole fear-factor argument about the danger of arming teachers against known classroom hazards 49 times before. It played every time a state enacted a discreet-carry CCW gun law for its citizens. It was met with the exact same prejudice, scorn and derision.

But those blind fears about people exercising their right to arms have been proven wrong time and again. They were the empty paranoid rantings and bigotry of the news media, elected officials and ignorant masses. Their wildly promoted fantasies of death and mayhem desperately needed correction. What we got, and are getting again, is repetition.

The sky never fell, remember? Brainless bubbas left no pools of blood. Instead, crime dropped as millions of decent citizens armed themselves against crime. Only Mr. Obama's crime-riddled Chicago holds out one state from the national tidal wave of peace.

So -- do we really need to go through the old Dodge-City nonsense again now? Should you in the ethical media remain complicit? Are our schools' teachers, their staffs and principals so hopelessly incompetent and without judgment that even with training they can't match the performance of toothless gun-toting hicks in torn T-shirts, or even doctors, lawyers and professionals with CCW permission slips in their wallets?

America is not having a debate about guns, America is having a debate about hoplophobia -- morbid fear of guns. The preposterous disarm-the-innocent proposals from the left are a false flag. Guns are good. Guns protect us. Guns save lives. Guns stop crime. Guns are why America is still free. That aspect of this debate is missing in your narrative.

The errant behavior of a psychopath is not grounds to disarm or infringe upon innocent people who did nothing. That is an irrational, sick, hoplophobic response that cannot work, and cries out for compassion and counseling -- for the person who suggests it. You don't want hoplophobes setting gun policy any more than you want aquaphobes as lifeguards.

Infringing upon the innocent to protect the innocent will not work. Denying a teacher the right to arms is a perverse policy choice fraught with ulterior motives and is constitutionally forbidden. Its very suggestion is a violation of the oath of office for elected officials and should be grounds for removal from office. Reporters should recognize this simple fact as swiftly as half the public does. The tearful emotional frenzy incessantly whipped up by the media does not change this.

Baby boomers universally remember rifle teams in high schools, varsity letters awarded for competition, bringing firearms to class to go hunting afterwards. The notion that guns and schools don't mix, and that gun ignorance should supplant gun education is a modern one whose origin is murky and suspicious.

The disarmed-teachers policy currently in place has caused grievous harm. Those responsible for this gross denial of a specific enumerated civil right should be identified and held accountable, and the disarmed-teachers policy should end without delay.

Denial of human rights never advances the cause of freedom or the human condition. It is almost as if we are fighting the civil-rights battles of the 1960s again. A bill to reverse the egregious discrimination against the people responsible for our children's safe education should be drafted and introduced immediately before further harm ensues.
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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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