Missouri Politicians Set Stage for Gun Confiscation

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Zachary Cole

TyrannyWatch.org

February 16, 2013

Recently it seems Missouri politicians have been willing to tackle some very tough but important issues within legislation. Although not perfect, we have bills that attempt to resist the NDAA and warrantless spying by drones on the state level. But with every small victory or progress comes with them more concerns about the condition of our civil rights. One more controversy that we have to keep a close eye on is the legislation sponsored by Rep. Rory Ellinger called HB 545.

Ellinger, along with his cosponsors Representatives Schupp, McNeil, and Walton Gray, have presented an amendment to Chapter 571 of the RSMo. HB 545 essentially puts a ban on “assault weapons” which is not a surprise but their definition of such weapons is even more concerning. This bill doesn’t simply want to ban “assault rifles” like an AR-15, its language clearly includes shotguns and handguns that are able to accept a magazine of more than 10 rounds.

To make matters worse, the bill also does not allow for any “assault weapons” acquired before it becomes law to be grandfathered in. The only solutions it gives are for the owner to remove their gun and high capacity magazines out of state, render the weapon inoperable, or turn the firearm over to the police. Legislation also gives such owners 90 days from the effective date to do one of the three options before they would be in violation of the law. Did I forget to mention that it has a felony charge attached to it?

While the Democrats are certainly the source for such a ridiculous bill, we should not assume that the Republicans are going to come out strong against this legislation. Although House Speaker Tim Jones says he’s committed to protecting the Second Amendment we must hold both parties feet to the fire. The NRA came out recently under their Institute for Legislative Action and said, “Compelling law-abiding citizens to surrender their firearms and magazines is unconstitutional, wrong and another failed attempt to reduce crime… HB 545 would only affect the lawful, while ignoring the actual problem of violent criminals who misuse firearms.”

Of course, there are others that are skeptical about the implementation of this bill. The questions arise as to who would actually follow one of the three steps and would local law enforcement confiscate guns if further action was needed. The answer to both questions is quite simple and stems from a similar logic. People who follow the solutions of HB 545 will be law-abiding citizens who in their naivety think the government knows best. While police officers, in reaction to civil disobedience, will probably go along with an Executive Order by Gov. Jay Nixon or Pres. Obama to quell dissent. However, I do realize that many police officers and even military have stated that they will not go door-to-door confiscation of guns. Let’s just hope that philosophy holds strong when the threat of losing their job or imprisonment becomes a reality.

It is my belief that it is our responsibility to make sure those who supposedly represent us submit to our will. It is also my opinion that we as a society cannot fully depend on public servants to protect us or even resist larger institutions. That is our job. With that being said, I want to challenge local grassroots efforts to focus in on HB 545. The best thing you can do right now without leaving your residence is call the office of Gov. Jay Nixon (573-751-3222) and tell him to renounce this bill. Apparently, according to his secretary, they are keeping count of whether or not the public is for this legislation.

Most importantly, as a concerned citizen, I ask that you also contact your State Representative at573-751-2000 and tell them to reject HB 545 or any new gun control legislation. If you do not know who your State Representative is please click here and look them up by district. Furthermore, as a measure of chastisement, I ask that you contact the sponsor and cosponsors of this bill.

State to them your disapproval of HB 545 and tell them to discontinue any efforts for further restrictions or gun bans. It is important that you are respectful and do not make any violent threats because the latter only hurts our credibility. A final note for any activists that are interested in making calls or sending emails but live out of state, you are also welcome to contact our Missouri State Representatives and express your disgust. There is no need to tell them what state you’re from and it is encouraged not to tell them. For those that are interested in getting out and making your presence known I suggest going down to Jefferson City, MO at the Capitol building, in an organized way, and stage a protest or demonstration.

Feinstein’s Anti-Gun Witch Hunt

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Zachary Cole

Tyranny watch.org

December 28, 2012

The last couple years have been a major milestone in the process of disarming the public. The attack on the Second Amendment has come directly from the US government through the operation of Fast and Furious; the UN Arms Trade Treaty, and the unfortunate opportunism through the mass shootings of Aurora and Newtown that have occurred in the latter part of 2012.

Of course this has not been without a political circus that the Obama administration has not taken advantage of. After all Rahm Emanuel said, “We can’t let a crisis go to waste.” (Hilary Clinton said similar things as well.) We have even seen the false left-right paradigm exposed in recent shootings because of the hand-in-hand approach that the Democrats and Republicans have displayed on national television. While posing as different, they have actually come out and truly shown their colors. This only proves once again that they are behind the scenes working on similar goals. While publically entertaining the masses with their disagreements on secondary issues.

We have crazies like Rep. Donna Edwards from Maryland who said, “The Second Amendment is important…But we gotta get the guns.” We also have retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas say, “It’s the semiautomatics and those large magazines that can be fired off very quickly. I think that does need to be looked at.” Thankfully Hutchison will not be able to vote for any upcoming assault weapons ban bill this year.

Fast-forward to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, who is set to introduce a bill on the first day of Congress that will officially ban assault weapons. She has been quoted as saying, “Who needs these military style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds?” Concerning the specifics of the bill, last Sunday on Meet the Press she said, “It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and possession, not retroactively, but prospectively, and ban the sale of clips of more than 10 bullets…The purpose of this bill is to get…weapons of war off the streets.”

What Feinstein and her legislation failed to clarify is that although people who already possess assault weapons that are targeted within this bill would be grandfathered in, it actually requires the same citizens to register their guns, provide a photo ID of them, and submit their fingerprints. This would not only eliminate the private sell of guns but would also create a potential list of “threats” to the federal government. This is not unlike the suggestion last week of some, that people on prescription drugs for mental illness should be registered. This can only lead to pre-crime measures and certainly tighter profiling on American citizens (which most civil rights activists have been against concerning race).

By the way, Sen. Feinstein is the same politician that presented an updated amendment for the NDAA that fooled a lot of people into believing that the indefinite detention measure have been corrected and would finally put to bed the issue of American citizens being disappeared without a trial or jury. Of course, this was far from the truth and certainly this assault weapons bill will have the legalese the federal government needs to incrementally ban all guns.

To go back to what Feinstein said, I will attempt to answer her questions according to what the founders of the Constitution actually meant by the Second Amendment. First and foremost, the Second Amendment was not for hunting. In fact, it wasn’t really even for defending yourself against common criminals. The founders expressly said that it was for defending the US citizens against tyrants in the federal government. It was for our defense militarily against a tyrannical system. Even Thomas Jefferson, no matter what you thought of him in his personal life, spoke of the dangers of becoming comfortable in our freedoms because if we did not have a revolution every few decades we can almost guarantee our enslavement.

Why do US citizens need “military style assault weapons”? It is because we need similar or equal power to defend ourselves against an out-of-control government and/or police state. Who needs “ammunition feeding device capable holding 100 rounds”? It is the general public that still believes in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is the average citizen that still believes in the validity of the Declaration of Independence. For the federal government is not our rulers but we are theirs and according to those that founded this form of governance, it is also our right to remove the corruption at any time.

As Barack Obama and the treasonous Gun Control Committee convene in this next month, let us all turn up the heat on those that seek to steal our rights. Call your local congressperson or your senators and tell them that they are politically done if they seek to put more restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. Assemble other people in your area that are pro-Second Amendment that would be willing to go to your State Capital or local federal buildings and have lawful pro-gun assemblies. Create a committee that would be willing to put together a pro-gun rally in which people could speak on the facts of gun free zones, violent crime statistics, and the historical dangers of disarming the public and its correlation to democide.

The time is now to get serious about our rights or slowly but surely they will be decimated. It’s easier to incrementally take away our right than it is to take large swaths of freedoms away. We only have to look at the patriot act and all the draconian legislation that has been passed since 9/11 to get an idea of what the future of the Second Amendment will be like. But if you like the direction in which this country is going, then let the words of Samuel Adams be the voice of reason to your descendents, “If you love wealth more than liberties, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”