By Al Benson Jr.
Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owner’s of America has been watching as Congress has played mind games with the American public for decades. They say one thing and by the time the legislation ends up being voted on it is the exact opposite of what they said it would be and ends up doing more harm than good to patriotic Americans. This is not by accident. It is by intent. They think us rubes back home in flyover country are so stupid we won’t be able to figure out their games. Not all of us are stupid in spite of their efforts to force public schooling down our throats. My wife and I would probably qualify as some of Nancy Pelosi’s “low-level terrorists” as we home schooled our kids. Nowadays that’s enough to earn you the title of “terrorist” by our Marxist government’s standards.
The February 28, 2013 issue of The Gun Owner’s, the newsletter for the Gun Owners of America stated quite plainly stated: “Even still, the most serious involves the threat of gun confiscation—as every background check identifies the purchaser as a gun owner and creates the framework for a registration system…In one debate, the anti-gun spokesperson actually said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about in regard to registration’ and insisted that nobody was trying to take away our guns. Really? Do gun grabbers actually think the American gun owners don’t realize the gun confiscation agenda that is afoot?” The newsletter then quotes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo where he said that “Confiscation could be an option.” Then there was Iowa Rep. Dan Muhlbauer who said: “Even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them.” In the face of such comments is anyone still dumb enough to think gun confiscation is not the name of the game? If so please contact me. I have a bridge in Tucson, Arizona I’d love to sell you—bargain rates too!
Mr. Pratt made a prescient prediction. He said that Obama and the Congressional leadership realize they will probably not be able to get enough votes for total gun confiscation and quite possibly not even enough to reduce magazine capacity for most guns, but if they can enact a background check and registration bill they will then have what they need for future confiscation and that’s really what they want. This also gives Congress critters the opportunity to cast a vote against total confiscation—at this point—to make it appear as if they are supposedly “pro-gun” which they feel will play well with the “great unwashed” back home while they then vote for the more “reasonable’ measure of background checks and registration. This gives them what they really want—a list of all the gun owners in the country so that when confiscation time rolls around—and it will roll around—they will know who has which guns.
I had read Mr. Pratt’s comments and agreed with them when, lo and behold, an article appeared on http://www.huffingtonpost.com that bore out his contention. It was posted on 3/19. The headline for the article read “Obama’s Gun Reform Package Loses One Major Provision, Another In Danger.” If you didn’t know better you would almost be tempted to think that most of the steam had been taken out of Obama’s gun confiscation scheme—and that’s what you are supposed to think! As you read the article, if you are not aware of how the prostitute press works, you will envision poor old Harry Reid from Nevada, struggling emotionally because he doesn’t have the votes to bring Feinstein’s gun confiscation bill to a successful vote and so he will probably be forced to jettison most of it so he can at least get “something” passed in the way of gun control, to protect “the children” naturally. About three quarters of the way through the article they throw in the fish hook you are supposed to swallow. It says “Indeed, the fate of that proposal will now determine whether the president’s attempt to reform gun laws will be deemed successful. It will certainly be easier to pass universal background checks than an assault weapons ban or a limit on the size of magazines, but the measure’s success is far from guaranteed.” So there is what they are going for. They know that at this point they can’t get confiscation so they will be willing to settle for a list of all gun owners as mandated by law. After all, isn’t that the “reasonable” approach? That’s what some of your RINO congressmen will try to peddle to the folks back home—“well I voted against confiscation, but I felt it was only reasonable to vote for background checks and gun registration. Don’t you think it is?” No I don’t! Quite frankly it’s none of the federal government’s business who’s got what. They just want you to think it is—until they come for your guns because your name is on the registration list. Once they have your guns they couldn’t care less what you think. They will have the guns and you won’t and that’s what it is really all about.
Feinstein also noted that she “had been promised two votes—one an assault weapons ban, including a ban on high capacity magazines and another on just the magazine ban. Feinstein said it was her understanding that both of these votes would be on amendments rather than on any gun control package introduced by the Senate.” Do you grasp what that means? It means that if they can’t get her bill passed on its own merits they will break it up and add some parts of it as amendments to other bills they need to get passed that might have very little to do with guns, but if you pass these other bills you will also be passing the gun control amendments that have now become part of them. So we have to let our Senators know we are opposed to their voting on any bill or amendment that even contains the word “gun” in it.
Larry Pratt was right on the money with how they are going to try to sneak this background checks and registration through—on a bill if they can but on various amendments if they have to do it that way.
Folks, unless we let our Senators know we are onto this little game and that we will work to unseat them if they decide to play it they will vote for gun registration and background checks as the supposed “reasonable” alternative to outright confiscation—for now. We have to really watch those people in the Senate. Some of them could give lessons to snake oil salesmen!