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As always the anti-gun crowd are back in full force. In light of the recent events in Aurora, Colorado and all the fear pushing the media and politicians have been doing, a new magazine capacity restriction bill is on the table and rumor has it that its up for a vote as early as July 31 2012.
Democratic Sens. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Bob Menendez (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Schumer and Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) have gotten together to add an amendment SA 2575, to the the Cyber Security Bill, S. 3414, that’s up for a vote in the next few days.
The wording of this amendment is almost identical to the magazine restrictions in the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. The Amendment is as follows …..
S.3414, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 …. SA 2575
SEC. ll. PROHIBITION ON TRANSFER OR POSSESSION OF LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICES. (a) DEFINITION.—Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after paragraph (29) the following: ”(30) The term ‘large capacity ammunition feeding device’— ”(A) means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition; but ”(B) does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.”. (b) PROHIBITIONS.—Section 922 of such title is amended by inserting after subsection (u) the following: ”(v)(1)(A)(i) Except as provided in clause (ii), it shall be unlawful for a person to transfer or possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device.
”(ii) Clause (i) shall not apply to the possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device otherwise lawfully possessed within the United States on or before the date of the enactment of this subsection.
”(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to import or bring into the United States a large capacity ammunition feeding device. ”(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to—
”(A) a manufacture for, transfer to, or possession by the United States or a department or agency of the United States or a State or a department, agency, or political subdivision of a State, or a transfer to or possession by a law enforcement officer employed by such an entity for purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty);
”(B) a transfer to a licensee under title I of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 for purposes of establishing and maintaining an on-site physical protection system and security organization required by Federal law, or possession by an employee or contractor of such a licensee on-site for such purposes or off- site for purposes of licensee-authorized training or transportation of nuclear materials;
”(C) the possession, by an individual who is retired from service with a law enforcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving ammunition, of a large capacity ammunition feeding device transferred to the individual by the agency upon that retirement; or
”(D) a manufacture, transfer, or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device by a licensed manufacturer or licensed importer for the purposes of testing or experimentation authorized by the Attorney General.”.
(c) PENALTIES.—Section 924(a) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following:
‘(8) Whoever knowingly violates section 922(v) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.”.
(d) IDENTIFICATION MARKINGS.—Section 923(i) of such title is amended by adding at the end the following: ”A large capacity ammunition feeding device manufactured after the date of the enactment of this sentence shall be identified by a serial number that clearly shows that the device was manufactured after such date of enactment, and such other identification as the Attorney General may by regulation prescribe.”
So there we have it in all its glory. Right now we must act and act quickly. Call, email and write your enators daily until this go to the floor for a vote. We have to stop this from passing, otherwise we’ll end up back in the dark days of the Assault Weapons Ban.
So what is it and why does it matter to you?
Well as far as the what is it question, thats not too dificult to define, at least not on a face value level. Essentialy the ATT is a U.N. Treaty that looks to prevent firearms from making it into the hands of criminals and terrorists through import and export of certain types of firearms.
The basic tenants of the ATT at this time as described by the International non-government and human rights organisations including Amnesty Inernational, Oxfam and the International Action Network on Small Arms (who lead the Control Arms Campaign) are as follows ……..
It would ensure that no transfer is permitted if there is substantial risk that it is likely to:
be used in serious violations of international human rights or humanitarian law, or acts of genocide or crimes against humanity;
facilitate terrorist attacks, a pattern of gender based violence, violent crime or organised crime;
violate UN Charter obligations, including UN arms embargoes;
be diverted from its stated recipient;
adversely affect regional security;
seriously impair poverty reduction or socioeconomic development.
Loopholes would be minimized. It would include:
all weapons—including all military, security and police arms, related equipment and ammunition, components, expertise, and production equipment;
all types of transfer—including import, export, re-export, temporary transfer and transhipment, in the state sanctioned and commercial trade, plus transfers of technology, loans, gifts and aid; and
all transactions—including those by dealers and brokers, and those providing technical assistance, training, transport, storage, finance and security;
It must be workable and enforceable. It must:
provide guidelines for the treaty’s full, clear implementation;
ensure transparency—including full annual reports of national arms transfers;
have an effective mechanism to monitor compliance;
ensure accountability—with provisions for adjudication, dispute settlement and sanctions;
include a comprehensive framework for international cooperation and assistance;
Now at this time it’s hard to tell what the details of the treaty will be as it should be obvious by the language being used by those being asked to participate in the drafting and implementation of this treaty are somewhat vague and could be made to mean many different things.
Also it should be pointed out that the treaty isn’t finalized just yet as the negotiations are ongoing throughout July 2012 until it is expected to be signed by the majority of U.N. countries including our own as President Obama has already pledged to sign on the 27th.
Do take note that this treaty would have to be ratified by the Senate in the fall to be put into law.
Now how does this affect us, the average gun owner? Well thats the question isn’t. It”s clear that the Att seeks to directly affect and even control trade, import and export of firearms, but what kind and in what ways at this time is still up for debate.
My personal opinion is that any law or treaty, (especialy one designed by a international body such as the U.N. that is an externa body not of the constitution’s design) that could affect firearm manufacturing, designing, distribution, retailing or ownership in any way, shape or form is directly contrary to the 2nd Amendment and therefore I’m very much opposed to it.
So as this month goes one we’ll find out more about this treaty and how it aims to affect us and our 2nd Amendment rights.
If you want to make your voice heard on this issue please contact your senator and join the NRA who are actively fighting against this treaty.
It seems though as of late that its viewed more as a chore to be ignored or a hassle that takes too much time and effort. We have forgotten that its our duty as citizens to do our part to help govern ourselves by voting for those with whom we feel best represent our interests.
The 2008 presidential election saw a record turnout of registered voters, the largest turnout in 30 years, and that turnout was only 28%.
Now I don’t know about you but that percentage really kind of pisses me off. It makes me realize just how lazy we’ve become as a nation when it comes to taking part in our government.
I think people have forgotten that we are the most important part of government. We the individual, and our rights and freedoms are supposed to be the most important and cherished part of this country and of our government, and part of the way we ensure that is by taking our responsibility to vote seriously.
Be assured that the politicians are perfectly happy catering to only the most devout portions of their constituency. The Right needs only to cater to the hardcore rightwing base and in turn the Left enjoys only needing to worry about taking care of the most liberal of voters. Both sides would be perfectly happy if it was only those people that are truely politically motivated to vote that they had to kiss up to.
If everyone started voting the politicians would run a much higher risk of having to keep their promises and suffer the consequences when they didn’t. More active voters means more accountability in government.
So next time an election comes around, whether Federal, State or local, take the time out of your day to do your duty as a citizen. Voting is a priviledge provided to us with the blood of our forefathers, we owe them and ourselves the respect to take that priviledge seriously.
I often wonder about the mental capacity of a person who regardless of political leaning seems to enjoy when government tightens its hold on the American people in one form or another. My brain simply implodes at the very thought of those people marching, and screaming for “Government intervention”. Why do I feel like I’m in a minority in this country when I want less governmental interference in our lives? Has the state of our union become so grave that people in a fit of blind hysteria are helpless without the government?
There are some circumstances where I can understand welcoming governmental action, mostly concerning national security with regards to people who mean to harm our country and its citizens. Unfortunately, I see almost no screaming, marching or protesting for issues like these recently, and haven’t seen any since right after 9/11. However I do see people in the streets marching and protesting to have the government take control of banks, car companies, the healthcare industry, energy corporations, your local fast food chain, and now the internet. I would love for someone to tell me the last time that government control over something actually worked out to the advantage of the people.
Now I know all the arguments about banks screwing people, and oil companies jacking prices up and destroying the environment, but let’s take a step back and look at the big picture.
Let’s begin with the banks. The government “sponsored/owned” Fanny and Freddie had just as much to do with the economic problems we are having as anyone else, and yet have experienced no protests, marches, or governmental harassment. Then on top of everything else, the whole idea of giving loans to people who couldn’t afford it came from the same government officials and “community organizations”(who call themselves progressive democrats) that are now the ones calling for the heads of the people in the banking industry. Now does the banking industry and some of those on wallstreet have any responsibility for our problems? The answer….. Yes, of course they do, but in the big picture they are the end result of something that started long before it ever reached their doorstep. What they did was take what was a problem for them (government regulation/government control that forced bad loans) and tried to profit off of it. Should they have done that? ….. No, of course not, but let’s not execute the “Lieutenant” when the “General” gave the order.
Now let’s talk about Big Oil. They are what they are, a company that delivers a product for profit, period. That’s what they are, and in the world of profit vs. expense they are in the bottom 5% of worldwide industry. The average oil company maintains between a 2% and 4% profit margin per year. Now to put that into perspective your local grocery store maintains between a 15% and 25% profit margin per year. Most companies regardless of industry manage to maintain profit margins of at least 10% or better per year. So while yes, oil companies profit billions of dollars per year they spend at least 25 times that much to make that profit.
The point of all this is to remind people that even though everyone on TV tells you that these are bad evil companies and industries, you must realize that they have an agenda, and that agenda is more government control.
Is there really anyone out there (besides the politicians who would be in control) who really wants the government to control even more of their lives than they do already? I can’t possibly believe anyone really wants it. I know it sounds good when you’re out there protesting, and saying “it’s for the good of the nation”, but do you really believe it. Do you really want the government controlling almost every aspect of your life? If left up to the current administration, they would control your eating habits, your healthcare, your schooling, your house, your banking business, the way you get and pay for your energy, and now they even want to control what you watch and listen to not only on TV and radio, but also on the internet.
What next, waiting in line for your government bread and cheese?
America, is this what you want?
We all need to remember that for over 200 years we have been the envy of the world, and the reason for that is because of all the freedoms we have enjoyed. We have been that envy also because we were allowed by our very existence “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. These are not just words, they were what our fore fathers knew in their hearts was the truth. They knew that it wasn’t the government that gave us our rights, it was our creator. Now whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant, the meaning is the same, it means we should have the freedom and ability to govern ourselves because of our very existence. Government control is the very antithesis of that sentiment.
We need never forget that even though we have all grown up being comfortable with our freedom and liberty, that it is a very precious and fragile thing. Our country is still young and susceptible to being shattered. More powerful nations than ours have come and gone in the blink of an eye in the context of how long man has been on this earth. Two hundred years is nothing when compared to the Greek, Roman, or British Empires that came before us. Let us not slip into the same trap of complacency that they fell into.
The time has come. We Americans need to stand up and be heard; we need to take back our country. We need to shout at the politicians that this is our country, and they work for us. We need to put aside our petty differences of party and stand together and realize that freedom and liberty are good for all of us, and that Government controlling so much of our lives is not the answer.
America I ask you to please consider what I have said. Do this not because I want you to do what I say or think what I think, in fact that is the very reason you should listen, because giving government control over everything will restrict your freedoms to act, speak, and even think differently. America embrace your differences and use your differences to give you strength to stand together and realize that we need our freedom and liberty kept intact, and this administration is witling away at our freedoms.
The time is now, stand up and let your voice be heard. This great country can only stand for so long while having its very foundation torn out from under it.
The time for complacency is over; America is still strong. Let’s show our politicians what “We the people” really means.
This question has been popping up in my mind alot in the last 2 years, and more than likely you’ve had a conversation or two that have brought this same type of thought to the fore front of your mind as well. To find the answer to that question I think a person has to balance two things to get their answer. First you have to take into consideration what the founders of this country wanted for us, the future generations that they foresaw living here, and two, what do you see forsee for us, and more specifically for yourself and your family in this country.
Now the first part of your consideration should be fairly easy to answer, we all grew up hearing the stories about our founding fathers, about their struggle to make this a free nation for all men and women. We know the constitution (or at least we should) and the bill of rights. We know that our founders wanted this nation to allow for every man, woman, and child “Life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. They wanted us to be as free a nation as possible without slipping into anarchy. They wanted the states to be able to have final say over their own residents instead of one all powerful king/federal government making all the rules and decisions, and for each of us to be able to seek out our happiness, and know that we would not be persecuted for wanting to live our life the way we saw fit. To them the definition of America was Liberty and Freedom.
Now for the second part of your consideration, I suggest you really take the time to think about it, because this is the most important part, especially with the times we find ourselves in now. But before you answer remember one thing, the reason your are even allowed to take into consideration how you feel about this country, and are able to become part of the decision making process to decide what this country will be is because of that Freedom and Liberty our founders gave us.
Not that you asked but I’m going to tell you anyway. My idea of America and what is means to me is fairly simple, although not always short in explenation. The short answer is: Freedom, Liberty, States rights and the ability for everyone to be able to seek out their own happiness.
The long answer (as if you wanted to know) is still fairly basic in it’s intent, but may take a little longer to explain. I believe the founders set us up with the best possible government that this world has ever seen. I believe that they knew that there were things they could not forsee, and tried to create something that would allow for maximum freedom and liberty regardless of how our country grew and changed. I believe that by keeping true to the founders intentions of having states rights above the federal government’s we are all closer to maximum freedom regardless of what party you belong to.
I believe America is a melting pot, and more importantly a family. We are a family tree with many branches, branches that reach far across the earth, and in that family tree we have people as different as night and day. This family we are a part of is a beautiful, colorful family that doesn’t always get along, and doesn’t always agree, but in the end we all still love eachother because we are in fact a family.
I so often see people fighting over who has what rights, I see marches in the street, and picketing in front of government buildings. I all too often hear someone from one side or the other screaming about their right that they hold dear, while at the same time saying that the other side doesn’t have a right to do something they hold dear.
We have spent far too long arguing about who gets what rights, and who shouldn’t have their’s, and not enough time arguing that everybody should be able to have the right to live their life as they see fit, as long as it doesn’t infringe on anyone else’s rights. States rights are just the first step into helping everyone seek out the Life, liberty, and happiness they deserve.
So, I hope you’ll think long and hard about the questions posed to you, because these are questions that need to be answered by every american. I hope you put you whole heart into answering the questions. As for me, I’ve been thinking for awhile now, and my answer in the simplest way possible, is this …..
What is America to me? ……… A family free to pursue our happiness.