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Friday, April 19, 2013

That Whole History Repeating Itself Thing

Today is, in my option, the most important and significant day in American history.  Not Independence Day.  Not Flag day, or Constitution Day, or Memorial Day.  No, I believe that April 19 in 1775 was the most important day.  It's the day our forefathers said, "Enough is enough" and shot back at the "powers that were" - in Lexington and Concord.   The famous, "Shot heard 'round the world."

Over gun control.

They had endured, "The Intolerable Acts" - a series of punishments put upon Massachusetts by their British overlords, primarily because of the Boston Tea Party.  They weren't happy about this series of acts, but they were still working "within the system" to get this fixed.

But when the British came for patriot's guns - at the militia weapons cache in Concord - the line had been crossed, and the Revolutionary War was on.

It looks as though the idiotic, "feel good, accomplish nothing" universal background check bill that was shot down on Wednesday in DC has put some of this post-Sandy Hook hysteria to rest.  For now.

Obama, Feinstein, Schumer and all of the cohorts were apoplectic that their bill had gone down in flames.
"All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," Obama said, accusing the gun lobby of lying about the bill.
No, Barry, what is shameful is the way you paraded the parents of the dead Sandy Hook children around Capital Hill like so many circus animals.  Sit up.  Roll over.  Good booooooy!
"There were no coherent arguments as to why we couldn't do this. It came down to politics," he said.
Barry, Barry, Barry.  I got lots.

How about the fact that is wouldn't have done one damned thing to prevent another Sandy Hook, or Virginia Tech, or Phoenix, or ANY of the mass shootings?  That's what all of the circus animals were for, right?  To make sure that the grief visited upon them was never visited upon anyone else ever again.

Tell us, Oh Wise One, which of these shooting would have been stopped if the background check had been in place.

Not a one.  You can't legislate against law abiding citizens to prevent crazy citizens from acting crazy.

But that's not important to you, is it?  Your intent is to increase your control, and win political brownie points.  You know, those "politics" you so derisively dismissed.

I've heard others say that these background checks will keep guns out of bad guys hands.  Logic and emotion might say 'yes', but reality says 'no'.

So does your own ATF -
In fact, there are a number of sources that allow guns to fall into the wrong hands, with gun thefts at the bottom of the list. Wachtel says one of the most common ways criminals get guns is through straw purchase sales. A straw purchase occurs when someone who may not legally acquire a firearm, or who wants to do so anonymously, has a companion buy it on their behalf.
As you can see in the article by that right-wing, bible-thumpin', gun totin', tea party lovin' Public Broadcast System, the ATF agent doesn't once mention that bad guys go to gun shows or private parties to get their guns.

Strawman purchases.  Corrupt FFLs.  Illegal gun dealers.  Theft.

Not a single mention of criminals slipping through the system.  Know why?  BECAUSE THEY'RE CRIMINALS AND WORK OUTSIDE OF THE SYSTEM!  Why would they voluntarily participate in a system that could wind them in jail, when they have so many other, easier methods of obtaining their guns?

We've also had others like old soft-headed Joe Biden tell us not to be paranoid.  No one in the government is going to come grab your guns just because you're on some list somewhere.

Yeah.  Read it and weep -

For all of our more liberal leaning readers who continue to ask "what's so bad" about universal background checks before we've even seen the specifics, this is your answer. In New York, you can be placed on a "list"of people with no Second Amendment rights on the say so of any doctor who has questions. And it already happened to David Lewis. Thankfully, he's getting his guns back... for now. But what is the larger effect of this if we put it on a national scale?
Here in California, we have no law requiring guns be registered.  In fact, it's illegal to require it for purchased guns.  Yet any police officer in this state can pull up in front of any house in this state, punch in your name into his computer, and know the make, model and serial number of every gun you own.

How is that possible, when our guns aren't registered?  Because every gun purchaser in California must go through a background check for every gun they purchase.

Tidy, huh?

Oh, and if you're from out of state, have lost your mind, and decide you want to move here, don't think the list of guns you own will still be private information.  No, when you move here with handguns, the state considers you to be ... ready for this..... a firearms importer.  Seriously. 
Any person who moves into California and who brings any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person is considered to be a "Personal Handgun Importer"  ...
You have 60 days from your arrival date to get those nasty guns registered.  And if any of them don't pass muster with our list of authorized guns, they'll be seized and turned into plowshares.

You thought you were moving here for the sun and fun, and didn't realize you would be considered the same as an arms dealer by a totalitarian state.  Welcome, friend!


What are our modern, "Intolerable Acts"?

The Boston Tea Party was about taxation without representation.  Yep, the Tea Act actually dropped the price of tea, but patriots held to their belief in liberty.  Let that sink in:  The wouldn't be bought off.  Liberty was more important than their pocketbooks.

We can't say the same.

ObamaCare.  Thrust upon us, but not upon those who wrote it.

The Federal Reserve Bank.  An unelected bureaucracy which taxes you via inflation because of their "printing" of insane amounts of fiat currency.

We have a couple of states, and a number of cities in which no part of the Second Amendment exists.

The USA PATRIOT Act.  The NDAA.  Obscene regulation at every level of national, state and local living. Asset forfeiture laws which defy common sense and common decency.  Roadside checkpoints - in the name of safety - which fully ignore the Fourth Amendment, yet are the law of the land.

A federal Leviathan which ignores the spirit of the Constitution, and the letter of the Tenth Amendment.

We have a surveillance state which would make Orwell shudder.  All legal.  All blessed by We The People.

Is there anything that could tip us over the edge?  Drones over American?  Or would it take a drone strike over America?

No.  None of them would move us as our forefathers were moved.  We're so soft and gooey, and such well-trained poodles, we don't dare nip at master's hand.

The only history we'll be repeating will be that of former great nations that declined into oblivion.  We'll no longer proclaim, "Live Free Or Die!", instead replacing it with, "Thank You Sir, May I Have Another?"

One last thought:  The patriots were successful, in part, because they knew the British were coming to Concord, and they moved their weapons cache.

Oh, never mind.

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