A pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence.
Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act,” the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent.
“This bill represents a major investment in the protection of our children and our communities, and reflects the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country,” Pascrell said.
The lawmakers say the bill would generate $600 million per year, which would be used to fund law-enforcement and gun violence prevention. (Fox News) (emphasis Guffaw)
So the poor, who have trouble daily hand-to-mouth, are now to be saddled with the further inability to defend themselves, their homes and families?
I thought the Democrats were all about helping the poor? Oh, that’s right, they’re all about making them dependent on government. I forgot.
Don’t they remember poll taxes? And how Black folks were not allowed to vote unless they could pay a substantial fee? This sounds like a smokepole tax, to me!
Fortunately, the prospect for this monstrosity passing is dim.
A large number of M1 Garand rifles exported to South Korea several decades ago may be able to return to the U.S. with the introduction of a new bill by Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming).
Tens of thousands of M1 Garand rifles and even more M1 Carbines lay in storage somewhere in South Korea. Originally shipped to the Asian nation several decades ago to help equip their military, the weapons are now outdated on the modern battlefield. Among collectors and enthusiasts however, they are held up as invaluable pieces of American history and ingenuity. Stocks of the rifle within the U.S. are fast dwindling (if not depleted already) and those who want to get their hands on one are looking across the Pacific.~
~In 2012 it seemed that the federal government reversed its decision and will be allowing the M1 Garands to come home, along with a limited number of carbines. The plan was for the firearms to be auctioned off and imported to the U.S., where they will be sold through the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Reportedly, the State Department delayed the import and now will not allow the rifles to enter the country. Frustrated over the situation, U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) recently introduced a bill to counter the State Department’s decision.
I remember the one I had. Bob at the gun store talked me into it. I wasn’t really a rifleman or a fan of the M-1. But shooting her soon convinced me otherwise! Springfield Armory M-1 1942. Gone but not forgotten.
h/t Outdoor Hub, Angry Mike, Brock Townsend
The Ten Ring asked his wife (a former blogger) to respond to writer Stephen King’s screed (now available on Kindle) with regard to guns, gun rights, gun ownership, and the character of American gun owners.
The telling passage:
Style and mistakes aside, King tries to add to the national dialog about gun violence. The last section of this short work, lists policy ideas that might cut down on gun violence. One notion is a ban on “assault weapons” but he loses his argument when he gets too cute by half, honey.King justifies calling for such a ban by insulting owners of semi-automatics (a gun that fires one round per trigger pull). He says that the owners only use these guns to fire as fast as they can while yelling yeehaw and getting horny…
Can you say ignorance and outright bigotry?
Can you imagine if he downplayed or maligned any other groups’ rights or actions in this manner? Said group would have his head on a pike!
Of course, as responsible firearms owners, we must show restraint in our response, lest we provide more ammunition for bigots like King.
In the pervasive environment of political correctness, it’s never appropriate to malign Blacks, gays, women, other religions, other individual ethnic groups or classes. And, of course, it shouldn’t be.
But apparently legitimate gun owners are still okay to target. With such moronic comments as he made above.
I’ve enjoyed a number of Mr. King’s books, and films made from them. He can be a great writer. AND, he’s allowed his opinions. And I mine.
He’s a bigoted idiot.
While mocking the Constitution and Bill of Rights during a panel discussion with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times and MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp, Maher criticized the failed Manchin-Toomey expanded background checks bill because it prohibited a national gun registry.
“Of course we need a gun registry,” Maher said. “The Second Amendment is bullsh*t.”
A short while later in his blathering discourse, Maher revealed he actually owns two firearms that he keeps in his home — one upstairs and one downstairs — and that he goes to the range twice a year to practice shooting.
Maher said there have been 12 home invasions in his neighborhood over the last year and he needs the guns to protect himself.
“As long as we live in the gun country, I ain’t giving up my guns,” he said.
I don’t think I need add to this, save, if ‘they’ do eventually have a registry, and proceed with confiscation (which history shows us ALWAYS follows) Mr. Maher will have a decision to make – either voluntarily give up his right of self-defense against crime and tyranny, or join us. Too late.
Sipsey Street Irregulars points us to the following story in the Gun Rights Examiner…
The Empire Strikes Back at 3-D printed guns
Or will the government declare the pictures illegal, too?Credits:Photo © Defense Distributed. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
With last Friday’s announcement that Defense Distributed had successfully used a 3-D printer tomake an entire operational firearm out of plastic (except for a small metal nail, acting as the firing pin), the already simmering controversy about printed guns quickly came to a full boil. Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), who has been on an anti-printed gun and magazine jihad for months, was joined by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, who calls the new development “stomach churning.” Schumer appears to have indicated that he will be introducing a Senate companion bill to Rep. Israel’s H.R. 1474.
On Wednesday, that bill picked up its third, fourth and fifth cosponsors, including the first ostensible “Republican,” rabidly anti-gun Rep. Peter King (R-NY). The Washington D.C. city council is racing to ban printed guns as soon as possible, as are New York and California.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has announced its close scrutiny of the technology (while tacitly acknowledging that what Defense Distributed is doing seems not to violate any laws. The Department of Homeland Security reportedly wants one of the guns of its own, presumably to gauge just how “undetectable” it is. And, because no further enfeeblement of the fantasy of a “government monopoly on force” would be complete without a meltdown on the part of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, that group is calling Defense Distributed mastermind Cody Wilson “a hardcore insurrectionist preaching violence, with no regard for our Constitution or system of government.”
Go and read the whole thing. Bring an emesis basin. Or bucket.
Part of my morning routine, after doing my blog post thing, is to peruse other blogs on my blogroll, The Gun Blog Black List, and elsewhere. And I read the ‘news’ (such as it is.) To search for blogfodder, jokes, and to see the state of the World.
Manasquan, NJ --(Ammoland.com)- Remember all those who denied that firearms confiscation as a result of New York’s new gun laws was too “insane” to even consider?
That it was strictly in the realm of paranoid conspiracy theorists and the “it cant happen here crowd”?
Those were and remain some of the standard replies to anyone who even thought about the possibility, let alone gave voice to it, despite the fact that Gov Cuomo and numerous other officials made public comments about such a plan, as I discussed in my article “Feinstein & Cuomo Admit Planning Australian Style Government Gun Buy Back” .
Elected Officials, the media, various Gun Control Groups and their zealous forced disarmament supporters, even some firearms owners themselves all insisted it was to crazy to even consider.
There’s just one huge problem it is happening now in New York State!
It seems those that tried desperately to warn of such an insidious plot had hit the bullseye with their warnings after all. News came from multiple NY State based firearms enthusiast websites late Friday that confiscations of Pistol Owner ID Cards, as well as firearms and accessories has commenced in NY under the provisions of the horribly flawed, draconian and blatantly unconstitutional NY SAFE Act.
Those folks having their weapons and FID cards confiscated have been discovered to have been prescribed multiple different types of psychotropic drugs, such as those for Depression or Anxiety.
These are known as SSRI ( Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) class drugs and have the potential to cause serious and adverse side effects, something I wrote about extensively last week in an article that went viral in days and caused multiple Anti Gun and Progressive News Groups to initiate a concentrated denial of service hacker attack against Ammoland Shooting Sports News (see Daily KOS ” Keeping Track Of The RKBA Crowd” http://tiny.cc/ug67uw), in an effort to keep the information from the public.
From NY http://tiny.cc/nyfirearms
“John Doe, an upstanding professional with no outstanding criminal convictions and no history of violent action received a letter from the Pistol Permit Department informing him that his license was immediately revoked upon information that he was seeing a therapist for anxiety and had been prescribed an anxiety drug. He was never suicidal, never violent, and has no criminal history. The New York State Department of Health is apparently conducting a search of medical records to determine who is being treated for anxiety drugs and using this as a basis for handgun license revocation.
Those are the facts. Nothing more, nothing less.”
We’re in for a truly bumpy ride, folks!
h/t Brock Townsend
Fill Yer Hands recently blogged regarding a minor phenomena I’ve seen more and more of. And, frankly, have heard about for years.
You’re a gun owner – why don’t you join the NRA or the SAF or some other pro-rights organization and put your money-where-your-mouth is?
Because I don’t want to be on a list.
You think that mouthing off in your local watering hole about the President or his policies, or buying firearms and ammunition, or prepping, or posting comments on the Internet haven’t already gotten someone’s attention?
It’s been widely reported that the ‘temporary’ NICS background check files have been (illegally) saved by the FBI, and every time a licensed gun shop goes under, they are required to ship all their filed Federal Forms 4473 to the BATFE. We suspect there’s a huge database, although we’ve no positive proof.
How about the DHS Watch Lists when flying, or taking a train, or traveling abroad? Or the NSA monitoring all the email traffic electronically, looking for key words like ‘guns’ in messages?
Personally, I suspect there has always been a list, and I involuntarily was added to it upon my first ‘papered’ firearm purchase. And my ranting in this blog (and as a commenter on other blogs) about libertarianism, the Constitution, Gun Rights, Civil Liberties and various government abuses probably has made my file thicker.
But, I don’t care. Why? If indeed there are concerted efforts to monitor the actions and locations of possible threats (e.g. gun owners and free-thinking people) I’m probably at the head of the line. Not only am I a gun owner and speak out about it, I’ve spoken publicly about the JFK assassination.
If there indeed IS a list, and we as a nation cross the Rubicon, I’ll never make to the camps…
(quietly removes tin-foil hat and skulks away…)
SO…people next to The President have suggested that he might take it upon himself to bypass all this Constitutional bother and just make an edict of gun control as he likes it.
Seriously? Quelle surprise.
I’ve been reading weblogs for over three years. ‘Writing’ one for almost two. Daily. And I find it interesting how they mimic the ‘national’ news.
Not necessarily in content, but in attitude. And in repetition of story themes.
The President (pick one or more)
A. Stole the election
B. Is using false documents and a Connecticut SSN not issued to him
C. Is planning on becoming ‘President For Life’
D. Will impose severe firearms restrictions extra-legally, by fiat
E. Expanded federal surveillance rules against U.S. citizens
F. Kept rendition rules in place and is using them.
G. Has authorized drone and assassination of more U.S. citizens than any other President.
(ad infinitum, ad nauseum)
Regardless what you believe to be true, we must remain vigilant based on facts, not wishes or Internet hype. Worrying about whether or not the Executive Branch is secreting alien life forms in Area 51 may make for fun reading, but is not focused on the problem(s) at hand.
And what can we do about them?
Facts will save us – rumor will kill us.
RAPE used to be a capital offense in some jurisdictions. Now the Brady Bunch is proclaiming women don’t have the right of self defense against sexual assault. Nor do men, I suppose. What happened to ‘we have the rights to our own bodies?’
Of course, the police can only work after a crime has been committed. Life isn’t the film Minority Report.
P.S. – I did further research, and it appears commenter Tomi is correct, in part. The Brady organization does deny this is their product. There was a similar image and message on a 2010 BBC Brady article. Of course, Sarah Brady and her crew have as a stated goal to disarm law-abiding American citizens, for the greater good.
So the message still seems to be valid. How is someone who is being assaulted to defend themselves? Of course, we as the aforementioned law-abiding citizens, shouldn’t buy into propaganda designed to make us all appear as evil Neanderthals. Mea culpa.
h/t Free North Carolina
Give No Quarter!
The kerfluffle over ‘over 10 round magazines’ hit home the other day. As if one extra round suddenly transforms the law-abiding into sociopathic murderers! First, the David Gregory business, wherein he violated Washington D.C. felony law possessing one (and displaying it publicly on national television!)
And it’s come out that an ‘assault weapon’* (whatever THAT is) wasn’t used in the recent school shooting. Of course Rahm Emanuel said. “
Never give a sucker an even break!” “Never let a crisis go to waste!”
and then this…
The subject came up in a conversation and the other person (a gun owner who dislikes gun control) said to me, “What’s the big deal about magazines? I don’t have any 30 rounders; don’t want any – let them have them. I don’t care, it doesn’t affect me.“
They just don’t get it. Slippery slope and all that. Think of all the progress legitimate firearms ownership has made over the past 20 years, the number of States now with CCW and Constitutional Carry. Stand your ground laws. And they want to fritter others rights away because it doesn’t affect them, personally.
I responded, “Are you willing to give up your 13 and 17 rounders for your beloved Browning High Power?”
“Oh, Hell No!” was the response.
Molon Labe, my friends. The wolf is at the door. Do we defend ourselves or roll over?
“The Price of Freedom is eternal vigilance.” – Thomas Jefferson
Call, write (snail mail) your Congressman and Senators. And the President. Do it now! Then do it again!
No quarter! We’ve gained so much ground, do not give an inch.*assault weapon – a term used to impart evil intent to the tool, itself. See Saturday Night Special