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
Sean Linnane shares with us the mewling hypocrisy of a certain United States Senator…
“I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.”- Senator Diane Feinstein
On April 27, 1995, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) spoke at the US Senate hearing on terrorism shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing.
During the hearing, she referenced her concealed carry permit and how she carried a gun with her in the 1970′s, citing the urge to arm yourself for protection- in her case from threats.
I used to perform magic in my youth. One of the tools used is “Look over here!” (while doing something secretive with the other hand).
Knuckledraggin My Life Away posted about the following:
Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans
In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report.
Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to five years, even without suspicion that someone in the database has committed a crime, according to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story.
Whereas previously the law prohibited the center from storing data compilations on U.S. citizens unless they were suspected of terrorist activity or were relevant to an ongoing terrorism investigation, the new powers give the center the ability to not only collect and store vast databases of information but also to trawl through and analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior in order to uncover activity that could launch an investigation.~
Redacted material visible at the above link
~But the request to expand the center’s powers led to a heated debate at the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, with Mary Ellen Callahan, then-chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, leading the charge to defend civil liberties. Callahan argued that the new rules represented a “sea change” and that every interaction a citizen would have with the government in the future would be ruled by the underlying question, is that person a terrorist? Callahan lost her battle, however, and subsequently left her job, though it’s not known if her struggle over the NCTC debate played a role in her decision to leave. SOURCE
I seem to remember the Democrats screaming about reducing the intrusive powers of government held by the Bush Administration under the Patriot Act. But their guy gets elected – twice – and not only does he re-authorized the Patriot Act, but adds to it the NDAA, and now this under the radar.
Of course, with everyone’s focus on the tragedy in Connecticut (Never let a crisis go to waste! – Rahm Emanuel) we’re more concerned about the gun control idiocy resurfacing than the ongoing erosion of all civil liberties.
The Sacramento Bee reports that Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter was arrested attempting to board an aircraft with a .25 semiautomatic pistol in his carry-on luggage.
State Senator Trotter has been a long-vocal opponent of Second Amendment rights and has pushed for the so-called Assault Weapons Ban.
“Trotter is a South Side Democrat and he was a leader in the move to ban so-called ‘assault weapons’ during his first term as a state representative,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “A man who favored banning firearms for thousands of his fellow Illinois residents shouldn’t even have a gun, much less be packing one illegally into an airport.”
But, as Illinois seems to keep voting for persons of questionable character, I suspect he will be reelected next time. It’s interesting to note that Illinois is the only State with three former governors currently incarcerated. New York and California also seem to be in favor of politicians who support gun control, some of whom have been found in possession of firearms and permits for firearms.
Just proves the point that gun control is not about suppressing crime, but suppressing the unwashed masses. What’s good for thee is not good for me.
I didn’t watch the first debate. Nor the second. Nor the third. I’ve three reasons for not doing so, to wit:
1. They are NOT debates, but rather stump speeches with responses. They don’t answer questions, just push their own agendas! (The President – Assault Weapons Ban, again!) (And Governor Romney – The Second Amendment is NOT about hunting!)
2. Not all viable candidates were asked to participate, and
3. The participants are not under oath when answering.
4. Why do I care what Tweedledee and Tweedledum have to say! Both are avowed statists with big government agendas. Not exactly my political stance.
“Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.” – Ronald Reagan
My understanding, via the wisdom of the Internet, is the Republican took the first one, handily. The Democrat
interrupted and laughed a lot during the second. And CNN voted for the Republican both times. CNN! CNN said the President won last night.
Re: Gun Control (a rant) -
Mr. President, the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban did nothing to stop crime. Crime went down significantly when it finally sunset 10 years later. And virtually all the current statistics (except those from the totalitatian-loving, anti-rightist folks) show as there is more gun ownership today, and crime is down! I know you know this. Because gun control isn’t about stopping crime, it’s about controlling law-abiding citizens!
News Flash: Criminals don’t obey the law! (end rant)
Ultimately, the only ‘debate’ that matters in the one in the voter’s head on Election Day. All else is window dressing.