In the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Obama is once again on the warpath against our right to bear arms. Since he can’t get Congress or the people to do what he wants, he has decided to go it alone, resorting to executive action to get what he wants.
Along with his right-hand woman (who happens to be Iranian by birth), he’s drafting new orders to tighten the noose a little bit more on gun owners.
Rumor has it that this semi-secret action is focused on closing the supposed gun show loophole in the laws which require background checks for gun purchases.
This fictitious hole has been talked about by gun control advocates for quite a while. But anyone who has ever tried to buy a firearm at a gun show knows better. The sellers at gun shows are professional firearm dealers. As such, they are required by law to call the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) for a background check and they do.
So, what is this upcoming executive order actually going to do? It’s going to make it impossible for individuals to sell firearms privately, without a background check. That’s right, private gun transfers are going to require calling the NCIC, before any firearms can be sold or even given as a gift. That probably means that this background check will even be required for guns which are passed on as part of one’s inheritance.
So, what real difference is this going to make? None. The only way that the government can police background checks is to create a national database of gun ownership; in other words, establish gun registration. Of course, this action could be nothing more than a step towards making that happen.
Federal Firearm Registration
Currently, it’s illegal for the federal government to keep any records on firearm ownership, with the exception of Class III firearms, suppressors, short-barreled rifles and a few other rare categories of collectors firearms. But that doesn’t mean that the government is faithfully obeying that law, does it? They could be obeying the law just as well as felons obey the law about not buying firearms.
I have seen some evidence that makes me think that the government is actually tracking firearm purchases. It is not conclusive, but it is enough to make me suspicious. Allow me to explain.
All firearm transactions, other than private sales, must be carried out by a licensed firearm dealer. This includes shipping firearms across state lines, even if you are shipping it to yourself in another state. These dealers are all licensed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
The dealer uses a federal form to verify the buyer’s right to buy a firearm and to record their call to NCIC, verifying that the individual doesn’t have any history of crime or isn’t under an indictment. That form is kept in the dealer’s files, logged in a register and assigned a local tracking number, merely for reference. If the police want to find out who a firearm was sold to, they contact the dealer, asking for a copy of the applicable record.
So far, so good; no federal register. In order to ensure that the dealers are doing their paperwork and keeping their records, they are audited yearly by agents of ATF. That seems like a reasonable precaution. But nobody, including the dealer, is allowed to witness one of these audits. They are done behind closed doors, meaning that the ATF agents could do anything.
A friend of mine, who happens to be a firearm dealer, was sent a memo and spreadsheet from ATF some time back, asking for information about all their AR-15 sales over a specific period of time. The spreadsheet included the name and address of the various customers and the dealer was to put in their local tracking number for that record. There’s just one thing… the spreadsheet already had that number, in another column.
This raises some serious questions; specifically, how did ATF know who had bought AR-15 rifles from this dealer and how did they know the tracking numbers for those records? The only way they could have known was to have copied the store’s records during an audit. Nobody else had access to that information.
So, is there a federal gun register? Legally, I’d have to say no. But it appears that there is one that is being kept by ATF, it’s just being kept secret. That means that if the government wanted to confiscate guns, they’d at least have a starting place to look.
Then There’s Australia
Lately, liberal politicians have been holding up Australia as an example for the United States to emulate. In 1996, Australia passed sweeping firearms legislation, outlawing all semi-automatic and automatic firearms. People who owned these firearms were to turn them in through a massive nationwide firearms buyback program. About 60,000 weapons were confiscated and their owners paid the fair market value.
All this was in reaction to a mass shooting; you know, the type that Obama says doesn’t happen in other countries. This particular incident claimed the lives of 35 innocent people shocking the nation and setting up the opportunity to pass that law.
One would expect that such a law, being held up for emulation, would have had sweeping effects on murders and violent crime in Australia. After all, why hold it up as an example, if one can’t point to results? The problem is, to get the results, liberals have to be very careful about what figures they point to. Otherwise, it’s not so good.
Liberals state that Australia’s gun-related homicide rate and suicide rate have plummeted 30% since the enactment of that law. You know something, they’re right.
But what they don’t tell us is that the total homicide rate in the United States dropped by a similar amount, in the same period of time. Not only that, but the U.S. rate is total homicides and the Australian is just gun-related. If you add in homicide by other means, the Australian rate has dropped less than the U.S. one… oops.
The other thing one would expect is that the number of mass killings would have dropped. While it is true, the number of mass shootings has dropped to a total of five in the 19 years since the enactment of that law, the total number of mass killings has been 12.
It seems that the criminals just found other ways of killing, most specifically, arson. Oh, and, the total number of mass killings in Australia in the 19 years before enacting that law were… you guessed it, 12. Doesn’t look like it changed a thing.
Murder is murder and it will happen with or without guns. Liberals act as if outlawing guns will eliminate the guns themselves. If that’s the case, then why has France managed to confiscate 3,000 fully-automatic AR-15 rifles from three mosques in one week? Those are totally illegal in France, yet the Muslim community in France had enough to outfit a couple of battalions of infantry.
On the same day that the Sandy Hook massacre happened, a Chinese man entered into China’s equivalent of an elementary school and killed 32 children with a knife. He outdid Adam Lanza by a long shot, and did so with an inferior weapon.
The fact of the matter is that violence is part of the human condition. As much as any of us would like it to go away, it’s not going to. Eliminating violence would require changing human nature, eliminating our free will, curtailing emotions (especially anger) and controlling the thoughts of people. Perhaps that’s what Obama and his liberal cronies are really after.
The fact that 130 people were killed recently in France shows how fruitless gun control laws really are. The only way anyone can own a firearm in France is to apply for a permit to own each and every hunting rifle they want, individually. Along with the application, the individual must pass a psychological evaluation, which then must be repeated every year. Failure of the evaluation eliminates your right to own any firearms you own.
Yet, the criminals managed to get their hands on firearms, as criminals always do. Unless every firearm on the face of the earth were destroyed or the laws of physics changed, criminals will always get guns. It’s up to us, the honest law-abiding people of our country, to protect ourselves from them.
The New York Times recently published an article about how killers obtained weapons illegally in countries that have strict gun laws. This appeared in a Page 1 editorial, something that the New York Times hasn’t done in 100 years. Little did they realize it, but they essentially said, “the gun control debate is over, and the gun owners won.”
The things they talk about as challenges are the reasons that the liberals will never get their way. Gun control doesn’t stop crime. There are constitutional challenges to regulating guns and determined killers still find weapons. Those reasons make it impossible to enact the kinds of gun control laws that liberals want.
Perhaps they will eventually realize this; but I doubt it. Liberals live in an ideal world, like college professors sitting around a table, debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. While they don’t believe in angels, they do believe in the debate. So, they’ll continue to argue, sure that they are right, simply because of who they are.
This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.
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mwood | December 15, 2015
obama cant have his way with freedom without eliminating privately owned firearms first
Patrica | December 15, 2015
There are already regulations in place that regulate the buying of Ar 15’s. The criminals will always find a way to purchase guns. Do you only want the criminals to have guns or do you want law abiding citizens to be able to protect themselves and their families. It’s time President Obama looks at all the facts and sees that if it’s not a gun then it will be another weapon. Stop making executive laws and see you will not change human nature.
ChuckInBama | December 15, 2015
He doesn’t care about the safety of law-abiding Americans. This is, and always has been, a control issue. As long as Americans have the right to keep and bear arms, we still retain final control over our government.
He’s not trying to protect us; he FEARS us!
Brooks Phillips | December 15, 2015
Bob | December 15, 2015
In addition to your comments on gun registration, according to federal gun laws, when a dealer goes out of business, they are required to turn over all their records to the BATFE (E stands for explosives) which is their current acronym. Also , although a violation of the federal law , Massachusetts requires gun owner to register their purchase with local police department for private sales through an FA-10 form or the dealer files this form for the customer if bought through dealer. Mass law says the police depArtment is required to destroy this form within 10 days of receipt but who is enforcing or ensuring this happens and what about copies. The Obama administration is aware of mass requirement but will not expend funds to enforce federal law. Obama and others In his fold are trying to model federal laws after Mass law just like they did with national health care system.
Anne | December 15, 2015
I was living in Australia in 1996 when the gun “confiscation” took place. Australians mostly are very accustomed to doing as they are told by their government. No one stands up and protests, and very few will even speak in private about government regulations they do not agree with. They will tell you, however, that it is because they fear being arrested. Australians have been forbidden, for many years, from saying anything negative about the government, Aboriginals, healthcare, etc.
Many people were envious of the USA’s love of their country and our patriotism. (Not so much any longer, right?). Their socialist healthcare left people waiting for up to 5 months for– get this– an appendectomy! I said, “but you can die from that!” The response was, an affirmative nod of the head.
Australians are lovely people, but they do not have the freedoms we have.
Gouchybear | December 15, 2015
As everyone knows, or should know, the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with maintaining our ability to hunt for food or any such thing, and everything to do with Americn citizens having the ability to take up arms and overthrow our own government should they subvert the Constitution, and thia is what obama is going to try and prevent. He knows very well that the majority of the people of the Unoited States will not stand for, nor allow, our source of laws to be subverted and replaced with what obama wants: a DICTATORSHIP. He knows we will take up arms and stop him and his imported jihadist’s dead in their tracks because we have the means with which to do it. BUT, if he can take away our guns he will have nothing standing in his way because the leadership in our government and military have all been replaced with those who are loyal to him, and they do not serve to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
No, this is not about gun safety at all, it’s about a complete and total takeover of the United States and the looting of our Treasury.
KEEP YOUR GUNS, HIDE THEM IN THE GROUND IF YOU MUST BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO NEED THEM…VERY SOON!!
jim Barrus | December 15, 2015
If someone wants to kill someone else they can always find a way. A gun is the most convenient way right now, but there are a 1,000 other things that can be used.
I’ll say it again — the so called “Elite” want to take away our guns so that we cannot fight back when they try to make slaves of us. All they are interested in is the power that they claim and the fact that it gives them extreme riches.
They have no real interest in “law abiding” citizens other than what money they can get from them when the control everything.
whiteghos1 | December 15, 2015
That will be the match that ignites the 2nd Civil War.
Mahatma Muhjesbude | December 16, 2015
Whiteghost1…I think you meant 2nd Revolutionary war?
Old Gunnie | December 15, 2015
Under Clinton we has several mass shootings, under Bush only one, under Obama one per day for last three years according to them, maybe we just need to get rid of democrats.
Edwin Wildner | December 15, 2015
Mr. White: Interestingly, the proverb you mentioned about angels dancing on the head of a pin, ends with: “…while the Turk is at the gate.”
Very appropriate for these times.
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Thor | December 25, 2015
Everyone needs to buy a firearm or firearm related item for Christmas. I bought extra, clips and conversion kits for me, a new Mossberg 500 pistol grip for my wife and a 10/22 for the father in law. No better time to prep than now!!!
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oleta states | January 19, 2016
i think Obama is trying to take usa away from us, I dot see how any one could believe him he a liar& a dictator. hope he get impeach for sure.it is as plain as the nose on your face what he up to, he hates all whites, he be the first to sat rachies.
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