I've been out of the office for a few days as I traveled down to South Carolina for a small invite-only media days event at Palmetto State Armory. We had a great time, but I admittedly lost contact with civilization and our gun fight with the busy schedule we had.
A lot has happened in the gun industry this week, and it's kind of a train wreck. I'll do my best to summarize the important points, at least the ones I know about. In all honesty, I may have missed some things as I tried to get caught up on everything that has happened while I was out.
Beto's Got a Ban For that:
Along the lines of the saying, there's an app for that, the new saying among many concerning presidential hopeful Beto: Beto's got a ban for that.
He has come out. They are no longer hiding it, and anyone who says that their ultimate goal isn't confiscation is a liar. Beto plans to take away your AR-15, AK47, and anything else that has had a “purpose of war.” (I put that in quotes, but believe I paraphrased it)
To my knowledge the following guns have been used in and for war:
- Bolt Action Rifles
- Early semi-automatic rifles
- Brown Bess
- Kentucky Long Rifle
- Beretta 92
- And a lot more …
Does he plan to ban all of them? I guess he could.
We could go further, and name knives, clubs, bow and arrow, swords, crossbow, and others, but we won't go there because this is ultimately about the de-arming of American citizens — the very same people who don't commit any of the crimes being named for the reasons why they want to disarm us.
If elected, there is no telling how far Beto will go, but one thing is absolutely certain — if he wins the election, the democrats will have elected a criminal to office. He has been charged with DWI, he allegedly attempted to flee the scene, he was caught in a burglary while in college, and who knows what else. (Read more here)
He is a criminal and is running for the white house and has plans to strip the Constitution as we know it and does not hide it at all. Watch the video here:
This fool cannot win.
CEOs Pushing Gun Control
This one is strange. I can only guess, but I think that in a hope to ride the momentum of Walmart's wake, a lot of American-owned businesses wrote letters to the senate urging them to take action and institute stricter gun control measures.
None of the companies on the list are surprising to me, and includes 145 different CEOs, to include those from Levi Strauss, Uber, Lyft, Dick's, and GAP. Those are companies who've come out in the past with anti-gun rhetoric, to include policies that don't allow the carrying of firearms or otherwise limiting firearms in some way.
And it seems that, to at least some degree, the senate is willing to put some sort of gun control measures forward. The senate leader, Mitch McConnell had this to say:
On a serious issue like this, after these horrendous shootings dominating the month of August, at least we could come back with a level of seriousness that underscored that maybe we would like to get an outcome … And so we do, in fact, await word from the White House about what the president is willing to sign.
In fact, if you read between those lines, what he's saying is that the senate will vote and likely pass anything that the president is willing to do. Which, ultimately brings me to my final, and likely most important point.
Fix the current system
The current system is broken. Big time. I mean, YUGEly broken.
This is a novel idea, but before we pass more gun control measures, why don't we try to fix what is currently broken to give it an actual chance to prove itself? What do I propose we fix?
Ya know, things like having the authorities actually report crimes to the NICS system.
It's a problem that is never spoken about, and rarely reported on, but in addition to criminals acquiring guns illegally, is a massive issue. In just one state, North Carolina, 145,000 crimes were not reported to the background check system over the past few decades. Why is this important?
It's important because after these crimes were finally reported back in December, 78 of those individuals were denied the purchase of a firearm through the current background check system, and the below video was originally released in August.
In other words, just 8 months after those crimes were finally reported, 78 criminals who would have otherwise bought firearms were denied. How many convicted violent felons fell through the cracks?
There is no way to know who bought guns up to that point. But, this is just one state. Last I checked, there are a total of 50 states in the Union and all of them likely have broken reporting practices to some degree.
If you don't believe me, check out this video, and make sure you share it.
Let me reiterate myself here, just in case I'm not making any sense. The gun grabbing politicians want to enact more gun control laws, red flag laws, background check laws, magazine capacity restrictions, and more–but criminals are not being reported to the current system in astonishing numbers.
None of the new legislation being proposed will fix the lack of reporting at the state and municipal level. Nor will the proposed legislation work on people who acquire their guns illegally.
Therefore, once and if these proposed gun control measures become actual laws, THEY WON'T WORK because they can't work. How CAN they work when the criminals are NOT being reported to the very system that prevents criminals from buying guns in the first place, or are bypassing it completely by theft?
How dare they try to fix something that isn't broken while leaving what is broken intact.
Idiots. Or, traitors. Take your pick.
A note to politicians
You have absolutely no right to pass gun control legislation. Period. The people have the right to keep and bear arms.
The system put in place currently, works when it's followed. We don't need more gun control, we need idiot control (I'm looking at you Beto). We also need the laws currently on the books to be followed.
To do anything less, especially when talking about a Constitutional right, is neglecting your duty to the people of this fine country. Also, a phrase from my childhood comes to mind. Something my mom used to say to me, I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it.
Don't forget that we put all of you in office, and we can vote you right back out. Keep that in mind going forward.
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