Apr 18, 1775, Gen. Thomas Gage orders Lieut. Colonel Smith,
. . . you will March with a Corps of Grenadiers and Light Infantry . . . with the utmost expedition and Secrecy to Concord, where you will seize and distroy (sic) all Artillery, Ammunition, Provisions, Tents, Small Arms, and all Military Stores whatever. . .
Thus began the attempted confiscation of American’s weapons by the British Crown, an action that has been repeated throughout history, and sadly, is now being spoken of openly by some in our own government. Senator Feinstein, as quoted in my article HERE, wants all guns turned in. State legislators from Missouri to Iowa to Oregon have introduced bills to confiscate firearms and authorize warrant-less searches for firearms, reminiscent of Kristallnacht.
Because of their distrust of centralized government, and fear of the concentration of power, the Founders included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, which was ratified December 15, 1791,
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Stephen Holbrook reported in the American Rifleman, June, 2001,
It would be instructive at this time to recall why the American citizenry and Congress have historically opposed the registration of firearms. The reason is plain. Registration makes it easy for a tyrannical government to confiscate firearms and to make prey of its subjects. Denying this historical fact is no more justified than denying that the Holocaust occurred or that the Nazis murdered millions of unarmed people.
Holbrook includes a Nazi poster, which reads in English,
November 10, 1938 – The SS Reichsführer and German Police Chief has issued the following Order: Persons who, according to the Nürnberg law, are regarded as Jews, are forbidden to possess any weapon. Violators will be condemned to a concentration camp and imprisoned for a period of up to 20 years.
Holbrook further reports a registration attempt here in America during WW II,
In 1941, U.S. Attorney General Robert Jackson called on Congress to enact national registration of all firearms. Given events in Europe, Congress recoiled, and legislation was introduced to protect the Second Amendment. Rep. Edwin Arthur Hall explained: “Before the advent of Hitler or Stalin, who took power from the German and Russian people, measures were thrust upon the free legislatures of those countries to deprive the people of the possession and use of firearms, so that they could not resist the encroachments of such diabolical and vitriolic state police organizations as the Gestapo, the Ogpu, and the Cheka.”
Rep. John W. Patman added: “The people have a right to keep arms; therefore, if we should have some Executive who attempted to set himself up as dictator or king (emphasis added), the people can organize themselves together and, with the arms and ammunition they have, they can properly protect themselves. . . .”
As previously mentioned, there are those in government who would, once again, disarm the American people, pushing us toward a great crisis, perhaps on the magnitude of the Civil War. There is a great divide between two conflicting worldviews, one which looks to centralize power, and one which holds the Founders’ distrust of centralized power. The one believes that rights come from government, which can give and take away, the other believes rights are from God, and, as such, are unalienable.
There is a power struggle between these two worldviews, at the center which is the struggle over guns:
Gun banners say, “You don’t really need that 30 round clip (magazine), 20 round magazine, or 8 round magazine (in New York State).” Advocates of the right to self protection note that murderers don’t call ahead, they decide the number of attackers, as they did with Channon Christian and Chris Newsome. But self defense advocates recognize that guns save lives of good people every day.
Gun banners say, “You don’t really need that AR-15 rifle,” mischaracterizing it as a fully-automatic machine gun. It is, in fact a modernized, ergonomic version of the semiautomatic rifle, based on 1885 technology. It is easier for women to handle than the 12 ga. shotgun advocated by the vice president. Yet, there was a bill introduced in the Missouri legislature this year to confiscate it. Firearms civil rights advocates note that the Founders had this type weapon in mind when they incorporated the Second Amendment. It is a militia weapon very similar to the standard infantry weapon. With their fear of centralized power, they wanted the citizenry to be well armed.
Threat of government ban attempts can have unintended consequences.
There has been a run on guns in recent months, like never before seen in American history. Many of these buyers are first-time purchasers. Gun stores across the land have recognized the president as Gun Salesman of the Year. He was quoted as saying,
We don’t want your guns.
We don’t want want all your guns.
What does he really mean?
There has been push back from the gun and accessory industry, and from hunters. As this is written Colorado is on the verge of passing a ban of magazine capacities of greater than fifteen rounds. Magpul Industries is threatening to leave that state, should the bill pass, taking many jobs with them. There is a move by hunters to boycott Colorado, because their proposed gun ban could entrap them.
The most onerous proposed law is universal registration. This would ban private transfers of firearms. You would have to get government approval before giving a family heirloom to your child. If a friend had a gun to sell, you would have to get government approval, at added expense, prior to buying. Some proposals would make it illegal to hand your gun to a friend at the range.
History has shown in all too many cases, universal registration has led to either universal confiscation, or confiscation from some despised group. Confiscation paved the way for genocide in the twentieth century. Examples include the Armenian Christians in Turkey (1915), Jews and others in Nazi Germany and occupied countries, and political dissidents in the Soviet Union, China, and Cambodia.
Would you really want your neighbor locked up for a year for magazine possession? . . . Unless he is a celebrity and gets a pass?
Do you really want to have to get government permission to give a gun to your child?
Do you trust government enough to bet your life that it will act in a benign, benevolent way toward you, your children, and grandchildren?
Now is the time to contact your elected representatives, and tell them support of these bad bills means a one-way ticket next election. You can use THIS TOOL. There is no room for compromise.
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A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)
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