by: the Common Constitutionalist
As a result of the Newtown Connecticut shootings more and more Statists in local, state and federal government are not asking but demanding knee-jerk measures to control what they classify as “Gun Violence”.
As you read this or any article, listen to the radio or watch television; always remember the language shifts that the left employees. In this case it is no longer gun control, but is now gun violence, because no one could ever be in favor of gun violence.
Many states like New York have enacted far-reaching gun restrictions on their law-abiding citizens and by now most of heard or seen the ranting of that dopey police chief from Emeryville California, Ken James. In a recent press conference chief James exclaimed, “One issue that boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon. That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon. A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power. Police officers don’t carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers. They carry a gun to be able to do their job in a safe and effective manner and face oppositions we may come upon.”
So chief James, when a police officer somehow finds him or herself in a threatening situation and he/she draws their weapon, it is not to defend themselves or others? That’s just inane on its face and you sir, are a moron. Is the California police Creed not to protect and serve but to intimidate and show power? Nice motto.
California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation yet they are pushing a new massive gun control package. California Senate President pro tem, Democrat Darrell Steinberg said, “We can save lives” in defending the package. He continued, “If it was a defensive measure why did we lose 55 officers nationwide last year to gun violence? We are asking and have been asking for reasonable regulations, not that are going to impact the legal gun owner.”
First, notice the injection of the new buzzword “gun violence”. Second, who else would it “impact” you idiot; the criminals? Criminals don’t obey the law or regulations. That’s what makes them criminals.
Although it is completely misguided and anathema to the Constitution, I understand why states such as New York and California enact ridiculous laws and regulations to control their populations. These states are controlled and run by Statists and do-gooders. They don’t feel we citizens can live our lives without constant guidance and dictates from our overseers. I was surprised when hearing that Missouri was jumping onto the gun-grab train.
In the most brazen attempt yet, Missouri Democrats introduced a retroactive anti-gun bill. If passed Missouri residents will have 90 days to turn in their guns. The bill reads in part, “any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have 90 days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution. 1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri; 2) render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; 3) surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations. 4) Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine is a class C felony.”
I believe that national gun-grab legislation will be proposed, but will either be severely watered down or rejected outright. Both Congressman and Senators understand that most of the voting public won’t stand for it.
So, in will step Herr Obama and prove that the pen is mightier than the sword or the gun. With an executive order, he will begin the confiscation of all weapons. Yes I did say all weapons. Oh, it will begin with something similar to the Missouri proposal. You know, just turn in your scary guns. It will not; I repeat, will not end there.
How could he do such a thing? He could never think to get away with it, you say. Well, we haven’t been in the way back machine a while. Buckle up Sherman. Flipped the switch Mr. Peabody. Set it for the gold confiscation of 1933.
Just a few short months after winning election in 1932, Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 and an improved version in August of ‘33, order 6260, making it illegal, with few exceptions, for a private citizen to own or possess gold. Of course, they didn’t describe it as just innocuously owning gold. They called it “hoarding”. And of course, “hoarding” is bad and only bad people hoard things.
Franklin’s decree (Executive Order) power came from, he said: “by the authority vested in me” and another mandate, the “National Emergency in Banking Relief and Trading with the Enemy Act” or War Powers Act. That hero of the left and all around good guy, Woodrow Wilson, decreed the War Powers Act.
The 1917 act was to “define, regulate and punish trading with the enemy, and for other purposes”. I love the addition of “for other purposes” which was never defined. How convenient. The war Powers act of 1917 did at least exclude citizens of the United States. The Roosevelt gold confiscation order of 1933, however,chnged the language to include “any person within the United States or any place subject to the jurisdiction thereof”. Suddenly, any citizen owning gold became an enemy of the United States government.
As an aside, you may notice a common clause inserted in the text of essentially every PEO (Presidential Executive Order). That is “by the authority vested in me…”, whether the president actually has the authority is of no account, as long as he says he does. Neat trick, eh.
This is the type of regulatory statism that is born of fear and hubris. Remember, no matter what the era, a progressive will always think the same way. Don’t let a crisis go to waste. In times of crisis, either real or fabricated, fascists in government can accomplish what they could never think to do without. The worst legislation and decrees always involve some sort of national crisis.
In 1933, we were suffering through the worst depression in our history. Fear of economic collapse was on everybody’s mind. A perfect time for a progressive “Administrator ” to grab the reins from the people and lead them into… The Great Depression! By confiscating the one thing that citizens had of intrinsic value, Roosevelt blew out the only candle of economic survival available to ordinary Americans struggling mightily during the dark days of the Depression.
And back to today. The lefts push of gun control into crisis is all too predictable for those who understand their M.O. They cannot allow this opportunity to go cold. They are striking as quickly and as forcefully as they are able. They understand if the crisis wanes, they will lose that window.
This is why I believe Obama will simply sign a PEO to begin the process of control and then confiscation of our guns. I would also bet my life that the PEO was written long ago, probably by someone like Cass Sunstein, along with many others, just sitting in a drawer somewhere, to be pulled out at the opportune moment.