The Trojan HorseSubmitted by holbrook on Mon, 03/26/2012 - 20:38
The election-year Trojan Horse gun control bill has reared it’s ugly head again.
Over the summer, Gun Rights groups mobilized gun owners like you in opposition to H.R. 822, the so-called “National Reciprocity Act.” It passed the House last fall, and has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Democrats Mark Begich and Joe Manchin, as S. 2188.
While the idea that all states should recognize a concealed weapons permit is sound public policy, the use of the anti-gun federal bureaucracy to implement it is simply foolish.
Call your U.S. Senators and make clear that you want to keep the federal government’s hands off your permit and that you are opposed to federal intrusion into the concealed weapons permit process. Urge them to oppose S.2188.
Once the federal government is in the business of setting the standards for concealed carry permits, it’s only a matter of time before they start using that power to restrict our rights.
Now, you may hear arguments that this bill doesn’t do that, and maybe that’s true… for now.
But, once this bill starts moving, anyone can amend the bill with anything… and no legislation can bind a future Congress in any way.
That doesn’t count what Obamacrats in the Department of Justice might dream up as the “regulations” to carry out the legislative “intent.”
You know that Department of Justice well, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder.
We want to do everything possible to keep Eric Holder away from lists of gun owners.
Gun owners have enough trouble with Republican-run Executive branches implementing the law improperly. Does anyone really think the Obama Administration is going to treat gun owners fairly?
I know many of you are frustrated that you can carry in some states but not others — I’m frustrated, too.
I believe I should be able to carry concealed — without a permit — in all 50 states. That’s what “bear arms” means.
But mark my words, H.R. 822 (and it’s Democrat-sponsored Senate version, S.2188), the National CCW Registration Act, will become nothing more than a Trojan Horse for even more federal gun control.
I understand that many who support this bill sincerely just want their right to carry respected — but cannot due to the fact that their state or another won’t do the right thing.
But the devil is truly in the details… and the details are where this legislation gets sticky.
This bill isn’t just about the right to carry for self defense — it’s a battle over the role of government and the ability to restrict our Second Amendment rights.
Once gun owners let the Obamacrats start mandating whether states recognize permit reciprocity, they will want to mandate what it takes to get and keep those permits.
We’re talking about:
More onerous standards to acquire a permit, so that only FBI agents can pass muster (look at New York’s permit system);
More training requirements;
A demonstration of “Need” for a permit;
More frequent renewal periods;
Federally-mandated waiting periods;
A national database of all permit holders, accessible by Attorney General Eric Holder;
An extensive, federally-created list of Criminal Safezones, where only criminals will carry and where law-abiding gun owners are vulnerable;
The list of potential problems is endless.
We all need to call our U.S. Senators and make clear that we want to keep the government’s hands off our permit and that we are opposed to federal intrusion into the concealed weapons permit process. Urge them to oppose S.2188.
I haven’t even mentioned that this legislation would shred the Constitutional Carry provisions on the books in Arizona, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming.
It doesn’t stop with just concealed carry. They’ll co-opt the bill to expand the national Brady Registration Check system to block military veterans with PTSD or individuals with misdemeanor convictions from even OWNING firearms — much less use them for self defense.
Many statists in Washington will co-opt S. 2188 -- just like they did to H.R. 822 in the House -- as part of their grab for more federal power and less individual liberty.
Even now, the statists in Congress are trying to adopt a National ID card, complete with biometric data that they’ve forced the states to conform to their mandated drivers license “standards.”
You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to be worried about this big brother mentality.
The National Association for Gun Rights has been part of a group of liberty-minded organizations which have passed state legislation forbidding cooperation with a National ID card.
While the institutional gun lobby will tell you this is a step forward for CCW permit holders, make no mistake, the National CCW Registration Act is a misguided attempt to protect our rights. It’s like asking the fox to guard the hen house.
They will use this bill as the foundation to create a federal database of CCW permit holders. And then they can link it everywhere the Feds have database connections — state police, doctors and insurance companies under Obamacare, and Medicaid/Medicare.
I’m sorry, but I refuse to entrust my liberty and privacy to a “trust us, they won’t do that” approach to dealing with Obama, the gun-grabbers or frankly most politicians of either party in Washington.
We need you to make some noise, right now!
Here’s what you can do to help:
Call your U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121 and make clear that you want to keep the government’s hands off your permit and that you are opposed to federal intrusion into the concealed weapons permit process. Urge them to oppose S.2188.
Liberal Republicans and so-called “conservative” Democrats are looking for an easy “pro-gun” vote to give them cover before the next election.
That’s why this bill is being offered by Harry Reid’s anti-gun Democrat Senators.
A Trojan Horse gun control bill like S. 2188 is exactly the kind of legislation that will get support on both sides of the aisle in Washington D.C. And remember, the Democrat-controlled Senate has to pass it before it gets to Obama… so this bill will only get worse.
That’s why you and I have to make noise, now!