"Prohibited Persons" My Comment to the New York TimesSubmitted by Blue Republic on Sun, 03/24/2013 - 07:34
The New York Times has been pushing their gun/people
control agenda in a pretty disgusting series of editorial
since Sandy Hook:
My conclusion is that - while we need to deal with the current batch of gun bills
that the Senate will be taking up after Easter - that existing law, which no one has really been talking about, is so blatantly evil and affects so many people that it offers important winnable issues that could attract wide support and enable us to take the offensive instead of endless grinding defense. It's time to be the the Red Army at Stalingrad, or something - pick the right time and place and counterattack.
Over 40 million Americans under *existing law* - all consumers of cannabis - are "Prohibited Persons" and felons if they possess even a single live round of ammunition. This is so big, so blatant and so dumb that if we can't do anything with this as an issue, well...
Anyway, my comment to the NYT:
"While "keeping guns out of the hands of criminals" sounds like a noble and uplifting goal - the evil is in the details.
For example, the NYT supports S. 374 - one of the bills that has cleared the Judiciary Committee - having the stated purpose:
"To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale."
What nobody mentions is that those whom existing federal laws say are "Prohibited Persons" includes *everyone* who is a consumer of marijuana.( USC Title 18 Section 922 (d) (3) ).
It is a federal felony for such persons to possess even a single round of ammunition, it is another felony to lie on the background check application (Form 4473) as is transfer of a firearm to a "prohibited person" - even unknowingly - with penalties of up to 15 years under S. 443, yet another of the bills up for consideration.
Zero distinction is made as to whether the marijuana user is acting completely legally within their own state laws, or engaging in activity that does not even rise to the status of a misdemeanor (as in those states where simple possession or use is only a violation - on the level of a parking ticket).
Number of adult US marijuana consumers = 40 million plus -
all potential felons if they possess so much as a single shot .22.
And with S.374 states will be obligated to report all of them to the Feds.
Feeling safer now?"
My other thread on this topic: