To disarm the people…was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.
Hmm…I wonder how the Founders felt about gun control. Oh, that’s right; I don’t have to.
…they eject you from their meetings. This is democracy in New Jersey: do what we want, say what we want, or we’ll punish you.
And just in case you thought they were applauding his ejection…
They were continuing to turf people out after they “cut off debate” over their gun bills:
This is your police state at work. Don’t agree with what they are doing to you? They shut down debate and sic the police on you. And as far as they are concerned, “You can’t stop government…” But don’t worry there, Mr. and Mrs. Jersey Shore…I’m sure they won’t be coming for you in the future…
I already remarked on this idiotic idea in a prior post, but now that Rep. John “I Watch Too Many F’ing Movies” Tierney (D-Mass.) has decided to offer up HR2005 “The Personalized Handgun Safety Act” (better known as “We Think Stuff in James Bond Movies is Real Act”) it’s time to return to this subject.
In the latest James Bond offering Skyfall, the classic anti-hero is toting a new Walther PPK/S — already showing you the filmmakers aren’t thinking beyond fan service and product placement…it’s a terrible firearm, compared to the PPS or PPQ — that is “coded to his palmprint” to prevent anyone from Bond using the jammin’est gun MI6 ever issued.
Here’s why it’s a stupid idea: 1) Fingerprint and palmprint technology is finicky even when not attached to a device is essentially a container for a controlled explosion. There’s a reason it didn’t catch on with laptops — it doesn’t recognize you half the time. You look like a new cash register jockey running the pack of gom over the laser scanner for twenty minutes.
2) One of the issues with the sensors is they are highly prone to dirt and fouling…something firearms produce in spades. The recoil of the .380 is not especially vicious, but fragile electronics run through the frame of the pistol would be prone to failure from normal usage. Imagine the effect of a 10mm 1911 running “hot” loads…. In the cold, in the heat, what would be the effect? How about if, in the middle of a tussle, the police officer armed with one of these turds dropped it and it stopped functioning?
3) The battery technology is not adequate to the task of allowing the firearm to be ready at all times. You would have to switch it on and off…and if the battery is dead, would the firearm lock down? That could be damend inconvenient if, say, you needed it suddenly. If it did work with the sensors off, then what’s the damned point; you’d just flip the switch to “off.”
That’s just the practical issues…
The lesson here is “movies aren’t reality.”
I think the title pretty much says it all, but here we go — the State Department’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanded Cody Wilson and the website Defcad.org take down the 3D-printable files of the “Liberator” handgun released Monday, along with nine other 3D-printable firearms components, while it “reviews” the files for compliance with export control laws under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR.)
Unfortunately for the
Benghazi Bullshiters State Department, Pirate Bay is already hosting the plans, as are several other torrent sites. Ooops! Welcome to the 21st Century, Foggy Bottom!
So, maybe we can ban you making 3D printable guns, thinks Steven “Behind the Times” Israel. That oughta do it! I know when we banned marijuana and other drugs usage dropped…oh, wait…. Maybe ban the 3D printers themselves! What about those printers whose parts are already printed by 3D printers..? Or, hey, the plans for making your own RepRap machine…aren’t those online, too?
To quote Mr. Universe in Serenity, “You can’t stop the signal, Mal…”
Is nullification of federal gun laws like we’ve seen in Kansas and other states constitutional? Well, here’s one of the Founders:
If a number of political societies enter into a larger political society, the laws which the latter may enact, pursuant to the powers intrusted [sic] to it by its constitution, must necessarily be supreme over those societies and the individuals of whom they are composed…. But it will not follow from this doctrine that acts of the larger society which are not pursuant to its constitutional powers, but which are invasions of the residuary authorities of the smaller societies, will become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such.
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 33
(Emphasis mine) — Since the Second Amendment is the only one that uses the term “…shall not be infringed…”, I’d say yes — the states have the right to nullify unconstitutional laws.
Not convinced that’s what they intended? Let’s try Hamilton in Federalist 78:
There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the constitution, can be valid.
File this under “Slippery slope”:
On May 1st, Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown signed a law that allows the state to confiscate the weapons of anyone with a ”criminal conviction or serious mental illness.” $24 million has been set aside to hire new “special agents” to find the 200,000 or so folks qualifying under the new law so the state can steal their property (despite the state being $34 billion in debt…)
Mind you this is not to take away the guns of criminals, but “potentially dangerous individuals…” [Emphasis mine.] So you don’t have to have committed a crime, but just be someone who the state thinks might be a danger to yourself or others (Can we add politicians to that list?) This isn’t the end of the road for the Gilded State — there are at least another 11 gun-related measures being considered as the state exemplifying bad Progressive ideas continues to find ways to steal your money, things, and rights.
And what do Californians do? Lie down and take it.
One of these scumbag politicians, Kevin DeLeon of Los Angeles (This is the same douchebag that wanted you to have to give fingerprints to buy ammo…), wants an annual permit to buy ammunition — what amounts to a user’s fee of your constitutional rights. There’s also the nickel-per-bullet tax that’s been proposed, as well as gun show “loopholes”, etc.
Have no doubt that California is the model for the Democrat’s national efforts to steal you property and rights. Until they can wrest your weaponry from you, they know that there is the risk of the population not only rejecting — but violently so — their “progressive” agenda, to whit — create an aristocratic class of “experts” and politicians that live by a separate code than you do. It’s no wonder that a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll shows between a quarter and a third of the population believe an “armed revolution” to be necessary to protect their liberties.
Surprise, surprise…this is similar to what I’ve been seeing in people I talk to — about a third of the people I’ve spoken to who have purchased weapons recently agreed that the possibility of an armed revolt against more government intrusion was likely, and even necessary. (Admittedly, this is anecdotal, but it has held firm with Republicans and libertarians seeing the writing on the wall, and Democrats refusing to acknowledge that their fellow citizens are well and truly pissed off. And armed.
Remember, only about a third of the population backed the revolution against the British Crown. Something to think about before you keep stepping on your neighbors’ toes.
Didn’t buy it because i was skint, but the local range had a buttload of the Remington 100 round boxes of .45ACP and a small amount of 9mm that they were charging only a little more than when all the buying nonsense started. 10mm’s been easy to find in the usual whimped-out stuff with no cost increase. 5.7x28mm is still MIA.
Look, everyone, the gun control push in the media will continue for another few weeks, but it’s done for this Congress. 2014 is when they’ll be back, so just buy what you need to practice so we can all get a little range time.
All the gun legislation in the Senate either died or has been pulled. It was never going to pass the House, anyway, so all you dirtbags buying up every single loose bullet knock it the hell off. Some of us just want to put a box through to stay proficient. It shouldn’t cost $60/box of 9mm to do it.
I just hope the prices crash fast enough to screw anyone out there who bought to scalp the stuff out of a profit.
The Manchin-Toomey bill went down 46/54, “Assault Weapons” ban 40/60, and the GOP bill 52/48. Reid’s seen the writing on the wall and is pulling the rest of the gun grabbing legislation.
So choke on it, Progressives.
Here are the Republican senators that intend to betray their libertarian and conservative brethren and vote for cloture on the gun control measures Harry Reid and Democrats are pushing on the American people: John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and Susan Collins (Maine).
McCain is understandable. This POS statist has a long history of corruption )Keating 5, anyone? Savings and Loan Scandals? BCCI? Google!) trying to subvert the Constitution — from his
Incumbent Protection Campaign Finance Act, which was was the result of his losing the 2000 primary to George W Bush — to his part in writing the sections of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that allows for military policing of the nation, as well as select bureaucrats to reclassify Americans as “terrorists” and hold them without any constitution protections (4-6th Amendments), it’s no surprise that this wannabe aristocrat is ass deep in crafting the legislation that will open the door to disarming the population.
Graham is a warmonger of the worst sort, who enthusiastically supported the passage of the NDAA so that “the War of Terror would come to the Homeland…” Well, who would those targets be, Mr. Graham? Another man who has long outlived his usefulness, and has shown an increasingly erratic desire to rule rather than represent, it’s time Graham was shuffled off the Hill to the disgrace he so thoroughly deserves.
Coburn deserves special approbation — this is a man who has styled himself as a small government, constitutionalist. He garnered the nickname “Dr. No” for his supposed opposition to unconstitutional laws. Well, his true face is showing now. He’s another pro-war, pro-terror war politician who is a leader in the “conservative” ranks — in other words, he’s a “compassionate conservative”, which is code for religiously-motivated progressive. He’s a busybody, but he advertises himself as something different. Don’t be fooled, Oklahoma; this man will sell your rights down the river for more control of your tax money that is funneled into the federal law enforcement gristmill, as will be necessary for any major gun control initiative. If the bill goes down, he can tout his opposition to Reid’s scheme; if it goes into effect, he can beat his chest while directing your money to the people that will be coming to disarm you, eventually.
Chambliss is a long time member of the Intelligence Committee and ass-deep in the machinations of the military/intelligence/law enforcement-industrial cabal that continues to drain out coffers of useless wars in dusty places where they will never accept our political and social cultural capital. Kirk is another of Saxby’s ilk — a former naval officer who was reprimanded for politicking while in uniform (a violation of UCMJ, as well as federal law), and who is in the pocket of the same military/intelligence/law enforcement-business syndicate.
The others are the usual collection of big-government progressives masquerading as conservatives and “moderates” (whatever the hell that means), but are — in fact — simply corrupt officials (check out Ayotte’s past with the mortgage industry…oh, you can’t; they “lost” all their emails and records!) who desire power for power and money’s sake.
These are the people you keep sending to Washington, America. Like the vast collection of Democrats around the nation, they care about two things — your tax dollars and your submission to their will. You’ve allowed them to have the first, and once they get your guns, you’ve surrendered the only means to defend the latter.
I have a friend named Ziggy from Poland who lived through all this. Here’s Cuban, Manuel Martinez. Sing it, brother:
In 1957 a Revolution … individuals … malicious individuals, masquerading as Democrats, revolutionaries, established a regime … a dictatorial regime … in my nation. Called Communism, Socialism, Stalinism, Marxism, and whatever other named -ism you want to put on it. The reason why it was done was to take away the guns from the People. The right of the People to wear guns. That is a God-given Right. It’s not given by anybody. It’s not given by any group. It’s the same thing as freedom, which is a God-given Right. And no one, absolutely no one, has the authority to take it away. To cease to defend the Second Amendment, and my God-given Right of freedom, will cease only with my death.
I’ve been through it. I’ve been there. You people don’t know what freedom is because you never lost it. You haven’t been tortured. You haven’t been [sic] assassinations, you haven’t been mothers begging for the life of their son not to be killed because the only reason is they wanted to be free. And they killed the mothers and they killed the son.
So my way to protest, the way to oppose, because if we keep tangling with the Second Amendment, we are open the same way that Cuba was open for Communism. China, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Venezuela, on and on. A dictatorial regime that will destroy this country, in the same way that it destroyed those ones that I mentioned to you.