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Sleight Of Arms: Liberals' anti-gun pincer movement
The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | December 31, 2012 | Daniel Clark

Posted on 12/31/2012 8:15:52 PM PST by Daniel Clark

Sleight Of Arms: Liberals’ anti-gun pincer movement

by Daniel Clark

In the aftermath of the mass murder (not “the tragedy”) in Newtown, Connecticut, we’re hearing the predictable calls for “commonsense” gun legislation. President Obama is pushing for a reinstatement of the “assault weapons ban” that expired in 2004, in contradiction of the “I believe in the Second Amendment” sweet nothings he’d been whispering through much of his first term.

The argument behind such a ban is that there’s no reason for a private citizen to own military-style weapons, or in the president’s words, “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities.” Under the Clinton-era prohibition, “assault weapons” were defined arbitrarily, in such a way that one could easily obtain comparable guns without violating the law. The same would likely be true of whatever similar ban the Democrats hope to pass in reaction to Newtown.

For that reason, the NRA and likeminded groups may seem unreasonable to the passive observer, but they’re only trying to head off the liberals’ anti-gun pincer movement before it’s too late. If the “assault weapons” ban is reenacted, and made permanent this time, it will codify into law the premise that military-style weapons should not be owned by civilians. The fact that there would remain similar guns that were still legal would come to be seen as a loophole in need of closing.

Meanwhile, there’s the United States v. Miller Supreme Court precedent to contend with. The Court ruled in that 1939 case that appellant Jack Miller was not within his Second Amendment rights to transport a sawed-off shotgun across state lines, on the basis that the weapon, being inconsistent with use in a militia, did not fall within the constitutional definition of “arms.”

What the judiciary calls “arms,” Obama and his congressional allies call “assault weapons.” That’s not by accident. It’s a conscious, incremental step toward outlawing the ownership of firearms altogether. If that sounds paranoid, then ask yourself what else the president might have had in mind when he said on Meet the Press that “something fundamental in America has to change” where gun ownership is concerned.

This is how politicians proscribe an object or activity without having popular support for doing so. They don’t attempt to pass an outright prohibition, but instead indirectly regulate it out of existence. The American people would never have supported a ban on incandescent light bulbs, for instance, so no such thing was proposed. The way Congress did it was to pass new efficiency standards that were not realistically attainable. Likewise, Obama’s mandate to double fuel efficiency standards by 2025 is a means of preventing the manufacture of certain larger, heavier vehicles, without having to face the controversy that would arise from explicitly forbidding it.

So-called “commonsense gun restrictions” would operate in a similar but more stealthy manner, in that they’d rely on the Miller precedent, and the knowledge that the liberal media won’t bother to explain its relevance. Obama and his party seek to trap law-abiding gun owners between that ruling and the contrary assumptions underlying their legislative efforts. They still respect the people’s right to own firearms, they’ll say, just as long as those firearms are neither consistent nor inconsistent with military use.

You might wonder how this is possible, since an individual’s right to keep and bear arms was reaffirmed in the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision. The Heller ruling steered clear of overturning Miller, however, and also left the door open to future legislative restrictions.

Not that liberals feel bound by that decision anyway. By the time a challenge to any new law works its way through to the Supreme Court, there will likely be a third and possibly a fourth Obama appointee on the bench. Even as the Court is presently configured, Chief Justice John Roberts could always reverse himself. If he can flip-flop in the middle of writing his own opinion in the Obamacare case, disavowing a five-year-old decision ought to be a snap. All he has to do is cite some “compelling interest” or “evolving standard,” or whatever legal weasel words come to mind.

Besides, Obama might not directly propose a ban on the ownership of firearms. He might instead try to prohibit their manufacture and sale, and mandate the registration of those that are already privately owned. So, you see, your Second Amendment rights wouldn’t really be threatened at all. Neither will your right to purchase a new Hummer, just as long as it gets at least 54.5 miles to the gallon.

-- Daniel Clark is a writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author and editor of a web publication called The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press, where he also publishes a seasonal sports digest as The College Football Czar.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: assaultweapons; banglist; guncontrol; heller; miller; newtown; secondamendment

1 posted on 12/31/2012 8:16:03 PM PST by Daniel Clark
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To: Daniel Clark

We need to ban clips with more than 5000 rounds. Too bulky and heavy.


2 posted on 12/31/2012 8:23:28 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Daniel Clark

Anyone with an I.Q of 44 knows the real purpose of the 2ND Amendment:to deter by violence if necessary a tyrannical government, such as the one we are fast approaching.To prepare for this, I am beginning to transfer ownership of duplicate weapons in my collection for a token fee to like-minded family members,but only after they have their ccw and swear on the bible that the firearm will stay in the bloodline.


3 posted on 12/31/2012 8:25:01 PM PST by patriotsblood
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4 posted on 12/31/2012 8:28:46 PM PST by narses
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5 posted on 12/31/2012 8:29:25 PM PST by narses
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To: patriotsblood
I am beginning to transfer ownership of duplicate weapons in my collection for a token fee to like-minded family members,but only after they have their ccw and swear on the bible that the firearm will stay in the bloodline.

If you run out of family members I am available for adoption.

6 posted on 12/31/2012 8:34:26 PM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: PA-RIVER
Suitable resolution for bumperstickers, and other labels


7 posted on 12/31/2012 8:42:43 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Daniel Clark

Bttt.


8 posted on 12/31/2012 8:55:52 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: HangnJudge

What does the inscription on the bottom mean?


9 posted on 12/31/2012 9:01:48 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: jonrick46
“What does the inscription on the bottom mean?”

That's the Greek alphabet. It reads “Molon Labe” and it translates as “Come and get them”.

This is what King Leonidas of Sparta told the emissary of the Persian tyrant Xerxes when he was told to lay down his arms and Xerxes would spare the Greeks at Thermopylae (480 B.C.). Leonidas’ 300 Spartans and other Greek warriors held the pass for three days against Xerxes’ hundreds of thousands. They killed 20,000 Persians.

10 posted on 12/31/2012 9:18:16 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01

I would use all three as my inscription. We have huge numbers of zero information Americans who are too cheap to buy their own gun. They would take them if the Big Brother gave it to them free.


11 posted on 12/31/2012 9:28:24 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Daniel Clark
I inherited a couple of WWII combat assault weapons from my father and father-in-law. I have some sort of Japanese assault rifle which my late father-in-law used for deer hunting. I have never fired it, and I am not even certain that I can find ammo for it. Alabama does not require gun registration, so it looks as if I am going to have to hide these. There will come a day when only criminals and the ruling class will be allowed to own firearms.
12 posted on 12/31/2012 10:11:02 PM PST by Nemoque
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To: PA-RIVER

I replaced the front Clip on a 55 Chevy way back when.

I would have never imagined back then that it would be made illegal at some point.


13 posted on 12/31/2012 10:17:18 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (I don't Trust a Government that doesn't Trust me. How about you Comrade?)
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To: Daniel Clark

“The Court ruled in that 1939 case that appellant Jack Miller was not within his Second Amendment rights to transport a sawed-off shotgun across state lines,”

IIRC the court could not decide whether a short-barreled shotgun was or wasn’t an arm suitable for the military and sent it back to the lower court. They did rule that we had a right to possess military type arms, though. Like, um, AK and AR types.


14 posted on 12/31/2012 10:24:39 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Daniel Clark

There is no reason to own such weapons except that the government is forbidden from infringing upon our right to own them. The bill of rights does not say what we can or cannot do - it says explicitly what the government cannot do. These rights are protected, period. We do not have to show a need for our rights, any of them.


15 posted on 12/31/2012 11:04:04 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Nemoque
"so it looks as if I am going to have to hide these"

The day you think you need to hide them is most probably the day you should start using them

16 posted on 12/31/2012 11:05:20 PM PST by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition-------The New Gold)
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To: Daniel Clark
The same would likely be true of whatever similar ban the Democrats hope to pass in reaction to Newtown.

FineSwine's new bill defines them so broadly, that virtually any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine would be banned,and any current one's grandfathered into the NFA registry,tax, local law enforcement permission, system. And you can't sell them, or give them to anyone, not even in your will. You register them, if your local LEO will let you, and pay the $200 tax (expect that to be raised,$200 in 1934 is about $3,400 today) or you turn them in... Or wait for the JBTs come to get them.

17 posted on 01/01/2013 12:01:39 AM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: MasterGunner01
They killed 20,000 Persians.

It wasn't enough, and we'll probably have to finish the job sooner or later. The Modern name for Persia is Iran.

18 posted on 01/01/2013 12:12:10 AM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato
Netanyahu will have to do it, BHO is too busy surrendering to Ahmadinejad. Barry is a wussy and a Mooslime.
19 posted on 01/01/2013 1:36:20 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: patriotsblood
Anyone with an I.Q of 44 knows the real purpose of the 2ND Amendment: to deter by violence if necessary a tyrannical government, such as the one we are fast approaching.

Well there’s your problem – anyone that smart won’t have voted for the Dear liar in the first place.

To prepare for this, I am beginning to transfer ownership of duplicate weapons in my collection for a token fee to like-minded family members, but only after they have their ccw and swear on the bible that the firearm will stay in the bloodline.

Good idea, disperse your guns as well as stash some away.

Let it be known that they national socialists won’t get them all.

20 posted on 01/01/2013 11:00:56 AM PST by BerserkPatriot (Why is the Democratic National Socialist Committee waging a War on liberty?)
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To: Lockbar

When the shooting starts, no stopping to negotiate a peace like Israel does with Hamas. Complete and overwhelming victory of liberty over communism is the only way to return the US to its greatness.


21 posted on 01/01/2013 11:08:26 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: El Gato; All

Not just semi-autos but any firearm that can take a detachable magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds like my old 1918 vintage Lee-Enfield rifle . or my buddies Ruger 10-22 rifle. This is a fight for the survival of the Constitution & I have no faith in the will of the GOP leadership to do anything but suck donkey dick.


22 posted on 01/01/2013 4:26:08 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner
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