Tuesday, 11 November 2008

New Chief. Same anti gun attitudes.

Obama's Plan for Your Guns
After being given an airing on a nationally broadcast radio show, Gun Talk, the official web site of the new administration in the U.S. swiftly removed their manifesto of intent after the site was inundated with hits from aggrieved second amendment supporters. However, in a lesson that should be learnt by all who post on the web, once there, it is there forever, archived. After much searching the page that was removed has been found...Click Here to view (scroll down to the "Crime and Law Enforcement" section). Go take a look at what they don't want 80 million plus people to know.

As usual the law abiding members of society are being penalised for the anti-social and illegal activities of a minority. So what does the mew administration intend to do.

1. As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade.

This amendment passed to stop the bogus law suits against firearms makers and importers across the U.S. Sold to the masses as a tool to solve crime, legitimate crime fighting agencies already have access to this information. If repealed, the information would be available to attorneys enabling them to file law suits. This means a gun maker would be liable for the acts of a criminal. Put another way, a car maker could be sued by someone that a drunk driver ran over.

2. Obama and Biden also favours commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them.

Gun owners also support the ideal of keeping guns out of the hands of children and criminals. But rather than demonise guns to children gun owners work through a system of education and correct usage and handling. Keeping guns and for that matter any lethal items away from criminals is an unobtainable goal, as they are criminals and therefore do not obey the law. With over 20,000 gun laws in the U.S when a criminal gets a gun they break quite a lot of laws.

3. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof.

There is no gun show loophole. At a gun show if you are a dealer the laws have to be observed by all Federal Firearms Dealers. There is no law that prevents an individual from selling a gun to a friend or family member. There are many apocryphal tales of police witnessing the sale of firearms in parking lots outside of an event. This raises the question that, if this is true, why don’t the police arrest the people concerned. Could this be that no crime has been committed or are the police just failing in their work?

4. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent; as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

The 1994 Clinton gun ban was and has been shown to be bogus. Given an inordinate amount of hype and publicity by the media it addressed a problem that according to the F.B.I records did not exist. With the sunset of the ban in 2004 records show no increase in incidents in the use of the weapons banned than before it was introduced. Once again the bill will be put forward as a bill to stop machine guns but it was never about machine guns. The guns banned had aesthetic additions such as a folding stock or a bayonet lug to name but two. Rest assured when the new bill is put forward there will be many more restrictions than in the old bill.

Why should I worry, I live in the U.K? Well in this ever shrinking world ideas put forward by the president in the states can have far reaching effects. His intent to support restrictions on constitutional rights will be difficult to implement through normal democratic procedures. The President elect will either force through his will by passing an executive order or more worryingly put the weight of the U.S. behind groups such as IANSA and push through U.N resolutions and sign treaties which will have the same effect. These treaties over-ride any constitution that a country may have and become part of international law which this current U.K government would embrace whole heartedly.

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