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Governor Cuomo making preparations to confiscate New York’s guns…

January 4, 2013

It can happen anywhere folks. At least where people allow others to rule them rather than running their own lives as they should. Places where neo-communist’s and socialist’s have taken control and instituted their heavy handed brand of authoritarianism.

Yes, it actually was the Thursday before Christmas when Andrew Cuomo decided that New Yorkers might like to know his thoughts about the right to bear arms in NY State. God-fearing and government-fearing New Yorkers were quite disappointed. The Governor told the citizens of New York that he was seriously considering confiscating their guns. Cuomo was not kidding. He intends to take away some types of guns at a future date.

So close to Christmas, the Governor was playing the role of a reverse Santa Claus (OK, a Grinch to be exact) for those who still believe in the Second Amendment. New York already has the fourth toughest gun control laws in the nation. Despite such tight gun control, who among US feels safe travelling to New York? Are any of our fears based on the plain folk being armed—having guns in their homes? Or is it because we think criminals in NY will be eternally armed?

On his web site, shortly after Cuomo’s Albany speech, a blogger known as Monty on Guns offered a sobering thought about the left’s new strategy to divide gun owners by weapon types. Feinstein will be doing the same thing soon on a national level. Monty sees their end objective to eventually assure there are no types of guns permitted in America. There are a lot of weapon types that concerned citizens, fearing our government more than burglars, would like to possess to protect against a tyrannical intrusion of elected officials in our lives.

The major purpose of the 2nd Amendment of course is a strong defense against government tyranny. It is not to protect the right to go target shooting. The founders feared a government gone-bad more than anything else. When the confiscation begins, they will start with the weapons that only somebody really trying to protect themselves from a bad government would want to have—semi automatic one shot at a time weapons, and those rapid-fire weapons that have been banned for manufacture, other than to the government since 1987.

If the government goes bad, and they are targeting Y-O-U, would you look for a pug pistol or a Molotov Cocktail? Would you look for both if you had either in your arsenal? You do not have to register Molotov Cocktails!

The left and the corrupt progressive media likes to call all of these threatsassault weapons,” hoping to sway those neutral on the Second Amendment to their side—the side that wants to disarm America to make us all helpless to any perpetration. Here is his quote—directly from Monty with no changes—even syntax:

“The tactic is to divide gun owners that have guns primarily for hunting from those that enjoy AR’s and other military styled guns for sport, self defence and yes, even hunting. It seeks to divide gun owners based on what types of guns they prefer and for what uses they enjoy their guns. It divides the handgun shooters from shotgun enthusiasts; 3 gun shooters from hunters; semi-auto owners against bolt action owners. If they can get gun owners to side with them against a certain type of firearm, their tactic is advanced and their overall plan for all gun owners will move forward….with help of gun owners. Make no mistake about what the endstate is for these people. There is no difference to them between an AK 47 and your Grandfather’s 60 year old Browning Auto 5 shotgun.Once they get rid of one type of gun, they ALWAYS move on to the next. Ask our friends in the U.K and Australia about that.”

Adding his progressive voice to the mounting list of liberal progressives across America that have little use for the Constitution, its amendments, or any of the writings of the founders, Governor Cuomo was compelled to get on the anti-gun-owners list before it again becomes passé to talk about gun control.

With his Thursday December 19th speech, the Governor earned the right to sip some tea with Hollywood’s finest, including little Miss Lindsay Lohan! But, we know she is not pure on the issue as she has at least once handled a gun—pshaw! As Kojak would say, if convinced to be in charge: “turn it in baby!” The fear most Americans have about turning anything in is to whom, but more importantly, why?

The Cuomo package may be proposed as early as January when the Governor delivers his state of the state address. The big news is that Cuomo is one of the first political opportunists to suggest that confiscation of the people’s guns is an OK option.

What a great boon for the criminals in NY to know they will no longer risk bodily harm when they choose to make the property of any New Yorker theirs during their next burglary. Without the threat of getting a piece of lead in the butt, the burglary business may no longer qualify for hazardous duty pay in NY. Perhaps they can finally get regular rates on their Obamacare policies.

New York continues to be a very liberal state. It was always in Obama’s camp and the President has never embraced the notion of guns for the people. And he will not do so now while Cuomo collects them. So, the fine people of NY will get what they asked for when the Governor acts on his confiscation notion. Perhaps you can hire guards armed with sticks or entrenching tools as weapons as did the military with its new basic training recruits for years in the 1960’s and 1970’s. No new recruits had guns back then even when guarding the training compound.

Perhaps to encourage Governor Cuomo to take the strongest action possible, New Yorkers ought to self impose a 5% surcharge on their State Income Tax payment this year to help congratulate the Governor on this fine idea!

In fact, even before the formal proclamation in his state of the state speech, there is no reason to wait to begin turning in weapons. There is nothing in the law that says all New York gun owners must keep their unnecessary property indefinitely. Therefore, to really show the Governor that he is right on the mark, all NY gun owners, to show support for the confiscation idea, should without hesitation donate their huge investments in firearm technology to the soon to-be-built NY State smeltery.

Perhaps rather than market value, fair compensation would be about 50% of the weight of the materials rendered from the arsenal. The government’s cost of confiscation can be made up by the other 50%. That would be a painless tax for all residents who find no use for their firearms. Who likes gun-owners anyway? Perhaps the government can use confiscated and pre-smelted weapons to save dollars on the purchase of military and police weapons.

In fact, perhaps the whole fiscal cliff notion would have been solved merely by Americans turning in their guns to our benevolent, friendly government for smelting or for redistribution of the pre-smelted materials. Perhaps AG Eric Holder can still take a few tractor-trailer loads of some pre-smelted items to Mexico to get an even better price to bolster tax revenues for even more redistribution.

Gun owners who come in immediately on the proposed program should be paid by the pound at a 100% level for the special metals, wood, and hard plastics that can be extracted / rendered. When the legislation is enacted, the rate would probably go down to 50%. He who hesitates is lost.

Once all guns are in government hands, nobody would ever have to worry again about any problems such as the recent sad situation in Connecticut ever again. The guns will be gone and the former NY gun owners will have received a small stipend for turning them in. Cuomo is clearly a genius. Why didn’t Hitler or Stalin or Mao think of that first before they confiscated the guns of their opponents?

I hope Governor Cuomo plans to give all of the good-hearted NY criminals out there the opportunity to turn their guns ahead of time so there is never a period in which the law-abiding citizens without guns will have to worry about criminals packing weapons.

Perhaps a month would be necessary to collect all weapons from criminals. Because of Cuomo’s great speech, criminals will more than likely line up in droves in front of the smeltery to do their part. Officials just have to watch that the criminals do not trick the system by turning in cap gun imitations of assault weapons to gain the monetary credit.

Projections from some citizen gun advocates are that at least two or three criminals, blessed with a Christmas born-again moment, will turn-in their guns. As long as the rest of the criminals promise the NY Governor that they will not use their guns ever again, accountants and odds-makers have information to conclude that everybody will be safe—since law-abiding citizens would be forced to turn in their weapons and get their nasty firearms off the streets.

After such a good-faith effort on the part of the criminals, all law abiding citizens, including security guards that had been packing—those that might be on duty in front of the casinos or in front of Hollywood homes, banks, schools, and of course the Secret Service, and the governor’s personal body guards, would be safe. What a good deal!

After all, there would be no more guns about to worry! Even the President’s body guards would have no problem turning in their “assault” weapons to the approved government smelters. When the Cuomo plan becomes so popular that it goes national, the rest of the country will have a model for how to act. Anybody really wanting to kill anybody else would still be permitted to get that job done but, they would not be permitted to use guns.

They would be forced to use kitchen knives. Recently, because of their gun-control laws, by the way, kitchen knives have become the murder weapon of choice in the UK.

The scent of weapons burning can give all Americans that feeling of security and freedom that we in the US have clearly been lacking recently. Liberal progressives believe sincerely that the right to bear arms as a constitutional amendment probably was not intended for regular people anyway.
Finally, with no more guns, the country can be safe for the long haul, as long as the government never decides to go bad and use its guns against the people. But, when has a government ever gone bad? Perhaps now is just the right time to simply trust the government?

Liberal progressives have been suggesting that we all must act immediately to stop violence in America, regardless of whether just a little freedom and liberty are lost along the way. They feel it will be for the greater good.

Ben Franklin never got to hear the advice of the liberal progressives in his day. You may remember Franklin, an American founding father and a deep patriot. One of his famous admonitions to Americans Citizens goes like this: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Perhaps Franklin would change his mind today if he had the privilege of learning the facts from NY Governor Cuomo or NY Senator Schumer. Perhaps Franklin had been drinking the day he was quoted.

Madison too was not as enlightened as the NY pair of lawmakers when he said: [The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. —James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46.

As they try to dismember our Constitution one piece at a time, many progressive liberals in authority think the founders were just goofs who were drunk with power. The criminals surely would agree. The founders, as many who study history know, were more worried about the government being armed and going bad than protection from the Indians or some fellow colonists who had a bad childhood. The 2nd Amendment was to protect the Citizens from the government.

To get the Cuomo resolution passed into law, the Cuomo government would more than likely promise to behave well for all time henceforth. Since we all know the word of the government is rock solid, New Yorkers would be safe and well served at that point in time when they smell the aroma of the smoke of their own guns burning in the NY Smeltery. We Americans all trust that government will always do the right thing as it always has—in all countries—from the beginning of time.

Rather than harden into untrusting citizens, perhaps it is time for the people to bet that government officials will be righteous and the criminals will shortly thereafter become just as righteous? Rather than trust a personal firearm, the people can be encouraged to trust its government—regardless of what those silly founders had to say about that.

And, trusting the Cuomo initiative, when it passes in NY, will help it spread quickly to other states. All citizens of the US then will know it is time for all of US in the US to peacefully lay down our arms and prove for the history books once and for all, that Governor Cuomo had a great idea to reduce arms in America. As sure as there was never a Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, or Mao, we can then all be pleased to live happily ever after.

In such a Utopian world, no armed guards would be needed for any politician, including Governor Cuomo. Additionally, the eleven armed guards now employed at the Sidwell, where Sasha and Malia Obama attend school could be dismissed. After the fervor with which the Governor made his case on the Thursday before Christmas, surely, he would not be looking for an exception to his own rule.

Isn’t it just amazing how simple solutions can be, when they are purely brilliant. New Yorkers should be very proud of their Governor. Finally a good and righteous man appears on the scene with a simply brilliant notion! I can’t wait to see the first smoke fume.

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Ten most wanted corrupt politicians list released by watchdog

January 4, 2013

The top ten list, in alphabetical order, includes two Republican lawmakers, three Democrat lawmakers, the President of the United States and five members of the Obama administration:

•Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.)
•Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
•Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice
•Attorney General Eric Holder
•Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.)
•Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
•President Barack Obama
•Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
•Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.)
•Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

Dishonorable Mentions for 2012 include:
•Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.)
•Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)
•Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
•Gen. David Petraeus
•Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
•Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

To read the allegations against each of the above “patriots” read Judicial Watch’s in-depth coverage here: Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.

Full Story HERE

 

Firearms Policy Coalition pledges “not one more inch.”

January 4, 2013
BELLEVUE, WA / SAN CARLOS, CA / MADERA, CA (January 4, 2013) – Firearms Policy Coalition, a new project of renowned Second Amendment rights advocacy organizations Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, Second Amendment Foundation, and The Calguns Foundation has been launched, noted managing director Brandon Combs.  The Coalition’s website, firearmspolicy.org, was opened to the public in late December 2012.

The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) provides for an effective, NATO-like response to gun control campaigns and efficient, low-friction advocacy of litigation, legislation, education, and grassroots efforts that advance Second Amendment rights. Of the Coalition, Second Amendment Foundation Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said, “I’m proud to help usher in the next generation of gun rights activism. The new paradigm is, and must be, coordination, mutual-support, and unity. Those who would disarm America’s law-abiding people are rabid in their desire to assault gun owners’ Second Amendment, privacy, and property rights.”

“FPC immediately brings to the table leading Second Amendment advocacy groups, leadership, staff, volunteers, and hundreds of thousands of active supporters. This,” said Combs, “will enable superior communication, real-time collaboration, and scalable action to advance individual liberties and defend against promised attacks on civil rights by extremists like U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Carolyn McCarthy, California State Senator Leland Yee, and Illinois State Senators Dan Kotowski and Antonio Muñoz.”

“The coordination between stakeholders at all levels within FPC,” explained Calguns Foundation Chairman Gene Hoffman, “ is really key. We knew that, to meet the coming challenge head-on, a new model for our cause would have to be employed. As a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, I know how important it is to be agile and effective in today’s world – and what happens when you’re not.”

Excitement surrounding the Coalition and its fresh, positive approach to the issues that matter to gun owners has led to a rapid and steady increase of new individual members, which is expected to continue as new tools and organizational alliance members come online. FPC has already received numerous inquiries from interested gun rights organizations across the country and looks forwards to onboarding a number of organizations over the next quarter.

“We must now take on those who say that our Constitution is outdated, that it doesn’t mean what it says, and we must take them on together,” said Combs, CCRKBA Director of Advocacy and President of Cal-FFL. “Our rights are not negotiable and we are simply not going to give up another inch of our inalienable rights. This is the year of unity, focus, and resilience for gun rights activists at every level across the nation.”

State-level organizations seeking additional information or to explore joining the coalition should contact FPC at info@firearmspolicy.org or through the contact form at http://firearmspolicy.org/contact.

More information about FPC can be found at http://firearmspolicy.org/faq. FPC’s Facebook page is located at http://facebook.com/gunpolicy and its Twitter feed can be viewed at http://twitter.com/gunpolicy.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (ccrkba.org) is dedicated to protecting your firearms rights. Its role is to educate grass root activists, the public, legislators and the media. CCRKBA’s programs are designed to help all Americans understand the importance of the Second Amendment and its role in keeping Americans free.

The Second Amendment Foundation (saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

The Calguns Foundation (calgunsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which serves its members by providing Second Amendment-related education, strategic litigation, and the defense of innocent California gun owners from improper or malicious prosecution. The Calguns Foundation seeks to inform government and protect the rights of individuals to acquire, own, and lawfully use firearms in California.

California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (calffl.org) is California’s premier non-profit industry association of, by, and for firearms manufacturers, dealers, collectors, training professionals, shooting ranges, and others, advancing the interests of its members and the general public through strategic litigation, legislative efforts, and education. For more information or to join Cal-FFL, please visit calffl.org.

Contact:
Brandon Combs
info@firearmspolicy.org
425-454-4911

The listing above is the source.

McCain may be working to stab us in the back, and what else is new..?

January 4, 2013
Whether the Semi-Auto Ban Passes May
Depend on What Happens to the Senate Rules

McCain may be working to stab us in the back

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is still trying to rig the Senate rules so that President Barack Obama can get his anti-gun and anti-Constitution agenda passed.

But first, here’s some good news.

GOA activists like yourself are having an impact!

Prior to the New Year, the reports coming out of Washington, DC indicated that Senator Harry Reid was going to nuke the filibuster on the first day of the new Congress (which would have been yesterday).

But Politico, which is one of the official papers of Capitol Hill, reported yesterday that Reid still doesn’t have the votes — despite having a Democrat majority.

The Politico headline blared:  “Reid expected to Postpone Filibuster Rule Change:  May buy time for a bipartisan bill.”

This is somewhat good news, as it means that Reid still can’t cram a rules change down our throats, limiting the ability that pro-gun Senators have to filibuster (or kill) anti-gun legislation.

But here’s the bad news:  Reid is working on a “compromise” where certain RINO’s like John McCain will help Reid do his bidding.

What’s at stake?

Well, The Blaze reported yesterday that Vice President Joe Biden “guaranteed” to ailing Boston Mayor Tom Menino that sweeping gun control legislation would be passed by the end of January.

How sweeping?

A quick look at Feinstein’s semi-auto ban legislation suggests that up to 75% of all handguns currently in circulation would be banned, along with as much as 50% of all long guns.

Depending on its configuration, the AR-15 you already have would probably be treated like a machine gun.  You would have to be fingerprinted, background checked by the FBI, and undergo a six-month license application process to keep it.  And when you die, the government will seize it.

If you don’t get an NFA license, you can expect the SWAT teams to descend on your house.

But, you ask, how could such rabidly anti-gun legislation ever get past Congress?  Well, legislators could simply follow the path they took on the fiscal cliff, where they bludgeoned a minority of Senators into accepting several, coerced short-cuts in regard to the Senate rules.

However, these forced short-cuts would now become mandated and set in stone if Harry Reid & Co. get their way.

Under one new “compromise” being floated on Capitol Hill, the Senate would change its rules so that it could pass a gun ban with only 50 votes (plus the vote of Vice President Joe Biden).  Or legislators could write the gun ban in a House-Senate conference committee on a “must-pass” bill, employing a tactic that is frequently used to pass controversial legislation.  Democrats like West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, Nevada’s Harry Reid, and Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey — who will not have to run for reelection for a while — will cast “courageous” votes for this gun ban.

And it will hit the House with enormous momentum — momentum which House Speaker John Boehner (who has already called for a dialogue on gun control) may not have the courage to resist.

But the first step will be to demolish the Senate rules so that gun control only requires 50 votes — or so that gun control can be inserted in a House-Senate conference report on a must-pass bill.  And this is where John McCain comes in.

GOA working with Senator Rand Paul to preserve the filibuster

McCain was irritated at Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who worked with Gun Owners of America on a variety of pro-gun issues that slowed down his defense funding bill.   So McCain would not lose any sleep if his rules “compromise” diminished our ability to kill anti-gun legislation in the future.

McCain is now working with Leftist anti-gun Senator Carl Levin on a series of rules changes to make gun control a lot easier to pass.

The first McCain-Levin rules change would make it impossible to fight — what’s known in Washington as — the “motion to proceed.”  Remember ObamaCare?  Our last real shot to kill ObamaCare was by filibustering the “motion to proceed” to that anti-gun legislation.  Once the motion was adopted, the bill became amendable and Harry Reid could play “let’s-make-a-deal.”  So this change would eliminate our last real opportunity to set up a roadblock and keep anti-gun legislation from even being considered.

The second McCain-Levin rules change would make it easier to add gun control to a bill in conference.  Currently, senators can block a House-Senate conference from considering an anti-gun bill.  But if the McCain proposals are adopted, a “must-pass” bill could be sent to conference … amended in conference with a draconian gun ban … and then sent back to the House and the Senate on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

McCain will try to tell you that that inserting a gun ban into a bill that is sitting in a House-Senate conference would be outside the “scope of conference.”  But that would be a lie, because as any Senator knows, “scope of conference” rules are never followed.  For example, the Gramm-Rudman spending guidelines were written in conference from the ground up.

The third McCain-Levin rules change would block any amendments except for those offered by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell or Floor Manager John McCain.  All other senators would be left out in the cold.

This McCain-Levin package must be stopped.

We are currently working with Senator Rand Paul, who is planning to offer a GOA-originated amendment requiring a two-thirds vote in the Senate before any anti-gun measure can be passed.

We know.  We know.  If it were up to us, gun control would not be able to be passed with 100 votes.  But we need to propose something which will pass the Senate.

So we need your help in opposing the McCain package and supporting the Paul amendment.

ACTION:  Click here to contact your Senators.  Demand that they (1) oppose the McCain-Levin package to make gun control easier to pass, and (2) support the Rand Paul amendment to require a two-thirds vote to enact gun control.

 


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