Thursday, October 12, 2017

On the recent NRA sellout on bump stocks.

Wayne LaPierre was wringing his hanky of late over "bump stocks." The usual common sense from Remus on that:
The NRA is supposed to stand against mindless stampedes, not join them.
Remus, "Yer Ol' Woodpile Report," #499, 10/10/17.


Reg T said...

The NRA has long been in the business of _starting_ the stampedes, not merely joining them. In the March 1968 American Rifleman, they openly admitted having helped bring about the NFA in '34 and the GCA in '68. They even _bragged_ about it, talking about how they were proving they were reasonable, willing to compromise.

And indeed they were. Including their assistance with the Lautenberg Amendment and lots of other gun control legislation, they have been compromising our rights away for just about all the years they have been in existence.

"The National Rifle Association has been in support of
workable, enforceable gun control legislation since its very
inception in 1871."

NRA Executive Vice President Franklin L. Orth
NRA's /American Rifleman/ Magazine, March 1968, P. 22

"The NRA supported The National Firearms Act of 1934 which taxes and
requires registration of such firearms as machine guns, sawed-off
rifles and sawed-off shotguns. ... NRA support of Federal gun
legislation did not stop with the earlier Dodd bills. It currently
backs several Senate and House bills which, through amendment, would
put new teeth into the National and Federal Firearms Acts."
American Rifleman, March 1968, P. 22

"We think it's reasonable to support the federal Gun-Free School
Zones Act. ... We think it's reasonable to expect full enforcement of
federal firearms laws by the federal government. ... That's why we
support Project Exile -- the fierce prosecution of federal gun laws...we think it's reasonable because it works. ... We only support what works and our list is proud."

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre
Congressional Testimony, May 27, 1999
Hearing Before 106th Congress
House of Representatives
Committee On The Judiciary
Subcommittee On Crime
First Session

Col. B. Bunny said...

That's amazing. Thank you. The supposed guardians we support end up giving away the store by being "reasonable." The NRA still does good work as a lobby that generally opposes contemporary gun control but you have to wonder at its record of toadying to the controllers. One can still carry concealed and own most anything that you'd want by way of weaponry but I am not sure that the general loosening of laws to mandate "shall issue" permits is due to the NRA. If so, my hats off to them.

Still, concealed carry is good as far as it goes but where is the pressure to improve self defense laws. Colorado has it's "make my day" law where you don't have to prove fear for your life if you kill someone inside your home. That needs to be expanded to the curtilage and you should also have an absolute defense if anyone you wound or kill has a burglary, car theft, or violent felony on his record. This stuff is getting ridiculous. Don't hold your breath waiting for the NRA to get creative here.

I like to point out that the American bar associations are toads as well. The federal government has made an enormous power grab and the Constitutional scheme to limit its powers has been completely abandoned. "Living Constitution" anyone? But where are the lawyer toads? Nowhere to be seen. So much for the people with special knowledge of the law and a special responsibility to uphold it. Hah!

Exhibit A: federally-mandated health care. Is "health care" found anywhere in Art. I, Sect. 8? No, it isn't but there isn't ONE politician in the country at ANY level who utters a peep of protest over federal interference in something that is the responsibility of the states or the people.