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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Email to the NRA

NRA unlikely to strongly fight private sales ban unless pushed to do so


Back in December, St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner predicted that a private sales ban is the most likely federal infringement on that which shall not be infringed--far easier to pass than banning so-called "assault weapons" (gun banner-speak for "regime change rifles") or "high capacity" magazines (gun banner-speak for "standard capacity magazines") will be.
If anything about that assessment has changed, the difference is that it looks still more accurate now. In that article, we noted that even many supposedly "pro-gun" Republicans have historically supported private sales bans even before the Sandy Hook atrocity created an anti-gun feeding frenzy that has terrified many of gun rights advocates' less stalwart "allies" in Congress.
Since then, NRA president David Keene has made clear that the NRA is quite willing to trade Americans' right to privately buy and sell firearms for . . . well, really for nothing but perhaps a bit of a delay before the gun prohibitionists renew their push to eviscerate every other aspect of the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. The Hill, in an article titled "NRA chief 'generally supportive' of strong background checks" has video of Keene appearing on CBS This Morning, where he discussed the NRA's surrender terms:
So, I sent this to the NRA "contact us" page:
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I am a Life Member - and I insist you fight ANY attempt to further regulate guns, especially private transfers.

The Second Amendment says "shall not be infringed". It does not say "except for registration, background checks, or limits on certain scary guns".

Please fight for the Second Amendment as it is written and as it was intended to be interpreted. This is not a time for "bipartisanship" or compromise.

We've already compromised too many times.
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At least I would have sent it - if their web page would have accepted my comment. It complained about " Message can only contain letters, numbers and punctuation."

Quotation marks are "punctuation" last time I checked. I guess I'll have to use the U S Snail.

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