Helping a good citizen go renegade

Yesterday Obama threatened to impose new gun laws by executive fiat and dismissed as “fear mongering” claims that he had any intention of going farther than “common sense” restrictions.
And in the face of record-high gun sales, he said some people are manufacturing a crisis, in part to enrich themselves.

“I think that we’ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common-sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government is about to take all your guns away,” he said. “And there’s probably an economic element to that. It obviously is good for business.”

At the very moment he spoke, New York’s legislature was enacting a law that will confiscate guns (registration of all guns, confiscation upon the death of the owner), ban the sale of ammunition over the internet and make illegal any gun designed more recently than 1911.

As our president ridiculed the fears of gun owners and blamed that fear on greedy capitalists, his colleague Diane Feinstein, a politician who has been trying at least since 2000 to ban and confiscate all guns was just steps away in the Capitol. Feinstein has promised to reintroduce her anti-gun laws and this time, she stands a reasonable chance of achieving her goal.

Last summer, when I was interviewed by the Greenwich police in connection with the Greenwich Association of Realtor’s false (and malicious) claim that I had threatened one of its employees, the detective I spoke with casually mentioned that “we know what guns you have”. I was startled by that statement but upon reflection I realized that of course they would know. Most of my very modest arsenal of hunting and target guns, with the exception of one or two inherited from my father, was purchased through licensed gun dealers, so the serial numbers and my name were reported to he FBI and stored in their computers, ready for access by the local police. Until now, I was entirely comfortable with that.

No longer. As soon as this latest spasm of gun confiscation dies down and the demand for them slows enough to find them again, I intend to go out of channel and buy three “assault” rifles so that my children will have them a decade from now. I will not buy them from a legitimate dealer because I want no record of my ownership of them, no way for Feinstein’s troopers to show up at my door to demand their surrender.

I recently purchased 500 rounds of .45 ammunition: enough for 10 sessions at the shooting range, which I felt entirely adequate for present purposes. Now that I know that bulk orders like that are threatened I will order 5,000 rounds, and probably more. Like guns, ammunition lasts for decades – I just used up the last of a batch my father purchased in 1968; keep it dry and it will be available for use well into the next century. While I’m at it, I’ll order at least 10,000 rounds of .223 ammunition to supply those AR-15’s I’m buying, and the same amount of .308 and .270 loads to keep my other guns useful well past my children’s lifetimes.

Until just this past November I had never been a member of the NRA and in fact always thought they were a little excessive in their fear of a repeal of the second Amendment. I just sent them an extra $100 to use in the next elections.

All of this from a law abiding, middle class citizen whose biggest crime until today was a speeding ticket, racked up some twenty years ago. I now feel like John Adams who, after resisting his hot-headed cousin Sam’s call for rebellion for years, finally reached a boiling point when the British abolished the Colonial judicial system and imposed British law instead. John joined the Sons of Liberty. Unless you’re a recent graduate of our education system, you probably know the rest of the story.


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22 responses to “Helping a good citizen go renegade

  1. WorthyChief

    I thought any record of a purchase through an FFL was suppose to be thrown out by the police six weeks later.

    • Once in the maw of the FBI, nothing disappears. For example, as I discovered when lawyering, “youthful offender” records, which by law are supposed to be kept sealed in the local courthouse where the crime is adjudicated and then destroyed after one year, are instead sent down to the FBI where they are stored permanently (I had some crop up from 1970) and produced upon inquiry by the police. Legislatures pass laws that look good on the surface while the intent is far darker.

  2. Chief Scrotum

    How come the pro-gun, anti-big govt crew doesn’t put some real dough on the table and start truly backing candidates who support their views and simultaneously, start economically punishing the business and politicians who they disagree with?

    I see lots of big talk about buying guns/ammo, but no thoughtful ideas about how to democratically defeat these anti-gun initiatives.

    • I’ve already sent money to the NRA – if we target these legislators, force them to spend huge amounts of resources defending what were once safe seats, we drain their resources. I suggest we target Republicans because Democrats know their base and will not change. Toss out enough Republicans and at the cost of a few years of absolute Democrat rule, we may see the establishment of a real alternative party, not just Democrat Lite.

  3. Mickster

    Now you’re just confirming the (mistaken) belief that all gun-owners are bats**t crazy!

    There is so much of this kinda stuff online that it’s creepy. Oathkeepers??
    From my, what is it, cold dead hands?

    I want the right to buy and own a gun but I don’t feel the need to be better armed than my local police. To allow civilians to be better armed then the first responders is to put those guys and gals in danger of bodily harm…..and I don’t need a bazooka to kill bambi.

    I also worry that there aren’t too many rocket scientists owning guns if you know what i mean. In fact I would harbor a guess that the IQ level of gun owners, legal and illegal, is 20 points lower than the population mean.

    What we’re going to get is some crazy-assed law that cannot – will not be enforced and we’ll all go about our business as usual, except that more of these gun transactions will go ‘underground’ or ‘black market’.

    Nothing achieved – move on – next…

    • That’s exactly my point: these laws, with their accompanying demand for confiscation of all registered weapons, will drive the gun market underground, where there is no control.

      • Mickster

        Anyone with a brain knows that this is purely politics at work – will achieve very little down the road but takes the spotlight off other more important issues.

        We also know the the national debate should be about mental health not gun control anyway – if a ‘crazy’ guy kills a 20+ people with a tractor-trailer we don’t go enacting tractor-trailer control regs.

        We need to start a petition to create a gun-free zone on Capital Hill. Maybe then we’ll see more of these wasters back in their constituencies actually doing work instead of playing with male and female aides.

      • Libertarian Advocate

        You mean like in Mexico, right?

        I seem to remember this President asserting executive privilege quite recently in connection to his AG’s gun running op into Mexico, with nary a murmur of complaint from that fatuous upper-class Brit Twit Piers Morgan and his MSM peers or the Napoleonic narcissist mayor of New York.

        • Anonymous2

          Piers Morgan an “upper-class Brit Twit”? Brit, yes, twit, yes, but upper class? I don’t think so. The upper class, and the better-off middle class, do not attend comprehensives.

  4. OG17

    If you purchased a gun in CT legally they have a record of that purchase and it doesn’t go away. If you get in trouble with the man they will ask you to produce said weapons (happened to a friend of mine). Possession of an unregistered “assault rifle” is a felony, so don’t get caught Chris!

  5. RL

    Just watched news segment of women protesting a Wal-Mart for selling assault weapons and the store they are protesting at doesn’t sell weapons period. The ignorance levels in some of these women on this issue is so overwhelming it is incredible. I’m sure there are a lot of good women out there that do care and do understand why the 2nd amendment is so important. The NRA has many female members. But the sheep seem to far out number the sheep dogs on this issue.
    I for one will never ever forget what Hitler did to the Jews during WWII. Herding humans into cattle cars like sheep going to the slaughter as they were marched onto those trains with machine guns in their backs forced by the thousands and thousands turned into hundreds of thousands train after train into the night as night turned to day and day turned to night again over and over and over.
    Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership….. has a saying: NEVER AGAIN….I am not jewish but i can certainly understand that.
    Our Founding Fathers put the 2nd Amendment in place to protect us from such an event from ever happening here. I for one could care less what a hand full of women standing in front of a Wal-Mart store protesting their stupidity over what a criminal did.The criminal didn’t buy the guns at Wal-Mart why are they attacking Wal-Mart ? Why do these goofy women want to see our government take rights away from decent law abiding citizens for the actions of criminals and that is the bottom line here. Punishing law abiding Americans and taking 2nd Amendment Rights away from law abiding Americans over the actions of Criminals has NEVER BEEN THE AMERICAN WAY. IT IS WRONG !!!

  6. Publius

    There are two things that seem to get lost in the debate over the right bear arms. The first is that there is no such thing as common sense when it comes to public servants, elected or appointed. The second thing is the US Constitution, specifically in this case the 2nd amendment. Progressives/Liberals are of the opinion that a bunch of white men, some wealthy, many elite slave owners could not possibly be that smart and have the foresight to produce a constitution that foresaw what is actually transpiring today. They knew because they had experienced tyranny first hand and that the hard fought victory over tyranny would be lost over time because they understood human nature better than elite possibly could today. They were in fact bettter educated in the history of western civilization and in real lfe. Today’s pseudo intellectual elites cannot hold a candle to those whom produced the US Constitution.

    The Constitution was designed to limit power and to limit the type of knee jerk legislation that is being proposed at the federal state and local level. Although the Founders did not know what a community organizer was in the 18th century, they did forsee men who would accumulate power in order to thwart the will of the people. It is not over yet and do not be discouraged because the eltites populate much of the media. It is not a done deal.

    As for supporting those in office who share your views, I can only say that there are no geographic restriction to whom you make political contributions. As a resident of the very blue state of Connecticut, I cannot recall the last time “my guy” won an election depsite digging into my pockets deeply and often. I long ago learned that there are other worthy candidates who represent Congressional districts or states outside of Connecticut that are worthy of my financial support.

    As a last observation, it often takes something close to home to get you to wake up and pay attention, for some it has been this current 2nd Amendment issue, for others like me it started young when I was surrounding by the tyranny of the Liberal mind set. The key is not to give in, like a dog with a bone, do not let go.

  7. db

    Below sounds rational. To keep your kids safe, pick up some mortars and a bazooka also while you’re at it.

    “No longer. As soon as this latest spasm of gun confiscation dies down and the demand for them slows enough to find them again, I intend to go out of channel and buy three “assault” rifles so that my children will have them a decade from now. I will not buy them from a legitimate dealer because I want no record of my ownership of them, no way for Feinstein’s troopers to show up at my door to demand their surrender.”

  8. Flintlocks (Daniel Boone) to Phasers (Put it on stun Scotty)

    I think your worry about losing an ablility to be able to fire lead propelled by gunpowder is too high. In a few years, guns will be history. We can then buy phasers as in Star Trek. I am sure some have been developed. If only the public could get that technology. All they give is is Tasers. The future brings all types of inventions. Hold on. One day you can shop in China and get the dream gun of the future without worry from the US government that will be out of business.

  9. Mark B.

    Hello from NY-
    There is one thing good about the recent abomination committed by our “governor” and our befuddled lawmakers with the new legislation. Now I can turn around to the throng of insufferable crybabies who have for years bemoaned the fearful “power of the bullies at the NRA”, and tell them once and for all to shut up.
    Where was all this power they’ve been crying about?
    We’re nothing. We’ve always been nothing. A 4 million member gun club in a nation of 80 million gun owners. Didn’t that tell them anything?
    I suppose another good thing about being a New Yorker is that I couldn’t care less what the Feds do now; it will never be worse than what my own state legislators just did.
    So now I’m a criminal. I don’t even feel like an American today….

  10. Remedy

    One way to stay calm about the nasty government is to stay so busy and earn so much money and travel the world you dont have time to worry about the US government. Like Roman Empire, the US government will disintegrate and some new power like China will take over. Evolution. Not revolution.

  11. AJ

    “The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the Crown. It may be frail; its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storms may enter, the rain may enter, – but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement!

    ~ William Pitt, Earl of Chatham (1763)

    The history of colonial America is replete with incidents of abominable abuse of power by agents of the Crown. One of the most effective means of oppressing the colonies was through the use of Writs of Assistance, commonly known as General Warrants, which gave British officials a carte blanche to arbitrarily invade private homes and businesses in search of contraband and seize any property with absolute impunity.

    James Otis, a Boston lawyer whose stirring denunciations of general warrants as a violation of hallowed natural law principles enshrined in the Magna Carta heralded him to prominence, regarded them as the “worst instruments of arbitrary power” because they placed the “liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer” who “may control, imprison, or murder any one within the realm.” Arguing before the Massachusetts Superior Court in 1761, Otis’ articulation of the systemic despotism spawned by these writs foreshadowed the ideological origins of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution:

    A man’s house is his castle; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle. This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege. Custom-house officers may enter our houses when they please; we are commanded to permit their entry. Their menial servants may enter, may break locks, bars, and everything in their way; and whether they break through malice or revenge, no man, no court can inquire (emphasis added). …”


  12. weakleyhollow

    It is remarkable how radical nut cases suddenly seem sober and logical. I haven’t been an NRA member for 40 years; they seemed way over the top. Now, (you fill in the blank).

    • Libertarian Advocate

      Weaklyhollow: A telling moniker you’ve adopted. Does your spouse/partner have trouble with your commitment issues?

  13. AJ gets it “The history of colonial America is replete with incidents of abominable abuse of power by agents of the Crown” the history continues, to empower the “agents” with more power has rammped up over the past 50 years in the former Colonies here.
    The dead including the children are reduced to tools rather than reflection and real concern.
    Feinstein is a perfect example of power only brain way.
    She helped kill thousands by refusing to close “male only” massage parlors in San Francisco after being presented with the first GIS based health study to expalain the seemingly random spread of AIDS in the Far West. Presented with the study 8 months before she had to run for SF mayor for the first time ( she was appointed after the first openly gay mayor was killed by a gun at his swaering in) rather than admit to the problem she refused to face it.
    Closet gays from the West would go to SF for vacations and business trips visit the facilties that had holes cut in plywood walls and get it from either direction from someone they never saw (ironically some of the doers or receivers were women) the professional on the other side. Her politcal decision was to not alienate the powerful spa owners or the gay way voting block. She closed down the shops 6 months after she won, eventually moving on to the Senate, where she still lies to win.
    When the clostes went home to remote towns and cities and got to it with there token wives etc. guess why AIDS popped up in same ? Passed on to children from unsuspecting mothers this fraud propbaly has killed more that Newtown sicko did.
    The Crown is back.
    Stop the abuse again.

  14. “the detective I spoke with casually mentioned that “we know what guns you have”.”

    The proper answer to this is always to smile and reply, “As far as you know.”

    • As a general rule, I try not to bait policemen or stir their curiosity. They know what they know, I know what I know and if there’s a slight distance between the two, well …