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Monday, January 7, 2013

Current Gun Control Strategies

A couple articles linked at Instapundit that I wanted to draw your attention to.

First, the Washington Examiner discusses how Obama is trying to garner support from the gun industry for increased gun control.
President Obama plans to ally himself with big business once again by using crony capitalist tactics to pass gun control just as he used them to pass Obamacare. In this case, Obama reportedly plans to make sure that the new gun control law benefits big businesses that sell weapons.

“[T]he White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses,” The Washington Post reports.

“Wal-Mart and other major gun retailers may have an incentive to support closing a loophole that allows people to bypass background checks if they purchase firearms at gun shows or through other types of private sales,” the Post explained, citing a source who works with the Obama administration on gun issues.
Unfortunately, powerful members of the industry have done this before. The 1968 gun control laws were sold to the firearms industry, in part, as a means to crack down on the importation of surplus foreign military rifles. (This is where the "sporting weapons" language appeared).

Ruger caved on the issue of "high-capacity" magazines on the Mini-14, and until just a few years ago refused to sell magazines over 5-rounds for the Mini-14. (Ironically, this was probably one of the most important points for the eventual supremacy of the AR as a modern sporting rifle, because when Ruger made its decision, the Mini-14 was undeniably the better of the two rifles).

When inexpensive Chinese SKS and AK rifles were banned from import in the early '90s, there was no blow back from the industry. The 7.62x39 had briefly become the most popular rifle cartridge (by sales for the ammunition and reloading components), so it certainly was in the best interest of domestic manufacturers to limit their importation.

It was not too many years ago that Smith & Wesson caved to pressure from anti-gun groups as to how sales of their firearms would be conducted, which resulted in their eventual bankruptcy and purchase by another company at firesale prices.

These companies need to be reminded that they risk paying a high price for cooperating with the enemies of the Second Amendment.

The second article is from The Captain's Journal, and discusses how Obama is trying to get Congressional support, and possible plan to do an administrative end-run around Congress:
They want to turn hunters against the NRA and modern sporting rifles. Fat chance. That didn’t work out so well for David Petzal or Jerry Tsai. Their plans to divide and conquer the NRA will meet with disastrous results. Every minute spent on such a tactic is wasted, and thus we have to hope that they expend a lot of energy on it.

But the later part of the strategy, i.e., politics, is far more fearsome and they have proven very adept at that approach. Gun Owners of American (h/t Mike Vanderboegh) gives us an inside baseball look at the current tactics. In summary, John McCain is working against gun owners by pressing (along with the Democrats) for a rule change that would essentially be a work-around of the filibuster rule. Lindsey Graham has vowed to vote against new gun control measures, but since he is McCain’s lap dog, he may be looking for cover as he works silently behind the scenes to assist in Feinstein’s plans. Joe Manchin has backed off of his public calls for new gun control measures, but he may be playing the same game as McCain and Graham.

Currently in the Senate, Rand Paul is the only immovable champion of second amendment rights. If new laws pass the Senate, they must also pass the House before going to the President’s desk. It isn’t clear what the House will do. If history is any indication, they are in a weakened state, and lack any backbone anyway.

However, the Republicans stand warned. If – controlling the House of Representatives – they allow new gun control measures to pass to the President’s desk, the GOP will cease to exists as a viable political party. Voters are having difficulty finding differences between them and the Democrats anyway. Caving on gun control would seal the fate of the GOP as a historical relic rather than a future possibility.

If new gun control measures don’t pass the Senate and House, the game is far from over. The Obama administration is investigating the possibility of executive orders reclassifying semi-automatic firearms as class 2 weapons, thus doing by fiat what the legislative branch rejected. The fight will continue, just in a different locale than the Senate and House.

Finally, if new gun control measures pass to the President’s desk (in which case he will surely sign the measures into law), it means more than just new background checks. All semi-automatic firearms will be taxed, required to be submitted to the ATF for approval, controlled from crossing state lines, and prohibited from being bequeathed to your children or grandchildren in your wills. Violation of any of these rules will turn you into an instant felon. Of course, this would mean a resistance for which America isn’t prepared.
He goes on then to note that many observers believe that a massive gun ban and/or confiscation may result in armed resistance. Read the whole thing.

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