The laws of physics are universally applicable, but for some reason the anti-gun demagogues and their chain-gang of followers think those laws only apply in a high school science class . . . college at best. But the truth is, throwing a can of Spaghetti-O’s into a fire will not cook a nice warm meal. Without a release of pressure, the heat will eventually create enough energy inside the can that it will explode. Uh-Oh, Spaghetti-O’s!
Democrats all over the country are throwing cans into the fire. Only they aren’t cans of Spaghetti-O’s, they’re cans of bullets. Any kid in a high school physics class could tell you that the idea is as bright as a black sheet.
The gang over at WND.com has reported some gun control legislation that’s been recently proposed or passed:
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. proposed legislation mandating liability insurance policies for gun owners. Failure to obtain the mandated coverage would result in a $10,000 fine. The fine would also be imposed on someone selling a firearm to another person who doesn’t have that insurance.
The Connecticut General Assembly just passed the toughest gun control legislation the state has ever seen. The bill bans 100 types of guns, certain ammunition magazines, mandates registration for other types of magazines, creates a firearm registry, and calls for an “ammunition eligibility certificate.”
California state legislators are calling for ammunition regulation, limitation, and taxation, including annual fees to buy ammunition, and background checks just to purchase it. An additional proposal is to require all ammo sales to be reported to the California Justice Department for recordation.
President Obama approved the U.N.’s Arms Treaty—a small victory for global governance. The treaty has concerning loopholes for gun owners and potential gun-grab power for the Executive.
The Seattle Times reported a proposal in Washington’s Senate Bill 5737, which would require the sheriff’s office to annually enter and inspect the homes of “assault weapon” owners.
Fox News reports a 25% sales tax on all firearms and ammunition proposal in Massachusetts; a Maryland bill imposing a 50% tax on ammo and an annual $25 gun registration fee; and a Nevada bill that requires a $25 sales tax on guns, along with a two-cent tax per round of ammo.
Colorado recently passed three measures: (1) magazine limitation to fifteen rounds, (2) universally required background checks, and (3) charging gun buyers the cost of running those background checks. Apparently, there are two more gun control bills still being legislated.
New York made news earlier this year when it passed laws that outlawed a broad array of “assault weapons;” restricted magazine capacity to only seven rounds (down from the previous ten); created a more comprehensive database of people barred from owning guns; required background checks to buy bullets; and required therapists, doctors, and other mental health professionals to inform the state if a patient threatens to use a gun illegally, which could result in weapon confiscation.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has new legislation on the table. Senate Bill 649 creates a federal tax on selling or giving away your firearm. And get this, the bill its self doesn’t establish the amount of the tax, but under the bill’s 122(a)(4) and 922(f)(4)(B)(i) of U.S. Code, title 18, the bill grants Attorney General Eric Holder the power to set the maximum fee by regulation.
By no means is this list inclusive. Statistics would suspect that there are several more bills either on the table or being considered around the country that have either gone unreported or unnoticed. But, alarmingly, last week we saw that gun control measures are beginning to pass up the national and state prestige for the small town homey allure of county ordinances.
In Cook County, Illinois, a new gun tax went into effect that imposes an extra $25 on each new firearm purchase. And Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle is not apologetic about the idea of bringing gun control to the local level.
If I were a betting man, I’d put every cent I own on the square marked, “More State Gun Control Will Arise.” Then, I’d parlay my winnings on the square marked, “More Local Gun Control Will Arise.” Then, this high better would double down on the square marked, “More Federal Gun Control Will Arise.” And after the house comps me free meals, a suite, and a night’s worth of entertainment, I’d straighten my cuff links, wink at the cocktail waitress and hold her gaze as I tossed a newly earned gold chip on the square marked, “Gun Control Action Through Executive Order.” Then I’d tip the croupier while all the leftists at the table vilified my unequal wealth distribution.
Here’s the deal. My concerns are threefold: (1) there is a relentless effort to legislate away gun rights, not all at once but piece by piece, (2) gun laws are now springing up at a local level, and (3) gun legislation is no longer just a battle over the Second Amendment. The Washington bill (Senate Bill 5737 above) is a patent violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches. Yes, it should be clear as a mountain stream that gun-control is only a means, not the end.
Let me offer a quick lesson in history to put things in perspective. Building up to the revolution, the British were throwing several cans into the colonists fire. One such can was when the British Parliament passed the Tea Act in 1773, which placed a tax on all tea imported into the colonies. The colonists, after already pleading unsuccessfully for years for representation in Parliament, revolted against the tax. Upon three new shiploads of tea to Boston, the colonists demanded that tea be returned to Britain. But when British officials refused, the “Sons of Liberty” and other colonists boarded the ships and threw the tea into the harbor. The event was the culmination of years of “taxation without representation.” It was the culmination of years of pressure.
It seems to me that the same thing is now occurring. Lawmakers nationwide and now in our communities are cooking up pressure. Regulating and taxing guns and ammo is simply regulating and taxing the right to self-defense. Nothing more. To tax and regulate self-defense is nothing short of ridiculous (don’t get me started on the cowardly duty to retreat that many states enforece).
President Obama has successfully pitted many states against the federal government. Laws meant to undermine the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause have popped up all over the country to try and undercut the effects of Obamacare’s mandate, Medicaid expansion, federal immigration law, and federal firearm regulation. Hundreds of local sheriffs have joined the fight against the federal government as well, pledging allegiance not to our royal parliament in D.C. but to the Constitution.
Pressure is expanding. Energy molecules are livening up. Every gun control law, gun tax, ammo tax, gun registration, ammo registration, background check, new cause for search and seizure, and mandated gun-insurance bill or proposal is just one more can cast into the fire; and the feds’ hoarding and starving the ammo market is a great accelerant. It’s not my opinion that those cans will eventually burst—it’s physics.
It’s inevitable that new “Sons and Daughters of Liberty” will eventually rise in protest against the tax and regulation mania being imposed on self-defense. Americans don’t like taxes, especially taxes without representation. And sadly, it appears that our “representation” is more in form rather than substance (excepting a few). Hence, I’m not completely sold that “taxation without representation” occurred only in the 1700’s.
I believe this time, instead of a tea party, it will be a gun party. But I don’t really see Americans throwing ammo off the boat.