I saw this today on the /gunpolitics subreddit of Reddit.
I had to laugh but it is true in California.
I saw this today on the /gunpolitics subreddit of Reddit.
I had to laugh but it is true in California.
As the Taliban consolidate their power in Kabul, Afghanistan, they have started going door to door collecting weapons from private citizens.
Taliban fighters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, started collecting weapons from civilians on Monday because people no longer need them for personal protection, a Taliban official said.
“We understand people kept weapons for personal safety. They can now feel safe. We are not here to harm innocent civilians,” the official told Reuters.
The Taliban also believe in a strict interpretation of Muslim law including women should not leave their homes unless accompanied by a male relative and to be fully covered in a burqa. There are numerous stories of how they have killed or beaten innocent women as they moved back to power.
This leads me to ponder on the the conundrum facing American gun prohibitionists like Everytown, Moms Demand Action, Giffords, and the Brady Campaign. On the one hand you have a group that brutally subjugates women like it was the 7th Century. On the other hand, they want to ban the private possession of firearms saying, in essence, the state will protect you.
Choices are tough.
We knew something was coming out on pistol braces as it has been signaled for a while now. The Department of Justice just released their notice of proposed rulemaking on pistol braces and have also said they will provide states with model “extreme violence protection order” legislation. The rule, if adopted, would make AR pistols with pistol braces an NRA item. I guess those who need a brace to shoot an AR pistol due to war wounds or other disabilities need to cough up $200. Evidently, DOJ doesn’t consider that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the BATFE nor to wounded veterans.
Here is the press release from Biden’s Department of Justice. I have highlighted a few things in it.
Justice Department Issues Proposed Rule and Model Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence
New Steps Would Enhance Enforcement of the National Firearms Act and Aid States in Drafting “Extreme Risk Protection Order” Laws
Today, the Department of Justice announced two new steps to help address the continuing epidemic of gun violence affecting communities across the country. First, the department issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that makes clear that when individuals use accessories to convert pistols into short-barreled rifles, they must comply with the heightened regulations on those dangerous and easily concealable weapons. Second, the department published model legislation to help states craft their own “extreme risk protection order” laws, sometimes called “red flag” laws. By sending the proposed rule to the Federal Register and publishing the model legislation today, the department has met the deadlines that the Attorney General announced alongside President Biden in April.
“The Justice Department is determined to take concrete steps to reduce the tragic toll of gun violence in our communities,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “Today we continue to deliver on our promise to help save lives while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans. We welcome the opportunity to work with communities in the weeks and months ahead in our shared commitment to end gun violence.”
The department issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would make clear that the statutory restrictions on short-barreled rifles apply to pistols that are equipped with certain stabilizing braces and intended to be fired from the shoulder. The National Firearms Act imposes heightened regulations on short-barreled rifles because they are easily concealable, can cause great damage, and are more likely to be used to commit crimes. But companies now sell accessories that make it easy for people to convert pistols into these more dangerous weapons without going through the statute’s background check and registration requirements. These requirements are important public safety measures because they regulate the transfer of these dangerous weapons and help ensure they do not end up in the wrong hands. The proposed rule would clarify when these attached accessories convert pistols into weapons covered by these heightened regulations.
Once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 90 days to submit comments. To view the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, please see here.
The department also published model legislation and detailed commentary that will make it easier for states to craft “extreme risk protection orders” authorizing courts to temporarily bar people in crisis from accessing firearms. By allowing family members or law enforcement to intervene and to petition for these orders before warning signs turn into tragedy, “extreme risk protection orders” can save lives. They are also an evidence-based approach to the problem. The model legislation, developed after consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, provides a framework that will help more states enact these sensible laws.
To read the model legislation, please see here.
To learn more about the rulemaking process, please see here.
There is so much bull shit in the paragraph on pistol braces that it would keep most farms fertilized for generations.
As to the legality of it, I really don’t see how they can square it with the 6th Circuit’s ruling in GOA v. Garland in which that court found that only Congress can change definitions like this when a criminal penalty is involved. Trump really screwed up things when he pushed DOJ to ban bump stocks.
As to Merrick Garland, I owe Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) a big thanks for keeping him off the US Supreme Court.
The NRA-ILA posted yesterday that they plan to spend at least $2 million on fighting gun control. The post also dealt with Legislative Town Halls. This is all well and good.
That is until you think how much was spent elsewhere.
For example, the NRA has spent $8 million in legal fees to avoid paying former ILA Director Chris Cox the $2 million severance his contract called for.
This is on top of the approximately $10 million in legal fees spent on their abortive attempt at bankruptcy.
Now it might just be me but I’d sure as hell rather have seen $18 million spent on fighting gun control and protecting the Second Amendment than on legal shenanigans. Imagine if just a fraction of the money spent on Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, had been spent in the Georgia run-off election. Instead of a 50-50 Senate with the Democrats running things, Cocaine Mitch would still be running things and would have served as a bulwark against the anti-rights, anti-gun moves of the Biden Administration.
As I said in the headline, misplaced priorities.
The White House just posted the proposed Executive Actions along with their intent to nominate David Chipman to head BATFE.
It has all the stuff we’ve been expecting.
“Ghost guns” (sic). Check.
Pistol braces under NFA. Check.
Red flag law. Check.
Infrastructure monies to “community violence intervention.” Check.
So you don’t have to go and pull it up, here is it in its entirety.
Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing six initial actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic. The recent high-profile mass shootings in Boulder – taking the lives of 10 individuals – and Atlanta – taking the lives of eight individuals, including six Asian American women – underscored the relentlessness of this epidemic. Gun violence takes lives and leaves a lasting legacy of trauma in communities every single day in this country, even when it is not on the nightly news. In fact, cities across the country are in the midst of a historic spike in homicides, violence that disproportionately impacts Black and brown Americans. The President is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence – community violence, mass shootings, domestic violence, and suicide by firearm.
President Biden is reiterating his call for Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence. Last month, a bipartisan coalition in the House passed two bills to close loopholes in the gun background check system. Congress should close those loopholes and go further, including by closing “boyfriend” and stalking loopholes that currently allow people found by the courts to be abusers to possess firearms, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, repealing gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and investing in evidence-based community violence interventions. Congress should also pass an appropriate national “red flag” law, as well as legislation incentivizing states to pass “red flag” laws of their own.
But this Administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps – fully within the Administration’s authority and the Second Amendment – to save lives. Today, the Administration is announcing the following six initial actions:
The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.” We are experiencing a growing problem: criminals are buying kits containing nearly all of the components and directions for finishing a firearm within as little as 30 minutes and using these firearms to commit crimes. When these firearms turn up at crime scenes, they often cannot be traced by law enforcement due to the lack of a serial number. The Justice Department will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of these firearms.
The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act. The alleged shooter in the Boulder tragedy last month appears to have used a pistol with an arm brace, which can make a firearm more stable and accurate while still being concealable.
The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states. Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to petition for a court order temporarily barring people in crisis from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others. The President urges Congress to pass an appropriate national “red flag” law, as well as legislation incentivizing states to pass “red flag” laws of their own. In the interim, the Justice Department’s published model legislation will make it easier for states that want to adopt red flag laws to do so.
The Administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions. Community violence interventions are proven strategies for reducing gun violence in urban communities through tools other than incarceration. Because cities across the country are experiencing a historic spike in homicides, the Biden-Harris Administration is taking a number of steps to prioritize investment in community violence interventions.
* The American Jobs Plan proposes a $5 billion investment over eight years to support community violence intervention programs. A key part of community violence intervention strategies is to help connect individuals to job training and job opportunities.
* The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is organizing a webinar and toolkit to educate states on how they can use Medicaid to reimburse certain community violence intervention programs, like Hospital-Based Violence Interventions.
* Five federal agencies are making changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible. These changes mean we can start increasing investments in community violence interventions as we wait on Congress to appropriate additional funds.
The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking. In 2000, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) issued a report summarizing information regarding its investigations into firearms trafficking, which is one way firearms are diverted into the illegal market where they can easily end up in the hands of dangerous individuals. Since the report’s publication, states, local, and federal policymakers have relied on its data to better thwart the common channels of firearms trafficking. But there is good reason to believe that firearms trafficking channels have changed since 2000, for example due to the emergence of online sales and proliferation of “ghost guns.” The Justice Department will issue a new, comprehensive report on firearms trafficking and annual updates necessary to give policymakers the information they need to help address firearms trafficking today.
The President will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. ATF is the key agency enforcing our gun laws, and it needs a confirmed director in order to do the job to the best of its ability. But ATF has not had a confirmed director since 2015. Chipman served at ATF for 25 years and now works to advance commonsense gun safety laws.
I’m surprised that they didn’t add a PS saying, “Fuck you, all you bitter clingers.”
I fully expect each and every one of these proposals to be fought in the courts. If it was good enough for President Trump’s immigration Executive Actions, it is good enough for this.
As to Chipman, you damn well better start calling your senators. Filibuster or no filibuster, he must be stopped.
When the gun prohibitionists say they don’t want to ban guns but merely regulate them or some of them, point to this.
A friend passed it to me and it contains at least 75 instances going back to 1993 where there were calls to ban guns.
2020 Presidential candidates that have advocated gun confiscation.
[or any synonyms thereof: mandatory buy back etc, virtual confiscation/permission requirements ]
Beto O’Rourke[Actual and virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]
Cory’s Plan to End the Gun Violence Epidemic
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]
[Actual & combined with virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]
[Actual and virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]
Joe Biden: The Biden plan to end our gun violence epidemic
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right]
Kamala Harris Would Force Gun Owners To Sell Their Assault Weapons To The Government
[Forced compensated confiscation]
Kirsten Gillibrand suggests support for mandatory buyback of assault weapons
[Actual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for an unalienable human right].
[virtual confiscation/governmental permission requirements for unalienable human rights].
[NYT] VA Governor Northam “has not ruled out confiscating assault weapons from gun owners.”
Behar Advises 2020 Dems: ‘Don’t Tell…Wait Until You Get Elected Then Take Guns Away’</a>.
Beto O’Rourke claims he hasn’t talked about confiscating guns
Dr. RaShall Brackney, Chief of the Charlottesville Police Department [Paraphrasing] “Any weapons that can be used to kill people should be banned”
A Peace Plan for a Safer America [Demands for compensated confiscation as well as virtual confiscation of all guns in addition to a licensing requirement for an unalienable human right]
Iowa state Sen. Claire Celsi dictatorial senator threatens to take guns by force if the gun owner wasn’t “nice” to her.
Vox: Democrats have been discussing the same ideas on guns for 25 years. It’s time to change that.
[Virtual and actual gun confiscation, requiring governmental permission for an unalienable human right].
Nate McMurray YEP. I’M COMING FOR YOUR AR15
[Congressional candidate calling for gun confiscation]
La Times: Banning semiautomatic weapons won’t solve America’s gun problem
[Detailing why just getting rid of semi-autos won’t be enough]
Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison: “Maybe it’ll just be a confiscation and we won’t have to worry about paying the fine.”
‘Goosebumps’! CNN’s Baldwin, Camerota Cheer Hogg Family, Push Mass Gun Confiscation
Syracuse.com: 20 years after Columbine: ‘Guns are the problem. Guns need to go.’ (Commentary)
Bernie Sanders: We must follow New Zealand’s lead.. ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Ban bump stocks, semiautos, & high cap mags designed to kill people
Washington Monthly: A Real Long-Term Solution to Gun Violence
;[Forced nationalization of the arms industry, compensated confiscation]
Harper’s Bazaar: Why We Need to Ban Assault Rifles
Mother Jones: Ban All Semiautomatic Firearms
stltoday.com: The gun ban that worked [Virtual gun confiscation – the demand to require governmental permission to possess an unalienable human right]
The Guardian: ‘Why does anyone need a gun?’: Toronto shooting prompts calls for handgun ban
Esquire: Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns
Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters: Ex-prosecutor in Congress
Vox: Why an assault weapons ban can’t address America’s gun problem
Emma González [March for our Lives]:
Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.
The Charlotte News: Ban military-style assault weapons for the sake of our children
Vox: What no politician wants to admit about gun control “taking a huge number of guns away from a huge number of gun owners
NAACP President OPINION: Gun Safety Is about Freedom [Australian style gun confiscation – making gun owners an offer they can’t refuse ]
Maine Voices: Yes, we want to take away your guns
Mercury News – Eugene Robinson
Robinson: Arming teachers is absurd — ban military-style assault rifles
The Star: Want to end gun violence Mr. President? Get rid of guns
La Times: No one becomes a mass shooter without a mass-shooting gun
It’s Too Late. You’ve Lost Your Guns.
Splinter news: BAN GUNS
Redhawks Online: Guns must go
Boston Globe: Hand over your weapons
News-Press – USA Today Editorial Board: Renew ban on military-style assault weapons
Dan Pfeiffer: What to Bring to the Gun Fight [national gun registry, Tracking and limiting purchases of ammunition and a national gun buyback program]
Eugene Robinson: Gun control should include buyback program like Australia’s
Washington Post Editorial Board Calls on Trump to Pass Gun Control: ‘End This American Carnage’
[Members of The Washington Post Editorial Board]
The Week: Ban guns
Plan A Magazine: Ban Guns. Amend the Constitution.
(CNN) Sachs: Ban semiautomatic assault weapons and save lives
Prospect magazine: Dear America: it’s time to grow up and ban guns
Huffington Post: Domestic Disarmament, Not ‘Gun Control’
Washington Post – Eugene Robinson: Assault weapons must be banned in America
W. Kamau Bell [CNN]: I want Obama to take away your guns
Huffington post: Can’t We Just Put the Damn Guns Down?
Anderson Cooper:“Speaking only for myself, watching Obama get repeatedly accused of wanting to take people’s guns away makes me sort of wish he’d just do something to earn that accusation. May as well!”
The Daily Beast: President Obama Isn’t Taking People’s Guns—But Maybe He Should.
New Republic: It’s Time to Ban Guns. Yes, All of Them.
The New York Times: End the Gun Epidemic in America
[First Front Page Editorial In 95 Years] This editorial published on A1 in the Dec. 5 edition of The New York Times. It is the first time an editorial has appeared on the front page since 1920.
The Daily Beast: Yes, They Want to Take Your Guns Away
Hillary Clinton: “In the Australian example, as I recall, that was a buyback program.”…..“I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level”
Vox: Becoming a gun-free society would be hard. But we should still try.
Daily Kos: Effective Gun Control – A National Semi-Auto Ban
Washington Post: A gun-free society
Obama: “We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.”
Tallahassee Democrat – Stop the insanity: Ban guns
Obama:;A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it — we’re not seeing that again. And basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws.
La Times: You say gun control doesn’t work? Fine. Let’s ban guns altogether.
Huffington Post: Gun Control? We Need Domestic Disarmament
Daily Kos: How to Ban Guns: A step by step, long term process
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”
Detroit Metro Times: Ban all guns, now
Opinionator – New York Times: Why Gun ‘Control’ Is Not Enough
House Dem: ‘Turn in your guns’
Eugene Robinson: First, Get Rid of the Guns
Economist The gun control that works: no guns
Huffington Post: Get Rid of the Damn Guns
Yes conservatives, we want to take away your guns…
Arizona Daily Star: Reinstate ban on military-style assault weapons
La Times – Taming the Monster: Get Rid of the Guns
Not wasting any time in not letting a tragedy go to waste, there have been renewed calls for more gun control after the murders in Boulder, Colorado. The usual suspects have weighed in as has President Biden.
President Biden is calling on the Senate to pass both so-called universal background checks and an assault weapons (sic).
Biden said he didn’t “want to wait another minute, let alone an hour,” to act on gun violence.
He urged the House and Senate to ban “assault weapons,” as he said he did as a senator.
“I got that done as a senator. It brought down mass shootings, we can do it again,” Biden said. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”…
The president also called on the Senate to pass two House bills that closed loopholes on background checks, including the Charleston loophole.
“These are bills that received votes with both Republicans and Democrats in the House. This is not and should not be a partisan issue. This is an American issue that will save lives, American lives. And we have to act. We should also ban assault weapons in the process,” Biden said.
So if I understand Biden and the gun control cabal correctly, if only there was a ban on high capacity magazines and guns with cosmetics they don’t like as well as a background check on every gun transfer then we would not have another mass murder?
Sounds great until you take into account two facts that completely blow away their arguments.
Fact 1: Colorado has background checks on all firearms transfers, both public and private.
Fact 2: Colorado passed a 15-round limit on magazines back in 2013. Now it is my understanding that the Colorado Supreme Court may have invalidated that ban.
We don’t know yet how the murderer obtained the firearm at this time. Even with a ban in place, an angry, paranoid person such as this murderer is reputed to be would not let violating a gun control law stand in the way of something doing something heinous.
One last thing. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but sometimes life feels like a Matt Bracken novel where the killer is merely a pawn for more government control.
You didn’t think Nancy Pelosi would ignore a chance to burnish her progressive credentials with a statement on gun control, did you? If you did, you were living in a dream world.
“Three years ago, our nation watched in horror and heartbreak as 17 beautiful souls were stolen in an act of unspeakable terror and gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Today, we continue to grieve and work with the Parkland families and survivors who have turned their pain into courageous action, inspiring a movement across the country to say, ‘Enough is enough!’
“Last Congress, moved by the daily epidemic of gun violence and guided by the millions of young people marching for their lives, House Democrats took bold action to save lives and end the bloodshed by passing H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act. Now, working with the Democratic Senate and Biden-Harris Administration, we will enact these and other life-saving bills and deliver the progress that the Parkland community and the American people deserve and demand.
“On this solemn remembrance, Democrats join the American people to renew our commitment to our unfinished work to ensure that no family or community is forced to endure the pain of gun violence. We will not rest until all Americans, in schools, in the workplace, in places of worship and throughout our communities are safe, once and for all.”
If she were serious about “gun violence” (sic), she would be battling the scourge of drug gangs in minority neighborhoods, she would overturning Obama era policies that allowed the Parkland killer to avoid coming to the notice of police, and she would be getting rid of gun free zones that are nothing but hunting preserves for psychopaths to quote Massad Ayoob.
The next salvo in this battle came yesterday from Joe Biden. After bemoaning the lives lost to “gun violence” (sic), he lists a number of “commonsense” items that will solve the issue and “make us safer.”
Three years ago today, a lone gunman took the lives of 14 students and three educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In seconds, the lives of dozens of families, and the life of an American community, were changed forever.
For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones. They’ve missed out on the experience of sending their children off to college or seeing them on their first job after high school. Like far too many families, they’ve had to bury pieces of their soul deep within the Earth. Like far too many families — and, indeed, like our nation — they’ve been left to wonder whether things would ever be okay.
These families are not alone. In big cities and small towns. In schools and shopping malls. In churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. In movie theaters and concert halls. On city street corners that will never get a mention on the evening news. All across our nation, parents, spouses, children, siblings, and friends have known the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence. And in this season of so much loss, last year’s historic increase in homicides across America, including the gun violence disproportionately devastating Black and Brown individuals in our cities, has added to the number of empty seats at our kitchen tables. Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence.
Over these three years, the Parkland families have taught all of us something profound. Time and again, they have showed us how we can turn our grief into purpose – to march, organize, and build a strong, inclusive, and durable movement for change.
The Parkland students and so many other young people across the country who have experienced gun violence are carrying forward the history of the American journey. It is a history written by young people in each generation who challenged prevailing dogma to demand a simple truth: we can do better. And we will.
This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.
Here is an inconvenient truth that Mr. Biden will never acknowledge. It was the policies of the Obama-Biden Administration that created the circumstances that allowed a troubled, angry, and violent young man to stay off the radar and pass a NICS check.
And since we are talking about the deaths of those with brown skin, it was also the policies of the Obama-Biden Administration with Operation Fast and Furious aka Project Gunwalker that sent thousands of weapons south of the border which led to the deaths of at least 300 Mexican nationals.
The Cult of Personality Known as Giffords sent out an email this morning. As might be expected on the anniversary of the murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, they called for more gun control.
We took it upon ourselves to fight for change by electing a gun safety majority in the House. They passed H.R. 8, the background checks bill, but it sat on Mitch McConnell’s desk every day since.
But that’s about to change. With a newly elected gun safety president and gun safety majorities in both the House and Senate, it’s finally time to make universal background checks the law of the land. And today’s a great day to say you’re still in the fight.
The inconvenient truth is that the killer obtained his firearm after passing a FBI background check. In other words, a universal background check or mandated checks on private firearm sales would not have made one bit of difference.
The killer had no criminal record because of an arrangement between the Broward County school system and the sheriff’s office. This despite being expelled for bringing a weapon to school along with other run-ins that should have resulted in a criminal record.
As noted at the time by Max Eden in the City-Journal:
But the explicit aim of Broward’s new approach to school safety was to keep students like <killer> off the police’s radar. If the Sheriff’s department didn’t know about his deeply troubling behavior, perhaps it was because they were no longer supposed to know about it.
So instead of dealing with the inconvenient truths and the deeper issues at play, the Cult of Personality Known as Giffords and their like-minded brethren including President Biden will just call for more gun control – even though none of it will stop the next mass casualty event.