Do Gun Registration Laws Work; and What of Confiscation?

Do Gun Registration Laws Work; and What of Confiscation?

It helps to bring the land of “Is” and the land of “Ought” closer together with a definition of “work”. A law, no matter what its purpose, can only work, that is function, when it is put to use. This of course means that those who are charged with carrying out the function of the law do so with fidelity.

To hear the elites of America talk, one would think that it is as simple as passing a law to end the senseless murders, sometimes en masse, that have occurred over the last decade. From Columbine to Stoneman Douglas the events that have snuffed out so many promising lives have fanned the flames of political pandering and have fed what socialist —one-world government types— hope will be the crescendo that results in nation-wide gun confiscation.

The ultimate poser Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, has finally made it clear in concert with the Democratic Party, and the so-called “One-world Government Alliance,” seeks to do. “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15’s and your AK-47’s,” (CNN, 2019). Robert Francis claims to be a man for the people, but wait a minute, what is the factual record? We need only look a few minutes south of the border to Mexico, the place of the Congressional arena that “Beto” claims to represent to get a sense of how people are “permitted” to defend themselves via the restricted ownership of firearms by a government that is incapable of protecting the citizens who look to it for protection. How odd; are Mexican nationals citizens or subjects?

In our neighbor nation to the south, which severely restricts not just the ownership of firearms and ammunition, the government prohibits the mere possession of such “weapons of war” as Robert Francis puts it. U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was snagged in a border trap when he drove south from San Diego to Tijuana, MX. Apparently, unaware of Mexican law upon approach to the nation, and fully willing to turn around and leave the border zone, Sgt. Tahmooressi was arrested and imprisoned for seven months even though he attempted to leave the border entry zone and return to the US. A Marine, dedicated to defending the rights of others to protect themselves arrested and imprisoned for what drug cartel members do every day in Mexico. Think about that for just a moment Morning Joe. 

It is odd indeed that “Beto” overlooks the fact that President Barak Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, approved a plan to allow over 2,000 rifles, like the ones “Beto” rails against, to cross the US border into Mexico. These firearms were used in the murder of a federal agent, CBP Agent Brian Terry (LHNBF). It would be a noble cause, albeit illegal, to help Mexican citizens resist the well-armed drug cartels and take back control of their communities, but that was not the objective. Team Obama knew what they were importing into Mexico was forbidden. 

“The Mexican constitution allows for legal possession of one small-caliber firearm with several important caveats: the owner must be a Mexican citizen or a foreigner with legal residency status; the firearm must be of small caliber as specifically cited by the regulations; it must be registered with the army and; critically, the firearm is not to be carried in the street. The purpose of the law is to provide for self-defense within the confine of one’s own home,” (Experience, 2019). Well ain’t that special, what about when a criminal confronts a law-abiding citizen who has been disarmed by the government that is supposed to protect him or her outside of the home?

Mexican gang homicides south of the border occur mostly because people cannot defend themselves; they are under-gunned and overpowered. “Mexico has numerous states under the direct influence of drug cartels that have standing armies with access to RPGs, armored vehicles, artillery, and explosives. Most of Mexico has military forces patrolling streets to deal with cartel paramilitary forces,” (Adams, 2019). There is a de facto government aside of the legitimate government, similar to that which flourished in Chicago during the days of Al Capone. Nancy Pelosi should know of that since her father, Thomas D’ Alessandro, Jr. was infamous for smuggling heroin into the US with “Lucky” Luciano through the Baltimore Mafia. It is indeed odd that the quiet, but “courageous” journalists of today say nothing of this investigative lead to corruption.

Photo Credit: US House of Representatives

The Federal Government itself has provided guidance on how to explain the scope, purpose and capability of the AR-15 specifically, “The United States Department of Homeland Security has started a rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO (compatible with .223) with a magazine capacity of 30 rounds is “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters…” (USDHS, 2019). Gun control, aka gun confiscation, has not worked in Mexico, so why do socialists push it here?

One looks threatening, one doesn’t; they’re both just trucks.

So let’s look at 19,500 LB misses for a moment, should we ban them? One looks scary, one look not so much, both have drivers who could well injure people if they do not handle the vehicle safely. If they drink and drive, text and drive or are afflicted by “road rage,” they could be a threat too many. And what about knives, “In June 2015, in the wake of another mass shooting incident that left nine victims dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, debate about the issue of gun control flared up again in the US In the midst of that debate, a number of social media users pointed to a November 2014 Counter Current News article purportedly describing an effort by British police to disarm the citizenry of dangerous “pointy knives,” (FBI, 2019).

Photo Sources: [L] and The Guardian [R]

Then there are hands, fists, and elbows, 656 deaths occurred by bare hands of the assailant throughout the nation. My point in this exercise is to explain that while society demands action, society is the problem. Violence is a symptom, not a disease, or a disorder. So for the Beto’s and Pelosi’s of the world to demand action to end violence through government intervention [confiscation of the means to defend one’s self against a superior force, aka the well-armed criminal], it is within each of us to solve the problem.

We call on elected officials to solve what we have the capacity to solve within our own grasp, yet we refuse to face the cold hard fact. The government was never intended to solve matters of the soul, yet we have forbidden faith from doing its job. As C.S.Lewis so eloquently opined, “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”We demand that the government do something, yet we have forbidden government to use the tools to address actions that can heal the soul. We seem to be obsessed with the focus on treating symptoms while we ignore the disease. That is all too convenient for the politician who seeks to keep the problem alive to maintain control and possess power [think ghastly fundraisers that generate obscene amounts of money, yet we complain about special interests]. We know those who are capable of committing acts of violence, yet we will do nothing to intervene out of a worry that we might offend someone, maybe even the killer.

As we face the threat of striping citizens their natural right of self-defense, in exchange of the illusion of security, let us revisit the experience fo history when over 6 million people were stripped of their natural right of self-defense, only to be sent to gas chambers in an effort to exterminate them because someone needed a scapegoat.

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