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Second Amendment is under fire

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By Robert E. Beckner

As was feared by gun lovers during the recent elections, the liberal Democratic candidates and the so-called anti-gun groups were all outspoken regarding what actions they intended to take if the now president-elect was successful in getting elected. The actions mentioned were a ban on semi-autos, center-fire rifles, .50-cal. guns, small handguns, gun rationing (one a month), national registration, national licensing and repeal of the ban on predatory lawsuits designed to put gun manufacturers and gun stores out of business.

The anti-gun groups include: Americans for Gun Safety, the Brady Gun Control Center, Million Mom March, Violence Policy Center and the Coalition to Ban Handguns. Among the members include the most notorious Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumar, Barbara Boxer, Frank Lautenburg, Ted Kennedy, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Michael Bloomberg.

They have all continued to promise the gun grabbers all the help and support they can give them. These individuals and groups have been recruiting new members by the tens of thousands.

Since the anti-gunners have seized control of every level of power in the federal government – the White House, near veto-proof majorities in Congress plus the power to pack the U.S. Supreme Court and the vast federal bureaucracy with extremist gun-banners to attack gun owner rights, they can come from a thousand directions. We can expect appointees within the executive branch will begin an assault on the Second Amendment with regulatory and enforcement decisions from day one.

These appointments will be led by John Podesta and Eric Holder. One group that can expect the full power of the Attorney General’s office will be from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). This group put a large majority of federally licensed firearms dealers out of business under Bill Clinton and Janet Reno, and this new group will now be even more ambitious.

We can expect Nancy Pelosi to fast track gun-ban legislation and the president and vice president will lobby, twisting arms of Democratic senators and congressmen elected on their promise to support gun owner rights. All this looks bad enough but the president’s Secretary of State (Clinton) will work with the president’s patron, George Soros, and the International Gun Prohibition lobby, to no longer resist the international gun bans of the United Nations, to impose severe gun controls on Americans. George Soro’s group, the International Action Network on Small Arms, is the most extreme.

While we can expect all of the above, the prohibitionists are currently implementing a new strategy, since it has become more difficult for gun banners to do their job after the recent Supreme Court decision overturning the D.C. handgun ban. They are now banning as many “people” as possible from owning guns.

This strategy has been perfected in Canada and is now moving south of the border. It amounts to a discretionary licensing system for gun ownership.

These new bans are based on objective criteria such as a person having been convicted of a felony, or a domestic violence misdemeanor or having been dishonorably discharged from the military. Since this is a rather limited list of reasons, the purpose is to look for something, anything that indicates an applicant might misuse a gun.

In Canada’s application asked if you ever filed for bankruptcy or even lost a job. You must provide a list of former lovers, so the police can inquire about you from them, or your former boss. If they don’t like you, there goes your application or your guns will have to be surrendered.

Don’t laugh; this is now being used in the U.S. in Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y. There your license must be renewed every five years, and the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) has added similar questions to the new applications.

They get into questions regarding, “have you ever or do you still use narcotics, tranquilizers or anti-depressant medication?” So give up your doctor’s information as to narcotics. It includes Tylenol with codeine, (taken for a toothache or Vicodin used for a post operative pain, whether you took it a few days ago or 15 years ago). If a woman forgets she was given morphine for childbirth pain 10 years ago – and forgets to tell the police – she forfeits her right to own a gun. The federal application is asking about “unlawful” use, the New York one asks about “legal” use.

Other classes of red flag drugs on the NCPD list are anti-depressants and tranquilizers, both are on the list of potential disqualifiers. Seems the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings to doctors to monitor patients during the first two months of use, so doctors are reluctant to tell an inquiring policeman that the patient is no risk when it comes to a firearm possession, especially if the doctor has an attorney who tells him that if the patient does something wrong, the doctor may get sued.

So is there any public safety interest in the government demanding that a person, exercising his Second Amendment rights, tell a bureaucrat about the time they took a tranquilizer two decades ago? Must we give up our constitutional rights?

It’s truly a very slippery slope. And your confidential medical records will no longer be confidential if you choose to exercise your Second Amendment rights.

As never before in our lives, we need to fight this onslaught against our gun rights. Send a message to every member of the U.S. House and Senate, every federal judge, every entrenched gun-hating bureaucrat and enemy of freedom. Tell them it’s “We the People” who run this country, not the politicians, not the media.

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government” Thomas Jefferson.

Robert E. Beckner lives in Majestic Oaks with his wife, Sarah. He is a retired private investigator and insurance adjuster. He has also been a photographer and served with the Military Police in the Marine Corps.