Gun Control Is Government Tyranny
Inmate study shows: 260,000 incarcerated
JUST for technical violations (like failure to "register" a gun in violation of
the Constitution) of one of the 22 THOUSAND gun control laws, not related to an
a thought to warm some of your hearts... From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia:
Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under.
It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to
surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own
government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars
The first year results are now in:
homicides are up 6.2 percent
assaults are up 9.6 percent
armed robberies are up 44 percent
(yes, 44 percent)!
the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.
that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals
did not and criminals still possess their guns!)
figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with
firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals
now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in
break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.
politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such
monumental effort and expense was expended in "successfully ridding Australian
society of guns."
won't see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State
Assembly disseminating this information.
Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the
hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.
note Americans, before it's too late!
TO EVERYONE ON YOUR EMAIL LIST. [I DID ] DON'T BE A MEMBER OF THE SILENT MAJORITY. BE ONE
OF THE VOCAL MINORITY WHO WON'T LET THIS HAPPEN IN THE U.S.A.
'Law & Order' actor Dennis Farina arrested at Los Angeles
International Airport after a loaded gun was found in his carryon
Actor Dennis Farina arrested for bringing gun to airport
The former 'Law and Order' actor, who tried to board a flight at LAX with a
handgun, tells police he forgot it was in his briefcase.
By Jean-Paul Renaud, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 12, 2008
Dennis Farina is a bum shot.
Still, Los Angeles International Airport
police took no chances Sunday with the former "Law and Order" actor, who was
teased for his poor shooting skills during his earlier career as a Chicago
Farina, 64, was booked in a felony case after LAX
screeners found a loaded handgun in his briefcase as he prepared to board a
The actor, who is often cast as a foul-mouthed mobster or cop, was contrite
when he told airport police and FBI agents that he had forgotten he put the
.22-caliber semi-automatic weapon in the case, authorities said. He spent
most of the day in a Van Nuys jail and was released on $35,000 bail.
"He was apologetic and very cooperative, and he said he understood what was
going to happen," said LAX Police Sgt. Jim Holcomb.
Farina had no
permit for the gun, and it was not clear why he was carrying it. A
representative for the actor could not be reached.
Farina told investigators he put the gun in the case before driving to L.A.
from Arizona for the United Airlines flight to Chicago. He was booked on
suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon.
The actor has starred in
several feature films, including "Get Shorty" and "Saving Private Ryan," and
the current "What Happens in Vegas." Farina served with the Chicago Police
Department for nearly 20 years.
LAX police run into this problem--of
passengers forgetting they have guns in their carry-on luggage--regularly,
Holcomb said. Most of the roughly 10 incidents a month involve police
officers traveling as civilians.
"People don't get it," Holcomb said.
"When you go to an airport, the only people that can carry a gun are federal
That's not to say high-profile travelers haven't tried to
board with weapons.
Rapper Snoop Dogg pleaded guilty in 2007 after
screeners at John Wayne Airport in Orange County found a collapsible baton
in his luggage. Although the rapper said it was a prop for a music video,
authorities deemed it otherwise.
David Huckabee, son of former
presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, received a one-year suspended sentence
last year after he was caught at a Little Rock, Ark. airport with a loaded
Glock pistol in his bag.
"It was a silly mistake," he said at the
And the lead singer of the rock band Incubus, Brandon Boyd, was
arrested in 2004 for carrying a switchblade in his bag while trying to board
a plane at New York's La Guardia International Airport.
"Unless restrained, all governments devolve to tyranny."
"It can never be assured, nor should we ever believe, that government could never
become oppressive and devolve into tyranny."
The sole purpose of guns is to protect the people from a tyrannical government
The right to bear arms
Phoenix Journal 90, Taking off the Blindfold- Chapter 15, p.182
Constitution prohibits Federal interference
By Peter D. Lepiscopo
A reprint of an article that appeared in the San Diego Mirror Tribune
Is its [guns] purpose for hunting ...or collecting ...for sport ...or for self-defense
No, although these have been offered as justification for its existence. Its sole purpose
is to secure an individual's right for self-defense against government. "It" is
the Second Amendment.
In order to understand the Second Amendment's constitutional purpose, one first must
recognise the distinction between the "Constitution" and "Bill of
Rights". The Constitution establishes a government of limited powers; thus it deals
exclusively with power. Conversely, the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 through 10) was
adopted to secure individual rights against government's intrusion; thus it deals
exclusively with individual rights.
The importance of this distinction is indispensable when one attempts to discern the
meaning and purpose of the Second Amendment. For example, if the Second Amendment is
designed to secure a right against government's intrusion, then the question is raised:
How can one argue that the amendment's purpose is for self-defense against criminals?
The answer of course, is that one cannot because the Bill of Rights dies not secure an
individual's rights against other individuals but against government. Accordingly,
present-day opponents and proponents of gun control are engaged in a debate that does not
address the principle of government vs. individual but individual vs. individual.
This misinformed and illogical debate would offend the Founding Fathers.
Another misconception about the Second Amendment is the unfounded assertion that the
amendment's language is ambiguous. The Second Amendment provides: "A well regulated
militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep
and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
This language is not ambiguous but clear if one properly analyses the amendment according
to Thomas Jefferson's instructions, "On every question of constructions of the
Constitution let US carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted and
recollect the spirit manifested in the debates".
In order to find the purpose behind the Second Amendment, one need only recall the
Founders' fear of government's abuse of power.
Specifically, the Founders feared a standing army, which is defined in the Oxford English
Dictionary as an army of professional soldiers kept permanently on foot. For example, it
was Britain's standing army as assembled in 1770 that caused the Boston Massacre.
The universally understood view of the Founders was articulated by James Madison during
the Constitutional Convention: "The greatest danger to liberty is from standing
armies". In this regard, after the signing of the "Declaration of
Independence" and prior to the ratification of the Constitution, state constitutions
secured the right to keep and bear arms. For example, Section 14 of the Declaration of
Rights to Vermont's Constitution (adopted 1777) provides that "the people have a
right to keep and bear arms ... as standing armies are dangerous to liberty".
Article I, Section 8, of the US Constitution provides that Congress shall have the power
to "raise and support armies". In addition, Article I, Section 10, prohibits
states from keeping troops, without the consent of Congress.
These two provisions clearly placed the exclusive power to establish a standing army with
the federal government, which had the effect of disarming the states and their
inhabitants. This situation sounded the alarm that caused the Founders to adopt the Second
Militias vs. standing armies Present-day opponents of the Second Amendment argue that the
word "militia" means an army designed to provide for the common defense of
our nation. These opponents, therefore, argue that because we have the greatest military
that ever existed, a militia is not necessary; and, therefore, there is no need for the
right to keep and bear arms. This assertion is incorrect and contrary to history
surrounding and debates concerning the Second Amendment.
The word "militia" is not synonymous with the term "standing Army". A
"militia" is a non-professional citizen army which is not assembled on a
permanent basis. Conversely, standing armies are permanently assembled and are comprised
of professional soldiers.
The Founders were not confusing the standing armies that could be established by Congress
with those comprised of common inhabitants of the states. The latter were not assembled
by, or loyal to, the federal government but to their own local neighborhoods and state.
Accordingly, present day opponents' arguments that the right to keep and bear arms is not
necessarily because "militia" is synonymous with "standing armies" is
"Shall not be infringed"
The Second Amendment provides that the government shall not "infringe" on the
people's right to keep and bear arms. As understood by the Founders, the term
"infringe", as it relates to rights, means "to encroach on or upon".
This means to invade gradually. Thus, the Second Amendment prohibits the government from
interfering with this right, no matter how minimally; no matter how subtly. This includes
indirect interference, such as oppressive taxation or regulation.
Furthermore, the use of the command "shall not" was used to eliminate any
argument that the right was subject to the government's discretion. The Founders did not
use the term "shall not be infringed" by accident but by design. They intended
to preclude the government from implementing sophisticated means by which to encroach upon
this right. After all, the amendment was designed to be a check against government's abuse
of power, and it would be in the government's best interest to encroach upon or eliminate
this right. Virginia delegate George Mason stated it most succinctly, "To disarm the
people is the best and most effective way to enslave them".
Accordingly, the Founders used specific language in order to obtain a specific result, to
secure our right to keep and bear arms for our protection against government. Those who
actually believe that the Founders were not deliberate in their drafting of the Second
Amendment are either naive or misinformed.
An amendment under attack
In the last several years there has been a torrent of gun-control legislation that calls
for severe infringements or all-out repeal of the Second Amendment. The opponents and
proponents of gun control focus their debate on the impact, or lack thereof, it would have
on gun-related deaths.
On the other hand, the proponents of gun control insist that removal of all guns from
society will stem the rising tide of gun violence. On the other hand, gun-control
opponents insist that the Second Amendment guarantees them a right to self-defense against
criminals, to collect guns, to hunt and/or to use guns for sport.
I believe both arguments are historically and constitutionally incorrect.
It is quite clear from history and the debates surrounding the adoption of the Second
Amendment that the present-day debate does not focus on the proper principle underlying
that amendment - protection against governmental tyranny.
Accordingly, the actual purpose of the Second Amendment will be betrayed regardless of who
wins the debate.
To be sure, the argument can be made that we are entering the 21st century and the fears
of men who existed in the late 18th century no longer exist. This argument quickly
disappears, however, once one realises that although time has passed, human nature remains
Unless restrained, all governments devolve to tyranny.
Moreover, it can be observed that governments throughout the world are oppressive to their
people. What do these governments have in common?
They have the guns and their subjects do not. More importantly, it can never be assured,
nor should we ever believe, that government could never become oppressive and devolve into
tyranny. Accordingly, there can never be any constitutional justification for government
infringing upon the people's right to keep and bear arms.
Finally, to those of you who advocate gun control at the expense of the Second Amendment,
I leave you with Benjamin Franklin's insight, "Those who would give up essential
liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety".
According to a BeCounted poll at http://www.becounted.com/
only 7.8% believe gun control laws have been effective.
Press recently reported that the national murder rate has experienced a dramatic decrease
despite its rise in some large cities. Nationwide, the murder rate has gone down to levels
not seen since the 1960s. Criminologists point to the aging of the 'baby boomers', the
reduction in crack cocaine related crimes and increase in community involvement as
reasons. They have not mentioned any effect of current gun control legislation. How will
this affect how you approach any upcoming gun control legislation the President might try
Votes = 244
||I would be more likely to
support such legislation because it is evident that gun control efforts have been having
||I would be less likely to
support such legislation because this decrease shows that we have passed enough
legislation to have a positive effect.
||I would be less likely to
support such legislation because there is no proof that it has been effective, and this
decrease in crime makes it less necessary.
||None of the above.
||What role do
you believe recent gun control laws have had in the overall lowering of the US crime rate?
Votes = 244
||They've had no effect at all
because criminals are unlikely to be willing to obey any of the laws that are passed.
||They have been the most
important factor in the reduction of crime because they have reduced criminals' access to
||They have been an important
factor, but have only been a part of the overall anti-crime movement which has shown
criminals that their behavior will not be tolerated.
||It may have had some effect
but has been limited because it only addresses on aspect of criminal activity.
||They may have actually
hindered the anti-crime movement by discouraging and hindering private gun ownership which
has traditionally been a deterrent to crime.
||None of the above.
Seung-Hui murdered 32 and wounded another 15 before turning his gun on himself
only thing good about SWAT teams is that we can count on them to spend lots of
money, look really intimidating, hide behind trees, wear bullet proof vests, stay in
their nice safe air-conditioned armored vehicles--until the shooter gets tired and finally
shoots himselfthen brag about how dangerous police work is, and ask for ever more
must really be embarrassing to be a cop these days.
needs to do a cost/benefit analysis of these gun control nuts.
years murder-free in 'Gun Town USA'
after law required firearms for residents
April 19, 2007
1:52 p.m. Eastern
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
Ga., City Hall
the nation debates whether more guns or fewer can prevent tragedies like the Virginia Tech Massacre,
a notable anniversary passed last month in a Georgia town that witnessed a dramatic plunge
in crime and violence after mandating residents to own firearms.
March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw responding to a handgun ban in
Morton Grove, Ill. unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household
to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite dire predictions of "Wild West"
showdowns and increased violence and accidents, not a single resident has been involved in
a fatal shooting as a victim, attacker or defender.
crime rate initially plummeted for several years after the passage of the ordinance, with
the 2005 per capita crime rate actually significantly lower than it was in 1981, the year
before passage of the law.
to enactment of the law, Kennesaw had a population of just 5,242 but a crime rate
significantly higher (4,332 per 100,000) than the national average (3,899 per 100,000).
The latest statistics available for the year 2005 show the rate at 2,027 per
100,000. Meanwhile, the population has skyrocketed to 28,189.
comparison, the population of Morton Grove, the first city in Illinois to adopt a gun ban
for anyone other than police officers, has actually dropped slightly and stands at 22,202,
according to 2005 statistics. More significantly, perhaps, the city's crime rate increased
by 15.7 percent immediately after the gun ban, even though the overall crime rate in Cook
County rose only 3 percent. Today, by comparison, the township's crime rate stands at
2,268 per 100,000.
was not what some predicted.
a column titled "Gun Town USA," Art Buchwald suggested Kennesaw would soon
become a place where routine disagreements between neighbors would be settled in
shootouts. The Washington Post mocked
Kennesaw as "the brave little city
soon to be pistol-packing capital of the
world." Phil Donahue invited the mayor on his show.
the European news service, today revisited the Kennesaw controversy following the Virginia
Lt. Craig Graydon said: "When the Kennesaw law was passed in 1982 there was a
substantial drop in crime
and we have maintained a really low crime rate since
then. We are sure it is one of the lowest (crime) towns in the metro area." Kennesaw
is just north of Atlanta.
Reuters story went on to report: "Since the Virginia Tech shootings, some
conservative U.S. talk show hosts have rejected attempts to link the massacre to the
availability of guns, arguing that had students been allowed to carry weapons on campus
someone might have been able to shoot the killer."
Tech, like many of the nation's schools and college campuses, is a so-called
"gun-free zone," which Second Amendment supporters say invites gun violence
especially from disturbed individuals seeking to kill as many victims as possible.
Seung-Hui murdered 32 and wounded another 15 before turning his gun on himself.
The real damages of gun control laws:
Bob Stewart's Trial: Empty Building, Empty Justice
by Rick DeStephens
June 3, 2002
KeepAndBearArms.com -- I drove up to the massive cavern known as the Sandra
Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse. The outside was as inviting as
a Khrushchev-era Soviet housing project in Minsk. The inside had all the
charm of an aircraft hangar with out the benefit of the cool planes. I
stepped into the building and moved up to the security station which
sported a sign requesting "Government Issued Photo Identification." The
federal guard looked at my drivers license perhaps long enough to be aware
that it was an Arizona document but I doubt if he could have compared the
photo or read any of the information.
As I passed through the magnetometer I asked one of the security guards
(all had east-coast accents for some reason) why they needed drivers
licenses for admittance. "Increased security," one offered. I asked how
that might increase security? There were shrugs all around. Another offered
that knowing the names of people would make the court safer. After I
mentioned that all of the 19 hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade
Center used valid government Ids with their exact names, all I got were
shrugs. The rest of the day would make about as much sense.
Judge Roslyn O. Silver entered the courtroom fashionably late. She was
forced to share her courtroom with approximately 20 Bob Stewart supporters.
The room was about two-thirds full. Other times saw the room packed with
Stewart supporters but several delays in sentencing made it difficult to
attend on this day.
To make Judge Silver feel more comfortable, there were also at least 10
federal marshal/security guards both inside and outside the courtroom. I
guess the thought of so many potentially armed Senior Citizens spooked her.
This was accented when Bob Stewart's attorney requested that handcuffs be
removed so that Bob could shuffle through paperwork in response to the
judge's questions. Roslyn refused the sensible request.
The first order of business was to consider two motions for reduced
sentence filed by Bob Stewart's attorney. The first concerned an
"Acceptance of Apology Adjustment." Succinctly, if Bob Stewart admitted
that he "knowingly violated the law and accept[s] responsibility for [his]
actions," his sentence could be reduced.
Bob was willing to apologize and accept responsibility for his actions but
he had difficulty understanding why he had to alter his position taken
during the trial in which he said he was unaware of violating the law. The
questioning and conferencing went on for many, many minutes. The hang-up
continued to hinge on the word "knowingly." "Did you knowingly and
unlawfully possess machine guns and firearms?"
The judge repeated what she wanted several times. But the last time she
repeated it, she perhaps mistakenly or absent-mindedly left off the word
"knowingly." This might have been Bob's chance, or maybe he would later
have just have to sign a document with the phrase "knowingly violated." I
don't know. Be that at it may, Bob said he was unable to agree to those terms.
How odd is it that someone who says that he knowingly violated a law is
given a lighter prison sentence than someone who could not say that he did
it knowingly. Bob Stewart's case aside, the person who says he did it an
knew it gets off light than someone who did it out of ignorance. Justice?
Or coercion to get a lighter sentence in exchange for the judge feeling
better about herself?
As a result, Bob was unable to take advantage of reduced prison time on
that basis. However, there was one last chance to reduce Bob's prison time
from a potential 96 months to some significantly less term.
Next up was a motion for "Downward Departure" which under "unusual
circumstances" and "very narrow" guidelines, which Judge Silver decided
were valid for consideration, Bob's sentence could be reduced.
The judge said she considered "Offender Characteristics." Essentially,
Judge Silver said she had seen Bob over the last two years and had grown to
know him through his testimony and had shown her his insight into the
issues addressed. "Then again," she added, "when I have strained to tell
you the position you must take.bent over backward to grant continuances and
make positions on the law, you have, until now, defied it."
Judge Silver continued, "It is rare that this court grants downward
departure. But it is [unintelligible] in circumstances." She then
explained that downward departure was supported in case law in several
circuits and even the Supreme Court. "I have spent a considerable amount of
time considering unique factors.that you have been a loving father and
husband, but I must wonder why you have exposed them to dangerous weapons.
Letters from your friends and family have been [glowing in support of you],
and you have not engaged in violence. You have served your community
[selflessly] to help others."
Judge Silver, attempting to make it clear to Bob that in this section of
the hearing, things were going his way, asked, "Do your really wish to say
anything?" Bob responded that he did not.
Judge Silver then declared, "I am going to grant a downward departure.due
to a confluence of factors [that] warrant it. I am persuaded, at least
today, that this will not happen again. If you come back in this court, I
will have to reconsider and I will give you the maximum term for violation
of supervised release."
At this point I almost got the inkling that she was going to let him off
with time served. Wishful thinking, and not provided by in federal
sentencing guidelines which work on a point system. Judge Silver stated
that there was a possible 87 to 108 month sentence for the crime given a
"criminal history at Category 3. She then reduced it to "Level 22" which
called for a range of 51 months to 63 months. She again cited letters sent
to her but mentioned that many letter she received (all copies sent to Bob
by her) had a negative connotation toward her. She maintained that these
letters had no effect on her decisions.
Bob's attorney then requested that the judge impose the lower end of the
sentence scale. Fred Batista, the government attorney, then spoke in an
effort to convince the judge to impose the higher end of the sentence
range. He said that Bob had "shown his true colors by "accusing ATF of
pointing a [9mm submachine] gun at his seven year-old son during the raid.
The "accusation" caused the government to fly regional BATF head, Marvin
Richardson, away from his duties preparing for the Salt Lake Olympics.
The government attorney claims that the child was never harmed.
Bob responded that his son was so frightened at staring at the MP5
submachine gun that the son wet his pants on the spot and has been
undergoing counseling for nightmares. Batista also took exception to Bob's
accusation that evidence was planted and tampered with by BATF as well as
accusing U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno of directing BATF to put him "out
of business." Judge Silver had no comments concerning any of the statements
above. Given the stellar history of the BATF, we can come to our own
Finally, Judge Silver, passed sentence.
For "violations of US Title 18 Section 922 (G)(1), 924(A)(2), and 922(O)":
60 months in prison.
In addition: "$600 Special Assessment" to be paid from his prison earnings,
and a $20,000 fine. And possible payment for investigational costs incurred
by the government, subject to submittal by the US Attorney. Judge Silver
noted that Bob Stewart owned nearly $500,000 in property and could afford
to pay the fines. Bob tried to tell the judge that his family is in
bankruptcy but she did not respond.
Judge Silver continued with other sentencing issues: After serving his 60
months in prison, he would be subject to Supervised Release for three
years, mandatory drug testing is suspended for that period. He must also
submit to search of his person, property and business during that time,
including any financial information. Bob will also be prohibited from
entering into financial contracts without approval of the parole officer.
Bob is not to engage in sales of firearms or accessories and no ownership
of firearms. 500 hours of community service to be completed within the time
of his three-year supervised release. He is also mandated to attend a "BATF
gun laws and gun safety" course.
If Bob is to appeal, he must do so within 10 days.
Lastly, Bob mentioned that BATF confiscated $500,000 of property from his
family that was not related to the case. Recall that the BATF raided his
home based on manufacturing rifle kits which are not firearms under the
law. Stewart did not stand trial for that, but for other evidence found as
a result of that search. Judge Silver said she "would consider a motion for
the return of the property."
The Court was adjourned. Bob was hustled out of the courtroom without being
able to say goodbye to his supporters. Two women began crying as they
objected to the sudden separation.
As I walked out of the courtroom I could only think that I would rather
have ten Bob Stewart families in my neighborhood than just one of the
Federal Marshals I saw patrolling in and around the courtroom.
Bob, a man that any of us would be happy to have as a father or
grandfather, is going to take up space in a prison cell. As a result, one
rapist, bank robber or murderer will be released to make space. I don't
feel any safer, do you?
At least Bob was able to take up two years of a servile US Attorney's time
as well as occupy several BATF thugs so they can't, as the Declaration of
Independence says, "[send] hither swarms of Officers to harass our people,
and eat out their substance."