Obama has said many, many times that he doesn’t want to take American’s guns, that the Second Amendment is settled law, and other such bromides designed to psychologically disarm gun owners. He has even went so far as to pose for a staged photo depicting him skeet shooting with a shotgun, and trotting out VP Joe Biden to urge women to fire a double-barrel shotgun in the air to ward off attackers (a tough maneuver to pull off while jogging in a public park). Yet, through it all, we gun owners have known his real intent was to strip us of our Second Amendment rights, if possible, and confiscate the firearms of all Americans. That’s his background, after all, and his averred agenda when he speaks behind closed doors, or believes himself to be.
So it comes as no surprise that a leaked Department of Justice memo – probably written by some mid-level apparatchik – makes the old bumper sticker argument of “registration today, confiscation tomorrow”.
This story is actually several days old. It first appeared on the NRA site, at InfoWars and … that was about it. Not a word from the vaunted Fox News Network, not a peep from Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, and certainly a deafening silence from the mainstream media. And, really, why should they mention it? Obama lying is not news. Obama having a hidden, anti-American agenda is not news. Obama seeking to gut the Constitution is not news …
But today, the New American – a major outlet for conservative news and opinion – finally weighed in on the leaked DOJ memo. Maybe this portends greater dissemination of the story. Maybe not.
… in order to have an impact, large capacity magazine regulation needs to sharply curtail their availability to include restrictions on importation, manufacture, sale, and possession. An exemption for previously owned magazines would nearly eliminate any impact. The program would need to be coupled with an extensive buyback of existing large capacity magazines. With an exemption the impact of the restrictions would only be felt when the magazines degrade or when they no longer are compatible with guns in circulation. This would take decades to realize.
… since assault weapons are not a major contributor to US gun homicide and the existing stock of guns is large, an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence. If coupled with a gun buyback and no exemptions then it could be effective.
Again, the positions taken in the memo are not newsworthy. Government wants our guns? Obama is lying? So what else is new?
Nor is this “the” plan but, rather, an obsequious little boiler-plate screed produced, no doubt, with the help of a great many taxpayer dollars, and designed to show superiors that the author is fully on board and worthy of a promotion of some kind. It’s probably little more than a dim reflection of what the author’s superiors actually intend.
One feature that fascinates me are the multiple references to buy-backs and turn-ins. At some point, I believe, The Regime will make a push to get gun owners to either sell their guns to the government for pennies on the dollar, or to just surrender them for the sake of the Homeland. And why not? Totalitarian regimes throughout history have been able to con citizens out of their weaponry.
The other aspect of this story that fascinates me is how the media ignores it. Then again, in the words of my friend Tiberius, “Obama could start sacrificing virgins right there in the Oval Office, and the media wouldn’t give a shit. Worse than that, they’d help dispose of the bodies. And even if they aired live footage of Obama sacrificing virgins, liberals and welfare bums could care less.”