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Friday, October 26, 2012
National League of Cities Efforts to Ban Guns in America through your local government
The National League of Cities and their affiliated state Municipal Leagues, are both George Soros backed organizations that are aggressively pushing Anti-Gun legislation in localities throughout America. Their President, Tim Ellis, has publicly stated his intent to crackdown on guns and believes that there is an epidemic of children who are “dying from gun violence due to the lack of gun control.”
Through their Public Safety and Crime Prevention committee, one of the NLC’s stated goals is to increase gun control efforts on city, state, and federal levels. The NLC represents over 19,000 cities, towns, and villages and is actively producing policy agenda for local governments throughout the U.S. They also routinely meet with and lobby members of Congress and President.
The National League of Cities Gun Control Agenda includes:
Gun bans in parks and libraries and other public places
Registration for all handguns
Restricting Access to Guns and Ammunition
An across the board ban on all semi-automatic firearms (NLC Resolution 2008-49, Nov. 2007)
New Laws that would apply a 30-day waiting period for the purchase or transfer of all guns
Enacting federal legislation to prohibit any individual over the age of 18, but under the age of 21, from purchasing or possessing rifle or handguns.
The NLC has a long history of helping politicians ban guns throughout the U.S. including being the primary group who wrote and aggressively lobbied for the passage of HR 4296. HR4296 was the legislation that helped President Clinton ban a large number of semi-automatic weapons. Since then the group has shifted their focus towards banning guns on a local level.
In a bulletin from the NLC’s Action Kit for Municipal Leaders titled “Restricting Access to Guns” they state:
Enact Gun Control Ordinances
At least 30 states do not allow communities to impose their own restrictions on gun purchases or ownership. Five states (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, and Massachusetts) specifically grant local governments the right to enact gun control laws. In four other states (Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington), cities have some discretion in crafting local gun control ordinances. In states that do allow local gun control, many municipalities have taken positive steps to restrict gun access. For example, local governments in California’s East Bay area had enacted nearly 50 local gun ordinances by late 1998 either to restrict the sale of “Saturday Night Specials” and other “junk guns” or to impose zoning restrictions regulating home-based gun sales.
Even in states that prohibit local governments from passing laws to regulate the purchase or licensing of firearms, cities have found creative ways to restrict the availability of guns.
The NLC has already helped enact a number of extremely repressive gun-control measures throughout the country. In fact, they recently helped South Dakota use tax payer dollars to push for firearms bans in city parks, libraries, transit buses and a number of other public places. They are also in the process of pushing for city-level gun bans in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, North Carolina and Virginia.
But it’s not just Self-Defense Weapons that they’re trying to ban. In fact Kenneth Massey who heads the NLC’s Public Safety & Crime Prevention Committee recently started targeting hunters. In his home city of Farmington, Michigan, Massey is pushing for a law that would ban all forms of hunting in his city. He’s so against people being armed, that the legislation he’s proposing actually classifies arrows being shot from a bow as the discharge of a firearm.
Emmy-winning reporter and radio host, Shad Olson, recently exposed the Soros alliance and reported on the NLC’s backdoor efforts to push for Gun Control.
One of the arguments you always hear from those who are against gun ownership, is that we need more laws to protect people from guns. You often hear them use buzz words like “high-powered” “cop killers” or “large capacity clips” to scare the public into thinking that we need more gun laws.
Do we really need more laws, or do we need to enforce the ones that are on the books?
There are already a number of “Gun Laws” on the books:
You must be 18 years of age to buy rifles and shotguns and 21 years old to purchase a handgun. This law also covers the purchase of ammunition making it illegal for anyone under 18 to buy long gun ammo and anyone under 21 to but handgun ammo.
It is illegal to sell a gun that has it’s serial number removed, changed or missing
If someone buys multiple firearms in a single purchase an official record is made to notify the ATF
It is illegal to sell or manufacture ammo that is explicitly made to shoot through body armor.
It is illegal for the following people to own firearms: felons, those convicted of domestic violence, mental defectives, citizens who renounce their citizenship, anyone who has been dishonorably discharged from the military, those addicted to any controlled substance and illegal aliens.
And these are just a small number of the gun laws that have already been passed by congress. The list doesn’t take into account the many local and state laws that also prohibit where, when and how you can carry a weapon.
What about gun safety?
This is another area that is often used by the media to scare people into thinking that “guns are bad.” But what do the numbers show?
According to the National Safety Council accidental gun fatalities are at their lowest level since 1903.
Since 1930 the number of guns has quadrupled while the number of accidental gun related deaths is down by 80%.
In the U.S. guns cause 0.5% of accidental deaths compared to motor vehicles which cause 37% …. Should we ban cars?
Do Gun Bans make people safer?
If gun bans worked then cities like Chicago and New York should be utopias where crime has been wiped out and everyone skips through the streets giving each other high fives.
But what really happens when a city bans guns?
1966 New Jersey – New Jersey passes local politicians call “the most stringent gun law” in the nation. Results: Murder rate up 46% Robbery rate doubles
1976 Washington, D.C. – One of the most restrictive gun laws in the country goes into effect. Results: Murder rate up 134%
1982 Chicago – City of Chicago passes a ban on handguns. Results: Murders committed with handguns up 40%
1986 Maryland – Maryland passes a law banning small, inexpensive handguns knows as Saturday night specials. Result: Murder rate increases by 20%
2005 Morton Grove Illinois – Morton Grove becomes the first city in Illinois to approve a gun ban for anyone other than police. Result: The City’s crime rate jumps by 15.7%.
Do less restrictive Gun Laws make people safer?
1987 Florida – Florida passes right-to-carry law Result: Murder rate down 21%
1996 Texas – Texas passes right-to-carry law Result: Murder rate has averaged 30% lower than before the law was passed.
2001 Michigan – Michigan passes right-to-carry law Result: Murder rate down 4%.
And what did the Founders have to say?
“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed — unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” –James Madison
“The great objective is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.” –Patrick Henry
“To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” George Mason
“And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms… The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”–Thomas Jefferson
“The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” –Thomas Jefferson
“The Constitution shall never be construed….to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms” Samuel Adams
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them.” Richard Henry Lee
We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. Patrick Henry
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.”George Washington