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Today’s Assault on the Second Amendment — CTD Dave’s $30M Solution

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Who says Congress isn’t efficient? It has taken Congress less than 90 days to capitalize on the tragedy in Connecticut. In case you are not fully following me, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee cast the first votes on measures backed by Obama to tighten gun control laws. The Democrats control the Senate Judiciary Committee, so I do not hold out much hope for a reasonable outcome. On Thursday, the committee voted on four different bills that make up the gun-control package, so brace yourself. The next assault on our Second Amendment rights has begun.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will be voting on a handful on gun control measures today.

The Measures

The crux of the combined bills is to expand background checks and ban Modern Sporting Rifles, otherwise known by the incorrect and inflammatory rhetoric of the anti-gunners as assault weapons. While to some, an expanded background check is seen as a measure aimed at making our streets safer, others have delved a little deeper. Let’s take a look and see what makes sense and what does not.

Gun Trafficking

The committee’s top Republican is none other than Senator Charles Grassley from Iowa. Sen. Grassley has pledged soft support for the measure to strengthen background checks stating it would toughen statutes against “straw purchasers.” Straw purchasers are people who profit from buying guns then selling them to those prohibited from owning firearms.

It’s that last part that gets me. I would not have an issue with a stronger background check if that were the intent, however it isn’t. It is already illegal to make a straw purchase. Question 11 a. of ATF’s Form 4473 clearly states, “Are you the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form? Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.The penalty is 10 years in the Federal penitentiary.

So, it is already illegal to make a straw purchase, but Grassley, Feinstein and a few other shallow thinkers in the senate believes passing another law will suddenly change the actions of criminals. We are talking about criminals who obviously broke the law, with full intent because they checked the “yes” box adjacent to questions 11a of the 4473, will magically abide by a new law when they disregarded the law currently on the books. Please forgive my suspicious nature, but I do not have much faith in another law. “The practice of straw purchasing is used for one thing—to put firearms into the hands of those that are prohibited by law from having them. Many are then used to further violent crimes,” said Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy on Tuesday.

He is absolutely correct; that is the purpose of a straw purchase. It is also the reason that “straw purchases are already against the law and carry a 10-year prison sentence!”

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It would seem that our elected officials do not understand that passing another law outlawing a practice that is already illegal does not make us safer.
What does the purposed legislation really do? It does nothing to prevent straw purchases or reduce gun trafficking—if that was the goal they would investigate Eric Holder and the Justice Department first—it sets up a system to register firearms. No longer would the paperwork be a system to check on the individual, it could easily lead to a system where the government has a record of each firearm you own, by make, model, caliber and serial number.

Another bill focuses on strengthening school security. California’s Democratic Senator (that was redundant) Barbara Boxer has strong support for her measure to add $40 million a year for 10 years in matching federal grants to schools to strengthen security.

I am in favor of making our schools as safe as possible for our children. However, I also believe it would make more sense to save that $400 million to hire more school police and install more security cameras in favor of adopting the NRA’s solution of allowing teachers to become trained and certified to carry concealed on campus. That would cost a whole lot less and last longer than 10 years.

Oh wait! I forgot something. Barbara Boxer, an uber-liberal democrat, is spearheading this measure. In truth, the additional $40 million would not be used to add security to the schools. Instead it would be used to create another governmental bureaucracy! It would authorize the Justice Department to create a National Center for Campus Public Safety to serve as a clearinghouse for best practices and information.

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Congress spends hundreds of millions a year to protect its members, but Barbara Boxer want to spend $40 million to protect our children by starting another “think tank.”
“Congress spends hundreds of millions a year to protect its members. It can certainly spend $40 million a year to protect our children,” said Boxer on Monday. Yes, that’s right folks. 635 members of the House and Senate are worth “hundreds of millions a year” with lots of secret service and capital police with guns, but for our children we need another governmental (emphasis on mental) organization to waste $40 million a year to come up with the “best practices and information.” Are you getting a warm and fuzzy regarding the safety of your children yet?

Dave’s Solution

Hey, Barbara Boxer! I’ll give you the answer for $20 million a year and save the taxpayers some coin. Quit trying to stop legislation that gives citizens the right to defend themselves and those around them and start supporting our Second Amendment rights. First, let our teachers carry weapons on a voluntary basis to protect our schools. Second, eliminate murder zones—better know to you as gun-free zones—because the only person safe in a gun-free zone is the lunatic who has illegally acquired a gun and traveled to your gun-free zone to cause mayhem without the fear of anyone stopping them by having the ability to fight back.

Better yet, take half of my $20 million and use it to train the teachers how to use a firearm to defend against a threat. At least that would be taxpayer money that was well spent for a change.

Conclusion

Currently, the Senate Judiciary Committee is controlled by the Democrats 10-8, which does not give us much hope. However, they need 60 votes to clear gun control legislation in the 100-member Senate where they have only a 55-45 majority.

P.S. Does anyone know where I should send the invoice for my $10 million?

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Comments (57)

  1. Judge Hoffman,

    In case you didn’t notice, my post asked David Guy WHY, in light of what he believes, HE is still a Democrat. I didn’t attack you, or your hero (Obama). My post didn’t “name call”, question Obama’s nationality, bring up race, or mention any conspiracy theories. And what exactly is “my kind”, Mr. Name Caller?!

    Is your conscience is bothering you? Your angry rant leads me to believe so… Maybe deep down you are starting to realize the Democratic party doesn’t really help the disadvantaged, improve education, strengthen Social Security, or do anything to build people up. Maybe you’re finally starting to realize that one can’t hold a gun, or exercise any other Constitutional freedoms, unless you first have the right to life – something the Democrat party is so keen to take away from people. What I do know with total, absolute certainty, is that there are two supernatural beings at work in the world, influencing mankind. God and the Devil. Which do you think is telling people it is ok to kill their unborn children? The God of life, or the author of lies?

    I hope you don’t bring this anger into your courtroom.

    P.S. The rest of us are working our butts off in our fields also.

    P.P.S. I’m out of here. This discussion has “gone south”.

  2. Thank you Judge Hoffman (ret.). I think we are so caught up in the battle of the politics of today, we often forget that it is NOT just a Dem or Rep or Ind Tea Party fight against/for gun control.
    I consider myself an independent because I want to independently fight for what I believe. We must all follow our hearts, but above all we need to follow the constitution of the United States of America. We all need to bring ourselves to the table and fight to get BACK our constitutional rights. ALL of them. Some of us are so compliant with what those in government wants that we have forgotten what OUR rights are and how to fight for them.
    Talk is very cheap, but getting vocal and stepping out is a little more risky, dangerous even. I am all for programs that help the indigent and those who need help the most, but we have to learn to put our money where our mouth is. Stand up and do the right thing, no matter who you are.

  3. Having met and had discussions with my children’s teachers over the past 9 years, I think I am correct in my opinion that not a single one of them has the mental or emotional fortitude to even hold a firearm, let alone shoot one accurately. I like the idea of police trained veterans as guards (resource officers). It seems an obvious solution to everyone but the Political hacks that run law enforcement and education.

  4. Hey Jimbo, Why is it that that you, and so many others like you find it so hard to believe that just the fact that you are a Democrat doesn’t mean that you support EVERYTHING that threatens America today? I was elected into office on the Democratic AND the Conservative party tickets. I still support many of the basic philosophies of the Democratic party; programs designed to help the disadvantaged, education, Social Security, healthcare reform, etc…Yet I’m working my ass off doing everything I can do, speaking at rallies, making trips to Albany to meet with my representatives to demand they act against this blatantly unconstitutional and shortsighted SAFE ACT, getting interviewed for TV and newspapers speaking out, blitzing social media sites with calls to action, etc…This attack on our civil liberties is NOT about being Republican or Democratic, it’s about being an American and doing what is right to preserve our Founders dreams for our children’s children and protecting their ability to keep those dreams intact! And, if you can’t see beyond the current problem of gun control to understand that ever since the ink dried on the Patriot Act we’ve been witnessing the slow dismantling brick-by-brick of so many of our civil liberties and that it’s time overdue to shed political labels and stand together in unity as AMERICANS to fight with every means available to reverse this trend that threatens the very essence of what it means to be free men, then I feel sorry for you friend, so sorry you are. I am beyond sick of hearing so many of your kind with their childish attacks on Obama’s personality, race, all the immature name-calling and questions about his nationality, ad nauseum…I just wish everybody would get their shit together and truly organize together against the real ISSUES, drop the conspiracy theory crap and get down to business my fellow citizens. Time is of the essence, stop wasting it. I couldn’t care less who you voted for, all I care about is what are YOU going to do to stand with me in this fight? Because if you’re not standing with me, you’re standing in my way! So, get on the bus or get the hell out of the way all you Obama haters. You’re hate is getting in the way of real progress…Stick to the issues at hand, stop diluting the argument with trivialities. We’re in a real war for our liberties with no time to spare, let’s get serious and stay focused on what’s truly wrong and march together in unity….Let me remind you of a warning given to us by our countries greatest civil liberties champion, Dr. Martin Luther King. He said: “Never forget, everything Hitler did in Germany was legal…”

    1. Garry; THANK YOU. I am an independent/Centrist. As you, before anything else: I AM AN AMERICAN – A CITIZEN. I am not going to pitch my bitches based on bigoted focal points which happen to be convenient. I have found it very difficult come election time to find resolve in the choices I have to make at the polls and there are a couple that way in on the heavy side. Unfortunately they have proponents on opposing sides of the aisle, I am fortunate at the same time to live in the district of a senator who shares my views on two very key issues. Thank You, Again

  5. So tell me David…. You say you are a Democrat and don’t believe in gun control or abortion. So if it came down to a choice between a Democrat you like, who supports the other liberal causes, vs. a Republican who championed the 2nd Amendment and would work to protect unborn babies, would you vote for the Republican? I have the feeling that if you are STILL a registered Democrat in this day and age, your pro-union, anti-business, big government leanings always trump your belief in life or the right to keep and bear arms. Seriously.. I don’t recall any of the last few Democratic conventions tolerating anyone speaking about God or the murder of the unborn. To my recollection they didn’t speak out about the 2nd amendment either. In fact, at the last convention, they voted to exclude any mention of God in the platform! Yet you still call yourself a Democrat? Why?

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