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human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via an argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.
In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.
When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.
The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.
There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a armed mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat – it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential victims are armed.
People who argue for the banning of firearms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger or robber, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.
This was Handgun Control Inc’s 5 year plan in 1993. Fortunately, it didn’t come to pass, but always remember, THIS is what they mean by “reasonable gun control”.
- Ban of all clips holding over 6 bullets.
- Ban on all semiautos which can fire more than 6 bullets without reloading.
- Ban of possession of parts to convert arms into military configuration.
- Ban on all pump shotguns capable of being converted to more than 5 shots without reloading.
- Banning of all machine guns, destructive devices, short shotguns/rifles and assault weapons.
- Banning of Saturday Night Specials.
- Banning of Non-Sporting Ammunition
- Arsenal licensing (for possession of multiple guns and large amounts of ammunition)
- Elimination of the Department of Civil Marksmanship.
- Ban on possession of a firearm within a home located within 1000 feet of a schoolyard.
- Ban on all realistic replicas/toy guns or non-firearms capable of being rendered realistic.
- The right of the victim of gun violence to sue manufacturers and dealers to be affirmed and perhaps, aided with money from government programs.
- Taxes on ammo, Dealers licenses & guns to offset the medical costs to society.
- The eventual ban on all semiautomatics (regardless of when made or caliber).
NATIONAL LICENSING OF ALL HANDGUN PURCHASES
This is at the top of our list, however, the political climate may be right to initiate this step immediately. Please refer to our memo outlining our ideas on how this should be executed.
LICENSE FOR RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS
We should take our cues from Great Britain. Strict licensing should be mandatory –– for all firearms whether handguns or not.
STATE LICENSES FOR OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS
We want to take a workable idea from Great Britain, whereas, we should require the states to issue strict licenses for possession and require the licenses to be signed by at least three public officials ––i.e., the police chief, city attorney and mayor, for example, to eliminate ownership by dangerous individuals. It is reasonable to require that all individuals must prove to the signers that they require a firearm. This should be attached to any legislation requiring purchasers to show a need for a firearm.
REDUCTION OF THE NUMBER OF GUNS TO REQUIRE AN ARSENAL LICENSE
Right now the proposed Arsenal licenses which Senator Feinstein should be pushing for, requires an “Arsenal License” for those people who feel they need more than 20 guns and 1000 rounds of ammunition. We feel that number is too generous, due to the fact that any number of guns constitutes a grave threat to the safety of the community; we suggest Strongly that this license limit be reduced to possession greater than 5 guns and 250 rounds of ammunition.
ARSENAL LICENSE FEES
It is not unreasonable to require a yearly fee for an Arsenal license to be at least $300, with a cap of $1000. The money collected can be used to defray the immense medical costs directly attributed to these deadly weapons.
LIMITS ON ARSENAL LICENSING
No Arsenal Licensing to be permitted in counties with populations of more than 200,000.
REQUIREMENT OF FEDERALLY APPROVED STORAGE SAFES FOR ALL GUNS
We should follow Great Britain’s lead on this. All licensed gun owners should be required to have a storage safe which meets minimum federally mandated requirements. This step would reduce the tragic accidents which claim the lives of tens of thousands of children a year and make it more difficult for burglars to steal the guns.
Another good revenue source would be mandatory inspection licensing of all safes. Each safe would be registered with a specific serial number and the serial numbers and types of weapons stored would be on file with federal and state authorities. Since unannounced inspectors can insure that all declared weapons are being properly stored, all safe licenses should have an additional yearly fee to offset the cost of these spot inspections.
PUBLIC SAFETY REGULATIONS:
Ban ON MANUFACTURING IN COUNTRIES WITH A POPULATION OF MORE THAN 200,000
Guns are being built all the time and the number of licensed manufacturers is too great to justify the threat to public safety. This is a small step to reduce the number of these shops where, anything, even machine guns, are being built every day.
BANNING ALL MILITARY STYLE FIREARMS
The pending national ban on all Assault Weapons, based on a point system can be expanded to eventually cover any firearm with a remotely military appearance. We feel that this aggressive appearance appeals to the type of dangerous individuals who are a definite threat to public safety. We hope that this point system can eventually be expanded to high powered airguns and “paint ball” weapons, which can inflict great damage, and with a little effort can be converted to real guns.
BANNING OF ANY MACHINE GUN PARTS OR PARTS WHICH CAN BE USED IN A MACHINE GUN
Periodicals such as “The Shotgun News” particularly cater to individuals who wish to build illegal machine guns. If Senator Feinstein’s courageous section of the crime bill is successful in banning all machine gun parts expect for police and military, then there would be no legitimate need for machine gun parts except to build illegal weapons.
BANNING THE CARRYING OF A FIREARMS ANYWHERE BUT HOME OR TARGET RANGE OR IN TRANSIT FROM ONE TO THE OTHER
We should institute a federal mandate to the states to strictly regulate the carrying of a firearm.
BANNING REPLACEMENT PARTS (MFG, SALE, POSSESSION, TRANSFER, INSTALLATION) EXCEPT BARREL, TRIGGER GROUP
Thousand of people are building illegal weapons every day. We can put a dent in this by banning parts and parts kits, except those items like the barrel and trigger group, which are most likely to wear out due to use.
ELIMINATION OF THE CURIO RELIC LIST
A gun is a gun. Even an old gun can kill people. This a loop hole in the federal law which was allowed thousands of dangerous weapons to be distributed unchecked. This regulation, if enacted, would automatically eliminate the need for a Curio or Relic collector’s license. All handguns, rifles and shotguns would fall into the same category as their modern counterparts.
CONTROL OF AMMUNITION BELONGING TO CERTAIN SURPLUS FIREARMS
Senator Moynihan has already proposed a tax or ban on .22 LR, .32 ACP, and 9mm ammo,however, it has been pointed out to us that there is an extreme proliferation of high powered surplus rifles (i.e.,the Mosin-Nagant series and Enfield series) in which the wholesale prices are as low as $45 to $75. We suggest that to control the proliferation of violence associated with the large number of these types of weapons entering this country that we ban the importation of their ammunition. 7.62x54R and .303 surplus ammunition.
EVENTUAL BAN OF HANDGUN POSSESSION
This may be closer to reality than many of us think. Handguns are becoming increasingly unpopular and we think that within five years we can enact a total ban on possession at the federal level.
BANNING OF ANY AMMO THAT FITS MILITARY GUNS (POST 1945)
With the proliferation of high powered weapons, including semiautomatics and automatics from World War II, we suggest following the lead of Mexico, by prohibiting the sale, manufacture, possession or transfer of any caliber fitting a military firearm in service with a recognized military force after 1945.