Something to think about when pushing for gun control.

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    Something to think about when pushing for gun control.

    JUST A THOUGHT...

    You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.

    Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers.

    At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.

    With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun.

    You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it.
    In the darkness, you make out two shadows.

    One holds something that looks like a crowbar.

    When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire.

    The blast knocks both thugs to the floor.

    One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside.

    As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you're in trouble.

    In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned
    are so stringently regulated as to make them useless..

    Yours was never registered.

    Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died.

    They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.

    When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case
    down to manslaughter.

    "What kind of sentence will I get?" you ask.

    "Only ten-to-twelve years," he replies, as if that's nothing.

    "Behave yourself, and you'll be out in seven."

    The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper.

    Somehow, you're portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choirboys.

    Their friends and relatives can't find an unkind word to say about them..

    Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both "victims" have been arrested numerous times.

    But the next day's headline says it all:

    "Lovable Rogue Son Didn't Deserve to Die."

    The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters..

    As the days wear on, the story takes wings.

    The national media picks it up, then the international media.

    The surviving burglar has become a folk hero.

    Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he'll probably win.

    The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you've been
    critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects.

    After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time.

    The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.

    A few months later, you go to trial.

    The charges haven't been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted.

    When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you..

    Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man.

    It doesn't take long for the jury to convict you of all charges.

    The judge sentences you to life in prison.

    This case really happened.

    On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk , England , killed one burglar and wounded a second.

    In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term..

    How did it become a crime to defend one's own life in the once great British Empire ?

    It started with the Pistols Act of 1903.
    This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun
    sales were to be made only to those who had a license. The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to
    include not only handguns but all firearms except shotguns..

    Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated
    the registration of all shotguns.

    Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after the Hungerford mass shooting in 1987.
    Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting everyone he saw.

    When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.

    The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of "gun control", demanded even tougher restrictions.
    (The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though Ryan used a rifle.)

    Nine years later, at Dunblane , Scotland , Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic weapon to murder 16
    children and a teacher at a public school.

    For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable, or worse, criminals.
    Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week
    after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns.
    The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few sidearms still owned by private citizens.

    During the years in which the British government incrementally took away most gun rights, the notion that a
    citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism.
    Authorities refused to grant gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that
    self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun.
    Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged while the real criminals were released.

    Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, "We cannot have people
    take the law into their own hands."

    All of Martin's neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were severely
    injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences.
    Martin himself, a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars.

    When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them
    over to local authorities.

    Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few who didn't were visited by police
    and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn't comply.

    Police later bragged that they'd taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens.

    How did the authorities know who had handguns? The guns had been registered and licensed.
    Kind of like cars. Sound familiar?


    WAKE UP AMERICA ; THIS IS WHY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT IN OUR CONSTITUTION.

    "...It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.."
    --Samuel Adams

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    It's why our Founders didnt want to be like Europe.... something too many here forget.
    "....once the glitches get worked out." ~gunby31

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    The thing is only the right wingers think this will happen. They live in a fantasy land. No one is taking your guns. No one. Use your ****ing brains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclist View Post
    The thing is only the right wingers think this will happen. They live in a fantasy land. No one is taking your guns. No one. Use your ****ing brains.

    http://www.infowars.com/video-dianne...-in-your-guns/

    I guess sen Feinstein didn't get the memo.
    Her quote: “Mr. and Mrs. America… turn ‘em all in.”

    Illinois is currently considering a bill that would ban all semi-auto weapons, pistols, rifles and pump shotguns with no "grandfather" clause.

    Why don't you use your brain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by m9000 View Post
    http://www.infowars.com/video-dianne...-in-your-guns/

    I guess sen Feinstein didn't get the memo.
    Her quote: “Mr. and Mrs. America… turn ‘em all in.”

    Illinois is currently considering a bill that would ban all semi-auto weapons, pistols, rifles and pump shotguns with no "grandfather" clause.

    Why don't you use your brain?
    He would need one to do that.
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    Here is the issue...

    Those proponenets of gun control...often fail to have the foresigth to see down the path of where things could lead.

    Yes they may not today be calling for the confiscation of weapons, but at somepoint may be.

    I heard a talking head today make the most false and stupid statment ever made.

    She said look at the states and citys with the toughest gun control laws....her claim was gun violence is down in those areas....obviously she is not accustomed to FACTS.
    If Red Snapper are so scarce....why are they so abundant? Just Asking

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    Quote Originally Posted by m9000 View Post
    http://www.infowars.com/video-dianne...-in-your-guns/

    I guess sen Feinstein didn't get the memo.
    Her quote: “Mr. and Mrs. America… turn ‘em all in.”

    Illinois is currently considering a bill that would ban all semi-auto weapons, pistols, rifles and pump shotguns [B]with no "grandfather" clause. [/B]

    Why don't you use your brain?
    Much of what is above is complete and utter BS. FIND ANOTHER SOURCE!

    Why are right winger gun nuts SO ****ING GULLIBLE? WHY DON"T THEY USE THEIR BRAINS? DO THEY HAVE BRAINS?

    http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/publ...ssault-weapons
    Summary of 2013 legislation

    Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

    Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
    120 specifically-named firearms;
    Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and
    Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.
    Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
    Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test;
    Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test; and
    Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans.
    Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
    Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
    Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment;
    Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes; and
    Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons.

    Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
    Background check of owner and any transferee;
    Type and serial number of the firearm;
    Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
    Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
    Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration.

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    See what I mean about foresight......
    If Red Snapper are so scarce....why are they so abundant? Just Asking

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    Tightlines you might want to try snopes.com before you post random BS you get.

    1. Booby trapped his house, and B) shot one of the intruders in the back while he was pleading for his life. Plus the fact his weapon was illegal, and he was a general nutcase.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...55534169,d.eWU

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