Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Another Assault on Gun Rights?

A story in The Washington Post discusses the resurgence of firearm research by the National Institute of Health. As with previous examinations pertaining to firearms, the NIH will engage in investigative analyses of the cause and effect relationships of gun ownership. And any conclusions, however illative, which are shown to be detrimental to public health and safety will be a point of fixation. This will only serve as evidence to:
  • Heavily restrict the ownership of personal firearms.
  • Implement further abridgment of ownership by levying exorbitant taxation via legislative regulations.
  • Add additional reasons which will lead to the outright prohibition of firearms.

Here are two opposing quotes taken from the article;

Con:

"This kind of research does concern us, and we're going to be watching it closely," said Erich Pratt, a spokesman for the Gun Owners Association of America. "You'd think that after the CDC had their money revoked, we wouldn't be dealing with this."

Pro:

But Peter Hamm, spokesman for the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Republican lawmakers were "blaming the messenger" by criticizing the research.

"Burying the evidence is what the gun lobby is best at," he said. "Whether the members of Congress like it or not, gun violence is a public health problem in America today."

Perhaps you may be disinclined to grant this issue its due significance, or maybe you are of the position that 2nd Amendment advocates decry too quickly and without reason. Watch the following video and realize just how slippery the slope actually is.













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6 comments:

Matt said...

They don't ever stop, do they? This has been one of their big efforts for decades.

This also points to one of the methods that I point out on a regular basis. They rarely say that they are going to ban something outright. They create a regulatory environment in which one technically has a freedom, but has absolutely no ability to exercise it.

Forgotten Liberty said...

From the Washington Post article- "$642,561 in taxpayer funds to learn how inner-city teenagers whose friends, acquaintances and peers carry firearms and drink alcohol on street corners could show up in emergency rooms with gunshot wounds." Isn't it already illegal for minors to carry firearms and drink alcohol? How would more laws or regulation help? Maybe they will try to 'regulate' those scary black rifles again because so many crimes are committed using $1500 AR-15's.

TRESTIN MEACHAM said...

The pen mat be mightier than the sword, but a loaded gun has more power than a box of pens.

They know that once they get our guns they can do anything and we will not be able to stop them.

Michelle Rosalyn Matthews said...

They're going to find a way to work around the fact that people want to keep their guns. Benjamin Franklin once said that anyone who would give up liberty for security deserves neither. When you try doing that, you get neither.

the Liberty Pen said...

Thank you to everyone and your excellent comments. A reasonable individual could glean that the incessant "gun control" legislation is a means to effect an outright ban. To suppose otherwise is disingenuous.

Harrison said...

One of the sest decisions I ever made was to become a firearm owner.