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Poisoned Well

Clayton Cramer is talking about the “poisoned well” that the gun control movement has created that’s causing a lot of gun owners to see HR2640 as a gun control bill, when it’s really no such thing. He’s absolutely right that the gun control movement has created an environment where there’s substantial mistrust even on bills that ought not to be controversial. Trying to screw us every chance they get tends to do that. My main concern for the bill isn’t that it’s gun control, but that it can be spun as such by those who push for it, and build their political capital for future battles. On the flip side, they also couldn’t get anything done without having to offer significant concessions to NRA concerns.

4 Responses to “Poisoned Well”

  1. I wanted to get back with you and agree with your interpretation of HR2640. I misunderstood a comment you yourself made about the BATFE and their ability to define prohibited persons.

    On the topic at hand, although it might be nice to heap the mistrust on the anti-freedom anti-gun crowd, that’s not exactly fair.

    Let me put it another way, How do we get our rights back? We’ve already elected a majority of A and B rated congress-critters and a president that got to be governor largely because he supported carry in Texas where Ann Richards did not. What did that get us?

    Was anything “snuck in” at the last minute to a “must pass” appropriations bill? Was a sunshine gun law boldly passed right out in the open? All I can remember happening is some manufactures were protected from stupid lawsuits. (a good thing, but we still don’t have any individual rights back).

    With a record like that, I think it’s entirely fair to support the efforts of, but to keep a close eye on the NRA. We also need to watch the GOP too,

  2. Sebastian says:

    Agreed. I think GWB is no true friend of gun owners. He sees us a political constituency to be placated. It would be nice to have someone in the white house who was a real friend.

  3. “All I can remember happening is some manufactures were protected from stupid lawsuits. (a good thing, but we still don’t have any individual rights back).”

    The assault weapon ban was allowed to expire. That’s an individual right we got back.

  4. The assault weapon ban was allowed to expire.

    I, elsewhere, stated that I would not count this. I don’t think it’s fair to give pats on the back for inaction. The law had a sunset clause, and letting it expire through inaction is something I’d expect from a bunch of grade C critters.

    These guys have A and B grades. I’d expect a little pro-freedom, pro-firearm progress at that level.

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