Questioning our Sanity Again

Fred Lebrun asks the question again:

Well, if it’s true, why in the world would you go out and buy something the government is going to take away from you anyway? Of course, the idea of confiscating our legally owned and permitted handguns is totally insane and flies in the face of where we’re at nationally.

Confiscation is not the real fear driving this.  The fear is that Obama will reenact a broad based manufacturing or sales ban on a large number of commonly used firearms.  His transition team has already called for it.  At this point it’s not paranoia.

And I for one say amen to that. I’m a handgun owner, and rifle and shotgun owner, and an avid hunter.

Avid hunter?  How do you feel about this?  Of course, he goes on to call for more gun control.

UPDATE: Joe Huffman has more.

2 Responses to “Questioning our Sanity Again”

  1. Have you seen this little gem?

    “Why are white people buying assault weapons?” said Ben Agger, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Arlington who wrote a book about the Virginia Tech slayings. “I almost hate to say it, but there is a deep-seated fear of the armed black man, because Obama now commands the military and other instruments of the justice system. They are afraid Obama will exact retribution for the very deep-seated legacy of slavery.”

  2. Jack says:

    “Where the current wackiness about gun confiscation gets in the way of a sensible national identification policy is this: If paranoia takes hold when there is not a clue to support the view that confiscation is on anybody’s agenda, consider what the reaction will be to a national system, which will touch off all manner of slippery slope imaginings about confiscation and bans.”- Fred Lebrun


    “I’m convinced that we have to have federal legislation to build on. We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. Of course, it’s true that politicians will then go home and say, ‘This is a great law. The problem is solved.’ And it’s also true that such statements will tend to defuse the gun-control issue for a time. So then we’ll have to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen that law, and maybe again and again. Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States — is going to take time. My estimate is from seven to ten years. The problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns sold in this country. The second problem is to get them all registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition — except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors — totally illegal.”
    -Pete Shields, Chairman and founder, Handgun Control Inc.(HCI), “A Reporter At Large: Handguns,” The New Yorker, July 26, 1976, 57-58

    HCI changed in name only to the Brady Campaign in 2001.