(Rant was chosen for the combative nature of the overall topic right now)
Hello All. I hope this Sunday leading into the New Year finds everyone well. I have a few thoughts to share today and it won't make anyone happy on
either side. Truth rarely does. In my view and from my perspective, this is the truth I share here. Others won't see it that way, but that's fine
too. For now, this is still a free nation where everyone can have their say on anything short of violent action or incitement to cause violence.
Extremism is an ideology or political act far outside the perceived political center of a society; or otherwise claimed to violate common moral
standards. In democratic societies, individuals or groups that advocate the replacement of democracy with an authoritarian regime are usually
considered to be extremists, in authoritarian societies the opposite typically applies.
Extremism is a simple enough thing to define in technical language while being very challenging to define in practical reality. Is Obama Extreme? Is
Boehner or the Gun Rights Lobby Extreme on positions? Whatever the answer there or where in the middle it may lay, the problem isn't with those
elements right now. The problem is with the citizens
being capable of finding solutions to this which are not extreme to either side.
About a week before the Nov. Election, my tone changed on the partisan politics. Slowly at first, then to where I'm at today. At this point, I've
got virtually no use OR tolerance for blindly partisan people on either side. My tone changed because I began to realize in growing horror ....this
wasn't the knock down, drag out slap fests of every other election this nation has ever had. This one carried a level of ugly, deep and dark hatred
that I've honestly never seen in the United States before on a large scale.
I'm 39 years old and I've never seen hate like we have now. Right. Left. Hate doesn't care or discriminate now. It flows like overflowing sewage
from both sides. You might say, the politics we have now is similar to going shooting with this:
...and like that, it works well enough on technical specs but the outcome just isn't was intended.
C i v i l - W a r
THIS is what some on one side now are freely and openly talking about. Some talk about starting one. Some, about fearing it and some simply believe
Obama is attempting to cause it by deliberate design.
This Defines Pro-Gun Rights Extremism
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F u n c t i o n a l - B a n - o f - F i r e a r m s
THIS is what some on the other side freely advocate in result, if not spelling out process to achieve it. It's not suggesting an outright ban, as in
guns are illegal across the board. That's impossible. However, it works just as well if Ammunition is priced or taxed beyond reach, the choice of
firearms is limited to leave only choices unsuitable for defense or other core uses of them, or permitting and licensing is put into place which is
difficult enough to make it impractical for all but the most determined.
This Defines Anti-Gun Rights Extremism
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Now lets look at a practical example of each. First, a color example of where Pro-Gun positions go too far, At present, Heavy Machine Guns *ARE* Legal
for a civilian to purchase, own and shoot in the United States. This is among the examples recently available to buy on a well known national auction
That is a 100% fully functional and full automatic fire off-name version of the venerable 'Ma-Deuce' or Browning M-2 .50 Caliber Heavy Machine Gun.
To purchase it, one needs a Class III special weapons permit from the BATFE and each weapon of that type requires it's own individual tax stamp. The
permit process isn't magic or mysterious. It's lengthy to be sure, but anyone without a conviction or bad history elsewhere in mental stability
shouldn't have a serious issue in most U.S. States. (States can restrict ALL on a class of those but not get picky. I.E... Silencers weren't legal
in Missouri until recently, while full automatic machine guns have been. Both are Class III items.)
As a class III permitted weapon? I see absolutely no problem with that. It's BEEN the law and the case for as long as I've been alive and I've yet
to see a criminal commit a major felony with a Class III weapon they owned. (Storage and security requirements for Class III firearms are also
dictated to a degree by BATFE and they can inspect your location to verify the weapon is there and stored securely, as I understand it...at will.
That's the trade off for having firearms the 100% equal to military choices)
Some, however, would argue NO LICENSING should exist or be required for ANYTHING. So, the above machine gun, by that logic, should be available for
anyone to buy over the counter when they turn 18.
The Above Example Defines Pro-Gun Rights Extremism
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Next example we have is from England ..and it's the nearest location because the laws of the United Kingdom on firearms in general are pretty much
what some dream to have here as the Law of the Land. It brings things like this:
Following the havoc wreaked by the London riots, a 20-year-old man from Colchester, England, was arrested for allegedly organizing a giant water
gun fight via the BlackBerry Messenger service and Facebook.
Water gun fights are nothing new in England; according to the Guardian, summertime H2O shootouts -- organized online -- were a popular pastime in
2008. But the man in question chose a poor time and tool to plan his aqua attack. The UK is on high alert after the riots that broke out following the
police shooting of Mark Duggan, a resident of the Tottenham area of north London. BBM was the communication method of choice during the
and even worse, this:
A former soldier who handed a discarded shotgun in to police faces at least five years imprisonment for "doing his duty".
Paul Clarke, 27, was found guilty of possessing a firearm at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday – after finding the gun and handing it personally to
police officers on March 20 this year.
The jury took 20 minutes to make its conviction, and Mr Clarke now faces a minimum of five year's imprisonment for handing in the
Don't mistake that for the recent case of the British Vet who came HOME with a weapon. This is different entirely. This gentleman simply saw an odd
package in his garden, opened it inside his home to discover a shotgun and then dutifully turned it in at the police station the following morning. He
was immediately arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and escorted to a holding cell.
This Defines Anti-Gun Rights Extremism
We can solve problems by dialog...or we can create far worse ones with extremism. Which shall it be for America?