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Lessons from the Ferguson Black Riots of 2014

A PSA FROM VCDL

The 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri should serve as an important reminder to anyone who is thinking about owning a gun.  When your safety is already at risk, it may be too late to buy that first gun.


Why do I say that?

1.  You'll be lucky to find a gun at a gun store when EVERYBODY is trying to buy one.  And IF you do find a gun, it may not be the best gun or the most suitable gun and it's going to cost you a lot more money than it would have before the emergency.

2.  You may not be able to find ammunition for your new gun.  And IF you do find ammunition, it may not be the most suitable ammunition for self-defense, you may not find it in the quantity you want, and it is going to cost you a lot more money.

3.  You may not be able to purchase important accessories for your new gun.  Things like spare magazines, holsters, slings, and optics.  Not having enough magazines or not having a holster could put you in a real bind.  You may not have time to research which accessories you need or be able to install them quickly if you can even find them.

4.  By not having bought the gun ahead of time and now being in the middle of an emergency, you won't have the time to take the gun to a range to do important things like:

 a) making sure the gun actually works and is not a one-shot or even a zero-shot wonder

 b) making sure that the ammunition you purchased works in the gun

 c) practicing with the gun to become proficient in its use and to know how to do critical things, like reloading the gun quickly while under pressure

 d) becoming comfortable and familiar with various controls such as thumb safeties, grip safeties, or de-cockers

 e) adjusting the sights on the gun to make sure the bullet is going to go reasonably close to where the gun is aimed

  f) installing and testing any accessories, like bipods, tactical lights, laser sights, or custom grips

The time to become a gun owner is NOW when you are NOT in the middle of a riot or some other emergency. [NOTE: That goes for your friends and neighbors, who you should help if need be, as a good friend or neighbor.]

The time to do it is when you have time.  When you can purchase the gun you want.  When you can purchase and store a quantity of the ammunition you want.  When you can verify the gun functions properly and is sighted in properly.  When you can study which accessories you want and have time to get those accessories.  When you can practice and train with both the gun and the accessories so that you have confidence in your ability to protect yourself and your family.

All of that can be done in a reasonable amount of time if you put enough effort into it, but it can't be done instantaneously in the middle of an emergency.

If you're going to become a gun owner, and you don't live in Ferguson, MO, there is no time better than RIGHT NOW.

Ebola questions reporters need to ask

Stop me when I get to a question that makes no sense or you've heard the media ask already:

Why didn't president Obama seek out a broad coalition of troops before sending our soldiers to fight the Ebola virus?

What was Obama's basis for seeking to fight it unilaterally, deploying troops without Congressional approval?

Why exactly did he need an extra 1,000 troops to fight the virus, so soon after the first deployment?

Are Russia or Communist China sending in troops to fight the virus?

Why do you send military troops to fight a virus?

When do our troops come home? Is there a rotation schedule?

Do they have to be quarantined for 21 days when they do come home?

What's the plan for troops who come back and have Ebola?

Has the Veterans Administration been prepared for handling Ebola cases?

Is your confidence in their ability to do so as high as your confidence in the CDC?


---


What's the CDC procedure for cleaning vomit off a street where an Ebola patient has vomited?

Is it true a guy in shorts and a t-shirt hosed Ebola vomit into a Dallas sewer?

How long can Ebola virus survive in a Dallas sewer? (wrong question)

Does anyone know how long Ebola virus can survive in a Dallas sewer? (that's rhetorical: the answer is no; Can things living in the sewer transmit the virus?)

If the CDC is so well prepared why did they leave that patient's Ebola-tainted stuff sit for days in his apartment with his family members? Please don't duck this question.

Would it be fair to say that the CDC isn't as prepared as many spokespeople say they are?

Are all American cities as prepared as people say the CDC over in Atlanta, Georgia is?


---


The Dallas mayor said on national TV all the people in the apartment complex were communicated with, yet the people there said on national TV no one told them anything, why didn't you question him about that?

Anderson Cooper on CNN said the apartment residents spoke many different languages, who translated for the mayor? Why didn't you ask him?

Why did so many people there sit outside mere feet away, with their kids, as we saw on TV, while the room was hosed out with the doors open and fumes sprayed out? Is this standard CDC procedure? Can we have a copy of those procedures?

The Dallas mayor said the tainted goods were treated with bleach, is bleach effective on the virus?

What treatments are available for Ebola patients, and why haven't you reported on that yet?

What's the actual medical test for Ebola virus?

How long does the test take, and who can conduct the test?

How do you dispose of all the gear that comes in contact with Ebola?

Why can't you get Ebola from someone who is pre-symptomatic?

Does that imply a blood transfusion from, or sex with, a pre-symptomatic person would be fine? Why not?

How many cities have a company that can properly quarantine an apartment complex?

Who issues the permits for that?

How did Dallas find the clean-up company it decided to use? Is there another one in town?

Who would you use in Phoenix (or pick a city)?


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Is measuring a person's temperature with an infrared thermometer, as we see airport staff in Liberia doing on TV, a positive test for Ebola?

If a person has no temperature but carries the virus, is it safe for them to board a flight to the U.S.?

If a person has no temperature does that mean it's safe to have sex with them?

How many people per hundred thousand have a non-Ebola fever (or diarrhea or vomiting) on an average day?

If a person has a fever (or diarrhea or vomiting) is that grounds for isolating them for 21 days? Is that legal?

How did the cameraman for NBC get the disease? Why hasn't this question been answered already? What treatment can he get in the U.S. that he can't get somewhere else?

Tell us about the U.S. patent on the Ebola virus. Why hasn't that been covered already?

How exactly does Ebola kill a person?

How long does it typically take from onset of Ebola symptoms for death to occur?

How long can the virus live in airborne droplets of bodily fluid, like from a sneeze?

Does the Ebola virus die instantaneously in air, or in a nanosecond, microsecond, seconds, and how do you know that?

Why isn't there any supply of the experimental drug ZMapp? Has ZMapp been proven effective?

Tell us about other drugs they're testing and how much supply there is.

How are you authorizing human testing of new drugs without clinical safety trials. Is this legal?

What's happening in Brussels, Belgium, where the first patient landed and changed planes?

Where is the ambulance the patient was transported in, how is that being disinfected?

I could keep asking questions like this but I suspect your patience is wearing thin.

Do you get the idea that reporters aren't asking relevant questions? Why is that? Didn't they go to journalism school? What do they teach them in there? Am I being to cynical for you?

Have a nice day. Namaste.

Wash., D.C. and Beltway Exposed To Gunplay Again

MEMO TO: Beltway and D.C.-area friends and associates

FROM: The Publisher

Click the page to read The First-Responders Report TM


Your morning copy of USA Today features the fourth installment of The First-Responders Report TM, sponsored by GunLaws.com and Bloomfield Press (Wash., D.C.-regional edition, 9/9/14, News section). You can read it here:
http://gunlaws.com/FRR4_image.htm

These are stories of people who are alive today, or who were able to respond first to stop crimes, because they had firearms and were able to bring them to bear.

This news is usually suppressed in national publications, hiding the social utility of firearms and distorting the public debate. We're putting it right into the public eye.

If you're working with members of Congress, please bring the page to their attention. Or, just make your representatives aware of this news. You can do this from anywhere in the country. Do it. Forward this memo or just the links.

The three crime-fighting stories in our current column are dramatic examples the public typically doesn't get to see, that would change hearts and minds if routinely circulated. This is why such stories are quashed, critics say. See our previous columns:
http://www.gunlaws.com/TheFirstRespondersReport.htm

In stark contrast, an isolated freak accident at a remote shooting range recently got saturation coverage for a solid week, spun to portray firearms, and even firearms training for youth, in a negative light. That imbalance was remarkable, according to observers.

You can sponsor The First-Responders Report TM column yourself, with or without name credit, and reach one of the most crucial audiences in the nation. It can also be set to run in USA Today in your region of the country. Call me directly to learn more: 602-996-4020.

If you keep firearms handy for their intended purpose -- to save lives and deter crime -- you should be familiar with this:
http://www.gunlaws.com/persafe.htm. Click the link.

To learn more about what we do here at GunLaws.com and Bloomfield Press, and how it can keep you safe, look here:
http://www.gunlaws.com/books.htm


Alan.



This is the USA Today project we're running, The First-Responders Report TM

See the actual reports and matching web page here --
http://www.gunlaws.com/TheFirstRespondersReport.htm

Excellent writeup about it here --
http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/usa-today-ad-campaign-features-armed-heroes/

and here --
http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/09/since-usa-today-wont-publish-good-gun-news-author-alan-korwin-publishes-advertorial-of-good-gun-news/

JPFO and SAF

If you don't know what this is about already, these notes may not help. I can't say much yet, there hasn't been an official announcement, it's coming soon.

You may know I've been on the inside since Aaron Zelman passed away in Dec. 2010. It's been a struggle, to be sure, and some good things have happened, along with some turmoil and mishigas. Suffice it to say, JPFO must survive.

Rumors are flying, sure, that's what rumors do. None of that will change anything JPFO has already published and the bold stands it has taken -- No Guns For Negroes, No Guns For Jews, (http://www.jpfo.org will blow your mind) all the research on the links between gun control and genocide, translating the Nazi gun laws that were used to draft our federal gun-control act -- and that is slated to continue, under the direction of the only people who can do that sort of work. Aaron is gone, but the direction he set lives on. New great things will happen, just watch.

Some people, nervous about change, make a compelling case:

The prosecution argues and the judge says, "You're right."
But then the defense argues and the judge says, "You're right."
So the bailiff objects, "But you're honor, they can't both be right."
And the judge replies, "You're right too."

Don't prejudge the JPFO and SAF thing.

Archie Takes a Bullet

Just your typical American comic book, not


The lamestream media told you:

There is no culture war in America, everything is normal, you can go back to sleep now, there is no cause for alarm, move along, there is nothing to see here.


The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Archie, the classic comic-book symbol of The American Way, teenage angst, growing up with American values of chasing girls, eating ice cream, going to high school, and boys will be boys, has come to an end, but it's not clear who has implemented a marxist revision of our culture. In the July 2014 issue, Archie is put to death, deliberately taking a bullet during a gay rights parade meant to murder his gay friend.

In other news, Marvel comics has decided that Thor will no longer be a man. I'm not making this up.

Thor will now be a woman, complete with shiny metal tits. I kid you not.


NEW THOR


If this is not a rewrite of our culture it is hard to imagine what would be. The real question, unanswered at press time, is what heathen low-life bottom-feeding enemy of American life got their hands on the controls and could do this to the literature our innocent impressionable youth read?

According to leading experts, the problem is with me, not the news reported here.

ObamaCare Is Now Just "the health law"

Doesn't provide coverage, so protect its namesake


The lamestream media told you:

--Julie Appelby USA Today (Kaiser Health News)

"Surprise! New Health Plans' Limitations Anger Enrollees" 7/27/14 [Note: "Health Plans"]

"Doctors who treated them last year won't take their insurance now, even though they haven't changed insurers... we take the old plan, but not the new one... Both women unwittingly enrolled in policies with limited networks of doctors and hospitals that provide little or no payment for care outside those networks. Such plans existed before the health law, [Note: "the health law"] but with its expansion of insurance, they are covering more people -- and some are shrinking enrollees' options further than before.

"Consumer groups argue that many enrollees were misled... regulators and insurance agents are inundated with complaints... scrutinize whether networks are adequate... trying to provide low-cost plans..."

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Now that the wheels are coming completely off ObamaCare, the media are starting to drop the name Obamacare, or the public might finally realize they've been sold a bad bill of goods. It is not even the familiar-sounding health-care law, it is just the "health law" or "networks" or "plans" as in this story by something called "Kaiser Health News," that has sufficient clout to make Page Three of USA Today.

Nancy Pelosi's warning (said with a smile), that we have to pass it to find out what's in it should have stopped us cold, but it failed to do so. So we have learned again that the name of a law ("Affordable Care Act") is not law, or part of law, and need not have anything to do with the law itself. It is just window dressing, a neon sign designed to get laws passed, regardless of truth. Sort of like, "Prohibition on National Gun Registration." That's the part of the so-called Universal Background Check Bill, designed to set up National Gun Registration.

Government Theft Now Called "Waste"

Criminals still at large, no charges filed


The lamestream media told you:

[This is just too rich.]

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/05/federal-spending-transparency-money-missing/13485581/

WASHINGTON - A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.

And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on USASpending.gov is "fully consistent with agencies' records," according to the report. [I am not making this up. Alan.]

Among the data missing from the 6-year-old federal website:

o The Department of Health and Human Services failed to report nearly $544 billion, mostly in direct assistance programs like Medicare. The department admitted that it should have reported aggregate numbers of spending on those programs.

o The Department of the Interior did not report spending for 163 of its 265 assistance programs because, the department said, its accounting systems were not compatible with the data formats required by USASpending.gov. The result: $5.3 billion in spending missing from the website.

The White House itself failed to report any of the programs it's directly responsible for. At the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House, officials said they thought HHS was responsible for reporting their spending.

For more than 22% of federal awards, the spending website literally doesn't know where the money went. The "place of performance" of federal contracts was most likely to be wrong.

That's a problem, said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

The administration is transferring responsibility for the website from the General Services Administration to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service in the Department of the Treasury.



The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:


Commonplace stories like these point to a desperate need for comitatus laws, according to leading experts. While the report says greater oversight is needed, out here in the public we all know punishment is needed.

Comitatus laws are written so that instead of saying something is required or forbidden, it says who ever does or doesn't meet the requirement, goes to jail, just like the public would for violating law. It is modeled after the posse comitatus law, which for 150 years has prevented anyone from using the military to enforce civilian law, because it imprisons anyone who tries it.

People hired by taxpayers to carefully spend money, and then to account for it have no idea where the money is, failed to account for it, and are certain much of the whereabouts of it are unknown, implying it has been stolen, embezzled, fraudulently spent or otherwise criminally misappropriated, in what is sometimes euphemistically called waste.

Waste is often another word for theft -- services never performed but paid for, overcharges, phony charges and money that simply disappears with no accounting. Bureaucrats know what this means.

No arrests have been made. No charges are pending. Statutes, written by the people handling the money, require accounting, but provide no penalties, leading to tremendous laughter behind closed doors, according to sources close to the missing money.

Wage slaves continued to work and pay taxes, dutifully sending their money to the government, because it is removed from their pay before they get to see it. Failure to remove the money and send it is punishable by fines and prison time. No talk of tax revolt or other action has been heard. Yet.

Lessons from the Ferguson Black Riots of 2014

A PSA FROM VCDL

The 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri should serve as an important reminder to anyone who is thinking about owning a gun.  When your safety is already at risk, it may be too late to buy that first gun.

Why do I say that?

1.  You'll be lucky to find a gun at a gun store when EVERYBODY is trying to buy one.  And IF you do find a gun, it may not be the best gun or the most suitable gun and it's going to cost you a lot more money than it would have before the emergency.

2.  You may not be able to find ammunition for your new gun.  And IF you do find ammunition, it may not be the most suitable ammunition for self-defense, you may not find it in the quantity you want, and it is going to cost you a lot more money.

3.  You may not be able to purchase important accessories for your new gun.  Things like spare magazines, holsters, slings, and optics.  Not having enough magazines or not having a holster could put you in a real bind.  You may not have time to research which accessories you need or be able to install them quickly if you can even find them.

4.  By not having bought the gun ahead of time and now being in the middle of an emergency, you won't have the time to take the gun to a range to do important things like:

 a) making sure the gun actually works and is not a one-shot or even a zero-shot wonder

 b) making sure that the ammunition you purchased works in the gun

 c) practicing with the gun to become proficient in its use and to know how to do critical things, like reloading the gun quickly while under pressure

 d) becoming comfortable and familiar with various controls such as thumb safeties, grip safeties, or de-cockers

 e) adjusting the sights on the gun to make sure the bullet is going to go reasonably close to where the gun is aimed

  f) installing and testing any accessories, like bipods, tactical lights, laser sights, or custom grips

The time to become a gun owner is NOW when you are NOT in the middle of a riot or some other emergency. [NOTE: That goes for your friends and neighbors, who you should help if need be, as a good friend or neighbor.]

The time to do it is when you have time.  When you can purchase the gun you want.  When you can purchase and store a quantity of the ammunition you want.  When you can verify the gun functions properly and is sighted in properly.  When you can study which accessories you want and have time to get those accessories.  When you can practice and train with both the gun and the accessories so that you have confidence in your ability to protect yourself and your family.

All of that can be done in a reasonable amount of time if you put enough effort into it, but it can't be done instantaneously in the middle of an emergency.

If you're going to become a gun owner, and you don't live in Ferguson, MO, there is no time better than RIGHT NOW.

 

Arizona Instructor Was Shot, Robin Williams Was Not

PREFACE
This concerns the tragic death of firearms instructor Charles Vacca during
a firearms exercise with a young student from New Jersey, while in Arizona.


The Nine-Year Old (one of many letters received)

"I was wondering if you have an opinion about the tragedy that recently happened at a remote AZ gun range.  Is it usual for the firearms instructor to be standing THAT close to the shooter?  Or was there need for a warning of the recoil before she shot?" Kevin.

Dear Kevin, The media circus is the only reason you're asking of course; the safety questions involved and the errors made are a legit inquiry that will be studied and debated by serious people for a long time to come. Have you ever seen the International Journal of Wound Ballistics?

We have few of the facts at this point, were you able to see the actual video, I was not, if you have a link please send it. The range has had 10K kids through on MGs with no mishaps and no news coverage, "not even a band-aid," the owner, a friend, tells me.

And the media slugs are all asking why would anyone let a child shoot an MG, as if they don't all know. The place is so popular they're installing a helicopter refueling station.

Reporters and editors are so far in the tank for their self-induced anti-rights agenda they can ask a question like that and fool themselves into actually believing they don't know why thousands of people of all ages pack the place (and five others like it nearby). Then they foment this arbitrary fuhrer, or is it furor. We'll talk.

The only reason to give such massive "news" coverage to a single freak accidental death in a tremendously popular sport, is to attack gun ownership with the intent of reducing the basic human right to keep and bear arms.

It's an ongoing detestable political agenda the "news" has been perpetrating with relenting fervor for decades. If the media had licenses and registrations to operate they would be recalled with prejudice.


The only reason to give such massive "news" coverage
to a single freak accidental death is
to attack gun ownership with the intent
of reducing that basic human right. 


 

Thank heaven Robin Williams didn't shoot himself

Dear Editor,

Robin Williams' unfortunate strangulation suicide pointed out the horrific moral bankruptcy of the gun-control movement in America. We're watching it play out with the nine-year old at the Arizona range.

You know if Williams had shot himself, we Americans, instead of enduring massive legitimate grief for the loss of this phenomenal talent, we would have been out in the streets desperately defending our right to keep and bear arms against withering attacks from the usual suspects. Just like now.

The familiar cast of characters and "news" outlets would be using the desperate act of a depressed genius in need of help, as cover for an excuse to assault our fundamental human and civil rights. We've seen it countless times. A beloved comedian would make no difference. The relief we felt was palpable.

By strangling himself, Williams denied that movement a monumental opportunity to dance in his blood and screech for more gun control, as they are virtually pre-programmed to do. No one is clamoring for belt control. Why not? The parallel is perfect. No cries for fewer holes in belts, more safety features on belts, less availability, more controls on sales, more lists. No one is saying anything, but the same tired arguments would work, use tragedy as a bludgeon against everyone who owns a bunch of belts yet did nothing (but could!) and heap vicious assaults in the name of the dead. Did you know that about 6,000 people a year commit suicide -- using belts?

I realize I invite attacks on myself -- for merely speaking up on the issue, from the self-same bigots running this insane morbid show. It is no longer a free country where you can just speak your mind, if that mind is in defense of this fundamental right scorned by the self-proclaimed bigot-elites.

There's a cadre of haters and followers always ready to assault what is so essentially American, who got stymied here by asphyxia. It's a Rahm-Emanuel-level crisis gone to waste. They are at a loss due to this great loss, and we got a break... then something wonderful happened:


Now the suicide prevention and medical people could finally talk about finally getting a grip on the growing medical problem (not gun problem) of suicide.

What a golden opportunity to separate the legitimate and serious medical issue of depression from the bigotry of anti-rights crusaders awash in the blood of the dead, who use tragedy to advance their perverse cause. The illegitimately conjoined twins have been separated at last.

From this day forward -- any misguided or deliberate individuals who hijack a suicide to promote a political agenda against the American Bill of Rights should be publicly called out as bigots and stopped.

They must be held up to public scrutiny as the worst kind of anti-human-rights crusaders, unworthy of political stage, and cast into the same dark dungeon other civil-rights deniers earn, away from the fawning attention they so desperately seek and so unremittingly do not deserve.

For promotion of an anti-civil-rights agenda, they would walk on the backs of the dead, revel in their gore, subvert the needs of the living and afflict those who mourn -- all of which were evident by their absence during the great tragic loss the planet has just worked through.

Rest easy, our great friend and entertainer Robin Williams,

You have left us with one great lasting final farewell message,
our rights remain unblemished by your passage.

"Brady Bill" Namesake James Brady Dies at Age 73

National Media Glorifies Him But Gets Story Wrong


Attacks on the Civil Right to Arms to Continue Unabated

Criminal acts still cleverly used as leverage to disarm the innocent

Sarah, not Jim, the real force behind the anti-rights movement


by Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America
GunLaws.com
Aug. 6, 2014



"There's no way to tell if you're on
the Brady rights-denied list, (the "NICS Index")
and attempting to buy a firearm
if you're on the government list is a felony.
Attempting to find out if you're on the list is a crime."



James Brady, the White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan has died. He was 73. He is being credited with "stunning successes" in the "gun-control" efforts in America.

Brady had been shot in the head with a .22 caliber revolver during an assassination attempt on president Reagan in 1981, and was severely incapacitated by the injury. Confined to a wheel chair for the balance of his life, in constant pain and speaking only with extreme difficulty, his ambitious and attractive young wife Sarah was understandably horrified and reportedly turned bitter by the life-changing tragedy. Their world had turned upside down. 

Continuing a long tradition of spinning gun-related news to fit a set of beliefs instead of conformance with the facts, the "news" media is portraying James Brady as the moving force behind what is now the Brady Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence, formerly the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, formerly the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence Allied with The Million Moms March, formerly the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, formerly Handgun Control, Inc., formerly the National Council to Ban Handguns.



Jim Brady Never Ran The Brady Group

His wife Sarah however was the public face and driving force of the anti-gun-rights movement the entire time, which is common knowledge to everyone in the field. Husband Jim was wheeled out infrequently at selected events, often to thunderous applause, where he would wave weakly, occasionally say a few garbled words, and leave the rest of the activity to his wife and others. He was incapable of much else due to the unfortunate tragedy he endured.

The Brady Bill, technically The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, eventually took control of every firearm sold at retail in America, not just handguns as originally promoted, thanks to a little noticed portion that took effect automatically in 1998 -- five years after Congress voted to pass the bill in 1993. Delayed passage of unexpected, controversial or unpopular provisions of law is a questionable practice, according to leading experts. It caught most gun owners by complete surprise.



Five-Day "Cooling Off" Period Was Promo, Not Real


The much vaunted five-day waiting (or "cooling off") period, promoted by the "news" media as the reason for passing the bill, was never a significant part of even the handgun law, never part of the all-firearms bill, and is not part of the bill now.

It was basically used as feel-good leverage to pass the bill for those who didn't read it, and for media promotion. Many people still believe there is a five-day waiting period in the law, even though there isn't now and effectively never was. The "news" media has done little or nothing to clarify the point, leaving the public with the same false impression, 21 years later. But it feels good, according to some with inside knowledge of the situation.

Some states have enacted their own waiting periods of differing lengths and conditions. The 'holy grail' of waiting periods, a long sought after goal of anti-gun-rights activists, has been largely abandoned, left on the dust heap of history. It eventually became obvious, even to die-hard activists, that it was illogical to sell guns to the furiously angry, and then hope they remain calm for the rest of their lives after a five-day wait to get armed.
http://www.gunlaws.com/WaitingPeriodsEssay.htm



Rights Denied With No Due Process


Although "news" reports are literally promoting a factoid, presented with no corroboration, that the Brady bill has prevented two million gun transfers from taking place, there is no evidence that the bill has prevented any criminals from arming themselves. Disarming criminals is the stated goal of the bill.

In fact, gangs and criminals in America are known to be heavily armed despite every law on the books banning such activity. In that sense, the Brady bill is an abject failure, but at least it is enormously expensive, diverts scarce resources from other desperately needed uses, impacts every innocent person who shops for firearms, and provides massive employment for law-enforcement officials and the NICS background-check center in West Virginia. None of these points made any "news" reports.

What the two-million figure actually represents, assuming the number is correct, is people denied their fundamental civil and human right to obtain firearms -- without due process, a court hearing, submission of evidence, representation of counsel, or a decent appeals process. In fairness though, there is an administrative process that leads to frequent reversals due to bad records, name similarities and plain old government snafus, unmentioned in "news" accounts. How many should truly be denied firearms for cause is unknown, uninvestigated and unquestioned, except here.

In other words, the public's "specific, enumerated right" (District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 628 n.27 (2008) to keep and bear arms, gets banned under the Brady bill by bureaucrats and a computer terminal, without immediate or easy redress.

There is no way to tell if you are on the Brady gun-rights-denied list, (technically, the "NICS Index") and attempting to exercise your rights and buy a firearm if you are on the government list is a felony. Attempting to find out if you're on the list is a crime. The Brady system is, by design, tyrannical.

The alternative BIDS system, at 90% less cost, would accomplish the same Brady-like purpose of preventing criminals from buying firearms at retail and paying sales tax, yet would not infringe on the innocent, but has gotten a cold shoulder from officials, for reasons that were unclear at press time.

http://www.gunlaws.com/BIDSvNICS.htm.

Using the BIDS approach (Blind Identification System), the list of prohibited possessors is made available, encrypted and password protected, to federally licensed dealers, who can look up prospective buyers, similar to wanted posters, to prevent sales to undesirables, while keeping the names of the innocent out of government hands. The need for huge federal employee banks and overhead is eliminated entirely.

How many of the two million prevented transfers were real criminals trying to buy guns who should be arrested for it? That's been studied. Virtually none, at astronomical cost, it's easily googled (a NICS stop is insufficient grounds to dispatch law enforcement, and virtually never "grounds for successful prosecution,"Translation: a hard-enough crime has not been committed). This is the "success" the media splashes in our faces. For shame.


Brady Gave FBI Centralized Control Over The Public

The main tangible result of the Brady bill was to authorize more than $250 million initially, with unknown subsequent funding, for the FBI to build its long-desired centralized computer center in Clarksburg, W. Va., from which it could check out any American from a single location. With funding unavailable for years, the furor over "gun control" provided the final impetus to construct the huge campus that houses the NICS center that performs background checks on every new gun sold in America. Its other uses are a closely guarded secret.

The FBI's NICS center is the largest retail-control system of any kind in the world, keeping tabs, in real time, of sales nationwide of a consumer product. It now handles an average of more than a million requests a month. See a diagram of how it works here: http://www.gunlaws.com/images/nicsbig.gif

The system is capable of turning off gun sales nationally -- or regionally -- at the flip of a switch, and has done so repeatedly, on "a trial basis," for "scheduled maintenance," and "unexpected outages," even during busy holiday-buying seasons, or during weekend gun shows, sometimes for days at a time.http://www.gunlaws.com/brady8day.htm. System up time has improved over the years.



National Gun Registration System Can't Be Confirmed

Although the Brady system isn't supposed to maintain a list of gun buyers, which is banned by federal law (FOPA, 1986, and the Brady bill itself), public confidence in this is low. When originally built, Janet Reno, the attorney general under whose authority it was constructed, claimed at the time the computer was incapable of deleting records, to the shock of many observers. She later recanted, and said it would be rebuilt to delete records within six months.

She recanted again, after Congressional outrage, and said records would be deleted quickly, as if her edicts could simply supplant statute (which required destruction). Ten sets of backups are deleted in sequence, according to an FBI spokesperson contacted at the SHOT Show, to protect the integrity of the system. The results of record checks performed outside the system, to foreign sources, are unclear. No audit trail is known, and the FBI, which runs the system, assures Congress and the public that it runs the system within the confines of the law. An insider has assured me this is true. The FBI had previously stated publicly that it keeps the records.



Operational Style Generated Endless Criticism

The Brady organization itself has been responsible for some of the most vicious and tasteless campaigns against the fundamental human right to self defense, and the civil right to keep and bear arms, in the history of the United States. Relying on "Rahm's Rule," named after Rahm Emanuel, now the mayor of Chicago, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

The group never fails to use criminal actions for leverage in its endless attempts to disarm everyone who had nothing to do with the evil acts. It has become their trademark tactic, lapped up by a cooperative media that, based solely on a review of the coverage they give, largely shares their anti-gun-rights views.

The Brady group has been characterized by the late civil-rights champion Neal Knox as always "dancing in the blood of victims." When a deranged individual or prescription-drug crazed madman commits an atrocity, gun owners prepare themselves for an assault, invariably led by the Bradys and their allies, lasting for days on end, aimed at everyone who had nothing to do with the event.

Even a single murderous attack seemingly anywhere in the nation, is now broadcast repeatedly thousands of miles away, and often years later, thanks to the group's tremendous influence, and used as an argument for reducing the public's right to keep and bear arms. Pictures of the evil perpetrator, which ought to be downplayed, are instead beamed into American homes, prompting some to cynically refer to the group as the Brady Center for the Promotion of Gun Violence.

In contrast, the good that guns do, saving lives, preventing crime, keeping America free, and as a sport significantly bigger than golf, gets extremely little attention in what passes for news these days. Thirteen scholarly studies show between 700,000 and 2.5 million defensive gun uses every year, but you would hardly know it if the Brady group was your source of information.




Sarah Brady was not reached for comment. As she has aged, and the group has matured, her activity with the organization has reportedly decreased.

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