The National Rifle Association (NRA) has published a memo from the Department of Justice (DoJ) entitled “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies” in order argue that the Obama administration is misrepresenting facts about the federal gun grab.
The memo states that “fatalities from mass shootings (those with 4 or more victims in a particular place and time) account on average for 35 fatalities per year.”
In order to make gun buyback programs effective, they must be “massive and coupled with a ban” so that gun owners will be encouraged to “dispose of their unwanted guns rather than transfer them to a more risky possessor.”
By “reducing the number of rounds that can be quickly fired” and placing “restrictions on the manufacture, sale, transfer, and possession of large capacity magazines” the “lethality of guns” can be greatly decreased.
It is also outlined that: “In order to have an impact, large capacity magazine regulation needs to sharply curtail their availability to include restrictions on importation, manufacture, sale, and possession. An exemption for previously owned magazines would nearly eliminate any impact. The program would need to be coupled with an extensive buyback of existing large capacity magazines. With an exemption the impact of the restrictions would only be felt when the magazines degrade or when they no longer are compatible with guns in circulation. This would take decades to realize.”
The “effectiveness” of universal background checks “depends on . . . requiring gun registration” to mitigate the ability of criminals to obtain guns through straw purchases. Therefore, by eliminating straw purchases, requiring documentation of all gun transfers, restricting firearm sales at gun shows, mandating registration and background checks to define eligibility for person’s obtaining a gun there would be constant “constant monitoring of multiple gun purchases” through several different avenues and the federal government would be able to track all guns and gun owners.
The memo clearly states: “Assault weapons are not a major contributor to gun crime. The existing stock of assault weapons is large, undercutting the effectiveness of bans with exemptions.” Based on analysis of evidence, it is concluded that “a complete elimination of assault weapons would not have a large impact on gun homicides.”
This fact means that “assault weapons are not a major contributor to US gun homicide” and “an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence.”
The only way a ban on assault weapons would have any effect is if it were “coupled with a gun buyback [with] no exemptions.” This also stands with the requisition of a universal gun registration.
Since Obama came forward to publically move for federal gun control through executive orders, presidential memorandums and an admonishment to Congress to approve legislation furthering an all-encompassing gun control agenda, there have been speculations as to how far reaching this scheme will go.
To date, the Obama administration has not stated that gun buybacks and banning all firearms are part of this initiative. The memo is a “cursory summary” of gun control initiatives that if implicated, could prove successful; however it is simply an assessment.
Greg Ridgeway, author of the memo and deputy director of the national Institute of Justice (NIJ), has oversight over the NIJ offices of forensic sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and physical sciences.
Ridgeway is a former employee of the RAND Corporation who specialized in “the analysis of criminal justice issues, most prominently policing, gun violence prevention and drug policy.”
The Congress appears to be close to an accord on universal background checks with the issue of requiring records of private sales as a point of current discussion.
Senator Charles Schumer said: “These negotiations are challenging, as you’d expect on an issue as complicated as guns. But all of the senators involved are approaching this in good faith. We are all serious about wanting to get something done, and we are going to keep trying.”
While the argument for federal record keeping on private sales continues, the idea that law enforcement would be empowered to trace back an individual’s criminal history to ascertain their threat level is a strong possibility.
House Representative Steve Stockman asserts that the Obama administration is using propaganda and coercion to rally support for their federal gun control agenda while circumventing Congress through executive orders.
Stockman said: “Obama’s anti-gun campaign is a fraud. Obama’s supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress. I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign.”
The use of social media sites such as Twitter for manipulative action for the display of the American public has manifest in “fake Tweets” created by the Obama administration.
Stockman says “the other 10 are fake, computer-generated spambots” after ascertaining that Tweet messages he received were identical and could not have been generated from real people.
Stockman explained: “If you are a real person who contacted us about your support for the president’s anti-gun campaign, we are listening. We do not agree with you, but we appreciate your sincere opinions and encourage you to continue to contact us. But the vast majority of the president’s supporters have no feelings because they fake profiles from spammers.” Fake anti-gun activists “are trying to defraud Congress using the same scam that sells ‘male enhancement pills.’”
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