January 12, 2010
We have recently heard the statement “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste… an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” (Rahm Emanuel in a Wall Street Journal interview)
But this is not that surprising for anyone who has spent any time studying government or history. Government, any government, will take any opportunity to secure power and position. There have been more acts of tyranny enacted by governments under the banner of crisis, or public safety, welfare, betterment of society, etc. than all other “reasoning.”
This is done because they know that people are more willing in times of crisis, real or imagined, to give up some degree of freedom for security. A perfect example of this is our current Health Care ‘crisis.’ America has the best health care system in the world and we receive patients from every country in the world that has socialized health care because they cannot get the treatment they desire in their own country.
Yet we are told we are being crushed under a healthcare crisis. That unless something is done immediately the entire system will collapse. Of course they don’t tell us that it is the meddling of the government into healthcare regulations, failed Medicare programs, lack of tort reform, the mountains of regulations that all health cents are mandated to comply with adding ever increasing personnel and cost, not to mention the enormous hurdles our pharmaceutical companies have to cross just to get a product to market costing in the millions and years of research.
Now they have crated the crisis and they are here to rescue us from themselves by adding more of themselves into the formula to make very thing work right.
Thomas Jefferson said: "If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." The nature of man and the nature of government do not change they only change the faces that play the game.
I was watching a video on YouTube the other day produced by a friend of mine named Dave Champion. This video set out to analyze the idiocy of some of the laws forced on the law abiding public. In this case it was dealing with the legislation of firearm magazine capacity and limiting the number of rounds a ‘civilian’ could have in his firearm.
They shot a course of targets one shooter using a magazine that held 17 rounds and the other using a magazine holding 8. The shooter using the 8 round magazines had to reload his weapon half way through to complete the course.
The total time disparity between the two shooters was 1.75 seconds. Less than two seconds separated the two shooters firing 14 rounds each with the longest time of only 13.25 seconds.
Why is this important? This legislation was passed under the premise that these measures would help to keep us safe and to save lives. That by limiting the number of rounds a firearm could hold the shooter would be less capable of inflicting more damage.
As this demonstration proves the reality is exactly the opposite. This legislation does absolutely nothing to limit the shooter other than to force him/her to change magazines more often. Factor into the equation that the average time for law enforcement to respond to a shooting call is 6 minutes we can certainly deduce that the 1.75 seconds did absolutely nothing to enhance public safety. In fact the exact opposite has occurred; now the law abiding public is limited to the reduced capacity against criminals who did not turn in their “illegal” magazines.
So let’s look at this a little deeper; to whom is this law intended to control? Ones first thought would be the criminal, right? Well to any non-thinking political lawyer type that may make sense as they do not live in the real world you and I live in. But in the real world we understand that the reason we call criminals – criminals is that they do not obey the law.
So here I am, Johnny gangbanger, getting ready to defend my turf against a rival gang when all of a sudden I realize that I am carrying an illegal magazine in my illegal handgun that I got to protect my illegal narcotics. So I guess I won’t be able to help out my home boys today. I think we all see how ridiculous this is.
The problem is that we are passing laws on tools used by criminals rather than enforcing the laws already their based on their behavior. A tool, by the way, that has more value to the law abiding citizen in the defense of his life, his family, and property than the government is willing to admit. In fact the ONLY group this law, and those like it, negatively affect is the law abiding citizens.
That is of course unless the premise of safety and security of the streets is only the reason to pass the law and the real effect is exactly what is happening.
Let’s take a look at some of the gun laws passed. You used to be able to purchase a silencer down at the local hardware store for less than five bucks. Then a few criminals thought this was a good way to keep the noise down as they wacked someone.
Now you would think the smart guys in Washington would pass a law making it illegal to own a silencer, right? Well, no; what they did was pass a tax revenue law that added a two hundred dollar tax on every silencer sold. A five dollar part now came with a two hundred dollar tax sticker! Sales immediately dried up and nearly all makers of silencer went out of business, except for the ones supplying the government and police. Neighborhood shooting ranges, which used to use silencers to keep the noise down, now became a community nuisance and many were closed down for being too noisy.
So let me ask; do you think the mob guy worried about paying a two hundred dollar tax stamp or do you think he just bought it on the black market? And the net effect the law abiding citizen’s right was narrowed just a bit.
In those days you could buy a nice little machine gun just about any where. Many soldiers coming back from the big WW brought back souvenir machine guns and some were even allowed to keep their service weapons.
Then in the infinite wisdom of our legislature, in the interest of public safety of course and the crisis of mob crime, they passed a law that made it illegal to purchase a machine gun unless you had a tax stamp. Hmm, sound familiar? Yep, didn’t stop the bad guys but most honest folk could not fathom spending twice the cost of the firearm for a tax stamp. So the manufacturers dried up, except the ones supplying the government and police forces, and the honest citizens were left a little more defensive against the bad guys. I’ll let you decide who they were.
If you were to research the history of the federal firearm legislations, using similar logic to what we have used here, you will find a constant and ever broadening attempt to infringe upon the rights of the honest citizen because nearly without exception the ONLY class of citizen negatively impacted has been the honest law abiding citizen and not the criminal. We need to focus on the behavior not the tool.
Thomas Jefferson stated: "Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing [a people] to slavery." And that: “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
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I can draw no other conclusion than that of Thomas Jefferson; that what is being plied upon the American population is a method of control and it has nothing to do with crime and everything to do with control. And the premise of crisis, public safety, and welfare of the people is nothing more than well plied bovine scatology.
"When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson
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LeMieux was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1956 and graduated from
Weber State University in Utah with a degree in Computer Science. He served
in both the US Navy and US Army (Active duty and National Guard) and trained
in multiple intelligence disciplines and was a qualified paratrooper.
He served with the 19th Special Forces Group, while in the National Guard,
as a Special Forces tactical intelligence team member. He served tours
to Kuwait and Afghanistan where he received the Purple Heart for injuries
received in combat.
Mr. LeMieux left military duty at the end of 2005 after being medically discharged with over 19 years of combined military experience. He currently works as an intelligence contractor to the US government.
Michael is a strict constitutionalist who believes in interpreting the constitution by the original intent of the founding fathers. His research has led him to the conclusion that the republic founded by the Constitution is no longer honored by our government. That those who rule America today are doing so with the interest of the federal government in mind and not the Citizens. Michael believes that all three branches of government have strayed far from the checks and balances built into the Constitution and they have failed the American people. A clear example is the Second Amendment, which the Supreme Court and the founders have all said was an individual right and could not be "infringed" upon, now has more than 20,000 state and federal laws regulating every aspect of the individuals right, a definite infringement. He has traveled around the world living in 14 States of the Union including Hawaii, and visited (for various lengths of time) in Spain, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Korea, Scotland, Pakistan, Mauritius, Somalia, Diego Garcia, Australia, Philippines, England, Italy, Germany, and Puerto Rico.
Michael now lives in Nebraska with his wife, two of his three children, Mother-in-Law and grandchild. His hobbies include shooting, wood-working, writing, amateur inventor and scuba diving when he can find the time.
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