I've just learned from a highly placed and reliable personal source that, in a quiet move to restrict gun ownership, the Obama White House has directly instructed the State Department to do what's necessary to prevent predominantly WWII American firearms from being imported back into the United States.
Most imports are not under the jurisdiction of the State Dept., and are controlled by statute and regulations that require very public actions to change. This is another clandestine anti-gun-rights move being taken by the Obama administration, along with a series of treaties and U.N. plans to severely limit or ban American gun ownership.
The main effect of this move is, without fanfare or public attention, to stop the flow of fine M1 Garand and M1 carbine rifles into the hands of American citizens. The M1 is an affordable, accurate, dependable, and exceptionally well-made general-purpose American rifle. Made in .30 caliber, it was the first auto-loading rifle generally issued to the infantry of any nation.
I have not been able to determine the exact quantity of such rifles being held overseas, but the number is believed to be in the millions.
The Obama team in the White House has stunned observers with its eerie silence on so-called "gun control," or efforts to disarm the public. On taking office there was wide anticipation of major action is this area, to reflect the unmitigated anti-gun-rights records of Obama and his coterie. The gun-rights lobby has been hard pressed to explain the lull, pointing to a mere few slips of the tongue by the president, his attorney general or a few other top-level staffers. The Brady Campaign for the Promotion of Gun Violence has given the administration a rating of "F" on gun control, reflecting a virtually complete lack of publicly visible activity.
The most likely explanation probably includes the uproar over the federal health-care takeover, where no army of protesters had even existed or were poised for action, yet rose with tremendous fury in astonishing numbers. This group coalesced into the core of the now ubiquitous Tea Party.
Administration officials and Obama himself likely recognize that the backlash they would face if they publicly came after Americans' guns would make the health-care hurricane look like a mild summer breeze.
Obama though has announced plans to go after "criminal gun smuggling" with two international treaties that would bypass the U.S. Congress. Both treaties would introduce draconian levels of gun control and confiscation on Americans, despite administration promises otherwise. The CIFTA treaty terms are known and already analyzed. Under CIFTA, changing any feature on a firearm, like adding a sling or changing a sight without an undefined government "manufacturing" license, would subject a person to arrest. Reloading ammo would be similarly banned.
The U.N. treaty, being drafted in secret with cooperation from Hillary Clinton, can only be guessed at based on previous U.N. public-disarmament attempts. An international group, IAPCAR, has been formed under the leadership of Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation, to monitor and resist planned rights denials. The Uninvited Ombudsman report will feature those activities in the near future.
Now, I will be interested to read some verification of this move on the supply of CMP weapons. If true, it is -- in the grand scheme of things -- both laughable and welcome.
It is laughable because, as I blurted out when I read this early this morning, "Is that all they've got?" Such a move provokes much more negative reaction than it is worth in terms of of their overall desire for citizen disarmament. It is welcome because such a move strikes at the most cherished assumptions of the Elmer Fudd NRA pragmatists. "Wait," they will say, "these aren't evil black rifles or Communist bloc military weapons. These are politically correct firearms."
Insofar as the "impending doom" of the treaties, I continue laughing and still welcome them. Think about it. A regime that chokes at the domestic political cost of legislative citizen disarmament is going to take the ultimate discredit of surrendering its own sovereignty as an excuse to do what they are too cowardly to do directly? They are seriously expected to say, "Give us your guns, but don't blame us, blame the United Nations?" I mean, really? What a hoot.
I can see the bumper sticker now: "The State Department is coming for your guns!" Really? The STATE Department?!? Substitute the "United Nations" and it is still a thigh-slapper.
And even if they do, I welcome it because I can think of no single move more calculated to unite the armed citizenry. What are they going to do? Bring in foreign troops to enforce it? Oh, please. I pray to the Lord that they would be so stupid.
Here's the key point. We need to stop taking counsel of our fears and cease worrying about what THEY are going to do to US, and start figuring out what WE are going to do to THEM when they finally, irrevocably, kick off this impending civil war.