Gravelly Point Park, Virginia, 19 April 2010.
The gun control drums continue to sound and Diane Feinstein has graced us with the outline of her bill.
A summary of key provisions in the updated bill:* Stops the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of more than 100 specifically-named firearms as well as certain semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.* Stops the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices (magazines, strips and drums) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.* Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:o grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment;o exempting more than 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting and sporting purposes; ando exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons.
Even before I saw that, yesterday I replied to a question from overseas about how I saw the legislative fight shaping up. Here is my response, in part:
This time feels different as far as the legislative prospects for more restrictions go. There is an absolute WALL of media noise that doesn't even make a pretense of another perspective (even FOX has been swept along). The hysteria is unprecedented. Everything hinges on:1. Will Boehner still be Speaker of the House next term? (if so, add twenty points to the antis side of the column) and2. Will the NRA fold like a cheap suit like they did for GCA 68 and the AWB94? (Ditto).The bill as introduced is said to grandfather existing weapons, but to ban further production and sale of Evil Black Rifles and their Kalashnikov competitors, seize control of private sales without NICS checksI wouldn't be able to gift a rifle to you without the Feds' approval in advance) and ban hi-cap magazines.
How then may we resist this? Mt Top Patriot left this comment below that would be an excellent warning of the rattlesnake's tail:
I have an idea involving taking action, in a peaceful lawful manner.An open march, in full kit, across flyover land. Just guys and girls in marshal parade, carrying their muskets, mess and kit. Peacefully, simply, fall in fall out as you desire. No destination, no declared intent, no overt conscious message, just a gathering hoofing it along. Ask folks along the road if they would care to provide a place for the marchers to bivouac for the night in their field or yard. A quiet gathering, calmly exercising the Constitutional freedoms to assemble, bear arms, cross states lines, unmolested. Respectfully. Lawfully. Peacefully. One big long color guard. You are supposed to have armed protection for Old Glory when on parade.
I like it. Each state or municipality could contribute a portion of the escort, picking it up as it crosses into their area and dropping off as it passes out, only to be taken up by folks on the other side. It would take a smaller core group and much planning and coordination with local authorities, but I like it. It could end at Gravelly Point Park in Virginia across the river from Mordor on the Potomac. This should be done while the bill is still being considered, if possible.
Whatever bill passes, if it passes, and it contains any of the above we are obliged to disobey it -- obnoxiously and flagrantly. If they ban hi-cap magazines, we must make more, sell existing ones openly; if they ban private sales, we must hold our own no-check gun shows; if they ban even one type of semi-auto military pattern rifle, we must build our own "assault weapons" in contravention of the odious act. We must anger the powers that be to the point where THEY come at US. No Fort Sumters on our part. Let them kill us if they want to work their will upon us. After that, and only after that, it becomes the time of 4th Generation Warfare and One Hundred Heads.
And, although this is not the way to bet, if we make all that plain ahead of time, perhaps they will get the message and back off. May God grant it to be so.