New Day Dawning for Gun Violence Prevention
The Brady Campaign , To Prevent Gun Violence - January 21, 2009
By Paul Helmke, Brady Campaign president
Last year at this time, I said that America was turning a corner on the gun issue, and the watershed events of 2008 confirmed that prediction.
The past year brought fundamental change to the way we understand and talk about gun violence prevention. The year also offered hope for the future, as the Brady Campaign endorsed – and our grassroots activists helped elect – Barack Obama as President of the United States, along with many other new officeholders who support taking steps to reduce gun violence.
Looking ahead to 2009, we are optimistic about making significant progress in our fight for common sense gun laws to help make our families and communities safer. . .
Make no mistake, however, there is much work to do. There are only a handful of national gun control laws on the books today, and even those have loopholes. To help keep guns away from dangerous people:
We need to require Brady criminal background checks for all gun sales in this country, including at gun shows.
We need to restrict access to military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
We need to limit bulk sales of handguns to cut illegal gun trafficking.
We need to crack down on the 1.2% of corrupt gun dealers who account for almost 60% of crime guns in America.
We need to give law enforcement agencies like the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) the funding and staff they need to disrupt the illegal gun trade.
It really is a new day for the gun violence prevention movement in America. Yet if we are to build on the successes of 2008 and take advantage of the many new opportunities ahead in 2009, we will need your help.
To which I replied on the website:
New Day Dawning"? You have NO idea.
Pass an new ban on semi-automatic rifles of the sort you envision and have stated publicly that should ban several classes of heretofore legal weapons, and watch what happens.
Pass another law authorizing the federal seizure of total control over ALL private transfers of arms (the deliberately misnamed lie called the "gun show loophole"), and watch what happens.
"The time has come, the walrus said to talk of many things," like armed civil disobedience to the collectivist pukes such as Helmke who wish to seize more of our traditional, natural and God-given liberty and property rights.
For 75 years we've been pushed back from the free exercise of our right to arms. Each time, we went, grumbling. This time, Helmke, we will NOT back up. This time you will have to come and get us. This time, we will fight.
In the interim between the last time you felt this cocky, the election of Bill Clinton, and now, two things have happened -- Waco and Bill Clinton's adoption of rules of engagement for the Serbians that made the politicians, media and ideological support structure of the Milosevic regime legitimate targets of war. We have studied both. So should you, before you take this nation to the brink of civil war.
Be careful what you wish for, Helmke, you (and we) may get it.