Remember former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. She was shot in Arizona back in 2011 by the piece of crap Jared Loughner. Ever since she and her astronaut husband have been gun control advocates.
NRA.org writes: “When former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly launched Americans for Responsible Solutions in early 2013, gun owners were assured that the group sought moderate “common-sense solutions” to gun violence.”
Giffords and Kelly explained, “We don’t want to take away your guns any more than we want to give up the two guns we have locked in a safe at home.”
Translation: We do want to take your guns away or at the very least prevent you from buying them. We’re just not going to be honest about our true intentions.
In 2016 her organization published a messaging guide. One of the sections is, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking About Gun Violence” – what may and shouldn’t be said. An example of what should never be said is speaking about “banning or confiscating guns,” and, “any talk of a national gun registry.”
But this is exactly what they aspire to achieve, especially regarding the scary AR-15, according to Giffords Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman and former ATF agent.
“In response to a question about AR-15 rifles, Chipman responded, ‘What I support is treating them just like machineguns.’”
Chipman said: “To me, if you want to have a weapon of war, the same gun that was issued to me as a member of [the] ATF SWAT team, it makes sense that you would have to pass a background check, the gun would have to be in your name, and there would be a picture and fingerprints on file. To me, I don’t mind doing it if I want to buy a gun.”
Okay, this bullcrap “weapon of war” argument bugs the heck out of me, particularly coming from someone who knows better. An AR-15 is no different from any other semi-automatic rifle. It’s not a machine gun. It’s just that the AR is black and scary looking. Take the black scary bits off and replace them with a wooden stock and handguard and voila – no more weapon of war. And another thing. AR’s physically can’t be “weapons of war” that were issued to ATF or soldiers or whoever.
I wrote an article on this subject earlier this year entitled, “Time for a Lesson on the Assault Rifle.”
In it, I explain the difference between semi-automatic and automatic weapons or machine guns, the difference between the AR and its military cousin, the M4, and the difference in the ammunition they use.
So this guy Chipman, and by extension Giffords and her gang of leftists, want to treat the AR like a machine gun. And here’s what you have to do to obtain a machine gun in the home of the free.
“In order to acquire a machinegun, the transferee and transferor must submit a Form 4 Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm to the ATF. The form requires identifying information about the firearm and personal information about the applicant. The transferee must submit an identifying photograph along with two completed FBI Forms FD-258 fingerprint cards. This information is compiled in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, also known as the NFA registry. The transferee must also pay a $200 tax.”
And after jumping through all those hoops, the average wait time is well over 200 days, and at times it has been a year or more.
Now that’s bad, but here’s the kicker. This is the real reason why these shadow-confiscators want to treat the AR like a machine gun and it goes back the 1986 NFA.
“Chipman’s policy of treating AR-15s ‘just like machineguns’ would also mean a ban on the civilian possession of newly-manufactured AR-15 rifles. In 1986, anti-gun members of Congress were successful in getting one piece of gun control into the vital Firearm Owners’ Protection Act. A late, and controversial, amendment from Rep. William J. Hughes (D-N.J.) placed a ban on the transfer and possession of machineguns manufactured after May 19, 1986.”
So reclassifying the AR-15 as a machinegun will mean that no one can possess an AR-15 made after 1986.
In other words, these anti-gun nuts can deny they want to ban guns. They need only to successfully reclassify them and the problem takes care it itself. Neat trick.
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