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Neal Knox on machineguns

Discussion in 'Legal' started by MicroBalrog, Feb 7, 2004.

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  1. MicroBalrog

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    Neal Knox Report
    M.G. "Freeze" Must Be Overturned
    By Neal Knox

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 15) -- When the U.S. House passed a
    prohibition upon future sales of newly manufactured machine guns
    to private citizens, and the Senate and President accepted it,
    that law became the first-ever national ban upon personal
    firearms.

    It must not be allowed to stay on the books.

    That law obliterates whatever is left of the Second
    Amendment, and it makes a mockery of the presumption that a law
    must address a social ill.

    What was the law supposed to accomplish? Not reduction of
    crime, for there was no crime with licensed machine guns to be
    reduced.

    Though murders and robberies are sometimes committed
    with machine guns, they aren't the legal machine guns affected by
    the new law.

    As the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
    acknowledges, street crimes with licensed guns simply never
    happen. Such crimes aren't committed by people who go through
    the incredibly difficult and expensive machine gun licensing
    procedure. As is so often said, "Gun laws are obeyed only by the
    law-abiding."

    I've never even heard of a [stolen] licensed machine gun being
    used in a crime (though there have been many cases of bank
    robberies and other crimes committed with machine guns stolen
    from National Guard armories and other military installations).

    [The law's only purpose was to satisfy the visceral
    urges of Congressmen to ban something they don't like.]

    Satisfy is too strong a word, for that implies that now
    they'll quit trying to ban firearms. They won't. [The freeze on
    new machine guns, and the ease with which it passed, merely whetted
    their appetite.]

    Recently I received a letter from a Californian who says
    he's been been an NRA member for 15 years, and who accused me of
    aiding the anti-gun cause by defending private ownership of
    machine guns.

    Maybe so.

    Machine guns aren't popular with either the press or the
    general public. Neither are semi-autos that look like military
    machine guns. Neither are short-barreled handguns.

    But I would have a hard time defining what kind of firearm
    is acceptable to the national news media. Certainly not any kind of
    handgun. And not high-powered rifles with scopes on them. And
    not "automatic" shotguns.

    What our California friend doesn't care to face is that if
    the Second Amendment doesn't address his right to own a machine
    gun, then neither does it address his right to own a handgun --
    nor a rifle or shotgun.

    And if the lawmakers can ban legal guns that are never used
    in crime, then the fact that no gun law reduces the crime rate
    is irrelevant.

    Unfortunately, that California NRA member isn't alone. Just when
    will they be willing to fight?

    Only when the proposed law threatens the guns in their
    hands?

    Only when it's too late?

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  2. 4v50 Gary

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    I wish Neal Knox ran the NRA. He's about the only guy I'm voting for as a Director.

    BTW, what city does he live in? I have to put that down in the write-in.
     
  3. Hkmp5sd

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    Neal Knox is the first thing I read in Shotgun News. I also vote for the people he endorses for the NRA Board. Unfortunately, repealing the MG ban is an exercise in futility, even for Neal.
     
  4. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey HKMP5sd, who does Neal endorse?
     
  5. Hkmp5sd

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    He will usually place an ad in American Rifleman listing his recommendations for the board. He doesn't do it every year, but most of them. I haven't voted yet, so I haven't went looking for it. You can also just ask him at Firearms Coalition.
     
  6. YammyMonkey

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    I have a better idea, let's repeal all of those gun control laws from the NFA on up. That way instead of worrying about pre/post/post-post ban, CA legal, etc... we can just buy what we want, be happy and peaceful and left alone, which, I'd imagine is what most of us want anyway.

    I know, wishful thinking :banghead:
     
  7. Hkmp5sd

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    YammyMonkey,

    You've got my vote. Wanna be president? :)
     
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