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6/9/2013 6:00:00 AM
Guest Column: Wrong on guns, and a traitor too
Jeff Jacobson
Kingman Resident

Regarding the article published on April 25 by national columnist Joe Conason ["Who's 'soft on crime' now?"]:

The NRA has been very tough on crime - unlike the leftists, who are tough on law-abiding citizens and protect criminals - but they recognize that background checks are but another step toward total disarmament/subjugation of free individuals that will enable progressives the freedom to prohibit other things - like free speech, etc. - by taking away the fourth check and balance against tyranny, the armed citizen.

The left clearly does not care about crime or our safety. If the left really cared about safety from crime, they would protect gun owners and praise them for the 2.5 million times per year they protect our country from crimes.

Look how lopsided these figures are in favor of private gun ownership: 19,000 actual crimes (not possession of "illegal" guns, etc.) versus 2.5 million crimes stopped by gun owners; 11 percent collateral damage by law enforcement versus 4 percent for civilians; and the civilian does not even fire the weapon 92 percent of the time. These powerful statistics prove civilian gun ownership prevents many times more crimes than it causes.

Conason is incorrect about how and where guns are purchased by criminals. It has long been proven that background checks do not prevent crime, but criminals do not buy from stores. In most cases, officials simply do not know exactly how the guns were attained. They can trace the original purchases by the original sales information that they catalog based on background checks, etc., but this is far from proof that these people are "straw buyers" and furthermore, it is likely only the beginning of the ownership trail.

This said, let's address Conason's clearly anti-Constitution/freedom stance on this issue. We are guaranteed the right to speak our mind; we have a right to assemble peacefully; we have the right to fight against oppression (by civilians or governments); and we have a Constitution that the leftists know guarantees these rights, yet they try to use subordinate laws to take away these rights.

Regarding background checks, I think most would agree to them if they could believe that government could do so without keeping records of gun ownership that could be used in future oppressive laws.

For example, California has pending legislation to outlaw all semi-automatic weapons that would be retroactive (no grandfather clause), giving California the authority to confiscate guns. This violates the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights and the prohibition against "laws of ex-post facto."

At this time, California is already using records of gun sales compiled since 1996 to confiscate firearms from supposed criminals, but remember their list isn't just comprised of criminals - it is comprised of people convicted of violating laws regarding possession of certain firearms that the California government illegally prohibits, but that the Constitution guarantees we can "keep and bear."

Mr. Conason is not only wrong, but treasonous, in that he wants to use state and federal law to violate our Bill of Rights protections. The NRA is protecting our gun rights and every other right that we as Americans cherish.

Shame on all of you who support the leftist/progressive effort to harm freedom. Not only should you be ashamed, but you should be prosecuted as traitors!

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew


"As long as they start at the oval office and work ALL the way down."

And exactly what has given you the impression that such checks on everyone would not be case? Please provide us with the exemptions that appear to bother you so much. Thank you.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Citizen Woody

I'm not against background checks. I mean COMPLETE and in depth checks. Even from birth is fine with me. As long as they start at the oval office and work ALL the way down.
I don't believe Mr. Jacobson EVER used the word "afraid".

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Stop Being Taken Advantage Of

"and you'll see it is the gun/gun related companies that control the NRA."

Since you have already, I assume, read all the reports you are claiming reveals all this sooper dooper top secret information, you will have no trouble at all saving the rest of us the time and listing the evil people and the companies they own/represent.

I look forward to your posting them. But I am not holding my breath waiting. Not unexpectedly, those making your sort of claims rarely do deliver.

Politicians are not afraid of the NRA. They are afraid of the millions of gun owners the NRA represents directly as well as the countless millions of non-members the NRA represents indirectly.

And they should be afraid. They should be very very afraid.


Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: mr. parker

The NRA board of directors is made up of many people. It has a few that are involved with the firearms industry.

it has R and a D congressmen. It has attorneys, former NFL and NBA players.
It has many former politicians.

The firearms manufacturers have a group called the NSSF. That is their lobbying group. The NRA is a group made up of millions of individuals who voluntarily contribute to join.

@LIAOTRW: I'm not afraid of background checks at gun shows. Are you afraid of requiring photo id's to vote? They're both constitutional rights.

The problem is that the gun grabbers if they got universal background checks will be coming back next year and wanting more, registration and as in CA, confiscation schemes.
None of these will reduce crime.

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Fourth of July

People that hoard the most ammunition will make the best fireworks display when a UN drone takes them out.

Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Article comment by: Burt Depoe

I still wish the couple years back, that was winobego jacked from the escape prisoners. In golden valley. I wish they would have had a gun. They would be alive. and the punks would not be eating dinner and watching color TV in jail.

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Trained Observer

"Gun owner here - The NRA isn't necessarily tough on crime, it just wants you to buy more guns because the board is full of people that make them."

"full of people that make them"? Really? LoL. That's a good one, and you should no problem at all naming them, right? Didn't think so. A quick google search turns up a article from the very radical leftist publication Mother Jones. In their article from Jan of this year, "EXCLUSIVE: Unmasking the NRA's Inner Circle" all they could come up with was:

"George K. Kollitides II, the chief executive of Freedom Group—which made the Bushmaster military-style assault rifle"

The funniest and lamest part of their "exclusive" was in naming:

"The current head of the Nominating Committee, Patricia A. Clark, lives in Newtown, just a couple of miles from the school where 20 young children and six adults were massacred."

As if where this person lives has any bearing or importance at all.



But hey, I will wait for you to provide the list of names of NRA board members who are gun manufacturers. I just won't hold my breath doing it. You will no doubt be embarrassed at having used a BS claim and being called out on it and will just never respond.

Nice leftist touch, by the way. I love it when gun grabbers start out by claiming they actually own guns.

It makes me....


Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Stop Being Taking Advantage Of

Get your head out of the sand and study who the NRA represents. Get a hold of its annual reports and financial documents, and study the board members backgrounds and you'll see it is the gun/gun related companies that control the NRA. And those are the ones the NRA works to protect.

Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013
Article comment by: Floyd Turbo

I love my guns, I love my guns, I love my guns, I love my guns. Take my wife, take my daughter, take my dog, but not my guns!

Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013
Article comment by: Frank in Kingman

"keep and bear." That's correct if you belong to a well regulated militia. Read the Constitution again and don't pick and choose what you want to see.

You seem to under the assumption that criminals are born criminals. Please describe what one looks like in the maternity ward.

It looks like the nut job who went on a rampage over the weekend purchased his guns legally. Gee wiz, I wonder if there would have been more extensive background checks, it would have been prevented him from buying that assault rifle California wants to ban.

Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Where to start with so much BS in this it's hard to decide. But lets start with the leftist. It seems that you are in the minority already as 80 percent of Americans believe we should have background checks. Do you think that they are all leftist. Be serious even the majority of NRA think there should be background checks. This is fear mongering plain and simple. There is no way that the government is going to take away your guns. In the first place any politician who suggested such a thing would be voted out of office by the right and left. I'm a liberal and I own quite a few guns. Instead of focusing on the real problems in America today the rightwing wants to talk about guns and abortion and gay rights. Lets have a conversation about JOBS JOBS JOBS. If you don't have the freedom to work your not free.

Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Same old story. The liberals (who can't see the forest for the trees) want guns banned, and everybody else wants to be armed to the teeth. Well, I ask you, which state has the lowest crime rate per capita? Alaska. Yes, Alaska, where you can legally own and carry a Browning machine gun. Who's got the highest crime rates? Washington DC(where it's illegal to possess a gun) and of course cities like New York and Chicago(where guns are all but banned for average citizens)
What about California & Arizona? California has roughly double the crime rate of Arizona. Guns are close to being completely banned in California, yet, Arizona has very liberal gun laws. Does anybody see a trend , here?

Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

Gun owner here - The NRA isn't necessarily tough on crime, it just wants you to buy more guns because its board is full of people that make them.

Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Article comment by: Lost In America on the right wing

Background checks at gun shows. Start there. What are you afraid of?

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