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In that same quote did you notice anything about whether that AK-47 was a legally purchased and registered gun? No you didn't because this is information that government feels you do not need, this enable them to plant yet another fear seed, and again take advantage of your ignorance. When I say "ignorance" I am not always referring to stupidity, I also mean lack of information. The Freedom Of Information Act allows us to find answers to questions like "Was that AK-47 a legally purchased and registered gun?" If you are willing to jump through enough hoops and cut through enough red tape to get to that information. Even if you were willing to run gamut to find those answers, you more than likely are doing it while trying to advance your career, support and enjoy time with your family and get your eight hours of sleep, so by time you get to those answers laws have been passed. Coincidence?
Now turn your attention to paragraph about gun shows. I have never been to one, nor do I currently own a firearm, but am I to be led to believe, that you can purchase an assault rifle or any other rifle with maybe exception of a black powder flintlock, at a gun show, or anywhere else for that matter with no identification whatsoever. If this were truly case there would be a conga line of drug dealers and terrorists around block from every gun show in United States with suitcases full of cash, arming themselves to teeth.
This leaves me with two questions, where did they get identification if it was not false? And why were gun show personnel, who are licensed by government to sell these weapons, not trained to spot a potential fake id? (if id's were fake and not another clerical error combined with a botched background check where all involved agencies did not have their ducks in a row).
The gun law supporters say it's very easy to get a gun, this is absolutely true, if you do not obey law. Cash talks on street, and street listens. However it is not as easy to get a gun if you go through proper channels, fill out all correct paperwork, provide proper identification (and references in some cases) and wait for your documents entitling you to purchase your firearms legally. The people that go through trouble to purchase their firearms this way are ones being punished with these laws, not criminals.
There are two methods that would stop illegal gun traffic in its tracks, A: make possession of an illegally obtained firearm a capital offense covered by death penalty (after all, gun law supporters say only purpose certain weapons have is to kill, so that must be their intent) and B: make possession of an illegally obtained firearm punishable by a mandatory life sentence in prison. Law enforcement and all gun law supporters could then breathe a sigh of relief and turn their attention back to real criminals, but we know that those laws will never get passed.
Who can honestly object to those laws that is not a criminal? You can't just accidentally buy a gun, they don't fall off shelves in supermarket into your shopping cart, and if a friend left it at your house, or in your car they would have no trouble going to police station to admit their error, since they of course purchased their firearms legally. It is a win win set of laws as far as I am concerned.
Unless of course you throw in corrupt cop scenario, where officer plants firearm in your possession, but that would not be happening either because we have police, policing police to protect us from this sort of corruption right? Unfortunately that scenario alone will probably keep those laws from getting passed. Now everyone loses, police, citizens, legal gun enthusiasts, victims of violent crimes committed with illegally obtained firearms, but not criminals. So who is truly to blame? Personally I am all for strictest punishments for illegally obtained firearms, because I have neither intent or desire to illegally obtain a firearm, it's just that simple. I'm not a big pro-gun person but I deeply cherish my right to have one, and like old saying goes "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."
So exists axis of voluntary freedom surrender fear, desire for convenience, and ignorance. The founding fathers fought to get us our rights and freedoms as United States citizens but it is up to us, "we people" to maintain that freedom. Help groups that fight for your freedom every day by visiting them and doing what you can to help your future. The Electronic Frontier Foundation , The League of Conservation Voters and The American Civil Liberties Union.
Fred Ost is a writer, web designer and aspiring indie movie maker. He is a founder of, and staff writer at the free independent artits community at http://www.scptv.net.