It’s a step toward adding to the stigma of gun ownership within the state especially so that should something horrible happen, anti-gunners can paint the gun owner as irresponsible because he bought the gun despite the state’s warning.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a Hell Hole called Vietnam, it was around noon and hotter than hell, literally. We were out for one of our infamous “walks in the sun.” I was in about the middle of the column.
I heard a “whump” up front and immediately knew that one of the point men had tripped a boobie trap. That meant we would be there for a while waiting for a MedEvac bird.
So, I unsaddled, took my helmet off and sat down on it. I had a pack of Marlboros in the breast pocket of my old ragged jungles. I lit one (with my trusty old Zippo, of course) and pitched the pack onto the ground between my feet.
I was sitting there, looking around, with nothing in particular on my mind. Then something about that pack of cigarettes caught my eye — something I had never seen before. So I picked the pack up and read the notice on the side: “Warning. The Surgeon General has determined that cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your heath.”
And “that ain’t no shit.” — jtl, 419
by Tom Knighton at Bearing Arms
AP Photo/Michael Conroy
When the government started requiring cigarette manufacturers to put warning labels on their products, it did so after a mountain of evidence showed that smoking was bad for you. I’m not talking about correlations or studies with questionable methodologies, but research that really showed that smoking was a damn good way to kill yourself in the long term.
For anti-gunners, waiting for “proof” that guns are just as bad–proof that will never materialize because you can’t prove a falsehood–is unnecessary before issuing warnings, at least in Illinois.
Democratic Representative Kathleen Willis introduced House Amendment 1 to House Bill 96, which would place a health warning for prospective gun owners.
According to the NRA-ILA, this amendment “would criminalize private transfers, require local law enforcement to obtain warrants to seize firearms from holders of revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards (FOID), and make the process to apply for a FOID card more expensive and cumbersome by requiring applications be made in person with Illinois State Police (ISP).”
Now, there are new reports about how this bill will make FOID applicants receive a Surgeon General-style warning about the potential dangers that come with firearms ownership.
The warning specifically says:
Warning: The presence of a firearm in the home has been associated with an increased risk of death to self and others, including increased risk of suicide, death during domestic violence incidents, and unintentional deaths to children and others.
This is ridiculous, especially because that “association” is tenuous at best.
The studies that suggested the link are highly questionable. Further, other studies indicate that there’s no such link.
So why do it? Well, my own opinion is that this is yet another effort to dissuade people from purchasing guns. It’s a step toward adding to the stigma of gun ownership within the state especially so that should something horrible happen, anti-gunners can paint the gun owner as irresponsible because he bought the gun despite the state’s warning.
It’s a tactic meant to undermine the individual’s desire to have the means to protect themselves.
After all, gun owners are far less likely to tolerate broad restrictions on guns. Even the Fudds out there have hard and fast limits in their minds on where gun control goes too far.
So, if anti-gunners can dissuade people from owning guns, the thinking is that they’ll be far less likely to oppose new gun control regulations. While Illinois is an anti-gun state, it doesn’t have carte blanche to do whatever it wishes to restrict gun ownership. Convincing people that owning a gun is an irresponsible act–something it’s clearly not since the police can’t and won’t protect you from a violent attacker–then perhaps they can get that blank check.
These supposed warnings won’t make anyone safer. It won’t help anyone. The most violent city in the state, Chicago, will continue to see the spread of black market guns that won’t have any associated warning attached nor require any background checks or any other bit of gun control.
In other words, it’s another proposal that only impacts the law-abiding. Again.
Either anti-gunners haven’t figured that out, in which case it’s a miracle they can muster the brainpower to breathe, or they do. If so, then they may well be the evilest people in American history.
Tom Knighton is a Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist, and a blogger and lifetime shooter. He lives with his family in Southwest Georgia. https://bearingarms.com/author/tomknighton/
“Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.” – Jeff Cooper
Call for a pizza, a cop, and an ambulance and see which one arrives first.
In Warren v. District of Columbia the court ruled, and the Supreme Court upheld, that “(T)he desire for condemnation cannot satisfy the need for a special relationship out of which a duty to specify persons arises.” Because the complaint did not allege a relationship “beyond that found in general police responses to crimes,” the court affirmed the dismissal of the complaint for failure to state a claim.
The bottom line is that your local police are not legally obligated to protect you, the average citizen. In addition to the Warren case, there are hundreds of court rulings which state that cops are not legally responsible for protecting individual citizens. For example, see Zelig v. County of Los Angeles.
The government can’t protect you as you saw on September 11, 2001 as well as during the Washington, DC area “sniper” rampage and the plethora of active shooter events that we have had since.
In fact, the government could very well be our greatest fear, due to its propensity to murder people because of their ideas (See Ruby Ridge, ID and Waco, TX).
A simple internet or youtube.com search of “the police state” or “police brutality” will reveal literally thousands of violent crimes (from assault to cold blooded murder) committed by the State’s costumed emissaries of officially sanctioned violence (aka The Police State) against harmless and innocent people.
So, who does that leave to protect you, your life, property and family? The one and only answer is: YOU It is your duty and personal responsibility to protect yourself and your loved ones.
This responsibility is a natural right given to us by God as human beings and guaranteed to us as individuals by the Constitution of the United States of America.
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