The Obama administration is in the process of preparing gun safety measures, just six months after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot. The proposal is expected to anger both gun advocates and gun opponents, the latter of whom will likely assert that the measures are not bold enough.
The White House has been unspecific about the details, but according to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the new safety rules will be made public “in the near future.”
The Blaze explains, “What is proposed is not expected to involve legislation or take on major issues, like banning assault weapons, but could include executive action to strengthen the background check system or other steps.
As the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (still known as ATF) is contending with the findings of a House Oversight Report regarding the failure of its Project Gunrunner, new evidence indicates even more negative consequences of the government operation. It is now known that ATF weapons — which U.S. officials involved in the project allowed to be purchased by suspicious individuals in the United States and then “walked” to and distributed in Mexico — have been turning up in Arizona drug crimes.
As reported by Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, Project Gunrunner:
With Wisconsin only days away from being the 49th state to enact legislation that allows for the concealed carry of firearms, pressure is growing for Illinois to finally concede to its citizens the right of self-defense enshrined in the federal constitution.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn stopped a legislative initiative earlier this year that would have established a system of concealed carry permits when he threatened to veto any such bill that would have come to his desk. However, in the aftermath of the decisive action taken in late June in Wisconsin’s legislature, it is far from certain such a threatened veto by Gov. Quinn could succeed now.
As detailed information regarding "Project Gunrunner" continues to shed new light on the actions of the Obama administration which led to a flow of firearms into the hands of criminals waging war against the Mexican government, a new report documents efforts by those same Mexican cartels to target U.S. border officials. The same criminals whom American officials allowed to gain access to firearms in the United States are targeting American citizens.
As the federal government faces heat over their ineptitude in Project Gunrunner that was exposed by one whistleblower at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, they are in desperate search for a party to blame. Who better than the whistleblower himself?
Fox News reports:
The agent, Vince Cefalu, who has spoken out about the ATF's so-called "Project Gunrunner" scandal, says he was served with termination papers just last week, and he calls the move politically motivated.
As Cefalu is the man who blew the whistle on the controversial Operation Fast and Furious headed by the ATF, there are certainly grounds for his assertions.
We have proposed two amendments that we will have votes on today. One of them concerns the Second Amendment. I think it's very important that we protect the rights of gun owners in our country, not only for hunting, but for self-protection. And that the records of those in our country who own guns should be secret."
— Senator Rand Paul, speech before the U.S. Senate, May 26, 2011
You would think that the National Rifle Association, the NRA, would naturally back the Rand Paul amendment on exempting firearms records searches under the Patriot Act. But you would be wrong. The NRA criticized Senator Paul's amendment to exempt gun purchases from search provisions of the Patriot Act in e-mails to Congress while apparently sitting on important information showing the need for Paul's amendment. And it continues to defend its opposition to the Paul Amendment after The New American published information about that betrayal of Second Amendment principles. The information the NRA was apparently sitting on shows that the FBI and the federal government's Joint Terrorism Task Force have already begun trolling the records of law-abiding gun owners, using the excuse of terrorism surveillance.
Wisconsin is now poised to be the 49th state to permit the carrying of concealed firearms, if Gov. Scott Walker signs into law a bill which passed the state’s house and senate with strong majority votes.
Once Walker signs the bill, Illinois will be the last state which utterly refuses to recognize the right of citizens to self-defense. An article for the Journal Sentinel (reprinted at wisconsinconcealedcarry.com) reports:
Wisconsin stands on the verge of becoming the 49th state in the country to allow citizens to carry concealed guns, after the state Assembly voted to legalize that practice Tuesday.
Incorporated in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, the Right to Bear Arms is an essential component to the preservation of the Republic and the survival of liberty. Without a firm understanding in the principles of the Constitution efforts to combat the Leftest assault on personal liberty will be futile.
Following the shooting on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona, in which 22 year-old Jared Loughner opened fire outside a Safeway grocery store and killed six people and injured at least fifteen others, including US Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the forces that control or manage the jarring often violent events of the world in order to abolish liberty sprang into action.
The founders were clear on the point of an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. The John Birch Society believes that gun-control laws do nothing but control the responsible individual and aid criminals. Also, the JBS opposes a monopoly of power on the part of government.