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Wake Up, It’s Happening NOW: Cory Booker Introduces Bill That Is The First Step Towards Gun Confiscation [Opinion]

“…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following a series of fatal mass shootings across the country, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today introduced the Federal Firearm Licensing Act. The ambitious legislation would require individuals to obtain a firearm license from the Department of Justice (DOJ) before purchasing or receiving a firearm. Also today, the House Committee on the Judiciary is set to consider its version of Booker’s Keep Americans Safe Act of 2019, introduced in February, which would ban high-capacity magazines.

Speculation, Analysis and of course, OPINION of Elder Patriot – Whoa!  Licensing, by its very nature, is an infringement on gun ownership.  Imagine having to pay a fee to vote? Or to require potential voters to answer questions that might reveal their competency for voting? In fact, we have historical precedent that seems to suggest Booker’s premise to be unconstitutional, in my opinion.

Remember the so called “poll taxes” of the past?

Wikipedia’s entry on Harper v. Virginia State Board of Elections, states:

“Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections, 383 U.S. 663, was a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court found that Virginia’s poll tax was unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, eleven southern states established poll taxes as part of their disenfranchisement of most blacks and many poor whites.”
While the rationale for the ruling on the poll tax may be different, licensing and the fee we assume will come with it, would, in my view surely be an “infringement” on the natural right to bear arms.

Listen to Booker clearly announce that it’s his intention to infringe on gun ownership:

“Getting rid of the ease of access to guns and to weapons, that’s something that is extraordinarily obvious to me.”

According to NJ.Com, Booker’s bill would require would-be gun owners to pass a firearm safety training course, undergo a criminal background check and provide fingerprints. The license would be valid for five years after which time the applicant must pass another safety course and another background check.

In addition, applicants must submit the make, model and serial number of the gun they want to buy, as well as the name of the person they are buying or receiving the weapon from.

Thinking logistically, if one planned on one day implementing a gun confiscation, it would be much easier if you were to know where all the guns were located.  

From my research I believe that private gun ownership was something our Founding Fathers thought long and hard about.  In the end they decided that the only way to guarantee the freedoms for which they had fought was to protect the right of every citizen to own weapons. 

In a January 30, 1787 letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson wrote “Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem:”

“I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.”

I believe that Jefferson made it clear that he wasn’t so much protecting the rights of hunters as he was against the tyranny of government.

Perhaps he envisioned the day when a Manchurian president would use the powers of government in an attempt to destroy a political opponent.

History has taught us something else about a well-armed citizenry.  A hundred million citizen soldiers present a barrier to invasion from the outside.

A hundred million armed citizen soldiers present a barrier to invasion from the inside too.

We even owe our nation’s founding to the Minutemen armed with their own weapons and their own ammunition.  There was no standing army in existence when the people decided to revolt against British governance.

The words our Founding Fathers used to justify separation from the British Crown, and that were enshrined in the Declaration of Independence should remain eternally true as long as there are free men anywhere:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Politicians were once referred to as public servants.  That is no longer the case, now the TV refers to them as ‘officials’, reminds me of the Soviet and Chinese Commissars. Cory Booker and the current breed of Democrat gun-grabbers are intent on telling us the laws we must adhere to and they seem to want to guarantee we have no way redressing our grievances.

If Booker really wants to save lives, I think he should join President Trump in doing everything possible to secure our southern border where opioids and fentanyl pour into our country and result in the deaths of 70,000 people every year.

By comparison, the FBI reported that total firearm murders, nationwide in 2017 (the most recent reporting year) were 10,982.  Rifles were only used in 403 murders.  A/R-15’s, which Democrats are focused on seizing, were only used in a small subset of those.

I wise man once said, “When your government tells you that you do not need a gun …. YOU NEED A GUN!”

Editor’s Note: While it is true that Booker does not mention “confiscation”, history tells us that before confiscation you must have registration.  The line of thought is laid out above.  I just wanted to be clear that we are not trying to represent Booker to have said what Beto did, that he would demand “weapons of war” be turned in, in exchange for fiat currency presumably.

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