In an easily predictable move, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has recently proposed a plan to ban what he calls “assault” weapons in his state.
Quinn is using his amendatory veto power as Governor to make changes to a bill dealing with ammunition sales and add language that would prohibit the sale, manufacture, purchase, and possession of “semi-automatic assault weapons and attachments.”
Now that Quinn has made his changes to the bill, Illinois lawmakers will have to make the choice as to whether they will accept the amended version or reject it. They could also simply not call a vote on the legislation and allow it to die.
The bill, with new language added by Quinn, also specifically bans the AK-47, AR-15, and TEC-9.
“It’s very clear that these particular weapons are not designed to do anything but to have human targets,” Quinn stated.
The new language inserted into the bill via Quinn is deeply disturbing for a number of reasons – not the least of which being the basic violation of the Constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear arms. Keep in mind, the bill bans the very “possession” of so-called “assault” weapons. One can only imagine where such a decree might lead in the climate of the 2012 police state that the United States has now become.
It should be noted that labeling semi-automatic guns as “assault weapons” is nothing more than a propaganda tactic designed to cause fear and trembling in the minds of those who know virtually nothing about guns except for what they have heard being repeated from the mainstream media. Indeed, “assault weapon” is a politically charged term used to evoke specific emotions of fear in the listener; a tactic that, unfortunately, has been used successfully in recent years.
It should also be pointed out that Pat Quinn is actually from Chicago, a city which already has stringent (and unconstitutional) gun laws. In addition, it has one of the highest crime rates in the nation. Thus, if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then Governor Quinn is mentally incapable of holding his position any longer.
Nevertheless, Quinn’s ridiculous additions to the Illinois state congressional legislation is just another move in the propaganda push against the second amendment in the wake of the Colorado shooting which itself increasingly points to being staged for just this purpose.
Although Pat Quinn’s statement about semi-automatic weapons, like Michael Bloomberg’s statement regarding deer not wearing bulletproof vests, might sound convincing to some, it is also an erroneous argument. The fact is that the second amendment does grant the American people the right to own semi-automatic weapons, as it was never included in the Constitution for the purpose of deer hunting and skeet shooting – but for the defense of the people against a tyrannical government among other threats to their liberty and well-being.
Pat Quinn is just one more politician in a long line who begins his attack on gun ownership with the stock statement of “I respect the second amendment but . . .”
Unfortunately for Quinn and the rest of his ilk, his respect or lack thereof for the second amendment is irrelevant as this right is not up for debate. It is high time the American people begin to remind their politicians of this fact.
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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident. Turbeville has published over one hundred articles dealing with a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville is available for podcast, radio, and TV interviews. Please contact us at activistpost (at) gmail.com.