Bump-Stock Ban Bill Makes Possession Retroactively Illegal – That Means Confiscation

October 13, 2017 –

Brubaker’s response to:

Bump-Stock Ban Bill Makes Possession Retroactively Illegal – That Means Confiscation

The “Nanny-State Cult Worshippers” are forever looking to Mordor-on-the-Potomac in the District of Criminals (D.C.) to hold their hands and protect them.  Trying to use calm logic with emotionally-distraught, but grown, children is generally an exercise in futility.
The same shrieking communists who gleefully wish to “infringe” our natural, God-given rights (some of which are merely codified in the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights) to self-defense against government, group, or individual threats to our “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness”…these same communists have the blood of over 60 million babies aborted in this country since Roe v Wade in 1973 on their collective, blood-stained hands.  So, even though these Marxist-collectivists hold a greater than million-to-1 advantage in the “murder body count” when comparing immoral and murderous abortions to the recent Las Vegas tragedy, they self-righteously and hypocritically conspire to forever rob us and our progeny of our natural, God-given rights while merrily dancing in the blood of the unfortunate victims in the recent tragedy in Las Vegas.
Ahh…but…there are many so-called “Republicans” conspiring to commit treason with the Democrats to pass this emotionally-driven and constitutionally-prohibited “Ex Post Facto – Bill of Attainder” law.  “Ex Post Facto” means “after the fact”, i.e., Congress is attempting to outlaw the mere possession of private property that is now legal to possess.  A “Bill of Attainder” law is one in which the government would then attempt to seize said private property from citizens without the benefit of a trial.
And many of the federal (and state and local) jackboots will shoot you if you don’t allow them to take your private property without the benefit of judicial due process, much less financial remuneration for said confiscated property (see federal, state, and local law enforcement confiscation of private firearms post Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans for a prime example…guns and family heirlooms that were left to rust and rot in government storage bins).  Their justification for shooting you?  “Just following orders, ma’am.”  The “Nuremberg Defense” with an Amerikan-fascist twist.
We have long been aware of the “RINOs”…”Republicans in name only”.  One RINO just got soundly whupped in a U.S. Senate Republican primary race in Alabama when the outstanding constitutionalist, Judge Roy S. Moore, pounded “Big” (Fraud) Luther Strange who was eagerly backed by the RINOs in D.C. and Alabama.  (Full Disclosure…Trump also backed Luther “Lurch” Strange…probably due to a futile attempt at compromise with the majority RINOs in CONgress).  So, the RINOs’ support for more gun control isn’t surprising.  They are “wolves in sheep’s clothing”.
“Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws…are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation….The sober people of America are weary of the fluctuating policy which has directed the public councils.  They have seen with regret and indignation that sudden changes and legislative interferences, in cases affecting personal rights, become jobs in the hands of enterprising and influential speculators, and snares to the more-industrious and less-informed part of the community.”
– James Madison, Federalist Number 44, 1788
Now for the weak-kneed, “Casper Milquetoast”, “I-own-a-gun-too” compromisers who fall for the Communists’ partial-disarmament-red-herrings…aka “Death by a thousand cuts”…and eventually leading to full disarmament…”Why does anyone need a ‘bump fire  stock’ or any other device that allows a semi-automatic weapon to fire faster?”  If these trembling “gun-owning” quislings knew anything about the supreme law of our land and the history of this country, they wouldn’t highlight their own lack of knowledge, lack of backbone, and lack of moral fortitude.  Fortunately, our Founding Fathers suffered from none of these moral deficiencies, otherwise, we’d all be chanting in mindless unison, “God save the Queen!”
The three quotes below are from Tench Coxe…”(May 22, 1755 – July 17, 1824) who was an American political economist and a delegate for Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress in 1788-1789.” (source: Wikipedia)
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“The power of the sword, say the minority…, is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for the powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans.”
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“The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but where, I trust in God, it will always remain, in the hands of the people.”
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“Whereas civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
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And the wanna-be usurpers of our precious RIGHTS (not State-condoned “privileges”) sing in unison: “Oh, but the Founding Fathers could never have imagined the killing power of ‘Assault Weapons'(sic).”
Read it again…”Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans.”
In reality, we wouldn’t need “bump fire stocks” if we had not allowed CONgress to freeze the number of fully-transferable machine guns available to civilians in 1986.  Like it or not, fully-automatic “machine guns” are weapons of the citizens “militia”.  Machine guns are part and parcel of the “every terrible implement of the soldier” referenced by Founding Father Tench Coxe and machine guns “are the birthright of Americans.”
“We the People”, the “Militia”…check it out in current, still-binding U.S. law…
Section 311 of US Code Title 10, entitled, “Militia: composition and classes” in its entirety:
“(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are —
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.”
Again…ignorance is no excuse.  Google pictures of the horrendous wounds left by swords and/or machetes.  And swords don’t need reloading.  They will cut down as many unarmed sheep as the fitness and skill of the swordsman will allow.  See the huge number of murders committed by “knives or cutting instruments” in this country in 2016 per the FBI…1,571.
If cool logic and unemotional statistics meant anything to highly-emotional, communist  reactionaries, we could point them towards the most recent FBI crime statistics that detail 15,070 murders in the U.S. in 2016.
Let’s repeat that TOTAL number of MURDERS in the U.S. in 2016…15,070.
The following instruments were some of the “weapons” used in 15,070 TOTAL MURDERS in the U.S. in 2016…
1) “Knives or cutting instruments” – 1,571
2) “Hands, fist, feet, etc.” – 656
3) “Rifles” – 374
Less than 2.5% of the murders in the U.S. in 2016 were caused by rifles of all types, including “semi-automatic rifles” (not the misnomer, “Assault Rifles”, which are “select fire” that enable the user to switch between semi-automatic and fully-automatic fire).
So, for an instrument involved in less than 2.5% of murders in the U.S., we need more restrictions from the serial conmen in CONgress?!?
How does CONgress plan to regulate “fists/feet” and “knives” which kill 75% and 320%, respectively, more Americans than rifles did in 2016?
Don’t allow the career Shysters and Snake Oil Salesmen in CONgress to further curb your precious, but disappearing, God-given rights any further based on emotional illogic that is glaringly contradictory to the cold, hard crime facts put out by the FBI.
For those who might disagree with my choice of descriptors above for 99% of the CONgress-critters, please check the real fiat money balance…not the U.S. Treasury “IOUs”…in the Social (In)security Trust Fund for confirmation of labels such as “Con men”, “Shysters”, and “Snake Oil Salesmen”.  These multi-trillion-dollar Ponzi scheme crooks make Bernie Madoff look like a small-time pickpocket.
“Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared
 to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic
 purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice
 for that freedom.”
 – John F. Kennedy
Will you allow CONgress to further restrict your gun rights?  Or will you be a “Minuteman” as envisioned by John F. Kennedy and tell CONgress, “Not one more inch!!”?
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There is a bipartisan coalition of Republican and Democratic representatives who are advocating for a bill to ban the possession of bump-stock devices. While the likelihood of the bill passing is still not as likely as any other gun control measure, its presence should not be shrugged off by gun owners, because the bill contains provisions that set the table for confiscation of legally purchased products, and worse.

The bill, introduced by Congressmen Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), claims to “prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun, and for other purposes.”

Notice how the language of the bill is crafted; read it again if you have to, and really think about the wording – there are two specific things about the linguistic construction that make this particular proposal a slippery slope for any gun owner. (The slippery slope is considered a logical fallacy, but in the political world it’s pretty easy to see that it’s not really all that fallacious).

First off, as Reason Magazine notes, the bill retroactively criminalizes possession of the bump-stock devices even if they were purchased legally before the ban was enacted (if that happens). That means the government will have to confiscate these devices, one way or another.

Libertarian-leaning Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky worries about this retroactive criminalization. It sets the stage for further action that severely jeopardizes not only the right to bear arms, but also one’s privacy rights.

“Are the manufacturers going to be compelled by the government to turn over lists of customers who legally acquired [products] that were declared by the regulatory authority to be legal?” he wonders. “This could set the precedent for a gun grab if you’re retroactively banning these things.”

That’s certainly a serious question – I would go further than that and question if the law would also be an illegal ex post facto law, something that is expressly forbidden by Article I, section ix of the Constitution.

“No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

It is because of that clause of the Constitution that all-out confiscation measures are doubly problematic for gun-grabbers; they cannot infringe on the right to keep and bear arms, and they cannot make laws that make a certain action retroactively illegal.

Possession of the devices would be illegal 90 days after the bill became law. Even if one had purchased the device legally, it would then become illegal to possess. The only way to legitimately enforce this law is by confiscation, by finding out sales records, searching those who have bought the devices. It’s simply a matter of fact.

But it just gets worse as one looks at the language of the bill. While the bill advocates for an explicitly unconstitutional ex post facto law, the language also enables one to read into it whatever they want regarding devices that enhance the rate of fire on a given firearm.

The bill’s licentiously ambiguous language (which was done by design) enables one to easily read into the law that other devices, like upgraded triggers, are also illegal, as they can enable a user to fire the gun more quickly.

Don’t think that the Statists will not find a way to make that happen; they will do whatever they can, use whatever loopholes, ambiguities, and little tricks to carry out their objectives. Your property rights do not matter, your right to bear arms does not matter, the rule of law does not matter.

They simply must do anything within their power to restrict the sphere of the individual’s freedom, especially regarding firearms ownership.

The bump-stock bill seems ostensibly irrelevant, but upon a close examination of what the bill would really do, anyone who wants to protect their gun rights, property rights, privacy rights, and the rule of law must oppose this bill.

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