“A lie left unchallenged becomes the truth.” This is why this post is necessary. For in this painfully foolish clip from the “O’Reilly Show” Bill argues that we need more federal gun regulations and FBI surveillance for firearms purchases.
He is completely ignorant that these laws he is calling for have been in effect for decades. I only share the original clip as a reference, for O’Reilly is completely mistaken and shares no legitimate facts.
The first false statement that Bill makes is that there is no regulations in check for buying “heavy weapons” claiming any person can go anywhere and buy “mortars, howitzers, and machine guns” and the FBI won’t know.
“Heavy Weapons” are defined as:
large but transportable armament
armament - weaponry used by military or naval force
cannon - a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
field artillery, field gun - movable artillery (other than antiaircraft) used by armies in the field (especially for direct support of front-line troops)
No explanation should be necessary for this. Yet here Bill is telling us that these “heavy weapons” need to be regulated because any American can buy them anywhere. Yet since The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 ownership of any machine guns, short barreled rifles and shotguns, silencers and Destructive Devices (cannons, howizters, etc) and even “Any Other Weapons” has been restricted and very regulated. You “may” own one of these devices, but you will have to pay the $200 tax, get approval from a Chief local law enforcement officer, get approval from the ATF (takes about 9 months), and get approval from the FBI per NICS check. Now if you ask me that sure sounds likes regulation!
Next Bill makes another false statement that anyone can buy any “weapon you want, including a real AK47 from a gun show”. AK47s are regulated and restricted per NFA of 1934. Further,in 1986 the NFA was even expanded to make all newly manufactured machine guns completely banned from civilian ownership. After 1986 prices soared now makes it financially unobtainable for most of the population for an actual AK47 or M16 will cost upwards of $25,000. Bill is probably mistaken even further in thinking a sporting rifle that looks like an AK47 is actually an AK47. AK47s are fully automatic, and therefore an assault rifle. You will not see these for sale! Now you can buy “AK47 looking” rifles. But they fire no faster than the 75 year old M1 Garands used in WWII. They are mistakenly called “AK47s” when they are in fact a semi-automatic variant such as a WSAR-10.
As for the gun purchasing “loopholes” (as liberals call it), in some states you do not need a FBI NICS check for a face-to-face firearms transfer. So if my friend that has a gun I wish to own, I can legally buy it from him. But every other firearms sale in a gun shop, Walmart, and even gun shows must have a NICS check ran by the FBI for all firearms. Even for the new itty-bitty Savage Rascal .22LR youth model I bought to shoot with my son the local gun shop had to call the FBI and get the “mother may I” from them.
Bill argues that “if there would have been an FBI reporting for the firearms sale then there wouldn’t have been this problem”. Another crazy statement. First, because the FBI does know about every FFL transfer, and further, how about Fort Hood? The Muslim terrorist was on the terrorist watch list and had been reported to the FBI, yet nobody did anything about it. Interesting. (Update: FBI didn’t investigate because of “political correctness”)
Bill then argues that there needs to be a federal watch list for ammunition ownership and sales making the false claim that the idiot shooter from Colorado had over 60,000 rounds of ammunition. First, the reports state that he had a collection of 6,000 rounds. Next, how would you like it if the FBI showed up at your house after you bought 2- 550 packs of 22LR for rimfire practice? Sound logical? Or before your next 3 Gun match you were raided by the ATF because you bought 1,000 rounds of .223 for practice and the weekend match?
There are plenty of regulations already in check for firearms ownership. These regulations already infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights. We need to remember that the 2nd Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with hunting, sports or even self defense. It is a God given right to preserve our freedom by allowing the citizens of America to be armed and able stand against tyranny of the government. That was the intent, and it is where American’s must draw the line.
A gun has nothing more to do with crime than car does in a drunk driving “accident”. We need to place the responsibility on the actual criminals and stop these petty arguments and lies.