COMMENTARY by Kendal Hemphill

January 25, 2016
January 25, 2016

Vote Wisely

F or some reason, Americans seem to have a knack for electing brainless goober heads to Congress and the Senate. One of the most popular examples of this phenomenon is the video, which can be found on YouTube, of Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) asking a military interviewee about a build-up of U.S. Marines on the island of Guam.

Rep. Johnson’s concern, as he clearly stated in the interview, was that the island would become overpopulated, and would then capsize. He emphasized his concern by making an inverting motion with his hands.

This penchant of officials being clueless of how the world works is most evident in the area of gun control. Many representatives just can’t seem to grasp the reality of what guns do, how they operate, and what they are capable of.

A case in point is the January 2014 press conference in which California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-LA) held up an AR-type rifle and proclaimed that, “This right here has the ability with a .30-caliber clip to disperse 30 bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip in half a second.”

De Leon’s ludicrous claims were met with derision and howls of laughter by those who have even the most basic knowledge of firearms, but such misunderstandings arise not only from a mere lack of knowledge, they are begun, supported, and perpetuated by mainstream news media “experts” who are just as clueless.

Fox News host Greg Jarrett, in an interview shortly after the San Bernadino terrorist attacks of December 2, 2015, tried to describe what a “bullet button” does, with disastrous results.

A bullet button is nothing more than a device added to certain guns sold in California in order to comply with state laws which ban easily removable magazines. Instead of a normal mag release button, the bullet button must be depressed using either the tip of a bullet or a similar tool. The laws make no difference to crime stats, but they make some liberals feel as if they’ve promoted safety.

Jarrett claimed, in the interview, that depressing the bullet button changes a semi-automatic rifle into a fully automatic rifle. He said that the bullet buttons on the San Bernadino terrorists’ rifles failed when they tried to use them. He also said that manufacturers are allowed to build and sell rifles with such devices attached.

The truth is that any rifle equipped with a selector switch enabling a rifle to be fired fully automatic has been a highly regulated item in the U.S. since the implementation of the National Firearms Act of 1934. Citizens are allowed to buy such rifles, provided they pay a $200 tax and apply through the BATFE for a permit, and provided they pass an extensive background check.

News media and federal representatives alike seem to have bought into the claim that there is a “gun show loophole.” Many seem to think that firearms dealers are not required to call the NICS background check system when they sell guns at gun shows or online. This is certainly not the case. Any sale at a gun show, or online, is subject to the same laws as are sales made in any gun store. There is no loophole.

Even gun sales between individuals that are performed online must be conducted through FFL dealers, unless the individuals meet face to face, which occurs rarely. Liberals just can’t seem to understand that loopholes don’t exist.

Which brings up FBI Director James Comey, Jr.

In a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing held December 9, 2015, Comey was asked how online gun sales are conducted. He didn’t know. Asked if a gun bought online was mailed to the buyer, he said, “I assume it’s shipped to you, but I don’t know for sure, actually.”

It’s difficult to believe that a man whose job is to enforce the law, a man who is in charge of the largest law enforcement organization in the country, could be so obtuse.

Then, to ice the cake, Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), reintroduced a bill in congress that would provide $360 million for a federal gun buy-back program. The proposal is to offer 25 percent above market price for firearms, to “get them off the streets.”

Any gun buy-back program is an exercise in futility. It’s like removing a bucketful of water from the Pacific Ocean once a year, in an effort to prevent drownings. But this proposal is beyond insane, for many reasons. Rep. Payne seems to be unaware that citizens could sell a gun, replace it, and pocket the 25 percent difference. The bill will never pass, but its proposal is proof that our elected officials are completely disconnected from reality.

America doesn’t have a gun problem. America has an ignorance problem, and it seems to be concentrated in the mainstream news media, Congress, and the Senate.

Hopefully the continent will capsize soon.

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