Originally Posted by alsaqr
The GCA 1968 did not ban any semi-auto rifles. No long guns were banned from importation under the "sporting purposes" clause until 1984. In 1984 a South African made riot control shotgun was banned from importation into the US. This was the first time the "sporting purposes" test was applied to a long gun. In 1986 another riot control shotgun was banned from import. In 1989 over 40 semi-auto milsurps were banned from import under the "sporting purposes" clause.
The GCA 1968 is a travesty brought to you by anti-gun liberals. But it does not end there. With the Reagan administration and Bush I banning the importation of guns by executive fiat who needs a liberal anti-gunner?
I post this in lots of different places on the web,and supposedly pro-gun conservatives often defend the GCA 68.
They talk of "civil death" and how because government can "take" rights like voting away,then it can also "take" other rights as well.....never mind that inalienable rights that come to people from their humanity are as much a part of a person as their souls,and come from the same place- and as government certainly can't take your soul,they certainly can't take these rights.
Sure,government can prevent you from excersizing them,by either following a fair judicial procedure (our founders called it due process) and upon finding of guilt,putting you somewhere (prison or the looney bin) or in some condition (like by putting you to death) where your rights cannot be acted upon,but they cant "take" what they have no part in creating.
Or it can violate them,as it does with "laws" like the GCA68.
But they can't "take" inalienable rights.Period.
"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them. ... Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever."
"Rights come from GOD not the state. You have rights antecedent to any earthly governments rights that can not be repealed or restrained by human laws. Rights derived from the great legislator: God."
"The whole of that Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals...[I]t establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of."
-Albert Gallatin to Alexander Addison, Oct 7, 1789, MS. in N.Y. Hist. Soc.-A.G. Papers, 2.
"It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it."
GCA 68,when enacted,could be looked at sort of as an "empty scaffolding" which could be "filled out" by amending it to include further restrictions,bans,"prohibited possessors" classes,etc.
One has to remember,that the laws banning Jews in Nazi Germany from owning any sort of weapon weren't included in the original texts of Wiemar "gun control" laws-
But they were very easily added and because the framework already existed for such "gun control",Hitlers' new laws were very easily enforced.
As recently as 2009,Frank Lautenburg even tried to expand the "prohibited possessors" laws to include people who's names were on secret watch lists kept by the Department of "Justice".
Called the "Denying weapons and explosives to dangerous terrorists act" or some such nonsense,it died in committee.(To give credit where its due,NRA stood against this "law".So why doesn't NRA recognize the root of the problem and act against GCA68?)
But the concept is still the same,and the blatant threat is there- these slimy politicians want to violate inalienable rights based on SECRET LISTS
GCA68 isnt just a threat because of its current wording and regulation,which to some -or sadly to most- people seems quite "reasonable"; its a threat because it can be expanded to target any group,any time,by any administration.
And just as Hitler used his rendition of this despicable "law",some administration wanting to declare martial law and suspend elections- a remote possibility,but a possibility nonetheless- could use this to disarm any group from political opponents to targets of any sort of agenda it pleases.
Like a metastasizing cancer of the anus- GCA 68 is a very dangerous,very real threat to Liberty.
No government claiming to be for the people,of the people should enact and enforce any "law" coming from a regime as brutal and evil as Nazi Germany.
Its time to cut this deadly-to-freedom cancer out at the roots.