This doesn't pass inspection

Proposed gun bill would chip away further at our freedom

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Can you imagine a proposed law allowing police to enter your home each year to go through your videos or video games and look for signs of trouble?

Of course not. That would be a police state. It’s unimaginable in America, even today.

Yet, a gun control bill filed in Washington state would allow an officer there to enter gun owners’ homes each year to inspect them for compliance with the law.

We’d ask what these people are thinking, but they’re clearly not. They’re reacting emotionally, and unconstitutionally, to the Sandy Hook massacre.

Thankfully that bill has no hope of being passed, and not a prayer of being found constitutional. Even the bill’s backers have backed away from it, claiming the portion of it allowing annual inspections of gun owners’ homes was a mistake.

Yes, it’s a huge mistake. But it’s hard to see how it was an error. Clearly, at some point someone in Olympia thought it was a good idea. Here’s the pertinent part of the bill:

“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall ... safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”

Wow. Not only would it authorize the law to inspect law-abiding citizens’ homes without a warrant, but it also insinuates – “in order to continue to possess an assault weapon” – that legal guns can be confiscated. As if our Second Amendment rights are subject to the sovereign’s mood.

“I’m a liberal Democrat – I’ve voted for only one Republican in my life,” Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer, told a Seattle Times columnist. “But now I understand why my right-wing opponents worry about having to fight a government takeover.

“They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away. But then you see this, and you have to wonder.”

And our video game comparison? It’s more apt than you may know: While the national media go ballistic over guns in the wake of Sandy Hook, the Hartford Courant reports that authorities investigating shooter Adam Lanza’s home “found thousands of dollars worth of graphically violent video games.”

And that information may be more germane when you consider that a new report in the journal Pediatrics shows that pre-schoolers’ behavior improves when they watch educational television as opposed to more violent shows. What you consume, either through your mouth or your eyes and ears, does matter.

The facts just don’t back up the gun hysteria at all. As state Rep. Ken Fredette wrote in Maine’s Bangor Daily News, “we rank 49th among the states for violent crime and have the second-highest rate of gun ownership. Nearby Massachusetts, where one practically has to be a police officer in order to own a gun, ranks 11th for violent crime. California, with its strict gun laws, ranks first, with six times the violent crime rate as Maine.”

Chicago and Washington, D.C., are also some of the most violent cities – and yet have boasted some of the strictest gun laws.

In addition, an Obama Justice Department internal memo recently released admits gun buyback programs “are ineffective as generally implemented,” “The 1994 ban on large capacity magazines had limited effectiveness,” and “Assault weapons are not a major contributor to gun crime.”

In Georgia, if lawmakers do anything on guns this year, they’re liable to actually ease gun restrictions – such as allowing some officials at schools to carry, and specifying parts of airports where it’s legal to have a gun.

Regardless, thank goodness no one’s talking about home inspections.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/22/13 - 04:58 am
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As Clay Whittle Said...

Even if the preposterous idea having guns causes more crime could be proved and it can't, there would still not be anything opponents of gun rights could change. The intent of the Bill of Rights is clear. It is to protect us from tyrannical government. Deal with it and move on to things that need to be changed and....can be, such as getting insane people out of society.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 02/22/13 - 06:28 am
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Guns

Here is what bothers me, Bill of Rights aside, some conservatives have no problem changing case law such as abortion (my child is adopted so that is not my advocacy), ACA, Voting Rights. So the message I hear is, "we care about guns and want others to agree but to heck with others' concerns when we try to change law." At some point you lose credibility as a serious partner in solving the nation's problems when it is always your way or the highway. I can respect the fact that people don't want laws to take guns away. My grandpa had some serious hardware in his time! But I don't want laws that limit how many people can legally vote, either. And don't insult people's intelligence by saying that is not the intent of these laws mainly designed by ALEC when I heard a state GOP leader say the intent of changing their law was to help their candidate win. At least I have not heard one person say they want to take away all guns. In fact the advocates that I have heard are for reasonable safety measures are themselves gun owners.

When one thinks everyone else has a nefarious motive for action, it makes you think that some projecting is going on.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/22/13 - 06:39 am
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Fools I say...just fools to say this

The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”

WHHHHATTTT!!!

Well now...why stop with guns...just come on in my house & check for this

sex videos that don't pass muster
cigs & cigars of any kind...smoke in my house
guns of all types--size
material on all birth control measures
birth control devices
who is sleeping in my bed
food that isn't quality feed
nude pics
sex toys of all kind

Do yall have any idea how FAR this could go.........I need to just go back to bed......& wake up again.....maybe I'm dreaming ...

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 02/22/13 - 08:03 am
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House checks

Not much difference in this than mandated vaginal probes being required in Red states but that's against women.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/22/13 - 08:45 am
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HOA enforcement can come into your house....
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to check for violations. Read your covenants. Or better yet, you will need your lawyer to read them for you. There is no way on earth t hat the average home buyer can understand the far reaching implication of a document proclaimed as a "protection of rights".

Gun Control or 2nd Amendment debate is just another smoke and mirrors show by the federal government or should we say Global Government of America. Power Moves, Bait and Switch.

Laws are being passed by our Congress and our state houses all the time with "tiny" add on's at the end that eliminate personal rights.

The 2nd Amendment Debate is not the "boiling frog" scenario. It is the let's look like we are turning up the heat to full force.

Nazi Germany was built in a day or even a year. Small steps to totalitarian slavery. Some of the steps were even positive. The USA even adopted some of those steps. Social Security for workers. Interstate Highway System. State funded health care. State run kindergartens. State control of banks.

Both FDR and Churchill learned about socialism from AH.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/22/13 - 09:30 am
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left
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coasties!

CabisKhan
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CabisKhan 02/22/13 - 09:35 am
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What?!?!

Vaginal probes?? You better not come probing around here! I got a gun!

Jane18
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Jane18 02/22/13 - 10:10 am
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Name Change

Yes, you, Truth Matters!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 02/22/13 - 10:31 am
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Ooops, my bad. I thought

Ooops, my bad. I thought this was an article about Danica winning the pole for the Daytona 500.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 02/22/13 - 11:26 am
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Vaginal Probes

Huh...seems like we're already getting probed by the government - just in a different orifice..

Darby
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Darby 02/22/13 - 01:57 pm
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"I heard a state GOP leader say the intent.....

of changing their law was to help their candidate win."

Notice there is NO attribution, just an unfounded charge...

A typical prog/lib slur..

Darby
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Darby 02/22/13 - 02:02 pm
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And another thing,.. When you try to read a post, but just.....

can't follow it because the writer rambles all over the place, then maybe that is an indication of the writer's inability to communicate.

Not pointing fingers, except maybe at our government/public school system.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/22/13 - 02:20 pm
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I looked for that rambler of

I looked for that rambler of whom Darby speaks and I did not have to go far.

chascushman
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chascushman 02/22/13 - 03:20 pm
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“can't follow it because the
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“can't follow it because the writer rambles all over the place, then maybe that is an indication of the writer's inability to communicate.”
I understand this happen quite often when one listens to MSNBC too much.

Darby
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Darby 02/22/13 - 06:00 pm
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"I understand this happen quite often when

one listens to MSNBC too much."

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That would be a case of the apple falling not far from the tree...

MSNBC, DailyKos, HuffingtonPost... All the classical result of inbreeding in the realm of pseudo media..

fedex227
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fedex227 02/22/13 - 10:29 pm
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ACES .. fear mongering at it's best
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Trying to scare the electorate into believing something that will never happen. Doesn't work when Fox News tries it. Doesn't work when Bill O'Reilly or Glen Beck tries it. But you guys, please keep promoting a failed right wing agenda.

Darby
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Darby 02/23/13 - 12:45 pm
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fedex227 - You obviously don't get the whole...

story here.

The best way to prevent the kind of socialist dystopia that you seem to covet is to rail against it.

Sort of like Paul Revere riding through the streets yelling, the British are coming.

Now do you get the picture...??????????????

fedex227
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fedex227 02/23/13 - 07:54 pm
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You're right Darby.
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Obviously I'm not as smart as you. But then again I make it a point never to criticize another poster personally because I believe each is entitled to their own opinion. BTW, your '?' key is stuck, might want to have that looked at.

Darby
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Darby 02/24/13 - 05:51 pm
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Didn't criticize, I humbly.and perhaps clumsily attempted....

to enlighten. But I do appreciate your affirmation. I Really do.

However, self-deprecation doesn't suit you. I suspect that you are much more intelligent than you suggest. More likely, you adopted a political point of view very different from mine, and like me, you will probably never change. After all, as you made clear, we are all entitled to our own opinions.

As for my key being stuck. (I'm sure that wasn't intended as a criticism.) I really like it that way. The written word often limits and restricts the emphasis we express so easily when speaking, don't you agree? I try to find ways around those limitations.

Sort of EMPHASIZES my point, don't you think??????????

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