The Mask Comes Off
By Victor Milan
Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise
The National Rifle Association, like the National Libertarian
Party, has become at best utterly irrelevant to the struggle for
freedom in this country, and at worst dangerously deleterious to it.
The NRA is committed to working "within the system," by legislative
means. And that approach is simply doomed to fail. The fix -- as I've
said before, and will again -- is in.
Politics will not save our guns, or any of our rights. Politics
can and will only take from us our guns -- and all our rights.
I enter in evidence Senate Bills 3 and 10, under consideration by
the 105th Congress.
These stercoracious beauties purport to protect us from youth
violence, gangs, and terrorism. If those words don't at once cause
your Freedom Destruction Sensors to yammer uncontrollably, it's
probably time to invest in a new head.
I'll only hit some low points; for detailed analyses, check the GOA
website [http://www.gunowners.org/anas3.htm for S-3,
http://www.gunowners.org/anaview.htm for S-10].
Title II of S-3 continues the trashing of the Fourth Amendment that
Republicans voted for and Slick signed into law in the last few years,
eviscerating the doctrine of "fruit of the poisoned tree" which
excludes evidence seized in illegal searches. Basically, by pretending
to believe you're a drug dealer, the cops can kick in your door without
a warrant, then bust you if they find guns, 'cause you're a drug
Good luck proving you ain't, and good luck getting any of your
seized property -- and it's all gonna go, thanks to RICO -- back if
That's if they don't just shoot you in your rec room. Never
Tell that to the Seventh Day Adventists who used to have their
church outside Waco.
Section 521 makes it a mandatory-sentence crime to possess --
that's own, not have in your hand or in your pocket -- a gun if you
commit a "crime of violence." The definition of such a crime is
predictably real broad, including, as the GOA report says, "crimes as
minor as a threat against property." And that's before the DoJ and
HCI lawyers -- to the extent there's a meaningful distinction there --
get hold of it, and define, say, possession of "anti-government hate
literature" such as TLE as a violent crime.
We get major expansions of the hideous RICO act -- the JBTs love
that, it's money in their pockets -- and definition as a gang,
membership in which qualifies you for lovely civil forfeiture, of any
group of kids one of whose members happens to commit any kind of
Cub Scouts, beware. Oh, and here's a good one: the bill expands
the ability of "victims of firearms violence" to sue gun dealers,
distributors, and manufacturers.
S-10 is more of the same, with further expansions of RICO and of
opportunities to sue people in the gun business out of the gun
business. Also, if you give your kid a gun for her 15th birthday,
and she gets busted for any violation, no matter how minor or abstruse,
you're good for 3 years mandatory in Federal slam.
All right, you say, what else can we expect from asshole liberal
Democrats like Feinstein and Schumer? Well, both bills were sponsored
by Orrin Hatch, R-UT, and co-sponsored by Trent Lott, who's only the
Republican Senate Majority Leader. You don't get any more Republican
than that, and plenty of other Repubs have already signed on. [For a
complete list of co-conspirators, check THOMAS,
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d105:SN00003:@@@P for S-3
and http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d105:SN00010:@@@P for
To make things even better, GOA points out that, "a crime bill of
this sort will open up the possibility of Democratic anti-gun floor
amendments. Based on last year's record, one can rest assured that
none of the Republican leadership will take a firm stand against such
And there you have it. Whom can we turn to? We can rely for
protection of our gun rights upon ... nobody.
Nobody but ourselves -- and one another. And ultimately, our guns.
Maybe these laws won't pass this time, or even the next. It doesn't
matter -- they're coming. Indeed, it's possible that NRA's past
"successes" in forestalling such legislation, by forcing upon greedy
gun-grabbers that very gradualism which has won the forces of big
government a century and more of unimpeded success, have materially if
unwittingly helped Leviathan. NRA's delaying actions have fostered in
many gun-owners the dangerous misapprehension that the long-term outcome
is anything other than etched in stone.
The mask is off -- and so is the muzzle. The forces of darkness are no
longer content to nibble at our freedoms. From here on in, they'll take
big bites. And never doubt: guns are but prologue.
They're kicking down doors in Australia.
Before too long, you will confront the choice: give up your guns or
become an outlaw. There is no third way.
Which will you choose?
Prometheus Award-winner Victor Milan is the author of over 70 novels,
including the just-released CLD from AvoNova and War In Tethyr