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As the expression goes, “talk is cheap.” When it comes to gun control, however, talk about taking away or diminishing a right expressly guaranteed in our Constitution is most definitely not “cheap.” Quite the opposite. Perhaps most important in this context is the often un-asked, but disconcerting question for gun control advocates – precisely how would you take away all those now-legal firearms currently in the hands of law-abiding citizens? 

What might in the past have been sloughed off as a mere hypothetical question, is becoming increasingly relevant as the Biden Administration and its cohorts in the Congress move their gun-control agenda into high gear, legislatively and by executive action in the aftermath of several highly publicized mass murders.

True to form, such criminal acts already are fueling efforts by Democrats not to address the root causes underlying such evil acts, but rather to push for greater and greater controls on the instrumentality by which many such murders are committed – firearms. 

President Joe Biden self-proclaims as America’s most anti-gun president, exceeding in both rhetoric and drive of his former boss, Barack Obama. A recent spate of mass murders by deranged young men already is being used as an impetus for sweeping gun control – by Congress and myriad Executive Branch agencies including but certainly not limited to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and its parent agency, the U. S. Department of Justice  

It is no longer a matter of if, but when, substantive restrictions and outright bans on firearms, gun parts, and ammunition make their way onto the books.

Democrats are not just looking for campaign soundbites this time around, and Republicans better confront this imminent battle with far more seriousness than is their norm. There is no better issue with which Biden can burnish his far-Left credentials than gun control.

The Right’s standard rulebook for debating guns must be thrown out the window, and a new approach implemented. Only in this way will the GOP have a real chance to counter the manipulative word-smithing employed for decades by Democrats to disguise their true, confiscatory agenda. If Republicans respond with their usual hesitancy to boldly defend the right to keep and bear arms, the battle will be lost in its opening moves. 

One of the easiest ways to push back against Democrats’ proposals to ban guns is perhaps the simplest and the most often overlooked: force them to answer a question they would rather not – precisely how they plan to confiscate the tens of millions of to-be-outlawed firearms, gun parts, and rounds of ammunition in the hands of law-abiding citizens.  No longer should Democrats be let off the hook answering this pivotal question, especially considering that the answer is worse than the alleged disease of gun violence. 

It is one thing to pass a ban, even “voluntarily buy-backs” are fairly straightforward. While citizen acquiescence to such bans imposed in other Western countries – Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K. – resulted in massive, non-confrontational confiscations of firearms, that would not be the case in the United States, where our Constitution expressly prohibits such government action. The Second Amendment is correctly understood by most Americans as a natural right of individuals, woven into the DNA of our citizenry. Threats of jail or promises of cash payments will not suffice to entice even a meaningful fraction of gun owners to give up this sacred right. 

So, what will Democrats do

The mass refusal to accept Democrats’ gun bans, confiscations, or buybacks is so likely it can no longer be considered a theoretical question to be brushed aside.  Voters have a right to know just what Democrats have in store for them; whether it is jail time if caught with a banned firearm in their home, or something more extreme like armed SWAT teams crashing through their doors in the dead of night. 

Furthermore, how will Democrats determine who owns what guns? Will they leverage concealed-carry records, unlawfully access NICS background check records, implement enhanced domestic surveillance, or employ paid snitches? Precisely how far down the road of un-American policies will they elect to travel? 

It is to these queries that Biden and others who will do his bidding must be forced to answer, especially insofar as the honest answer very well may be far more than a nonviolent standoff between citizens and the State. 

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of FullMagNews.com

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s Seventh District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. He served as the United States Attorney in Atlanta from 1986 to 1990 and was an official with the CIA in the 1970s. He now practices law in Atlanta, Georgia and serves as head of Liberty Guard.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia's Seventh District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. He served as the United States Attorney in Atlanta from 1986 to 1990 and was an official with the CIA in the 1970s.

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Jeff Vos
Jeff Vos
4 months ago

Rights can’t be taken away… only privileges….Molon Labe!

Mort
Mort
4 months ago

Ever notice how conveniently scheduled all the gun shootings lately coincide with the K0mmie attempts to take away our Guns and FREEDOM ? ?

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
3 months ago
Reply to  Mort

I never was much of a subscriber to conspiracies, but these carefully planned shootings have changed my mind. I’m firmly convinced every one of these shooters has been manipulated by DemoCommieNazi operatives. It’s the way that fucking Party works.

Lynn
Lynn
4 months ago

Absolutely correct!! Scream it to the nut-less Republicans representatives who do not have the courage to stand against this desecration of our Bill of Rights. Call, write or email your representative NOT MATTER WHICH PARTY and let them know you will not tolerate the elimination of a Constitutionally guaranteed right. Be civil, be polite, but let them know in no uncertain terms that it will not be tolerated.

Geoffrey Capco
Geoffrey Capco
4 months ago

This is attempt to relieve us of our God given rights to bear arms because they are Tryrants and we the people have the right to stand up and take out a Tyrannical Gov.t .this is what they expect and they are not looking forward to an armeed confrontation by U.S. Citizens. They need to take away our guns slowly and or tax us so heavily that we cannot affor d to own a gun. This is how they will eventually enslave us.!

Geoffrey Capco
Geoffrey Capco
4 months ago

LOL I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Truckman
Truckman
4 months ago

IT is our right to keep and bear arms without that right there would never have been the United States of America because it was the people living here that fought for this country and our forefathers said it was a right, not a privilege the democrats can go to the hell

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Alan Hunton
Alan Hunton
4 months ago

You crazy gun nuts are STILL afraid of someone taking your guns? Don’t you see this effort to make you afraid has been shoved down your throats by the Right for decades now…and we now have more guns than people! …and you still all have your precious guns, don’t you! AR-15s should be banned, they are designed for mass shootings, which for the most part are being carried out by supposed 2nd amendment white guys. Lock ’em up good so they don’t get used against you!

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
4 months ago
Reply to  Alan Hunton

Everyone here now knows you don’t know beans about bullets. You obediently trot along behind your masters and insult men and women willing to risk everything to preserve our hard earned constitutional republic. Go home wussy boy and leave constitutional matters to your adult betters.

Patriot
4 months ago
Reply to  Alan Hunton

Wow- ignorance does come with some degree of maturity. You obviously have little knowledge, and even less experience with firearms in general. I don’t need a semiautomatic rifle ( not assault weapon of war ) any more than you need a Ford F150 rather than a volkswagon beetle. Both get a task done, but the choice and suitability for the task is up to the citizen.
This is what FREEDOM and RIGHTS, not priviliges, is all about. Stick to what you are informed about, or better yet find a good firearms instructor and try some time at a quality range.

Ol'SArge
Ol'SArge
4 months ago
Reply to  Alan Hunton

Alan – You crazy left wing imbecile, right back at ya! AR-15s are Not the weapon of choice for shootings OR Mass shootings – It’s the weapon the Left wing news and politicians like to report on. Try using Federal Government Statistics (FBI) instead of the idiots on news cast.
How many weekly mass shootings in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Dayton or St Louis? How many of those are AR-15? – your more likely to be Stabbed or Stomped to death.
While you are at it look up international numbers on murder rates – The U.S. is a long way down the list.

James Richards
James Richards
3 months ago

This will Lead to Massive Bloodshed on both sides! I know I will not comply and My Death will not be Alone as I Intend to Take as Many with Me as Possible! Bring You Commie MF’ers

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
3 months ago

I look for it to start State by State, Municipality by municipality, rather than Federally, though it will be backed by the Feds. The challenge of preemption of State statutes is already begun here in Colorado, and I’ve little faith in attempts to stop it. Denver, and its satellite communities (like Boulder) have Coloradoans by the balls in a death grip.
The citizen’s Militia movement is a mess, entirely due to egos (everyone wants to be the Commander, and few want to be privates). Every group I’ve joined has split into factions. Unless and until we get our shit together, our ability to resist let alone rebel is in doubt. I could write a book on the subject of how not to organize at this point, and I’m perfectly willing to be a private. I used to believe former Military would be best for leadership, but now I don’t, because that’s been largely responsible for factionalism.

At this point, and at my age, it looks like the only option I have is armed resistance when the Nazis come knocking. I’ve no illusions about surviving said skirmish, but I’ll do my best to take as many Geheimstaatspolizea with me when I shuffle off the mortal coil.

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