Meet Chris Bunch, Republican candidate for California's 10th Congressional District, a seat vacated by (F-rated gungrabber) Ellen Tauscher, who has taken a position in the Obama administration, where I guess she figured becoming Undersecretary for State Arms Control gives her the chance to effect even more disarmament.
This has necessitated a special election, to be held in November.
One example of the types of votes cast by Ms. Tauscher which earned her the NRA F-rating is this.
Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1.
I can't think of a better example of legislation which saves lives and inconveniences the law-abiding minimally. But, of course, the pro-gun attitude acquiesces to nothing.
As Mr. Codrea rightly said, the new candidate has taken an unequivocal gun rights stance, something to be appreciated on both sides of the argument. Here are a couple of his answers to gun-related questions.
7. Do you support or oppose registration of weapons? Why?
OPPOSE, because registration attempts to undermine and neutralize the purpose of the 2nd Amendment, which is to ensure that the government will fear becoming tyrannical towards the population. If the government can tell what a person has, then they can use that information to neutralize their rights. We must remember the deep fear and reservations that our founders had regarding the power of a central government. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable to view our rights as a power (check) against the powers of the government.
8. Do you support or oppose licensing requirements to own or carry firearms? Why?
I do not support licensing to own weapons. I only accept licensing requirements to carry as a point of compromise; this assumes that the licensing requirements are affordable to the population at large, that competency or training requirements are only there to ensure a standard of public safety, and lastly that any requirements enable at risk populations (women or the elderly) to have the skills necessary to use the weapons in a manner to protect themselves from a hostile agent. All that being said, you cannot regulate a right, that is why licensing must be something that enables our rights, the minute that licensing is used to prevent the free exercise of our rights it is no longer acceptable as a point of compromise.
Those are certainly unambiguous answers, but do they work? In question 7, is it fair to presume the reason for registration is to eventually confiscate guns? I believe this is a big jump, one based on paranoia and fear. I know what happened in Nazi Germany, but I honestly can't see that happening in 21st-century America, can you?
The real reason for such a registry would be exactly what its proponents say, to help diminish gun crime. For example, if it were on record where all the guns were and who owned them, wouldn't that force gun-owners to be more responsible in securing them? Wouldn't that make everyone involved in sales and transfers of firearms more careful to do it exactly right? I realize the great majority of gun owners already do this, but the small percentage who do not, would now be motivated to be more careful. This is an example of how proper gun laws do not require criminal compliance; if the law-abiding comply, the criminals have diminished access to guns.
The answer to question 8 is basically, "you cannot regulate a right." Well, I'd like to know who says. I'd like to know who invented that nifty response, which is not repeated frequently by almost every pro-gun person in order to peremptorily end all discussion. I say you certainly can regulate a right if there's a good reason to do so. The other day on Tamara K's wonderful pro-gun site there was a discussion of the frequency of poor muzzle control in gun shops among prospective buyers. It's frightening to imagine that many of those people join the ranks of the lawful gun owning public and in some cases continue with their sloppy gun handling ways. Wouldn't that be corrected at least in part with a licensing requirement? It sure would.
How people oppose these types of suggestions because of fearful presumptions or simply not wanting to be inconvenienced, is beyond me. What's your opinion?
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