Monday, November 22, 2010

More on the Traver Nomination

Pajamas Media, in their typical bombastic and exaggerated language jumped on the bandwagon attacking the Traver nomination.  What I found interesting was this.

Traver was a participant in the 2007 Great Lakes States Summit on Firearm Violence, which generated a report titled “Taking a Stand: Reducing Gun Violence in Our Communities.”
Recommendations in the report involved a string of liberty-infringing proposals, including:
  • Requiring that all gun sales take place through federal firearms license (FFL) holders with mandatory background checks.
  • Enacting an effective ban on military-style assault weapons, armor-piercing handgun ammunition, .50 caliber sniper rifles, and other weapons that enable criminals to outgun law enforcement.
  • Repealing the Tiahrt Amendment, which hinders investigation of illegal gun trafficking.
  • Destroying guns that come into police possession once their law enforcement use has ended.
  • Mandating safe storage of firearms by private citizens and providing safe facilities where gun owners can store their weapons.
  • Mandating reporting of lost and stolen firearms.
  • Developing a best practices protocol for voluntary gun surrender programs.
  • Congress should restore funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program for state, local, and tribal agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of gun trafficking and gun violence.
  • The federal government should increase funding to ATF for personnel and technical assistance to combat gun violence.
  • Congress should enact legislation to allow federal health and safety oversight of the firearms industry.
What's your opinion? Do you think these are "liberty-infringing proposals?"   I certainly don't.

The very use of the word "infringe" to describe this is an attempt at spinning the whole thing.  Take the first proposal, requiring background checks has nothing to do with the "shall not be infringed" concept, at least not unless you're a disqualified person.

Some of these ideas I could do without, like the mandatory destroying of guns, I'm not particularly into that. That's more for the guys who hate all guns.  Yet, there is a problem in places where the police are selling the guns back out to the very gun dealers who too easily let them go to the criminals in the first place.  But, basically, I'm not so hot on the destroying idea.

The mandatory safe storage laws and the increased funding to the ATF sound good to me.

What's your opinion?  Are you opposed to all of these becasue the "infringe" too much like the Pajamas Media folks say?  

Please leave a comment.


  1. Yes, of course all of those with common sense are opposed to such infringements.

    As far as infringement being used to describe infringements, why don't you attack the Great Lakes Summit for using the word "ban" to describe bans?

    Vocabulary is a bitch isn't it?

  2. Ahh, yes. The article was written by Bobo Wens, who is known as Treason-in-defense-of-slavery Yankee.

  3. "The mandatory safe storage laws and the increased funding to the ATF sound good to me."

    If we abolished the ATF and liquidated its assets, we could give every gun owner a "stimulus check" towards the purchase of a gun safe.

  4. "Vocabulary is a bitch isn't it?"

    Yeah, like "loophole."