Wow, those are some statements. No wonder the gun-rights folks are worried.Nelson Shields, the founder of the organization which later became Handgun Control Inc., said in 1976: "Our ultimate goal - total control of handguns in the United States - is going to take time. My estimate is from seven to ten years.The first problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns being produced and sold in this country. The second problem is to get handguns registered. And the final problem is to make the possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition - except for the military, policemen, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs and licensed gun collectors - totally illegal." "Intentionally alarmist"?In a 1993 editorial, a major newspaper urged Congress to outlaw almost all firearms: "Only by slicing away at this nation's already vast and deadly arsenal of guns will we reduce the violence and the fear. You will not feel safe, your children will not be safe, until there are almost no guns on the streets and in homes.No guns, period, except for those held by law enforcement officials and a few others, including qualified hunters and collectors. Can Congress impose such a ban? Federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have consistently upheld a variety of firearms restrictions, even prohibitions, over the last 60 years."
What's your opinion? Do the sentiments of Nelson Shields represent the gun control movement at large? Did his ideas trickle down through Gun Control Inc., and into the Brady Campaign? Has his message simply evolved into a secret agenda?
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