How about this Congressman go back and re-read the U.S. Constitution? '...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' Then take into consideration that what he is suggesting would 1) be a costly infringement; 2) wouldn't solve the problem he claims it would solve due to the complexity of implementation; and 3) no one wants it. Furthermore, the bill is written in a way that would allow the DOJ to register the weapons of anyone who comes forward to have their firearm retrofitted with the technology: a clear infringement of the Second Amendment and another step toward future confiscation.
"Biometrics technology proponents readily admit that their systems can be thwarted, and no single technology or piece of legislation will solve the gun safety problem. There are also logistical issues. For example, what if the person carrying the gun forgets his or her RFID chip and can't operate the weapon?"
What a blast! And what an incredible teachable moment. I just returned from spending about 4 hours with the Onalaska police out at the gun range. As many of you already know, I love to shoot holes in paper targets. It's a ton of fun no matter what kind of rifle, shotgun, or handgun I might be using. I absolutely love target shooting.
As part of the City of Onalaska Citizens Police Academy the officers took us out to Holmen Rod and Gun Club and let us experience the kind of training that they go through. We started off with an informative safety briefing in the meeting hall and then geared up with Kevlar vests so we could get a sense of what it is like for officers who must wear one every day. Man, it's been a long time since I had to wear one of those things and it brought back lots of memories of the time I spent as a security guard picking up and delivering money for banks and casinos around the Twin Cities.
The revelations that the IRS has specifically targeted Republican and conservative political organizations is a frightening assault upon constitutional rights enjoyed by every American, regardless of political affiliation. We cannot have the federal government, with all its enormous power, attacking people and organizations who might hold a differing political or policy opinion from those in power. That kind of activity corrupts the very foundation of freedom and unfortunately, becomes more common place as Washington increases its power over the very people it is supposed to serve.
I commend Finance Committee Chairman, Senator Max Baucus (MT), for immediately calling hearings to investigate this completely inappropriate and dangerous behavior.
Linked below is a very powerful story that shows you just how manipulative and deceptive our politicians and their allies in the media have become. Far too many people believe everything politicians tell them especially about how 'evil' guns are but statistics show that gun crimes are plummeting at the same time that gun ownership is skyrocketing. Ted Nugent was exactly right, 'An armed society is a polite society.'
Millions of responsible Americans are walking around this country carrying concealed weapons every single day. I've been carrying since January. We are the good guys who are prepared to assist others or to defend ourselves. Our guns are not evil because we are not evil. If you are not evil then I encourage you to help us protect our communities as well.
I'm going to challenge your memory. Do you recall, several years ago, when the corporate media nearly went insane with outrage over President Bush and his administration's efforts to seize cell phones from foreign terrorists and use the data on them to track down people in the United States who those foreign terrorists were in contact with?
I remember it vividly because I went head-to-head with Senator Russ Feingold in our state news paper opinion pages. His argument was that the 4th amendment and the Constitution should not be weakened even during a time of war. I argued that the information was being obtained overseas, in a war zone, and had nothing to do with violating the rights of citizens.