I've received a number of comments concerning my post on tryanny. Most hint that I am paranoid, that tryanny can't happen in the U.S. because we have the constitution. Without doubt we are fortunate to have our wonderful constitution that protects our personal freedoms. Something the people of no other country on the planet have. Tryanny however manifests itself in insidious ways, and it can happen here in spite of the constitution.
The Firearms Control Act of 1968. A severe restriction on our right to keep and bear arms.
ATF harassment of FFL holders during Clinton years. 89,000 dealers forced out of business.
Assault weapon ban during Clinton years. Not only a ban on assault weapons but made so broad it also included certain sporting guns. There is already strong rumor that the Democratic congress will attempt to resurrect the ban.
National Instant Check System requiring FBI background checks on gun buyers. A potential national registration system. Currently restricted from becomming one by congress, but at the whim of congress.
Confiscation of people's firearms by New Orleans police during hurricane Katrina.
Outlaw of handgun ownership in Washington D.C. and Chicago and a number of other major cities.
Previous high capacity magazine ban.
Requirement of trigger locks being furnished with all firearms sold by dealers.
California requirement that person's purchasing a firearm must show a basic firearms safety certificate before they can purchase a firearm.
California requirement that anyone purchasing a handgun must demonstrate to the dealer safe handling practises. The step by step process is contained in CA state statutes.
California restriction allowing only one handgun purchase per month.
California law that makes you responsible for the acts of person under 18 who com crime or injury with a firearm.
California ban on .50 caliber BMG firearms. Here is what the law says about .50 caliber BMG.
Chapter 2.3 12275.5 Legislative findings and declarations. (b) The legislature hereby finds and declares that the proliferation and use of .50 BMG rifles, as defined in Section 12278, poses a clear and present terrorist threat to the health, safety, and security of all residents of, and visitors to, this state -----
California ban on assault weapons. Currently 77 types and models.
California ban on "saturday night specials". Whatever they are.
I specificallly mention California with it's severe oppression of firearm ownership because for some unknown reason many of the east coast states seem to follow it's lead. The majority of power leaders in congress represent California or East coast states.
Micro-stamping of firearm ammunition.
Can't happen here ? Remember this: Piece by piece a puzzle finally gets completed.