And lastly, but not least, the Assault Weapons ban and the limitation on the size of magazines, let me say this as clearly as I can: this is just the beginning. We believe that weapons of war have no place on our streets. That’s the message that the retired admirals and generals have spoken to us about. The comment one of them used was: if you want to learn how to use a semi-automatic weapon, join the United States military, but these are weapons of war, and we believe there’s no rational reason why someone would need a clip that can hold fifteen, twenty, thirty, one-hundred bullets, one-hundred rounds. We have to do more and we will do more.
The US military doesn’t use semi-auto weapons, aside from some pistols and a few specialty rifles. The vast majority of personal weapons are service rifles that are actual assault rifles and fire in full auto mode. (AP at HotAir splits some hairs, but to the ATF and in the non-military world, 3-round burst is full auto. You’ll be paying $5000 for your $500 gun and $200 for permission to get probed in order to own one.)
A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.
Yet just about a week ago, Biden said this:
When you go to [gun] registration, it raises all the black helicopter crowd notion that what this is all about is identifying who has a gun so that one day the government can get up and go the house and arrest everyone who has a gun, and they’ll cite Nazi Germany and all that.
See, Joe, when you talk like a supervillain “this is only the beginning”, and you’re engaging in incrementalist attacks on Constitutional rights, the paranoid guys are right, no matter how much you try to make fun of them or the dictator of New York state Cuomo tries to accuse them of being crazy.
“What the extremists do is spread fear and unrealistic theories of conspiracies and the citizenry that needs to be armed because the government is possibly tyrannical, and they need their arms to defend themselves against the tyrannical government,” Cuomo continued. This is true: at gun rallies, I’ve heard this “slippery slope” line of argument from multiple attendees. They view the right to bear arms as a kind of check against government power.
Having personally visited a camp for US citizens, no these aren’t unrealistic theories:
“These people are spreading fear because the facts don’t work for them,” Cuomo said.
This is just the beginning…