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Council on Foreign Relations pushes executive gun controls

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This is from the Daily Caller.

This is just what gun owners need one more loony group trying to

violate our Second Amendment Rights.

This fight is just getting bigger from the leftist loons side.

Following in the well-worn footsteps of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns, this week the Council on Foreign Relations released a memo urging the Obama administration to disregard the will of the American people and Congress and unilaterally enact a series of gun controls. Entitled, A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas, and written by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies, Julia F. Sweig, the memo pins the ills of Central and South America on U.S. gun owners and urges the president to curb our rights to cure them.

Leading off CFR’s wish list is a call to expand the current semi-auto rifle reporting scheme nationwide. Since 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has required that all firearms dealers in the Southwest border states report to it the sale to one purchaser within a five-day period of two or more semiautomatic center-fire rifles of a caliber greater than .22. The result of this program is the registration of gun owners who choose to purchase more than one firearm at a time and significant additional paperwork burdens for dealers.

In the Gun Control Act of 1968, Congress specifically limited a reporting scheme of this type to the sale of handguns. However, BATFE enacted the current requirement by twisting a procedure originally intended by Congress to allow the agency to query dealer records for legitimate and limited criminal investigations; the demand letter. Attempts by NRA to bind BATFE to their congressionally authorized functions through litigation on this issue have been unsuccessful, and to further expand the program would even more egregiously divorce BATFE’s abuse of the demand letter process from any notion of Congressional authority.

In justifying the expansion, Sweig claims that an unintentional side-effect of the current tracking program is that firearms traffickers are moving their purchases from the Southwest border states to avoid detection, “prompting the need for improved oversight of all suspicious semiautomatic firearm sales.” Wildly overbroad, under CFR’s plan, the purchase of a matching pair of Remington 7400 rifles in Maine for a father-son hunting trip would be considered “suspicious” and reportable.

Additionally, the CFR memo urges a new round of bans on the importation of popular firearms using the frequently abused “sporting purposes” test, which tasks the Attorney General with determining whether a firearm is “suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes,” as a requirement for importation. Never constitutional, the illegitimate use of the test has become more apparent in recent years, given Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in the Heller decision that made clear that self-defense, not sport shooting, is the “central component” of the Second Amendment right. Further, the increasing use of semi-auto firearms in the shooting sports should preclude the type of bans Sweig has in mind.

Seemingly unfamiliar with the concept of federalism, Sweig also encourages the White House to “back state and local legislation, based on reforms in Maryland and Connecticut.” Among the controls that should be exported according to Sweig are bans on popular semi-auto firearms and their magazines, and the modernization of “gun-owner registries by requiring, among other things, that buyers submit their fingerprints when applying for a gun license.”

To bolster her arguments, Sweig relies on the thoroughly debunked statistic that “Over 70 percent of the ninety-nine thousand weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers.” As NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox explained in a letter to the Washington Post and in numerous other venues, “Mexican police trace only a fraction of the guns they seize, and they are specifically trained not to request U.S. traces on guns without U.S. markings.”

U.S. Diplomatic cables made available in 2011 and publicized by Latin American newspapers support the NRA’s position. A cable publicized by Mexico City newspaper La Jornada noted that the then-popular claim that 90 percent of firearms in Mexico came from the U.S. was wrong for the same reasons, stating, ”Claims by Mexican and U.S. officials that upwards of 90 percent of illegal recovered weapons can be traced back to the U.S. is based on an incomplete survey of confiscated weapons. In point of fact, without wider access to the weapons seized in Mexico, we really have no way of verifying these numbers.” Further, in 2011, then head of U.S. Southern Command testified to Congress that more than 50 percent of military grade weapons in the region were sourced from Central America.

In arguing for the executive end-runs, Sweig also laments that with U.S. “unwillingness to strengthen oversight of the firearms industry,” the BATFE was only able to intercept an estimated 15 percent of firearms being trafficked into Mexico between 2010 and 2012. Conspicuously absent is any mention of BATFE’s misguided operations that facilitated such trafficking.

NRA-ILA will monitor any actions taken by the Obama administration to implement the plans outlined in the CFR memo and work to ensure that U.S. gun owners do not become the scapegoats for ineffectual governance in Central and South America.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/03/council-on-foreign-relations-pushes-executive-gun-controls/#ixzz2bEwQQ5MF

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New Pope Francis Called Abortion the “Death Penalty for the Unborn”

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This is from LifeNews.

I say Bravo to Pope Francis and his stance on abortion.

I agree with his Holiness abortion is murder.

In Proverbs 6:16-17,God condemns the shedding of innocent blood.

Proverbs 6:16-17

King James Version (KJV)

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood

There is no more innocent blood than that of a child.

The archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergogliohas been selected to become the next Pope, leading the Catholic Church. Like his predecessors, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II, he is a staunch pro-life advocate when it comes to abortion.

Last year, then-Cardinal Bergoglio stated, “Abortion is never a solution. We listen, support and understanding from our place to save two lives: respect the human being small and helpless, they can take steps to preserve your life, allow birth and then be creative in the search for ways to bring it to its full development.”

He once called abortion a “death sentence” for unborn children, during a 2007 speech and likening opposition to abortion to opposition to the death penalty.

In an October 2, 2007 speech Bergoglio said that “we aren’t in agreement with the death penalty,” but “in Argentina we have the death penalty.  A child conceived by the rape of a mentally ill or retarded woman can be condemned to death.”

The remarks came during the presentation of a document called the Aparecida Document, a joint statement of the bishops of Latin America.

The document, which the new Pope presented on behalf of his colleagues at the time and signed of on, referred to abortion and communion, said “we should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated.  This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”

Archbishop Bergoglio said then that “the most mentioned word in the Aparecida Document is ‘life’, because the Church is very conscious of the fact that the cheapest thing in Latin America, the thing with the lowest price, is life.”

The new pontiff also denounced euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling it a “culture of discarding” the elderly.

“In Argentina there is clandestine euthanasia.  Social services pay up to a certain point; if you pass it, ‘die, you are very old’.  Today, elderly people are discarded when, in reality, they are the seat of wisdom of the society,” he said “The right to life means allowing people to live and not killing, allowing them to grow, to eat, to be educated, to be healed, and to be permitted to die with dignity.”

Meanwhile, he made the following comments to his priests last year: “In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today’s hypocrites… Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptized!”

 

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