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The Anti-Gun Bogeyman

Written by David Limbaugh - 26 July 2000

Paranoia or perspective?  You be the judge.

"Our main agenda is to have all guns banned.  We must use whatever means possible.  It doesn't matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie.  Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed."

Sara Brady,
Handgun Control Inc. (HCI)
In a letter to U.S. Senator & HCI Trustee, Howard Metzenbaum.  First published in The National Educator, in January 1994, on Page 3.

I think the "Socialist Bitch" wants our guns...  What do you think?

Marvin V. Stenhammar
Director / Gunnery Network

The Anti-Gun Bogeyman
Written by David Limbaugh - 26 July 2000

Some of you may not believe me, but I used to think the National
Rifle Association occasionally - just occasionally - exhibited a tinge -
just a tinge - of extremism and stridency.

Don't get me wrong. I've always been a staunch proponent of the
2nd Amendment, but I just didn't understand why the NRA seemed
to resist even the most minor restrictions on gun ownership. Who
was this bogeyman they feared?

Confession: I now have seen that bogeyman, and he is real. My
opinion - which changed many years ago, but I'm just now getting
around to writing about it - is that it is not the NRA that is extreme,
but the anti-gun bogeyman. While we're at it, let me say that I
intend to say "anti-gun," rather than gun control because I think it
better defines the bogeyman.

Oh, sure, sometimes NRA spokesmen such as Wayne LaPierre
may engage in inflammatory rhetoric. Even the venerable
gun-advocate Charlton Heston admitted that. Moses was quick to
add, though, that aside from his tone, LaPierre was correct in his
assertion that President Clinton has been lax in the enforcement of
existing gun laws.

The NRA has been ahead of the curve in gauging the bogeyman's
true intent. They have known that his ultimate aim is complete
private gun confiscation. They have realized that the bogeyman
would not be satisfied with reasonable restrictions and would use
every incremental conquest against gun rights as fuel to fight for

The bogeyman's extremism is demonstrated on a variety of fronts.
He demonizes gun supporters as backwater, paramilitary zealots
who are a hair-trigger away from armed revolt. He characterizes as
evil even the most innocuous and uncontroversial gun-safety
programs such as Eddie Eagle, simply because they are sponsored
by the NRA. He shamelessly exploits gun tragedies, using each as
an opportunity to emasculate gun rights further. 

The bogeyman advocates ill-considered policies such as gun
buy-backs that make for great photo-ops, but are ludicrous on their
face. He chooses to ignore repeated studies showing that these
buy-back programs have had no detectable effect on violent crime
or on firearm deaths. When Congress fails to enact legislation to suit
him, he prevails upon his Constitution-circumventing president to
initiate lawsuits against gun manufacturers to bully them into making
"voluntary" changes. He often distorts statistics, such as the number
of children who die each day from gunshot wounds, because the
facts stubbornly undermine his cause. In his monomania against the
weapons themselves, he apparently overlooks the number of lives
saved each year because of private gun ownership.

He is a selective advocate of the Bill of Rights, treating the 2nd
Amendment as a meaningless aberration. He has convinced himself
that the framers intended to confer the right to bear arms only on
the militia and not the citizens proper. He must have missed Phyllis
Schlafly's column citing framers such as Samuel Adams: "The
Constitution shall never be construed ... to prevent the people of the
United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own

The New York Times reports that the bogeyman (OK, the Times
didn't use that term, but chose "the gun control movement") has
begun the most ambitious campaign in its history to raise money,
recruit soldiers and build public support for stronger gun laws in
preparation for this fall's national elections. Lo and behold, whom
might you imagine he is looking to for inspiration in this effort? The
NRA, of course. According to the Times, the bogeyman is actually
copying the NRA's grass-roots model.

If you ever thought that it was the NRA that was single-issue
oriented, be advised that the bogeyman is every bit as focused. In a
recent Handgun Control Inc. fund-raising letter, Sarah Brady wrote:
"My friend, if you and I truly want a safer America, we cannot
allow George W. Bush to be elected president." May I ask, "Safer
for whom, Mrs. Brady?" When judging the NRA, don't confuse
their vigilance for paranoia. We should all be so vigilant. The NRA
and the bogeyman may be employing similar strategies but they are
quite different in substance. The difference is that the NRA wants
to protect your rights. The bogeyman wants your firearms. 


David Limbaugh graduated cum laude with a political science
degree from the University of Missouri. He received his law
degree from the UM Law School in 1978 and was on the Missouri
Law Review. After finishing school, Limbaugh taught business law
at Southeast Missouri State from 1977 to 1978. He was admitted
to the bar in 1978 and has practiced law for 20 years. He is a
partner in the firm of Limbaugh, Russell, Payne and Howard. He
has been a syndicated columnist since 1998. 

Other HCI - Handgun Control Inc. "Words of wisdom"

"Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn't matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed."

Sara Brady,
Handgun Control Inc,
In a letter to Senator Howard Metzenbaum.
The National Educator, January 1994, Page 3.

"Our ultimate goal--total control of handguns in the United States--is going to take time ... 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 totally illegal."

Nelson T Shields Founding Chair of HCI, in a letter to Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Founding Chair of HCI - Handgun Control Inc.

"We're here to tell the NRA their nightmare is true! ... We're going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy. We're going to beat guns into submission!"

Charles Schumer, United States Congressman
HCI Handgun Control Inc.
Board of Governors
On NBC Nightly News, November 30, 1993

"There is no reason for anyone in this country -- anyone except a police officer or a military person -- to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun ... The only way to control handgun use in this country is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution.

Michael Gartner, 
President of NBC News
HCI Handgun Control Inc. Trustee
in USA Today, January 16, 1992

"If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America turn them all in, I would have done it."

Dianne Feinstein, 
United States Senator
HCI - Handgun Control Inc.
Board Member

"We believe that if any gun dealer, manufacturer, or gun owners wants to test the law in court, they should be given every opportunity. Arrest them. Put the burden on them to prove the law is too vague."

Louis Tolley, 
HCI Handgun Control Inc.
On HCI's position concerning the Roberti-Roos assault
weapons ban, 1991.

"We must be able to arrest people before they commit crimes. By registering guns and knowing who has them we can do that.  ...If they have guns they are pretty likely to commit a crime."

Mary Ann Carlson, 
Vermont State Senator
HCI Board of Governors

"For target shooting, that's okay. Get a license and go to the range. For defense of the home, that's why we have police departments."

James Brady, 
Husband of HCI Director Sarah Brady
PARADE Magazine, June 26, 1994

Sad Sarah SUCKS!


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