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Several bills assaulting your right to keep and bear arms were introduced to Congress on Monday, January 7, 2013. Among other things, these bills seek to register semi-automatic firearms. Noncompliance will be met with police raids of your home, seizure and destruction of your property, fines, and imprisonment.

I understand many people were upset by the Sandy Hook tragedy. So was I. The appropriate response to this kind of tragedy is to empower you to defend yourself from the criminal, insane, and invaders foreign and domestic. It is not to further restrict your inalienable right to defense of yourself, your home, your livelihood, and your children.

The legacy of the twentieth century is that governments murdered millions more people -- mostly those over which they governed -- than were ever killed by criminals or died in foreign wars. Many of those governments which registered and seized firearms were amongst the most murderous; registration and seizure were but the prelude to widespread imprisonment, exile, and executions.

Many people have a bias toward normalcy and believe this cannot occur in the United States of America. Should these bills pass, we can only hope they are correct.

Semi-automatic firearms with large magazines have been in routine use since the time of Jefferson, when he chartered the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1804 to include a prototype semi-automatic rifle as part of the arsenal. We Americans have used these tools as individuals and armies for over two centuries. Increasingly frequent school shootings, however, are a relatively new and rare phenomenon mostly occurring since the passage of the 1990 Gun Free School Zones act.

Should these bills pass -- despite their unconstitutional nature -- I will register my firearms peacefully. No black helicopters will descend on my suburban house. No BATF agents will endanger their lives raiding my home in the middle of the night to seize unregistered firearms. Should one day we be invaded or the government overrun, those of us with our names on those registration lists will be targeted to shortly thereafter receive bullets to the back of our heads just like happened in the Soviet Union, Cambodia, China, Turkey, Uganda, Rwanda, Germany, and occupied Europe during World War 2.

But I will fight in hopes to prevent that day from ever arriving.

Some few of the bills below are fairly innocuous. I'm in favor, for instance, of reporting when guns are stolen, and a freely-usable electronic system for instantly checking the background of potential buyers so I can be sure I'm not selling a firearm to a criminal. We could limit abuse through the simple creation of one-time passcodes to this information on the part of prospective buyers.

But the abuses in most of these bills should not -- MUST not -- stand. They would outlaw the most common, safe, and effective firearms, rounds, magazines, and add-ons for home defense. And the timing of all the bills below is suspect; all play upon emotionalism in hopes of pushing a political agenda, instead of supporting and being supported by logic, reason, and balance of power encouraged by our Constitution.

Please act with me. Write your Congressmen or Congresswomen. Forbid them from taking away your life, liberty, and property through these bills:

  1. HR 137 (Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY) "THE FIX GUN CHECKS ACT: To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale."
  2. HR 138 (Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY) "THE HIGH CAPACITY AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICE ACT: To prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes."
  3. HR 141 (Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY) "CLOSING THE 'GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE': To require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows."
  4. HR 142 (Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY) "To require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition."
  5. HR 34 (Bobby Rush, D-IL) "THE BLAIR HOLD FIREARM LICENSING AND RECORD OF SALE ACT: To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes."
  6. HR 117 (Rush Holt, D-NJ) "To provide for the mandatory licensing and registration of handguns"
  7. HR 65 (Sheila Jackson, D-TX) "RAISING THE AGE OF LEGAL HANDGUN OWNERSHIP TO 21: To prevent children's access to firearms"
  8. HR 21 (Jim Moran, D-VA) "THE NRA MEMBERS' GUN SAFETY ACT: To provide for greater safety in the use of firearms"
  9. Not yet submitted: "Stopping the spread of deadly assault weapons" (Dianne Feinstein, D-CA)

Although I also dislike its timing, please encourage your Congressmen or Congresswomen to support the one bill submitted that will actually help reduce the frequency and severity of school shootings:

  1. HR 133 (Thomas Massie, R-KY), "To repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and amendments to that Act"

Matthew P. Barnson

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About me

Many people think you need to consider the source in any argument. So here you go.

I own one 9mm pistol. I do not own any high-capacity semi-automatic rifles outside of an antique tube-fed .22 with a cracked stock that was given to me by my brother-in-law a decade ago. I do not hunt. I do not fish. I carry a firearm mostly to defend myself against two-legged predators.

I drive a hybrid and bicycle to work a lot. I voted for the moderate candidate -- Barack Obama -- both times, but I oppose mainstreaming the opinions of the extreme Left. I'm upset at how polarized toward the Far Right our House of Representatives has become, yet at a time like this I'm glad someone with a backbone might actually fight for my rights instead of buttering them up and serving them to a vain delusion that banning semi-automatic weapons will somehow save us from criminals and the insane.

Some friends have asked me to finish the sentence, "I need an assault weapon because..." The term "assault weapon" is a pejorative. I will use the term "modern sporting rifle", because that's what it is.

I need a modern sporting rifle because it is the lightest, safest, most reliable, most comfortable, most ambidextrous, most configurable, most well-tested, least wallboard-penetrating, safest to use at night defending my home, cheapest to keep in good practice with rifle ever developed by mankind; all of those features are extremely useful to me when practicing with the firearm, and may be critical to the defense of my home, my livelihood, my family, or my life.

Before you accuse me of shifting goalposts, I edit this document as needed to address inaccuracies, poor grammar, incorrect spelling, poorly phrased logic, etc. Words are ephemeral on the Internet. Deal with it.