GUN ID FROM THE FEDS?
Clinton pushes National Gun ID Card Announcement
takes 2nd Amendment groups by surprise
By David M. Bresnahan
President Bill Clinton shocked gun owners throughout
the nation last night when he proposed that all citizens be
licensed by the government before they can purchase a hand-
"Every state in this country already requires hunters
and automobile drivers to have a license. I think they
ought to do the same thing for handgun purchases," Clinton
said. "I hope you'll help me pass that in this Congress."
The proposal, part of the president's State of the
Union agenda, would add to the required Brady background
check now in force the requirement that adults wishing to
purchase a firearm first take a special training course, and
then be issued a gun license before they could purchase a
The photo I.D. would be issued by states under the
federally mandated program, according to a White House
source. In the event a state does not agree to participate
in the program, a federal gun license would be made avail-
able in that state.
Federally licensed gun dealers would be required by the
proposed law to check for the gun license before selling
handguns. Asked if the proposed gun license would later
expand to all types of firearms, the White House source said
it was a "natural progression."
The proposal came as a total surprise to officials of
the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America.
In his speech, the President spoke of the death of
Daniel Mauser, 15, in the Columbine High School shooting
last year. His father, Tom Mauser, was sitting on the
Democrat side of the aisle when he was introduced.
"Crime in America has dropped for the past seven years,
the longest decline on record, thanks to a national consen-
sus we helped forge on community police, sensible gun con-
trol, and effective prevention," Clinton said. "But nobody
believes America is safe enough. So let's set a higher
goal: Let's make America the safest big country in the
Regarding Clinton's use of Mauser in the audience, Gun
Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt told World-
NetDaily, "It's become a dog and pony show." Pratt said he
received an emotional call from Mauser after he recently
appeared on a television show. He accused Mauser of ex-
pressing hatred for guns and gun owners, and of being un-
willing to listen to facts.
"If the Republicans show some moxie for a change, the
Democrats will have hung themselves," said Pratt, who spoke
with WorldNetDaily while watching the speech from his home.
"This is the kind of thing that lost them control of
the Congress in 1994," said Pratt. "To volunteer to bring
it up in a campaign year, Clinton must be very sure of
himself that 'reasonable gun safety' is a way that he can
talk about gun control [while] preparing for confiscation.
That's what this is, by the way, the preparation for confis-
cation, which we've seen in New York already. We've seen
it in California," said Pratt.
Clinton recently initiated a campaign that promotes
fighting crime as well as gun safety issues. The National
Rifle Association, in a recent statement about the campaign,
said the organization remains skeptical regarding Clinton's
real desire to fight crime.
NRA Institute for Legislative Action executive director
James Jay Baker commented, "I'm glad that the president has
finally agreed with the NRA that enforcing federal firearms
laws makes sense. We've been pushing for more enforcement
of existing laws, and it's unfortunate that it took him
until the seventh year of his term to finally take that
seriously." However, Baker cautioned, "The president has
proved adept at changing his position. When we see the
detailed budget, we'll know if he has truly changed." The
statement added an expectation that Clinton would not
"temper his anti-gun zeal."
An NRA spokesman, Brian Judy, was caught by surprise
when WorldNetDaily informed him of the gun-licensing plan
shortly before the State of the Union address began, and
could not offer an official comment.
After the speech, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne
LaPierre said, "What's it going to solve? The criminals
could care less. They're not going to stand in line; they
won't comply with it."
Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. Bill Bradley
have both proposed gun licensing.
Republican presidential candidates have taken a differ-
ent stand. Texas Gov. George W. Bush has spoken for an
increase of the age for handgun purchases to 21, as well as
instant background checks at gun shows. But Bush opposes
licensing or registration.
Steve Forbes has stated that states should set their
own gun laws, while Alan Keyes speaks passionately of the
right of individuals to own firearms without government
Pratt said he now expects the gun issue to become one
to which every candidate, national or local, must respond.
He said it would be good to get the debate out on the table
as a major part of the coming election.
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"One of the ordinary modes by which tyrants accomplish their purpose, without resistance, is by disarming the people and making it an offense to keep arms". - Joseph Story, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
--- the German gun control laws were enacted by the "liberal" Weimar Republic government that preceded Hitler, and were a strong aid to his coming to power -- because they disarmed Hitler's opponents, and Hitler's adherents ignored them -- as criminals have always ignored gun control laws.
Disarming the public is a frequent first step toward dictatorships and genocides. Once the disarming is complete, the public is helpless against those who have the guns.
---- "Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms." -- Aristotle, "Politics"
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