Army Lieutenant Colonel Wants to Pry Guns from Your Cold Dead Hands

The next time a smug liberal loudly proclaims "The government doesn't want your guns!" in response to a gun control argument, point them in the direction of this article, written by a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army:

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/bateman-on-guns-120313

Reading the article sent chills down my spine, as the officer calls for strict gun control and states he will "pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers" and that he is "willing to wait until you die, hopefully of natural causes."

Here are the gun control "recommendations" put forth by Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. Bateman:

"1. The only guns permitted will be the following:

  • a. Smoothbore or Rifled muzzle-loading blackpowder muskets. No 7-11 in history has ever been held up with one of these.
  • b. Double-barrel breech-loading shotguns. Hunting with these is valid.
  • c. Bolt-action rifles with a magazine capacity no greater than five rounds. Like I said, hunting is valid. But if you cannot bring down a defenseless deer in under five rounds, then you have no fking reason to be holding a killing tool in the first place.

2. We will pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers. That is because I am willing to wait until you die, hopefully of natural causes. Guns, except for the three approved categories, cannot be inherited. When you die your weapons must be turned into the local police department, which will then destroy them. (Weapons of historical significance will be de-milled, but may be preserved.)

3. Police departments are no longer allowed to sell or auction weapons used in crimes after the cases have been closed. (That will piss off some cops, since they really need this money. But you know what they need more? Less violence and death. By continuing the process of weapon recirculation, they are only making their jobs -- or the jobs of some other cops -- harder.)

4. We will submit a new tax on ammunition. In the first two years it will be 400 percent of the current retail cost of that type of ammunition. (Exemptions for the ammo used by the approved weapons.) Thereafter it will increase by 20 percent per year.

5. We will initiate a nationwide "buy-back" program, effective immediately, with the payouts coming from the DoD budget. This buy-back program will start purchasing weapons at 200 percent of their face value the first year, 150 percent the second year, 100 percent the third year. Thereafter there will be a 10 year pause, at which point the guns can be sold to the government at 10 percent of their value for the next 50 years.

6. The major gun manufactures of the United States, less those who create weapons for the federal government and the armed forces, will be bought out by the United States of America, for our own damned good."

I think it's pretty clear...He wants all of your handguns, all shotguns except those of the double-barrel breech-loading variety and all rifles that are semiautomatic or hold more than 5 rounds.The sad reality is this would solve absolutely nothing. It does nothing to take illegal guns off the streets and would only result in making criminals out of currently law-abiding citizens.