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I missed this Glenn Beck show . . . :cry:

But here is the transcript.

BECK (host): Chris, are you for fully automatic machine guns?

COX (NRA-ILA Director): We`ve never advocated fully automatic machine guns and Paul knows it. But, again, Glenn, this is very basic. It`s --
 

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How about, if instead, we use this opportunity in front of a mass audience to educate?

So what could Chris Cox have said that would not have been an outright denial of our rights?

How about something along the lines of:

First, Glenn, Paul is wrong. For someone who's a national voice for changing gun laws, you'd think he'd at least know what the current law says.

The 1934 law didn't ban machine guns. The government was afraid it couldn't do that without running afoul of the Second Amendment, so instead they passed a $200 tax.

What that means is, right now, there are probably over a quarter million lawfully owned full auto capable firearms privately owned and enjoyed by our fellow Americans--our friends, neighbors and relatives. And they do this in a remarkably peaceful manner. This has been the case for the last 70-plus YEARS.

So if Paul-- who monitors the news and is quick to issue press releases every time there's a highly publicized criminal shooting-- is going to sit here and tell us these people are a danger, that we need to make their ownership of this property illegal and spend law enforcement resources rounding these firearms up, maybe he could tell us how often these gun owners have committed violent crimes with their firearms in the past seven decades--just so we can all see how big the problem really is.

Paul?


Or some such. We give up nothing and score a few points, plus leave our opponent with nothing substantive to offer for a reply.

I'd expect someone who makes a lucrative living arguing Second Amendment issues--one who employs a staff that includes professional wordsmiths--would be able to take this basic concept and run with it--as opposed to taking the basic concept of "shall not be infringed" and running away from it.

That is, assuming that's his belief. Me, I don't buy that this is some grand unspoken wink-wink-hush-and-we'll-get-to-it-later master strategy. I do Mr. Cox the honor of recognizing him as a policy articulator of the first order, and take him at his word.
 

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NRA is Against Machineguns

The NRA supported the National Firearms Act back in the 1930s. The part about registering machineguns and silencers was something the NRA was totally on-board with, and they didn't reluctantly go along with it to save face or anything like that. They really didn't consider those kinds of weapons as being "ordinary," and only ordinary guns that ordinary men would want to own are the kind that the NRA was protecting.

The NRA went along with the further machinegun restrictions that came in 1968.

And the NRA supported, if not actually proposed, the complete ban on post-1986 machineguns to get enough Democrat / Moderate Republican votes to pass the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986.

So really, for the NRA to just categorically dismiss any talk about machinegun control and say that they don't care about that, is, well, quite consistent.

(P.S. the NRA does not want to tell the American people that machineguns are still legal with a bunch of restrictions, and that registered machineguns are rarely used in crime and so far NEVER by their rightful owners. WHY would the NRA want to CONCEAL this information? Because what if somebody says:

"Well if the tight restrictions on machineguns have worked so well, and yet they're still available for people serious enough about owning one to meet all the qualifications, let's regulate ALL FIREARMS the same way!"
 

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Re: NRA is Against Machineguns

gunsmoker said:
"Well if the tight restrictions on machineguns have worked so well, and yet they're still available for people serious enough about owning one to meet all the qualifications, let's regulate ALL FIREARMS the same way!"
I never thought about it that way. I can here Shmuckie Shumer and all the rest of his anti 2nd cronies coming out with those exact words!!
 

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Georgia does not restrict machine guns. If they tried to do so, I think it is a safe bet that GCO would strenuously oppose such a measure.
 
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