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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Always Someone in Control Wanting More

When I think of the debate over gun confiscation (gun control is a clever-harmless way of saying it), I think of a situation I am currently dealing with involving a homeowners association and a tree in my backyard

For those not familiar, homeowner associations in some parts of the country are set up to run and control specific communities so that everything is strictly controlled and uniform no matter its triviality or the difficulties imposed upon the homeowners

The association collects monthly fees from those in the community (which is a nice way of saying commune) then uses it to hire landscapers, keep the pool nice, etc..
So without boring anyone with the details of my situation, basically there is a tree in my backyard which has been there decades before I moved here so its grandfathered in so the association is powerless to make me remove it, whereas if i wanted to plant a new tree, I'd be prevented

And like any power grabbing entity with on-call lawyers who know how to manipulate the system, they don't give up

They come up with roundabout ways to get me to comply; tree needs to be trimmed constantly, roots removed on common area.. etc..etc..
OK.. so what does any of this have to do with guns and government?

"Legislators are hard at work in New York State trying to force every gun owner who resides there (who isn’t a cop or active military) to purchase and maintain a minimum $1 million liability insurance policy.

§ 2353. FIREARM OWNERS INSURANCE POLICIES. 1. ANY PERSON IN THIS STATE WHO SHALL OWN A FIREARM SHALL, PRIOR TO SUCH OWNERSHIP, OBTAIN AND CONTINUOUSLY MAINTAIN A POLICY OF LIABILITY INSURANCE IN AN AMOUNT NOT LESS THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS SPECIFICALLY COVERING ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY NEGLIGENT OR WILLFUL ACTS INVOLVING THE USE OF SUCH FIREARM WHILE IT IS OWNED BY SUCH PERSON. FAILURE TO MAINTAIN SUCH INSURANCE  SHALL RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE REVOCATION OF SUCH OWNER’S REGISTRATION, LICENSE AND ANY OTHER PRIVILEGE TO OWN SUCH FIREARM."
Sorry for the caps but that's how it was written when we copy/pasted from AP and didn't desire re-typing it all..

This of course is not the first time NY legislators have tried roundabout ways to control its citizens and circumvent the 2nd Amendment..

Last December, they proposed a bill that would require anyone in NY who wanted to buy a gun to turn over their internet search history and their social media passwords.

Seriously.
According to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, “A three-year review of a social media profile would give an easy profile of a person who is not suitable to hold and possess a firearm.”

And what is the means test of unsuitable?   

Dislike of a particular group - blacks, gays, Christians, Republicans?

Someone venting a little too passionate over the outcome of a football game or a neighbor dispute?
You would think there was a shooting/killing rampage in NY yet on average 455 people have died from firearms in a state with a population of 19.5 million meaning one gun death per 42,857 citizens

And if you start that '455 lives is 455 too many' liberal nonsense, no offense but I will have to come through your PC screen or phone and give you a pop on the honker

Why do some of the lowest bottomfeeder elements of our society keep wanting to strip Americans of their 2nd Amendment rights?
Basically two reasons for this:

1) The mindset of 'I don't need X' so no one should have it"

2) Much easier for those in positions of power to control, bully and/or intimate those who are weaponless..  Just ask the Nazis

And when the means to fight back is retained such as Branch Davidians in the 1990s, then the government will use all force necessary to crush and kill everyone to show they're in charge

That's how all governments are, even ours and if you don't believe it, refer to the statement above about a punch to the nose
It happens all the time..   Federal government.. state.. local.. homeowner associations

Guns, distilling one's own alcohol, growing one's own garden, a backyard tree..

But at the end of the day even if yours truly has never owned or shot a handgun and have no desire or intention to in the future, it does not mean I have the right to restrict or curtail another's rights to possess

And the #1 reason to own a weapon is not protection from criminals.. 
It is to protect oneself against those who control things in case it ever gets bad enough (market crash? open revolt?) where they seek to be draconian and strip its citizens even more its freedom at the barrel of their guns

Hard to ever just take a deep breath sometimes..  Everyone always figuring out some way to dis-empower the individual and make them more docile and controllable

But the more you know of what's going on in areas that matter to you, the better off you will be