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Sacramento Gun-Control Efforts Are ‘as Bad as It Gets,’ NRA Activist Says

Michael Schwartz says: “If you’re sitting here and not a member of the NRA, there’s no excuse.”

Gun-control bills pending in Sacramento are “as bad as it gets,” a NRA activist told a meeting this week of county Republican officials.

Michael Schwartz of the National Rifle Association said: “Your Second Amendment rights are about to be taken away from you.”

Schwartz noted a package of 10 proposals in the state Assembly and Senate that would ban hollow-point bullets, expand the list of banned assault weapons and lead to “100 percent gun registration.”

“The only reason you register guns is for taxation and confiscation,” Schwartz told about 200 people attending the monthly meeting Monday of the county Republican Party Central Committee at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.

Updating GOP members on the letter-writing campaign on behalf of the Del Mar, CA, gun shows, he said it went “fantastically well,” with several groups joining the campaign—generating about 500 letters.

It didn’t change many minds, he said, but “the value of the letter was [public relations].”

In Sacramento, 10 bills target guns, including one authored by Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat who represents San Mateo to San Francisco.

Yee’s bill SB47 prohibits the use of the bullet button and other devices that allow for changeable magazines on all military-style assault weapons, such as AR-15s.

“While we cannot stop every senseless act of gun violence, the significant rise of mass shootings across the country demonstrates that we must take steps to close the loopholes that currently exist in California,” said Yee. “These bills will lower the likelihood of a mass shooting and limit the casualties when such an incident occurs.” 

Schwartz acknowledged the likelihood of these measures being approved, given the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento. He urged Republicans to fund the groups that will take these measures to court.

And he sought more donations to the NRA.

“If you’re sitting here and not a member of the NRA, there’s no excuse,” he said. “It’s a fight against tyranny. … If you don’t own a firearm, the clock’s ticking.”

He urged the mostly white and middle-aged audience to “be a part of a well-regulated militia,” and gave advice on how to argue against gun-control efforts.

Schwartz said guns are needed to help the government in the event of an armed attack on America.

“Say you don’t have a gun,” he began. “What would you do? ‘My crazy neighbor’s got some guns. I’ll go over to his house.’

“And the neighbor would say: Look, I got two kinds of guns here. I’ll give you a revolver—it’s got six shots. … Or I’m going to give you an AR-15 with a … 30-round magazine.

“Which would you go in the militia with? 

He said: “That’s what the Second Amendment is about. Try that angle.”

Do you think the 10 proposed laws in Sacramento will curb gun violence? Tell us in the comments section below. 

Nancy Azevedo February 20, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Than you for your intelligent response to this matter. I am not a member of the NRA but do agree with their cause. Owning a gun in today's unsettled state makes sense to me. I have nothing against guns and believe in the 2nd Amendment.
Charles April 08, 2013 at 07:08 PM
PoliceOne.com Releases Survey of 15,000 Law Enforcement Professionals about U.S. Gun Control Policies March 2013 survey of police officers covered proposed legislation and attitudes about arming citizens SAN FRANCISCO – PoliceOne.com, the leading online resource for law enforcement, today released findings from a national survey of police professionals that provide insight into the opinions of American law enforcement regarding gun control policies and the root causes of and potential solutions to gun crime in the United States. The survey, which was conducted in early March 2013, received 15,000 responses from law enforcement professionals. It found that the overall attitude of law enforcement is strongly anti-gun legislation and pro-gun rights, with the belief that an armed citizenry is effective in stopping crime. Response percentages varied only slightly when analyzed by rank and department size. http://www.policeone.com/corporate-profile/press-releases/6188461-PoliceOne-com-Releases-Survey-of-15-000-Law-Enforcement-Professionals-about-U-S-Gun-Control-Policies/
Jo Tog April 08, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I am a proud NRA Member. Let me tell you a little about Sen Lee. I have followed his career very closely. Years ago he exclaimed, "soon we will be a one party state" Sen Lee is a closet COMMUNIST. Sen Diane Feinstein owns and has invested heavily into a weapons manufacturing company. She has frequently brought potential investors to her Weapon Manufacturing Company for tours. These Democrats are liars and frauds. Just say No to National Gun Registration. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/04/45724-communism-survivor-on-gun-control-you-dont-know-what-freedom-is-because-you-never-lost-it/
Jo Tog April 08, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Ronald Reagan cut funding because the lawyers were suing all the caretakers of the mentally insane. Calling doctors and caretakers criminals for their inhumane treatment of the criminally insane. So once again the democrats and lawyers screwed up and forced these criminally insane people to live in a more humane society that adopted the belief that the insane can live among us if they just take their medicine. Sure. Instead, these insane people insist on living in the streets refusing help. Defecating in our Bart stations, committing crimes, attending our fine schools only to plan a mass shooting and our children are left defensless. Democrats should be arrested and placed in the insane asylums to live among the real insane.
Charles April 28, 2013 at 07:40 PM
An embarrassing 17 percent approval rate for Congress. While the NRA has a more favorable rating – 50 percent – than both the Democratic – 44 percent – and Republican – 35 percent – Parties. Only 52 percent of voters state they have a positive view of President Obama. Additionally, when asked what the more important issues for the president and Congress to currently be addressing are, 42 percent voted for jobs and the economy, while only 5 percent indicated that guns are the more important issue.

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