AA – Automatics Anonymous

We admitted that we are powerless over automatic weapons and that life had become unmanageable.

The statement above is a shift of words replacing “automatic weapons” for “alcohol” and “life” for “our lives” – as an edit of the statement below:

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become

The statement above is the first step of the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Life in America HAS become unmanageable

We were just offered an additional – young and innocent – 20 reasons for how unmanageable daily life in America has become.

Gun Owners and Gun Activists AGREE

So WHO and WHAT is Standing in the Way?

National Organizations and Politicians Play “Divide and Conquer”

“We the People” have become pawns and victims of organizations like the NRA and Politicians as they pit gun activists and gun owners against each other by appealing to the lower angels of both sides. They divide the argument along the “hot buttons” of each side saying gun activists “want to take away guns” and gun owners “want to own dangerous weapons in anonymity” and the two sides fight it out. They post on face book, tweet on twitter, or display signs and bumper stickers all designed to divide an conquer one side over the other. The dividers reap the benefits of the spoils of this war in votes and money, while people and young children are killed with historic frequency.

We All Agree – Get Out of the Way

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

What can be more corrupt than ignoring what “most gun owners” and “most gun activists” want?

Time for the NRA and self seeking politicians to get out of the way.

Gun Owners and Gun Activists AGREE

90 percent of Americans and 90 percent of gun owners support fixing gaps in government databases that are meant to prevent the mentally ill, drug abusers and others from buying guns.

91 percent of Americans and 93 percent of gun owners support requiring federal agencies to share information about suspected dangerous persons or terrorists to prevent them from buying guns.

89 percent of Americans and 89 percent of gun owners support full funding of the law a unanimous Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed after the Virginia Tech shootings to put more records in the background-check database.

86 percent of Americans and 81 percent of gun owners support requiring all gun buyers to pass a background check, no matter where they buy the gun and no matter who they buy it from.

89 percent of Americans and 85 percent of gun owners support a law to require background checks for all guns sold at gun shows.
Huff post poll pdf.

Here it comes – The point of denial

While the Newtown shootings have made it clear that life in America has become unmanageable, many gun owners remain in denial about their need for absolute anonymity when it comes to their gun ownership WHEN it happens to fall under an automatic weapon ban. What’s more, they are encouraged by a few gun nutty neocons that make it sound like the Democrats are out to TAKE AWAY YOUR GUNS!

(The bold emphasis on some words is my editorial addition)

When certain anti-gun politicians or administrations broached the subject of registration in the past and the NRA or Gun Owners of America quickly pointed out that registration would lead to confiscation, liberals laughed and accused the “gun lobby” of being paranoid or conspiratorial. However, now, in the wake of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bald admission that he believes gun confiscation a viable option, the days of laughing off the dangers associated with registration are long gone.

The Democrats have declared war on gun owners and the only right which our Founding Fathers described as “necessary to the security of a free state.”

If we are foolish enough to embrace a ban on any weapon in the coming Congress, then we are unwittingly embracing a ban on every weapon.

Republicans in the House and Senate need to let Feinstein and company know this is a non-starter, and voters need to start weighing potential congressional candidates for 2014 on the basis of where they stand on the 2nd Amendment.

Gun-grabbers need not apply. Breitbart Blog

NO…it will not work. NOT this time

Life in America has become unmanageable when we cannot send our young children to school without fear of an assault rifle attack. The number of these assault rifles and high round magazines have grown over the years. It has gotten out of hand. These weapons and magazines must be banned in an attempt to bring us back to manageable.

In order to maintain manageability, citizens are required to register vehicles, boats, motorcycles. Every computer has an IP address which is registered to a specific place or owner. Why should guns be any different? How is a gun owners privacy any more violated than a car owner or a computer owner?

We can all agree that it is just to bad it has come to this. Yes it is to bad, but life has become unmanageable. It is time for us to end the denial:

We admitted that we are powerless over automatic weapons and that life had become unmanageable.

The outcry from the gun nuts who would cling to their anonymity would sound the alarm “DEMOCRATS ARE OUT TO TAKE AWAY OUR GUNS” – due to the stipulation in the last few lines of the Feinstein Automatic Weapon legislation summarized on her web site:

Summary of 2013 legislation

Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
120 specifically-named firearms;
Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and
Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.
Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test;
Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test; and
Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans.
Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment;
Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes; and
Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons.
Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
Background check of owner and any transferee;
Type and serial number of the firearm;
Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration.Feinstein Senate Web Site


One thought on “AA – Automatics Anonymous

  1. A comment from todays NYT article, The Deadly Fantasy of Assault Weapons –
    John McBrideSeattle, WA
    My father had a semi-automatic hunting rifle when I was a boy. He used it every Autumn when he and others went after deer and then elk. The rest of the time it sat in his closet, oiled, but collecting dust.

    None of us thought of taking it, or any of the family’s rifles down to the range to shoot thousands of rounds in practice. When Autumn came the rifles were zeroed with a few rounds and every year they did what they were designed to do: they killed game at ranges out to hundreds of yards. No one needed much practice to be that accurate.

    After Vietnam I pretty much quit hunting. There was something about using a rifle on other human beings, and having it used against me, that sobbered me about being “human.”

    But I know the allure of the automatic weapon. I know it in myself, still, decades later, even though I haven’t fired a weapon in 40 years.

    I see it in other men, too, and primarily men. Women, yes, on occasion, but mostly men. Few of the men I know who spend hours on a range, shooting, fought in wars. Most of them are playing a part in their own play or in one in their society of friends.

    The issue is one of psychology. I’m not a psychologist but of what I know of the science, and based on my long experience with the male of the species, I suspect it’s the case world wide. I doubt that it can be changed by the individual, only by the will of “the society.” Which makes it very difficult in the U.S. We don’t have an ” AA ” for gun fanatics and need one badly.
    Dec. 28, 2012 at 11:13 p.m.


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