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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.

Greg Coppes April 30, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I'm not interested in discussing anything with you. Nor as you can see is anyone else.
T. Gunter April 30, 2013 at 04:11 PM
"I'm not interested in discussing anything with you." And, the hundreds of posts are evidence of this.
Mark Paxson April 30, 2013 at 04:21 PM
No need to. You post your lies and mischaracterizations. I point out that they are lies and mischaracterizations. You state that you're happy to discuss Heller in reply to me and when I invite you to do so, you refuse. See, that's another example of a lie or mischaracterization. You know, you don't need to respond to anything I write here. Odd, how you keep responding, however. Let's try a different tack. Let's actually talk about the article that started this thread. The person quoted in this article states "The only reason you register guns is for taxation and confiscation." Can you identify another legitimate government purpose for registering guns? In other words, can you identify why the individual is incorrect in his statement?
Mark Paxson April 30, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Well stated. Of course, you could say the same thing about me. Odd thing is that I actually want to have a rational conversation with somebody who has a pro-gun view of things. Mr. Coppes seems to be reasonably educated on the subject, including having read and considered Heller. Unfortunately, he believes it's argumentative to disagree with him. He believes the only correct answers are the ones he has. Kind of makes it difficult to have a rational conversation.
Roberto May 07, 2013 at 06:17 AM
Great arguments guys. However, I hope you realize that if the 2nd. amendment goes, the rest of the amendments aren't far behind. The 2nd. amendment protects the rest of them. The incredible amount of anti gun legislation we're seeing with this administration, is swiftly chipping away at our 2nd. amendment. I would be very, very afraid for our country if this one or ANY of the amendments are weakened. They, and the constitution were put together by some extremely intelligent gentlemen, with an incredible amount of foresight. and they appear to have been quite a bit smarter than us, or our current lawmakers.

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