There’s Lead In The Amnesty Ointment
By Alan Korwin
PHOENIX, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- Immigration reform being debated in Congress will have a major unintended consequence on gun rights in America.
Neither political party has anticipated the effect. With the stroke of a pen, millions of people will suddenly find themselves eligible to buy guns.
The law that currently bans them from gun ownership or possession only affects them as illegal aliens. With citizenship that disability evaporates. The freedom to keep and bear arms, which the Bill of Rights guarantees the rest of us, will instantly be theirs. This will cause a reordering of the political landscape beyond anything Congress has imagined.
When the Minutemen brought the illegal-alien problem to our attention in 2004, we were led to believe their numbers exceeded 20 million. They were members of a class, one of nine groups of federally prohibited possessors, banned under 18 USC §922(g) from owning or using firearms.
Illegal aliens are the largest single class of people banned from exercising the Second Amendment right to arms, with mental cases and convicted felons in second and third place.
The 20 million illegal aliens somehow became 11 million as fluidly as the “news” media changed watermelon juice (what Trayvon Martin bought one fateful night last year) into ice tea, a politically correct beverage that had absolutely nothing to do with that case. The media has become unapologetic and unconstrained by reality when dealing with facts.
Whatever the actual number, democrats, with media in tow, presume the illegals are theirs, and are salivating at the prospect of acquiring this massive voting bloc. That would deliver an impenetrable hold on Congress for, well, forever. Have they jumped the gun?
Republicans are stressed out, awash in fear that democrats have locked up the Hispanic newcomers’ loyalties, as champions of amnesty, which is a main reason republicans can’t get behind immigration reform — their base won’t stand for it. But the hidden hole card is this gun thing. Democrats can’t lay a hand on that deadly third rail without alienating their essentially anti-gun-rights base.
Suddenly, these teeming masses yearning to be free will discover the awesome power of personal sovereignty and with it, the ability to enter licensed dealerships and purchase liberty’s teeth.
Whatever postures politicians and the media take, free markets will be sprouting signs in Spanish to encourage… shopping. The NRA — and every local gun-rights group — will suddenly discover a need for entire Spanish-language divisions.
Gun ownership and the shooting sports are decidedly conservative right-of-center pursuits, anathema to the left and democrats, generally speaking of course. When voting on gun issues, party-line votes are the norm, that’s just a fact. Republicans will discover a driver’s seat they didn’t know they had.
This may encourage democrats and amnesty supporters to suggest some form of limitation on gun rights for new citizens, preventing these amnestizos full access to all the guns and ammo their hearts desire, in an effort to (canard alert!) protect the children and increase public safety. It’s only reasonable, we will hear, since they are unaccustomed to the dangers of so-called assault weapons and the madness we crazy Americans pursue, defying the rest of the civilized world.
But this is a dreadful Dred Scott solution, granting partial citizenship to newly freed Americans. Making them three-fifths of a person, with only some of the Bill of Rights “for their own good” is not a position even the Sharpton-Jackson takings coalitions can successfully defend.
These people have already been virtual slaves in their home countries. They walked across miles and miles of blazing snake-infested desert seeking freedom to get here. They deserve better.
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“But this is a dreadful Dred Scott solution, granting partial citizenship to newly freed Americans. Making them three-fifths of a person, with only some of the Bill of Rights “for their own good” is not a position even the Sharpton-Jackson takings coalitions can successfully defend.” The 3/5 compromise had nothing to do with Dred Scott. The compromise dates from 1787. Dred Scott was decreed in 1857, 70 years later. The 3/5 compromise did not deny full citizenship to slaves. It required the census to tally slaves separately. The total in each state was then multiplied by 3/5. But each individual… Read more »
“Old wisdom says you can’t arm slaves and expect them to remain slaves.”
Conscripts are slaves despite being paid. Slave troops can be held under strict discipline. Some rulers have had armies of slaves in the tens of thousands. Often they were eunuchs.
Some Union troops were astounded to be confronted by plantation slaves who shot at them – it wasn’t that the slaves supported the institution; the slaves didn’t want to have their homes looted and burned, and their women raped. Many of the slaves had it better materially than the po’ white trash.
Dred Scott didn’t make Black Americans “3/5” of a citizen. Black Americans were individually full citizens, just as women and children were. Voting and full individual rights are not correlated with citizenship. Women and children couldn’t vote. Women’s rights were less than those of free men. Children couldn’t (and below 18 still can’t) control property. All were citizens anyway. Dred Scott turned the law on its head by suddenly, out of nowhere, denying citizenship not only to slaves but to ALL Blacks whose ancestors were brought from Africa as slaves. Up until then Blacks, slave and free, were full citizens.… Read more »
NRA should be at every swearing in of new citizens in every major city, and inform them of the right to bear arms as U.S. citizens…hell invite them to a free volunteer run self defense class just for new citizens. We need to get the hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants equating citizenship with the right to keep and bear arms.
@mac: So you’re saying the three hundred you speak off were all kidnapped and smuggled into America against their wills? Oh, thats right, the immigration law is the law they have broken, amongst others I’m sure such as: Identity theft etc to get jobs. Go back to huffington post where they like you in the forums.
Ok seriously have sing of you spoken to any illegal immigrant? I know of about 300.hard working “illegal aliens” and key me tell you they broke no law. They were brought here, and to say that they all break the law is fallacious and wrong. That being said, most of them are pro second amendment
Oy vey, where to start on these comments… 1. Rosech on August 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM said: “Lived in Mexico and they love guns and knives so expect the crime rate to rise even further.” Huh? Just because they “love guns and knives”, the crime rate will rise? Please point out where this has happened amognst Citizens and Legal Residents? There are plenty of good reasons to oppose “amnesty”, but that isn’t one, unless you can cite to evidence. Good luck with that, the available evidence has gun ownership increasing, and crime dropping. 2. Ted R. Weiland on August… Read more »
Someone missed the facts here. Aliens of any status, until becoming a Citizen and not merely a resident is bared from owning a firearm. With that said illegal is illegal and control and ownership of firearms by illegals is commonplace.
Anyone who would share his gun with you is your brother. The Dream Act is not about equality. It is about creating a new servant class. I like the line about not giving them “all the rights….for their own good.”
The United States has been invaded by an “army” measuring 11-20 million, depending on who you ask. Quietly and effectively. Nationwide. And amnesty will make a majority of them citizens. Yes, they’ll be armed. Probably before amnesty would allow them to buy firearms legally. Quite likely once amnesty lets them. What exactly do you call it when the “invasion” comes from within? Revolution? Rebellion? A Coup? A “Citizen’s Security Force”? 11-20 million “grateful new citizens” … grateful for the Administration, to the “one man that made it all possible”.
Those south of the border don’t even give a dam about following any laws down there. So they won’t do it up here. With amnesty gun violence will escalate to incredible numbers. For whites, now we will have to tend with the blacks and mexicans that will continue to run amok with their continued violence and crime. And we have every dumb damocrat from one end of this country to the other continuing to strip away our rights to keep and bear arms. And of course, just like the martin case, every dam one of them will be looking to… Read more »
They don’t need to be legal to get a gun.
This will be used by the liberals to scare the crap out of the fence riders and get them to vote for gun control.
Well if the government wants to let law brake illegal aliens become legal AMERICAN CITIZENS then they need to realize that this will give them all the rights of legal AMERICAN CITIZENS.
So if they are going to give them amnesty then this is what they are going to get.more citizens with guns.
This is dumb article. so people are worried that they will be able to legally buy a gun and fill out paperwork with their name address and ss#. wow this is horrible. I’d be more worried about the illegal street guns that they could obtain.
This is not a good thing…
Before the invaders decide to take us on, they should consider that, 1) We are defending our home turf (“The Territorial Imperative”); 2) We are better trained than they (millions of us are veterans and NRA members); 3)We are well prepared, since we stocked up on ammo when Obozo was first elected in 2008, and topped off when the inept Repugnican lost in 2012, knowing that sooner or later, we would experience civil war; and, 4) When TSHTF, as it will, the majority of those in the military and law-enforcement will fight alongside us patriots.
The premise of this article is good, but some of the statistics are flawed.
The article states the Democrats assume they are going to own this new bloc of voters and that they would become the largest single bloc with 20 million voters, followed by mental cases and felons. That is incorrect…
The reason being, there are a lot more than 20 million Democrats and as everyone knows, simply registering as a Democrat confirms that an individual is mentally unstable and therefore should not possess a firearm. that, statistically, would make the Mental cases the largest voting bloc….
Darn! Now we gotta buy guns instead of eric holder giving them to us! At least erics gifts were not accountable! These laws suck! Good thing I’m here illegally and they don’t apply to me!
The majority of them have guns already 85% of all gun crimes in America are committed by Illegal Alien Mexican Drug Cartel Members.This was a 2009 report,imagine how bad it is now!
What a mess and all because the framers failed to establish government on Yahweh’s immutable morality as codified in His perfect law and altogether righteous judgments (Psalm 19:7-11)and because they forfeited God-expected (non-optional) responsibilities for optional rights: “But if any provide not for his own, and pecially for those of his own house [including spiritual and physical protection], he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Timothy 5:8) Think about it: the Amendment with the wording “shall not be infringed” is the most infringed, licensed, and controlled Amendment of the entire twenty seven. Furthermore, a future… Read more »
Lived in Mexico and they love guns and knives so expect the crime rate to rise even further. Talk about stupid. We do NOT want the amnesty crap and yet they ignore the Americans who are legal in this. Recall and non-re-election in their future, if we will even have one.
Do you really think this will make a difference to them ? They are already lawbreakers, what does “ILLEGAL” mean but the against law? They laugh at the existing laws they are breaking. Do you really think they might be concerned about this ? GET SERIOUS!!!!
If true, this would also guarantee the ammo shortage would get horrendous for quite some time…
“That would deliver an impenetrable hold on Congress for, well, forever.”
You’d be astonished at all the things a 7.62×39 can penetrate.