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What Preppers Should Know About the NRA & Bumpstocks

 

Since the tragic terrorist attack in Las Vegas, there has been a lot of conversations about regulating bump stocks.  However, you would never expect to hear that the NRA would be on that side of talks about regulations.  In this episode, we will discuss what preppers need to know about the NRA and if you should consider joining.

Show Notes

Intro:

  • Earlier in the month of October we witnessed a horrific terrorist attack on the American people
  • Over 50 people were killed and 500 shot by an active shooter in Las Vegas
  • There has been speculation on the weapon that was used during that attack
  • Initially, police reports stated that machine gun was used
  • then reports stated that an automatic rifle was used
  • then finally it was announced that a variation of the AR15 was used but modified with bump stock to simulate the rate of fire as that of an automatic
  • Immediately, politicians like Hilary Clinton attacked the NRA saying that they need to be taken down to stop future attacks
  • shortly after democratic and some Republican politicians began proposing bills to propose bump stocks
  • At the same time, the NRA released a statement saying that bump stocks should be subject to regulations
  • “In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world. In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”
  • this created a whirlwind of drama not only against gun grabbing politicians but also the NRA
  • many influencers are claiming to have cancelled their membership with NRA in response to their statement
  • other influencers sided with the NRA
  • in this episode, I wanted to share information about bump stocks, the NRA and what preppers should know

Body

What are bump stocks?

  • it is a mod that increases that rate of fire
  • some say that it emulates the performance of a machine gun
  • however, these is false
  • it is a lot slower than a machine gun
  • bump stocks aren’t the only modification that can increase the rate of fire

Why bump stocks shouldn’t be regulated

  • as an American Constitutionalist I fully support and stand by every word of the constitution
  • there is no grey area with what the founding father’s have proclaimed
  • this is especially true with the right to bear arms
  • the second amendment clearly states that “…the right to bear arms shall not be infringed upon…”
  • the definition for infringe means “act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.”
  • so regulations against firearms are meant to limit the right to bear arms
  • this is something that the founding father’s were strongly against
  • with that being said, I don’t believe that regulation should be introduced against bump stocks
  • not only do I disagree with the regulation because of the constitution but because it would do nothing to keep American safer
  • in fact, regulation would further put American’s at harm and a disadvantage
  • the simple fact of the matter is that criminals don’t obey laws
  • so if a criminal really wants a regulated or banned bump stock then they will get it
  • however, the law-abiding gun owners of America will obey those laws
  • this in effect would put a law abiding citizen that has a semi-automatic rifle without a bump stock at a disadvantage against someone that does

The issue that I have with the NRA’s statement

  • now some influencers have supported the NRA’s statement
  • they believe that by telling the government that the ATF should review bump stocks it will stop Congress from regulating
  • I agree that Congress should not have a say so on bump stocks
  • However, if the ATF chooses to regulate such modifications then there will be no vote on the matter
  • so it is really damned if you do and damned if you don’t

NRA’s History

  • NRA originally never wanted American citizens to have bump stocks
  • in fact, the former NRA president was shocked beyond belief that they were approved by the ATF in 1986 https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4500/37976418181_a59b936212_z.jpg
  • so they have a history of compromising and supporting regulations in order to appease gun grabbers
  • this is hopes that they won’t continue to pursue gun bans
  • but we all know if you give them an inch then they will take a mile
  • gun grabbers will not be satisfied until they have taken away guns
  • this is in all efforts to pursue a communist agenda

NRA benefits

  • gun owner protection (in the case that guns are stolen or destroyed)
  • magazine subscriptions
  • savings (life, health, and accident insurance, term life insurance, Lifelock, home and auto insurance, Simplisafe, hotel and vacation discounts and many more)
  • you can also find firearms training with a NRA discount
  • you can learn to become a firearms instructor
  • grants and marketing assistance with building your own range
  • Competitive shooting

I won’t donate for advocacy purposes

  • so I will continue to be an NRA member for the benefits
  • however, to fight for the 2nd amendment I have decided to support Gun Owners Association of America
  • they have a proven record of fighting and not compromising on the second amendment
  • In 1995, GOA helped in lobbying the House of Representatives to vote against the Moran Amendment, by a vote of 278 to 149. The amendment would have banned .50 caliber weapons from being licensed for export.
  • On July 13, 2006, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) saw an 84–16 vote for his amendment prohibiting the use of federal money for federal agents to confiscate weapons during a declared state of emergency. This bill was passed less than a year after the devastation in Vitter’s home state from Hurricane Katrina
  • On June 27, 2007, the Pence Amendment passed. The bill, named after Representative Mike Pence (R-IN), was passed by a vote of 309–115. According to GOA the amendment blocked the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ability to use the Fairness Doctrine in order to limit the free speech allowed by organizations like GOA over the airwaves
  • On August 9, 2007, GOA supported Vitter’s work in pushing through a bill stating that no U.S. funds can be used by the United Nations or any group affiliated with the United Nations to restrict or tax Second Amendment rights. If they attempt to do so, the U.S. can withdraw their funds from the organization. This bill, HR-2764, also known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, passed by an 81–10 vote
  • On February 25, 2008, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) amended bill S-1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The act stated that the funds were to be used for “violence prevention”. Once the funds were attempted to be used for gun buybacks and other such anti-gun policies, DeMint pushed through an amendment to the act stating that the money cannot be used for any anti-gun programs. The bill passed by a margin of 78–11

 

  • Rishard Chapoteau

    First glad your back and your ok. I was actually thinking about how we hadn’t had a new podcast in a bit and that you might have pod faded. Glad to have a new episode.

    I wish on your return episode you would have told us about your lessons learned during the power outtage and how being a prepper helped you if at all. What you used and what you wish you had.

    As far as the gun regulation thing goes personally I’m torn. I always feel like people will bring up the right to bear arms as you have but always leave out the well regulated militia part. To me the constitution is as clear as mud on whether you should be able to own it for your personal use if you are not part of a militia (I used to be myself). Is there any point where we have one shooting after another where we shouldn’t at some point have some regulation? If it gets to the point where it’s once a month or once a week what do we do? The rate of this just seems to be increasing and I don’t hear a lot of other solutions being provided by the NRA other then don’t take my guns which eventually won’t fly with the ordinary citizen. Personally I don’t know what should be done on the subject but I feel like if we just keep saying you can’t take our stuff without figuring something out we will loose, and I hate to say it but maybe we should.

    • Hey Rishard! Great to hear from you. Thank you for those kind words and listening to the podcast.

      I was planning to do an update on what I learned after the hurricane. However, by the time everything got set up I figured it would be too late and not relevant. Do you think it would still be relevant? If so, I may do it on the next episode.

      Also, I can see why you would interpret the second amendment as such. However, I have a different understanding and interpretation. Everyone has that right. You can find why I believe we all have the right to bear arms at http://www.theblaze.com/news/2012/12/19/does-the-second-amendment-only-apply-to-state-militias-liberals-are-making-the-case-but-we-look-at-the-evidence/.

      • Rishard Chapoteau

        Definitely want to hear your experience! Hearing real world experiences from a prepper in a situation is better then the theoretical.

        As Mike Tyson said, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Hearing what worked and what didn’t is definitely important.

        • That is my favorite quote! lol, I use it all the time.

          Ok, I will definitely put that together for the next episode. Thanks so much for your feedback!