- CRITTER TALK
Today’s e-mail delight, and apparently it’s also on innumerable Right Wing websites, reads:
Even as news reports have been highlighting the gun control provisions
of the Administration’s “Unified Agenda” of regulatory objectives,
the Obama State Department has been quietly moving ahead with a
proposal that could censor online speech related to firearms. This
latest regulatory assault, published in the June 3 issue of the Federal Register,
is as much an affront to the First Amendment as it is to the Second.
Your action is urgently needed to ensure that online blogs, videos, and
web forums devoted to the technical aspects of firearms and ammunition
do not become subject to prior review by State Department bureaucrats
before they can be published.
NRA — Not Really Accurate? It all is based on ITAR: International Trade in Arms Regulations, that deep barrel of rhetoric intended to keep military arms and things like plans for nuclear weapons out of the hands of rogue governments and international terrorists. That the NRA opposes such things rather cements the idea that they are about selling arms to anyone anywhere for any reason and not about promoting safety in their domestic use.
Yes ITAR would restrict international sale of automatic weapons and military equipment to our enemies and those engaged in terrorism. No, it doesn’t allow the UN to take our guns or restrict their use, a claim that keeps cropping up. No it doesn’t mean you have to have approval from the Federal government to talk about guns or publish pictures of them or discuss how to load shotgun shells on your blog. There is no “gag order” and no one from the UN or the Federal Government is grabbing your ammunition, your guns or mine.
Only a deeply dishonest or truly damaged mind would read such things into ITAR. The NRA however, is deeply dishonest and dedicated to supporting deeply delusional politics. Secret plots, nefarious plans, bans that aren’t bans and in this age of information, no one takes time to confirm any of it — and if you do, you’re the enemy even when the dire predictions never, ever come true — and it seems they never do.
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