Armslist in the News: Statement on HR 8
created: 2/6/2019 3:50 AM in NEWS
Armslist in the News: Armslist's Statement to NBC on HR 8 and Everytown for Gun Safety's "Findings"
Around 1200 EST, some of my colleagues and I received an e-mail from NBC's Pete Williams regarding the US House Judiciary Committee's hearing Wednesday (2/6/19) on HR 8 (a bill seeking to impose practically universal background checks on all gun purchases and transfers). We were asked for comment on the notoriously anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment, and all around anti-American Everytown for Gun Safety's "findings," as they relate to HR 8, as well as the legislation they unfortunately aim to discuss during the hearing. According to Williams, Everytown for Gun Safety is claiming they created an ad on Armslist.com, and did their own checking of those who responded, "finding that roughly one out of every nine respondents had disqualifying factors in their backgrounds that would prohibit a sale by a licensed dealer." Reminds me of a certain Orwellian neologism...anyways...
Armslist's statement in full, from co-founder Jonathan Gibbon, is as follows:
"First, we need to focus on solutions that work, such as opening the Federal Background check system to all Americans. It used to require a private investigator to find out if someone had a criminal past. In 2019, everyone should be able to easily find important background information on a person with whom they intend to do any type of business. People should be able to readily access this information to keep themselves and their families safe. Providing all Americans access to this data will exponentially increase the number of background checks conducted, thereby providing a far more comprehensive level of assurance.
Secondly, the claims by Everytown amount to nothing more than thought crimes. There is a reason that our laws require action in addition to intent. The transactions did not take place, and the chasm between thought and follow-through is vast. Claiming that someone "would have done something criminal" is irresponsible, and in this case, inaccurate as well. That is why legitimate research, as done by the GAO, shows that it is essentially impossible to find an American willing to break the law in the way Everytown suggests.
Despite the "shall not be infringed" language in the Constitution, this is already the most regulated civil right in America. Just to reiterate, Armslist does not sell guns, we merely allow individuals to talk about this vital civil right because so many web companies have chosen to disenfranchise this entire portion of our population."
created: 2/6/2019 3:50 AM in NEWS
Windroper commented on 7/9/2019 2:16 AM
The only folks who would follow such new legislation are not the folks we need to worry about. Criminals will comtinue to illegally acquire firearms that they cannot legally own, that’s why they are called criminals. These laws do nothing but limit the freedoms of law abiding citizens.
I S L commented on 6/6/2019 9:34 PM
I completely disagree with the first statement you made, people shouldn't be able to look at anyone's background check, it's total BS that the people calling themselves government are already collecting information on everyone arbitrarily and for their own purposes without consent or accountability. It's not my job to vet every person I come in contact with or be pronounced guilty by association for a simple transaction, the current security state is quickly ramping up into a police state. All this information gathering is what will be used to confiscate firearms when the marxists finally take over in one or two generations at the most.
Griz375 commented on 5/16/2019 7:09 PM
Peer-to-peer back ground checks might be a very good thing. I don't see that happening as LE Community will probably take the position 'only we are trained to evaluate and assess ....' There would likely be an outcry about personal rights and invasion of privacy.
T he only realistic solution is for every legally authorised citizen to be provided with with a certificate of capability, validating they are not prohibited from acquiring firearms or ammo for any reason. Sadly this maybe too complex a program for gov't to get its head around & it would likely become yet another bureaucratic bog.
Make NO MISTAKE: Licensing is a direct path to confiscation and disarmament. Tracking transactions gives the state a list of what you have and your last known address. Databases are a marvelous tool for so many applications but repression and control of the citizenry shouldn't be one of them.
Just my rambling thoughts
I S L commented on 4/14/2019 6:20 PM
How is it republicans have the House, Senate and White House, for 2 years and without passing pro second amendment legislation? Then, the commie Dems get the house and all of a sudden there's a possibility more gun control laws are going to be passed? WTF? who are these traitors in congress trying to kid, these gun control laws require republican support to pass.
apmechanic09 commented on 4/11/2019 10:37 PM
Perryf706 commented on 2/12/2019 3:19 AM
Well said. This is the only liberty that gets such abuse.
DefconTactical commented on 2/9/2019 11:29 AM
I will not give in or comply. I pay my taxes, I’m a law abiding citizen. I we shouldn’t have to pay a background with a CCW. Or when you own NFA items. I will not register what I have bought so they can have a “gun count” on what I possess. Sorry