Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Marion Hammer: Nobody asked me either, Gerald, but ....

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Please take a moment to read Marion Hammer’s response to Gerald Ensley’s anti-gun comments about gun registration on July 21 on Tallahassee.com titled, “ Nobody asked me, but…”.  Marion Hammer’s view listed below can also be found on Tallahassee.com by clicking here.

 

Marion Hammer: Nobody asked me either, Gerald, but ....

My View
Written by Marion P. Hammer

Re: “Random Thoughts: Nobody asked me, but ...” (Gerald Ensley, July 21).

Gerald Ensley is right — nobody asked him for his opinion on gun registration. But since he chose to share his anti-gun bias, let me take a moment to expose his avoidance of reality.

Yes, we register voters. But we do it to try keep dishonest people who are not eligible to vote from breaking the law and voting anyhow; to keep dishonest people from voting more than once; to keep dead people from voting; to stop illegal activity that thwarts the will of the people by stuffing the ballot box.

But, those who appear to be proponents and defenders of illegal voting fight any requirement to show proper identification when voting.

People who vote more than once are effectively stealing votes from every legitimate, qualified voter.

Yes, we register cars. But that’s for tax purposes. Nobody cares if you own a car or how many cars you own, they just want you to pay the taxes on them every year.

The ability of law enforcement officers to use vehicle tag numbers to track down owners is an untended consequence of car registration. It’s a classic example of taking an action for one purpose and it later being used for one nobody anticipated.

Yes, some cities are registering gay couples. But only those who want to voluntarily register themselves so they can receive some of the benefits that married heterosexual couples and families receive.

Government is not trying to ban or take the right to vote from lawful voters. Government is not trying to ban or take cars from car owners. Government is not trying to take anything away from gay couples. To the contrary, they’re providing an opportunity to give them something.

The only reason to register your guns is to take your guns.

To buy a gun, you must to fill out a form swearing that you are a citizen of the U.S., not a criminal, not a fugitive, not a user of illegal drugs, not an alcoholic, not mentally ill, not dishonorably discharged from the military, never convicted of domestic violence, not under a restraining order for harassment, stalking or threats, never denounced your U.S. citizenship, and not in this country illegally.

Then, they run a background check to be sure you didn’t lie.

Why not do that when you register to vote? Why not do that when you buy a car? Why not do that to gay couples who register to receive benefits?

Why? Because people like Gerald Ensley don’t seem to be worried about illegal voters, people who own cars or gay couples. They only worry about law-abiding gun owners.

Gerald says that “gun nuts” drive him and his ilk crazy. His animus towards guns and gun owners is what I find crazy.

Marion P. Hammer is past president of the National Rifle Association and is executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

TRENDING NOW
Out of Style: Levi’s Fawns Over Shannon Watts in Pantmaker’s Latest Gun Control Effort

News  

Friday, May 17, 2019

Out of Style: Levi’s Fawns Over Shannon Watts in Pantmaker’s Latest Gun Control Effort

At the National Retail Federation’s 2018 convention in New York City, Levi Strauss & Co. Brand President James Curleigh told those assembled that the multinational pants manufacturer intends to be the “most relevant lifestyle brand.” Evidently, part ...

Gov. Abbott Signs NRA-Backed Tenants' Rights Bill

News  

Friday, May 17, 2019

Gov. Abbott Signs NRA-Backed Tenants' Rights Bill

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauded Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday for signing NRA-backed legislation that protects tenants’ rights by prohibiting “no firearms” clauses in residential leases.   

Trump Administration, Other Pro-Gun Heavyweights Lend Support on Pending Supreme Court Case

News  

Friday, May 17, 2019

Trump Administration, Other Pro-Gun Heavyweights Lend Support on Pending Supreme Court Case

As NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox reported in March, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up a challenge by an NRA state affiliate to a New York City gun control scheme that effectively prohibits lawfully ...

Retired Justice Stevens Continues Crusade Against Guns

News  

Friday, May 17, 2019

Retired Justice Stevens Continues Crusade Against Guns

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens does not believe a law-abiding citizen has a right to possess firearms under the Second Amendment, and he wants to make sure everyone knows it. He made his ...

NRA Supports Guns Save Life's Challenge to Illinois’s FOID Act

News  

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

NRA Supports Guns Save Life's Challenge to Illinois’s FOID Act

NRA is supporting a legal challenge to Illinois's FOID Act brought by Guns Save Life, an organization dedicated to defending the Second Amendment rights of Illinois residents. 

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Only What We Want Ye to Hear

News  

Friday, May 17, 2019

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Only What We Want Ye to Hear

Can we finally put the claim that “gun violence” research is underfunded to rest? The Bloomberg Professor of American Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Daniel Webster, and his colleagues at the Hopkins ...

NRA Applauds Attorneys General and Governors Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Challenge

News  

Thursday, May 16, 2019

NRA Applauds Attorneys General and Governors Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Challenge

NRA Applauds Attorney General and Governors Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Challenge.

Governor Abbott Signs NRA-Backed Tenants' Rights Bill

Friday, May 17, 2019

Governor Abbott Signs NRA-Backed Tenants' Rights Bill

On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 302 by Representative Dennis Paul (R-Houston) & Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), NRA-supported legislation that prohibits “no firearms” clauses in residential leases.

Illinois: Committee To Receive FOID Cost Increase Legislation

Friday, May 17, 2019

Illinois: Committee To Receive FOID Cost Increase Legislation

On May 21st, the Illinois state House of Representatives Rules Committee will hear House Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 1966 and send it to the Judiciary Committee for further consideration.  HA 1 to SB 1966 would ...

Does Shannon Watts want a Ban on all Centerfire Rifle Ammunition?

News  

Friday, May 10, 2019

Does Shannon Watts want a Ban on all Centerfire Rifle Ammunition?

Shannon Watts has developed her persona as a “full-time volunteer” who wants nothing more than to bring “common sense gun laws” to this country. However, she once again reminded gun owners of her true agenda ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.