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“We are writing to urge your support for a ban on the domestic manufacture of military-style assault weapons. This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety.”

“While we recognize that assault weapon legislation will not stop all assault weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals. We urge you to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of these weapons.”

“As a longtime gun owner and supporter of the right to bear arms, I, too, have carefully thought about this issue. I am convinced that the limitations imposed in this bill are absolutely necessary.”

“I know there is heavy pressure on you to go the other way, but I strongly urge you to join me in supporting this bill. It must be passed.”

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» 31 Comments

  1. Dan

    December 26th, 2012

    “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and have lived here even though some time back they may have entered illegally.”

    Same speaker

    Ron wasn’t perfect and he was liberal on many issues.

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  2. Tim

    December 26th, 2012

    Coulda knocked me over with a feather …

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  3. simply enraged

    December 26th, 2012

    No one is perfect – that’s why statism ultimately fails, as Hayek and many others have stated. And, NO, I don’t think RR was a statist. I just think he was wrong on this.

    Does anyone remember the last time these anti-gun owner bastards thought they’d finally won? Remember what they considered an “assault weapon”? As I remember, ANY semi-automatic firearm was considered an assault weapon, whether it looked “spooky” (i.e., black, magazine fed, separate “pistol grip”) or not. Too, they would have included bans on muzzle loading firearms at a stunningly low caliber level, because “large caliber muzzle loaders are capable of bringing down airplanes”.

    I have to wonder, since the anti-gun owner people impute irresistable magical and murderous forces to inanimate objects, why there are more than the 80+ million of us firearms owning citizens left in the country.

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  4. CrustyB

    December 26th, 2012

    I knew about his Brady Bill support but not the assault weapon ban. His idea behind amnesty is that legitimizing illegals would make them too expensive to pay and people would lose interest in hiring them. He also stepped up the war on drugs which doesn’t sit well with my libertarian views.

    These are Reagan’s flaws. Still in all, he was the best president of the 20th century.

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  5. wildriver

    December 26th, 2012

    To many deify those undeserving, and while Mr. Reagan was a pretty good president, he was but a man.

    Look at the halo people are putting on Obama,to them, he is their Reagan.

    Eph. 6:12

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  6. Jack Daniels

    December 26th, 2012

    Yeah well, even Job, Abraham, David and Solomon had their moments of weakness.

    They were, as was mentioned, not perfect. Neither was Reagan, but it still does not negate his strong sense of freedom, self determination, or core conservative values, including the right to bear arms, and the fact that big government was the PROBLEM, not the solution.

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  7. Stirrin the B.S.

    December 26th, 2012

    He did start as a Democrat, afterall. Perfection resides only with our Lord. Renaldo was human. Nobody in that office has come close to matching his humanity since.

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  8. BigFurHat

    December 26th, 2012

    The lesson to be learned here is that too many people on the right destroy good viable candidates because they don’t seem to live up to some conservative litmus test, a test that no one has ever passed.

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  9. Jack Daniels

    December 26th, 2012

    @BFH,

    Anyone come to mind????…oh, I don’t know…say, Palin, Cain and so many others

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  10. Xavier

    December 26th, 2012

    There is no perfect candidate, except you.

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  11. Unruly Refugee

    December 26th, 2012

    Reagan was a lifetime NRA member. I think his idea of what an “assault weapon” is was a lot different from what the progs fantasize about.
    The bastard Left will whittle it down to anything that can be used in an assault. Or anything that looks dangerous to a liberal nitwit.

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  12. BigFurHat

    December 26th, 2012

    JD,
    All of them.
    No matter who we proffer there is a constituency that has 20 reasons why the candidate is a covert communist.
    If Reagan had been a congressman and had a record of voting similar to the way he governed as a president, he would have never made it through New Hampshire.

    From this moment forward, I am backing the most charismatic communicator who is right of center. This would be Reagan.

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  13. CrustyB

    December 26th, 2012

    The only perfectly conservative candidate is…Chuck Norris.

    But seriously, it’s a matter of degree. I think there’s a Grand Canyon of difference on the Conservative scale between Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney. Palin is a few degrees more conservative than Reagan, where Romney is a few dozen degrees less conservative.

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  14. Jack Daniels

    December 26th, 2012

    “No matter who we proffer there is a constituency that has 20 reasons why the candidate is a covert communist.”

    ROTFLMAO!! Yeah that sounds about right!!

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  15. Menderman

    December 26th, 2012

    But what was very different back then was what else wasn’t happenning.

    RWR did not:

    add 16,000 new IRS agents

    RWR was not arming Mexican Drug Dealers

    RWR was not giving the Mooselimb brotherhood 20 F-16′s

    RWR was not taking over Americans medical decisions

    RWR was not forcing abortion and birth control on churches

    RWR was not preaching class warfare and demonizing success

    RWR was not apologizing and bowing to foreign leaders

    etc….

    Regan also tried amnesty, and that didn’t work either.

    The difference is that we learn from our mistakes and abandon failed policies and laws.

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  16. Rick

    December 26th, 2012

    “From this moment forward, I am backing the most charismatic communicator who is right of center.”

    BFH, and around this house, that will be the ONLY candidate I back. Came-to-Jesus RINOs can go piss up a rope.

    Most recent example being all the time energy and money wasted on Romney, who it turns out, didn’t want the job all that badly.

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  17. BigFurHat

    December 26th, 2012

    Trevor Loudon has it right -
    http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=157766

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  18. Menderman

    December 26th, 2012

    I wonder…will the big Wall St sell off start today to avoid bam-bams revenge tax?

    As of next Teusday, don’t capital gains go to ~40%?

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  19. Menderman

    December 26th, 2012

    ^^^that was supposed to be in the sticky…sorry.

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  20. Dagny

    December 26th, 2012

    Some lefties are still trying to think logically. I’m trying to craft an argument for semi-automatic rifles. Could this stand?:

    Argument: ‘Assault’ rifles in the hands of free citizens is necessary for a free democracy.

    [By 'free,' I mean citizens that are major; free from any psychotropic medication; haven't commited any felony.]

    Since
    1) standing armies pose a potential danger to the people (and to democracy, defined as the sovereignty of the people over themselves), especially if gangsters take control of the executive branch of government;
    2) to face a ‘modern’ standing army, free citizens need ‘assault’ rifles

    then
    free citizens should have the right to own and bear ‘assault’ rifles in order to protect themselves and what they stand for: democracy.

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  21. Menderman

    December 26th, 2012

    BTW, How did the 18th Amendment work out?

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  22. Xavier

    December 26th, 2012

    Someone here (sorry, I don’t remember who) pointed out that the Second Amendment doesn’t provide the right to keep and bear arms.

    It prevents the government from infringing on that right.

    Bonus: In 2008, SCOTUS ruled that possession of a firearm was an individual right unrelated to service in a militia.

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  23. Dagny

    December 26th, 2012

    You’re right, Xavier. And this was also confirmed by A judge:

    “McReynolds also adopted the government’s argument that the Second Amendment did not create a right, but guaranteed a pre-constitutional common law right. “The Second Amendment does not *confer *upon the people the right to keep and bear arms; it is one of the provisions of the Constitution which, recognizing the prior existence of a certain right, declares that it shall not being fringed by Congress.””

    http://www.law.nyu.edu/ecm_dlv2/groups/public/@nyu_law_website__journals__journal_of_law_and_liberty/documents/documents/ecm_pro_060964.pdf

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  24. Dagny

    December 26th, 2012

    Furhter than that, it is what seculars like Thomas Hobbes calls a ‘natural’ right, and what theologians call a ‘God-given’ right.

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  25. J Frank Parnell

    December 26th, 2012

    Reagan made at least three profound policy mistakes; Beirut, amnesty, and this. All three came from acceding to liberalism. He destroyed an evil empire of socialism by not bowing to its demands but standing forthright even when threatened with nuclear annihilation. There is an indelible lesson here.

    I do not worship politicians. I am through eating plates of shit.

    No compromises on the Constitution. No quarter to Leftism.

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  26. J Galt

    December 26th, 2012

    Not a bit surprised RR wanted a gun ban. RR also gave INTERPOL, when acting within the US, immunity from US laws. Go figure.

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  27. Chris R

    December 26th, 2012

    Reagan was without a doubt, the greatest president of the 20th century, but remember by 1994 when he supposedly wrote this, he was already suffering from advanced alheizer’s. I suspect that this, along with many of his later messages was written by Nancy. I would like to hear Michael’s thoughts on this.

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  28. kvn

    December 26th, 2012

    Assault weapons are fully automatic weapons that very few law enforcement agencies have because ownership/use requires a FFL.

    Semi-automatic weapons are not assault weapons.

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  29. Dagny

    December 26th, 2012

    Didn’t Clinton include semi-automatics into the ‘assault’ weapons category?

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  30. sablegsd

    December 26th, 2012

    Reagan wasn’t a god. He made mistakes.

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  31. conservative cowgirl

    December 26th, 2012

    But then, Reagan said this:

    “It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun control laws. I happen to know this from personal experience.”

    Ronald Reagan
    5/6/1983 12:00:00 AM

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