Saturday, February 23, 2013

"No Sales to Firearms-Restrictive States" List Grows

Not only have more firearms manufacturers joined with their colleagues in refusing to sell firearms to law enforcement agencies in states that have jumped on the anti-gun bandwagon, but vendors have also stepped up to the plate:

"The list of companies that have stopped selling firearms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies in states that are restricting the Second Amendment has more than doubled since Wednesday and is more than five times larger than just one week ago. There are 44 companies on our list, with more being added as we receive notification. Here are the additions since Wednesday:

The post on the top link provides the list of these companies. The names are hyper-linked to the company websites and/or the page with their official statements.

The law enforcement community in the US has unfortunately come to see itself as being far more separate from the people than it actually is. I am a retired law county-level enforcement officer and have seen this development firsthand. References to "civilians" by law enforcement  members underscore this sad phenomena. Cops, be they local, state or federal (read-national) are in fact civilians; they are not members of the military. The main difference of civilian law enforcement personnel from the people in general is their official charge, or commission, of enforcing the law, investigating crimes, and their powers of arrest. Due to the fact that our society is affluent enough to afford to train and pay these individuals, we have the luxury of their service. Their existence in no way replaces the right and obligation of the people to assist society in suppressing crime or to protect themselves and the community. Their very existence is due to the artificial construct of a stable government(s), which is a good thing to have, but nothing can guarantee that such a thing will always exist.

-From a previous post on this subject:

In response to the bombastic, bullying, and mafioso-like Governor Cuomo of New York, a number of firearm manufacturer have notified the State of New York that they will no longer sell firearms to law enforcement agencies of that state.

This is a tremendously brave and selfless move. The easy way out would have been to offset their losses from private sales by selling firearms to these state and local organizations, which have been increasingly culturally isolated from the people by a methodical process of militarization.

This movement has the ring of a revolt of the people and I am glad to see it.

Our nation has a beginning that is defined by the defiance of wrongful acts of government. The protests of, and physical opposition to, writs of assistance and wrongful taxes are just two examples of how the American people risked jail, fines, and loss of livelihood in order to secure their inalienable rights. The loss of profits that these manufacturers are willing to incur should not be underestimated; in this economy, any loss of sales is significant. As some manufacturers will no doubt step in and sell out the people for the sake of profit, the stand being taken by these companies is all the more noble.....

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