October 2019

I Believe Them

One of the issues gun owners face is whom to believe when politicians stake out policy positions on gun controls they would implement if they are elected to higher office. You and I both know politicians lie about such things, so we tend to dismiss the rantings of anti-gun campaigners and say, “It can’t happen here, 2nd Amendment, mumble mumble.” But when I see a politician campaigning to limit my gun rights, I believe them. Here are some recent statements of policy by several politicians that I absolutely, positively believe they would implement if given the power to do so:

Todd Woodard

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Democrat candidate for president in 2020: “That’s why, as president, I would institute a mandatory buyback of every assault weapon in America.” (USA Today, August 22, 2019)

Senator (D-NJ) and Democrat presidential hopeful Cory Booker: “Beginning on Day One in office, I will take executive action to reduce gun violence — closing dangerous loopholes in gun sales, cracking down on gun manufacturers, and investing in communities impacted by gun violence.” (@CoryBooker tweet, August 31, 2019)

Joe Biden, Democrat presidential front-runner and former vice president, defending the effects of the 1994 crime bill: “I’m the only guy ever nationally to beat the NRA. Because when we did the crime bill — everybody talks about the bad things. Let me tell you about the good thing in the crime bill. It’s the one that had the assault weapons ban, a limited number of bullets in a clip. It made sure that cop-killer bullets, Teflon bullets, weren’t available any longer. It opened up the whole effort to make sure there is background checks for the first time in American history.” (Fox News, May 15, 2019)

Democrat presidential hopeful Kamala Harris, senator (D-CA) and former California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney: “I’m announcing for the first time today here with you to take executive action to ban the import of assault weapons into our country.” (Washington Examiner, May 15, 2019

There are many other examples from other politicians, but that’s all I can fit in this space this time. But I’ll keep you informed about the latest political statements on the Gun Tests Facebook page.

Comments (19)

All one has to do is look at Europe & the confiscation of guns in Australia, If we don't stand up and be counted they'll get them and the Constitution will fade away into the ash heap of history. God Bless America.

Posted by: redriver | December 3, 2019 8:34 AM    Report this comment

Want to see just what democrats want in the way of gun control? Just watch Virginia as we will have a democratic majority in both the house and senate and a wounded democratic governor who is know pandering to the left. Welcome to East California

Posted by: davewms434 | November 29, 2019 9:32 PM    Report this comment

I consider a Democrat and anyone that votes for one a traitor to this country

Posted by: PAF145 | November 29, 2019 9:07 PM    Report this comment

James K you should be VERY interested. If some of these people were to get elected and get their way all you would have are a stack of past issues to read through and wonder what went wrong.

Posted by: erlyirn | November 29, 2019 1:45 PM    Report this comment

Considering the vastly over reaching "powers" of governments local, state and federal we rail against, one must conclude the first American revolution was inadequate, and the 1789 Constitution flawed.

Posted by: Leonard | November 29, 2019 1:32 PM    Report this comment

When it comes time to turn in your Arms..Many of us(in the eyes of a traitorous Government) will become criminals.

Posted by: Gunflint | November 29, 2019 12:43 PM    Report this comment

All who enjoy and or use firearms should care about maintaining the RIGHT!

To those who think stronger background checks are OK - you are wrong. The "Universal Background Check" idea is merely a first step on the downward slope to confiscation. If Universal Background Checks are the law, then one must ask how would that be enforced? (On the honor system - Sure) The answer is to inventory all guns, perhaps annually, and see who has added or reduced. So how to enforce that? Government Inventory? Government records all guns and who has them? Guess what happens next. Legal law abiding gun owners are disarmed - an only criminals (who don't obey laws anyway) are armed.

Posted by: thomas.e.clark | November 29, 2019 10:31 AM    Report this comment

Thank you for taking the time to publish this. The election of 2020 is critical. Not only does it place Socialism vs. Capitalism, it also questions your right to keep and bear arms. I also believe what the candidates proclaim

Posted by: sballew | November 29, 2019 10:19 AM    Report this comment

This is the same creepy Joe who once said " if you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door."
- Hopefully it isn't a girl scout, or a religious group...
Just last week he said that a gun "shouldn't be able to shoot 100 clips".
Guy's so senile that he only remembers WHEN rifles had "clips". Sheesh...

The others simply have no clue.
The downside is if you attempt to educate them (Feinstein anyone...?), somehow you become a gun-worshiping racist.
When they continue to call a common firearm a "weapon of war", their ignorance shows.
Now nanny-state Bloomberg, the biggest contributor to ALL anti firearm organizations, is in the race.
Either he's arrogant enough to think he doesn't even need to debate, just throw ads on tv (that's all we do you know... with a beer), or he's figured a way to bypass campaign finance contributions by "claiming" he's running for office... on his own dime of course.
Once they get our 2nd amendment removed, the 1st is next.
I'm gonna vote Republican this year.

Posted by: cerberus1 | November 29, 2019 9:34 AM    Report this comment

Ok ..maybe if the NRA would support and see to its end some basic legislation like stronger background checks instead of using tired slippery slope arguments.
the laws eventually passed might be worse than what you could have had

Posted by: Raider151 | November 20, 2019 7:58 AM    Report this comment

I think Todd can talk about whatever the F he wants. It's his magazine. If you don't like it, don't read it. He is still testing guns.
And, we need to stand up for our rights every chance we get. Todd has a following, then go for it.

Posted by: Swiftkill1 | October 23, 2019 12:59 AM    Report this comment

"Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we're not going to allow it to be used against your fellow Americans anymore!" - Beto O'Rourke at the latest Democratic candidate debate. And don't think it will stop there if these folks have their way.

Posted by: ww40cal | October 4, 2019 9:06 AM    Report this comment

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. "

― Pericles

Posted by: OldJarhead03 | October 4, 2019 8:19 AM    Report this comment

Gun Tests has been around for a few decades now, and I have subscribed since 1993(I think, I would have to access my binders) and have kept every issue. I find the back issues great for research, and reviews of different guns. Although Gun Tests is a periodical dedicated to testing guns, I have to support the fact that Todd has bravely started to report or offer opinions in politic. Why, because our rights are under attack, and this should concern EVERYBODY, not just the right, the left or the middle. We find Political Correctness run amok here as well as in other countries, and the media pander to it. As Americans, and especially as gun owners, we must get involve politically, failure to do so will assist in the collapse of not only our rights, but our Republic. Those who believe otherwise have their heads in the sand. My advice is to get active and get others active. Take a non-shooting friend out to the range and grow our sport. Get involved in local programs like 4H or other organizations that support the shooting sports. In my opinion, if we do not grow our sport, we will lose our rights. I have to agree with others that we must stop compromising on any firearms and shooting legislation. These are Rights that are being eroded!!

Posted by: JEL | October 4, 2019 7:29 AM    Report this comment

To James K and all others who think you can still own guns and ignore politics:

Sorry, but the world has changed A LOT. Just the act of owning a gun is now a political act, or a political position or statement. In fact, if you ask the parents of grade schoolers around the country, even pointing a finger like a gun now carries political meaning. Hiding from politics will not help you preserve your gun rights.

Todd, keep up the excellent work, both in testing and reviewing guns and all that go with them, and in reminding us to stay alert and active in the Second Amendment fight!

Posted by: mitchstoner | October 3, 2019 10:27 PM    Report this comment

Complacency in the face of assault of our Rights is a foolish stance to take. Keep the warnings coming, as some folks don't watch / listen / read the News, or only get it from the Progressive News Organizations like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, New York Times, etc., demonizing guns and all who own them. These are indeed dangerous times, and keep up the good work trying to keep us informed on the very important issue of our Second Amendment Rights under fire.

Posted by: Andrew N. | October 3, 2019 9:32 PM    Report this comment

James K. If attention isn't drawn to the people who openly state they will take our guns then they have already won. One editorial page in a gun magazine does not a political outlet make. Lighten up!

Posted by: nursesteve | October 3, 2019 4:24 PM    Report this comment

What does this have to do with testing guns?
Have you now turned into another political outlet?
Not interested in your political views, just your honest evaluation of firearms.

Posted by: James K | October 3, 2019 3:52 PM    Report this comment

Every politician and beaureucrat takes and oath to uphold and defend the constitution.

Those advocating against the second amendment and for socialism either lied or they are diliberate enemy traitors that should be tried for treason and if convicted, hung.

Advocating to destroy the constitution is TREASON. It is long past time that the president directed his attorney general to prosecute traitors. It is long past time that federal,funds were withheld from states denying civil rights under color of authority.

Stop compromising.

Posted by: dlicht45@gmail.com | October 3, 2019 11:15 AM    Report this comment

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