Mayors group wants to make it harder for criminals to get guns
Hereâ€™s a simple idea: You can be for the rights of law-abiding gun owners but also for common-sense policies to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
That idea has brought together a bipartisan group of more than 400 mayors from all over the country as the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. Iâ€™m a veteran, a gun owner, a hunter and a member of the National Rifle Association â€” and Iâ€™m the mayor of Hurst and a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Unfortunately, the NRA has spent the past month attempting to bully mayors, including me, to drop out of this effort to have a consensus discussion about guns. They have sent hundreds of thousands of misleading postcards stating this coalition is “anti-gun” and is seeking to “regulate gun shows out of existence,” along with several other untruths and misleading statements.
Itâ€™s time to set the record straight.
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Mayors group wants to make it harder for criminals to get guns
You are correct Dick, it IS time to set the record straight. And we’re going to do a line by line analysis on your Op/Ed piece. Ummm-Kay??
I have not received a request directly from the NRA asking me to resign from MAIG. I have heard from many NRA members.
I fully support the rights of law-abiding citizens under the Second Amendment. What I donâ€™t support is criminals getting their hands on guns. The coalition is for enforcing existing gun laws, increasing penalties for gun criminals and closing gaps in the gun background check system.
You are the ONLY Mayor in the entire state of Texas that has signed on to this back door, veiled attempt to regulate, and most likely remove guns from the hands of ALL honest gun owners everywhere. And I have to ask, did those NRA members get the same response from you that I got when I contacted you? I got an attack on me personally? Did you do that to them too Dick, or was Monday just a bad day for you?
And how can you “fully support the rights of law-abiding citizens under the Second Amendment” and align yourself with people like Michael Bloomberg? Bloomberg, an avowed anti-gun person that would have every gun in the USA destroyed if it were in his power? How is that Dick?
Increased penalties for criminals with guns? That sounds great, but gun control isn’t the answer Dick. The bad guys don’t BUY their guns, and they damn sure don’t register them. How are you going to close the gaps on that one there Dick?
We are for providing police officers with access to the data they need to prevent the flow of illegal guns into our communities. None of these efforts have posed any threat to the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
There is nothing “anti-gun” about this agenda. The only people who should be worried about the coalition are the criminals.
Well Dick, legal gun sales are the only ones that will be affected by this. You sir, are just another one of the anti-gun people. No matter what you say, there IS an anti-gun agenda at work here and if you had a lick of sense you would know, criminals are only stopped one way. That is through good police work and by home and business owners exercising their LEGAL rights under the Castle Doctrine when the goblins come in trying to steal our LEGAL and REGISTERED guns.
For example, our coalition of mayors supports requiring background checks for all gun sales at gun shows. Allowing unlicensed sellers to skip background checks creates an easy way for criminals to buy guns. Some states have closed this “gun show loophole,” and gun shows continue to be held in those states.
I have no problem with background checks for gun buyers at gun shows, but again Dick, that’s NOT where the bad guys are getting their weapons. You’re just not grasping that for some reason.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has cited gun shows as a top source of illegal guns being trafficked into Mexico, fueling the crisis in border violence. We have supported an increase in the ATF budget so that they can have more funds to fight the unlawful transfer of guns across borders.
I know there are some unscrupulous gun dealers and gun buyers, they have always been around, but if I am not mistaken, most of that BATF report about the origin of the guns used in Mexico was debunked.
In the days of the old west there were unscrupulous gun dealers that sold repeating rifles to the hostile Indians. These are NOT those days of old.
There are people that buy guns, LEGALLY, and they DO buy them for the cartels, they do it right here in Texas. But if the gun dealer that sells them these weapons has done his job and checked them out regarding their criminal background, then HE has done his job. If the buyer takes these guns to the cartels that BUYER is the one that needs to be strung up by his Achilles tendons and left to rot!
Leave the LEGAL and RESPONSIBLE gun owners and licensed gun dealers alone. Go after the real *bad guys*, those that manipulate the system in order to supply drug dealers with weapons. Go after ANY dealer that skirts the law to make these sales. Go after ANY buyer that supplies the cartels. We donâ€™t need any more gun laws, we need to enforce the laws we have and engage in the most strict punishment imaginable against those that bring peril to this nation and to those that endanger our 2nd Amendment rights with their behavior!
Who else supports closing the gun show loophole? According to a bipartisan poll done in 2008, 87 percent of Americans and 83 percent of gun owners support this move.
Without a link to these figures, a reputable source, your story just doesn’t hold water. You see Dick, citation is everything for the writer of a reputable blog, you’d think an OLD guy like you would know that. I mean, if a dumb and ugly guy like me knows, a really smart guy like you should too. With no citation, it may very well be a statistic that you made up.
I joined the coalition because my highest responsibility is to protect the public safety of Hurst residents. I would never be part of an organization that aims to take away my Second Amendment rights, nor the rights of anyone in Texas.
Well Dick, you may not have intended to sign on with one, but you did. All ANY gun owner in the USA needs to see is the name of Michael Bloomberg and warning bells go off, you are guilty by association there Dick.
I have worked hard to do a good job as mayor for the last five years. The coalition to which I belong is not going to take any law-abiding personâ€™s guns. Why would anyone believe the negative statements that have been made about their mayor when he has worked so long and hard and has kept the best interest of Hurst residents at heart?
Well Dick, just guessing here, since I am so dumb and all, I’m thinking that the management of the city is one thing, but when a small town Mayor starts talking about guns and registration, loopholes, gun shows and the likes, well doggone it Dick, those pesky alarm bells just start up again, and it’s hard for LEGAL and LAW ABIDING citizens to buy into this little Bloomberg plan.
I have no hidden agenda.
You sure do like to say that Dick. “No hidden agenda”. For a guy with NO hidden agenda, you sure do defend that position. A lot like someone that DOES have a hidden agenda. Those damned warning bells are going off again Dick. Read MY lips…
Iâ€™ve talked with many gun owners who agree that supporting gun rights and fighting gun crime are consistent goals. The NRA ought to listen to them. The NRA ought to be applauding mayors for trying to build consensus on the gun issue â€” and the NRA should join us in our efforts.
Tell me Dick, does it get lonely up there in that Ivory Tower? And all of these gun owners that you have talked to, how many of them told you to take your damned hands OFF of their guns?
Look Dick, you can’t convince ANYONE that this little farce is about criminals only. We ALL know where the bad guys get their guns. We all know about the miserable SOBs that buy legally and sell to the Mexican cartels. But we also know that the Central and South American black markets are where most of the guns in Mexico are coming from. I have NEVER seen live grenades or C-4 sold at ANY gun show. Have you Dick?
The NRA isn’t joining your effort simply because the NRA knows, as well as I, or any other legal gun owner, you’re a gun grabber Dick, and that hidden agenda you deny so vehemently is really there, buried deeply Dick, and waiting to spring on ALL guns and gun owners.
And Dick ol’ boy, you have got to get a better plan of attack going man. I know a gentleman of your very advanced age should have learned by now, email attacks and name calling are quite childish. That stuff just doesn’t look too good to the media or the voters. And I am going to send that last email to The Dallas Morning News and Ft. Worth Star Telegram too. The voters of the fine City of Hurst need to know what kind of childish person you really are.
The below is a direct quote from your web site. It is okay for you to be highly opinionated and state what is exactly on your mind, but let anyone else speak their mind and all hell breaks loose. Well, I am the same way. You are still ugly and you are still dumb. You know Fred, you can play your little game all day, but I do not have time for your drivel and I assure you, your readers will forget this by this time next week. Signing off!!!
I’m a highly opinionated blogger, if you ask for my opinion I’ll let you know exactly what’s on my mind. I don’t play the PC game, so, be very careful what you ask for.
You are just too much Dick, really, I am laughing my ass off here. I am ugly and dumb? That’s it? That’s all you have? The only thing you left out was the part about my Mom dressing me funny…
And thank you for reminding me of my own quote, that keeps slipping my mind, what with me being so dumb and all.
Dick, you are entitled to your opinion, that is not the issue. I am entitled to challenge you, a public official, ON those opinions. I asked a question, I stated an opinion and you launched a name calling tirade that my 5 year old grand son knows not to do.
It wasn’t too terrible Dick, but it’s enough, it shows EVERYONE exactly what you’re made of. And it sure does have a really strong smell of BS. Sort of like you have no real and valid argument. You can’t debate the facts, you can’t take even the least criticism, so YOU call names.
I’m NOT one of those *all hat and no cattle* kind of guys Dick, I know what BS smells like, and that’s exactly what the citizens of Hurst fell for when they elected you! A big old bag of wind and a load of BS.
I really don’t think my readers will forget this either Dick. I may make you a regular part of my blog. Let’s face it Dick, we need some entertainment, and the voters of Hurst need to see how you responded to an email that in no way called you ugly or dumb. I said, “You are a disgrace!” and for that I am told that I am ugly and dumb?
Your political opinion was criticized Dick, not you, not your morals, your family, your religious beliefs, your appearance or anything else. I criticized your political stand Dick, and you launched the insults, YOU, the Mayor of Hurst, Texas, calling names like a little kid on the school yard.
Bad form there Ol’ boy…