- Former NRA Director Russ Howard, who resigned from the
organization in 1997 after the NRA was infiltrated and then completely
taken over by double agents who ever since have worked to help gut and
subvert existing constitutional rights to bear firearms, dissects the entire
situation as it now stands in this country with regard to our steadily,
relentlessly encroached-upon constitutional rights to own and "operate"
a gun; in this logically, factually, ethically flawless and irrefutable
- Here's the whole story--in all it's grim, gory detail.
This is ESSENTIAL reading for those who hope to preserve their Second Amendment
- NewsHawk® Inc.
- We were forwarded the Russ Howard article by 2nd-Amendment-News@frostbit.com
- Project Exile, or Project Gulag?
- By Russ Howard 3-10-00
- "In his...State of the Union address, President
Clinton announced plans to require a special photo ID license and mandatory
gun course for the purchase of handguns.... '[T]here is only one reason...[for]
a...database on everyone...who owns a firearm, [responds Wayne LaPierre,]
and that's for the 2nd step -- ...when they decide...to sweep every firearm
from every American house....' " (Gun-rights organizations at odds,
by David Bresnahan, WorldNetDaily, Mar. 2, 2000)
- So true. But then why, should such a law pass, does
LaPierre want to enforce it?
- Through "Project Exile," LaPierre wants to
"enforce existing gun laws" with "zero tolerance" and
5-years in the federal prisons he's helping build, despite the unconstitutionality
of most existing gun laws and our bitter struggles against their passage.
Predictably, Clinton & Co. are buying in: "Enforce existing gun
laws, huh? Hey, that sounds pretty good! How about 500 more ATF agents?"
(Which, of course, LaPierre had to swallow, though as usual he didn't seem
to mind). Anti-gun-rights enthusiasm for Exile was predictable, considering
that LaPierre partnered with pro-defenselessness Philadelphia Mayor Ed
Rendell to grease this sucker deal.
- And yet, this from the "NRA Winning Team" web
site: "Readers...may be surprised...about the latest politician taking
credit for 'Project Exile.' A Buffalo News article (8/10/99) quoted...Sen.
Charles Schumer...saying, 'Before Project Exile,...a crime with an illegal
gun could mean only a slap on the wrist. But now those wrists are slapped
with handcuffs.' (Credit Where Credit Is Due? NRA-ILA Fax Alert, Vol.6,
- Why should anyone be surprised to see the Victim Disarmers
jump on a bandwagon that will turn decent gun owners into political prisoners,
one by one? Is NRA's "Winning" Team really that dense, or, like
the corrupt police official in Casablanca, are they "shocked, shocked,
to discover there is gambling in this institution" (as they collect
- Perhaps when pressed, LaPierre will say something like,
"I meant real criminals; you know, violent felons." But while
his "Winning Team" chants the "law enforcement" mantra,
they take little care to limit the focus of Exile propaganda to convicted
criminals; let alone violent felons. Not that these finer distinctions
would save us anyway: Intended or not, they will include decent folks busted
for CCW or refusing to turn in "illegal" guns, then busted again
after doing time. As gun laws grow ever numerous and complex, Exile will
victimize good citizens for unknowing violations as well. Moreover, since
anti-gunners are designing and implementing Exile, even "Violent Felons"
will include decent, victimless offenders. In short, Project Exile will
turn political dissidents into political prisoners. Hence, "Project
- Let's say they come to confiscate your "assault
weapon," which respectable sport shooter Charlton Heston says you
have no legit reason to own. Maybe you're not enthusiastic enough about
giving it up. Maybe you mouth off about your "rights." We'll
assume you're luckier than Don Scott, the Weavers, and the little kiddies
at Waco, so the police merely beat you and claim you attacked them. Besides
a gun "crime," you're also convicted of a "violent crime".
Or, suppose while carrying "illegally" for self-defense, you
rid the gene pool of a would-be torture-murderer who had not yet racked
up a record. As they say, "no good deed should go unpunished."
It's your word against your pure-as-the-driven- snow "victim,"
so to add injury to injury, and some insult as well, the slam-dunk carry
case helps convict you of a "violent crime" against him.
- In any case, after doing time, you're arrested &
convicted again for exercising your "inalienable right" to self-defense.
5 years later and "free" again, your incorrigible attachment
to the "RKBA" gets you a 3rd Strike. Thanks to LaPierre's "Winning"
Team -- big supporters of 3 Victimless Crimes & You're Out and other
cornerstones of the Prison Industrial Complex -- you go to the Gun Gulag
- Here. In America. As a political prisoner. Even though
you never hurt a soul.
- According to Utah constitutional rights leader Arnold
Gaunt, "Sen. Hatch...laments that Reno has prosecuted so few for possession
of 'assault weapons'. LaPierre was here [Feb.16], defending Hatch's anti-gun
record." Here are some excerpts from Hatch's website:
- "I am pleased that...Clinton appears to be partially
signing onto the Republican solution to...gun violence...[Like mine, his]
proposal...seek[s] to curb the sharp decline in gun prosecutions...[which
a]fter intense pressure from Congress...finally increased...in 1999...
[But his] fails to increase penalties for violent offenses... [In] Hatch
10-20- life..., a criminal who commits a federal felony with a firearm...[faces]
minimum sentences: 10 Years for...a...felony with a firearm. 20 Years for
the discharge of a firearm during...a...felony. Life for...murder...with
a firearm during...a...felony. ...[Clinton's] record...was terrible...:
[F]irearm on school grounds.... Clinton...prosecuted only 8 cases under
this law in 1998... [T]ransfer...to a juvenile.... Clinton... prosecuted
only 6.... [T]ransfer or possess a semi- automatic assault weapon.... Clinton...prosecuted
- Consider these scenarios for Hatch's "Republican"
- * You, a 40-year-old teacher, afraid to be defenseless
after all the shootings, begin 'carrying' to work. A student opens fire,
deranged by the druggings prescribed for his 'ADD' (formerly known as Childhood).
When calling "time out" fails, you shoot back. Even if you miss,
you're out for 20. Sorry, no early parole thanks to NRA "CrimeStrike".
(Far-fetched, you say? In 1998, a kid shot up his high school, killing
2, wounding 7. The vice principal ran for a gun he'd unintentionally left
in his pickup and stopped the rampage without firing a shot. His parking
job alone was a felony under the Hatch-LaPierre-Heston Safety-Free Schools
- * You survive prison, but at 60, with little means of
support and forced to live in a rough "hood," you're nabbed at
a post office carrying for self-defense. Now it's 10 & 2. One more
& you're out. Batter Up! But wait, wasn't that a '2-fer'?
- * "Free at last" (at 70), you're forced to
live with a gun-owning son. The police search the place and...You're Out!
- * Dad dies young, leaves AR15 to 17-year-old. Mom unaware
of ban; kid goes to range...
- If a scenario above doesn't flow perfectly from current
law, policy, interpretation, or plan, don't worry, it will soon. A felony
is what the legislature says it is. As anti-gun legislatures define, redefine,
complicate, & federalize more and more felonies, more and more victimless
gun "crimes" will fall under Exile, 10-20-Life, etc.
- It's coming. On Feb.16, former Virginia Citizen Defense
League chief Val Finnell, MD got a chilling view of NRA's Texas Exile in
action: "Billboard in El Paso reads, 'Report illegal guns' and gives
an 800 number... Fools. All they have to do now is expand the list of people
unqualified to own guns. Nazi Germany & the Communist regimes worked
on these citizen snitch networks. It is beyond wrong, it is evil!"
- But they are expanding the list, and Hatch is working
overtime to help them: voting to jail teachers for the "crime"
of self-defense, complaining that not enough "assault weapon"
owners are doing time, peddling core anti-gun myths. (Why should a crime
with a gun draw a stiffer term than the exact same crime and resulting
injury committed with a knife? Because guns are evil?) Yet LaPierre calls
Hatch "one of the 3 best supporters of gun rights in the entire Senate
& House...combined." Really? Who are the other two, Schumer
- And Hatch's A+ rating? Big deal. NRA's A ratings have
long been one of the biggest farces in politics. Sadly, everyone's in
on the joke but NRA members. Every election cycle, LaPierre gives A and
A+ ratings, money, endorsements, even medals to hundreds of politicians
who vote for gun bans, and his "Winning" Team killed a board
policy I proposed in 1996 to stop it (see "Sleeping with the Enemy?"
http://www.goa-texas.org/Badgrade.htm). Like many "pro- gun"
Republicans, Hatch "protects" us from gun grabbers the way a
"good cop" protects a suspect from the "bad cop."
And with LaPierre, Heston & Co. running cover, they can count on us
to play the ever grateful sap.
- The "Winning" Team is also helping expand the
list people unqualified to own guns:
- * Reverse: Expanding the list of guns not qualified to
be owned -- by rewarding politicians who vote for gun bans.
- * Direct: Lautenberg "domestic violence" ban.
The "Winning" Team "took a walk" on this.
- * Indirect: Safety-Free Schools, federalization, InstaCheck,
massive police hiring & prison building - all NRA programs.
- Why are we doing this? The theory we've been sold is
that lowering violent crime rates by any means possible will reduce pressure
for gun confiscation. The theory is wrong. History shows that building
a police state paves the way for gun control, and for the genocide of those
the latter leaves defenseless against the former (see Nazi Germany, the
Soviet Union, Red China). And "low-crime" countries generally
seem to have been as oppressive against citizen self-defense as "high-crime"
- The theory implicitly accepts the model that the anti-self-
defense/gun confiscation movement is at heart benign, motivated by good
intentions, bad logic, and, in many cases, hoplophobia (irrational fear
of guns). While the benign paradigm may hold true for most of the followers,
the same cannot be said of the leaders, who can barely contain their glee
at exploiting each new massacre in a school left defenseless by their policies.
With virtual control of the press, such incidents will yield ample fodder
for gun control pressure, despite the fact that they are facilitated by
gun control, despite dropping crime rates, and despite overwhelming evidence
that gun control increases violent crime. In any case, why would hoplophobes
give up if crime drops?
- And regardless of how successful gun safety programs
have been at making child shooting accidents statistically rare, accidents
can never be eliminated entirely short of total civilian gun confiscation
or storage laws so Draconian as to yield total civilian defenselessness.
Until then, there will always be enough horrible tragedies for gun control
leaders to do their media blood dance on the nightly news.
- The theory also neglects to consider that a police state,
once built, cannot be expected to behave and go away when not longer needed.
Such an expectation would be as absurd as the notion that Marx's state
would "wither away". Like any bureaucracy or organism, it will
seek to survive and grow, and it will do so at the expense of citizen self-defense,
which it will treat as a threat. Once critical mass is reached, it will
run its course.
- The 2nd Amendment community's contribution to public
safety should be citizen self-defense. Studies and common sense back us
up. It's what much of the public expects and wants to hear from us. So
why not give it to them, relentlessly? Instead, we hide from our own issue,
support Draconian sentences for violations of unconstitutional carry laws,
endorse victim defenselessness in schools, restaurants, etc., and fight
Vermont carry, while instructors for the much-vaunted "Refuse to be
a Victim" program, last time I checked, were prohibited from even
recommending self-defense gun training, let alone providing it.
- This appeasement plays into the hands of victim disarmers:
Setting ourselves up by building the institutional means and demand for
our own oppression; implicitly supporting the notion that the police can
and should be our primary protectors. I hate violent crime as much as anyone;
I've been subjected to it. But 40 years ago we didn't need a prison on
every corner. We should ask why. If we were to greatly expand strong CCW
(as opposed to weak Virginia- style carry -- intentionally kept weak by
NRA), why would we need a police state? The Feds were far too powerful
before Project Exile.
- Are we a citizen self-defense civil rights movement,
or a special interest lobby for professional law enforcement and prison
industry expansion? There are dangerous conflicts of interest inherent
in trying to be both.
- The answer is not gutting the Bill of Rights; it's strong
CCW and respecting the Bill of Rights. By and large, the gun rights community
strongly supports "the police." But must we worship every ill-conceived
or ill-intended policy whim of law enforcement leaders? The rapidly-grown
standing army of professional law enforcement is now part of the select
militia problem about which the Constitution's Framers worried, and it
will naturally see self-defense as competition.
- Worse, this unofficial army is now commingling with the
official one. A recent Cato Institute paper, "Warrior Cops - The Ominous
Growth of Paramilitarism..." observes, "[For] 20 years Congress
has encouraged the...military to supply intelligence, equipment, and training
to civilian police...spawn[ing] a culture of paramilitarism...[N]early
90% of...cities...over 50,000 had paramilitary units...with M-16s, armored
personnel carriers, and grenade launchers[,]...exercises with...Army Rangers
and Navy SEALs[,]...behavior and outlook...not appropriate for...police
officer[s who]...confront not an "enemy" but individuals...protected
by the Bill of Rights..."
- Could the "Military Industrial Complex" have
a new market for the post-cold war age? From a 1999 CAIB article "The
Militarization of the Police": "The program...[is called], 'Technology
Transfer From Defense: Concealed Weapons Detection.'...Speaking to...the
defense, intelligence, and industrial communities in Nov.1993,...Janet
Reno challenge[d them]...'to turn your skills that served us so well in
the Cold War to...the war...in the streets'...[T]echnology include[s] '...unobtrusive
scanners to avoid "4th Amendment limitations'[,]... 'virtual reality
training, simulation, and mission planning...' "
- Is it any wonder Colt's would "go with the money"
-- supporting gun control and abandoning the civilian market, and in so
doing curry favor with government buyers?
- The police state's tents are made of concrete, barbed
wire, careers, and contracts - not easily folded. The Prison Industry
spent millions enacting 3-Strikes & prison-building laws, and voters
bought the same bill of goods we're buying on Exile - that it only affects
real criminals. Feeding a monster may keep it from eating us, for a while.
But as it grows, so does its appetite, until nothing's left but us. Millions
of jobs and billions in profits are at stake. As real crime drops, new
"criminals" will be created to arrest and to keep the industry
"staffed" in more ways than one. (Anyone notice that big business
is "hiring" inmates?) Victimless criminals make the best slave
laborers, and gun owners are a huge untapped pool.
- I am a life member of LEAA. I have friends in law enforcement
who honor the Constitution and see citizen self- defense as a blessing.
But many don't these days, especially leadership, so being pro-gun is not
the best career move. How many Cops with years invested and families to
support will stand up like former San Jose Policeman Leroy Pyle, LEAA's
first Executive Director? How many will "just follow orders"
- especially when NRA gives them the wink and the nod? How many will "turn"
under cognitive dissonance, peer pressure and job pressure, and let themselves
be pressed into the new mold?
- Millions look to NRA for policy guidance. When our "ankle-
grabbing Chamberlains" demonize certain gun owners, pass laws we must
break, hire Gestapo to arrest us, and build Gulags to hold us, the gun-owning
"herd of independent minds" will come to embrace those positions.
What was once treasonable, gradually becomes reasonable. Though most cannot
or will not see it, the "Winning" Team's insidious redefinition
of what it means to be "pro-gun" is the biggest threat faced
by the gun rights community. No Clinton, no Schumer, no Brady, and no
Feinstein could ever directly achieve it. Such subversion can only come
from inside. We're oppressed by the tyranny of the obvious, and we'll be
lucky to overcome it.
- How confident is the "Winning" Team in the
celebrity- worshipping gullibility of NRA members? On Mar.6, Wayne LaPierre
had a joint press conference with Handgun Control Inc.'s Jim Brady and
other prominent victim disarmers to launch Colorado Project Exile. Of
course, some of us aren't so easily taken. Reportedly, Mark Call of Rocky
Mountain Gun Owners' "Tyranny Response Team" asked LaPierre,
"I missed the phone number to turn in your neighbor. Is it 1- 800-Gestapo,
or 1-800-Police State?" I'll wager LaPierre thought him more a curmudgeon
than a wag. (Thanks to GOA-Texas chief Chris Stark for this info).
- Is it really likely NRA leaders don't know what they're
doing? I don't think so. In any case, it doesn't matter what they really
mean by "enforce existing gun laws." The mindless chant is catching
on. Perhaps NRA's "Winning" Team merely was not careful what
it wished for or how it wished for it. But they pried open Pandora's Box,
and the focus of what comes out will not be limited to "real"
criminals. Project Exile will be used against all citizens who flout gun
control, and it will work the way the Victim Disarmers want it to.
- So what happens when they pass gun owner registration
(as if we don't have it already under Heston's '68 Gun Control Act)? Hint:
The new motto is, "Fight Gun Control Today, Enforce it Tomorrow."
But if LaPierre is really worried about registration, why push InstaCheck
instead of viable alternative programs that would enable dealers to check
backgrounds without governments knowing who's buying?
- Of course, the government is not supposed to keep records.
That would be wrong! But it was wrong when the government murdered Don
Scott; shot little Sammy Weaver in the back and sniped his baby-carrying
mom; machine-gunned, crushed, gassed, and incinerated men, women &
children at a religious retreat; and then whitewashed and covered it up,
cheered on by bloodthirsty, newsmedia ratings-whores. Far from punishment,
the 'perps' enjoyed national approbation, and they are in charge of InstaCheck.
Does LaPierre think murderers will hesitate to keep some records? What
are they afraid of, the law? Get Real. They are the law.
- "Sed quis custodiet ipsos Custodes?", asked
Juvenal, some two millennia past. "But who shall guard the guards?"
Isn't that why the Framers wanted the People to be the guards? To be primarily
responsible for our own defense and the defense of our families and communities,
and not to delegate these basic rights and responsibilities? Over the generations
since our right to self-defense was paid for in blood, we foolishly ignored
Franklin and Washington, trading liberty for an illusion of safety; hiring
a dangerous servant and getting a fearful master.
- To appease our oppressors and score quickly forgotten
public relations points, should we help expand the Military- Police-Prison
Industrial Complex, leaders of which will surely come to view the unorganized
militia as a political threat, citizen self-defense as an economic threat,
and political prisoners as resources? Shouldn't we be trying to reverse
this secular mistake, the incremental quitclaiming of our ultimate power?
Shouldn't we delegate to or share with government only those functions
which enhance our ability to defend ourselves, withholding those which
supplant it? Shouldn't we aim to become the guards again?
- Russ Howard 1995-97, NRA Director (resigned - see http://www.goa-texas.org/Howard.htm)
(c) 2000 Russ Howard. Forward only in entirety.
- Section below By Neal Knox
- Please use the ballot in your March NRA magazines, and
urge your friends and fellow voting NRA members to double the power of
their ballots, by voting only for these 13 stalwarts:
- Sally Brodbeck Weldon Clark William Dominguez David Gross
Fred Gustafson Michael Kindberg Joe Olson Frank Sawberger Tom Seefeldt
John Trentes Miles Ugarkovich Glen Voorhees Neal Knox
- The biographies of our candidates can be seen on: http://www.paulrevere.org/nrabod/index.htm
- Our gun rights depend on who is at the helm of NRA.
- Yours for the Second Amendment,
- NEAL (s)
- Neal Knox
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