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Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan: Ban AK-47s, Expand Background Checks, Don’t Believe the NRA
by AWR Hawkins 23 Nov 2016
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan says AK-47s should be banned, background checks should be expanded, and the NRA’s concerns over certain politicians should not be believed.
McKagan expounded on his gun control positions in his inaugural column for Vice blog Noisey. The column focused on “things happening right now,” with the stated goal of bringing “a bunch of us back to a place where we can talk and hopefully—in a small way—start to make this country and world, a much better place for us all.”
He described himself as an “armchair historian,” opined on various subjects, then pushed gun control:
So let’s do some tweaking. Background checks for all gun sales? Hell yes, right? What’s the argument against that? Banning AK-47’s and the like? Probably a damn good idea, right? Who needs them? I’m just a regular guy, neither “pro” nor “anti” gun…and I understand and respect the right to bear arms, but do some of you actually think we maintain this right still for the sole purpose of the “in case” of our own government somehow taking over (as opposed to fighting off the English imperialistic monarchy in 1775). This all seems as basic to me, as banning sales of guns here for people who are on the no-fly list. Is there something I am missing here?
Actually, there are quite a few things McKagan is missing. First, Founding Father James Madison made clear that the reason Americans own guns is to repel tyranny. He did this in Federalist 46, a document armchair historians ought to read. Secondly, the no-fly list is notoriously inaccurate and is based on the accusation of a crime rather than a conviction for a crime. So using the list violates due process rights of Americans and opens the door to placing allegations on par with verdicts. Third, background checks already exist and they do not stop latent criminals from acquiring guns.
In fact, here is a listof recent attackers and alleged attackers who acquired their guns via background checks:
the New York bombing suspect (September 19)
the Orlando attacker (June 12)
the UCLA gunman (June 1)
the San Bernardino attackers (December 2, 2015)
the Colorado Springs attacker (October 31, 2015)
the Umpqua Community College attacker (October 1, 2015)
Alison Parker’s attacker (August 26, 2015)
the Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015)
the Chattanooga attacker (July 16, 2015)
the alleged Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal attacker (Jun 17, 2015)
the Muhammad Carton Contest attackers (May 3, 2014)
the Las Vegas cop killers (June 9, 2015)
the Santa Barbara attacker (May 23, 2014)
the Fort Hood attacker (April 2, 2014)
the Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013)
the D.C. Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013)
the Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012)
Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011)
the Fort Hood attacker (November 5, 2009)
the Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007), and many others.
Moreover, Paris has expanded background checks and they also had 130 innocents gunned down on November 13, 2015 and 12 gunned down on January 7, 2015.
But McKagan wasn’t done. He also encouraged gun owners to “ignore” emails from the NRA and said it is not realistic to believe politicians can actually take away guns:
If you are a gun owner in this country and you actually think somebody is gonna come to your house and take your gun away…uh….maybe you shouldn’t be a gun owner (just my two cents). Educate yourselves on the Amendments and the Constitution to which they were added. An actual repeal of an Amendment would have to pass thru two-thirds of both Legislative bodies, and then have be ratified by two-thirds of the 50 states. It’ll never be repealed simply because there is NO WAY 38 states will vote against guns.
When you read McKagan’s argument which attempts to show politicians cannot take away guns, keep in mind that it is part of the same article in which he supports politicians banning whole categories of guns–“AK-47s and the like.”
Guns N’ Roses
Note: Common is a Geffen Records artist, a performer in the Yes We Can video, and a Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago)parishioner.
Barack Obama is featured in the Yes We Can video, the president for the Barack Obama administration, was the candidate for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, and a parishioner at the Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago).
Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. was a member of the African American Religious Leadership Committee, and is a senior pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago).
Louis Farrakhanwas awarded the 2007 Jeremiah Wright Jr. Trumpeter award from the Trumpeter Newsmagazine, and is the acting head for the Nation of Islam.
Otis Moss III is a pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago), and a trustee at Morehouse College.
Eric H. Holder Jr.was a trustee at the Morehouse School of Medicine, the attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice for the Barack Obama administration, a board member for the American Constitution Society, an intern at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the American Constitution Society, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and a benefactor for the Harlem Children’s Zone.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
Gabrielle Giffords is a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions, and an Arizona Senate senator.
Michael R. Bloomberg was a contributor for the Americans for Responsible Solutions, a benefactor for the Harlem Children’s Zone, is the founder of the Independence USA PAC, a co-chair for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety.
Warren E. Buffett
is an advisory board member for Everytown for Gun Safety
, and an adviser for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank)
Jessica Tuchman Mathews
is a director at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank)
, was the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank)
, a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg
(think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg
conference participant (think tank).
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)
Margaret A. Hamburg
was a VP for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (think tank)
, and is a member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age
Eric H. Holder Jr.
is a member of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age
, a partner at Covington & Burling LLP
, a trustee at the Morehouse School of Medicine
, a board member for the American Constitution Society
, an intern at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
, and the attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice
for the Barack Obama administration
Otis Moss III
is a trustee at Morehouse College
, and a pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago)
was awarded the 2007 Jeremiah Wright Jr. Trumpeter award from the Trumpeter Newsmagazine
, and is the acting head for the Nation of Islam
is a Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago)
parishioner, a performer in the Yes We Can video
, and a Geffen Records