Air Date: January 15, 2015
Host: Vic Eliason
Guest: Erich Pratt
Erich Pratt is the director of communications for Gun Owners of America. He is the author of the book: ‘Bearing Arms: Our Rights, Our Duties & Our Freedoms.’ He has also authored a civil government textbook: ‘The Constitutional Recipe for Freedom: Twelve Principles of Liberty Today’s Politicians Don’t Want You to Know.’
This edition of Crosstalk covered many aspects of gun ownership, especially as it pertains to registration and confiscation. Below are just some of the related issues that Vic and Erich look at:
–Operation Choke Point. Erich noted that this is another example of President Obama using his phone and pen to try and implement his agenda without legislation from Congress. The operation puts the squeeze on banks and credit lending agencies, telling them that they can’t lend or process credit card transactions for anyone in the gun industry.
–A planned attack on the U.S. Capitol by an ISIS sympathizer was recently stopped. Incidents like this are a concern for Erich on one level because of gun-free zones that are in place around America. He indicated that if you go back to the 1950’s, all but 2 of the public mass shootings in our nation have occurred in gun free zones where people can’t defend themselves.
–Have you ever heard someone claim that Jesus would never allow the use of weaponry? Erich presents an interesting answer straight from Scripture.
–The FBI has reported that gun sales skyrocketed in December with 2.3 million background checks being conducted. Erich believes this may be due to concern over riots and high crime. At the same time, for the last 6 years, President Obama’s attacks on the 2nd amendment have been driving people to go to the gun stores to buy firearms because people may be thinking they better get one now before they lose the chance in the future.
–A Navy retiree had his guns confiscated after being treated for insomnia. He was mistakenly diagnosed as mentally unstable.
–An Alabama middle school principal sent a letter home to parents to have kids bring an 8 ounce canned good to contribute to the school arsenal. If an intruder would visit the school, children could thwart the intruder by throwing the cans at him.
–An anti-gun public service announcement encourages kids to break the law by stealing their parent’s guns and turning them in to teachers.
–The Virginia Governor has proposed some new regulations impacting gun shows and others pertaining to concealed carry permits.
–The VA is offering free gun locks for former military members but wants key personal information as well. Is this gun registry in disguise?
–Some cities in Pennsylvania are openly defying state law that forbids municipalities from regulating firearms.
–In December the Senate confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new surgeon general. He supports gun control and considers gun violence a public health issue. Will his office become a platform for gun control?
–In Missouri there’s a proposal to fund body cameras for police officers by putting a tax on handgun and ammunition purchases.