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Old April 1st, 2012, 01:18 PM #1
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In Their Own Words; A Blueprint to Ban Handguns by Joe Curran

The attached 63-page planning paper was written and published by J. Joseph Curran in 1999. For those not familiar, Curran was Maryland's fanatically anti-gun Attorney General from 1987-2007 before he retired and Gansler took the reigns. Curran was a darling of the Cease Fire crowd and worked closely with them throughout the years.

In this plan Curran does a good job of outlining the anti-gun crowd's multifaceted plan for gradually chipping away at, and in some cases eventually banning, private gun ownership, especially of handguns. From "educating the children" to think correctly to taking background checks to draconian levels to suing the manufacturers and dealers into oblivion, it's all in there.

The report was available for a long time on the State AG's website. It's was eventually taken down, perhaps at least partially in the hope that the Pro-2A movement would forget such a bold and detailed statement from an elected official regarding the true methods and goals of gun control in this state existed. However, the Internet Archive is a wonderful thing.

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Our goal, then, must be to eliminate widespread handgun ownership through
restrictive handgun licensing. This will preserve the benefits of handgun use while
finally ridding our communities of its terrible cost. Law enforcement personnel
must have handguns for use on the job. Business owners may need a licensed gun
on the premises under certain circumstances. Sports shooters will still practice
their sport. Where guns are needed to advance reasonable law enforcement purposes
or to participate in a regulated sporting activity, they will be licensed for use
in that manner. People will no longer, however, own guns without demonstrating a
compelling law enforcement or recreational reason to do so.

The presence of handguns in homes across America endangers everyone. We do
not need them, and the misguided desire people feel to own handguns for self defense
would be greatly diminished if they did not feel threatened by widespread
handgun ownership. We certainly do not need handguns badly enough to continue
numbly to accept the pain and anguish they inflict. Handguns exact too high a
price. We should pay it no longer.
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Isn't Curran related to our current governor?
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Right up there with the current POTUS goals....
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I feel that if we don't do something, one day they will achieve their goal.
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Isn't Curran related to our current governor?

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What people who agree with this paper don't accept is that taking away the "equalizer" would leave the world ruled by large, strong men with clubs and blades. We've already tried that--it's called the Dark Ages.

Something else they will not accept is the fact that if you take all the guns off the street you will still have a crime problem, but if you take the criminals off the street you won't have a gun problem.
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In his defense, it seems like he truly believes that what he's doing is for the benefit of mankind. Doesn't make it right, but damn I'd love to know how people are that delusional.
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Maybe he believes it, and maybe not. When I read stuff like that, I remember:

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"Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn’t allow him to do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians." ~ Alexander Hope, from the novel Hope by L. Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman
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Isn't Eric Holder a cousin?
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In his defense, it seems like he truly believes that what he's doing is for the benefit of mankind. Doesn't make it right, but damn I'd love to know how people are that delusional.
If he didn't think that it was For the Greater Good (the Greater Good), he wouldn't be dangerous.

I don't like raisins, but I don't think that raisins should be illegal. But what if I thought that if raisins were banned, fewer people would die of cancer? I'd probably send letters to Steny Hoyer and beg him to save us from the terrible scourge of raisins.
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