“When we’re afraid to make a purchase at a gun show, own an interesting collection of firearms, or effectively protect our own home and family, then we’ve already lost most of the right to keep and bear arms, no matter what the law says.
Notice the key word: ‘afraid’. Simple ‘fear’ of being investigated or prosecuted is enough to deter honest citizens from having, owning, using, or even taking an interest in firearms. And the BATFE has always relied on our fear.
How can you have a right to firearms ownership and possession if you are afraid of government action against you for owning or possessing firearms?
When a federal ‘law enforcement’ agency investigates and prosecutes honest citizens for trumped up or exaggerated violations, then that agency generates ‘fear’ in the population. And let me tell you, being afraid of a federal investigation, indictment, or prosecution does not make you a wimp. You can’t get yourself out of a federal prosecution for less than $5000 in legal fees, even if you are totally innocent. More likely, you’ll spend $25,000 to $75,000 in fees if you go to trial.
After a federal indictment, you can’t get your life back, even if charges are later dropped. The worry, the anxiety, the loss of job opportunities and promotions, marriage and family breakups…these are the direct results of federal prosecutions of gun owners. Imagine how destructive a felony conviction is…and how awful it is…when it arises from some paperwork error in a firearms registration or sales form. Imagine the numb horror of having to plea bargain to a federal felony because of abusive investigation…when you did nothing truly wrong.
BATFE uses intimidation tactics to scare people away from gun ownership and use. By doing so, BATFE destroys our right to keep and bear arms.”
((Ed. Comment to the preceding quote: These “intimidation tactics” on the part of the BATFE (formerly known as the ATF and BATF) have been planned and orchestrated for decades.))
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