Deleware Disarmament Dispatch

Caesar Rodney statue, Wilmington Deleware (courtesy thcphotography.com)

My name is Jeff Spiegelman [not shown]. I am a representative in Delaware’s General Assembly. I am a longtime reader of your website. The anti-gun movement (which includes members of the House and Senate, as well as the Governor) is currently attempting to enact “safety” laws that would make Delaware one of the most gun-draconian states in the region. This package has six parts . . .

1. Assault weapons ban- Unwritten as of 3/25

2. Hi cap mag ban - “This bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale, purchase, transfer or delivery of large-capacity magazines, which are defined as ammunition feeding devices with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.”

3. Gun-free school zones – No link as of 3/25.  This law would criminalize the possession of a firearm within a school zone.

4. Ban on private sales and mandatory record keeping of all firearm transactions - ”This bill would require that a criminal history background check be performed in connection with the sale or transfer of all firearms… Dealers would be required to maintain records of such background checks in accordance with state and federal law”

5. Mandatory reporting of a lost or stolen firearm within 48 hours - ”This bill would require owners of lost or stolen handguns to report such loss or theft within 48 hours of discovery.”

6. Municipalities would have ultimate jurisdiction when it comes to firearms possession - A law that would end state pre-emption, creating the possibility of city ordinances restricting firearms ownership.

7. Assault weapons ban – prohibits the manufacture, production, possession, delivery, sale or purchase of ‘assault weapons.’

I know I represent a small state, but any coverage you could give that would help fight these laws would be greatly appreciated. And, by the way, we are very very VERY sorry about Joe Biden…… (I changed my mind.  You can leave that in.)

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34 Responses to Deleware Disarmament Dispatch

  1. avatarSixpack70 says:

    I’m still waiting for MA to go full retard. I’m sorry to hear Delaware is going that route! Glad I move south this summer.

    • avatarSteve in MA says:

      Dom?

    • avatarGreg in Allston says:

      If you want to help MA from going “full retard”, come to the rally on Boston Common on Wednesday, April 3, 12:00 – 15:00. It’s being sponsored by GOAL. Alan Gotltieb of SAF will be speaking, among others. Also, contact your reps.

      • avatarSixpack70 says:

        I will be out of the state in FL unfortunately. I am sure there will be more to go to until I leave. I’ve been telling a lot of people to keep up the writing efforts and to not relax.

      • avatarPat says:

        If you want to keep your state from going “full retard”, you have to make sure to never again vote libtard (democrat).
        Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  2. avatarAnmut says:

    The bill allowing cities to precede state law scares me the most out of all of them. If one can get away with it than the rest will try – and as we’ve seen in the past when politicians *need* votes they know how to get the dead to vote multiple times get them.

    • avatarCody says:

      Cities laws preceding state laws is a wonderful thing. It allows liberal cities to be an island of them self, and more conservative cities/places to do the same. Government at the local level works best.

      • avatarVladimir says:

        Unfortunately it’s virtually impossible for a city to create local firearms laws which are more liberal than state law. It’s quite easy, though, for them to create onerous and anti-gun municipal and local laws which are MORE strict than state law. This has the effect of turning the state into a patchwork of confusing minefields where you never are quite sure what is legal where. It’s far better to solve these issues at the state (or even national) level, than leave local governing bodies to their own devices.

      • avatarint19h says:

        Do you fancy checking the laws of every single location you happen to drive though to ensure that you’re not inadvertently committing a felony?

        Local government is a good thing, generally speaking, but there is such a thing as “too fine-grained”, where the burden of complying with all the differing laws is so great that it no longer justifies the benefits.

  3. avatarRon says:

    Perhaps Cabela’s should reconsider the store they are building at Christiana.

    • avatarDave says:

      Cabela’s is building two stores here in CO and have not indicated that they will change their plans after the passing of our terrible laws.

  4. avatarDavid says:

    Met this guy at the capital ralley on MLK weekend. Seemed like a cool guy. Like some other states, DE is very divided when it comes to geography and political philosphy. Few counties in America differ from each other more than New Castle (Where Biden was from like 30 years ago) county and Sussex county.

    • avatarBen says:

      A lot of states are very divided actually. As a Kalifornia resident, I can attest to that. By landmass, the state is hugely conservative. It’s just the liberals in the bay area and down south that rule the state. And I’m guessing that a good voter ID law would change a lot of that, stopping the illegals (and dead) from voting.

    • Joe Biden lived in New Castle County the day he was named Obamas running mate and still maintains a home here today that he retreats to very often. The location you are referring to is where he was born, Scranton PA.

  5. avatarWilliam says:

    Hey Jeff: if you’re a reader, you’re a MEMBER.

  6. avatarFingers says:

    …and one by one the states of the east coast fell…

    • avatarThe Original Brad says:

      I’m sorry, you’ve somehow mistaken the NE from the SE. VA and MD could not be farther apart in terms of gun politics. We have the whole DC, NOVA area to deal with but yet we still manage to have some common sense here. The struggle is simply getting people to vote. MD has two liberal bastions that get the vote out exponentially more than the rest of the State, thus, you get this kind of BS the author describes above.

  7. avatarNutmegger says:

    Living in New Castle County myself I know first hand what a mixed bag it is in terms of feelings on gun rights. I received correspondence from the Lt. governor as well as various state senators and representatives, all of them echoed the same belief that gun rights are important to Delawareans but apparently not important enough to propose any useful legislation. The funny thing is I moved from Connecticut where gun laws are only getting worse to Delaware where it is following suit.

  8. avatarIng says:

    Jeff Spiegelman not shown? Too bad. That photo (if it was him) would’ve made him officially the badassest legislator in America.

    We’re glad you’re with us, Jeff. If you don’t mind, I’m going to just go on thinking that really is a picture of you. (Hey, aren’t you on Delaware’s state quarter, too?)

    • avatarFug says:

      The guy on the horse is Caesar Rodney. He signed the declaration of independence for Delaware, breaking the deadlock by riding 70 miles to Philadelphia through a thunderstorm.

      Anti-2A bigotry is strong here, I’ve heard the vitriol they spew when they don’t know gun owners are nearby and it is downright frightening how misguided many elite, wealthy Delawareans are, not to mention corrupt. There is a lot of wealth tucked away here and we will have to fight them tooth and nail to stop this.

      I have worked for the state here in DE and it is a 100% Democrat run operation. I was fired from the DOL the day after stating I owned a firearm. My co-worker’s jaw dropped when I told her and the next day I got a call saying not to come in. They gave other reasons, but the timing was not a coincidence. I would have never mentioned it, but a local gun shop had applied for a tax credit and my co-worker asked if I knew what the shop was because I am from Newark, where it was located. An older lady I worked with told me “they’re all democrats” my first day on the job and she was constantly referred to by my liberal co-workers as a “troublemaker.” She was a nice lady and my co-workers openly abused Xanax and shirked their duties.

      It was a truly terrible place to work and Wilmington, Delaware may as well be Chicago, Illinois based on what I’ve experienced. We can’t afford to give these bastards an inch because they are ITCHING to take a mile or ten. I doubt we will be able to beat them back, but when they pass this law it will only be the start of something much bigger.

  9. avatarKane says:

    As a Delawarean I have been arguing with this lady Karen.Peterson@state.de.us she is the Representative for my district. I don’t think i am going to get anywhere as she endorses the bill’s. This is really pissing me off. After years in the army 3 tours in the middle east here i am trying to have the same right as when i left. Only to find people to cowardice to have served taking away my rights due to there irrational emotionally biased points of view.

    Seriously where do they get off comparing honest hard working Americans to crazy people because of one nut job hundreds of miles away.

    I do not feel that i should be obligated to prove my worthiness to own or possess a firearm. .

    Yet these politicians seem justified and empowered to criminalize me as a byproduct of my military service.

    • avatarRalph says:

      Sorry to say it, but you’ve been used. Nobody should “serve” until we get our country back.

      • avatartraye says:

        My wife asked me (a very patriotic man my entire life) if after what America has quickly become I have become ashamed of my and my family’s service. The shame is that I cannot say no.

    • avatarDave says:

      Try to persuade her to at least not endorse removing the preemption law. As bad as the Delaware law will be, it will get much worse in the cities eager to have their own ordinances. Just compare the laws in New York City and the rest of New York State And there is a good argument one can make with preemption – if the Delaware law will become very strict after all the other measures are adopted, there is no need to have anything special in the cities.

    • avataralan d. reed says:

      Kane, don’t feel to bad I have been writing to Carney,Carper,Coons,Biden,Obama every week since this debate started and I get the same exact form letter everytime so if you don’t actually speak to them face to face they just use their own views!

      • avatarCJ Jones says:

        Carper, Coons & Carney are all bought & paid for, the replies from all 3 insult a fellas intelligence. Jeff S. keep up the fight, young fellas like you are the only hope we have

  10. If gun and magazine bans are passed, registration, and/or any/all of their other unconstitutional infringements of our rights, I will not comply. Millions more will not comply.
    DHS and other alphabet agencies have recently purchased over 1.8 BILLION rounds of hollow point ammo – enough to shoot every man, woman, and child in the country 5 times or more – enough for over 20 years of warfare here in the homeland at the intensity of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflict – ammo that’s illegal for military use under international law, and have just ordered more and an additional 7,000 FULLY AUTOMATIC “personal defense” weapons. They have also recently purchased almost 3,000 armored fighting vehicles for use on the streets of America, in addition to the many already obtained from DoD. How does anyone with the capability of rational thought escape the conclusion that our government is preparing for a war on its own citizens?
    Feinstein, Schumer, Obama, Holder, Bloomberg, Cuomo, and their whole gang are tyrant wannabes. To them, anyone who does, or might, oppose their control over every aspect of our lives, is “a criminal” because they said so.
    To quote a few of their heroes, with explanatory comments in ( ):
    “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao
    (They revere Mao and the way he ruthlessly grabbed power in China. The fact that he murdered about 100 million Chinese to do it is, to them, a “feature,” not a “bug.”)
    “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves. … The only real power comes out of a long rifle. … Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach. … We don’t let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns? … The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.” — Joseph Stalin
    “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed the subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty.” — Adolf Hitler
    (These psychopathic sociopaths in our government – and THEY ARE PRECISELY THAT, never make the mistake of doubting it – believe that they are anointed to be our rulers and that we are the equivalent of Hitler’s “subject races.” And we know what they did to “them.”)
    Don’t tell me, “It can’t happen here in America.” To borrow a quote from Mike Vanderboegh,
    “Anyone who tells you that ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ is whistling past the graveyard of history. There is no ‘house rule’ that bars tyranny coming to America. History is replete with republics whose people grew complacent and descended into imperial butchery and chaos.”
    Hitler disarmed the Jews and others, then murdered millions
    Stalin disarmed the Russians, them murdered millions
    Mao disarmed the Chinese peasants, then murdered nearly 100 million.
    The Turks disarmed the Armenians, then murdered 1.5-2 million.
    Pol Pot disarmed the Cambodians and murdered millions.
    Rwanda disarmed its ethnic groups, then murdered millions.
    The list goes on … about 262 MILLION people murdered BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENTS in the 20th century – AFTER they allowed those governments to disarm them. See: http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/20TH.HTM
    They ALL thought “It can’t happen here” – until they were disarmed and it started, then it was too late. Don’t make the same mistake. Don’t EVER let your government disarm you.
    The Founders knew that government, if not constrained at every step, will continue to accumulate power and control until it becomes tyranny. That’s why they feared standing armies and insisted that the “right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
    “A tyrannical rule cannot in any reasonable construction be accounted lawful, and therefore the disturbance of such a government cannot be esteemed seditious, much less traitorous.” – Thomas Aquinas
    When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance becomes Duty – Thomas Jefferson
    Take the pledge:
    http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2012/12/19/my-personal-pledge-of-resistance-against-any-attemp-to-disarm-us-by-means-of-an-assault-weapons-ban/

  11. avatarRoscoe says:

    Sounds like Delaware’s about to get a taste of what has been going on here in Kalifornia for a long time. And now with Democratic supermajorities in both the Kal Senate and Assembly, the rabid gun grabbers are sponsoring additional bills to make it even worse.

    Think Delaware’s bills are bad, check out:

    http://cgssa.org/stopthetyranny

    http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=715185

    Organize and fight hard.

  12. Intensifying citification means that repression is only going to get worse. Thomas Jefferson’s insight is confirmed by anthropological observation.

    “When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.” ~Thomas Jefferson, December 23, 1790

    “Civilization originates in conquest abroad and repression at home.” ~Stanley Diamond, In Search of the Primitive: A Critique of Civilization, p. 1, first sentence

  13. avatardave Colone says:

    These lawmakers are life long politicans, they’ve been in there so long they have no fear of the common man. Grassroots need to impose term limits on these power mongers to save ourselves.

  14. avatargmgunsmith says:

    Again another State going after the hardware and ignoring the criminals.

    They must be in collaboration with the local organized crime syndicate.

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