Well, you can count at least one common citizen in the list of people "against illegal guns". However, my idea about being "against illegal guns" and the mayors across this nation may be a slight bit different...
It would seem that these 500 mayors who are against illegal guns are actually for the notion of making all guns illegal for certain people who haven't been convicted of any crime. My notion of being "against illegal guns" states that there should be no such thing as an "illegal gun". In Texas, even convicted felons regain their right to self-defense five years after they get "off paper".
A good while back,Rahm Emmanuel is taped saying this:
The ad, in case you haven't looked at the text, gives the following facts:
1) Major Nidal Malik Hasan was suspected of having terrorist links. The FBI
had monitored Hasan, reviewing 10-20 communications between Hasan and
Anwar al Awlaki – an al Qaeda recruiter who acted as a “spiritual advisor” to
two of the 9/11 hijackers.
The last time I checked, it wasn't against the law to speak with clergymen, regardless of what religion you subscribe to. Let's also not forget that the US gov't seems to have serious credibility issues, regarding who was even responsible for hijacking those planes. AT LEAST FOUR of the men our government claims were "suicide 9/11 hijackers" have long-since turned up very much ALIVE, wondering "What the hell are you talking about?".
2) Hasan passed the federal background check that is designed to prevent
criminals and other dangerous persons from obtaining guns.
This article leaves out two very important pieces of information. First and foremost, it doesn't tell WHEN Hasan purchased his handguns. For all we know, he could have done it ten years ago. Second, lest we also forget, some states (including TX) issue concealed handgun permits to active-duty military personnel. Persons with state-issued firearms licenses such as the Texas Concealed Handgun Permit do not undergo a "background check" us "normal people are subjected to, that is run through the BATFE...instead, their permit number is recorded, their photo identification is verified, and the sale is made on the spot. Still, as having only read this advertisement, I don't know if he purchased these handguns long before he ever contacted the alleged "terrorist-linked imam".
3) FBI counterterrorism officials were not notified when Hasan purchased a gun.
This very well may be the case, but I can assure you that it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the average American being able to purchase a handgun. If the FBI was watching Hasan, and the BATFE did not notify the FBI, this is merely an example of government incompetence. Either the FBI did not notify the BATFE that they were watching Hasan, or the BATFE knew the FBI was watching him and simply failed to notify them. There is currently no law that prohibits such sharing of information...and with the passage of the completely unconstitutional "USA Patriot Act", such information is shared even more easily. Well, at least it should be, as this was one of the fundamental reasons for having the Patriot Act in the first place.
4) Major Hasan used that gun to kill 13 people and injure more than 30 others.
Well, duh! This fact is presented for sensationalist purposes, and nothing else. It has no bearing on HOW the man was able to purchase his firearms, which firearms were used, why the man was being supposedly "watched" but was allowed to kill so many people, et cetera. It merely states that several people were killed by a madman with a firearm.
Now, I'm going to tell you a few reasons about why I have such a profound distaste for Rahm Emmanuel.
First and foremost, I am on a "watchlist". I found this out in February of 2003, as I attempted to board an airplane to fly home from Illinois. While I am not on the "no-fly list", I know I am on the list of "security selectees". Information as to what put me on this list has never been disclosed to me, supposedly for matters of "national security". That was in 2003. It has been almost 7 years since I found this out. I have never been convicted of a crime more serious than a misdemeanor traffic offense.
Second, what Rahm Emmanuel won't disclose, is that he himself is an army veteran who served during the "Gulf War". The reason he won't disclose this fact publicly is because he is not a veteran of the UNITED STATES ARMY. No, he was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. Of course, he claims that he was working "as a civilian, changing brake pads". He won't admit to the widely-known fact that he was working on tanks belonging to the government of Israel, as a member of the Israeli army. The Israeli government (not necessarily the people themselves, as I have met my share of Jewish Israeli citizens who are openly Jewish as well as openly TOLERANT) has had a long-standing history of being anti-Islam since before Israel even became a recognized modern nation.
Third, take a good look at the podium Emmanuel is speaking at in the video. It wasn't shot from a government gathering, but before a convention of Brady Campaign supporters who seek to eliminate ALL firearms. Notice that he speaks so strongly against the National Rifle Association. The NRA and the Brady Campaign are "enemies" like professional wrestlers are enemies. People who understand our government's unending quest for disarmament of the populus know those controlling the Republican party side with the NRA, while those controlling the Democratic party side with The Brady Campaign...even though they collaborate to write gun control laws.
If you want to see what people who really oppose gun control have to say about it, I'd check out Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership or Gun Owners of America.
If this supposed "terror gap" bill were to ever pass into law, I can assure you that I will be making two trips the day I hear about it. The first will be to my local firearms dealer, so that I may be denied the right to purchase a handgun based solely upon my being "suspected". The second will be to my attorney, and I will happily fight this case all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States of America.