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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 9:45 am

Brian Beck reminded us that “no one is coming for your guns” in his Dec. 20, 2013 AFN letter, “Richardson’s gun rants getting old.” That’s so comforting.

However, we’ve heard similar promises from the current occupant of the White House. Here are some other promises you might recall:

• “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan. Period.”

• “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

• “Health care costs will decrease by $2,500 per family per year.”

It’s fascinating how many people believe every government promise that’s made and then they’re shocked when the promise is broken… but only when it impacts them personally.

Other people with a little more foresight are excoriated when they predict the future negative impacts of government actions. And when those negative impacts actually happen, no one remembers the prediction.

When the health insurance lie was exposed, what did the President do? He told us what he really meant… We can keep our health insurance as long as the plans meet the new minimum coverage requirements in the law. We can keep the “good” plans, but we don’t want anyone to have a bad plan. Unfortunately, our old plans were bad for us. We were just too stupid to know it.

The Federal Government should decide what good health insurance coverage is. Because we can’t decide for ourselves.

So, when gun owners hear the promise, “No one is coming for your guns,” here’s what we think: No one is coming for your good guns. We’ll only take your bad guns. Those “assault weapons” are bad, you don’t need those. You don’t need more than seven rounds in your gun’s magazine. Jeez, how many rounds do you need to hit the target? Seven is plenty. You also shouldn’t use lead ammunition. Lead is bad for the environment. You should only use “green” ammunition. Sorry if an all copper round costs ten times as much…

No one is coming for our guns? Consider these recent news reports:

• Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Connecticut gun owners must register their firearms, high capacity magazines and certain ammunition with the state. And how does registering firearms with the government prevent gun violence?

• Also effective Jan. 1, California gun owners must register their rifles and shotguns with the state, expanding the previous hand gun registration that’s been in place. I wonder how well that hand gun registry did preventing gun violence in the Golden State?

• Colorado passed extensive new gun control laws this year. Fortunately, 55 of the 62 sheriffs are on record that they will NOT enforce them.

• The chief of police in San Diego, Calif., is on record stating that with the right new laws Americans could be completely disarmed within a generation.

Throughout history gun confiscation by governments was preceded by gun registration. Do your own research.

But that won’t happen here. No one is coming for your guns…

And there really is a Santa Claus.

• CPA Bill Richardson and his wife, Annelle, have lived in Ahwatukee for more than 19 years. They have four children and one grand-child.

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