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Birmingham Group’s Demand for Gun ‘Laws’ Shows They Really Have No Clue – About Anything

Birmingham Group’s Demand for Gun ‘Laws’ Shows They Really Have No Clue – About Anything
So why do these “common sense gun safety law” advocates have an unholstered handgun at a public demonstration?

“Birmingham organization proposes changes to gun laws, named for Gate City shooting victim,” AL.com reports. “Frank Matthews, President of the Outcast Voters League, spoke about the proposed Sheri Williams Mandatory Gun Changes Act, named for a woman who was killed in Gate City by a stray bullet in 2013. Williams was holding her 10-day-old baby as she was shot.”

That’s SOP for these types. Pick a high-visibility incident that pulls at the heartstrings. The object is to get people feeling, not thinking. And naturally, none of the gun laws being proposed would have made a bit of difference in this case.

Just as naturally, the obligatory opportunistic oath-breaking politician made sure to get his mug in front of the press conference cameras. State Rep. John Rogers used the coverage to make noises about “fashion[ing] a bill that’s passable.” Considering what they want, that’s not likely (at least until the vote in Alabama becomes overwhelmingly “progressive,” something the “immigration” and “amnesty” crowd is working on).

Outcast leader Matthews could not resist showing off his big “but.”

“We’re not against gun rights… [but] demand accountability and responsibility of gun owners,” Matthews said. Here’s what he means by that:

  • Mandatory gun registration- owner has registration card that lists all weapons
  • No transfers unless done through a registration office
  • New purchases must be picked up at registration office
  • Mandatory gun safes; only registered owner will have combination
  • Mandatory gun safety classes
  • Open carry and concealed carry policies abolished
  • Waiting period for gun purchase extended to three months to allow all paperwork to pass
  • People under 21 prohibited from owning guns
  • Extensive mental evaluation
  • Mandatory liability insurance for firearms
  • Required reporting of stolen firearms within four hours of discovery
  • Ammo purchases made only for the caliber gun specified on registration

There’s no real response to such Intolerable Acts beyond “No. Your move.”

Obviously these people have even less of a clue about what a “right” is and what “shall not be infringed” means than they do about finding meaningful solutions to problems created by the sick symbiosis between their community and collectivist government. And while it would be tempting to start going through some of the self-perpetuating destructive choices that keep the cycle going, it’s the token concealed carry permitee and gunquisling who unintentionally illustrates the absurdity of it all.

“Robert Walker, president of a local neighborhood association … had his gun with him at the press conference today to discuss how gun owners should support stricter gun laws and harsher penalties for those who carry guns illegally,” the story noted. Outcast President Matthews then held that gun, admonishing gun owners to be “responsible.”

Look at the article photo. What’s the gun doing out of its holster? How is handling it and passing it around either “responsible” or safe? Remember, these people are advocating ending all carry. So why do it? For publicity über alles…?

True, open carry is “legal” in Alabama, even without a permit, but there’s an important qualifier:

Section 13A-11-7 Disorderly conduct. (c) It shall be a rebuttable presumption that the mere carrying of a visible pistol, holstered or secured, in a public place, in and of itself, is not a violation of this section.

Is it “holstered or secured”?

And there’s another problem:

13A-11-59. Possession of firearms by persons participating in, attending, etc., demonstrations at public places. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this subsection, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates a different meaning: (1) DEMONSTRATION. Demonstrating, picketing, speechmaking or marching, holding of vigils and all other like forms of conduct which involve the communication or expression of views or grievances engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which has the effect, intent or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers. Such term shall not include casual use of property by visitors or tourists which does not have an intent or propensity to attract a crowd or onlookers.

Oops.

UPDATE — Former “prison” inmate Frank Matthews holding a gun may be problematic:

Matthews became involved in drugs and criminal activities as a youth in Cleveland and was arrested more than thirty times.

UPDATE — It appears this was not their first gun stunt with media complicity. And Frank appears to be carrying some interesting bigotry baggage.

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28 comments

  1. Nothing will be done about this guy’s actions though, so don’t worry, he will not be arrested in downtown Birmingham Alabama.

  2. Unconstitutional infringement of the right to own and bear arms. No one would be able to enforce their demands without breaking already existing laws.

  3. Ho Ho Ho ~ “God’s Gangster,” in full-camo, sporting a handgun in a walk down a Birmingham street….. Not “problematic,” just a 100% violation of Alabama’s “Open Carry” law….. But will Frank Matthews be arrested for this violation? Ho Ho Ho ~ No No No!!!

    1. IS THIS IDIOT —NOT—A CONVICTED FELON ??? HE IS –NOT—EVEN ALLOWED NEAR A FIREARM LET ALONE HOLDING ONE SO THE WHOLE WORLD CAN SEE. ALL THOSE IDIOTS STANDING THERE GIVE A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO —DUMB—- – – – – — !!!

  4. these racists have been put up to this by you know who, just in case the readers don’t know, here we go: Obama, Hillary, Eric Holder, Lynch and every Marxist democrat who takes orders from there Russian comrades.

  5. Wow, all I can say is HOLY CRAP!
    “Extensive mental evaluatio” and mandatory 3 month waiting period? Are they in a race with California?

  6. This is pretty much SOP for the gun-control crowd. Their actions are always fronted by totally ignorant, emotion-driven people who’ve been conned into believing they’re doing something necessary to promote public safety and security. These things are managed and funded from behind the scenes by socialist political groups whose goal is to eventually disarm the public, preventing any opposition to the rule they intend to impose on us in the future.

  7. Just another fart from an asshole!
    I would like to know how a convicted felon was able to get the gun he is obviously brandishing

    1. They must be over spraying the Alabama sky with cem trails which is making their minds really loose! Let’s see — – why don’t they call their bill “Nationalist Socialist Nazi Gun Control Act #2”

  8. And all the criminals and gang bangers are going to put there guns down and sing the praises of their gang bang buddy the race baiting POS Matthews . Getting very tired of this same old BS that never stops on the left.

  9. So let me get this straight a convicted felon speaking about gun laws. Are you kidding me. Lol!!!

  10. Once again, it seems as though the liberals don’t understand what “shall not be infringed” means. however, I think, from the looks of them, that they ought to do away with forks and spoons first. Besides that, WE don’t own weapons!!!! WE own firearms.

    1. Liberals understand exactly what “Shall Not Be Infringed.” means. They just don’t care and have no respect for OUR Constitution, or for our rights. They demonstrate their disregard on a daily basis.
      [W3]

  11. So to help stop the bad guys we will ban the good guys (and girls lets be PC here) from having a gun when they need one. Right that will stop all the criminals. lets see if you were a mugger would you want your victim to carry a gun.

  12. Absolutely ridiculous. Absurdity beyond measure. God help us, these lunatics seem to be popping up more and more lately. I would refuse to comply with any inane proposals like this. Period.

  13. How about this answer.

    NO.

    From start to finish. Unacceptable. Proceed at your own risk.

  14. Outcast Leader Matthews knows the peeps in the Black precincts aren’t going to bother with all this tom foolery, especially felons with full time illegal occupations.
    So guess who gets regulated and then disarmed?

  15. All laws convict the actions of the individuals. Laws rarely prevent abuse. Criminals don’t care about the law or the consequences’ of there actions. Therefore why criminalize an object. If that is not the case then the number one object to eliminate is the automobiles. “It kills more people then anything else. People’s behaviors needs to change not the physical objects. Grow up, educate, encourage wholesome, moral ethics. What a concept.

  16. Laws do not stop crime. Criminals don’t care about laws anyway. Why prevent responsible individuals from there constitutional rights from there ability to provide and protect themselves?

  17. If they got every one of these proposals signed into law tomorrow, the very next day they would come up with another list. These Commies need to be charged with treason !

  18. If we had any real investigative reporters left in America not CONTROLLED by the Alinsky school, they might FOLLOW THE MONEY, and find the Soro’s, Blumberg source. Does anyone with functioning brain cells think this crowd can #1 Think for themselves & #2 has the resources to fund their ACLU agenda???

  19. Communist, Globalist, agenda. They don’t have a clue what is in OUR CONSTITUTION. CLINGING TO MY BIBLE, GUNS AND AMMO !!!

  20. There are a few comments here about “unconstitutional”. In that regard I would ask of the supposed 2nd amendment community, is it not unconstitutional to disavow, and even disparage the first 13 words of the 2nd? Is this not a two way street?
    There are close to 5 MILLION NRA members who have been convinced that if you speak of the militia, something they know nothing about, you are siding with the gun control advocates. Let me just clue them in. It’s the other way around.
    How quickly would the attacks on the 2nd cease if those NRA, GOA, and all the other groups got together and demanded the revitalization of the Militia? I’m talking about MILLIONS of letters addressed to the president citing the First 13 words, and the relevant statutes with a demand he uphold the appropriate constitutional tenor.

  21. To hell with the Birmingham organization and their list of suggestions. Each one of them can do what they wish individually, but can forget forcing that nonsense on anyone else……buffoons, the lot of them.

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