“Seize and Destroy”

The exact language behind Article 34 is finally available.  You can read it here, and I would encourage everyone to do so.  To me, the most striking part of the text is the following (emphasis mine):

Any weapons or magazines deemed illegal… within the Town of Lexington shall be seized and destroyed by the police of the Town of Lexington

This chilling language and the images it evokes should be of grave concern to every American, regardless of where one stands on the issue of gun rights and gun control.

Make no mistake, this is a confiscation measure, and as such goes well beyond the federal “assault weapons” ban of 1994 as well as the as the ban currently in effect throughout the Commonwealth.

Again, we are not talking about employing such severe tactics against gang members or terrorists, but rather the most law-abiding of Massachusetts residents — the licensed gun owners who have successfully passed some of the strictest scrutiny in the United States as well as the discretion of the Chief of Police.  This language should give even Article 34’s supporters cause for concern.

Remember that we are not talking about machine guns here, or automatic weapons, or indeed rapid-fire arms of any kind, nor are we talking about unusually high-powered firearms.  This measure, once again, relies primarily on the presence of certain cosmetic or ergonomic features to define “assault weapons” (a certain kind of grip here, a certain kind of stock there.)

Why do these bans invariably resort to defining “assault weapon” based on such trivial, cosmetic features that have nothing to do with their lethality?  The answer is simple — these guns are functionally unremarkable.  It is only their appearance which distinguishes them from other perfectly commonplace firearms.  And for that, we are considering turning out law-abiding friends and neighbors into criminals.

So remember those words, “seize and destroy.”  Then remember who the target is — law-abiding gun owners.  Then contact your town meeting members and selectmen, and show up at the town meeting so we can defeat this measure.  We will publish a “date certain” for the relevant meeting as soon as we have it.  Thank you for your support.

9 responses to ““Seize and Destroy”

  1. I may be missing something here but I am amazed at the lack of response by gun owners to having their weapons “seized and destroyed”. How ? Are the Lexington Police going to kick down doors and search your homes ? What about a tiny little legal issue called Due Process ? What if you refuse to surrender the weapon ? There HAS to be more than a few lawyers in Lexington that own guns, have they offered any opinions ? The NRA should be all over this ! I will attend any public meeting to offer support because believe me, every pinhead in Mass. Will try this. I hope the people who run the Patriot’s Day Common re-enactment refuse to take part in protest of this law.

  2. While I applaud you for bringing this matter to the public attention, I have to question you for the language used. I will argue that you are on your way to accepting full gun confiscation.

    “Remember that we are not talking about machine guns here, or automatic weapons, or indeed rapid-fire arms of any kind, nor are we talking about unusually high-powered firearms. This measure, once again, relies primarily on the presence of certain cosmetic or ergonomic features to define “assault weapons” (a certain kind of grip here, a certain kind of stock there.)”

    Machine guns are legal (if properly registered), yet you make a distinction. What constitutes an “unusually high-powered firearm”? Does this include 50 BMG (a legal firearm)?

    You have already conceded to the thought that some guns should not be allowed although they are legal. The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting, it’s about protecting our freedom. You may not know it but you have already conceded to gun confiscation!

    • for your average everyday civilian, 50 BMG is purchasable, granted you have the proper documentation for arms and ammunition purchases…
      Legal? yes, practical, probably not…
      50 BMG is an anti materiel cartridge, and is already heavily regulated, and as MA residents, it is impossible to legally ship it to your house. it requires an FFL or Federal Firearms License holder at a reputable store to accept it and then can you buy it with the requisite paperwork…
      then there’s the issue of the firearms that accept 50 BMG itself. and they aren’t easily transportable, or concealable for that matter
      last I checked they’re north of 3500$

      then to your point about machine guns…
      fully automatic weapons are already restricted to NFA class III stamp holders, and those need to be renewed annually. It also means that you as the recipient are on a few federal watch lists, and you need to remain cleaner than clean otherwise you’d be denied renewal….
      a military grade automatic weapon has been illegal for civilians to own since the ’40s…

  3. The battle for our freedoms started in this area. I used to live in Lexington and Waltham. I left because I wished to live free not in an area run by Hitler wannabes. If I wanted to live in captivity I would commit a crime in order to go to prison. At least there I would get 3 hots and a cot.

  4. Copies of this should be sent to all Town Meeting Members!

    Thank you, Captain Parker!

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