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Is government planning a back door approach to gun control?

Published February 22. 2013 05:04PM

There might not be enough votes in Congress to effectively pass stifling gun control legislation, but that doesn't mean there won't be restrictions imposed.

The feds could enact crippling gun control laws through a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, that would make it tougher for gun owners, including a grandfather transferring his firearm to a grandson.

Dr. Diana Sorrentino, an instructor on handling firearms at the BRG Firearms Training Academy in the Lehigh Valley, and who has worked for the U.S. Navy at the Pentagon, spoke about the Second Amendment the right to bear arms during a meeting of the Lehighton 9/12 Project last night. She said she spent the last 10 years working with the Navy, adding that many in the Pentagon and Navy refer to Washington D.C. as "Disneyland on the Potomac."

About 100 people attended the gathering in the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club in Mahoning Township.

Besides talking about the Second Amendment, Dr. Sorrentino also discussed firearm safety, selecting the proper firearm, self-defense, and the importance of training to properly handle a firearm.

Also speaking at the event were state Rep. Doyle Heffley and Lehighton 9/12 President Sandy Dellicker.

"The Second Amendment is about protecting women, protecting children, and protecting your family," Heffley said.

"Currently some of the proposals coming out of Washington are very disappointing," he said. "I can tell you I am committed to protecting the Second Amendment rights."

He mentioned the importance not only of going to the polls on election day, but also getting involved and running for public office.

The state lawmaker said a gun rights rally is being planned in April.

Dr. Sorrentino also remarked about the significance of voting.

She told the story of someone approaching her and complaining about needing an identification card to carry a handgun. She asked the individual, "Don't you vote?"

The individual said "no," to which she responded, "Sell your guns. Get out of this country. You don't belong here."

The speaker also noted that one of the major problems involving the gun debate is that neither politicians nor citizens are properly educated on gun control.

As an example, people do need background checks to carry handguns.

Yet, she noted that yesterday in New Jersey, 20 anti-gun bills cleared the Senate.

It's unlikely any major gun control laws will pass Congress at the present time, Dr. Sorrentino said.

"What I'm concerned about is the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty," she said. Critics of the treaty effort see a nebulous international agreement that does nothing to improve U.S. security, but opens the way to restrict the U.S. civilian's right to bear arms and also to American foreign policy interests.

Of the Arms Trade Treaty, she said the Bush administration rejected it, the Clinton administration wanted it but didn't get it, and "this administration wants it and is pushing for it."

The day after Obama won re-election, he mentioned reopening discussion on the treaty.

Dr. Sorrentino fielded numerous questions from audience members.

One woman said she has a concealed firearms license but doesn't feel comfortable carrying a gun.

"If you have not completed a significant level of training ... and you're not mentally prepared to use that firearm, you will freeze under a threat and likely be killed," the speaker said.

She mentioned how vital it is to be able to respond under stress. She said once your heart beat reaches 150 beats per minute, you lose some of your motor skills. At about 160 beats, decision making ability diminishes.

A certified instructor, she said, "When we train, it's 50 percent mental, 50 percent shooting. A gunfight is 90 percent mental and 10 percent shooting."

"Beyond the heart rate, you will end up with tunnel vision," she said. "Most lose their color perception."

Dr. Sorrentino answered questions referring to the proper starter gun, familiarizing yourself with your gun, and the importance of home security.

She mentioned that being safe not always involves having a firearm, explaining that when in public, you should always be alert and aware of your surroundings.

Doing such activities as texting can make you a target to a predator.

"If you're aware ... you're a difficult target," she said, adding predators like to surprise their victims. They don't want to be identified.

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