Skip to comments.Democrats move to limit guns, threatening language in shooting's wake
Posted on 01/11/2011 12:40:55 PM PST by neverdem
Reacting to the assassination attempt on one of their own, two House members on Monday said they will introduce legislation that would ban certain ammunition clips and make it illegal to threaten a federal official, both of which they say contributed to the mass casualties in a shooting rampage in Tuscson over the weekend.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., plans to introduce a bill that would ban high-capacity ammunition clips like the one used by Jared Loughner, the gunman accused of killing 6 and injuring 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., as they gathered at a Congress on Your Corner event.
And Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., will introduce legislation that would make it illegal to uses threatening words or symbols or incite violence against a lawmaker or federal official.
Among the symbols Brady seeks to ban was one posted on the Internet by former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin that showed Democratic congressional districts, including Giffords, with the crosshairs of a rifle scope superimposed over them.
I want to protect our congresspeople in a way that they cant put a crosshair on us, they cant put a bullseye on us, no matter who does it, Brady said Monday on Fox News.
McCarthys bill would target the 30-round clip Loughner used in a Glock 19 handgun. The high-capacity clips were once banned by the federal Assault Weapon Ban, which expired in 2004 and was never renewed by Congress because of intense partisan politics and lawmakers reluctance to take up gun restrictions when facing reelection.
But McCarthy aides say that while she wants to ban the larger clips, McCarthy is not insisting that gun clips be limited to the 10-bullet limit imposed by the Assault Weapon Ban.
We are not married to the previous limit, her spokesman, Shams Tarek, told The Washington Examiner. We are working on language that is reasonable and makes sense and has a possibility of passing.
While gun control issues are virtually impossible to push through Congress, McCarthy, whose husband was killed in a 1993 mass shooting on the Long Island Railroad, had some success when, in 2007, she passed a measure beefing up criminal background checks for some gun buyers.
That bill passed just after the mass shooting at Virginia Tech that left 32 people dead. Gun control advocates are hoping momentum from the Tucson shooting will help pass her new proposal.
Its going to be critical to take these things up very quickly, said Ladd Everitt, spokesman for Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Its very possible Republicans would like to run out the clock on this, but this is not going to leave the news and it is not going to leave the hearts and minds of America. We are hoping that will generate action.
Gun-rights groups said they believe McCarthys bill is unlikely to pass in a House controlled by Republicans.
These reactions are as predictable as vultures circling carrion, Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said of McCarthys bill.
So does this mean we head to the nearest WalMart and stock up again?
If they don’t have the stones to face armed constituents, its time for them to retire.
Apparently, the RATs in the House haven’t heard that they lost the November election.
Fear the government that fears your guns.
Clearly, there should have been a pop quiz after the Constitution was read to them.
It'd be even MORE unlikely to pass in a house controlled by AMERICANS.
OK, GOP freshmen, earn your pay! Deal with these threats to the Constitution.
I hope We The People note that any politician with a D next to their name wants to steal our freedom and put themselves in as dictators.
Might be prudent. I am not sure Boehner and many in the GOP will stand against all the hysteria. I can see a "bipartisan" bill passed with unified Democrat support and enough Republicans to reach a majority.
Venezuela should welcome these Democrats with open arms.
If Sheriff Dipstick had been as serious about doing his job as he has been demonizing Rush, talk radio and Fox News, he might have discovered Loughner was threatening people, including the Congresswoman.
However, thanks to our current way of handling certifiable nutcases, they are as likely to be out on the street as in an institution. Can’t have their civil liberties violated, can we. When I lived in Phoenix 50 years ago, the answer was 24th and Van Buren, the state mental hospital.
Yeah I’m sure the nutjob would have changed his mind about shooting Gabby Giffords. After all he wouldn’t have wanted to break the law or anything.
Carolyn McCarthy is certifiable. In addition, she is a Brady Puppet.
The other guy, well, I guess he would have approed of the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Don’t take this for granted. There ARE anti-gun Republicans.
Write your congresscritters and ureg them to oppose this.
“Among the symbols Brady seeks to ban was one posted on the Internet by former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin that showed Democratic congressional districts, including Giffords, with the crosshairs of a rifle scope superimposed over them. “
It would make MORE sense to ban the name Lee, noting:
(1) Lee Harvey Oswald
(2) Ronnie Lee Gardner
(3) Jared Lee Loughner
and also middle names, noting that every deranged mass murderer (e.g. John Wayne Gacy) seems to have one.
Seems then I might need to stock up on some more ammo. Been seriously looking at either an M1A or Mini14.
Fear the one that doesn't.
Never let a good crisis go to waste- right?
I wonder if they considered limiting islam in the wake of the FtHood jihad....