Skip to comments.Washington Post Column: Why the assault weapons ban is (probably) going nowhere
Posted on 01/29/2013 12:31:18 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a new version of the assault weapons ban on Thursday.
And its already looking like a lost cause.
Most everyone agrees that the ban is the most ambitious and politically difficult item on President Obamas and Vice President Bidens gun control agenda. And there is increasing evidence that it will be cast aside in favor or more doable proposals. Below, we look at four reasons why.
1. Joe Biden is downplaying it
The same day that Feinstein introduced the bill, Biden suggested that magazine sizes were the most important part of a gun control package. Im much less concerned, quite frankly, about what you call an assault weapon than I am about magazines and the number of rounds that can be held in a magazine, Biden said in a Google Hangout. He added that more people out there get shot with a Glock that has cartridges in a (high-capacity magazine) and also suggested that shotguns are more deadly than so-called assault weapons. Biden then again downplayed the ban again during a two-hour roundtable discussion on Friday.
This, we remind you, is all within 24 hours of the assault weapons ban being introduced by a Democratic senator. And Biden is already giving us reasons why its not that big a deal.
Biden is the point man on all of this. His words matter, and hes quite aware of the current politics of his issue. The fact that hes downplaying the assault weapons ban suggests that its not likely to happen and he doesnt want the whole thing to be viewed as a failure if the ban isnt passed.
2. The votes arent there
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
NBC read the writing on the wall, too:
Getting an outright ban through a divided Congress in the face of opposition from the National Rifle Association and other groups is unlikely, and the fight is likely to focus on other measures, like the background checks and limits on magazine size.
Bidens comments came hours after Senate Democrats, led by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, displayed various assault weapons at a Capitol Hill press conference. Feinstein introduced legislation Thursday to ban 158 specific types of those guns.
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Assault Weapons Ban Lacks Democratic Votes to Pass Senate
People (mostly women) think they're friggin' machine guns...'cuz they saw 3 minutes of Rambo!!
Never underestimate the cowardice of the GOP.
To get a head start on the Democrats I'd be introducing such a bill in the House of Representatives right now ~ get them to VOTE DOWN THE FIRST GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION BROUGHT TO A VOTE AFTER NEWTOWN.
NOTE: Peeps who are here without the specific consent of the United States are here unlawfully, so it's like they really aren't here ~ no visa, no visita ~ so they wouldn't be covered under the Second.
I hate to spoil their fun but my bet is that Di Fi goes 0 for 3 on this one.
Folks, the DiFi bill wasn’t intended to “go anywhere”.
It was intended to be the most egregious piece of infringement possible in order to get you to accept the “compromise bill” that’s coming.
maybe, but DiFi obsesses day and night about firearms. She wouldn’t pass a mental fitness test these days ~ no dealer would sell that nutcase a firearm.
Rep. John W. Patman added: "The people have a right to keep arms; therefore, if we should have some Executive who attempted to set himself up as dictator or king, the people can organize themselves together and, with the arms and ammunition they have, they can properly protect themselves. . . ."
This only means that we need to be carefully waching what the other hand is doing. It’s a common tactic for the left to throw something outrageous out there so that while people are focussing on that, they can quietly get on with the business of passing other, less “controversial” legislation, such as a national database, or other “bureaucratic” sounding legislation. Later on, when the frog (the American people) have become used to the temperature turned up one more degree, out they come again with the other stuff. They never stop, they never give in, they only stall for time and take one step backwards in order to to take 3 steps forward later after all the attention has gone elsewhere. Just look how they’ve managed things exactly that way with amnesty and the sodomite agenda.
“While there was arguably more impetus for gun control after Newtown than there has been in years,...”
Yeah, by the media. Talk about astroturf.
Universal background checks are unacceptable, too. It is noting more than a way for the government to fill in the gaps of their illegal database.
Or their ability to yank a defeat out of victory!
This is the perspective we all need to start from and clearly state to any and all who will listen (Senators, Reps, NRA, etc.) that NO COMPROMISE is acceptable because it only encourages them to come back later. Everything about DiFi's bill is egregious and needs to go down in flames.
Victory, or any form thereof, musr be avoided at all costs.
It’s time to not accept any of the left’s “reasonable gun control” rhetoric.
We don’t care if you think this is “reasonable”. We know your goal is a total ban on privately owned firearms, and we’re not going to let you “incremental” us into it.
Don’t worry, it’ll never pass the House. - Oct 09
Don’t worry, it’ll never pass the Senate. - Dec 09
Don’t worry, it’ll never pass the Congress. - Mar 10
Don’t worry, the Courts will never uphold it. - June 12
- The smartest people in the room discussing Obamacare.....
This is a good argument for why there should be no more compromises AT ALL - EVER: http://thelawdogfiles.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-repost.html