Skip to comments.Gun Control Takes Center Stage
Posted on 01/31/2013 4:17:50 AM PST by Kaslin
The race to further the gun-control agenda in the wake of last months tragic shooting by a crazed gunman in Newtown, Connecticut is moving into high gear. The Grand Old Lady of Gun Control, California Senator Diane Feinstein, last week introduced a bill that not only seeks to reinstate the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB), but goes far beyond the scope of the earlier law (which expired a decade later) in undermining Second Amendment protections for law abiding Americans.
Feinsteins proposal specifically targets 157 modern sporting rifles -- or, as she almost gleefully refers to them, assault weapons. In addition to these firearms, the California liberals bill prohibits the sale, transfer, manufacture and importing of semi-automatic rifles and pistols able to accept detachable magazines, and which have at least one cosmetic military characteristic (the Clinton Gun Ban only banned those types of rifles with at least two such characteristics). The bill goes on to outlaw magazines with capacities greater than 10-rounds, and bans the sale or transfer of larger, grandfathered magazines.
Dont even think about trying to get a semi-automatic shotgun with a rocket launcher attached; Feinstein specifically listed those as well.
By now, Americans should realize that gun bans such as Feinsteins have little to do with stopping crime or solving the plague of gun violence. As Feinstein herself said, the goal is eventually to dry up the supply of these weapons over time, and completely remove them from our society. In other words: take them out of the hands of the millions of law-abiding citizens who use them without incident every year; and leave the military and law enforcement -- and criminals -- with a monopoly as such firearms and ammunition clips.
Following the Clinton Gun Bans expiration in 2004, the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) studied the results. Unsurprisingly, they found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes. Additionally, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service reported the bans effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.
Gun control advocates, of course, remain undeterred. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, they may trip over the truth, but get right back up, simply dust themselves off, and keep right on going.
For those who care for facts and accuracy, however, such these studies illustrate why gun control bills diminish not only Second Amendment rights, but public safety as well. Such proposals are drafted by non-experts like Feinstein, who have little to no actual experience with or true understanding of firearms or criminal behavior.
Nobody is denying we should investigate and do what we can to prevent gun crime in our cities and towns. But, we should not scapegoat the American gun owner for complicated, cultural problems we are just beginning to understand. Not only is the gun control agenda a slap in the face to our Founding Fathers who understood and recognized the significance of the Second Amendment; but it fails utterly to address public safety issues -- the supposed impetus of gun control.
This is not to say there are not steps we can take to address tragedies such as occurred last month in Newtown.
Cracking down on straw purchases and strengthening requirements to report stolen firearms are meaningful mechanisms to reduce chances for criminals obtaining firearms. Also, studying the impact of mental health on mass shootings is important and relevant to prevent future tragedies; even though such horrific events are statistically rare. I doubt even the most ardent Second Amendment activists would be opposed to such proposals, but not surprisingly, common sense proposals such as these are completely absent from Feinsteins bill.
Unfortunately, most gun control advocates are not really interested in rational debate; and, their political games simply send Alice chasing white rabbits down holes. President Obama easily rallies his base by accusing the National Rifle Association of putting the Second Amendment above public safety (actually, of course, the NRA is all about public safety). Fortunately, however, more and more Americans are seeing the irony in using the anti-gun agenda as a political football when gun crime continues to go unaddressed.
The bright side to Feinsteins bill is that more than a few Democrats, particularly those in rural areas, are wary of supporting such extreme gun control measures. The 1994 gun ban is blamed in part for the historic losses suffered by Democratic congressional and presidential candidates in 1994 and 2000. But supporters of the Second Amendment who might sit back and hope this storm passes simply because of past victories, do so at their own and future generations peril.
We the people are entitled to the SAME weapons used by our armed forces.
As I write this, I’m ninth in line waiting for the local gun store to open. Today they have about a dozen ARs along with 5.56 and PMags. I expect a huge crowd by 9:00.
You mean tanks, gunships, etc? /sarcasm>
Plagiarizing ME from earlier:
Liberals are behaving like sharks on a feeding frenzy.
There is NO excuse or justification for this kind of indiscriminate disregard for citizens Constitutionally guaranteed rights!
(x5) Bushmaster XM15-E2S ($899)
(x4) DPMS AR-15 ($899)
(x2) Windham AR’s ($899)
(x1) S&W M&P15Tactical ($1099)
(x1) Stag SA2 ($949)
They were all gone by 9:02
These idiots still don’t get it...
I’d bet my next SocSec check that Baraq, Biden, Schumer and the rest bought stock BIGTIME in firearms mfgrs a couple months ago.
I`d love to get a peek at their portfolios.
And somehow leftists think they’ll be able to get these “back” just by passing a law...
What with the high winds and all, I expect more than a few boating accidents to happen today. At least around here.
It would be interesting to find out from some ATF guy how they’d handle all the claims of “I lost it” when they come to confiscate stuff.
They’d probably have a policy of roughing you up and “detaining” you while they tore apart your house looking for your “lost” firearm.
Sorry Bob. I've learned to ignore anybody who calls magazine "clips" early on in this so-called debate. I'm sure you had something good to say, but showing off your ignorance about the issue is fatal.
As well as the term “assault weapons”.
None of the rifles in question can fire more than one round per trigger pull.
Prices were very reasonable, considering!
I wouldn't mind a tank but I would be very concerned over private ownership of a nuclear weapon! You're right, a line has to be drawn; where that is I can't imagine.
If I don't have a right to own tanks and gunships, I can't delegate that right to the government.
Regarding nuclear weapons, the government has a rather strict set of rules covering maintenance and access to nuclear weapons. If Bill Gates wants to set up an equivalent program, then Yes, he can exercise his right to own a nuclear weapon.