The wicked witch of the west finally dropped her big, bad gun ban bill on the Senate this week calling for an “assault weapons” ban. Senator Feinstein (D-CA if anyone didn’t know) has been waiting for her 15 minutes of fame but I really think she is off the deep-end on this.
The highlights of Feinstein’s bill are as follows:
~ Ban the sale, transfer, importation or manufacturing of about 150 named firearms, plus certain rifles, handguns and shotguns fitted for detachable magazines and having at least one military characteristic.
~ Strengthen the 1994 ban by moving from a two- to a one-characteristic test to determine what constitutes an assault weapon.
~ Ban firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons.”
~ Ban the importation of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.
~ Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
The bill would grandfather in weapons legally owned on the day of enactment and exempts over 900 specific weapons “used for hunting or sporting purposes.”
I’m assuming that the grandfathering clause would not cover high capacity magazines.
We all knew it was coming. Hopefully, during the past month or so, we have been writing and calling our representatives in Washington, taking part in peaceful Second Amendment rallies and making our voices heard. I know we are doing it here in Pennsylvania. The sad tale of demise of the Eastern Sports and Outdoor show is proof that our passion to keep the Second Amendment is strong.
But why “assault weapons?” The liberal paranoia over modern sporting rifles is an entirely emotional response to their fear. The facts PROVE without a shadow of doubt that modern sporting rifles are used in a very small percentage of homicides and other firearm related crimes. Even in Sen. Feinstein’s home state of California the statistics prove the such firearms just are not used in very many crimes (2011 report)
FBI statistics show that in 2011 there were just 323 homicides by rifles of all types (that is everything from a single shot 22 rifle to battle rifles), less deaths than by hammers. Here in PA, we had TWO murders last year with a rifle that falls into Feinstein’s ban list.
Mr. Obama and that goofy VP of his have said in the past few weeks that no one “needs” an AR-15 or AK-47 for self defense or hunting. But twice in so many weeks, responsible citizens of this country used ban-list firearms to defend not only their own lives, but the lives of their friends and siblings.
In Harris County Texas a 15 year old boy grabbed his fathers AR-15 to shoot at two men who tried to break into his family’s home. The boy feared for the safety of his sister and opened fire on the men, hitting one three times.
And just yesterday a RIT student came to the rescue when two intruders, one with a gun, confronted his roommate after they broke into the basement of their apartment. The student grabbed his AR-15 rifle and caused the would be robbers to flee before anyone was hurt.
Of course we won’t see these kinds of news stories on CNN or NBC of splashed on the front pages of USA Today.
Long story short, the Obama Administration and their supporters will continue their attack on our rights, but if I were a betting man, I’d say there is a snowball’s chance in Hell that Feinstein’s bill will ever make it off the Senate floor let alone to Congress where it will most surely die. Yea, there is still that list of 23 executive actions that Mr. Obama wants to unleash, and I have to admit, there are one or two that I support (dealing with mental health). His universal background checks would not be of issue to me IF the federal government actually was doing their job with the current gun laws. But since VP Biden admitted that the feds don’t “have time” to charge and prosecute every person who lies on their background check, what is the point of more?
I’m close with a humorous interview with VP Biden. I’d love to know where he, a liberal politician from upstate PA who has only ever fired a shotgun a few times and has 24/7 armed protection, came to be a subject matter expert on defensive firearms.
In an online Google+ discussion on gun violence, a blogger asked Biden how the rights of those who prepare for extreme emergencies aren’t being trampled on with his gun safety legislation. The vice president responded that shotguns would be the weapon of choice.
“Guess what? A shotgun will keep you a lot safer – a double-barrel shotgun – than the assault weapon somebody’s hands who doesn’t know how to use it,” Biden said. “You know, it’s harder to use an assault weapon and hit something than it is to use a shotgun, ok? So if you want to keep people away in an earthquake, buy some shotgun shells.”