Sen. Feinstein, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the Second Amendment
Senator Dianne Feinstein is no friend of the Second Amendment. After the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Sen. Feinstein called for a new assault weapon ban. Now, however, she’s claiming that it’s even more important that these so-called “assault weapons” be taken off the streets in light of the tragic events last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds?” Feinstein wrote on her campaign website. “These weapons are not for hunting deer — they’re for hunting people.”
On Sunday Feinstein laid out details of the bill.
“It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively, but prospectively,” and ban the sale of clips of more than ten bullets, Feinstein said. “The purpose of this bill is to get… weapons of war off the streets.”
Ah, the old hunting argument. Before I address that though, I find it disgusting that the senator would choose to talk about her bill in light of what happened, especially since this most recent act had nothing to do with so-called “assault weapons”. Adam Lanza is alleged to have used two semi-automatic pistols to commit his acts of voilence that horrible day, and unless this assault weapon ban proposes to just hit all semi-automatic weapons, it wouldn’t touch the murder weapons.*
I’d also like to take a minute to remind Sen. Feinstein on the exact wording of the Second Amendment:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
“A well regulated militia.” Not a blasted word about hunting in there, now is there?
Feinstein is grandstanding, using the fresh wounds from a terrible tragedy in an effort to win brownie points with her constituents. It’s hardly surprising, since after any tragedy there tends to be calls for politicians to “do something,” apparently because no one realizes what that something might end up being.
I’m quite sure that Sen. Feinstein rejects the notion that the last assault weapon ban was useless, and would probably trot out the statistics that violent crime dropped during the era of the AWB. Of course, that would require her to ignore the fact that those years were merely continuing a trend that existed prior to the AWB.
However, I want to address Senator Feinstein’s comments that these so-called assault weapons (and I will use the term so-called because an assault weapon is a select fire weapon. This bill targets only semi-auto weapons) and how “These weapons are not for hunting deer — they’re for hunting people.”
Senator, who are you to tell me what I can use my weapons for? The three most popular caliber for these weapons are the .223/5.56 Nato, 7.62x39, and the .308. It’s a fact that all three are used to hunt deer. All three of them. However, it’s irrelevant. The Second Amendment is not now, nor ever has been about hunting. It’s about people being able to defend their homes. That’s what it was about from the beginning.
Oh, the National Guard and the police will do that? Well, the National Guard has spent a good bit of time fighting and killing people in foreign countries over the last decade, so how are they going to help me defend my home? As for the police, I feel the need to remind the senator that the courts have ruled repeatedly that there exists no requirement that police protect me or my property.
In short, there’s only one person who I can trust to defend my home. That’s me.
Do these so-called assault rifles work for this purpose? Oh yeah, better than most of what’s out there. Can bad people use these guns for evil purposes? Unfortunately, they can. However, Timothy McVeigh used a box truck loaded with fertilizer and fuel to kill a whole lot of people. He didn’t need a gun, and he visited far greater carnage upon the people of Oklahoma City than if he had tried to use a gun in that same building.
Bad people will always do bad things. Adam Lanza killed children with a handgun. Victims in Aurora were shot with a semi-automatic military style rifle. People in the Oklahoma City federal building were killed by a bomb. And an evil excuse for a United States Senator talks about a bill that would have done nothing to prevent the tragedy in the aftermath of that tragedy.
More and more, people like this are making me sick.
*It now appears that a AR-15 style weapon was used in the shooting, which is what would fall under the misnomer of “assault weapon”. So, this excuses Feinstein from using the tragedy to promote a bill that had no bearing on the weapons used. She is still guilty of political grandstanding and using the tragedy to score cheap political points.