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We all knew it was coming. Well, it’s here. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) continues her jihad against so-called “assault weapons” by introducing the bill she warned the world was coming earlier today.
The bill, as ugly as we expected, seeks to ban scores of firearms including all types of AK and AR pattern rifles. A number of shotguns and pistols are also including in that list. Of course, Feinstein and her fellow gun jihadists believe they’re fighting the good fight:
During the press event at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the Democrats described these firearms as “dangerous military-style assault weapons.” The bill would also ban high-capacity ammunition feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds.
Feinstein said the country’s “weak” gun laws allow massacres like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occur.
“Getting this bill signed into law will be an uphill battle, and I recognize that — but it’s a battle worth having,” Feinstein said in literature handed to reporters at the Thursday event.
Feinstein is right that it’ll be an uphill battle for the bill. However, Feinstein has to know just how little of a chance this bill has.
The bill will also essentially turn all currently possessed firearms into Class III weapons. That is the same classification of guns as fully automatic machine guns. Now, this will mean that those AK and AR pattern rifles are about to soar in value should a bill like this actually pass.
Dear Piers Morgan,
We get it. You, a British citizen and a subject of the Crown, are not a supporter of gun rights. This is something we understand perfectly well.
However, I feel that as a fellow journalist, I need to reach out and let you know that I’m on to your little tricks. Frankly, if this is the best you’ve got, maybe you should rethink your position on gun rights…or at least quit making it such a point on your show.
The first trick was to shout down reasonable debate when you had Larry Pratt on your show. Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, went on your show to have a reasonable discussion, and you shout him down with tactics more akin to Bill O’Reilly’s. Every time he opened his mouth to counter your points, you were rude and drowned him out.
Time and time again, you called Pratt names like “stupid,” while countering with no facts of your own. You were as unprofessional as I have ever seen, and with Kieth Olbermann and O’Reilly still in my memory, that’s saying something.
Last night, you had Alex Jones on your show. Ostensibly, it was about the petition to have you deported. For the record, I did not sign it and did not support it. Freedom of speech is freedom for all, or else it’s freedom for none. Jones started it, and you had him on your show. Unsurprisingly, the topic went over to gun control.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapon ban bill has ruffled feathers throughout the nation. Gun folks and civil libertarians aren’t really thrilled with the government taking away the primary means of resisting a tyrannical government. Her bill is by far the most restrictive to get any serious press, yet according to the Washington Post, Obama’s looking at a whole lot more than just banning a pile of weapons:
A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.
To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides have also been in regular contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), an outspoken gun-control advocate who could emerge as a powerful surrogate for the Obama administration’s agenda.
Louis Michael Seidman is a constitutional law professor who doesn’t think we need to listen to the Constitution. At least, that’s the case he laid out late last week in the New York Times when he said:
AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.
Consider, for example, the assertion by the Senate minority leader last week that the House could not take up a plan by Senate Democrats to extend tax cuts on households making $250,000 or less because the Constitution requires that revenue measures originate in the lower chamber. Why should anyone care? Why should a lame-duck House, 27 members of which were defeated for re-election, have a stranglehold on our economy? Why does a grotesquely malapportioned Senate get to decide the nation’s fate?
First, I have to assume that Seidman knows exactly why revenue bills have to originate in the House. Now, that serves less of a purpose now that voters choose senators directly, rather than the state legislatures, but it did serve a purpose.
Now, Seidman makes reference to “archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions” of the Constitution, yet makes little effort to actually identify these provisions with one exception. That’s right, boys and girls, he does as all who oppose ideas like constitutionality do, and that’s point to slavery.
Every campaign cycle, there is a politician that puts his foot so far into his mouth that he manages to pop it back into place. This past year, progressive bloggers – and more than a few libertarians ones - were gifted with Todd Akin.
Akin was challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for her Senate seat when he made his now infamous comments about how during “legitimate rape,” a woman’s body had ways to prevent pregnancy. The phrase “legitimate rape” became burned in the lexicon of political discourse.
The comments were a gift from above for McCaskill, who was considered extremely vulnerable before the race, but who easily retained her seat. However, the comments may have done more damage to the Republican Party in general. While many Republicans did condemn Akin’s remarks, a significant number came out in support of Akin which permitted Democrats to continue to paint the GOP as “anti-woman.”
After the last assault weapon ban was passed, the Democrats suffered a complete blood bath in Congress during the midterm elections that year. Why? Simple. Most Americans didn’t like the of Uncle Sam telling them they couldn’t have certain kinds of weapons apparently.
Well, it looks like that’s still the case:
A slight majority of Americans do not want assault weapons banned in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, though a clear majority said they support stricter gun laws in general, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll out Wednesday.
Specifically on an assault weapons ban, 51 percent of respondents were against the measure, while 44 percent said they support it, the poll said. That remains largely unchanged from an October 2011 poll that had 43 percent for and 51 percent against a ban.
This comes as more Americans say they want stricter gun control in general.
Now, it must be pointed out that 51 percent isn’t a huge margin, but this is also in the aftermath of Sandy Hook when people are more likely to be reactionary about the issue. Expect the numbers to reach higher as people begin to calm down from the tragedy.
There is a real push on to try and and enact stricter gun control in this country after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposed bill is scaring the pants out of gun owners throughout the nation. However, ABC News points out that there is one really big roadblock in the way, and that is Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).
Conservatives revere the Oklahoma Republican for his fiscal hawkishness and regular reports on government waste. But he’s also a staunch gun-rights advocate, and he’s shown a willingness to obstruct even popular legislation, something in the Senate that a single member can easily accomplish.
That mixture could make Coburn the biggest threat to quick passage of new gun-control laws in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shooting that has prompted even pro-gun NRA-member lawmakers like Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to endorse a new look at how access to the most powerful weapons can be limited.
Coburn’s office did not respond to multiple requests to discuss the current push for gun legislation. But given his record, it’s hard to imagine Coburn agreeing to a major, new proposal without some fuss.
Personally, I happen to agree with them on this one. Why? History. Coburn was instrumental in blocking the last knee jerk bill that came about after one of these rampage shootings. As ABC points out:
NBC’s David Gregory may be in a bit of trouble for having a 30 round AR-15 magazine on his show, Meet the Press, recently. The issue is that the show is filmed in Washington, DC, and 30 round magazines are illegal in the District of Columbia. It’s been widely reported that Gregory sought permission from DC law enforcement to use the prop, and was told no.
Now, it appears that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is saying that they told the anti-gun journalist that it was fine to use the magazine.
The ATF official told CNN on Thursday that a reporter with NBC News - not Gregory - called ATF last Friday to inquire whether it would be legal to have ammunition or an empty magazine on the set of the Sunday show, which is broadcast from Washington.
The ATF official said he reached out to officers with the MPD to ask if that was permissible.
“What was relayed back to me - which turned out to be a miscommunication - is ammunition was not legal unless (in the possession of an officer), but a magazine was not a problem,” said the official, who passed along the information to NBC.
The detail about empty magazines being legal in Washington was apparently inaccurate. Possessing a large-capacity ammunition device, such as a magazine, is illegal in the District of Columbia if the device holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Of course, BATFE allegedly relayed the information to Gregory’s people and the host used the magazine. The official also told CNN that he did not give Gregory permission, only relayed the information as he understood it.
Both sides of the debate on so-called “assault weapons” have been in high gear lately. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had already declared her intention to introduce a new assault weapon ban before the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School thrust guns into the national spotlight. However, most debate was really centered around the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban because all we had was Feinstein’s statements. There wasn’t an actual bill to speak of.
Well, now thanks to Sen. Feinstein’s website, we know what the bill will look like.
The Occupy movement is back in the headlines, but not because of a new protest by the largely “ecclectic” protest movement. No, these headlines come courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who apparently classified the group as domestic terrorists.
From the Huffington Post:
According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. In certain documents, divisions of the FBI refer to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a “criminal activity” or even “domestic terrorism.”
The internal papers were obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice fund via a Freedom of Information Act Request. The fund, a legal nonprofit that focuses on civil rights, says it believes the 112 pages of documents, available for public viewing on its website, are only “the tip of the iceberg.”
“This production … is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement,” wrote Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the fund’s executive director, in a press release Saturday.
And folks have called me paranoid for being concerned about laws like the NDAA and the Patriot Act and how they could be used against regular Americans. After all, they’ve argued, it’s only for use against terrorists. I have countered that, saying that it wouldn’t be all that hard for law enforcement to argue that movements like the Tea Party or Occupy were “domestic terrorists”.
They laughed. Probably not so much now.