And, Right on Schedule, Assault Weapons Ban Introduced
And, Right on Schedule, Assault Weapons Ban Introduced
As he promised his constituents in Parkland, FL last week, Congressman Ted Deutch (D) – along with Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) – introduced a bill in Congress to ban assault weapons Monday afternoon.
— The Hill (@thehill) February 26, 2018
(The Hill’s tweet gives the credit to Democrats.) (Insert smiley emoji.)
According to The Hill:
The legislation, called the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, was introduced less than two weeks after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 people dead. The gunman used an AR-15 assault weapon during the shooting, one of the many firearms that would be banned under the bill.
The legislation would make it “unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.”
However, the ban wouldn’t apply to semi-automatic weapons that were “lawfully possessed” when the measure went into effect.
Adept at asserting the obvious, The Hill notes…
The new legislation is the latest attempt by Democrats to implement a ban on the guns since the Federal Assault Weapons ban expired in 2004.
…while NOT QUITE spelling out what exactly is IN the proposed legislation. You’ll notice as you read, the article repeats “assault weapons,” ad nauseum. WHAT is an “assault WEAPON” as it is so broadly defined? Officially, here’s your link to the bill write-up: Assault Weapons Ban of 2018.
In the interest of brevity, clarification and blood-pressure medicine takers everywhere, lemme ‘splain the basics. The Washington Examiner got a good start on cutting through the simple speak when their article appeared. First was an explanation of what “weapons” means to Democrats and pandering GOP representatives. “Assault WEAPONS” means damn near everything in your gun safe.
The bill prohibits the “sale, transfer, production, and importation” of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that can hold a detachable magazine, as well as semi-automatic rifles with a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds. Additionally, the legislation bans the sale, transfer, production, and importation of semi-automatic shotguns with features such as a pistol grip or detachable stock, and ammunition feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds.
Cicilline’s legislation names 205 specific firearms that are prohibited, including the AK-47 and AR-15.
How ’bout them apples? It will have a registry “which also would require the attorney general to keep a record of semi-automatic assault weapons linked to crimes.” (Wouldn’t you figure that was already happening?) (I digress.) There’s also a nasty little section liberal-leaning media tries to fuzzy over. While it seems forthright and commonsensical enough on its face…
But “lawfully possessed” semi-automatics purchased before the measure took effect would be grandfathered in.
…there’s damnation in the details.
“GREAT!” you say. “If they EVER have enough votes to pass this abomination, at least I’m not going to jail!”
But your kids are, if you think you’re going to pass down those legally purchased weapons. That’s in there, too. No tender, “And this was Grampa’s open field shotgun” moments for your descendants. Within a generation, as my son points out,
“…virtually all semi-autos would be illegally owned, even under grandfathering.”
All these weapons are registered, so think of the potential for a California-style gun confiscation scheme. The justification is built into the law – FEDERAL law. Or if you think you’re going to have them in a house without a gunsafe to store them in, while others who cannot possess such weapons live there?
It’s hard to separate the emotion from the facts in the current climate, but, shameless attempts to brazenly use tragedy to strip weapons from law abiding citizens, it might be a good time to refresh what the last assault weapons ban brought us, benefit-wise. Which was…nothing. There was NO massive decrease in crime, Columbine still happened and Chicago still sounds like Bolivia during a coup. What happened after they let it lapse and LAW ABIDING Americans could once again purchase what weapons they wished as they saw fit?
Crime has been on a constant sloop downward. As the number of guns skyrocketed, thanks to Obama and Co., crime rates dropped.
How is this possible? I have been assured the NRA (of which I am a member) and all the filthy gun owners of this country are murderers, who hate children, no less. Yet, the FACTS are clear. And I guess we pretty emphatically aren’t the homicidal maniacs we’re painted to be EVERY. DAY.
There was a moment of reactive common sense in Tallahassee today, though. The Florida Legislature voted down an assault weapons ban amendment to gun regulation legislation. In the comments, the usual suspects are “never visiting Florida again.” (Come on. As if they ever had or that we would miss their sticky drink-sodden, inert corpses at Panama City this spring.)
Moment when Florida Senate Rules Cmte. voted down amendment to gun legislation that would've banned assault weapons. pic.twitter.com/62ST5sbHJJ
— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) February 26, 2018
I salute my law makers here for holding firm (the FL House votes tomorrow on a similar measure) and there is little interest in D.C. to pursue this current piece of…legislation. However. It pays to be vigilant and realize that tides shift, sometimes without warning. (Ask Hillary.) We have to defend our Second Amendment RIGHT – it’s not a “wish,” “want,” or “privilege” – it. Is. OUR. RIGHT. Against the forces that would strip it away all at once – like this effort – or chip at it unmercifully. The NRA did not shoot those children. As a law abiding gun owner, I did not shoot those children. I know YOU did not.
Yet we are painted as the problem, and expected to pay the price for incompetence and criminality.