A reinstatement of the Federal Assault Weapons
Ban will stop nothing
By: Diane Sori
Following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the anti-gun loons
have been out in full force trying to get assault weapons (like the
Bushmaster AR-15) banned because they erroneously believe this was
the weapon 'the monster' used to slaughter the innocents that fateful
day just a few short weeks ago.
It was NOT.
But what all these
gun control loons fail to understand is that an assault-weapons ban
is NO guarantee that the number of mass shootings would decline. But
a president hell-bent on restricting access to so-called 'mean looking
guns' (aka assault rifles) as his jump off point to repealing our
Second Amendment with its
stated right for 'We the People' to keep and bear arms, we face an
uphill but winnable battle.
While nothing changes the fact that most gun crimes in America are
committed with handguns NOT assault rifles, there are statistics
those on the left won't like, including those compiled by a
Northeastern University professor and the Census Bureau that show
that the number of mass shootings since the 1980s has fluctuated
annually, but with NO major upward or downward trend. In fact,
according to FBI data, of
the two-thirds of murders that involve firearms, about 69% involve
handguns rather than rifles or shotguns of any kind. And estimates
from all studies place the contribution of assault weapons to gun
crime at around 1 or 2 percent at most.
In other words, banning assault weapons of any sort has absolutely
NO bearing on the amount of firearm deaths that occur yearly. And
remember, the term 'assault weapon' was invented by the anti-gun lobby
as a way of blurring the
distinction between modern semi-automatic rifles, which fire
once per trigger pull, and selective-fire assault rifles, which can
be set to fire continuously, a distinction that Obama just doesn't
get. So simply saying laws should be changed to cover more 'assault
weapons' is redundant because guns do not become 'assault weapons'
until legislators decide to classify them as such.
I sure hope LaPierre is right, because if
passed it would only be the start of Obama's trying to take ALL our
guns away and putting them solely in the hands of the very ones we
need to defend ourselves from...meaning him and his cronies.
And as this debate continues, who does Obama appoint to head the
committee investigating a reinstatement of the assault weapons
ban...none other than VP Joe 'Bite-Me' Biden, the very man who helped
pass the original along along with Diane Feinstein, the sponsor of
this new hoped for ban.
Remember, in the original ban Congress made a distinction between
the broadly defined category of assault 'weapons' and the
narrower category of assault 'rifles.' Assault weapons are semi-automatic firearms having certain features similar to those of military firearms. Assault rifles are a selective fire (either fully automatic or burst-capable) rifle that uses an interchangeable cartridge and a detachable magazine. The original
ban was placed on assault 'weapons' and assault 'weapons'
ammunition meaning the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 dealt with
a very specific class of firearm and nothing else.
But lets cut to the chase and tell it like it really is...this new
proposed assault weapons ban is nothing but an
attempt to eliminate ‘straw purchases’ by hiding behind the claim
about a gun show loophole that if you buy a gun at a
gun show there’s NO background check. But this is NOT true as all dealers and vendors must run a background check because
that’s already law. What they are trying to say is if two gun show
attendees... customers NOT vendors or dealers...bring their own
firearms and sell it to another customer with NO paperwork like you
would get from a vendor or dealer, that would be a crime, meaning conducting
private sales would be a crime. This would force ALL firearm
purchases to be registered allowing the government to know exactly who
has a firearm and who doesn’t. And if confiscation ever became
policy they would know exactly who to go for.
However, to get this new hoped for ban passed it still has to go through the Republican controlled
House, and such a bill would never make it through if the Republicans stand united against it.
And something Obama, Biden, and Feinstein forget is that while a new ban might stop
the sale of new semi-automatic rifles, more than three million semis are already in private citizen's hands, so what happens to
those...will those people get a knock on the door by the Feds
demanding they surrender their rifles...I really don't think the
outcome of something like that would be very pretty...for the Feds
So lets end this talk of reinstating any sort of assault weapons
ban, and let it really sink in that guns, including assault
weapons, don't kill people...people kill people.
Got it... I surely hope so.