Congress has returned to session after their summer recess and the number one item on the agenda is gun control legislation. At least three new bills have been proposed, one would offer federal monies to states that participate in implementing “Red Flag” laws, another would propose a national ban on magazines with more than a 10 round capacity, and the last is looking for a sweeping ban on “Assault Weapons”. S.66 proposed by Sen. Feinstein (D, CA) seemingly appears to ban nearly every semi-automatic firearm by expanding the propaganda term “Assault Rifle” to “Assault Weapons”. By her definition, an “Assault Weapon” is nearly every semi-automatic firearm on the market. Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of an “Assault Weapon” as defined in this bill.
“A manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when unloaded.”
“A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.”
“A pistol grip.”
“A fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds.”
‘‘The ability to accept a detachable magazine.”
This is just a few examples, in a rather long list. If any of these apply to your firearm, that firearm is classified as an “Assault weapon” under this proposal. Nearly every semi-automatic pistol has a detachable magazine and a pistol grip. Make no mistake, this was not designed to go after your AR-15s. Now, there is a grandfather clause that exempts all weapons, lawfully possessed, at the date of enactment, and this “Assault Weapons” ban also requires that these newly defined “Assault Weapons” be stored using a secure gun storage or safety device like a trigger lock. The bill specifically defines that “stored” refers to any time a firearm is not in the direct control of the possessor or in the immediate vicinity where it could readily be in the direct control of the possessor.
The driving force behind this policy is the concept that mass murderers somehow prefer these “Assault Weapons”. Blumenthal seems to believe that “assault-style” weapons belong only on the battlefield. What, exactly, qualifies him to make this distinction? As the law exists now, it is already illegal for me to own a firearm with burst or full-auto capability. It is firearms with such capability that exist on the battlefield, not the semi-automatic counterparts that were created for civilian use. He also makes an assertion in the following statement that these measures will “finally end America’s gun violence epidemic”.
“Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are deadly and dangerous weapons of war that belong on battlefields—not our streets. They have no purpose for self-defense or hunting, and no business being in our schools, churches and malls,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. “By passing this legislation, Congress can honor the memory of the beautiful lives cut short by military-style assault weapons in Newtown, Parkland, Las Vegas, San Bernardino and far too many other American cities. This is the year for my colleagues to turn our rhetoric into reality and finally end America’s gun violence epidemic.”
This is the type of nonsensical logic and ignorance that drives this farcical legislation. This belief that you can somehow legislate evil, as if criminals abide by these laws. The Department of Justice examined the 1994–2004 Assault Weapons Ban’s effectiveness, and determined that the ban didn’t lead to any decrease in gun crime or gun deaths. In addition, as I have noted several times before, “Red Flag Laws” were first adopted by Blumenthal’s State of Connecticut in 1999. These laws did nothing to prevent the Sandy Hook and Hartford Distributors Shootings that would follow. One of the most devastating attacks in American History was carried out with box cutters, which terrorists used to gain control of and weaponize airplanes. A crock pot can be weaponized and, with the right ingredients, turned into a bomb. Perhaps we should step back and look at what is causing this massive decay in morality, if this is truly about valuing life.