Skip to comments.Kill the assault rifle ban? YES
Posted on 08/09/2004 7:30:18 AM PDT by neverdem
The 1994 semiautomatic or so-called assault weapons ban expires Sept. 13. The media drumbeat to reauthorize it has begun, and some politicians are dancing to the familiar tune. Instead of merely reauthorizing the ban, however, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-L.I.) seeks to ban more guns and implement a national registration scheme. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the assault weapons ban sponsor, said on CBS' "60 Minutes," "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate for an outright ban, picking up every one of them - Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in - I would have done it." The gun control agenda has never been stated more honestly.
This new legislation is one step toward that agenda.
The assault weapon debate is ruled by emotion, not fact. That's why in the elections following enactment of the ban, gun owners went to the polls in great numbers and, for the first time in 134 years, unseated the speaker of the House. That's why President Bill Clinton told the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "The fight for the assault weapons ban cost 20 members their seats in Congress." That's why in March 1996, 239 members of the House voted across party lines to repeal the Clinton gun ban.
The debate is not about so-called assault weapons. It's about banning guns. Anti-gun advocates claim, without credible evidence, these guns are the weapons of choice for criminals. It's a lie. A day after the gun ban was signed into law, a Washington Post editorial admitted, "Assault weapons play a part in only a small percentage of crime. The provision is mainly symbolic; its virtue will be if it turns out to be, as hoped, a steppingstone to broader gun control."
The radical Violence Policy Center states: "The public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns vs. semiautomatic assault weapons - anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun - can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons." Fully automatic machine guns were, of course, effectively banned in 1934.
As the drumbeats roll and attempts to dismantle the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans continue, the National Rifle Association will continue to fulfill its 133-year-old tradition of preserving freedom for law-abiding Americans.
Cox is executive director of National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action.
I fully expect I would be. ;-)
I'll throw in my collection of A-5s. Bulky but effective.
Not as of last Saturday. It's a proposed law...not a law yet.
Sounds like Mama needs a couple of trips to the range as well. Find one that has pistol caliber sub-guns for rent (as does the Bullet Hole near San Antonio where that picture was taken, although that wasn't' one of their guns). Well maybe start with a .22 rifle or handgun, but it won't take long before she want to shoot the buzz guns as well, most likely and she'll be the one teaching the girl to shoot if you don't watch out. My wife "doesn't like guns", but she shot them to please her father, so it's not that she hates them either. she does support the second amendment and doesn't object when go shooting or to a gun show. My daughters both shoot them as well, with the younger one wanting to make off with my .22 semi-auto. I might just give it to her too, when I get a new one for myself. :)
Presumably they will haul away the dead dogs and gun gestapo members as well.
There was no such trade off made. The machine gun ban was a last minute amendment in the House. There was no debate on it, as time for debate had run out. The wording is pretty bad too. If taken literally, as laws are supposed to be, it wouldn't have banned anything. Everyone figured the Courts would throw it out. In any event there was some discussion as the meaning in the Senate, but without any real resolution, although the FOPA was passed anyway with the language. There was no time for any such "compromise" on the part of the NRA.
Some federal courts have ruled on various aspects of FOPA as it relates to machine guns and the NFA. See:
Some courts have declared that because the NFA was passed under the power to tax, once it was amended so that the tax would not longer be accepted, then the whole NFA registration scheme for machine guns became invalid. That's not good law in most places, more's the pity.
You miss understand me. My wife likes guns. She's partial to big bore handguns. Has her pretty eyes set on a 10mm Star Arms Megastar. She says she likes the way it feels in her hand. It's also about the biggest damn 10MM auto pistol I've ever seen.
Has more to do with teaching our darling sprog to control her temper before giving her anything that goes BANG and puts big holes in things.
At 11 months old, she has a ways to go yet.;-)
every time I buy ammo I have to do it, they dont propose I do it.
I think its possible that eric might be trying to throw the dog off the scent. :-)
As of last count, I have nine A-5s in my gun closet, including a 32 inch bbl goose gun.
These look like Louisiana sky blasters.
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