Friday, November 9, 2012

Never Surrender! Never Give Up!

O.K. so it works both ways. Sen Dianne Feinstein is preparing an assault weapons bill which will likely be introduced in the lame duck congress that goes even further than the last one.
This same “pretty good intelligence” says the items that would lead to a ban would ban pistol grips and “high-capacity” magazines, eliminate any grandfathering and ban sales of “weapons in possession”.
The law “would essentially ban thousands of firearms and require gun owners to turn them over to the Federal government” Slavo writes.
The exact wording is as yet unavailable. One assumes that all the features that cause otherwise inanimate objects to go on killing sprees like bayonet lugs and a do-hicky on the end of the barrel would be included in the description.

Requiring a turn-in is a new feature first tested in California where owners of AK pattern rifles were told to register their guns, and when they did, were then told to turn them in.

Feinstein became a minor celebrity among gunnies when her bill limiting semi-autos to 10 round magazines resulted in the development of the so-called pocket-rocket group of easily concealable 9mm pistols.

I for one do not expect this to pass. Gun control is a third-rail issue that most Dems are reluctant to even bring up. Offering such a bill allows for a kabuki theater vote in which Dems in  reddish districts can vote against to improve their chances with otherwise squishy Republican voters, and Dems in safe districts can vote for to cement their credentials with the extreme left. The vote count will be carefully tabulated beforehand as to assure the bills narrow defeat.

Meantime there's the president's rapidly improving dexterity with executive orders and compliant agency heads. The congress is rapidly becoming nothing more than a cigar and finger pointing society and superfluous to the actual passage of law.

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