Maloney’s Stupid ‘Smart Gun’ Bill an Unintended Gift to Gun Owners
“In an effort to improve gun safety, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) has reintroduced The Handgun Trigger Safety Act, forward-thinking legislation to use new and emerging technology to prevent gun deaths,” a press release from the congressthing proclaims. “The bill would promote the development of new ‘smart gun’ technology that only allows an authorized user to fire a gun. It would also mandate that all newly manufactured handguns use this technology within five years, and that existing handguns be retrofitted with this technology within ten years.”
Gun owners who value their rights are well aware of all the absurdities and potentials for failure by adding complexity to a mechanism designed to prevent it from functioning as intended. There’s no need to repeat them here (I first took the subject on back in the 90s and have revisited it many times over the years). Suffice it to say the requirements are always directed at We the People and never at police, the alphabet agencies, the Secret Service and the military, and for obvious reasons. After all, how many people have ever pointed and clicked a garage door opener or TV remote controller … and had nothing happen?
Fortunately, we know Maloney is posturing, trolling for press ink to keep her name out there lest she be forgotten for her singular lack of accomplishments. The treasonous bill isn’t going anywhere, and neither will its Senate counterpart, despite her blathering about cars and baby cribs.
It didn’t go anywhere last time, attracting only 10 Democrat cosponsors, and it’ll go nowhere in committee this time out. And while the text of the 2017 version hasn’t been posted yet, it’s a pretty safe bet that it will closely track with last year’s text, from which we can make a few deductions:
- It will force taxpayers to cover the cost of grants to developers. Kind of like bullet fees.
- It will exempt guns not so manufactured or retrofitted from the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, opening the door to company-destroying lawsuits. In true Opposite Day “progressive” fashion, the guns that will be protected from product liability repercussions are the ones with designed and after-market inhibitors.
But most insidious will be the “retrofitting” requirement, and I’m not just talking about voiding existing warranties. What it in effect means is all handguns must be turned in to a government-sanctioned retrofitter. The work will be done at your expense, and if you can’t afford to ransom it back, tough. And if it’s the only gun you have, tough.
You’d better believe you’ll need to run a NICS check through an FFL and pay a fee to get your gun “transferred” back. That assumes your name isn’t kicked out due to some no-due-process disqualifier, where you could then find yourself in crushing legal jeopardy. And the guns that are returned will have all been effectively registered.
What about criminals? Yeah, what about them?
Defy Maloney’s edict and you’ll be one. You’ll become a felon and a “prohibited person.” Your freedom will be taken away and your life will be destroyed. And if you resist, guess what?
So why do I call this abomination an unintended gift?
Because it shows Maloney for the sick tyrranophile that she is. It takes away the arguments that gun owner rights advocates are “paranoid” and that “No one wants to take your guns.”
Of course they do. Every action on the part of these subversives under the guise of “common sense gun safety laws” is just another incremental nip toward that goal, and by going for this big a bite, Maloney shows her insatiable hunger and undeniable lust.
But don’t take my word for it. Listen instead to Nelson “Pete” Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., renamed to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in order to not only mask what they’re really after, but also to accommodate the other types of guns they want to ban:
We’re going to have to take one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily — given the political realities — going to be very modest. . . . [W]e’ll have to start working again to strengthen that law, and then again to strengthen the next law, and maybe again and again. Right now, though, we’d be satisfied not with half a loaf but with a slice. Our ultimate goal — total control of handguns in the United States — is going to take time. . . . The first problem is to slow down the number of handguns being produced and sold in this country. The second problem is to get handguns registered. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition-except for the military, police, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors-totally illegal.
So thanks Maloney, you wretched oath-breaker, for taking off the mask and showing your full ugliness –and your true intent — to the world.
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