New Feinstein ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban All ‘Sound and Fury’ — for Now
“Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and a number of her colleagues today introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017, a bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines,” a Nov. 8 press release on her website announced. Cosponsors of the bill are all Democrats.
As an aside, note the term “assault weapon” always appears in quotes herein. You know the reason why.
Among other “provisions” (read “infringements”) of the bill, per a WZTV Fox 17 Nashville summary analysis, it also:
“Bans the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name. Owners may keep existing weapons.
“Bans any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock. Owners may keep existing weapons.
“Bans magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, which allow shooters to quickly fire many rounds without needing to reload. Owners may keep existing magazines.”
It also provides for “prison time for anyone who loans an AR-15 rifle to a friend.” This being the land of the free and all…
“We’re introducing an updated Assault Weapons Ban for one reason: so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote,” Feinstein declared. “This bill won’t stop every mass shooting, but it will begin removing these weapons of war from our streets.”
That it was “weapons of war” the Founders intended should remain in the hands of the people does not factor into the deceptive manipulations when considering the totalitarian end game goal these oath-breakers are inching toward. But Feinstein does make an interesting admission: the bill is intended for show, for publicity and for political gamesmanship. The signatories are under no illusions it will actually go anywhere. And no, of course it won’t stop any “mass shootings.” That’s never been the intent of gun owner control.
The title of S. 2095, “A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes” might as well have left out the middle clause in its entirety. The mask is off on those “other purposes,” and it’s clear that Democrats are intent on pushing things incrementally down a “slippery slope” they’ve previously ridiculed as paranoid conspiracy theory.
For now, Feinstein’s bill is reminds me of nothing so much as Macbeth’s cynical assessment of life, which if you think about it, is what it represents:
“It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.”
For now it is. But give it time.
Give corrupt establishment Republicans time to squander a lifetime opportunity and blow the advantage they enjoy in the House, Senate, Supreme Court and White House as they ally with Democrats to sabotage a populist rebellion demanding real change instead of weasel-worded platitudes. And give unchecked immigration and a “pathway to citizenship” (supported by the same Democrats and RINOs) time to create an electorate that will, by all objective measures and experience, result in gun-grabbers passing whatever legislation they want and judges they appoint upholding those laws.
The object is, as Mr. Churchill noted, to “fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed [and] when your victory is sure and not too costly.” That means either get involved with peaceable and productive outreach, educational and political/judicial efforts now, or resign yourself and your posterity to the terrible day when keeping the oath will be put to the test, and we’ll find out how many anonymous “Molon Labe!” comment posters are serious, capable and prepared.
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