“Gun Control” Is A “Badge And Incident Of Slavery”
By Edwin Vieira Jr.|December 10th, 2019
As most politically observant readers of this commentary are all too well aware, in the elections of 2019 the Democratic Party gained an ascendancy in both Houses of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Inasmuch as the Democrats also control the Governorship of Virginia, beginning in 2020 they will be able—if they maintain their party discipline or enlist enough turncoat Republicans as allies—to advance the sort of “gun-control” agenda long and loudly promoted by such zealots as Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, and Michael Bloomberg. The Democrats’ goal in this regard will not be to enact what men of good will and legal insight might consider “reasonable” or “common-sense” legislation. No, indeed. One can expect that Virginia’s Democratic lawmakers will propose bills that any normal American will recognize as radical, extremist, fanatical, hysterical, even lunatic in character.
PART I. An early example of such “gun-control” proposals is Virginia Senate Bill No. 16 (pre-filed on 18 November 2019, and to be offered on 8 January 2020). In pertinent part, this Bill defines an “assault firearm” as inter alia “[a] semi-automatic center-fire rifle * * * that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the rifle; (iii) a thumbhole stock; (iv) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (v) a bayonet mount; (vi) a grenade launcher; (vii) a flare launcher; (viii) a silencer; (ix) a flash suppressor; (x) a muzzle brake; (xi) a muzzle compensator; (xii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting (a) a silencer; (b) a flash suppressor; (c) a muzzle brake; or (d) a muzzle compensator; or (xiii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (xii).”
The Bill also provides that “‘[a]ssault firearm’ includes any part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert, modify, or otherwise alter a firearm into an assault firearm, or any combination of parts that may be readily assembled into an assault firearm.”
And the Bill makes it “unlawful for any person to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess, or transport an assault firearm. A violation of this section is punishable as a Class 6 felony.”
So, with but a few imaginable exceptions, Senate Bill No. 16 seeks to outlaw the possession by Virginians of most common semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines—and essentially all such rifles of the AR and AK patterns—along with an host of parts typically associated with rifles of these types. Upon enactment of this Bill into “law”, all of these rifles and parts will become contraband, as well as evidence of the commission of “a Class 6 felony” by whoever possesses them.
One could justifiably challenge the sponsor and proponents of this Bill to provide proof that any one of the enumerated evil “characteristics” has caused a single “semi-automatic center-fire rifle * * * that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine”, and that has been used in the commission of some crime, to have brought about greater harm to “public safety” than that rifle would have been capable of doing had it lacked those “characteristics”. Exactly when, where, and how, for instance, has “a bayonet mount”, “a grenade launcher”, “a flare launcher”, “a silencer”, “a flash suppressor”, “a muzzle brake”, or “a muzzle compensator” ever been the key, a salient, or even an incidental factor in the perpetration of a crime committed with a “semi-automatic center-fire rifle * * * that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine”? Predictably, no answer will be forthcoming.
An even more vexing conundrum is how a Virginian’s mere possession of any one of the mere parts which the Bill labels an “assault firearm” in and of itself—even without that individual’s possession of a semi-automatic rifle to which such a part could be attached—could be so dangerous to “public safety” as to justify rendering all of those items contraband, and to make the possession of any one of them evidence of the commission of a crime. An reply to this question is even less to be expected than is a response to the previous query.
PART II. It should be obvious to everyone that, on its face, Senate Bill No. 16 is an unconstitutional infringement upon “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” under the supreme laws of both the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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