Democrats add a gun control amendment to the Cybersecurity bill
Rahm Emanuel once said that you should never let a good crisis go to waste because it allows you to implement policy which would you would otherwise be able to pass. Barack Obama lives by this mantra, as do many other Democrats, and today Chuck Schumer decided to use the Colorado theater shooting as just such a crisis.
Chuck Schumer, and several other Democrats, decided that in the wake of that tragic shooting it would be pertinent to add a gun control amendment to the Cybersecurity bill. Here is what he is proposing:
S.A. 2575 would make it illegal to transfer or possess large capacity feeding devices such as gun magazines, belts, feed stripes and drums of more than 10 rounds of ammunition with the exception of .22 caliber rim fire ammunition.
This amendment outlaws the future sales or transfers of any weapon with a “large capacity” feeding device because Jim Holmes walked into that movie theater with just such a weapon; it has been reported that his weapon of choice was equipped with a 100 round magazine. The theory for banning large capacity magazines is this; if Jim Holmes had a lower capacity magazine he would have had to stop to reload several times and during one of his down times he might have been subdued before he could continue shooting. However the easiest way to subdue a shooter is if there is another person in the room with a weapon who can take advantage of a momentary pause in the shooting, but that wasn’t going to happen in Aurora Colorado because the theater was a gun free zone. In all likelihood Holmes would have been able to reload several times and no additional lives would have been saved.
Here we have an example of the federal government trying to implement laws to punish law abiding citizens for the actions of one deranged individual. But this amendment is even worse than that when you look at what this amendment would actually ban because this would ban all magazines larger than 10 rounds. Hardly a high capacity feeding device, and in fact quite a normal feeding device for a handgun.
With the exception of .22 caliber weapons, because the amendment exempts them, this would ban virtually all handguns with the exception of revolvers and some sub-compact handguns. This amendment would make my weapon of choice–a compact handgun with a 12 round magazine–illegal to purchase in the future and it would prevent me from selling or transferring its ownership to another law abiding American citizen. Why am I being punished for the actions of Jim Holmes? I have done nothing wrong.
This amendment is hardly “reasonable”and in fact it goes well beyond anything that can even be considered ”reasonable” because it comes dangerously close to banning the sale of all handguns with the exception of those which are usually only used for target practice.
I would like to think that even if this amendment passes the Senate it would be defeated in the Tea Party controlled House, but this is the same House which voted to authorize spying on American citizens with unmanned drones, and this is the same House which deemed the United States as a battlefield and authorized detaining American citizens indefinitely and without charges, so nothing is certain any more.
Please write and call your Senators and your Representatives and demand they oppose this amendment for this may be the most direct attack on the second amendment that we have ever seen.
Our constitution hangs in the balance.