Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Leftist Wants to Make the Ruger 10/22 a Class III Weapon

A new bill introduced in the House effectively wants to make any firearm with a detachable magazine a Class III weapon. The bill, H.R. 45 is sponsored by Representative Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat, and according to the Firearms Coalition , represents a “comprehensive anti-gun wish-list bill”. The only good news at this point is that the bill has no co-sponsors, and even if it did it is extremely unlikely to pass the House which still maintains a pro-Second majority.

The full text of the bill is online and I encourage everyone to read it – if you have a strong stomach that is. The bill is named after Blair Holt, according to the bill:

“Blair Holt, a junior at Julian High School in Chicago, was killed on a public bus riding home from school when he used his body to shield a girl who was in the line of fire after a young man boarded the bus and started shooting.”

This was a tragic incident and Blair Holt is indeed a hero. However is the incident justification for more gun laws? How many laws were broken by the assailant in the senseless crime cited above? Would more laws give this individual pause? I seriously doubt it. Chicago is a city rife with economic problems, social issues, gangs, crime, and hopelessness. In such an environment no body of laws will change the behavior of animals who believe that the rules don’t apply to them.

Ultimately the proposed bill is built on the same fallacy that all gun control bills use as a cornerstone – that the gun is guilty of the crime, not the person – that somehow limiting access to firearms will make the violence go away. It’s like trying to cure leukemia with an aspirin – these laws don’t address the root cause of the violence, they’re merely a politically expedient panacea that demagogues can hold up as an example of “doing something”.

The bill itself basically requires registration and restricted transfer of any magazine fed weapon (that’s not an antique). It places the Attorney General in charge of the registration, and registration requirements include all of the “normal” information, training, and anything else the Attorney General decides he or she would like to see. It also requires people to have “firearm licenses” to possess firearms,

To say that this bill is blatantly unconstitutional is a gigantic understatement. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not a privilege – it is a right affirmed by our Constitution. The bill may as well propose that people need a license to practice a particular religion or speak their mind. Even though I believe that this bill has no chance of succeeding in the House, I encourage you to write your Representatives and urge them to not only oppose this bill, but censure Representative Rush for violating his oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

Until next time!!!

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