As I reported earlier, 65 Democratic representatives, led by Mike Ross of Arkansas have denounced plans to reinstitute the so-called “assault weapon ban.” My representative in Congress, David Wu, was not on that list. As he claims to support both the Second Amendment and the Heller decision, I’ve asked him to join that list. The full text of my letter to Representative Wu appears below:
Dear Representative Wu,
I have corresponded with you on several topics over the years, but of particular concern to me in the current political climate is the security of my Second Amendment rights. You have stated your support for the Second Amendment in numerous letters to me, and your support of the recent Heller decision. I therefore ask you to join Representative Mike Ross and 64 of your Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives in denouncing and opposing attempts by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration to reinstitute the deceptively named “assault weapon” ban.
A substantial portion of the general public is under the mistaken impression that an “assault weapon ban” covers fully automatic weapons (and many politicians and media outlets do nothing to dissuade them of this perception and in certain cases actively encourage it), when it fact it only covers cosmetic features and magazine capacity of semi-automatic sporting and hunting rifles. The Justice Department concluded that the original ban had no effect on crime, and the recent Heller decision clearly states that such absolute bans are unconstitutional.
The specific criteria stated in the Heller case is: “As the quotations earlier in this opinion demonstrate, the inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right. The handgun ban amounts to a prohibition of an entire class of ‘arms’ that is overwhelmingly chosen by American society for that lawful purpose.”
It is therefore clear that banning a class of weapon chosen by American society for defense and other lawful purposes does not meet Constitutional muster. The firearms categorized as “assault weapons” under the 1994 Law and other bills (H.R. 1022) are firearms commonly chosen by Americans not only for self-defense, but hunting and other sporting purposes as well, and as such any ban passed would fail under the criteria set forth in the Heller case.
As a stated supporter of the Second Amendment and the Heller ruling, I again strongly urge you to join Representative Mike Ross and your other Democratic colleagues in opposing any future attempts to ban so-called “assault weapons”. The proposed “assault weapon ban” preys on public ignorance and offers the illusion of safety when in fact it has no impact on crime and abridges the rights of law-abiding Americans.
The operative question is, will David Wu stand by his stated political principles, or (as I suspect) will his more natural anti-Second Amendment tendencies win out. I eagerly await his response!
Until next time!!!