An article in MarketDailyNews caught my attention. Quoting ShootingWire, the article described how Senator Dianne Feinstein’s legal staff has been meeting with FTB/ATF legal staff to discuss a new Assault Weapons Ban. Now that Obama has been reelected, Feinstein sees no impediment to such a ban and has every intention of pushing it through Congress. According to the article, there is “pretty good intelligence” that says her intention is to “ban pistol grips and ‘high-capacity’ magazines, to eliminate any grandfathering, and to ban sales of “weapons in possession”.’
In other words, if you already own such a rifle, and the legislation is passed, your only choice will be to hand it over to the government. There is no doubt she will be able to get this through the leftist-controlled Senate, but it will be a much harder sell in the House. Still, if Obama signs on, there is nothing that will keep him from implementing much of her plan through executive order.
Let us be clear with this: Feinstein is not pushing a bill to make anyone safer. It is a ban on weapons that look like military weapons. pistol grips, box magazines, etc., do not make a rifle any more dangerous than a good lever-action Winchester in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing, and at short range, they are far less effective than a shotgun. Further, the AR-platform fires what is essentially a high-power .22; while the 7.62 round in the AK is roughly equivalent to the venerable .30-30 round long used by deer hunters.
What her ban really is, what it can only be, is the thin end of the gun control wedge. Like pot is for other, more dangerous drugs, this is “gateway gun control” that will lead to more bans and restrictions until the American people are all but disarmed. There seems to be little stomach for such a move, at least in those she has approached so far. “In fact, the lack of interest in the idea surprised the California liberal’s legal staffers. Apparently, they believe no logical person could possible disagree with them.”
That does not mean she will stop, and it doesn’t mean we won’t see a new Assault Weapons Ban. Remember, there is no such thing as “reasonable gun control” as the Left would like to sell it, because if there was, they would stop always pushing more. With people like Feinstein, “reasonable gun control” is never reasonable enough, you always need more.
Plain and simple, on the subject of guns, the Left is lying to you. Do not fall for it.