Senator Feinstein to propose new assault weapons ban bill

By Brent Daggett

Contributing writer for End the Lie

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Image credit: Official Senate portrait)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Image credit: Official Senate portrait)

On December 14, Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children, all six or seven years old, and six school employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School, before killing himself.

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The massacre became the second largest school shooting in U.S. history, with the exception of Virginia Tech, which left 33 people dead.

In the aftermath, of the odious act of violence at Sandy Hook (as well other recent massacres) a renewed interest in America’s firearms policies emerged, especially among politicians.

Leading the forefront is California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein, a liberal Democrat.

“I’m horrified and incensed by today’s tragedy in Connecticut.  These massacres don’t seem to stop-they continue on and on,” she said.

“When senseless mass shootings reach into our kindergarten and elementary schools, one has to question what is happening to America,” Feinstein continued. “Gun violence took the lives of more than 8,000 Americans last year, and today claimed the lives of at least 18 children.”

“As I have said many times before – and now repeat in the wake of yet another tragedy – weapons of war don’t belong on our streets or in our theaters, shopping malls and, most of all our schools,” she said.

“I hope and trust that in the next session of Congress there will be sustained and thoughtful debate about America’s gun culture and our responsibility to prevent more loss of life,” said Feinstein.

“But today, we mourn for those who have been killed and the families that have been devastated,” she said.

In January, Feinstein will be introducing a new assault weapons ban bill.

If the bill is passed, it will stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition feeding devices.

  • “Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
    • 120 specifically-named firearms;
    • Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and
    • Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.
  • Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
    • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test;
    • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test; and
    • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans.
  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
  • Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
    • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment;
    • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes; and
    • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons.
  • Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
    • Background check of owner and any transferee;
    • Type and serial number of the firearm;
    • Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
    • Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
    • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration.”

In an effort to prevent tragedies like the ones in Sandy Hook and Aurora, Colorado, President Obama will more than likely support the efforts of Feinstein.

“I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it.  I’m going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen again,” Obama said.

However, as to be expected with any piece of legislation, opposition will occur.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, whom I rarely agree with, believes more gun control is not the answer.

“Well, we had the assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004 and the conclusion was, it did not change crime by banning assault weapons in an appreciable way, and last year with the lowest murder rate in the history of the United States, people buying more guns, murder rates have gone down – you are talking about preventing mass murder by mentally unstable persons,” Graham said. “You can’t take every sharp object out of the reach of people like this.”

Politicians are not the only individuals expressing their opposition to the contents of the bill.

According to the article, Tyranny red alert: Traitorous Senator Feinstein seeking to criminalize nearly all firearms, require nationwide registration and fingerprinting of all gun owners, Mike Adams believes the bill is a slippery slope to give the government pause to one day confiscate all firearms.

“This is Feinstein’s wicked way of essentially criminalizing all gun ownership by American citizens. And those who comply with these requirements, thinking the government will then leave them alone, will soon find that they have given the government the “confiscation list” it needs to go door to door, demanding all the registered firearms.

Gun registration always leads to gun confiscation.  The reason the government announces gun registration first is because they want to build a list of who to raid and arrest.  By announcing “registration” first, the can hoodwink the population into ratting themselves out while the government compiles a “hit list” of all gun owners.”

While the aforementioned may seem to be paranoia, the rationale behind the statement exists in the below video Gun Control is Genocide, also created by Adams.

Whether the bill will pass remains uncertain, but rest assured the New Year on Capitol Hill will start off with a plethora of verbal bangs.

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7 Responses to Senator Feinstein to propose new assault weapons ban bill

  1. Kevin December 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Send this out to EVERY Senator & member of Congress,
    Dear Elected official

    It is my understanding that the President of the United States has decided to take on the issue of Gun Rights for Americans as a result of the recent tragedy in Newtown Connecticut. The President has appointed the Vice President of the United States to lead an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence in America, and has vowed to use “whatever power this office holds” in efforts to prevent “more tragedies like this” referring to the massacre that occurred in Newtown Connecticut.

    The Mainstream Media continues to portray that all Americans are asking for gun control as a result of the massacre in Newtown Connecticut. That is not true. A recent Gallup Poll showed Americans feel that an increased police presence at schools, increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment, and decreased depiction of gun violence in entertainment venues would be effective in preventing mass shootings at schools. I encourage you to research this as you draft the way-ahead on curbing gun violence in America.

    As my elected official, you will undoubtedly be asked to participate on committee in order to draft a way-ahead to solve the problem of gun violence in America. As my elected officials, you will undoubtedly be asked to vote on potential bill(s) that may affect my gun rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. Specifically, the Second Amendment which reads:

    “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    As a law-abiding citizen of the United States of America, it is imperative that you not infringe on my right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution written by the Founding Fathers. It is your responsibility as my elected official to dutifully represent the will of The People, correctly interpret The United States Constitution, and diligently reflect on court cases throughout our proud history as you draft the way-ahead to curb gun violence.
    There are approximately 65 million gun owners in the United States who enjoy the protection of our Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment protects their right and the right of every citizen to legally own and operate guns. This right has been protected in courts over the course of a hundred plus years.

    The Supreme Court recognized that the right to arms is an individual right in U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876), Presser v. Illinois (1886), Miller v. Texas (1894), U.S. v. Miller (1939) and U.S. v. Verdugo-Urquidez (1990). In U.S. v. Cruikshank, the Court also recognized that the right pre-existed the Constitution. Most recently in 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment, which forbids Congress from infringing the right to keep and bear arms, also applies to state and local governments.

    Since our inalienable rights include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we cannot exercise those rights if we are not safe. Self-protection and the ability to fight against tyranny are core values our Founding Fathers believed and embedded within The Constitution. They envisioned a citizenry that must protect itself. The Second Amendment guarantees my right to protect myself and my family.

    Attempts to institute a Ban on certain types of weapons is nothing short of telling the American People what type of guns they can own as it pertains to the Second Amendment. What will you do next? Tell the American People what kind of religion they can practice as it pertains to the First Amendment?

    Those who oppose our Second Amendment would like for us to believe in a government that protects its people. They would like to strip peaceful citizens of their basic right to safety in an attempt to achieve safe neighborhoods. However, a vibrant democracy demands that we protect ourselves, because we are the embodiment of democracy and government is but our tool. Further regulating gun ownership only affects law-abiding citizens, resulting in criminals operating guns.

    As a law-abiding citizen of this great land, it must be said that the focus should rest upon education and the enforcement of current laws. Gun safety education has lowered accidental deaths to less than 1% of all accidental deaths. Therefore, those who willingly use guns irresponsibly must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    As it can be seen, there are choices we must face individually and as a nation. If we decide to give our government too much control, we will be making it an arbiter for determining our fate instead of helping us to determine our own fate. Restricting every citizen’s freedom is a dangerous proposition with grave consequences.

    Do we want a larger government that envelopes our lives in the name of safety or do we want a smart government that helps teach us to be responsible and free? Some people believe that we can only be safe when government inhibits our basic freedom, making it harder to protect ourselves. This is a government that evades issues of personal responsibility, holds the actions of criminals against those who are law-abiding, and regulates our lives for us.

    Our other choice is that we fashion a smart government that helps teach us to be responsible and free. The millions of Americans who support this view believe that we can only be safe when we are informed of the issues and make decisions for ourselves. These Americans know the danger of fashioning a powerful government and a weak citizenry. Reflect on the war that was fought against England to attain our freedom; remember what risks our Founding Fathers took to obtain a free society and a government that was not intrusive.

    I ask you, which government would you rather fashion? Which government helps you to be free?

    Reflect on our gun laws and future bills thoughtfully, as the consequences of your decisions will affect the civil rights of every inhabitant within our United States of America. As a constituent, I can make this promise to you…I will donate time and money for campaigns in every upcoming election. I will donate time and money to participate in every grass roots effort to defend the Second Amendment. I will donate time and money to pursue every legal course of action against those who attempt to infringe on my right to keep and bear arms.

    Thank you for your time in this matter.

    Respectfully,

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  2. Patrick Zickgraf January 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    I have broken no laws. Punishing all Americans for the crimes commited by criminals does nothing to stop crime from happening. If that nut in Conn. didnt have the use of an AR-15 he would have used a baceball bat or even his bare hands. Its that simple. If someone want to cause harm to alot of people they will. limiting the number of rounds that my rifle can hold or banning sertan rifles will do nothing to stop people from hurting eachother. It doesent take much to see that what a gun ban would just give the criminals more power over all of us who follow the law. Has anyone given thought to how many thousands of new criminals that a gun ban would create. Do we have enough room in our already over crowded prisons. Or will non complinence to a new gun ban invoke marshal law.

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  3. Nora January 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    You don’t get it. The government knows that guns bans create crime waves, and that guns provide protection for family and home that we are entitled to as human beings. They are staging these mass murders to elicit a knee-jerk reaction so that they can disarm the population. When (if) they succeed in disarming us, we are sitting ducks waiting for them to slaughter us. That’s why the government bought so many rounds of hollow-point ammo–billions of rounds to be exact. It’s enough ammo to put four slugs in every man woman and child in this country. It isn’t about punishing you for crimes you didn’t commit. It isn’t about making schools safer, or reducing crime at all. It’s about putting you in a defenseless state, because an unarmed population is easier to first control, and then dispose of, exactly as the communists killed the non-reform Jews.

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  4. jason January 2, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Under the 2nd amendment i have the right to defend myself from tyranny. And i will. Come get em.

    Reply
  5. Andrew January 3, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Nora, you are an idiot. Seriously…an idiot.

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    • Anonymous January 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      why

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  6. Ben Johnson January 5, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Nora is not an idiot. She is right on the money. I personally would not trust this government in an outhouse with a muzzle on. I will keep my AK’s because I need to protect my self against this government. End of story. I could care less what you do. Go to one of those FEMA camps if you so wish.

    Reply

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