Congress can’t just enact whatever they want by majority rule. If they could, we would not have government of limited delegated powers, the hallmark of freedom and The American Way. It must just be a typo, on page two, continuing for 121 pages. If it’s not a typo, it is grounds for removal from office for violation of her oath of office. Boy, would that be an embarrassment.
The problem on page 13:
All semi-autos are outlawed, not just some.
Pro-rights and anti-rights attention has been focused on the tremendous list of guns that would be banned under Feinstein’s bill, which takes up a significant portion of the 122 pages of this proposal.
Here’s the problem none of the “news” reports have spotted:
The list of guns doesn’t matter.
Magazine size doesn’t matter.
If the semi-auto firearm has anything to grip it by, it is banned. (There is a grandfather clause for old stuff.)
It’s very clever actually.
According to the bill, any semiautomatic firearm that uses a magazine — handgun, rifle or shotgun — equipped with a “pistol grip,” would be banned. That sounds like a limitation, but it is not.
A pistol grip (on page 2) is defined (on page 13) as “a grip, a thumb-hole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.” In other words, the gun list does not matter. It is a smokescreen designed to distract people from the true meaning of the bill. And it has done a magnificent job. It worked!
Any semi-automatic firearm that exists, with anything on it you can grip, is banned.
The list is meaningless tripe. It is camouflage for the real purpose of the bill. When the president said he is not going to take away your guns, well, Feinstein’s bill puts the lie to that.
Magazine size does not matter. Brand name does not matter. It doesn’t matter if it’s black. If you can grip it, it’s banned under this bill.
The law (if this passes):
“(36) The term ‘semiautomatic assault weapon’ means any of the following, regardless of country of manufacture or caliber of ammunition accepted:”
“(A) A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:”
“(i) A pistol grip.”
“(46) The term ‘pistol grip’ means a grip, a thumb-hole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.”
[The same language is repeated for handguns and shotguns; magazine includes belt fed; also included: "Any combination of parts from which a firearm described in subparagraphs (A) through (K) can be assembled;"]
“(v)(1) It shall be unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.”
[All government agencies of every kind, including school officers, are excluded from all of this. In other words, they can have all the firearms you now own that Feinstein's bill would outlaw for you. This means that rights you now have to own property would be stripped from you. That is rights denial, not crime prevention.]
The proper role of government is to protect people’s rights. It says so right there in the Declaration of Independence, the document and principles that got this country going and launched individual freedom across the entire surface of the Earth. When government gets to the business of taking away rights we already have — no matter what justification or reasoning it uses, as Mrs. Feinstein is now doing — it is doing exactly opposite of what its legitimate role is, and that has a very dangerous and ugly name. As a refresher on basic principles:
All men are created equal…
They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…
Among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…
To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…
That’s plain enough.
P.S. There is a section in Feinstein’s bill referring to “grandfathered semiautomatic assault weapons” illegal under federal law section 922(v). Someone should tell her lawyers that 922(v) expired eight years ago and is no longer valid, so that section makes no sense, doesn’t describe anything, and someone should slap those lawyers upside the head. It’s a small point.
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P.P.S. When your “representative” says, “I read the bill,” you know that’s not true, because the bills say things like (this is from Feinstein’s bill): “(b) TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.- 14 (1) SECTION 922.-Section 922(y)(2) of title 15 18, United States Code, is amended, in the matter 16 preceding subparagraph (A), by striking ”,17 (g)(5)(B), and (s)(3)(B)(v)(II)” and inserting ”and 18 (g)(5)(B)”.
You can’t “read” that. You have to decipher it, with the help of law clerks, over a long period of time. There are 122 pages of that in Feinstein’s bill. Fortunately, most of her bill is just long lists of guns that don’t really matter, since they’re all banned by banning anything with a grip. What, didn’t the “news” people read this like I did before reporting?