And so it begins

In a shameless rush to use the murders at Sandy Hook as a soapbox from which to show her ass to the law-abiding gun owners in America, perennial gun-grabber and all-around lackwit Dianne Feinstein (D, California) has released an outline of the gun control legislation she intends to introduce to the Senate in 2013.  Drawing on the previous lack of success demonstrated by the 1994 ban on assault weapons, the new and improved guidelines expand the number of weapons banned by name from 19 to 120 and further expands the definition of “assault weapon” to any weapon with a detachable magazine and one “military characteristic”.

But on the bright side, law-abiding gun owners can keep their weapons obtained legally before enactment of the ban by registering the weapon, passing yet another background check, submitting to fingerprinting, being photographed, and obtaining certification of local law enforcement.

Senator Feinstein noted, “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!”

Wait, my mistake.  That was Chancellor Hitler in Germany circa 1933.  Sorry to delve into Godwin’s law territory right off the bat – especially since intrusive gun control laws have so many historical precedents.

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935.  From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964.  From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970.  From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956.  From 1975 to 1977, one million “educated” people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control = 56 million.

Do I believe Feinstein is paving the way for a systematic purge of dissidents?  No.  Like the rest of the road to Hell, her latest attempt to restrict the arms available to law-abiding citizens is surely paved with good intentions.  But it is, without a shadow of a doubt, an effort to ensure that the citizens of America are less well armed than their government overlords.

Here’s the full text of her announcement cribbed from her website:

Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

  • 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 military characteristic
    • 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
    • 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

No mention of grandfathering large capacity magazines, so I assume that means the millions of Americans that own them now will instantly become criminals under a strict liability ban.  In other words, hand them over or go to jail.

I’m going to write to my new Senator, Ted Cruz, and ask that he attach a rider applying the proposed ban unconditionally to all security at the Capital building, White House, Secret Service, and to all personal security attached to members of Congress – i.e. no exemptions, no “assault weapons” and no magazines larger than 10 rounds.  It’s essential that they lead by example.

How could any politician who supports this legislation possibly oppose enjoying the same benefits such common-sense restrictions bequeath upon the people who sent them to Washington in the first place?

There’s not a chance in Hell this bill would pass both houses, so it’s just an exercise in mental masturbation on her part.  The “Do something” chorus will laudingly applaud and she will join them in a ham-fisted effort to equate opposition to her latest attempt at restricting the 2nd Amendment rights with support for child murder.  Sorry, sister, it ain’t gonna work.

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
George Washington

“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
Patrick Henry

“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
Alexander Hamilton

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
Thomas Jefferson

“There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. “
Noah Webster

“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”
Thomas Jefferson

Senator Feinstein surely means to govern well and be a good master.  She and her ilk view the Constitution as an impediment to governing well and being a good master.  Seeing her dance on the graves in Newtown to advance her hackneyed belief that the federal government can somehow legislate the next determined dirtbag from killing is a sickening sight, but not at all surprising.  When your only tool is prohibition, every problem looks like something the government can solve with more prohibition.

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  • jim_m

    Not only the conditions you list but also

    Under the proposal, the U.S. Attorney General can add any “semiautomatic
    rifle or shotgun originally designed for military or law enforcement
    use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not
    particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the
    Attorney General.”

    So the AG gets the power to ban any gun at the stroke of the pen with no Congressional oversight.

    This is an absolute ban on all guns and nothing less.

  • herddog505

    Oh, this may not pass the House, but the next step will be a “compromise” that’s only slightly less objectionable. MiniTru will pound on the GOP to “compromise” and show that they aren’t the Party of No and that the really Care about The Children.


    For all you f*cking lefties who claimed that, “Oh, no! We’d NEVER take your guns away! How can you THINK such a thing, you paranoid wingnuts??” what have you to say now?

    • jim_m

      They’re too busy cheering.

      Next they will be promising not to round up conservative dissidents. There are those we have seen here that would gladly inter conservatives. Political repression is right around the corner once this passes.

      • Oh now if they wanted to start rounding up dissidents and repressing the right they could do it tomorrow. Let’s not get carried away here.

        This law is merely a predictable reaction to Sandy Hook from Feinstein. She is exactly the kind of idiot who thinks legislation prohibiting some inanimate object will actually impact the shitbags who would use that object to commit a crime. Go read up on her. Gun control is probably the single, central organizing theme of her time in the Senate. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was talking up an assault weapon ban in the wake of 9/11.

        • jim_m

          I agree that this is most likely DOA in both the House and the Senate.

          My point is that the left has been saying that they won’t ban all guns or that they won’t confiscate guns. The reality is that they will do both if given the chance. The desired result is a population without any means of defending itself and the real end game for the left is a defenseless population where they can impose all sorts of social engineering nonsense upon us.

          The radical left is really little different from other national socialist parties of history in their desire to remake society to suit their ideological ideas of utopia. The only meaningful difference is that they are not doing so based on race.

        • herddog505

          While I don’t think that the lefties are going to start an Endlossung tomorrow, I do think that this is (as you write) a beginning: get the wingnuts and everybody else disarmed, and the rest follows.

          • jim_m

            It took nearly a decade before the death camps were started. First it was forced sterilization of the retarded and handicapped and the forced identification of other undesirables. Then it escalated by systematically denying rights to targeted groups of people. Then seizure of property and relocation to labor camps or ghettos. Then extermination.

            Each step built upon the last and the targets were dehumanized and demonized all along the way. The population would never have stood for the final solution if it were suggested in 1933. They didn’t blink when it started in 1941.

            The left is little different. Their goal is not consciously mass murder but it is domination and control. Step by step they will erode rights and demonize and dehumanize targeted groups while they remove right after right until they can rule unopposed.

            No leftist would ever accept the notion that they would allow interment or mass murder but they will gladly tread that path all the way to the end. And when they reach that end they will gladly fill the mass graves.

          • herddog505

            I have to agree. I suggest that the average German didn’t set out to burn infants in ovens or herd people by the millions into gas chambers; it was the natural end to a process that started with being indoctrinated into believing that “those people” were a threat that had to be kept under control, and that meant not worrying too much about their “rights”. We all believe in law and order; society cannot afford to have people scoff at the law because that leads to anarchy and societal breakdown, which are bad for everybody. So, in order to uphold The Law (which was perverted), certain… measures… had to be taken. The nazis preached that decent people (and The Children!) had to be protected from the Jew, the Slav, the red, the mentally defective; what WOULDN’T people do to protect children?

            It would be of some interest to chart the course of the nazi Endlossung, from propaganda against Jews to making it hard for them to do business to (ahem) encouraging them to leave to herding them into ghettos and finally to exterminating them. The lefties have gone through step 1 and are working on step 2; how far will they go? For The Children(TM)?

      • Vagabond661

        Harry Belafonte: The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third-world dictator and just put all of these guys in jail. You’re violating the American desire.”

  • retired.military

    I predict that Obama will try something by executive fiat (AKA executive order).

    • jim_m

      Expect that the NICS checks will all come back as “Open” with no approval issued. No determinations will be made so no one can buy a gun and no appeal can be made.

      • At which point, the law will most likely be ignored. The process will clearly have been seen to have broken down.

        You cannot make half the country criminals by legislation, and not expect some blowback of the ‘Well, shit – may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb’ variety.

    • MichaelLaprarie

      The by-line for his first term seems to be “without Congressional approval.” DiFi’s bill is DOA, so I agree – we should expect Pres. Obama to enact at least some of these provisions through executive order, or through directives from the AG.

    • I’ll come in for fingerprinting and a mugshot just as soon as they’ve registered everyone in possession of a Fast and Furious acquired weapon in the same manner.

  • 914

    All is going according to plan for the gun grabbing buffoon in cheif./.

  • 914

    “And so it begins”

    I think it began at the Fast and furious concept meetings.

  • GarandFan

    Of course Dear Di does not even mention, much less address the issue of mental health. Or does she believe that Cho, Loughner and Holmes purchased their weapons via “gun show loopholes”?

    As written, it won’t pass. But it will pander to Dear Di’s base. The 1994 AWB made her name a household word. She’s just trying to relive her glory days, hoping her fellow Democrats will forget what happened after they passed the AWB.

    • I’m really looking forward to the time when these high-profile idiots either retire or die in office. It doesn’t seem like many of the other folks in Congress have the desire or the sheer idiocy to continue such monomania.

  • MichaelLaprarie

    I’m certain that millions of law abiding gun owners would eagerly revel in the opportunity to be fingerprinted, photographed, and investigated by the Federal government, as if they were all potential criminals. And I’m also certain that drug dealers and other armed and dangerous criminals will be first in line at their local BATF offices for fingerprinting, mugshots, and background checks. This is so far out of touch with reality as to be laughable. Then again, DiFi is from San Francisco …

    PS – Baron, you stole my previous gun ban post title. I expect fingerprints and a mugshot from you pronto.

    • Damn, I thought I saw that somewhere before.

      Check your mail, I sent you a lock of hair and a stool sample as penance.

  • stan25

    Typical DemocRATs. Especially the gun grabbing ones (all of them). Can’t solve this country’s debt problem, but think with a new so-called semi-automatic weapons’ ban, they can solve the crime problem. One would think that, with the country about to become another Greece or Spain and the Senate can’t even get out a constitutionally mandated budget on time or at all; they waste their time and taxpayer dollars on a law that will be eventually overturned by SCOTUS. Feinstein’s bill will not even get voted on in the House and if Bohener has any cajones, he will pull a Dingy Harry and not even bring it to the floor.