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Obama Announces Gun Control Task Force

Information  December 19 2012
 — By CJ Grisham
Obama Announces Gun Control Task Force

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. … Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants.” –Cesare Beccaria, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book


I’ve taken a lot of heat over the past few years – and especially over the past few months prior to the election – for daring to point out that President Obama is an extreme anti-gun advocate. I was assailed for being a “conspiracy nut” or a “rightwing hater.”

Within hours of being re-elected, the Obama administration signaled to the UN that they are back in the game to support the Small Arms Treaty. During the debates with Governor Mitt Romney, President Obama stated bluntly he supported a reinstatement of the so-called “assault weapons” ban and also wanted to do away with “cheap handguns,” whatever that means. And since the shooting in Sandy Hook, the president has renewed talk of banning these weapons. But, the didn’t stop there.

Today, President Obama announced that he will establish a “Gun Control Task Force” that will be led by the equally 2nd Amendent-hating vice president.

President Obama will tap Vice President Biden to lead an administration-wide effort looking at gun control and other measures in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last week.

The move, to be announced shortly before noon on Wednesday, marks the first concrete step by the White House toward possibly crafting new firearms restrictions. Aides told Fox News that the president is not expected to announce any major policy decisions on Wednesday. Rather, he will outline the process for pursuing changes.

How many gun owners or conservatives do you think will be on this “task force?”

According to friends serving as legislative aides in Congress, Senator Diane Feinstein is once again seeking to revive the “assault weapons” ban of the 90s written by New York senator Chuck Schumer. However, this new legislation will be much worse than the last one.

According to her press release, “On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons as well as large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds,” Feinstein said. “I am in the process of gathering support for the bill in the Senate and House.”

“I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation,” Feinstein added. “It will be carefully focused on the most dangerous guns that have killed so many people over the years while protecting the rights of gun owners by exempting hundreds of weapons that fall outside the bill’s scope. We must take these dangerous weapons of war off our streets.”

The old assault weapons ban of the Clinton era banned all magazines that held more than 10 rounds, as I discussed earlier. It also listed the following attributes of what constitutes an “assault weapon”:

* a folding or telescoping stock
* a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
* a bayonet mount
* a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor
* a grenade launcher

It also banned following attributes of pistols:

* an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip
* a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer
* a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned
* a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded
* a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm

But, wait. What about shotguns? The ban didn’t forget to ban those too if they had at least 2 of the following attributes on them:

* a folding or telescoping stock
* a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
* a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 5 rounds
* an ability to accept a detachable magazine

I bring up this old legislation for a reason. Senator Feinstein doesn’t just want to revive these restrictions; she wasn’t to ADD TO THEM!

The new ban won’t allow you to purchase anything with a pistol grip at all. The old ban allowed you to have a pistol grip as long as it didn’t have flash suppressors, bayonet attachments, or adjustable-length stocks. This would essentially ban the AR style rifles altogether unless manufacturers came up with a radically different way of designing the weapons. This new ban would effectively ban the popular M1 Garand and Carbine rifles among gun enthusiasts.

This is, of course, from a senator that once extolled the virtue of self defense.

Unfortunately, having a Republican-controlled congress doesn’t bode very well. As we can see with the debt ceiling and “fiscal cliff” talks, their is no check and balance in congress as it cowers before President Obama and caves on conservative ideals.

If we survive to the midterm elections (gun rights-wise, of course) we MUST make sure that we gun owners and lovers of 2nd amendment liberty elect strong pro-gun candidates. Unfortunately, that may not mean electing more Republicans to Congress. It may be time for the third parties to rise up and begin getting serious about elections.

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