March 7, 2013
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans today to markup and prepare for debate a number of bills attacking the Second Amendment and the right to own firearms.
The good news is that Dianne Feinstein’s effort to introduce a draconian so-called assault weapon bill outlawing a large number of semi-automatic firearms is almost certainly doomed to failure. Feinstein admitted her legislation would face “very tough” opposition on the Senate floor.
Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to introduce three separate bills instead of one comprehensive piece of anti-Second legislation because a single bill with the assault weapon ban included would be rejected by the full Senate.
A bill introduced by New York Democrat Charles Schumer, a long-time arch enemy of the right to own firearms without government intervention, calls for universal background checks, in short universal firearms registration with the future prospect of confiscation. Registration schemes in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have all resulted in confiscation and the wholesale disarmament of the public by government.
The Schumer bill initially included measures to strip the Second Amendment from veterans the federal government has declared mentally incompetent or disabled by PTSD. In February, we reported on an effort by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to nullify the Second Amendment rights of thousands of veterans.
Schumer’s legislation hinges on bipartisan efforts in the Senate. Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, has decided not to support Schumer, thus relegating the bill to failure as well unless it can be amended to appease Republicans next month.
A bill sponsored by Leahy proposes to combat illegal gun trafficking and a third piece of legislation introduced by California Democrat Barbara Boxer is focused on so-called gun safety, a euphemism used to make heavy-handed and unconstitutional gun control by government seem palatable and preferable to a literal reading of the Second Amendment.
Earlier today, the establishment media highlighted a study produced by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence purporting to show that states with the most restrictive gun laws have fewer people shot to death than states respecting and upholding the Constitution and the Second Amendment. The conclusion in favor of gun control efforts is based on 2007-10 statistics on gun-related homicides and suicides from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study was published online Wednesday in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine.