News Flash, Republicans, you are demonstrating the very reason that Steve Bannon’s efforts to “wage war” against the Establishment Republicans have a foundation for success. After the Las Vegas shooting some Republicans feel compelled to join the effort to enact more “gun control”. The question I have for those Republicans co-sponsoring a bill supposedly to ban “bump stocks” but in fact opens the door to banning all semi-automatic firearms is, “Are you crazy or is the simply a gun grab?” If they are that lacking in the arena of mental capability we are in trouble and if they are part of a diabolical scheme to grab our guns and destroy our 2nd Amendment rights we are in trouble? Either way, it is a bad day in Black Rock for Americans who believe in the inalienable right of self-defense and the right to “keep and bear arms.”
I could not believe what I was reading when I read the details of this proposed piece of legislation being pitched as a bipartisan “bump stock ban.” This bill was drafted by Florida Republican, Carlos Curbelo and it NEVER mentions “bump stocks” by name. Rather than attempting to BAN a particular item that has been in the forefront of the discussion it seeks to BAN any person from “possessing” or “making” any part that could be used to increase the rate of fire in any semi-automatic rifle. Sadly, this is being touted by a former Marine, Representative Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, but he is a Democrat.
The bill reads: “It shall be unlawful for any person … to manufacture, possess, or transfer any part or combination of parts that are designed to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.” Let that sink in for a moment and realize that at no point does this legislation specify a “base rate of fire” that would be required for any increases to be legally judged. That is a significant error in wording UNLESS it is by design and the plan is to open the door to BANNING all semi-automatic rifles. This legislation, if passed and signed into law would allow the institution of a federal ban on “any” and “all” parts that would allow the gun to fire at all. By simple definition, the ability to fire a semi-automatic weapon increases its rate of fire from zero to whatever the shooter can manage.
The design of semi-automatic weapons uses the recoil of the firearm generated by the gas explosion in the chamber when a round is fired to automatically chamber a new round, and prepare the weapon to be fired again. Therefore, any parts used in this process would be subject to a federal ban. The gas tubes, gas blocks, buffer springs, magazines, changing handles, ejectors, extractors, and even the triggers themselves could be banned under this bipartisan legislation that is supposedly only targeting the “bump stock.” I have long questioned the rational reason of politicians but I don’t think they are that stupid and therefore I suspect this is by design to provide an open door for “gun control” and ultimately a “gun ban” on selected types of firearms. How many of you would love to have a “triggerless” rifle? It looks imposing but you can’t fire it and it would be an incredibly expensive club. Legislate us back to the stone ages Congress, that’s what we elected you to do! (I hope you caught my sarcasm…)
The Left never ceases to look for opportunities to diminish our 2nd Amendment Rights and too many of the Republicans are joining that fight. The Constitution does not limit the number of firearms a citizen can own and should not. The issue is not the number of firearms but the purpose of those weapons. The Constitution does not limit our firearms to 1776 muskets as some would suggest but provided for us to “keep and bear arms.” The citizens of that era possessed the same weapons as the militia and standing army in their small arms. I am not arguing for everyone to own a fully automatic machine gun but a semi-automatic is and should be legal and the argument that rifles should have not more than six bullets is ludicrous. We are not talking about the right to hunt we are talking about the right to “keep and bear arms” and that focuses on “self-defense”. I like what one former soldier said when asked about high capacity magazines. He said, “How many bullets do you need in a fire-fight?” Then answered his own question saying, “One more than the bad guy.” If you face a situation where you must defend yourself, your family, and possessions any reasonable person would want as many bullets as were necessary to be the last man or woman standing. I’m sure you would not be asking, “Do I really need more than six bullets?” No, you are wondering where the police are and hoping you have enough firepower to survive UNTIL help arrives or until the situation has concluded.
Republicans, if you sponsor this type of legislation I can only conclude that you are “anti-gun” and want to repeal or destroy our 2nd Amendment Rights. I will, at that point, place you on my DO NOT REELECT list and work to see you allowed to go back home and find gainful employment and hopefully employment that will not allow you to infringe upon the rights of others. Republicans, if you insist on being a Democrat then change your party affiliation and stop claiming to be interested in and a defender of the Constitution. WE MUST NEVER allow Congress or any politician to take away our inalienable right of self-defense and must protect the 2nd Amendment.
God bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire!