“Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords” – Ben Franklin
On the first day of business of the nation’s 113th Congress, the body swearing an oath of office to uphold and protect the U.S. Constitution and our rights therein, no less than 10 gun control bills were introduced, 8 from democrats…
The flurry of legislative proposals show that members are likely to push the issue in the wake of the December shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), whose husband was shot to death in 1993, introduced four of the bills. The congresswoman has vowed to seek changes in federal law in response to the school shooting.
H.R. 137 and 138 from McCarthy would require people prohibited from buying firearms to be listed in a national database, and would prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition clips.
McCarthy’s H.R. 141 would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions at gun shows, which would close the so-called gun-show loophole. Her H.R. 142 would require face-to-face purchases of ammunition, the licensing of ammunition dealers, and the reporting of bulk ammo purchases.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Rush Holt (D-N.J.) each proposed their own bills tightening firearms licensing requirements — H.R. 34 and H.R. 117, respectively. And Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) proposed H.R. 65, which would raise the eligibility age to carry a handgun from 18 to 21.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) reintroduced his bill, H.R. 21, to require background checks for all gun sales, and to require gun owners to report when their guns have been stolen. Moran argued in December that while the National Rifle Association objects to these changes, members of the powerful group support them.
“The NRA as an organization is out of step with its membership on many commonsense gun safety measures,” he said. “Polling shows nearly two-thirds of NRA members support the five simple ways to improve gun safety included in this bill.”
The other 2 gun related bills introduced seek to end the “shooting fish in a barrel” zones…
Two freshman Republicans introduced contrary bills that would end federal law requiring that areas around schools be designated as “gun free zones.” These bills, H.R. 35 from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) and H.R. 133 from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), are a response to findings that violence in and around schools has increased since the gun free zone law took effect in 1990.
“By disarming qualified citizens and officials in schools we have created a dangerous situation for our children,” Stockman said. “In the 22 years before enactment of ‘gun free school zones’ there were two mass school shootings.
“In the 22 years since enactment of ‘gun free schools’ there have been 10 mass school shootings,” he added. “Not only has the bill utterly failed to protect our children it appears to have placed them in danger.”
Chicago has the nation’s toughest gun laws, but leads the nation in gun violence, and they are beginning 2013 on pace with 2012’s highest murder rate. But that has not stopped the Illinois State Senate from advancing two new gun laws within the first days of the new year, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel highly approves.
Meanwhile, as more newspapers and democrat politicians (some have shown better judgement) seek to publicly intimidate and scourge law-abiding, legal gun owners by publishing their names and addresses and offering Google mapped locations of their private homes in newspapers, former criminals confirm such irresponsible crap helps … the criminals:
“Having a list of who has a gun is like gold – why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?” – Walter T. Shaw, former burglar and jewel thief
Sort of like those “Gun Free Zones”.
Not only that, but this as well…
Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards.
Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News’ decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger.
“They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That’s not acceptable to me,” Falco said, according to Newsday.
Robert Riley, an officer with the White Plains Police Department and president of its Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, agreed.
“You have guys who work in New York City who live up here. Now their names and addresses are out there, too,” he said adding that there are 8,000 active and retired NYPD officers currently living in Rockland County.
Apparently this is even too far for NYC’s 16 ouncer Nanny Bloomberg.
Ann Coulter has something to say about this as well…
Newspaper editor(s) are using the FOIA to justify this idiocy. Tit-for-tat … Were I these legal gun owner folks being wrongly exposed for not breaking any laws, I would list ALL the names, addresses and Google mapped homes of the newspaper editors and their staff with a description of how vulnerable and anti-gun ownership they are on thousands of fliers stating, “These people have upscale houses with wealthy lifestyles and choose not to protect themselves and/or their property by being unarmed”, and distribute them all over the place, in a stack right beside those ‘free’ publications on liquor store and deli counters, laundromat tables, etc. Nail them to utility poles and the side of buildings all over the county/city. Or maybe not…
Jawa Report: “Gun Stats Liberals Don’t Want You To See”
And while Mexico is still feeling the bloody wounds of Obama’s and Holder’s “Fast and Furious” illegal gunwalking of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels, Mexico City believes destroying toy guns will fight crime in the embattled country.
You know Hollywood and the entertainment industry strongly defends their First Amendment rights of producing and selling violent entertainment, while demanding the erasing of our Second Amendment rights.