Exactly: Why History Is The Best Teacher on Gun Control

From Seth Connell: Emboldened by their stunning win in Virginia on Tuesday, Senate Democrats have introduced a new “assault rifle” ban, attempting to stop people from being able to legally buy AR-style rifles.

After the two tragic mass shootings in Texas and Las Vegas (the latter which has strangely disappeared from the news cycle), there were increased calls from the Left to renew the “assault weapons” ban that expired in 2004. Since the ban expired, tens of millions of Americans have purchased these AR-style semi-automatic firearms, making it the most popular long gun in the country.

However, that has not fazed Democrat gun-grabbers. They want to stop the sales of these so-called “assault rifles,” claiming that they are the cause of mass shootings.

Indeed, California Senator Dianne Feinstein has tried multiple times in recent years to get Mr. and Mrs. America to “turn them all in.”

Well, despite those failures, she and her allies are trying again, as a new “assault rifle” ban has just been introduced in the Senate according to NBC Politics.

In the press release, Feinstein went into further detail (and sophistry) about the proposal.

“We’re introducing an updated Assault Weapons Ban for one reason: so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote.

“This bill won’t stop every mass shooting, but it will begin removing these weapons of war from our streets. The first Assault Weapons Ban was just starting to show an effect when the NRA stymied its reauthorization in 2004. Yes, it will be a long process to reduce the massive supply of these assault weapons in our country, but we’ve got to start somewhere.

“To those who say now isn’t the time, they’re right—we should have extended the original ban 13 years ago, before hundreds more Americans were murdered with these weapons of war. To my colleagues in Congress, I say do your job.”

Among the provisions are bans on “the sale, manufacture, transfer, and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name. Owners may keep existing weapons.”

Well, right from the start, they are predictably throwing out emotionally-charged and completely incorrect terms to scare people into supporting the bill.

As we have said many, many, many, many times, an AR-15 is NOT a military-style assault rifle. It’s purely misleading and disingenuous to claim such.

A true assault rifle is fully automatic, and by holding down the trigger a user can fire rounds continuously as long as the trigger is depressed. Owning anything fully automatic is effectively impossible for the vats majority of Americans because of price and bureaucracy to get one.

But let not the truth inhibit the hoplophobes, who are afraid of the idea of responsible people buying firearms for personal protection. But it only gets worse…

The bill:

Bans any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock. Owners may keep existing weapons.

Basically, anything that comes standard on an AR-style rife. A regular magazine, pistol grip, and adjustable stock would be illegal, despite those features merely being cosmetic and not affecting the lethality of the cartridge.

If anything, it makes the weapon safer, because a user is able to have more points of solid contact on the firearm, enabling him/her to fire more accurately.

Furthermore, the bill contains a “safe storage” mandate that the Supreme Court has already ruled unconstitutional in D.C. vs Heller.

Requires that grandfathered assault weapons are stored using a secure gun storage or safety device like a trigger lock.

They cannot legally mandate that a person lock up a firearm because the purpose of the firearm is negated by such a mandate. And how would they be able to enforce such a mandate without unannounced searches of people’s houses? Is anyone considering that?

I could go on and on, but you get the point. As of now, the bill really does not stand a chance of passing. If it was passed at some point in the future, the Supreme Court would have to strike it down if they follow the Constitution and the rule set forth in Heller, that the government cannot ban a firearm that is in common public use.

Considering that there are likely over 100 million AR-style semi-automatic firearms in the hands of American citizens, that’s as common as it gets.

Time to call your representatives and put the pressure on to reject the bill.