More than 20 Democrats led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (California) are making moves to ban assault rifles with a new bill being introduced. The bill seeks to reignite the measure that expired in 2004 and would ban the sale of all new assault rifles (although those that already own them would be allowed to keep them). It also seeks to make it illegal to sell magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.
Feinstein said: “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 is a major assault on the Second Amendment and it needs to be addressed in grown-up terms as opposed to the childish screaming that usually surrounds this debate.
Should it be more difficult to obtain high-powered weapons? Maybe? But should the sale of such weapons be banned? Not at all! The government does not have the right to deprive the people of access to weapons. We need only look at countries that first took away their citizens ability to defend themselves: Nazi Germany, Lenin’s Russia, and Mao’s China. All three took away the ability of self-defense against the government. And all thee turned on their people.
We need strong arguments to preserve our rights!