A Summary of the U.S. Senate's Draconian Gun Control ProposalsFebruary 2, 2013
It is no secret that the second amendment is currently under attack by a number of authoritarians in Washington DC. Several bills have been introduced in Congress that if passed into law would either dismantle or regulate away the ability of law abiding citizens to conduct transactions involving firearms, ammunition and assorted gun related accessories. These people want you to believe that gun related violence will disappear only if they are able to pass a few gun control laws. If this were true than Mexico which has some of the most restrictive gun laws on the planet would be one of the safest countries in the world. In reality, these restrictive gun laws have empowered Mexican drug cartels to commit countless murders because the average person is unable to defend themselves from people who operate outside of the law. We see the same trend in the United States where gun violence is a much larger problem in areas where there are gun restrictions. Chicago and Washington DC are two good examples of this. When the Supreme Court struck down certain gun control provisions that were imposed in these cities, the murder and gun crime rates actually dropped. Schools which are essentially advertised by the media as gun free zones have now become ripe targets for criminally insane individuals because they know there won’t be anyone who will fight back. Anyone who believes that gun control laws will reduce gun violence either has no basic common sense or has an agenda to disarm the people so they can be more easily controlled and potentially enslaved.
Many new gun control bills have already been introduced in the 113th Congress. In this article we are going to focus specifically on the gun control measures that have been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Here is a quick synopsis of each one of those bills.
Senate Bill 22 or the Gun Show Background Check Act of 2013 seeks to regulate gun shows out of existence. The bill would require anyone wishing to hold a gun show to register with the Attorney General and pay a fee that would be later determined by the Attorney General. In other words, it would give the Attorney General the power to shut down any and all gun shows by simply requiring the gun show promoter to pay an outrageous fee to hold a show. The bill also introduces a ridiculous amount of red tape involving criminal background checks, licensing and recordkeeping requirements that regulate firearm transactions at gun shows. It would make it very difficult if not impossible for vendors at gun shows to conduct any sort of business. The bill also gives the Attorney General the power to examine transaction records at gun shows without any sort of probable cause or a warrant.
Senate Bill 33 or the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act of 2013 would ban the transfer or possession of certain magazines and ammunition feeders that hold over 10 rounds of ammunition. The bill exempts departments and agencies of the federal government, police officers and even retired police officers. So basically this bill says that it is OK for the government to have large capacity magazines but not the average person. In many ways, this bill is actually more about creating a special elite class of people associated with the government than it is about gun control.
Senate Bill 34 or the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2013 would empower the Attorney General to deny the issuance of firearms as well as deny a firearms or explosives license to anyone who they believe might be a terrorist or they believe is providing aid to a terrorist. Considering that there has been a push to classify Constitutionalists, gun owners, Libertarians and other assorted liberty leaning political groups as terrorists, it should be obvious who this is targeting. The term terrorist is frequently used by both the federal government and the corporate media to demonize political enemies. If this bill were passed into law, the Attorney General would have the power with no due process or proof to declare that someone is a terrorist to prohibit that person from purchasing a firearm.
Senate Bill 35 or the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2013 would outlaw any online sales of ammunition. It would require face to face purchases of ammunition, licensing of ammunition dealers and require bulk purchases of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to be reported to the Attorney General. In other words this bill would make it more difficult for dealers to conduct business and make it more difficult for law abiding people to purchase ammunition.
Senate Bill 54 or the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 would impose draconian fines and prison sentences on anyone caught engaging in the straw purchase of a firearm. In other words if you buy a firearm for someone who can’t obtain a firearm through all of the existing rules and regulations governing the sale of firearms, you could face up to 20 years in prison. Sentences of up to 30 years in prison would be imposed on an individual who buys a gun for someone who uses it to commit an act of violence. In fairness the bill does provide an exception for gifts but regardless of that, if this bill were passed into law it would bring into question and potentially criminalize any number of seemingly innocent transactions between law abiding citizens.
The full text of the following bills have not yet appeared on The Library of Congress website but judging from the titles, it should be pretty clear what their intent is.
Senate Bill 147 would establish minimum federal standards for States that allow the carrying of concealed firearms. It will essentially make it more difficult for people to conceal and carry lawfully. This is unbelievably stupid because it is highly unlikely a criminal is going to go through the effort to try and obtain a license to conceal and carry. As a result, the streets will be more dangerous since there will be fewer law abiding citizens who will conceal and carry.
Senate Bill 150 is the now infamous proposed legislation from California Senator Dianne Feinstein that would outlaw hundreds of weapons that the bill classifies as assault weapons. Journalists and gun rights groups who have had the chance to see the bill have panned the legislation as a political non-starter. Hypocritically the bill would exempt any weapons used by government officials and police officers. In other words the bill openly declares that if you work for the government you are part of a privileged class. This is a continuing theme that we see in a few of these bills.
Senate Bill 174 is a bill designed to restrict sales of ammunition.
Senate Bill 179 is another bill designed to prevent gun trafficking.
All of these bills are illegal and even if they are passed into law they should be thrown out. The second amendment clearly states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Each one of these bills infringes on that right. If these Senators feel so strongly about gun control than perhaps they should craft legislation to remove all armed guards at federal buildings. They should also prohibit bodyguards with weapons from protecting the President and all members of Congress. This will not happen because the individuals who have proposed these bills are hypocritical elitist jerks who should be thrown out of office. In a future article we will take a look at some of the ridiculous gun control bills that have been proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives.