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The ‘bump stock’ ban in Congress is really a semiautomatic rifle ban in disguise

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Sunday marked the two-week anniversary of the tragedy in Las Vegas, which was the worst mass shooting in American history, leaving 59 people dead and over 500 injured. Even after two weeks, no one really knows with certainty the timeline leading up to the massacre, with new theories sprouting almost daily. Since the massacre, Americans throughout the country held vigils and prayed for days after. Even Las Vegas’ new NHL team, the Golden Knights, held a moment of tribute before their first-ever hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes to honor the victims of the attack.

Background

But, predictably, the Left wasn’t so gracious, to say the least. Their instinctual reaction, as usual after a mass shooting, was how to further encroach on the Second Amendment and push for more gun control.

For example, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) immediately jumped to this all-to-common reaction, saying that “[c]ongress must get off its ass and do something.” Murphy continued to call for Congress to take on the “gun industry.” Another is Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who, even after admitting on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that no law would have stopped the mass shooter from obtaining his weapons or murdering those people, is still a long-time advocate for gun control and is now pushing legislation in light of the Vegas massacre—banning bump stocks.

As of last Friday, there is a new bipartisan bill in Congress to ban bump stocks, which is a spring-like piece that increases the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle. The bill, drafted by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and cosponsored by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), states that “[i]t shall be unlawful for any person…to manufacture, possess, or transfer any part or combination of parts that is designed to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.”

However, as Sean Davis at the Federalist notes, this would actually ban semi-automatics altogether, for the reason that the legislation has no specificity on the base rate of fire, so the bill technically can ban any weapon that has an increase of rate of firing from zero. The National Rifle Association opposes this bill as well.

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NRA Opposes New Bump Fire Stock Ban Bill

The National Rifle Association announced on Wednesday its opposition to a new bill that would ban any firearm part that effectively increases the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle.

“We are opposed to the Feinstein and Curbelo legislation,” Jennifer Baker, a spokesperson for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon.

Bipartisan Bump Stock Bill Would Actually Ban All Semi-Automatic Rifles

http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/13/new-bipartisan-bump-stock-bill-would-actually-ban-all-semi-automatic-weapons/?A new congressional proposal to ban bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting would actually ban all semi-automatic rifles and parts. A new gun control proposal in Congress that is being pitched as a bipartisan bump stock ban would actually ban all semi-automatic rifles in the United States, according to an analysis of the proposed bill. The legislation, which was drafted by Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican, never bans bump stocks by name.

Analysis

The only thing more astonishing than the Republicans accepting the premise that gun control would have stopped this heinous mass murder is that Democrats clearly don’t care.

Feinstein admits that the killer wouldn’t have been stopped by any legislation, and anyone can come to the logical conclusion that someone willing to kill will also be willing to break a gun law. But for the Left, it isn’t about stopping mass killers. It is, and always was, about confiscating guns from law-abiding Americans, and eventually gutting the Second Amendment altogether.

The Takeaway

Our Second Amendment is designed to protect us from tyranny, and a powerful, overgrown government, which is the Left’s overall goal, is a prime example of this. This amendment is so important that it is the only one in the Bill of Rights that adds the words “shall not be infringed.”

Nevertheless, for the Left, the ends justify the means. Liberty and freedom be damned. Even if what we do won’t help curb mass murders, let’s take advantage of this tragedy to further pursue our life’s work of a statist, centralized leviathan of a government.

The Left likes to say that conservatives are greedy, selfish and don’t care about anything but money. However, their reaction to the evil that took place in Las Vegas two weeks ago today shows that they embody the ultimate in selfishness.

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves, let’s not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves lets not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

When a juicy story hits social media, the instant reaction is to run with it and all the implications. That’s the nature of our on-demand, always-on, real-time media world. The only thing faster than hot takes from the first hint of a story are the assumptions made by both sides regardless of the details.

Such is the case with Jussie Smollett, the actor who was allegedly attacked by MAGA-loving bigots. Smollett, a gay man of color, was allegedly targeted on the streets of Chicago, but now reports are coming in that it may have been an elaborate hoax designed to help him save his job on the cast of Empire.

But so far, police have only confirmed that Smollett is still being treated as a victim. Yes, there were two persons of interest questioned by police. Yes, Smollett skipped a voluntary interview with police this morning. Yes, the story was strange from the start and this new narrative seems to match much better regardless of which side of the political or cultural aisle you’re on.

And yet, nothing has been confirmed.


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It’s incumbent on us, whether journalists or simply social media users, to wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions. It works in both directions.

Was it all a hoax? Possibly. Some who are looking at he evidence today and the report released by local Chicago news may come to the conclusion that a hoax was likely. But let’s not assume until the truth is revealed by officials.

 


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Democrats push background check bill in the House

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Democrats push background check bill in the House

As social media buzzes about the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, Democrats hope to put their latest iteration of gun control on the floor and onto the Senate. Called a “bipartisan” attempt to initiate more background checks on firearm purchases and sales, many conservatives on Capitol Hill are speaking out against it.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill yesterday.

My Take

Gun control bills, of which this is merely the first to be pushed by the current iteration of Democrats, usually have two things in common. First, they don’t address the problem they’re allegedly trying to solve; neither the Parkland shooting nor any mass shooting in the 21st century would have been prevented had this bill been in place. Second, they are a stepping stone through which leftists will attempt to initiate more draconian laws that eat away at our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

As with the abortion issue, the gun control issue is one in which “common sense” is used to push harsher laws down the line.

It should be strange to cognizant Americans that Democrats continue to push laws that make it easier to kill preborn babies while making it harder for innocent people to defend themselves with firearms. Are you seeing a trend in their mentality?

 


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Freedom-lovers, keep an eye on AG William Barr

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Freedom-lovers keep an eye on AG William Barr

Today, William Barr is likely to be confirmed to be the next Attorney General. While he’s a qualified leader to take the reins over the Justice Department and a strong patriot, there are concerns that we must remember as he joins the Trump administration.

First and foremost, Barr’s record on the 4th Amendment is abysmal.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

One would hope the top law enforcer in the nation would be an ardent defender of the 4th Amendment, but Barr has demonstrated not only a willingness to circumvent it at times but has also expressed annoyance that it prevents law enforcement from doing its job, particularly as it pertains to stopping terrorism. He’s also a fan of the Patriot Act, though if anything it didn’t go far enough.

Sadly, only a tiny handful of Republicans in DC seem to be concerned.

The tribalism that has infected the country and plagued groups on both sides of the political aisle has struck once again. There would be plenty of objections from conservatives if Barr had been nominated by President Obama or another Democrat, but since he’s a Trump nominee it appears he’s going to fly through with no GOP Senators objecting other than Rand Paul.

It’s a shame that the President decided to go with Barr. It’s likely he did so based on Barr’s objections to Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian hacking of the election, but otherwise Barr’s record is one that doesn’t seem very conducive to freedom. We’ll be keeping a close eye on him.

 


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