113th Congress: Flurry of Firearms Bills


im_from_the_government_im_here_to_helpOn the first day of the 113th Congress, ten bills concerning firearms were introduced with another added shortly after, totaling eleven bills. Meanwhile, the important issue of ridding citizens of an intrusive, inefficient, and unfair tax system remains despite a bill introduced in January of 2001 to replace the much hated tax system and defang the IRS.

Since the so-called assault- weapons ban of 2004 expired, twelve bills were introduced to reinstate it with the Senator Feinstein proposing to ban 158 firearms and all magazines with capacity of more than ten rounds. Most of the bills include some sort of “improved” background check system that often includes firearm registration, despite the clear fact in FBI annual reports showing an increase in firearm ownership in the United States from 1991 to 2011, but a considerable drop in violent crimes. Politicians are focusing upon firearms as the answer to crime prevention, when in fact it is society and the liberal court system that is guilty of any trend like recent mass shootings. Instead of logic, politicians are using the emotional response to the horrific crime that killed so many children at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. No one considered that the state is one of the strictest gun control states in the Union, another testament that gun control does not stop criminals, only harasses, and prevents lawful citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right.

Tax CollectorThe federal government is notorious about selective enforcement of laws already on the books, continually using the failed policy that more laws make things better. Politicians are so egotistical that they actually believe they can change climate and weather patterns through legislation, as in the case of the global warming (climate change) movement based upon a proven incorrect computer model program that started the completely ridiculous theory. Despite more scientists agreeing that weather patterns and climate changes are not caused by human activity, recently showing that the sporadic solar flares and solar storms coming from our Sun, a star, is most likely the culprit. This off-the-cuff political movement taking advantage of human emotions is an ugly side of politics in any nation. Generally, it can be found there is an ulterior motive behind the propaganda and the push to reduce freedom of choice, further destroy property rights, and attack the Second Amendment.

All ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States, called the Bill of Rights, were ratified by the states of the Union. Any state that joined the Union thereafter were automatically included in that ratification. Therefore, any state, like Illinois and New York who transgresses against the Second Amendment or any part of the Bill of Rights is in violation of the law of the land. The law of the land is the Constitution and its amendments, and further, the laws for limiting power and delegating certain powers to state governments have been ignored and superseded for so many decades we are at the brink of totalitarianism – the constitutional republic disappearing in the near horizon.

Counting the tyrannical push towards firearm confiscation, proposed by Dianne Feinstein, US Senate, the following are 12 bills attempting to reinstate the federal “assault weapon” ban.

hand_point22003: S.1034 … Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), sponsor. Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Hillary Clinton, co-sponsors. Attempt to make assault weapon ban permanent. The more recent ban bill submitted by Senator Feinstein is the result of using a tragedy in order to convince citizens that the Second Amendment increases crimes instead of deterring it. Bare fact statistics mean nothing to them.

hand_point22003: S. 1431 … Sponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) with 14 co-sponsors.

hand_point22003: H.R. 2038 …  Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). This bill was attempted to be passed by Democrat political trickery by bringing the bill to the floor for a vote without passing through a committee; fortunately only receiving 72 signatures that included Nancy Pelosi, short of the required 218 signatures.

hand_point22004: S. 2498 … Senator Feinstein again with 12 co-sponsors – all Democrat. It would have extended the assault weapons ban until 2014.

hand_point22004: H.R. 3831 … Sponsor – Rep. Mike Castle (R-Delaware). 141 co-sponsors, including Nancy Pelosi.

hand_point22004: Amendment to S. 1805 … Senator Feinstein, sponsor with 13 co-sponsors including Sen. John Warner (R-VA).

hand_point22005: H.R. 1312 … Carolyn McCarthy and 94 co-sponsors, including Pelosi.

hand_point22005: S. 620 … Senator Feinstein with 10 co-sponsors including Clinton, Warner, and Harry Reid.

hand_point22005: S. 645 … Lautenberg and 11 co-sponsors including Clinton and Kennedy.

hand_point22007: H. R. 1022 … McCarthy and 67 co-sponsors.

hand_point22007: S. 2237 … Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware) and two co-sponsors – John Kerry and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

hand_point22008: H.R. 6257 … Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) with 4 co-sponsors.

This congressional record clearly demonstrates the movement against the Second Amendment by Democrats and too many Republicans is not about school children or victims in a theater shootout. It is about the agenda of firearm confiscation in an advocacy of pushing toward total federal government control. In order to do that they must make the US Constitution appear useless and its amendments disallowed for the betterment of the collective populace. Once the citizens are no longer capable of defensive measures, the right to petition, demonstrate, and stand against government’s tyranny will soon follow (1st Amendment). The media and private sector businesses will become part of the state controlled by the central, federal government. It is why the framers of the Constitution wrote it the way it is.

The more recent bills concerning firearms and Second Amendment are:

hand_point2 H.R. 21: NRA Members’ Gun Safety Act of 2013. Sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA). No co-sponsors. Require background checks for all gun sales, closing the gun-show loophole, require background checks for employees of gun stores. This requirement is already a requirement via FFL license regulations reinforcing the fact politicians do not know the law because it has become so muddled with regulations and over legislation. It also requires gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms – also already on the books. Set new rules for concealed weapons permit. No wonder no one co-sponsored this bill. People in Virginia needs to get rid of this moron, an embarrassment to any state of the Union.

hand_point2 H.R. 34: Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2013. Sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), no co-sponsors. This bill is named after a victim of a firearm assault. It requires background checks for all gun sales. Require owners of handguns and semiautomatic weapons to register for a federal firearm license. End private sales of guns. Require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. Create a federal clearinghouse for data on gun-related injuries and deaths. Depending upon what “clearinghouse” means, this data is already accumulated by the FBI who produces an annual report. Where do these morons come from? What are voters thinking?

hand_point2 H.R. 35: Safe Schools Act of 2013 … Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA). Repeal the Gun Free School Zones Act.

hand_point2 H.R. 65: Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013 … Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-TX), no co-sponsors. Raise the minimum age of owning a gun from 18 to 21. Increase penalties on juveniles convicted of a second gun-related offense. Increase penalties for selling or giving a gun to the under-aged. Require gun buyers to have a secure gun storage or safety device. Require parents or legal guardians to ensure that an adult accompanies their child to a gun show. Provide grants for local safety classes for parents and children. (more government spending waste). Rep. Jackson is noted for her hair-brained bills that never get passed. How she has remained so long in Congress is beyond comprehension and a testament of the mentality of voters.

hand_point2 H.R. 93: Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), 13 co-sponsors. Make it illegal for a gun dealer whose license has been revoked to give or sell inventory to an individual gun collector or to an employee.

hand_point2 H.R. 117: Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2013. Rush Holt (D-NJ) sponsor. No co-sponsors. Create a mandatory federal licensing system for registering handguns. Expensive bureaucratic program and a step toward firearm confiscation.

hand_point2 H.R. 133: To Repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), no co-sponsors. Repeal the Gun Free School Zones Act.

hand_point2 H.R. 137: Expand Background Checks. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). No co-sponsors. Require background checks on all gun sales. No mention of improving present background check to ensure that mentally ill and drug abusers/users cannot obtain a firearm legally.

hand_point2 H.R. 138: Large-Capacity Ammunition Feeding Devices. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-KY), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), co-sponsor. Bar the sale or gift of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices. Based upon the demented thought that magazine capacities increases crime and incidents of violence.

hand_point2 H.R. 142: Ammunition Sales. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), no co-sponsors. Bar Internet sales of ammunition. Require licenses for ammunition dealers. (already established). Require reporting bulk purchases of ammunition. This is so like the laws of communism and Nazism – a prelude to total confiscation by rendering firearms already owned that are banned – without the ability of using them without ammunition.

Bills that are not co-sponsored are destined for the garbage heap and others are a waste of time and taxpayer dollars.

What is with a government that busily finds ways to circumvent the Constitution and its amendments and does not address the real problems?

As far as background checks:

This is the problem with background checks.   Who is to say if a report written by an angry school administrator or former boss will not surface in a loosely constructed and ill-defined background check?  What exactly are the criteria to declare someone is not sufficiently stable psychologically to own a weapon.  Will an angry divorce disqualify a spouse from Second Amendment gun ownership rights? [Tea Party Organization]

Viewing the history of the federal government – it causes more problems than solves.

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