What they say vs. what they mean

During the restart of the gun control debate since Feb. 14, many supporters of gun control have claimed they don’t oppose gun ownership or the Second Amendment, but …

But: Many of them are lying. National Review:

More than a third of the Democratic party would do away with the Second Amendment, a survey by The Economist and YouGov revealed.

Even 21 percent of the American public would support that plan, according to the study.

The poll was conducted from February 25-27, while the nation was still reeling from the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 earlier last month.

Student survivors of the shooting have marched on Washington, D.C., and the Florida capitol calling for gun control. President Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss several measures, including an assault-weapons ban, raising the age to buy an assault rifle from 18 to 21, and reforming background checks.

The survey also showed that a majority of Democrats, 82 percent, are in favor of banning semi-automatic weapons, which include handguns as well as rifles. Only slightly over half of Republicans, 53 percent, are against this proposal.

Democrats are evenly split on banning all handguns (including revolvers) except those carried by law enforcement.

Half of the general population said that gun purchasers should be required to pass a mental examination before walking away with a firearm, with 68 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of Republicans supporting this idea.

Matt Vespa:

Okay—so the new ban on so-called assault weapons has been put forward and to no one’s surprise is pretty much a total gun ban. A massive slate of weapons are slated to be banned since the legislation calls for the prohibition of semi-automatic rifles and handguns that have detachable magazines, and can carry more than 10 rounds (via Washington Examiner) [emphasis mine:

House Democrats have introduced a bill banning semi-automatic firearms in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., announced Monday he is introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. More than 150 Democrats have signed on in support of the legislation, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., said.

[…]

The bill prohibits the “sale, transfer, production, and importation” of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that can hold a detachable magazine, as well as semi-automatic rifles with a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds. Additionally, the legislation bans the sale, transfer, production, and importation of semi-automatic shotguns with features such as a pistol grip or detachable stock, and ammunition feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds.

Cicilline’s legislation names 205 specific firearms that are prohibited, including the AK-47 and AR-15.

“Assault weapons were made for one purpose,” Cicilline said in a statement. “They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities.”

Deutch vowed during a CNN town hall last week to introduce a bill banning semi-automatic weapons. …

So, it’s the same old game. Democrats say let’s have a discussion, only to spring a trap on the rest of us—yelling, condemning, and denigrating those with whom they disagree on gun policy. They use children to shield them from criticism.  I don’t play that game. If you go on national television, spew nonsense, and push for the evisceration of American civil rights—I’m going to attack you. And by nonsense, I don’t mean simple disagreements; I mean things that are demonstrably false. I’m a proud NRA member. Full disclosure: I am a damn proud member—and this latest anti-gun push is tempting me to become a life member and give consistent monthly donations. That does not make me a child killer, nor is this insane smear an accurate description of the other 4,999,999 brothers and sisters in the NRA who support American freedom, the Constitution, and our Second Amendment rights. The NRA does not sell guns; that’s another garbage lie. You can be for school safety and support our Second Amendment.

H.R. 5087‘s sponsors include Reps. Mark Pocan (D–Black Earth) and Gwen Moore (D–Milwaukee.)

 

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