Democrat Presidential hopefuls have become increasingly transparent that their ultimate goal is to require law-abiding citizens to give up their firearms and jail any who do not comply. Now, it appears lawmakers have taken that as a cue for a more proactive anti-gun stance on the state and local level.
Anti-gun Illinois state lawmakers Rep. Bob Morgan and Sen. Julie Morrison held a town hall meeting in Deerfield, Illinois in what they expected to be a positive launch of Morrison’s Senate Bill 107. If passed, the bill would designate many semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic handguns, and shotguns owned by their Illinois constituents as “assault weapons”, banning them along with accessories and spare parts.
Morrison reassured attendees that current owners would be “allowed” to keep such firearms if they “registered the firearm with the state and paid a $25 fee for each gun.”
The response was not what Morgan and Morrison expected.
An Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) supporter captured an exchange between Morrison and one gun owner who asked, “If I get to keep it if I pay a fine and register it, how dangerous is it in the first place and why do you need to ban it at all? Why do you need to try to ban my semi-automatic firearms?”
The video reveals a smug Morrison, obviously displeased with being questioned, responding, “Well you’ve just maybe changed my mind. Maybe we won’t have a fine at all. Maybe it’ll just be confiscation, and we won’t have to worry about paying a fine.”
Most telling is the contempt the Illinois State Senator showed for her fellow citizen who dared to question her logic and real agenda. It seems she wasn’t prepared for a citizen who understands the Second Amendment and what the bill would do to violate it.
You can watch the video clip of this exchange, which has gone viral, below.
The ISRA had previously provided its members with a detailed explanation of what the proposed bill would ban if passed. Examples of what the ban includes:
- Any semi-automatic rifle or handgun that can accept a detachable magazine greater than ten rounds in capacity and has one or more features, such as a protruding grip for the support hand; a folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock; a handguard; or a muzzle brake or compensator.
- Any semi-automatic shotgun that has one or more feature such as the ability to accept a detachable magazine; a folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock; or a protruding grip for the support hand.
- Any fixed magazine semi-automatic rifles or handguns greater than ten rounds in capacity and fixed magazine semi-automatic shotguns greater than five rounds in capacity.
- Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
- Any part or accessory that would configure a firearm as above.
ISRA warned its members that firearms covered under the proposed bill were the types most commonly owned by “law-abiding citizens for various purposes” such as recreational shooting, and hunting, competitive shooting, and self-defense.
SR 107 had limited exemptions for those who already own banned firearms if are registered with an accompanying fee. Exemptions would not have extended to banned accessories and parts. As a result, owners of exempted weapons would have to reconfigure them for different uses.
Senator Cory Booker (Dem – NJ) set the tone for what such bills ultimately are intended to accomplish – confiscating formerly legal firearms.
In his proposal for gun buyback legislation, Booker said Americans should be “thrown in jail” for owning “assault weapons” should they refuse to hand over proposed banned weapons.
Booker said on CNN, “We should have a law that bans these weapons, and we should have a reasonable period in which people can turn in these weapons. Right now we have a nation that allows in streets and communities like mine these weapons that should not exist.”
Bay Area congressman Eric Swalwell, the latest addition to the already crowded Democrat presidential race went further in a recent op-ed when he said, “I’m the only candidate calling for a mandatory national ban and buyback of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons,”
When conservative commentator Joe Biggs tweeted, “So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war,” Swalwell replied, “And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes.”
Both national and state liberal lawmakers are becoming more and more strident in their disdain for citizens who see through their ultimate goal. From state legislators like Morrison to those on the national stage, it is becoming more and more obvious what gun-control means to them.
Make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners.