Throughout her political career, Senator Dianne Feinstein (Dem-CA) has been a staunch gun control advocate. Now, she has ramped up her crusade by targeting one of America’s most popular type of rifles, along with standard capacity magazines used with most modern rifles.
Earmarked the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2019,” her bill looks to add even more requirements, restrictions, and outright banning. Feinstein has yet to release the actual text of her bill to the public but has been hyping it to the press for well over a week.
By her own description, her bill would ban “the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name.” Also included are some firearms that have a detachable ammunition magazine and [have] one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or more thana folding or telescoping stock.”
Included are magazines that “hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.”
According to the Senator she has also offered updated legislation that bans certain types of stabilizing braces for pistols and adjustable stocks so the law more complies with existing state “assault weapons bans.”
Co-sponsors Chris Murphy (Dem-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (Dem-CT) portrayed the bill as a response to youth gun control activists like as a method to take “military grade weaponry” off the streets.
The NRA and other 2nd Amendments rights groups point out there is no evidence that this kind of bill would accomplish nothing. A ban on so-called “assault weapons” did nothing to prevent mass shootings before it expired in 2004. It seems no coincidence that Feinstein is seeking to ban the most popular class of centerfire rifles with 16 million sold since the previous ban was lifted.
Ironically, the AR-15 and other such rifles used far more by law-abiding Americans than criminals. FBI statistics show that the most commonly used murder weapons are other types of guns, knives and cutting instruments, clubs, and other blunt objects.
It was an AR-15, used by a citizen hero that stopped one of the country’s most notorious mass shootings in 2017. When Stephen Willeford’s daughter told him she heard gunshots coming from the nearby Baptist church, he took his AR-15 from a safe and loaded a magazine. Once at the church he had to take cover behind a truck as the shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley fired several shots at him before speeding away in his car.
Willerford hailed a truck stopped at a stop sign and he and the driver pursued Kelly. As they found out later, the man had been kicked out of the Air Force and had a long history of domestic violence. When officials caught up, they found Kelly dead from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, Police said he was wearing tactical gear and a bullet-proof vest.
“If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile,” Willeford said. “I ran out with an AR-15 and that’s what he was shooting the place up with.”
26 people were killed that day, about 7% of the total population of Sutherland Springs, TX, and another 20 wounded.
Feinstein’s justifications for her bans have been inconsistent and contradictory over the years.
In 2013, she said: “Military-style assault weapons have but one purpose, and in my view that’s a military purpose, to hold at the hip, possibly, to spray fire to be able to kill large numbers.”
Now she wants to add stabilizing braces to the ban because she says they “transform assault pistols into assault rifles by allowing the shooter to shoulder the weapon and fire more.”
Feinstein’s measure of gun acceptability has changed many times. Every time gun owners seek to adapt to meet her guidelines, she adds more. As the NRA-ILA points out:
Her legislation is nothing so much as an attempt to deny law-abiding gun owners the benefits of modern technology and restrict them to 19th Century firearm designs.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2007, The Second Amendment “protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”
Feinstein has made it obvious she will be satisfied with nothing less than an absolute ban on firearms. With the change in Congress, expect a tidal wave of national gun control proposals.