Monday, March 25

Are We Being "Set-Up?" ... J. D. Longstreet

Are We Being "Set-Up?"

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


I can't put my finger on it, but I have this nagging feeling that Senator Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban is not gone. My paranoia tells me the democrats are going to squeeze it through a "back door" somehow.  

There are those among gun right's advocates who believe that having Feinstein’s assault weapons ban tacked onto another (a different) gun control bill, of some kind, will make it easier to pass the Senate.

Consider this:  "It’s a trap! It’s a non-event. What’s going to happen is they’re going to take another bill, and that could be the veterans’ gun ban and then bring that to the floor,” said Mike Hammond, chief counsel for Gun Owners of America, a pro-Second Amendment group.

Hammond said bringing a less controversial bill to the floor will make it easier to find the 60 votes needed to open debate.

Hammond said Feinstein’s proposed ban on “assault weapons” will be offered as an amendment to Reid’s bill.

“Furthermore, they’ll probably break off a magazine ban and offer that as an amendment to that. Furthermore, they’ll probably take a universal gun registry and offer that as an amendment to that,” Hammond told WND.

“When Harry Reid says he’s dropping Feinstein from the bill, what he means is it’s not going to be in the bill which is reported to the Senate, but it will be offered on the Senate floor,” he said. “So the question we’re asking is, ‘Why in heaven’s name should anyone vote for this underlying vehicle when we’re being told in advance it’s going to be nothing but a vehicle for a gun-control buffet?’”  Read more at

Just saying "I don't trust the Senate" would be a huge understatement.

Too, I am troubled that Senator Feinstein did not raise a ruckus.  You'd think she'd be throwing a conniption fit in front of very camera in sight -- if she were, in fact, REALLY upset that her baby, the Assault Weapons Ban, was killed by Harry Reid.  But she hasn't.  THAT is truly puzzling.   It is very unlike Feinstein to accept defeat so easily.  I'm just not buying it. 

(Oh.  If you are wondering what a conniption fit is, well, it is a regional thing. 

Here in the southeastern US a conniption fit is a bit more physical than a hissy fit.   Throwing a hissy fit does not require physical gestures including punching something or someone.  A conniption fit, on the other hand, is basically a hissy fit with physical gestures, which may, as we said above, include the act of punching someone in the nose.  Just thought you ought to know.)

In my opinion, for gun rights folks to claim victory over the assault weapons ban is premature.  In fact, now would be the time to really bring the hammer down by increasing the pressure on those senators who might be wavering.

The White House has indicated it has not thrown in the towel on the AWB.  I expect we will see a good deal of arm twisting by Obama -- and -- that pressure is certain to change the minds of some of the weaker members of the senate. Remember Obamacare? 

Then there is the "wild card."  All it will take is for another nut job with a gun to go on a killing spree to resurrect the AWB and get it passed in the senate in the twinkling of an eye.

Even though I am concerned about the AWB, I am equally concerned over the Universal Background Check legislation.  So far as I am concerned, the Universal Background Check is a gun registry by another name.  If anything gets through the Congress it will be the UBC. 

Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY, has referred to background checks as the “sweet spot” of gun control legislation.  It's THAT important to gun control legislation.

We're now at a critical juncture for gun control legislation in the US Congress. Now is not the time to relax, or let our guards down. The Second Amendment is in peril.  It is up to freedom-loving Americans to offer an unflagging defense of the amendment that protects all the rest.  If the Second Amendment goes, the entire Bill of Rights and the Constitution will go with it.

© J. D. Longstreet

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