Senate Democrats inserted a gun control amendment into a cybersecurity bill as a response to the shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado last week. Senator Chuck Schumer and his comrades seems to be of the belief that mass murderers and other violent criminals will suddenly start playing by the rules.
The amendment was sponsored by Democratic Sens. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Bob Menendez (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Schumer and Dianne Feinstein (Calif.). S.A. 2575 would make it illegal to transfer or possess large capacity feeding devices such as gun magazines, belts, feed stripes and drums of more than 10 rounds of ammunition with the exception of .22 caliber rim fire ammunition.
Schumer also pointed out that it would be reasonable for the right to recognize that background checks on those buying guns is necessary — as called for in the Brady law. He also said average Americans don’t need an assault weapon to go hunting or protect themselves.
“We can debate where to draw the line of reasonableness, but we might be able to come to an agreement in the middle,” Schumer said. “Maybe, maybe, maybe we can pass some laws that might, might, might stop some of the unnecessary casualties … maybe there’s a way we can some together and try to break through the log jam and make sure the country is a better place.”
“Might” stop the casualties. How about it won’t stop the casualties, and even if this law had been in place last week it wouldn’t have stopped what happened in Aurora. The town already has a gun ban in place, not just a limit on the number of rounds in a magazine.
Perhaps it might be “reasonable” to restrict the high-capacity drum magazines to military and law-enforcement uses, but that’s only if you think that someone could benefit from the need of a shooter to repeatedly reload. Let’s not forget that Aurora forbids anyone from carrying or discharging a weapon at all, and so did the theater in which the massacre took place. The perpetrator had no problem switching weapons and/or reloading because Aurora had already disarmed his victims through their “reasonable” gun control statutes and rules. This regulation would have made absolutely no difference in the shooting which Democrats have used to launch this new law. (Read More)
Always beware of lawmakers crafting legislation as a knee-jerk reaction to events. It almost always ends badly.