You knew it was coming, but I bet you didn’t think that the left’s assault on gun rights would come as quickly and as aggressively as it has. While sensible state legislatures are considering allowing concealed carry on college campuses and expanding gun rights, the out-of-step administration and Democrats in Congress are launching an all-out attack on the Second Amendment in what time they have left over after bankrupting the nation.
It’s a two-pronged attack, with gun-bashing Attorney General Eric Holder declaring that it’s time to bring back the assault weapons ban and Democrats in congress seeking to impose just about every restriction and rights violation gun owners have ever feared short of outright gun confiscation in Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act (H.R.45), sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL).
Attorney General Holder has a long record of hostility to gun owners and their rights. He supported and was involved in enforcing the unconstitutional DC gun ban, has previously endorsed a nationwide prohibition on guns, advocated banning private gun sales at gun shows during his confirmation hearing, and is now proposing the return of the broadly-worded assault weapons ban, which included many common handguns and hunting rifles as one of “just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make.” I can only imagine what the other changes are, when he is on record saying, “The Second Amendment does not protect firearms possession or use that is unrelated to participation In a well-regulated militia.”
Bobby Rush’s manipulatively titled gun bill seems designed to fulfill many of Holder’s most extreme gun-grabbing dreams. It proposes a structure for licensing every gun owner in the country, which would require a test, an expanded background check, a waiting period, and a fee in order to get a license.
It also includes draconian enforcement measures, like a two-year jail sentence if your gun is stolen and you don’t notify the federal government within 72 hours, potentially 10 years in jail for having an unsecured gun and ammunition in the same house with a child under the age of 18 (so much for taking my teenager hunting with me), extensive permanent tracking of all gun owners with a stiff penalty for not filing a change of address with the government, and the right for federal agents to search your house without a warrant at any time if you are a licensed gun owner. It also requires periodic license renewals so that the government can check up on you and keep charging you additional license fees.
As Holder has made very clear from his comments, for this administration there is no such thing as gun rights. With their orgy of pork spending they have already demonstrated that they are willing to use their control of congress to ram through legislation without even talking to Republicans. With this bill, and plans which are clearly under way at the Justice Department, they will be able to track all guns and gun owners, come to their homes, seize their guns with no due process, and jail them if they try to resist in any way.
The only thing standing in their way is the United States Supreme Court, where we are lucky enough to have a majority of Justices who still believe in the Bill of Rights. However, District of Columbia v. Heller, which ended the DC gun ban, was struck down by a mere 5 to 4 majority, and two of those who voted with the majority, Justices Scalia and Kennedy, are 72 years old. Let’s hope they stay healthy and resolute, because they are the only defense we have left against those who would like to shred the Bill of Rights and replace the rule of law with the rule of tyrants.