Poor Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She had her blueprint for taking away Americans’ guns ready to go (for how many years we don’t know), and when a crazed gunman slaughtered 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, she thought she finally had the popular support to pass it.
Like many power-hungry politicians, she just didn’t count on average Americans not being willing to go along like a flock of sheep.
Sen. Harry Reid, who was willing to go to the mat to force socialized medicine down Americans’ throats, this time around has apparently realized that he’s not just going up against a few vocal people who know economics and the history of Marxism but against a whole lot of people who understand the history of this country’s right to bear arms and who are willing to exercise that right.
Reid’s moral compass always points toward his political survival, so he informed Feinstein the other day that he won’t be bringing her bill to the Senate floor but will be opting for several other proposals for less-ambitious tyranny.
Feinstein’s bill would have reinstated the so-called assault weapons ban and effectively banned 157 models of weapons, according to the Washington Times, many of which had only cosmetic differences from weapons that would be allowed under the proposal. It also would have banned guns with features like a pistol grip or detachable clip.
The bill was one of the worst instances of an attempt to legislate from fear and ignorance, with a rationale amounting to little more than banning any weapon that Feinstein and liberals deemed to look scary. The bill could still be offered as an amendment to another bill.
On the flip side of the move to disarm citizens, a Republican congressman, Rep. Leonard Lance of New Jersey, has challenged Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to explain her agency’s purchase of 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition and thousands of armored vehicles.
The amount of ammunition purchased, mostly hollow point rounds, has been so great in the past year or two that it has caused shortages for civilians and even local law enforcement. It’s been calculated that the DHS has enough bullets to wage a 30-year war.
Lance called on Congress to get involved. “I think Congress should ask the Department about both of those issues and I would like a full explanation as to why that has been done,” he said.
The congressman said he shares the concerns of many of his constituents that Americans “continued to live in a country based on freedom and individual rights.”
Liberals, natch, couldn’t care less if the DHS seems to be prepping for war. The Democratic Governors Association just last week began a petition asking Americans to call for Sarah Palin to be “denounced” after she too questioned DHS ammo and vehicle purchases.
Leftist media have claimed the purchases have been “debunked,” based on a single quote from a DHS official in an AP story in February.
The DHS contracts calling for the purchases are matters of public record.
Also, the DHS claim was that the rounds were bought in bulk to save money and were for training only. Several military personnel and veterans have publicly disputed that, saying hollow points aren’t used for training because they are more expensive than regular bullets. Hollow points are designed to expand on impact, creating a larger wound channel on exit and increasing the likelihood of a kill shot.