Minnesota Democratic Legislature looking to model unconstitutional gun grab on Cuomo’s unconstitutional gun grab [update]
Then, turn it up to 11. This is what you get for all the freebies the Dems promise you when they buy your votes: you exchange being a citizen for being a subject of their whims:
Here in Minnesota, the Democrats took control of both houses of the legislature in November, and they have wasted no time launching an attack on the 2nd Amendment. House Public Safety Committee Chairman Michael Paymar–”public safety” apparently doesn’t include self-defense–is introducing a series of anti-gun proposals, including a ban on scary-looking rifles which, as far as I know, has not yet been reduced to writing, and this bill, H.F. 243, which would ban normal-sized magazines. The bill bans the sale, transfer or possession by private citizens of all magazines with more than a seven-round capacity.
Moreover, the Minnesota bill, unlike Dianne Feinstein’s federal proposal, does not grandfather magazines that are now legally owned. Rather, it require Minnesota gun owners to “(1) remove the large-capacity magazine from the state; or (2) surrender the large-capacity magazine to a law enforcement agency for destruction” within 120 days after the statute’s effective date. Anyone who now legally owns normal-capacity magazines–like me, for example–will be subject to five years’ imprisonment if he fails to turn them in to the government.
That’s right. Minnesota Democratic lawmakers have decided that they can steal from their erstwhile law abiding citizens — in nearly every case taking standard equipment and outlawing it, rendering the firearm itself useless — as a way to effect what is a de facto ban on nearly all semi-automatic pistols, not to mention the most popular rifle platforms. And the punishment for not granting the government its right to steal your property? You become a felon.
Or to put it another way, your refusal to be robbed marks you as a criminal; and the criminal who is determined to rob you has the power of law enforcement and the courts to incarcerate you.
Free country? My ass. In fact, that’s the very model of a police state.
Were I these Minnesota Democrats, I’d look very carefully at the reception these attempts to demonize and criminalize law-abiding gun owners is getting in those parts of NY outside the city.
I keep saying this isn’t going to end well. And I’m increasingly convinced that armed push back is precisely what the left wants from previously law-abiding citizens so that it can finish the job of labeling gun owners fringe extremists and quasi-terrorists — and present “cause” to try to institute aggressive national gun bans.
I wonder how the police who will be used as the instrumentality of such a usurpation of liberty and natural rights will respond to being put in harm’s way — with opportunistic, cowardly politicians, who protect themselves with armed security, using civil servants as a battering ram to destroy one of the very pillars of a free society.
(h/t geoff B and Blake)
…and yet, defiance.