“Senate committee approves assault weapons ban”
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a renewed assault-weapons ban, advancing the measure to the Senate floor where it will face intense resistance from Republicans and other gun-rights supporters.
The bill was approved by the committee on a party-line, 10-8 vote. Chief sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she knows “the road is uphill” for the legislation, but sought to press her colleagues to consider the bill.
“Are we going to stand with the thousands of police chiefs and law enforcement officers who do support this bill? Are we going to stand with the victims of gun violence?” she said, stressing that the bill does not take “any weapons away from anybody” but would ban future purchases.
Let’s make this as clear as possible: Feinstein did this before. It failed. Under what earthly justification can the Senate Democrats possibly believe it rational to do the same thing yet again?
And the answer is simple: they don’t care about gun violence; they don’t care about criminals; they don’t care really about mental health, save for how they are able to use any of these things as justifications to incrementally disarm American citizens — the last line of defense for citizens against a government bent on transforming us to subjects upon which to socially experiment, be it through a “nudge” or “coercive paternalism.”
The vote comes after the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced bills earlier in the week to enact near-universal background checks and combat gun trafficking. The measure approved Thursday is the most controversial drafted since the deadly Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
But once it reaches the full Senate — probably in April — the measure faces heavy opposition by Republicans and some moderate Democrats, as well. Feinstein acknowledged she’d need more backing if it is to stand a chance on the floor — even then, it’s hard to imagine a circumstance where the Republican-controlled House would allow the measure to proceed.
Hard to imagine for whom? The House GOP leadership has already signaled that it is prepared to caucus with Democrats to “do something” — provided only that the title of the legislation strikes the right chord showing that, in a bi-partisan way, at least some Republicans care. About the children.
And in fact, Eric Cantor is one of those who has expressed a willingness to reach some common-sense compromises on gun control.
So you’ll excuse me if I’m dubious about the idea that it’s hard to imagine Republicans caving. True, the vast majority of the House Republicans won’t cave; but all it takes, as we’ve seen since the GOP leadership has determined the Hastert rule can be replaced in good conscience by the Powell Rule, is a handful of “mavericks” looking for good press to drive the Democrat’s agenda through the GOP-led House.
– Although in this case, I think should anything pass, that might be the spark that ignites the beginnings of civil disobedience — and convinces many states that they need to protect themselves from a federal government whose representatives refuse to recognize the wishes of their state and local constituencies.