Common Sense or Masterful Exploitation of Tragedy?
Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- The screams for the renewal of the Clinton-era gun ban came in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shooting as gun grabbers raced to also outlaw so-called “high-cap mags.”
Completely ignorant of the difference between a “clip” and a “mag” the anti-gun media stirred the pot as the families of victims in the shooting hadn't even buried their loved ones and the anti-gun politicians and media swooped in to exploit the tragedy by pushing more gun control.
Meanwhile, gun owners pointed out that the theater where the massacre occurred posted signs prohibiting concealed carry, making it an easy target for suspected shooter James Holmes. Like Wisconsin, Colorado has a permit-to-carry concealed weapons law in place. Unfortunately, again like many places in Wisconsin, the business chose to advertise itself as a criminal safe zone.
While no one from Wisconsin’s congressional delegation has lifted a finger to oppose the increasing calls for more gun control, the leftists — whose “let no good crisis go to waste” ideology — has only intensified calls for more restrictions on Wisconsinites’ and Americans’ firearm rights.
Obama Rallies the Troops for Semi-Auto Ban
President Obama has issued the siren cry for a renewed ban on semi-automatics and so-called high capacity mags, saying “… AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,” he said. “There’s talk of new reforms. There’s talk of legislation,” the president added.
While Obama was taking aim at semi-automatics, liberal senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were trying to sneak a ban on the production of magazines holding more than 10 rounds into the cyber-security bill. According to Gun Owners of America (GOA), “lest anyone think that banning magazines is the be-alland- end-all for Lautenberg, he has already announced that he intends to follow up his magazine ban with legislation to monitor and limit your purchases of ammunition. “Explains the clueless Lautenberg: ‘No sportsman needs 100 rounds to shoot a duck ….’
“So this Einstein believes you don’t need 100 rounds of ammunition? Who decided that our Bill of Rights should be a ‘Bill of Needs’?”
WGO Swings Into Action
While Obama, Lautenberg and Schumer were rallying the troops for more gun control, neoconservatives like Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan were being picked to be Vice President of the United States, despite Ryan’s failing for two sessions to answer a simple gun rights survey.
Even so, Wisconsin Gun Owners launched a full mailing campaign to collect surveys from members asking about their views on high-capacity mags and semi-auto bans. The surveys, to be shared with Wisconsin’s congressional delegation, are only phase one of a pro-gun campaign to stop leftists from reinstating the Clinton-era gun ban.
Throwing more fuel on the fire since the Colorado shooting, another mad gunmen killed six people at a Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek. The media was quick to introduce “gun control” into the dialogue surrounding this second recent mass public shooting and politicians quickly capitalized on the new tragedy by expediting their gun control proposals.
In what is quickly becoming the perfect storm for gun control, Carolyn McCarthy (D) and her gun-banning cohorts in congress have introduced HR308/S32, the “Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Ban. To permanently (and with no-grandfather provisions) prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes.”
Despite a near total blackout from the institutional gun lobby on these threats to gun rights, WGO will continue to monitor and oppose these bills.
To monitor this anti-gun legislation and get WGO’s action alerts, visit the online Bill Watch
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