Subversive New ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban More for Show than Effect

By David Codrea

Subversive New ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban More for Show than Effect
Rhode Island Red David Cicilline introduces the “Let’s Start a Civil War Act,” without explaining what enforcement is expected to look like, or why any American who cares about freedom would respond with anything beyond “No. Your move.” (Screenshot: RepDavidCicilline on YouTube)
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USA –  -( A week-and-a-half before Christmas, a ton of House Democrats introduced H. R. 4269, a bill “To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.”

When you’re an Opposite Day “progressive,” mandates like “shall not be infringed” is treated more like an invitation to vandalize and eviscerate than anything else.

The primary “author” of this latest bit of subversion is Rhode Island Red, David Cicilline. It’s no surprise that he’s a career politician, or that he’s long partnered with Michael Bloomberg. What also doesn’t come as any great shock is that his old man was a mouthpiece for the mob and his “prohibited person” brother was convicted in a sting that included charges of lying to federal authorities and setting up a drug deal.

Add to that the guy’s affinity for communist dictators and his “leadership” in the socialist movement in Congress. If you didn’t know, the Bernie Sanders-cofounded Progressive Caucus was an offshoot of the Democrat Socialists of America. They’ve taken them down from their website, no doubt due to wanting to mask what they’re about to a new generation of useful idiots, but thanks to the Internet Archive, we can still see lyrics for some of their movement songs, with inspirational sentiments like:

Are you sleeping,
Are you sleeping,
Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie,
And when the revolution comes,
We'll kill you all with knives and guns,
Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie

Gee—I wonder why they want to disarm us so badly. And that goes for every one of Cicilline’s 123 oath-breaking co-sponsors.

Fortunately, the bill ain’t goin’ anywhere. Legislative monitoring site GovTrack gives it a six percent chance of making it out of committee and a two percent chance of being enacted.

So why even bring it up?

First to understand that, while useful for grokking end game goals, picking a hot button topic like “assault weapons” is a great way to distract gun owners from more immediate and achievable threats. And second, it allows those interested primarily in political advantage or in fundraising to gin up emotions and support.

So now, a politician who makes noises against it can boast about his RKBA creds, masking less obvious concessions and compromises that add to the incremental erosion the totalitarian lobby is relying on. That in turn allows “gun groups” that need to maintain insider access and relationships to continue promoting what “staunch Second Amendment” defenders their political pals are.

It also doesn’t hurt if the goal is just to take advantage of an opportunity to scare up more donations, or to keep well-meaning gun owners on the email-your-Democrat-rep-who-doesn't-care treadmill.

By all means, we must be aware of the bill and expect our representative to oppose it, not out of any great act of leadership, but just as a bare minimum expectation and obligation.

And by all means, we must understand that the Democrats pushing it are domestic enemies who mean to establish a Borg collective where resistance truly is futile.

What we must really do is discern the most effective places to focus our limited personal activism/advocacy resources – which leads to another topic that is on the minds of many Americans this time of year: New Year’s resolutions, which barring unforeseen developments, is something I expect to explore later in the week.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and also posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 30 thoughts on “Subversive New ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban More for Show than Effect

    1. Well, folks, you got your wish – do you hear God clapping and cheering? Too bad school’s almost out. Not to worry!
      Take heart – school starts again for the kiddoes in just 3 months – plenty of time to stuff your ar-15s with massive magazines.

    2. What the Dems. the hoplophobes, and their fellow travelers call an “assault weapon” is no such thing. An actual assault weapon is capable of fully automatic fire; something strictly regulated since 1934, and rarely used in crimes (fewer than half-dozen times in the past seven decades).

    3. The gun grabbers know that their so called ” assault rifles” are not automatic but only semi. Just like your average .22 rifle. They are counting on dumb democrats and the younger generation who have no idea what is what, not do they care. They just want to get rid of guns that good guys own and think the bad guys will call it a day. The bad guys are laughing their asses off every time a new anti-gun law get passed. Makes their job so much easier. The gun grabbers know this but they just don’t care. They are not as stupid as they pretend to be. They just don’t want you or I to be able to protect ourselves from the bag guys. That is their bottom line.

    4. How can any gun owning Democrats vote for those who are hell bent on taking their constitutional rights away…”stupid is as stupid does”…What the leftist liberal national news media is not telling the public is that less than 3% of gun crimes are committed with rifles of any type and or configuration…so called assault rifles account for less than 1% of gun crimes…yet our dick head in chief and his Democratic stooges wants to ban so called assault rifles…Obama and the Democrats are only doing this to support the anti-gun crowd…by doing so he will keep them locked in with the Democratic Party thus assuring their vote’s come November…Obama’s executive decrees are all about politics and not about eliminating gun violence…only a dumbo would agree with Obama’s frivolous anti-gun laws…which is in violation of our US Constitution which he took an oath to uphold as President of the United States…Whoops…we don’t know if he really took the oath…the first swearing in was botched and had to be redone…the second swearing in was done behind closed doors…probably the Bible was replaced by the Koran instead…perhaps Obama just didn’t want the American public to know what transpired behind those closed doors…Who knows?

    5. Everyday that goes by the democrats (socialists) really do get more pathetic and amusing. It’s so obvious that these son of a bitches are just a lot of mouth,no bite ! They are like a bunch of kids wanting to see who can make the most noise ! There might come a day when law-abiding firearms owners run across a real threat to our 2A freedoms,but that day is nowhere in sight and these d bags sure won’t be involved ! We just need to keep bitch slapping these sissys and enjoy our firearms and 2A freedoms ! ‘Keep your powder dry and your chin to the wind’ ! III

    6. Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder are responsible for the illegal sale of 5,000 assault weapons, both semi and fully automatic to drug cartels, Al Qaeda, “Syrian Rebels,” aka ISIS, resulting in 10,000 deaths. We need Government Gun Control.

      In the oath that all new LEGAL citizens are required to recite, it says “to defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.”

      Guess who removed this line from the oath?

      Might as well, seeing as how illegal aliens said, “We don’t need no stinkin’ oaths!”

    7. Tell David Cicilline, and his 123 co-sponsers, to come knock on my door. I have more than enough ammo to take care of that problem. Every one of the gutless wonders will hide from the people who are going to be looking to find out what they were thinking. Our GOP congressmen have been doing everything to assist obama, and I would be shocked if they held out here.

    8. The BATFE has found a new way to impose the Assault Weapons Ban. The are taking the license away from Stag Arms to manufacturer guns. Which manufacturer will be next?

      I purchased my Stag Arms 2TL in 2008. I purchased it because at that time Stag Arms was one of the only gun manufactures that offered a left-hand eject AR-15. I am right-handed, but left eye dominant, The Stag 2TL suited me perfectly.

      I feel that the only reasons that Mark and Stag Arms are being singled out relates to the AR-15 rifles they manufacture, and this President and his administrations overall hatred for the for the gun manufacturing industry. When other gun manufacturers relocated from Connecticut, Maryland, and New York, because of the states that restricted sale of the products companies manufactured in the states listed, Stag Arms opted to stay in Connecticut.

      This issue related to the government forcing Mark to possibly spend a year in jail, along with forcing the sale of Stag Arms is above and beyond any reasonable settlement.

      Remember Solyndra. The solar panel manufacturer received $500 million dollars in federal funds. Looking back at this case neither of the principles went to jail.

      According to Right Wing Times, “If Brian Harrison and W. G. Stover, the two Solyndra executives who took the Fifth Amendment at a Congressional hearing on Friday, ever spend a day in jail, I’ll stand on my head in Times Square.

      It’s not going to happen, for one simple reason: neither they, nor anyone else connected with Solyndra, have done anything remotely criminal (Right Wing Times, 2015).”

      Solyndra fit into President Obama’s Green Energy agenda, Firearms manufacturing, legal, law-abiding gun owners (with the number of women purchasing firearms for personal protection increasing significantly), and our Second Amendment are far from his favorites list.

      Why didn’t the Obama Administration arrest the CEO of General Motors when they had problems with poorly manufactured Ignition Switches. According to USA Today, “The death toll from General Motor’s faulty ignition switches has come in at 124, according to compensation fund the victims.

      The running tally by General Motors’ independent administrator shows that it has no cases left to process. But spokeswoman Camille Biros says there are still cases classified as “deficient,” meaning additional documentation is required, that are pending.

      The review has led to millions of vehicle recalls, congressional hearings and a huge black eye for the nation’s largest automaker and its CEO, Mary Barra.

      The article further states, “And for all accidents blamed on the switches that required hospitalization, 248 were approved, while 2,946 were considered ineligible and 396 were deficient.

      All told, out of the total of 4,342, the independent administrator approved a total of 390, with 3,499 ineligible and 453 found deficient.”


      Where is the similarity in the judicial process? Why wasn’t GM forced to sale, and why wasn’t their CEO Mary Berra put in jail. How many people were killed or injured by Stag Arms delay in adding serial numbers to AR-1 lowers as part of their work-in-process inventory? The answer is probably none since according to the FBI’s 2014 Crime Statistics, Rifles accounted for 248 deaths and shotguns accounted for 262 deaths. The 3000 AR-15 lowers without serial numbers apparently had little impact on the 248 rifles used in 2014.

      Additionally, the AR-15’s manufactured by Stag Arms are more than likely sold by FFL (Federal Firearms Licensed) dealers. It would be difficult if not impossible for the FFL to sale any firearm without a serial number since that serial number is a key part of the ATF Form 4473. The FFL must contact the state and provide the serial number as part of the existing NICS background check.

      To further clarify this issue, a firearm purchased from an online store like Impact Guns in Utah must be shipped to an FFL, and that FFL must also contact the state and perform a NICS Background Check before the firearm s released to the purchaser.

      The Obama Administration should take a closer look at the abuses of our laws by this president, like allowing Illegal Aliens to cross our southern borders almost unchecked, or his plan for up to 300,000 Syrian Refugees even though there is serious question regarding the government’s ability to vet these refugees properly. The administration seems to be willing to let IRS employers like Lois Lerner go free because her abuse of the IRS system benefited the Obama Administration

      We need to mount an effort between the GOA, NAGR, NRA, and Second Amendment Foundation to have the court reverse their decision, and let Mark and the employees of Stag Arms revamp the inconsistencies of their manufacturing process so they can avoid the repeat of a similar issue.


    9. look snippy all guns except for bolt action rifles fire as fast as you can pull the assault rifles ARE NOT MACHINE’s always people like you who don’t know a friggin thing about the SUBJECT MATTER that want to offer the most useless opinions.

    10. Gee, it sounds like this guy Cicilline and his relatives are as low-life as Chelsea Clinton’s husband and his family. What is it with these Democrats?

      Don’t answer that. I already know.

    11. Isn’t it interesting just how many criminal politicians are gun banners? I lost track of the number of Bloomberg mayors against gun members who were arrested for crimes, so it is not a surprise that this guy has family connections to the mafia. One of the funniest had to be the California state senator who was trying to sell firearms via his Triad connections. Maybe these gun banner politicians just like the black market incentives and money that can be made from their policies, similar to Prohibition era alcohol banners.

      Lastly, does anyone else remember how Liberal types used to claim as late as the 90s to be against big brother and wanted people to be left alone? Doesn’t that seem absurd now? Not just with guns and being able to defend ones self, but also with basic speech and business practices for small businesses. Good luck not having your life destroyed if you are not towing the PC line about race, gender, gay marriage, etc – even the head of a billion dollar company like Apple will do his best to crush a tiny small business. I guess I should also ask what happened to the concept of Democrats standing up for the little guy and against big business, which also applies to the gun control debate.

    12. David,

      Did you know about Steny Hoyer’s official comments? See here:

      The Second Amendment, the Supreme Court has said, ensures the right of an American to own a gun. Machine guns, however, are outlawed in America. Why? Because they can kill a lot of people very quickly. That’s exactly what an assault weapon can do.
      In San Bernardino, of course, the two shooters were armed with high powered, high capacity assault rifles that were legally purchased by a third party.
      [See where he said ‘Assault Rifles’]

    13. They should hire NRA contract lobbyist for IL Donald Todd Vandermyde to promote this bill. No one in the past 50 years has done more damage to the 2nd Amendment, and sold out Otis McDonald.

      When Vandermyde cut the deal with the anti-gun Chiefs of Police to put Duty to Inform w/ criminal penalties in hick Rep. Brandon Phelps “NRA backed” HB183 carry bill, Tim McCarthy was president of the IL Chiefs. That’s the same Tim McCarthy who was a Secret Service agent when President Reagan was shot, and who does press conferences with Jim & Sarah Brady to promote gun control. Maybe Chris Cox & Chuck Cunningham at NRA-ILA can promote Vandemyde to national lobbyist so he can move to D.C. and sell out the entire country.

    14. That rat bastard Cicilline is my Representative. He screwed up Providence, the capitol of Rhode Island beyond belief and the idiotic wing nut progressives reward him and send him to congress!!!!!

    15. I find it fascinating that one of the stated purposes of the bill is “to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited”. Would that not mean the one of the purposes of the bill is explicitly to infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms? As such would that not make such a bill unconstitutional on its face? These people are no longer hiding their intent.

      I have a T-shirt I’m gonna wear more often. It bears the motto: When tyrrany becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.

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