By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- 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,
And when the revolution comes,
We'll kill you all with knives and guns,
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.
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.