I plan on writing more about this later, but this just floated across my desk and I’m not sure how widely spread it is at this point.
Shortly after the Cybersecurity Act gained Senate approval to proceed … Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a sponsor of the gun control amendment, came to the floor to defend the idea of implementing some “reasonable” gun control measures.
The Amendment was sponsored by:
- Frank Lautenberg (D) NJ
- Barbara Boxer (D) CA
- Jack Reed (D) RI
- Bob Menendez (D) NJ
- Kirsten Gillibrand (D) NY
- Chuck Schumer (D) NY
- Dianne Feinstein (D) CA
The amendment would make it illegal to transfer or possess large capacity feeding devices such as gun magazines, belts, feed stripes and drums of more than 10 rounds of ammunition with the exception of .22 caliber rim fire ammunition. The proposed amendment would only affect sales and transfers after the law took effect.
10 Rounds! That would render nearly every decent (imo) handgun on the market illegal.
Schumer then addressed the Senate claiming that the Democrats goal is not to repeal the 2nd Amendment. Apparently he’s fine with just ignoring the “Shall not be infringed” part. Making carrying a decent capacity handgun illegal sure feels like an infringement to me.
“The basic complaint is that the Chuck Schumers of the world want to take away your guns,” Schumer said of the argument made by gun lobbies. “I think it would be smart for those of us who want rational gun control to make it know that that’s not true at all.”
Schumer also pointed out that it would be reasonable for the right to recognize that background checks on those buying guns is necessary — as called for in the Brady law. He also said average Americans don’t need an assault weapon to go hunting or protect themselves.
“We can debate where to draw the line of reasonableness, but we might be able to come to an agreement in the middle,” Schumer said. “Maybe, maybe, maybe we can pass some laws that might, might, might stop some of the unnecessary casualties … maybe there’s a way we can some together and try to break through the log jam and make sure the country is a better place.”
They’re voting on this next week. Make sure your Senator knows how you feel!
And just in case you missed it – be sure to catch NYC Mayor Bloomberg suggesting cops go on strike, and then retracting it when it blew up in his face. :
“I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say, ‘We’re going to go on strike. We’re not going to protect you. Unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe”
Even though Armed Citizens stop dramatically more crimes each year than cops do.
More to come regarding a bunch of Schumer’s other statements.
UPDATE: Jeff pointed out that I didn’t provide a direct reference to the amendment being discussed. Like Jeff, I really don’t like it when articles don’t provide rock solid sources for their information. Thanks for pointing it out Jeff! Here’s the link to the Cyber-Security Bill: S.3414 And here’s the link to the amendment: S.A. 2575 (this lists all amendments to the bill. S.A. 2575 starts on the bottom right.)