By Ian Campbell
Can we talk about the Assault Weapons Ban? Why has the US Congress not acted on it? Sen. Dianne Feinstein from California introduced the Bill, S.736 in the 117th Congress on 3/11/2021. The Bill was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. I think it is important to note that Sen. Feinstein is a senior member (high ranking) on the Judiciary Committee. The Bill is called the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021; however, as politics would have it, the Bill was renamed not to offend anyone while appeasing others, so it is named: A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.
If we discourage 18-year old’s from getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari or other fast cars because they typically lose control because of speeding then let’s not put teenagers behind the trigger of an assault weapon, the equivalent of a Ferrari in the gun world.
As a matter of fact, the only time we hear about these types of assault weapons is when they are used in mass shootings. That is when we talk about automatic weapons. Automatic weapons are heavily regulated and expensive but for some reason, 18-year-old white males can still get their hands on them with relatively ease, they get it from their Papa.
The manufacture and importation of new automatic firearms has been prohibited since the Firearm Owners' Protection Act of 1986, S.49, 99th Congress. A Bill sponsored by Sen. James A. McClure, Judiciary Committee. But the loophole is this still allows for the purchase of automatic firearms made before a certain date in 1986 so automatic weapons can technically still be legally purchased in certain circumstances. This can be fixed with an Amendment. Or, we can ensure the loophole is closed permanently by passing responsible, meaningful, enforceable, commonsense legislation that prohibits the sale and ownership of assault weapons.
Who are the people buying these weapons? As a Second Amendment Constitutionalist, gun enthusiast and a card-carrying member of the right to keep and bear arms club, we should not need automatic weapons if we claim to be a civilized democratic society. When was the last time you heard of someone with a 38-snub nose, or a 44 Magnum Revolver involved in a mass shooting? If it is a mass shooting domestic terrorist attack and massacre on innocent peaceful people (usually of color), the weapon of choice is more likely an AR-15.
It's time to stop talking about this and time to start doing. How many more school shootings, how many more church killings, how many more concert shootings, movie theaters, grocery stores, mall massacres do we have to have for us to say enough is enough?