The Assault Begins

Sen. Chuck Schumer is now asking gun retailers to halt sales of “assault weapons“:

13WHAM reported, via Free Republic (h/t: Gateway Pundit):

Sen. Charles Schumer says retailers that sell assault weapons should stop offering them for purchase while Congress discusses gun regulation legislation.

Schumer on Sunday released a letter he sent to major retailers asking for a voluntary moratorium.

The New York Democrat says consumer demand for guns has gone up in the weeks since the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Schumer says Congress is debating the issue, and if measures get passed that limit these type of weapons, it won’t help if more of them have recently been sold

For years now, Congressman Chuck Schumer has been the House’s goto guy for all things “gun control”—with Dianne Feinstein securing the Senate flank.

Since 1968, a handful of anti-Second Amendment zealots, all Democrats, have been working ceaselessly to incrementally undermine one of the pillars of the U.S. Constitution—the ability for the private citizen to defend themselves by bearing arms.

With the introduction of the Gun Control Act (H.R. 17735) in 1968, crafted by Congressman Emanuel Celler and Chris Dodd’s father Thomas Dodd, a steady barrage of House and Senate resolutions have been passed by Democrats that have progressively chipped away at the rights of Americans to bear arms.

The late Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum (D-OH).

One of the major players in the Democrats’ all-out, no holds barred onslaught on the Second Amendment was the late Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH). In 1988, Metzenbaum sponsored Senate bill S.1523 which expanded the Gun Control Act legislation—turning every violation of the Gun Control Act of 1968 into a RICO offense, allowing a gun owner to be charged with federal racketeering charges.

In 1990, Sen. Kohl introduced the Gun-Free School Zones Act (S.2070), which banned gun possession in a school zone. The law was later struck down as unconstitutional.

For the next several years, Sen. Metzenbaum, along with Sen. Herbert Kohl, introduced several more Senate bills which outlawed “plastic guns” and certain types of semi-automatic rifles. Provisions were included to allow the Secretary of the Treasury the power to add any semi-automatic firearm to the list at a later date.

The Brady Laws, written by Metzenbaum, which requires waiting periods to buy handguns, became effective in 1994. Sen. Metzenbaum sponsored the bills in the Senate. The sponsor of the bills in the House was Congressman Charles Schumer.

Following the passing of the Brady Bills, a flurry of gun control legislation flowed forth:

September, 1994: The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 goes into effect, including a provision that bans the manufacture and possession of semiautomatic rifles described as “assault weapons.” [Note: true assault weapons are fully automatic, not semiautomatic]. That gun-ban provision was authored in the Senate by Senator Dianne Feinstein and authored in the House by Congressman Charles Schumer.

1995: Senators Kohl, Specter, Feinstein, Lautenberg and others introduce the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1995, an amended version of the 1990 school-zone law which was struck down in court as being unconstitutional.

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)

September, 1996: The Lautenberg Domestic Confiscation provision becomes law. It is part of a larger omnibus appropriations bill. It was sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg. It bans people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from ever owning a gun.

1997: Senate bill S.54, the Federal Gang Violence Act of 1997, proposes much harsher sentences for people violating minor gun laws, including mandatory prison sentences and forfeiture of property. It was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Hatch, among others. It returns the idea of turning every violation of the Gun Control Act of 1968 into a RICO predicate offense.

January, 1999: Senator Barbara Boxer introduces bill S.193, the American Handgun Standards Act of 1999.

January, 1999: Senator Herbert Kohl introduces bill S.149, the Child Safety Lock Act of 1999. It would require a child safety lock in connection with transfer of a handgun.

February,1999: Senator Frank Lautenberg introduces bill S.407, the Stop Gun Trafficking Act of 1999.

February, 1999: Senator Frank Lautenberg introduces S.443, the Gun Show Accountability Act of 1999.

March, 1999: Senator Frank Lautenberg introduces bill S.560, the Gun Industry Accountability Act of 1999.

March, 1999: Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces bill S.594, the Large Capacity Ammunition Magazine Import Ban Act of 1999.

May, 2000: Senators Feinstein, Boxer, Lautenberg, and Schumer sponsor Senate bill S.2515, the Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2000. It is a plan for a national firearms licensing system.

January, 2001: Senators Feinstein, Schumer, and Boxer sponsor Senate bill S.25, the Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2001. It is a nation-wide gun registration plan [apparently there were two versions of that Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act bill].

May, 2003: Senators Feinstein, Schumer, Boxer, and others introduce legislation that would reauthorize the 1994 federal assault weapons ban, and, close a loophole in the law that allows large-capacity ammunition magazines to be imported into the U.S. The ban expired in September, 2004.

October, 2003: Senators Feinstein, Lautenberg, Levin, and Schumer co-sponsor bill S.1774, designed to stop the sunset [ending] of the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988.

March, 2005: Senator Frank Lautenberg introduces bill S.645, “to reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act,” in other words, to reinstate the 1994 assault-rifle ban [also known as the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994”] which expired in late 2004.

March, 2005: Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces bill S.620, “to reinstate the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act,” in other words, to reinstate the 1994 assault-rifle ban [also known as the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994”] which expired in late 2004.

July, 2005: Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces bill S.A.1621 – Fifty-Caliber Sniper Weapons. This amendment would convert all .50 BMG firearms to NFA weapons.

July, 2005: Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces bill S.A.1622 – Fifty-Caliber Exclusion to S.397. This amendment would modify S.397 to allow suits when the firearm involved was a .50 caliber weapon.

July, 2005: Senator Barbara Boxer introduces bill S.A.1633 – BATFE Safety Standards. This amendment allows law suits to continue/be brought if the product did not meet the safety standards as defined by the BATFE.

July, 2005: Senator Barbara Boxer introduces bill S.A.1634 – ‘Sporting Use’ on Domestic Handguns. Applying ’sporting use’ clause requirements to domestic handguns could, almost completely, dry up the handgun availability in the United States.

William S. Burroughs once stated, “After a shooing spree, they always want to take the guns away from the ones who didn’t do it.” One of the ways the rabid anti-gun activist zealots go about demonizing their opposition is by creating absurd linkages.

For example, following the Gabby Giffords shooting, many on  the left blamed Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the horrendous mass shooting in Arizona that left several dead and wounded, not the shooter Jared Loughner.

Now, following the absolutely horrific massacre of innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the “gun control” zealots are attempting to link the National Rifle Association (NRA) to the terrible crime, despite the obvious fact the NRA had nothing whatsoever to do with it.

To add insult to injury, some in the liberal press have gone so far as to allege that legal gun owners are synonymous with being a sex offender. It appears the left is willing to go to any length to forward their anti-gun agenda.

Ostensibly, a handful of Democrats are eroding our Second Amendment rights in an astonishingly brazen and zealous fashion. The question is are we going to let them continue this assault on our liberties and freedoms. We’ve tried it the dem’s way for too long; it has not worked; it is not time to introduce more “gun control” legislation; it is time to start repealing it … all of it!

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