Chicago gun ban. Soyota whatever her name is was in the minority.
Obama has moved to the center since November, much faster and more effectively that Clinton did in '94. I hope I'm not wrong, but I don't see a gun-control agenda emerging anytime soon. Of course there will be some sneak plays, but I think most politicians will publicly treat it like a hot horseshoe.
Unfortunately, my gut tells me otherwise.
And even if she does stay true to her history, there are far too many folks that have been just waiting for something like this to try to push even a little more of their disarmament agenda in the name of "closing the loopholes" (my take, tightening the noose :mad:) such as Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and her magazine restriction bill which will :
# 10 round limit
# Importation completely prohibited.
# Transfer completely prohibited
# Manufacture completely prohibited
# Grandfathering for current owners only.
# Exception for law enforcement
# Ten year prison sentence for violation
* Would ban stripper clips that hold more than 10 rounds.
* Would ban any gun with a fixed tubular magazine that was not a .22 that held more than 10 rounds.
* Ban any gun with a fixed magazine capacity that is more than 10 rounds of any caliber, if magazine is not tubular.
* Would ban all belted ammunition, or parts that could be use to make up a belt.
* Would ban any repair parts for a magazine if the repair parts could be used to make a magazine.
* Exempt retired law enforcement
Rep. McCarthy, Advocates Introduce Bill to Ban High-Capacity Ammo Magazines
Tuesday January 18, 2011Coalition Constructing ComprehensiveGrassroots & Capitol Hill Effort to Advance CauseWASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY04) was joined by leading national advocates for reducing gun violence today to discuss the introduction of – and a plan to advance – her legislation to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines such as that used in the tragic shooting in Tucson, AZ.
The bill was scheduled to be formally introduced in the House of Representatives later in the evening. It is being carried in the Senate by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who will introduce it later this month.
The bill brings the nation to the same 10-round-maximum standard used in four other states today, as well as nationwide for a decade while the previous federal assault weapons ban was in effect. It closes a gaping loophole in the previous ban in which magazines manufactured before the law went into effect could still be sold or transferred.
“I know what it’s like to have tragedy brought to your life in a split second by a madman with high-capacity ammunition magazines,” said Rep. McCarthy, whose husband was killed and son seriously wounded by a gunman on the Long Island Railroad in 1993. “I’m working to stop it from happening again. We need comprehensive reform to reduce the number of people hurt or killed by gunfire in America, but one simple way we can do that is by keeping the worst tools of mass murder away from the general public. This nation has come together before to support this simple, commonsense measure, and it is the law in several states right now. It is a small sacrifice that law-abiding gun owners can make once again in order to increase everyone’s safety.”
In addition to the bill’s precedent in state and federal law, prominent Second-Amendment rights advocate Robert A. Levy said in a published report last week, “I don't see any constitutional bar to regulating high-capacity magazines. Justice [Antonin] Scalia made it quite clear some regulations are permitted. The Second Amendment is not absolute.”
The bill, which was distributed to House members on Thursday before the holiday weekend, is being introduced with 42 co-sponsors (list below). Rep. McCarthy and the advocates expect to win over many more through comprehensive grassroots and Capitol Hill campaigns involving direct outreach to House members and staff, email and social media activism, state- and district-level organizing and traditional media outreach.
U.S. Sen. Lautenberg said: “High-capacity gun magazines are tools for murder. This common-sense legislation would make it more difficult for someone to carry out a killing spree. Before 2004, these ammunition magazines were banned, and they must be banned again. I am proud to partner on this effort with Rep. McCarthy, who has worked tirelessly throughout her career to curb gun violence in our nation.”
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said: "The tragic shooting in Arizona illustrates what can happen when criminals and dangerous individuals have access to high-capacity ammunition magazines, weaponry that belongs in the hands of law enforcement and the military. Congress should restore the ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, which was part of the assault weapons law that expired in 2004. I look forward to working with Rep. McCarthy and my Senate colleagues to determine the best way to renew that ban.”
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand(D-NY) said, "This proposal has worked here in New York State and could be a model for the country. I have been proud to work with Congresswoman McCarthy on a number of common sense, reasonable legislative proposals to eliminate this kind of horrible gun violence, including legislation to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. I also commend New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Violence Policy Center for their critically important advocacy."
U.S. Rep Jim Moran (D-VA08) said: "We cannot escape the thought that lives may have been spared in Tucson had a high-capacity magazine not been so readily available. It is our responsibility to balance the rights of gun owners with the rights of people like nine year old Christina Taylor Green to live a full and productive life. While we will not be able to prevent every gun death, the bill introduced today takes a first step towards protecting the public from the next psychopath bent on mayhem."
The following 42 House members are original co-sponsors of the bill as of the afternoon of Jan. 18:
Rep. Gary Ackerman
Rep. Robert Brady
Rep. Steve Cohen
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. David Cicilline
Rep. William Lacy Clay
Rep. Gerald Connolly
Rep. John Conyers
Rep. Donna Edwards
Rep. Keith Ellison
Rep. Anna Eshoo
Rep. Sam Farr
Rep. Jane Harman
Rep. Alcee Hastings
Rep. Jim Himes
Rep. Mazie Hirono
Rep. Chris Van Hollen
Rep. Rush Holt
Rep. Mike Honda
Rep. Steve Israel
Rep. James Langevin
Rep. Nita Lowey
Rep. Carolyn Maloney
Rep. Doris Matsui
Rep. Betty McCollum
Rep. Jim McGovern
Rep. Gregory Meeks
Rep. George Miller
Rep. James Moran
Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Rep. Bill Pascrell
Rep. Chellie Pingree
Rep. Mike Quigley
Rep. Jose Serrano
Rep. Brad Sherman
Rep. Jackie Spear
Rep. Louise Slaughter
Rep. John Yarmuth
Rep. Henry Waxman
Rep. Maxine Waters
Rep. Anthony Weiner
All he's really done is let up on the over-pressure on his push to the left. The resultant relaxation of the structure makes it appear to move to the center.
He still wants a strong central "command & control" Federal government as evidenced by the SoTU speech. All roads (and high speed rails, Internet cables, solar cells, etc) still would lead to Washington DC.
His idea of "government efficiency" will be to minimize as many of the checks & balances that get in his way as possible for the next term and for that of his hopeful progressive successor.
I'll still get called a "lib" so it won't do any good.
I'm not worried about what you, or anyone else decides to label me.
Hey, what happened to Pense? He must be too liberal for the GOP also?!
And I just read in the paper this morning that Mitch will be making a presidential decision soon!