The Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has launched a nationwide e-mail campaign in an attempt to thwart what CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb is calling a “backdoor attempt” to push gun control through Congress.
This legislation is being debated on three popular Northwest gun rights forums, Seattle Guns, Northwest Firearms and Shooters Northwest. Gun owners are on the alert, but whether they react to the CCRKBA e-mail campaign that began Monday will be seen over the next 24 to 48 hours.
The measure is an amendment to the proposed Cyber Security Act and would impose a ban on the sale or transfer of large-capacity magazines. This would include banning drums, belts and other feeding devices that hold more than 10 cartridges. Only magazines for .22-caliber rimfire ammunition would be exempt.
This amendment is the brainchild of perennial Senate anti-gunners including Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Frank Lautenberg, Kristen Gillibrand, Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed and Bob Menendez. Banning big magazines has been a goal of gun prohibitionists since the Clinton ban on semiautomatics and such magazines expired eight years ago.
Lautenberg and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy have also introduced a bill to restrict on-line ammunition sales. Much as this pains some people, all of these lawmakers belong to the same political party, Democrats. This bill is also being discussed on the Northwest Firearms forum.
Colorado murder suspect James Holmes allegedly purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on-line in the months prior to the movie massacre in Aurora, Colo. A dozen people were killed and more than 50 were wounded or injured in the attack.
Lautenberg and McCarthy call their legislation the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act. In statements to reporters, the two anti-gun Democrats described their legislation as a “common sense” measure.
Cheap Shot at NRA
Monday’s proverbial “icing on the cake” amid all of this anti-gun activity was a commentary appearing on the Bloomberg News website that – through a stretch of logic – tries to link the National Rifle Association to Holmes.
There may be somewhere in the neighborhood of 100,000 NRA members just in Washington State, and a lot of other gun owners who consider themselves aligned with the 4-million-member civil rights organization. This writer is an Endowment member, and in the interest of full disclosure, served three terms on the NRA’s Board of Directors.
Writer Zara Kessler reasoned that even though the accused gunman was not an NRA member when his application to join a Colorado gun range was denied, he “nevertheless helped bolster the NRA’s bottom line.”
And just how did Holmes do that? Kessler contends that because Holmes bought firearms manufactured by gun companies that “contribute to NRA coffers,” he helped feed NRA’s bottom line.
“Holmes’s guns were made by companies that help to bankroll NRA lobbying and political communications,” the outraged Kessler writes, “the purpose of which is to make it easier to buy and carry more — and more high-powered — guns. The NRA’s efforts have been so successful that Holmes appears to have amassed his deadly arsenal without breaking the law.”
Does Kessler mean the suspect was able to purchase, at retail, firearms commonly owned in the United States by millions of law-abiding citizens, including police officers, because he passed multiple background checks? We are talking about background checks mandated by the Brady Law, pushed through Congress in 1993 by a Democrat majority and signed by a Democrat president, at the behest of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, right?
Regardless what one may think of the NRA, Kessler’s contention that Holmes made an “indirect donation” to the NRA – as her column was headlined – ranks right up there with Barack Obama’s assertion that he got Osama Bin Laden. With all due respect, Mr. President, “Somebody else did that.”
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