Assault Weapons Ban Hearing Today- Civil Disobedience On Horizon
At a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee regarding an assault weapons ban sparked contentious responses on both sides of the issue. But one former police officer made a bold statement:
“I will not comply.” Dianna Muller, former Tulsa police officer and founder of The DC Project.
The Assault Weapons Ban hearing
“Please don’t legislate the 150 million people just like me into being criminals. It has happened. You’ve already done it,” Muller said, referring to the Trump administration’s ban on bump stocks, the devices that use a semi-automatic weapon’s recoil to make it rapidly fire like an automatic. “I was a bump stock owner, and I had to make a decision: do I become a felon, or do I comply?”…
… Muller and others at the hearing focused on the practicality of a ban, pointing out what they claimed were mainly “cosmetic” differences between weapons such as the AR-15 and standard semi-automatic hunting rifles. This issue was also raised by Heritage Foundation senior legal policy analyst Amy Swearer when Rep.Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., went down the line of witnesses asking if they believed hunting rifles should be banned if they are semi-automatic.
Swearer said no, stating that there was no difference in the mechanics or function of an “assault weapon” or a semi-automatic hunting rifle.”
Rep Jim Jordan remarked that the Second Amendment doesn’t say “shall not be infringed unless the gun has scary features.”
Though the pro-gun witnesses made excellent points, the anti-gun witnesses continually caught the attention of the Democrat Representatives with constant contravening against their arguments.
When one witness talked about the safety aspect of a barrel shroud, another witness used it to say that the grip on the weapon is made easier to kill people. When one witness spoke of the AR being a good self-defense weapon for those who are too shaky for a handgun, another said they should ban ANY weapon that can be used to “hunt people.”
The “high capacity magazine” issue also came up, with Chairman Jerry Nadler saying that it was concerning that a suspect can fire many rounds without reloading. (Most of the mass shooters actually have reloaded. Just sayin’)
The anti-gunners always say background checks will stop mass shootings, but it can’t- because many of the mass killers have passed a background check.
Where this mess will take us is unknown. But even if the House passes the assault weapons ban, the Senate likely will not. The President is not likely to support it as well. Regardless of the outcome, most of the 150 million owners of AR platform weapons will not comply.
Then the Democrats will have a problem on their hands.
Featured photo: Screenshot of Dianna Muller testifying at the hearing on 9-25-2019