Senator Dianne Feinstein is at it again, trying to ban AR type rifles, errantly calling them “assault rifles”. This comes at about the same time former VP Joe Biden declares the hero of Sutherland Springs, Texas should not have been able to acquire the AR-15 he used to wound and eventually stop the church shooter.
(AR does not stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle”. It stands for ArmaLite rifle, a semi-automatic weapon with a 30-round magazine. Semi-automatic does not mean “machine gun”. It means one trigger pull, one round fired, then the weapon automatically chambers another round to accommodate another trigger pull.)
Describing an AR-15 as an assault rifle is political terminology conjured up to promote gun control. The AR ban Biden and Feinstein made law in 1994 ran for ten years, and did nothing to reduce gun violence or the overall crime rate. If empty promises and failure are the goals, Biden and Feinstein are great successes.
Feinstein is the same Senator who once admitted she carries a pistol for purposes of self-defense because she was the target of terrorist violence in San Francisco. Apparently what is good for her–the exercise of her 2nd Amendment right–is not good for us. (For more perspective, this is the same Senator who wanted to prosecute our intelligence operatives for their lawful treatment of 9/11 detainees, measures employed to save American lives.)
Quite often, when members of Congress hold press conferences to announce their latest legislation to prevent law abiding citizens access to guns, they are surround by armed Capitol Hill police and other armed body guards.
Congressional leaders enjoy armed security most everywhere they travel. Top Democrats, who push gun control routinely, have their own security details, including Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer and Steny Hoyer.
Protection for these people is understandable. They are at greater risk than the average citizen. However, it is beyond ironic, approaching hypocrisy, for all these Democrat leaders to demand public-financed security for themselves and their families, while they buck the polls in pushing gun control on law-abiding citizens.
It is comparable to them demanding we buy inferior health insurance while they enjoy Cadillac plans at our expense. Congressional representatives enjoy a 72% subsidy, driving their premiums very low. Congress people also enjoy a range of free medical services. So is it any wonder Congress appears unwilling to repeal and replace ObamaCare?
Time and again Congress ignores all the credible studies that conclude an AR ban will do nothing to stop mass shoots. Mass shooters frequently obtain weapons and accessories illegally. Chicago continues setting records for homicide even with the strictest gun control measures in place. You cannot purchase a gun in this country without a federal background check and waiting period. Remember this the next time a Democrat starts calling for background checks.
Still, Democrats pretend gun control works, gun control is good policy, gun control is necessary, and their only motive is trying to save lives.
When Democrats finally achieve it, gun control may help save their lives, but congressional representatives will have put the rest of us in harm’s way while killers still have access. And by then, we’ll need health insurance all the more, but thanks to Congress, like guns, insurance will be out of reach, and we’ll be at greater risk than ever.