Enemies of Liberty: H.R. 1022

House Bill 1022, introduced by Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York (who cares which party–there’s no difference), is an assault against the Constitution and our liberty.

There has already been lots of writing on this in the blogosphere. Here’s just a bad taste:

(i) is a short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, or semiautomatic assault weapon, the person shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years; or’.

That’s enough for now.

“Assault weapon” is an arbitrary and meaningless term. It means whatever they want it to mean.

“Assault rifle” has a technical definition: It is a rifle that fires a cartridge intermediate in power between a pistol cartridge and full battle rifle cartridge. It must be capable of selective fire, that is, it must be capable of either semi-automatic or full automatic operation.

“Assault weapon” is whatever is used to assault someone, be it a gun, a baseball bat, a knife, a table lamp, or a frozen leg of lamb.

H.R. 1022 would allow banning of all semi-automatic firearms. This means your favorite defensive handgun as well as your favorite target/plinking .22 rifle.

There are no “common-sense gun laws.” There is only abrogation and freedom.

The following are co-sponsors of H.R. 1022 and are therefore enemies of liberty.

Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI]
Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY]
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA]
Rep Capps, Lois [CA]
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO]
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY]
Rep DeGette, Diana [CO]
Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA]
Rep Emanuel, Rahm [IL]
Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA]
Rep Farr, Sam [CA]
Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA]
Rep Filner, Bob [CA]
Rep Frank, Barney [MA]
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ]
Rep Harman, Jane [CA]
Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI]
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ]
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX]
Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI]
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA]
Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY]
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY]
Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA]
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA]
Rep Meehan, Martin T. [MA]
Rep Miller, Brad [NC]
Rep Moran, James P. [VA]
Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ]
Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ]
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL]
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA]
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA]
Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY]
Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA]
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD]
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL]
Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA]
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA]
Rep Wexler, Robert [FL]
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA]

What’s the point in posting this list? Because every small voice speaking in the darkness makes the shiny happy lunatics shine just a little brighter.

–Darkman

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