Rahm Emanuel said “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”
Less than three full days after the evil massacre in Las Vegas, Dianne Feinstein is using this right out of the progressive playbook by introducing the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act. She didn’t let the crisis go to waste AND she hopes to accomplish chipping a piece away from the Second Amendment that she has not been able to do in the past.
She hopes to use emotions rather than facts to ban not only bump-stocks but anything “that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.”
Whether or not bump-stocks are useful is a discussion not to be addressed here. Maybe another post will express my opinion on this matter. What IS important in the wording of this proposed piece of anti-gun legislation are the following words “…that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire…”
Worrisome Part of This Bill
I am not a lawyer, but this language looks as plain as day to me: many people could suddenly become criminals and not even know it. A well-honed trigger assembly is a necessity among competition shooters; a very smooth pull with no pauses or rough spots greatly increases accuracy and speed. The Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, (a well-known gun control advocate) would love to start rounding up those people who have improved their speed and ban them from owning all firearms. Should this become law of the land, breaking it will be a Federal felony and might cost you a vacation for 5 to 10 years in a Federal Gray Bar Hotel. Add to that a $1,000 fine, but that will be the least of your worries.
Anything that can improve speed will now fall under the NFA designation and be treated the same as a machinegun! A well-trained trigger finger (practice, practice, practice) can dramatically increase the firing speed but luckily you can’t be arrested for having one – yet. I have heard that a piece of string or a rubber band can accomplish the same thing; no, I don’t know how to do that. Will anyone be arrested by having a rubber band or a piece of string?
Georg Hegel and Karl Marx would have been proud of Rahm Emanuel – and Dianne Feinstein.
Click here to download the 2-page Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act.