Mere minutes after the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, Democrats screamed, wailed and pounded their feet for gun control.
They demonized the NRA. They demonized President Donald Trump and Republicans. Some even attacked a father who lost his daughter in the shooting because he was wearing a Trump T-shirt — as if that made him complicit in the shooting. The only thing they didn’t do was look at the facts.
But why would they?
In an address to his fellow radical leftists, chief of staff to former President Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, once said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Straight out of the leftists’ dirty playbook, Democrats have followed that advice to a T, using the Florida shooting to push their anti-Constitution agenda and refusing to examine the government’s atrocious failures and inaction that allowed the crazed gunman to follow through on his evil plan.
Now, after all their sanctimonious wailing, they saw their chance and they made their move. On Monday, House Democrats introduced a bill banning semi-automatic guns.
Ominously called the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2018,” the bill was introduced by Rhode Island Democrat Rep. David Cicilline.
Over 150 Democrats have already signed the legislation.
Today I joined @RepCicilline and 150+ of my colleagues to introduce the assault weapons ban. It’s time for Congress to listen to the will of a majority of Americans and pass sensible legislation to get these weapons of war off our streets. #NeverAgain #MSDStrong
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) February 26, 2018
According to the Washington Examiner, the bill “prohibits the ‘sale, transfer, production, and importation’ of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that can hold a detachable magazine, as well as semi-automatic rifles with a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds.”
It also bans, “the sale, transfer, production, and importation of semi-automatic shotguns with features such as a pistol grip or detachable stock, and ammunition feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds,” the Examiner reported.
That’s at least 205 different firearms that would be prohibited if the bill was signed into law.
According to the National Rifle Association’s website, “semi-automatics now account for about 50 percent of all new firearms bought annually.”
The Democrats’ tactics could not be more apparent. They know full well they can’t realistically ban all guns at once, so they’re using salami tactics — slicing off smaller pieces to eventually take down the whole. And all semi-autos is a heck of a slice.
Thankfully, law-abiding, Constitution-respecting Americans aren’t taking it lying down.
Twitter gives a glimpse of the backlash this legislation with undoubtedly bring.
Take a look at a few responses below:
Thanks for telling the American people that you’re for banning every firearm short of muskets and revolvers. We’ve now got you and your anti-second Amendment colleagues on record. #DefendtheSecond #IAmTheNRA #MolonLabe #DontTreadOnMe
— PingJockey753 (@ConservNut2) February 27, 2018
Have you forgotten when you were sworn in to uphold the constitution?
— Kerry Lyn Roudebush (@KerryRoudebush) February 27, 2018
You do realize this bill is unconstitutional, right? You’re effectively trying to ban all semi autos. Read the Heller decision; you can’t ban a class of weapons.
— Charlie Whiskey (@CharlieWhiskey3) February 27, 2018
As close to a repeal of the second amendment as you dare to try.
It’s not going to pass but it will serve to mobilize the 40 million adult and voting, gun owners in the US.
— mallen (@mallen2010) February 27, 2018
Especially infuriating is the fact that Democrats have responded condescendingly when conservatives have previously voiced their fears over the left’s desire to do away with the Second Amendment and grab guns from the hands of law-abiding citizens.
Well, the jig is up. They’ve made their intentions perfectly clear.