The war on the Second Amendment has begun. Many thanks to Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner for highlighting what could be called the first shot.
So imagine the significance of Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) troubling himself to stand before Congress, as he did last week, to lie about “assault weapons:”
“Mr. President, in the 4 years since the federal ban on assault weapons was allowed to expire, hundreds of people in this country have died and been injured by previously banned weapons. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence report, ‘Assault Weapons: Massed Produced Mayhem,’ details the deaths of 165 people and the injury of 185 people by assault weapons since the ban expired … Unlike semiautomatic hunting rifles, which are designed to be fired from the shoulder and rely on the accuracy of a precisely aimed projectile, assault weapons are designed to be fired at the hip and to maximize their ability to rapidly shoot multiple human targets …
“Despite the overwhelming support of the law enforcement community, the ongoing threat of terrorism and bipartisan support in the Senate, the assault weapons ban was not [sic] allowed to expire. Now, 4 years later, 19 previously banned military-style assault weapons, some capable of firing up to 600 rounds per minute, are once again pervading our streets and neighborhoods. This Congress we must take up and pass sensible gun safety legislation, including reinstating the assault weapons ban.” – Congressional Record, January 29, 2009.
Utter fantasy of course- but blatant lies like these are something gun rights advocates need to fight at every opportunity. And if politicians want another AWB rest assured that they will continue to lie to their colleagues and to the American people in an effort to obtain it.
Spread the word that the Second Amendment is under attack- and stay tuned to the various Gun Rights Examiners for more.