The Hill is reporting that Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have carefully looked at the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and have come to the conclusion that you have too much freedom.
Following a string of recent mass shootings, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is looking to renew the assault weapons ban that was originally signed by former President Bill Clinton but expired more than a decade ago.
The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which Cicilline will introduce Wednesday afternoon, would ensure that no such guns are manufactured while placing new restrictions on the sale of already existing assault weapons.
The bill has about 90 Democratic co-sponsors, including House Minority WHIP Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.).
It has no hope of passing through Congress, however, given opposition from Republicans.
The Founders were men who’d just won a long and brutal revolution against a tyrannical government and were very explicit in their demand that the citizenry always be armed with military-grade weapons, without restrictions.
This was at a time where the only impediment to weapon ownership was the size of your bank account. Private citizens could own repeating rifles (Jefferson had a Girandoni, a nearly-silent air-powered repeater with a detachable 20-shot magazine), cannon, howitzers, hand grenades, rockets, submarines, superposed guns (a kind of machine gun), submarines, torpedos, and war ships capable of flattening coastal cities.
Would they have approved of an AR-15 that is perfectly suited to arm citizens against enemies foreign and domestic? Yes, they would have, without batting an eye. The AR-15 and other “assault weapons” are the modern muskets of the early 21st century, and there is no doubt at all that the Founders would recognize them as the kind of gun most explicitly and implicitly protected by the Second Amendment.
As we educate more people to that historical fact, more and more Americans are coming to understand that fact, and they are rejecting the kind of bans on core liberties that have become the hallmark of an increasingly marginalized Democrat Party.
A majority of Americans oppose banning assault weapons for the first time in more than 20 years of ABC News/Washington Post polls, with the public expressing vast doubt that the authorities can prevent “lone wolf” terrorist attacks and a substantial sense that armed citizens can help.
Just 45 percent in this national survey favor an assault weapons ban, down 11 percentage points from an ABC/Post poll in 2013 and down from a peak of 80 percent in 1994. Fifty-three percent oppose such a ban, the most on record.
Anti-gun Democrats are unwilling to admit the obvious: they aren’t just losing the “war on guns,” they’ve already lost.