The congressman’s media release about his letter uses the tired tirade about this being a “no-brainer… requiring no legislative action,” to “protect our brave police,” and a “market flooded with imported, inexpensive, military-style ‘assault’ weapons.” He fails to note that assault is a type of behavior, not an imported product.
The public is able to get the fine value-priced merchandise as kits, parts imports, reassembled models with some American-made parts, and as curios and relics. Criminals found with the firearms, which even the New York Times has said are bulky and unpopular with street gangs, are subject to immediate arrest and imprisonment — completely apart from gun type or nation of manufacture.
Part of a larger racist scheme to ban guns for anyone but the rich, it is a new twist on the discredited and now abandoned “Saturday Night Special” schemes (remember those?), and “junk gun” schemes (remember those?) that would outlaw firearms in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, largely populated with people of color, where they really need the guns for self defense and protection against rampant government-sponsored crime from its war on some drugs.
March 1, 2009
Affordable Rifle Ban
[When someone says something is a “no-brainer” in relation to gun laws they are usually right. No brains were involved.–Joe]