I was perusing gun control articles in the New York Times and ran across two articles in particular that gave me serious pause.
The first one was written by Adam Eisgrau, "Senator Feinstein’s counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1993, I worked with her to get the assault weapons bill to President Bill Clinton’s desk." It details their true plans and what they hope to accomplish. For instance, the idea that in order to ban certain weapons, they must "compromise" by creating an Appendix A that lists which firearms are permissible to own, to be updated yearly.
They also would like to have the NCIC database available to individual sellers! I don't want to have my personal information (SSAN!) available to someone I may want to buy a firearm from!
The second one is an editorial from November 23, 2012 opining that Obama should follow up on his promises during the most recent campaign to push forward an new AWB and to look at "other sources of violence" like "cheap handguns". They don't want handguns available to the people that need them the most--poor people in urban areas where violence and gang activity is prevalent. That, on it's face, is a racist/elitist policy. I don't own a Jennings or a Hi-Point, but for many, an inexpensive firearm may be all they can save for in order to exercise a right to self protection. Or, is it only the more well off are entitled to self protection?
"The best place to start is in Congress, which has been grossly negligent toward constituent safety for the past 20 years as it bows to the demands of the gun lobby."
Constituent safety?? Since when is Congress responsible for individual constituents safety?
Many, too many, gun owners, law-abiding gun owners, are ambivalent on gun control issues because they don't own an AR or AK or a modern semi-automatic handgun which typically are able to hold more than 10 rounds. They don't see history repeating itself when it comes to incremental-ism in the desire to disarm the "masses".
Do people really think that once a new law that infringes on the Second Amendment passes that that will be the end of all the gun control legislation? They will always need to justify their continued existence by proposing more and more laws curbing gun ownership, while at the same time, exempting themselves (since they are more "important" than their constituents they care so much about), and exempting law enforcement from those same laws they wish to pass.
Aren't LEO's civilians? Aren't all non-soldiers civilians? If those enforcing the law are entitled to the best tool available, shouldn't everyone be entitled to that same tool? If a semi-automatic firearm able to fire more than 10 rounds is the best tool to protect the elite, such as elected officials, celebrities, and media moguls intent on disarming all others, then aren't you and your loved one's lives afforded the same tools?
If every new law applied to LE agencies they same way it applied to all law abiding citizens we'd see an end, or at least a shift in thinking, to further legislative encroachment on the Second Amendment.
Please excuse the rather long rant, I just had to vent some frustration.