The Scariest Part of the AWB

Even though Halloween is behind us, we still live have to keep an eye out for dead things coming back to life. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is still pushing for a renewal of the Clinton gun ban, which expired in 2004.

Last February, he made strong statements about fulfilling the promises made by President Obama on the campaign trail to make the ban permanent, but the economic and political climate the administration encountered made that legislation a non-starter.

For those not familiar with the AWB it is a bill that, in reality, goes after criminals by attacking law abiding Americans. Since its' implementation in 1994 and its eventual sunset in 2004 the face of crime has not changed neither the method nor the end result. The Department Of Justice noted that the weapons specifically listed in the ban are used in only a small fraction of all guns crimes based on BATF trace requests.

Despite reports that Holder is retreating on the pledge to reinstate the gun ban, there is no doubt that his desire is to make it permanent as soon as the political climate allows for it. As gun owners and citizens concerned about our rights, we must make sure that moment doesn't arrive.

Take a look at this detail from the assault weapons ban that Holder and Obama would like to make law:

`(L) A semiautomatic rifle or shotgun originally designed for military or law enforcement use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the Attorney General. In making the determination, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a firearm procured for use by the United States military or any Federal law enforcement agency is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, and a firearm shall not be determined to be particularly suitable for sporting purposes solely because the firearm is suitable for use in a sporting event.'.

Yes. Any semi-automatic weapon used by military or federal law enforcement cannot be owned by civilians and the Attorney General, at any time, can decide that a weapon (and any copies), are not suitable for "sporting purposes" and ban it under this provision. Think long and hard as to the number of firearms that this will cover combined with the attitude Eric Holder-AG has towards firearms and the general public. He can be absolute in his abuse of power with no immediate recourse for those it will truly affect.

In John Ross' book "Unintended Consequences" he wrote "Guns are an important element of any truly free society, for a society that does not trust its citizens with individually owned weapons really does not trust its citizens." The right to keep and bear arms was perceived to be so important to our freedom and liberties that the Founding Fathers decided only freedom of speech would precede it. The Assault Weapons Ban is nothing more than a direct attack on that freedom poorly disguised as a crime prevention bill. Telling law abiding Americans when, where, how and in what capacity we have a right to exercise our liberties has nothing to do with crime. I know a number of you just went "Duh… No really" but how many of you have spoken up to your governing bodies as to your indignation of the fact that they do not trust you?

We, as gun owners and a free people, need to speak loudly and clearly. We will not accept our Government dictating our individual rights to us. We must work to make sure that this resurrected bill never sees the light of day. The time to act is not after the fact. Contact your representatives, do it from a position of respect, and remind them that they are not Demigods, they are our employees and we pay them a salary to serve our interests, not their own, and like any employee that is not serving the best interests and spirit of the Company, they will be fired.

- Derek A. Reeves