Here come the gun bills

Congress has wasted no time in trying to exploit the power that the Constitution does not give the federal government to regulate firearms. Today, I’ll be talking about the “Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act of 2009,” introduced in the Senate by Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), and in the House by Representative Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX). These bills were just introduced yesterday, and are so new I can’t even find numbers for them, much less details.

We do, however, have something of a guide as to what to expect, in the bills of the same name introduced last year, S. 2867/H.R. 5869. Looking over those, I’ll acknowledge that as attacks on the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental, absolute human right of the individual to keep and bear arms go, this is fairly small potatoes.

Still, the bills call for millions of dollars of additional funding for the BATFE, and the hiring of more BATFE stormtroopers. Yeah–that’s what we need–to take millions more dollars from taxpayers, and use the money to buy more jackboots for us to either kiss, or have placed on our necks.

By the way, the Senate version already has some co-sponsors, including anti-gun extremists Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and John McCain (R-AZ). Yep–that’s right–I’m calling John McCain an anti-gun extremist. If casting a vote for a ban of “assault weapons,” and continued, active support for closing the mythical “gun show loophole” isn’t anti-gun extremism, there would not seem to be a gun law that isn’t a “reasonable restriction.”

These bills are ostensibly intended to reduce the violence in Mexico (and sometimes spilling across the border), stemming from fights over the profits created by the “War on Drugs.” It has become fashionable, of late, to blame this violence not on the universally failed programs of prohibition, but on “lax gun laws” in the U.S.

By the way, apparently Mexico is considering banning toy guns, now. If they do, how long before we hear calls to reform our “lax toy laws” in the U.S.?

As I said, this bill, as noxious as it is, would be a fairly minor attack on liberty. For a look at a vastly more ominous bill, check out today’s Gun Rights Examiner (should be daily reading anyway).

WoG has more.

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