February 09, 2023
Last week, a group of eight U.S. Senators formed the brand new “Gun Violence Prevention Caucus.” When you see their names—hint, the list reads like a who’s who of gun-ban legends—you’ll have no doubt about what their true goal is.
Of course, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was among those proclaiming themselves arbiters of the Second Amendment.
“We wake every day to headlines of another mass shooting in this country,” Feinstein said. “We can’t allow this to continue. We know that no single bill will solve the problem, but by working together to develop a comprehensive approach, we believe there is an opportunity to pass reasonable gun safety bills.”
In Feinstein’s narrow viewpoint, limiting firearms ownership by the law-abiding is the only way to put a stop to such mass shootings. Never mind that according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, in 2021, 49 percent of active shooting attacks were stopped by citizens with permits to carry a concealed firearm.
Of course, the announcement of the new caucus was met with glee by those who make a living attempting to infringe upon the rights of lawful American gun owners. “Last year, the Senate passed major gun legislation for the first time in nearly 30 years—and this year, a gun violence prevention caucus will come together to build on that momentum and save lives,” said John Feinblatt, president of so-called Everytown for Gun Safety. “We applaud Sen. Feinstein for bringing this caucus together, and we urge the entire Senate to listen to their voters and champion common-sense gun safety laws to keep guns out of dangerous hands.”
According to the press release announcing the group, members have at least 27 pieces of anti-gun legislation they intend to pursue this session, resulting in a veritable wish list of bans and restrictions. Measures range from banning so-called “assault weapons” to forming a federal gun registry and nearly everything in between.
Interestingly, all members of what could just as easily be referred to as the new Second Amendment Infringement Caucus hail from some of the states with the most restrictive gun laws in the country. They include Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, and Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts.
About the Author
Freelance writer and editor Mark Chesnut is the owner/editorial director at Red Setter Communications LLC. An avid hunter, shooter and political observer, he has been covering Second Amendment issues and politics on a near-daily basis for over 20 years.
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