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Deja vu

It’s understandable that after the horrific shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, by deranged individuals, there is an outcry for something to be done to curb the violence. It’s also no surprise that people are ready to blame the gun and not the sick shooter. Most of the persons demanding action are expressing honest concerns with no hidden agenda. However, the same on the left who have been trying to disarm law-abiding citizens for decades are using this tragedy to push their anti-gun agenda.

Let’s look at some proof. In 1994, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was successful in convincing enough lawmakers to impose a 10-year ban on “assault-looking” semi-automatic guns. As a compromise, Congress mandated that the FBI, in partnership with police departments across the country, conduct a comprehensive study of the 10-year ban’s effect on violent crime. At the end of the ban the FBI presented its findings to Congress showing that the ban had no impact on reducing crime and Congress wisely chose not to renew it.

Any honest person who is sincere about curbing gun crime would conclude that after a 10-year ban failed to effect the outcome, that banning these sporting rifles because of the way they look simply was not the answer. But, that proof will not deter the “gun grabbers.” Now 25 years later, Sen. Feinstein is once again proposing the same failed ban by introducing legislation (S-66) on Jan. 9. This new proposed law expands a ban on almost all popular semi-automatic rifles irregardless of what they look like.

It’s obvious she and her cohorts are not interested in lessening gun-violence — so what is their true agenda? The senator gave it away in 1994 when she stated: “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, ‘Mr. and Mrs America, turn ’em all in,’ I would have done it.”

Let’s stop fooling ourselves. In my opinion, if these socialist/communist/progressives ever get voted into power, you can kiss your freedom goodbye.

Marlin D. Lilley Jr.

Cogan Station

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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