MILLER: The Illogic of Feinstein’s ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

And here you thought murder was already against the law. Why doesn’t that stop murder ,,,hmmm,

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Thursday Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s “assault weapons” ban by a straight party-line vote, despite Republican efforts to point out the obvious holes in the legislation.

The California Democrat’s bill — which prohibits 157 specific firearms, those with a single cosmetic feature she thinks is scary looking and standard magazines that have over 10 rounds — applies to all Americans except current and retired law enforcement officers. She believes this one class is able to use the firearms for self defense.

Sen. John Cornyn attempted to point out the flaws in the logic of her legislation. During the first part of the markup on March 7, Mr. Cornyn said that the exception for law enforcement is a “remarkable concession” because the “bill sponsors have long declared that so called assault weapons are purely offensive in nature — as in designed for killing — hence the assumed liberal name ‘assault weapon.’”

He explained that the one exception conceded ”that there are at least some Americans who should be allowed to possess these weapons for the purpose of defending themselves, their families and their communities.”

The Texas Republican strongly opposes the “assault weapons” ban, but used the amendment process to show the absurdity of only allowing certain Americans use the banned guns for self defense. Mr. Cornyn offered several amendments in committee and will hold the rest for the full Senate floor debate. Mrs. Feinstein said Thursday that this was an effort to “nip it and tuck it” and opposed Mr. Cornyn’s efforts.

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