Matt Driscoll, over at The News Tribune out of Tacoma, Washington, has an opinion.
The reason you are angry about an emergency bill that bans most/all semi-automatic rifles in the state of Washington is because you are selfish.
There you have it, reason and decency prevailed when the legislature passed and the Governor signed into law a bill that strips you of your Second Amendment protected rights. Of course, he has to mislead by saying
more than 50 assault-style weapons were banned.
First, the ban lists not just firearms by name, but entire classes of weapons. It doesn’t ban the Colt AR-15, instead it bans
AR15, M16, or M4 in all forms — Washington State, 1240-S. In addition, it also bans by feature, some of those features are:
- semi-automatic rifle with an overall length of less than 30 inches
- “Assault weapon” conversion kits, part, or combination of parts
- A semi-automatic center fire rifle that accepts a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following:
- Pistol grip
- Thumbhole stock
- Folding or telescoping stock
- Forward grip
- Any sort of muzzle device
- thread barrel
- Grenade or flare launcher
- A barrel shroud unless it on a fudd gun
- A semi-automatic rifle that has a fixed magazine that accepts more than 10 rounds
- And more!!! Including pistols
This bans almost all modern semi-automatic rifles. It seems to be even worse when it comes to pistols. Their definition of a “shroud” would include most slides. If your semi-auto, center fire pistol, takes a detachable magazine, it is an assault weapon under Washington State law.
Matt says this is reason and decency in action.
You are giving up so little for what this law will
actually do. Let’s see what Matt thinks this law will do.
Umm, nothing. He doesn’t actually say what he thinks this law will do.
Don’t miss this little gem, that one that every gun infringer puts out there, the “it is just a start”.
There’s also little question that reducing gun deaths in America will take more than new regulations… — Matt
You have a
politicized cultural gun fetish. I promise you that it is not a gun fetish, at least mine isn’t.
And he closes with standards, he gets to define what “the right to keep and bear arms.” means. Besides, it is just a small price to pay for you to give up some of your rights.