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The great guns debate: Grabbers rise anew

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Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 8:56 p.m.

Post-Sandy Hook, the great debate over guns has sunken to new levels of deceit and misrepresentation, all in the name of unconstitutional gun-grabbing. Consider legislation being proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The California Democrat seeks to dishonestly redefine “assault weapons” — heretofore machine-gun-type weaponry banned nearly 30 years ago — to be just about any weapon that liberals think looks especially menacing or they simply don't like. She proposes measures clearly in violation of the Second Amendment.

Under Ms. Feinstein's nomenclature, millions of quite common and quite popular semiautomatic handguns, shotguns and rifles (the latter two simply because they have a pistol-like grip) would be banned. Outlawed, too, generally, would be magazines, fixed or detachable, capable of holding 10 or more rounds. (As if a six-round magazine makes a difference, given the mere seconds it takes to change one.)

According to one analysis, not one handgun could survive the legislation.

And adding a new level of tyranny to this Bill of Rights nose-thumbing, the Feinstein measure additionally would go after existing owners of these newly offending weapons. Their guns would have to be registered with the government (including telling the feds where they're stored). The guns could not be transferred. Should the owner die, the government would seize and destroy them.

What's the real threat here — guns or the government? Consider it a rhetorical question.

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