By The Tribune-Review
Published: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
So unserious, overreaching and legless is Sen. Dianne Feinstein's latest attempt to erase the Second Amendment that The New York Times, the official newspaper of the campaign to prohibit “gun” and “rights” in the same sentence, was forced on Friday to relegate its reportage of the measure to page A15.
The California Democrat's proposal is the boldest, broadest and most frontal attack on the Bill of Rights in modern history. Under the bogus moniker of “assault weapons,” it seeks to ban scores of semiautomatic rifles and handguns most popular with gun enthusiasts, whether they be hunters or sport shooters, largely because they're semiautomatics, have large magazines and might have the cosmetics (based on a single “characteristic,” government-determined, of course) of a military weapon.
Equally spurious is the ancillary proposal to mandate registration — for a steep fee, of course — of government-determined grandfathered weapons and, at the same time, create a new government registry of those firearms. Suspect Second Amendment practitioners that these owners are, they'll be fingerprinted.
In addition to trampling the Second Amendment, Ms. Feinstein thumbs her nose at the Fifth Amendment and, rest assured, if you're a “violator” and refuse to comply, the government will be all too willing to violate your Fourth Amendment rights.
And these trollops of totalitarianism have the temerity to mock those who are pushing back? Good grief.
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