When we get into defining things, people tend to go glossy-eyed and just skip over the details. But, in this newest revamping of the banning-of-scary-looking-boomsticks debate, it may be important to have a look at their terminology on the subject. After all, it’s important to know where they want to take this. (It’s not like there’s a Constitutional Amendment that has something to say about it.) Illinois gives us a perfect little survey to go by, especially since it happens to be the one state which rabidly hates gunpowder and lead the most …except for its criminals. With around 500 deaths by shooting this year in Chicago alone, they seem to love the stuff!
A recent report tells us about what the Democrats in the Illinois state legislature hope to do, despite the fact that their own supreme court upheld the right of the people to have concealed carry permits. The word on the street:
Illinois Senate Democrats advanced legislation late Wednesday to restrict semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, pressing forward with new gun control measures in the waning days of the session over the objections of firearms groups.
Ah, so they hope to ban semi-automatic weapons and hi-cap magazines that contain more than 10 rounds. So, this means that revolvers are in the clear (despite how powerful they are in .357 or .44 Magnum, and the fact that speedloaders are available to whomever wants to spend time practicing with them). I suppose lever-action rifles are ok too (despite how a mere flick-o-the-wrist will chamber another round in the blink of an eye). Oh, wait, lever-action rifles might have more than 10 rounds in the magazine, especially if they’re calibered in .22 short -scratch that.
I suppose pump-action shotguns are alright then (despite how you can have just as quick rechambering speed as a lever-action, but now you can blast nice big patterns of lead buckshot into a target’s torso). Of course, bolt-action rifles should be fine (despite the fact that a good one in .338 Lapua should be able to ping silhouettes at 1300 yards all day long with the proper glass on top).
One of the Democrat ringleaders did state his intensions according to the report:
Another Democratic state lawmaker, Antonio Munoz, introduced the ban on all assault weapons “designed for war.”
Exactly! Only semi-autos and high-capacity magazines are used in war. Just ask any Marine Force Recon Scout Sniper, and they’ll tell you that their Winchester Model 70 comes in semi-auto (despite the fact that it actually doesn’t).
So, it’s good to know that the Illinois Democrats are taking only the bad, scary weapons out of the hands of their law-abiding citizens. Criminals will also give them up, because they abide by the honor code (despite… well, you get the point).