Representative David N. Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, recently proposed a major firearm ban to the U.S. House and has 173 supporters as of right now…all of which are Democrats.
Cicilline’s bill would ban the “sale, transfer, production, and importation” of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that can hold a detachable magazine. Also included are semi-autos with “military-style” features. For example, pistol grips or flash suppressors.
The amount of guns that fall prey to the criteria in Cicilline’s bill is truly staggering. In fact, his bill specifically lists 205 guns that would be banned…including the popular AR-15 and AK-47.
What’s scary is that even though no Republicans have signed on yet, some of them have shown mild support for it. For instance, Brian Mast and Carlos Curbelo, both Republicans from Florida, have voiced support for gun control in some form.
Representative Carlos Curbelo is quoted as saying “no military-type weapon should be in civilian hands”, and also “we have to work to make this a reality.”
According to Brian Mast’s spokesman, Mast hasn’t signed Cicilline’s bill yet but is looking for other bills that are more closely aligned with what Mast would like to see.
Here’s an unintentionally funny statement from Carlos Curbelo’s spokeswoman on the subject: “The Congressman and our staff are reviewing the language and discussing the topic of a ban with stakeholders to ensure the legislative definition will not only be effective to keep Americans safe, but also protect their Second Amendment rights.”
Maybe I’m missing something here…but what part of a gun ban protects 2nd Amendment rights? Her statement conflicts itself!
It’s not just politicians that are showing support for this potential gun ban, but Americans themselves are becoming more open to the idea of a wide-reaching gun ban such as this.
It’s completely understandable that people are frustrated and angry about the mass shootings happening in our country, and want to do something to help stop it…but we need to stand together and realize that banning guns won’t solve anything. If anything, banning guns will most likely make the situation worse than it already is.
Still, some representatives such as Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, firmly oppose Cicilline’s gun ban, saying “we shouldn’t be banning guns for law-abiding citizens.”
In the past, there would be no chance that a bill like this could pass…but with the continued mass shootings and increasing pressure from the left, it’s possible that enough Republicans could get on board with a toned-down version of this bill to pass it.
The only good news in all this is that the way Cicilline’s bill is written right now, it would not require gun owners to give up their existing guns.