"A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
—The Second Amendment
Like a recidivist criminal free to strike at will, the United States Congress slashed the Bill of Rights last year, tearing through the widely ignored Second Amendment. By itself, the narrow victory in the House of Representatives for the Feinstein/Schumer ban on certain guns and high-capacity magazines was disturbing enough to gunowners. But if the debate that preceded the vote is any indication of the quality of people we send to Congress, all Americans—not just those who own guns—are in serious trouble.
The legislation, sponsored by Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY), was H.R. 4296, a clone of Senator Diane Feinstein's (D-CA) rights-stripping bill that passed the Senate in 1993. It was later merged into the infamous "Crime Bill." Except for guns already possessed, the bill strips Americans of the right to own semiautomatic military look-a-likes that have detachable magazines and at least two of the following accessories; a folding stock, a pistol grip that "protrudes conspicuously," a flash suppressor, a bayonet mount, and a grenade launcher.
Ultimately the ban applies to more than 180 weapons. The bill also bans semiautomatic military-style handguns...