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Dianne Feinstein SC

There’s more than a touch of hypocrisy in the recent exploitation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy by the MSM, Obama, and the Democrats. All the wanton murders due to Fast and Furious (estimated at 300 or more) do not appear equal to one life lost at Sandy Hook. The administration paid criminals to illegally arm drug cartels in Mexico, choosing to supply them with none other than “assault weapons”, mostly AK-47′s with some Barrett .50 caliber BMG rifles and a few hand grenades thrown in for good measure.


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The result was the deaths of federal agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata, along with another thirteen American citizens and several hundred Mexicans. Another disgusting milepost for 2012 is the 500th homicide in Chicago, Obama’s and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hometown. This sad statistic was achieved when Nathaniel Jackson was shot and died at the scene on December 27th at 9:00 P.M. as he stood on a street corner.

The MSM has largely been silent about these tragedies, choosing instead to concentrate on the victims at Newtown. In the process, they overlook at least 440 child gunshot victims with 60 fatalities in Chicago this past year alone.

This brings us to Senator Feinstein’s attempt to revive the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 with her recently drafted gun control legislation. She will introduce this revamped legislation to the Senate in January in an effort to resolve our supposed epidemic of violence as revealed by Obama in his Sandy Hook speech to the nation. In effect, what this darling of the left has done is reintroduce all of the weapons that were not subject to registration initially.

This is simply a national gun-registration scheme; a synopsis of the NFA follows:

The National Firearms Act (“NFA”), 72nd Congress, Sess. 2, ch. 757, 48 Stat. 1236, enacted on June 26, 1934, currently codified as amended as 26 U.S.C. ch. 53, is an Act of Congress in the United States that, in general, imposes a statutory excise tax on the manufacture and transfer of certain firearms and mandates the registration of those firearms. (Note: bold emphasis is mine)

Originally, pistols and revolvers were to be regulated the same as machine guns, though they were exempted as the legislation moved its way through Congress. Feinstein’s expansion of the NFA will include all of the weapons they had the intelligence to exclude previously.

It is interesting to note that the NFA became law right after the repeal of Prohibition. Congressmen of the day were intimately familiar with how unintended consequences play out from their legislative intent. Prohibition released a murderous rampage of gang-related violence on this nation dwarfing anything we have seen since, leading to the expansion of the Mafia and other organized crime syndicates that are still with us today, another testament to a benevolent Congress.

These weapons are individually registered to the owner. You are not allowed to transfer them without the express permission of the government. Transporting the weapon across state lines for any purpose without government approval beforehand is illegal. This is also applicable to each weapon you currently own. Senator Feinstein’s draft does not discuss the waiver of the $200.00 fee to register “grandfathered” weapons in the NFA database.

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