When anti-gun lawmakers have no hope of reinstating the “assault weapons ban,” they still find ways to kick gun owners in the gut.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Connecticut) who represents Newtown, Connecticut recently introduced a bill called the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act “to prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes.”
The act defines “large capacity” as any magazine holding more than 10 rounds. Unlike past bans, this “Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act” does not include a grandfather clause.
Esty introduced the bill in a press conference on Thursday, February 5. The bill is sponsored by Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) and has over 100 co-sponsors.
In typical gun banner fashion, Esty skewed the facts in her speech stating that 90 percent of Americans and the majority of gun owners “support common-sense gun safety reforms.” However, the numbers anti-gunners keep repeating come from a poll paid for by gun banner extraordinaire Michael Bloomberg that asked Americans vague questions like “Should criminals have access to guns?”
In the five minutes Esty took to explain her and her cohorts’ reasoning behind the bill she said, “Limiting high capacity magazines will save lives and we know this because it has.” She cited that 11 children escaped when Sandy Hook elementary school shooter Adam Lanza stopped to reload.
However, the state attorney’s official report on the tragic incident states otherwise. The report says the children had a chance to escape a classroom when Lanza paused in his shooting because either the rifle malfunction or he had problems reloading—with no conclusion to the reason why Lanza stopped shooting.
In truth, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, which included a ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds did nothing to “save lives.” It didn’t stop Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold from killing 13 kids at Columbine High School in 1999.
For more on the federal assault weapons ban read, “The Federal Assault Weapons Ban: 10 Years After.” Esty and Menendez have the support of the Newtown Action Alliance, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), House Representative Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) and House Representative Ted Deutch (D-Florida).
Senator Menendez released a statement explaining his reasons to sponsor the bill, “There is no place in our communities for ammunition magazines designed for military-style shootouts…”
Because of the Republican-controlled Congress, many believe the bill will fail. But with over 100 co-sponsors, this bill has more support than any magazine restriction or “assault weapon” ban law in the past, Esty reminds us “the momentum won’t stop… We are not giving up… We are not going away.”
Anti-gun politicians are not backing down. We can’t either. Contact your representatives and tell them you oppose any federal ban on magazine capacities.