Earlier this month, Devin Kelley, a 26-year-old man from New Braunfels, Texas, opened fire on a crowd of people attending a church service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He killed 26 people and wounded about 20 others.
In response to the horrific massacre, several Senate Democrats recently introduced an updated gun control legislation, called the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2017.” If passed, the bill would drastically roll back gun rights by banning the sale, production, and transfer of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks.
“This bill won’t stop every mass shooting, but it will begin removing these weapons of war from our streets,” explained Senate Minority Leader Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the primary sponsor of the bill, in a statement introducing the legislation. “The first Assault Weapons Ban was just starting to show an effect when the NRA stymied its reauthorization in 2004,” she continued, noting, “yes, it will be a long process to reduce the massive supply of these assault weapons in our country, but we’ve got to start somewhere.”
Later in the statement, Feinstein attempted to push back against those urging others not to politicize tragedies. “After each shooting, we’re told it’s not the right time to act. We’re told to respect the victims by sitting on our hands,” she began. She later stated, “to those who say now isn’t the time, they’re right—we should have extended the original ban 13 years ago before hundreds more Americans were murdered with these weapons of war.”
She also made sure to directly attack her colleagues in Congress. “To my colleagues in Congress, I say do your job,” demanded Feinstein, implying that they haven’t been doing their job in the past.
On Twitter, she added, “San Bernardino. Aurora. Newtown. Roseburg. Orlando. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. These mass shootings all involved military-style assault weapons. It’s past time to remove weapons of war from our streets.”
San Bernardino. Aurora. Newtown. Roseburg. Orlando. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. These mass shootings all involved military-style assault weapons. It's past time to remove weapons of war from our streets.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) November 8, 2017
By saying this, Feinstein is essentially blaming lawmakers for the terrible shooting in Texas. This is because, according to her, if we had stricter gun laws, then an attack like that wouldn’t have occurred.
But her reasoning is utterly ridiculous. If the laws prevented either of the shooters from getting a gun, then they simply would have obtained one illegally. In fact, stricter gun laws may have made the situation worse seeing as an armed good Samaritan who was nearby helped save the day. If he didn’t have quick and easy access to his firearm due to strict gun regulations, it’s likely that countless others would’ve died.
Feinstein, however, has actually admitted that the main reason for introducing the bill isn’t necessarily to get it passed. Rather, she apparently introduced it to try and make those who support the Second Amendment look bad. “We’re introducing an updated Assault Weapons Ban for one reason: so that after every mass shooting with a military-style assault weapon, the American people will know that a tool to reduce these massacres is sitting in the Senate, ready for debate and a vote,” she stated.
Sadly, Feinstein’s bill is not terribly shocking. This is because, in the wake of the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, she’s been out in full force against the Second Amendment.
For example, shortly after the massacre in Texas, she went on Twitter and wrote, “this shooting comes 1 month after the deadliest mass shooting, and we’re still trying to get support for basic steps to reduce gun violence.”
This shooting comes 1 month after the deadliest mass shooting, and we’re still trying to get support for basic steps to reduce gun violence.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) November 5, 2017
In a follow-up tweet, she asked, “when will we decide that we can’t accept massacres in our places of worship, schools, or at concerts? When will we actually DO something?”
Unsurprisingly, the race to bring up politics in the wake of the shooting outraged many, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “Look the investigation has not even been completed, and I think it’s premature to be discussing legislative solutions, if there are any,” argued McConnell when asked if he supports the left’s push for new gun restrictions earlier this month. “I think it’s particularly inappropriate to politicize an event like this,” he explained, noting, “it just happened in the last day and a half.”
Those who try to use terrible tragedies to take away the rights of others, such as Sen. Feinstein, should be ashamed of themselves. This is because making it harder for law-abiding citizens to legally obtain a firearm won’t necessarily stop awful attacks from happening in the future. On top of that, when a horrific incident like that occurs, the primary focus should be on mourning, not politics.