“Let us mourn with action,” growls leftist congresscritter Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), meaning, “Let us exploit rather than mourn.” She proposes:
“I would personally just say to those who are listening, maybe you want to turn in your guns. Oh no, I’m not going to take your guns. But look at what Dick’s Sporting Goods did…”
Dick’s temporarily suspended the sale of sporting rifles in a gesture of submission to statist ideologues who have used their control of the media to blame the Newtown massacre not on the evil freak who committed it, but on guns.
Of course Dems aren’t going to take guns by force — at least, not all at once. As with imposing socialism, progressives have taken an incremental approach. Jackson Lee is the sponsor of HR 227. Among other restrictions,
That bill would raise the eligibility to carry a handgun from 18 to 21 and ban people under 21 from possessing semiautomatic assault weapons.
Pretending for the sake of argument that there is such a thing as an “assault weapon” that fires only on a semiautomatic basis like the XM-15 used by Adam Lanza, the bill is pure genius, because Lanza was only 20 years old. Maybe he would have killed his mother and driven to the school in a homicidal frenzy, but at the last minute his conscience would have kicked in, as it occurred to him that he had several months to go before he could legally possess the gun. At that point he would have gone straight home to patch things up with his dead mom. Twenty children’s lives would have been saved.
Maybe Jackson Lee is right that in our increasingly infantilized society, a 20-year-old is too young to exercise the rights of an adult. If so that would include voting rights, to the obvious detriment of politicians whose main appeal is to intellectual adolescents — i.e., Democrats.
On a tip from Conan. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.