A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie. ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (According to Merriam Webster, the definition of bourgeoisie is the middle class.)
The good news is that gun rights have once again prevailed even though there are those who are trying to circumvent the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the second amendment and individual gun ownership. After the Supreme Court's ruling, the Washington D.C. city council passed a law requiring would-be gun owners to pay a registration fee, pass a 20-question multiple choice test, take a five-hour training course, undergo an invasive background check every six years, re-register any firearm every three years, and finally, submit all handguns for ballistics testing. Current D.C. law also bans an overwhelming majority of firearms commonly used for self-defense.
Thanks to an amendment offered by Senator John Ensign (R-NV) The United States Senate has voted, with overwhelming bipartisan support, to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens in the District of Columbia. The amendment will repeal restrictive gun control laws passed by the District of Columbia's city council after the D.C. v. Heller Supreme Court decision. The vote margin was 62-36.
"Today's vote brings us one step closer to restoring the Second Amendment freedom of law-abiding D.C. residents," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "It's ludicrous that good people in our nation's capital continue to be harassed as they try to defend themselves and their loved ones in their own homes. This vote reinforces the historic Heller ruling."
"NRA would like to thank the lead sponsor, Sen. John Ensign, for his efforts to reform D.C.'s gun laws and enable folks to protect their property and their loved ones," concluded Cox. "It's time for leaders in Washington to wake up to the fact that the Supreme Court decision is now the law of the land."
At least we Nevadans have one senator with whom we agree.
However, we heard Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff, say yesterday that the Obama administration will begin work on reinstating the assault weapons ban that the Bush administration let expire. The problem with any gun ban is that it only takes the banned weapon out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. Criminals will keep and continue to buy as many assault weapons as they choose. Obama's past record on gun ownership has been decidedly in favor of strict government gun control, to the point of taking guns completely out of the hands of the citizens. We need to be vigilant in ensuring that those in government positions do not take away any more of our rights.
Please check out this video on you tube. This woman gives powerful testimony.