Remember the good old days when we generally knew which politicians were bad on gun rights? Bill Clinton had foolishly convinced his colleagues that you could vote for a gun ban and remain in office or even win political favor. How wrong they turned out to be. In the wake of the Clinton “assault weapons” ban, a pro-gun revolution swept both houses of Congress. Even Clinton acknowledged the role of the NRA and gun owners in turning the tide, and he’d later credit them with Al Gore’s defeat.
The anti-gunners had learned their lesson. Now they quite literally camouflage their views by calling themselves “lifelong hunters.” They claim to respect the Second Amendment, but just want to impose a few “common sense restrictions” — you know, like bans on semi-auto rifles, right-to-carry permits and gun shows. They are cautious in their approach, and even when they push overtly anti-gun bills, they often do so quietly, in an attempt to avoid drawing unnecessary attention from those of us who value our rights.
But this piece exposes them. Here are the top seven anti-gun bills that you’ve never heard of.
- <h2>S. 176: "Common Sense Concealed Firearms Permit Act of 2011"</h2><strong>Sponsor: Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)</strong> <p> “Common sense” restrictions seems to be a buzzword for the anti-gun crowd these days. After all, who would oppose common sense? Problem is, they think banning guns is common sense. <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.176.IS:" target="_blank">S. 176</a> would “establish minimum standards” for states that allow the carrying of concealed firearms. If you aren’t familiar with Barbara Boxer’s actions on gun control, trust us, you don’t want her determining what hoops you must jump through to exercise a constitutional right. <p> <strong>To find out more about this bill, <a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s176" target="_blank">click here</a>.</strong>