Why is it that the gov't is so blatently trying to take away our constitution little by little?
Take a look at this new bill that Kerry is co-sponsoring. Now, Bush isn't any better with his Patriot act, but Kerry has been on both sides of that so I don't really know how he feels about it. I do, however, know that he respects the constitution no more than the current office.
Senate Bill 1431 is the single biggest threat to the Constitution currently in the Senate. It is labeled the `Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2003'. I encourage you to go read it for yourself.
Senate Bill 1431:
extends the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban.
redefines what a 'semiautomatic assault weapon' (SAW) is to include all 'post-ban' firearms plus many more greatly expanding the pool of firearms no longer available to the general public.
makes all firearms 'substantially similar' to SAWs to be SAWs also.
makes all semiautomatic shotguns into SAWs, as all designs are derivative works of military/police firearms.
makes private transfers of SAWs illegal.
makes repair of existing guns illegal by preventing parts availability.
empowers the Attorney General to define new SAWs that would then be illegal for further consumer manufacture.
makes transfer of any large capacity magazines illegal, even to family members.
Now, if you are still comfortable, recognize that this has to do with a lot more than just AR-15s, Colt Match Target Rifles or any of the other black rifles. The Attorney General decides what guns are SAWs. If a firearm is used by the military or law enforcement, there is a presumption that it is an SAW. Then all derivative firearms become SAWs under the sweeping definition.
If this were not enough, by empowering the Attorney General as this law does, Congress codifies the concept that the Second Amendment only covers 'sporting arms'. Additionally, our Second Amendment rights will now be interpreted by a political appointee. Do you want a Janet Reno deciding what guns you can and can not have?
This bill is currently sitting in the Judiciary Committee. John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer and ten others are all cosponsors of this bill. If enacted, it has no automatic expiration date.
The patriot act
Religously motivated amendments (at least attempts)
and now this