…reads the title of an email I received on August 16, 2009. It is a panicked, barely intelligible message about gun control. It shifted between trying to explain Senate Bill SB-2099 and HR-45, also known as the Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. I wrote an article on my blog entitled Cifta Means Shafta which contains information about the many gun legislations facing Congress. Let’s take these one at a time, shall we?
Let us first review Senate Bill SB-2099. It does not exist. I don’t want to become “factcheck.gcdaz,”1 but I went to the web site that the email recommended. Senate.gov. I entered SB-2099 in the search and it came up with squat. Presuming that the emailer was referring to Thomas.gov—which contains copies of all current legislation for the House and Senate—I checked there. It does not exist. There is no SB-2099. It did exist during the Clinton administration and failed miserably. Incidently, the Senate MUST vote on ALL bills. It cannot quietly slip through committee.
As for H.R. 45, that is a true and dangerous piece of legislation; much of which cannot pass Constitutional muster in light of the Supreme Court decision of D.C. v. Heller. However, you can’t blame Commie Bobby Rush for trying. He is a Democrap from Illinois, after all. It was introduced on January 6, 2009 and has been in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security since. Following is a recommended reading list from the email. Of the list, I find the last two the most useful.
1. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/text for the text of the bill
2. http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/show for analysis.
4. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.45: for the bill and disposition.
Most groups, even the NRA, do not expect this to pass, even if it is reported out of committee, because it is as outlandish as SB-2099 was during Clinton’s day. Of course, stranger things have happened. Let’s look at one of those stranger things.
H.R. 257, the Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2009—which actually has a chance to pass because it is “for the children”—will get you imprisoned if, say, your ten-year old happens to get ahold of your gun and plugs an intruder who is raping your wife or daughter or has just knocked you unconscious with a baseball bat.
Or how about H.R. 2159, otherwise know as the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009? Introduced, incidentally, by Repugnacan Peter King of N.Y. Since anyone who is returning from the Gulf Wars or Afghanistan, Christians, opponents of abortion, anyone who has a flag of their state in their home and generally people who own guns are “Dangerous Terrorist,” according to Janet Napalitano of the Department of Homeland Security, that is a lot of people.
You can also read about Amendment 1447 which goes after your spring-assisted open knife. They have already used the false Interstate Commerce clause to prevent Arizonans, for example, from obtaining automatic, or so-called “switch blade” knives, which are legal in Arizona. Now they want to do the same for assisted knives.
I understand the concern that this misguided emailer expressed in his email. When a known Communist who twists the meaning of the Second Amendment enters the Supreme Court, there are always dangers. For that matter, we have a president who, technically, should not have a driver’s license because he cannot prove citizenship.2 These emails, some speculate, are regurgitated by gun grabbers who lost during the Clinton Administration just to stir up fears and get something bad started. There are a lot of pieces of dangerous legislation out there. Before you get involved in the retransmission of these messages, please do a little study. Let me know if you really find something looming, but make sure it is real. By retransmitting this garbage, you do more harm than good.
Additional: The original text of the bill submitted in 2000 can be found HERE.
1Don’t want to be associated with the organization that “proved” that Obama’s web birth certificate was genuine when Hawaii can’t prove it.
2Perhaps that explains his opposition to guns. He cannot buy one legally.