Kurt Hofmann @ The Examiner:
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released her much anticipated bill banning so-called “assault weapons” (the Senator has so far shown little interest in the term “regime change rifles“–we’ll keep working on her) Thursday, and thanks to National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea, we now have the text of S. 150. Carl Bussjaeger has already provided a useful analysis of this monstrosity–and it is every bit the monstrositygun rights advocates have been expecting–perhaps even more so.
For now, though, let’s look at just the title of Feinstein’s bill (emphasis added):
To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.
Hmm . . . “to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited.” Does that mean that absent passage of S. 150, the right to keep and bear arms is unlimited? As in shall not be infringed unlimited, just as the Second Amendment says?
But that’s not what we’ve been told. In response to every Second Amendment challenge, to everyrestrictive gun law, on the books or proposed, we’re told that there are “reasonable limitations” on the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. We’re told that, “Just as the the First Amendment does not secure the right to yell ‘Fire!’ in a crowded movie theater, the Second Amendment does not guarantee” the right to armed self-defense in public, or the right to not go to prison for possessing 11-round magazines, etc.