March 30, 2009

Congressman Ross leads effort to keep gun control law at bay

An old girlfriend of mine lives in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. We remain in contact and she often send e-clippings from her local newspaper (which has an interesting name). The most recent is an article covering the same topic as one of my recent posts, and gives a little more in-depth information.

By Wendy Ledbetter
The Daily Siftings Herald
Thu Mar
26, 2009, 02:42 PM CDT

Prescott, Ark. -
PRESCOTT — U.S. Congressman Mike
Ross said a delegation of pro-gun Democrats was successful in stopping the possibility of reinstating a weapons ban that had expired five years ago.In a telephone interview Wednesday, Ross said he had led the effort, which included a 65-member delegation. The group wrote a letter in opposition to reinstating the weapons ban, which had recently been discussed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Ross said his reasons for speaking out against the weapons ban are simple. “The Second Amendment to the Constitution gives us all the right to own firearms,” Ross said. Ross said that ownership of firearms for hunting is one aspect, but that owning firearms for personal protection is an equally important part of that right.

The weapons ban that had reportedly been discussed by Holder’s office was in effect from 1994 through 2004 when a sunset clause adopted at its passage came into effect, eliminating the law from the books. That law banned some types of weapons, reportedly aimed specifically at assault weapons. While it can be argued that the goal of that ban was to eliminate weapons typically used in crimes, there are some studies available that dispute the effectiveness of that claim.

The problem with that ban, according to Ross, is that crime didn’t go down. “Criminals will get guns whether we have gun control laws or not,” Ross said in a press release issued earlier this week. “Regulating guns will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals, but it will keep guns out of the hands of those trying to defend themselves from criminals.”

During the telephone interview, Ross said that he enjoys hunting and that the sport is a way of life for many in rural America. He said there is also a responsibility on those who hunt to share that with the next generation. “It’s not only part of our heritage, it’s a big part of what we are,” Ross said. “It is up to us to take our children hunting and teach them that this is an important part of our heritage and our tradition. I love to deer hunt, duck hunt. I take my son with me every chance I get.”

Ross said there have also been rumors that ammunition would be heavily taxed or unavailable. He said that has never been a part of any announced plan and that he would fight equally hard against such a plan.

Ross said he believes there is some question in the minds of the general public as to who among the members of Congress is pro-gun control. While he said that party affiliations are sometimes a factor, he said the “address” is also a factor. “It has more to do with who those people represent,” Ross said.

Ross said there are many who believe — as he does — in the “common sense” approach. The 65 who supported Ross’s plan to object to additional gun control is, according to Ross, proof of that.

The delegation has apparently put an effective end to any plan to reinstate the weapons ban. Ross said that both Holder and President Barack Obama have issued statements to that effect.

“I think we got their attention,” Ross said. “If they do (make an attempt at gun control laws), I’ll be there in force.”


Anonymous said...

Good news on a Monday!
I sure like that. Thanks!

Bustednuckles said...

Yep, that is good news.
Even talking about a gun ban out loud has spurred a buying frenzy from the American public.
To this day ammunition sales have gone through the roof and are causing wide spread shortages.

The point many people seem to miss about the intent of the Second Amendment is that it guarantees We The People a way to defend ourselves from our very own government and is meant to keep the bastards in line with the implied threat of violent revolution.

Farm.Dad said...

" Ross said there have also been rumors that ammunition would be heavily taxed or unavailable."

Well he is about right on the unavailable part , at least locally in popular calibers . Tho it is due to no effort on the part of any politician other than the fact they got elected lol

Mule Breath, said...

Why didn't someone point out that I had a typo in my first line?