Stop H.R. 5087, The unconstitutional "assault weapons" ban
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The Supreme Court rulings of McDonald v. Chicago, and District of Columbia v. Heller were significant cases surrounding the Second Amendment in the United States. From those cases, precedent was made restricting the Government's ability to enact a total prohibition on the types of firearms that are allowed to be owned by private citizens, and the ability for States to restrict the gun laws more than the Federal Government. H.R.5087 is not an "assault weapons" ban. The point of this bill is to classify nearly EVERY form of semi-automatic firearm as an "assault weapon" solely for the purposes of banning the sale, manufacture, transfer, and distribution. This includes nearly all semiautomatic handguns, rifles, and shotguns. To compound the total unconstitutionality of the ban for private citizens, is the provision in the bill that allows Government agencies to bypass and ignore all of the laws laid down for the subjects to follow. The Second Amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This bill is a prime example of evidence for the necessity of the second amendment, and the clause stating "shall not be infringed". The Federal Government has repeatedly made it clear that they cannot comprehend this simple requirement. Their text is very clear, “(v) (1) It shall be unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon." Their definitions are more broad in blanketing nearly every semi-automatic firearm on the market. We as a free society, with the interests of being able to protect ourselves, as well as the principals laid out by Thomas Jefferson being life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, cannot allow our Federal Government to manipulate our freedoms any farther. Please help in making the phrase, "shall not be infringed" crystal clear to our elected officials, who are so fond of being guarded with sub-machine guns and snipers while simultaneously telling the citizenry that they don't need weapons anywhere near that to be safe. The solution to this problem is not the restriction and prohibition of firearms. This country has seen the effects of total prohibitions on placed on products by our Government. Crime is always the response to a ban of this sort. If we are going to make any headway in protecting our children, it is time we start protecting them the same way we protect our money, and our government buildings; with armed guards and a warning that any attempt to harm our kids will be met with extreme malice. Laws only control people who have a fear of punishment. The number of laws that are broken in each one of these shooting should be enough evidence that more legislature towards a total prohibition is not the answer. Please help us STOP this unconstitutional bill before it makes it anywhere near law. You can read the full text of the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5087/text
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