Yeah, so all the unicorns and rainbows I was trying to salvage yesterday with unwarranted optimism over the possibilities of what could be done with the Senate gun control bill?
First, the legislation says that nothing in the legislation shall be construed to allow establishment of a federal firearms registry. In addition, it says that the Attorney General may not consolidate or centralize records of firearms acquisition and disposition maintained by licensed importers, manufacturers, and dealers, and by buyers and sellers at gun shows (and makes it a crime for him to do so).
But then, the STM bill takes those protections away by using the all-powerful word “notwithstanding”—”notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Attorney General may implement this subsection with regulations.” The courts may construe the “notwithstanding” to allow Attorney General Eric Holder to issue regulations that could begin to create a federal registry of firearms, because the law says he can implement the subsection without regard to the protections against a registry elsewhere in the legislation.
The polimedia is the polimedia; it does not make the first bit of difference if they call themselves Republicans, Democrats, or the media. It’s the inside the Beltway crowd and urban elitists against the Founding Fathers and the soul of America.
I’m praying this all collapses into a steaming pile of nothing (as it should), but at this point, I’m starting to wonder if inertia towards the disintegration of our current government is now inevitable.
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.