The Miami-Dade County Commission has voted to lobby for the reinstatement of the ban of so-called "assault weapons."
Miami-Dade County commissioners on Tuesday joined a growing chorus to reinstate the assault weapons ban that President Bush let expire in 2004.The Miami Herald then enlightens readers with the following tidbit:
The commission ordered their lobbyists to pressure Congress to renew the law, and urged the Florida Legislature to institute a ban on assault weapons, and to lift a preemption in place that keeps local governments from imposing the ban.
Murders with the high-powered, quick-shot weapons have been on a steady rise throughout most big cities in the nation since 2004.And murders without the "high-powered, quick-shot weapons" have also been on a similarly steady rise.
By the way, the following really annoys me:
Miami-Dade lobbyists will urge Congress to renew an assault weapons ban the president let expire three years agoBush did nothing to bring about the demise of the "assault weapons" ban, and I'm tired of him getting credit for it. He promised to sign a reauthorization, were one to reach his desk. The fact that no such bill did reach his desk is not due to anything special he did, I'll wager.
A Florida state senator seems not to be impressed with this endeavor.
''I doubt the Legislature will do either one,'' said Eustis Republican Sen. Carey Baker, a gun-shop owner. ``This type of gun control probably isn't constitutional, it doesn't keep criminals from committing crimes, and it's really unpopular.''Just drop the "probably," (in front of "isn't constitutional") and I'm on board 110%, Senator.
Another Florida legislator takes a different view.
Republican House Rep. Julio Robaina of South Miami supports a ban, but said ``it will be a war in Tallahassee with the NRA [National Rifle Association] to pass legislation to ban any type of weapon.''So, the NRA doesn't like legislation "to ban any type of weapon," eh? You don't suppose they're hung up on that "shall not be infringed" silliness, do you?
The assault weapons have become so easily found in South Florida, and are so affordable, that Miami Police Detective Delrish Moss said he's heard they're being sold from the trunks of cars for as little as $200 or $300.Well, if Miami Police Detective Delrish Moss hears that, it must be true, right?
The chief of the police union claims to "support the Second Amendment"--unfortunately, he doesn't seem to understand it.
Also joining the call to reinstate the ban was Miami-Dade's police union chief John Rivera, who said that while he supports the right to bear arms, ``I do not believe there's a place in society for certain assault weapons, an AK-47 is one of them. It was blue-printed for war.''Just let us know which guns aren't protected by a Constitutional amdendment that enshrines a right that shall not be infringed, John.
Miami Police Chief John Timoney shows off the eloquence that no doubt got him his current high position, while the Second Amendment gets some more false "support."
Timoney called the sunsetting of the ban 'a friggin' disgrace.'' Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez also supports a ban. The former county police director said he's noticed an increase in assault weapons on the black market. He also said ``while I strongly support the Second Amendment, we must get illegal guns off the streets.''With this kind of "support," the Second Amendment hardly needs detractors.