Guns: Something wicked this way comes...
H.R. 1022 is a proposed bill that would ban virtually every semiautomatic rifle and shotgun ever made, if its language is to be construed literally (and gunowners, as a whole, should be pretty leery of relying on good judicial interpretation to secure their rights). Ostensibly a "renewal" of the 1994 gun ban, it actually is more like the California ban on so-called "assault weapons" - a blanket ban on millions of guns with no actual deterring effect on crime (if you don't agree, spend some time in the seedier parts of Oakland and Los Angeles and tell me how much safer you are because of the ban).
The bill is certain to exit committee, and will probably even pass the House. The Senate could be a fight, and it's unclear whether Bush will veto it (I doubt it - Bush and his daddy have never been friends of gunowners). But just because the odds are against you doesn't mean you roll over.
If you're reading this blog and you care about the basic human right of self-defense, please call or e-mail your Congresscritters today!