Another day, another unconstitutional attempt to curb gun rights. This week, thirty-one House Democrats put their name to the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, a piece of legislation aimed at doing just exactly what’s on the marquee. The brainchild of New Jersey Democrat representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, the bill would put a stop to online ammunition sales, requiring that all such transactions be conducted in person.
“Far too many times, we have seen the shocking images of unspeakable gun violence that could have been prevented,” co-sponsor Rep. Frank Pallone wrote on Facebook. “Our bill to limit the online sale of ammunition is a long-overdue common sense reform that I am hopeful will spark Congress to put aside party differences and come together to help prevent such senseless tragedies.”
Nice words, except one chief “party difference” is that Republicans don’t think that limiting access to ammunition and firearms is a responsible way to go about combating criminal violence. Funny how eager Democrats are to throw away party disagreements when they want to put a piece of liberal legislation through. Calling something common sense reform doesn’t make it so.
In addition to banning online sales, the bill would also require bulk ammunition purchases to be reported to the government. Coleman said in her own Facebook post that the bill would “better track and regulate the unlimited market for ammunition currently available on the Internet.”
They are persistent, you have to give them that. Democrat policies are like a hydra – you cut one of them down and three more grow to take their place. Gun rights supporters took a stand when the ATF wanted to ban ammunition commonly used in the AR-15 rifle earlier this year, and now here come congressional Democrats, ready to pick up where the ATF left off.
A bill like this has little chance of success in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, and is sure to inspire an instant backlash among gun owners. Shooters have gotten used to the cheap, convenient availability of ammo online, and even those who don’t regularly get up in arms about liberal gun control measures may be miffed at this one. It will likely die a quick, sad death, at which point we can begin watching out for the next absurd piece of legislation.
On the other hand, we could be looking at the next big gun control battleground. After the Obama administration has its claws on the internet through “net neutrality,” who can say where things go from there? Critics have worried that we could see content censorship from the FCC, but maybe Obama and friends have their eyes on a bigger prize. Maybe they will use their newfound power to expand gun control in ways no one saw coming.