Washington D.C. — Congressional Republican Tom McClintock (R-CA) introduced a bill today to limit registered Democrats access to firearms. Mr. McClintock, who represents California’s conservative 4th district, said part of the motivation for unprecedented Peace and Tranquility Act of 2017 was some “liberal rebel-rousing” at a recent town hall meeting he held in Roseville, CA. In the past, the longtime politician expressed strident views on the 2nd Amendment saying that the right to bear arms is “absolute. The government has no authority to forbid me from owning a firearm, the debate is not about guns. It is about freedom.” However he explained his recent change of heart on the matter.
“I don’t see where the contradiction is,” said Representative McClintock speaking with reporters on the steps of the Capitol building. “I have a right to be safe too. And so do others like my colleague from District 1 [Rep. Doug LaMalfa]. Restricting guns from radical Democrats is the sensible and safe thing to do for our Democracy. How can we have free speech with all these threats of violence?”
According to the text of this draft bill, Democrats and people sympathetic for ‘liberal’ causes would be prohibited from “the possession, sale, transport, distribution or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets.” The text of the bill goes on to say that certain weapons would be required to be seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), with increased penalties for use and possession of machine guns, among other related regulations from citizens labeled as “suppressive persons.”
Co-Sponsor of the bill, 1st District Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) added that he’s been reluctant to speak publicly due to safety concerns.
“We used to say that a well-armed citizenry is necessary for the health of the Republic,” said Mr. LaMalfa grabbing his chin seeming to struggle for his words. “It’s like Jefferson taught us, the government should fear the people. But now that the good guys are in office, we don’t have to worry about that stuff anymore. We won. So as soon as we disarm the opposition, the quicker we can get about the country’s business. And besides,” continued LaMalfa grinning with his self-agreement, “it’s not like liberals have guns anyway.”
The bill is expected to pass both Houses of Congress and move quickly for signing by President Trump who supported the legislation. However the Administration is disappointed that language also regulating the media was removed. According to Representative McClintock, it was deleted because “we can’t move too quickly at once or the people will start to get restless.”