"The United States Department of Justice and National Institute of Justice found should the ban be renewed, its effects on gun violence would likely be small, and perhaps too small for reliable measurement, because rifles in general, including rifles referred to as "assault rifles" or "assault weapons", are rarely used in gun crimes."
"Examining 1.4 million guns involved in crime, it determined that since the law was enacted, "assault weapons have made up only 1.61% of the guns ATF has traced to crime"
And for the guy that said he would want stricter regulations on automatic weapons, there has been only a single crime involving use of an automatic weapon since the restrictions took place in 1932...explain why "you dont feel safe". Heck more crimes and homicides have involved items you can easily pick up at a local hardware store, in fact more people have died from vending machines than automatic weapons...your logic makes zero sense.
and the well-regulated citizen volunteer Militia was ended in 1903 with the Militia Act, which formalized all state militias into the National Guard, who could be nationalized at the snap of a finger by the President.
You should read up Texas Government Code, Title 4 Subtitle C Chapter 431
In regard to the Texas State Guard:
And as far as equipment:Quote:
Texas Statutes - Section 431.058: FEDERAL SERVICE
This chapter does not authorize the calling, ordering, or drafting of all or part of the Texas State Guard into military service of the United States, but a person is not exempted by enlistment or commission in the Texas State Guard from military service under United States law.
The president can have the National Guard, but the State Guard belongs to the Governor of Texas.Quote:
Texas Statutes - Section 431.059: RECORDS; ARMS; EQUIPMENT
(a) The adjutant general shall maintain and preserve the individual, unit, and organization records of the Texas State Guard and the Texas State Guard Honorary Reserve.
(b) The governor may requisition for use of the Texas State Guard arms and equipment that the United States government possesses and can spare. The governor may make available to the Texas State Guard state armories and their equipment and other available state property.
You might want to read 32 USC 109.
Why do you think the lib's still freak out about the possibility of Roe vs. Wade being overturned?
"For example, in the years 1946–1992, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed itself in about 130 cases. The U.S. Supreme Court has further explained as follows:
[W]hen convinced of former error, this Court has never felt constrained to follow precedent. In constitutional questions, where correction depends upon amendment, and not upon legislative action, this Court throughout its history has freely exercised its power to reexamine the basis of its constitutional decisions."
—Smith v. Allwright, 321 U.S. 649, 665 (1944)
That is why elections count. A few more Kagans or Sotemeyers and Heller will be reversed. As to precedent, the court had ruled separate but equal schools were legal, then reversed its position in Brown v Board of Education. Do not ever think the law is completely cast in stone.
I cannot think of a single crime that was prevented by the Assault Weapons ban, but past Republican Presidents have said they would sign one if it came across their desk. This and the National Defense Authorization Act that gives the president the power to indefinitely imprison and even assassinate American citizens without due process makes me very nervous despite which party controls the White house.
I can only stress that you vote for Congressional representation that will actively defend your rights, especially when they have to buck their parties power structure.
#2. NDAA 2012 does NOT give anyone authority to detain American citizens, arrested in the USA, without charge/trial indefinitely. After the court cases with Jose Padilla, it was settled that no legal resident of the USA can be held without charge or trial indefinitely. This is why to this day, NO legal residents of the USA are being held indefinitely without charge/trial, and ALL terrorism suspects detained in the USA since Jose Padilla have their day in court.
Pyhtius I suggest you look at the ACLU's web site about this Talking Points: 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) | American Civil Liberties Union
The breadth of the NDAA’s worldwide detention authority violates IMO the Constitution. Under the Bush administration, similar claims of worldwide detention authority were used to hold even a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil in military custody, and many in Congress assert that the NDAA should be used in the same way.
notice how EVERYONE arrested on terrorism charges since Jose Padilla has had their day in court? This is why.
That's only if you are a legal resident of the US in the US what if you went to the Bahamas on vacation? And I am not so sure about the legal resident.
Anyway this thread is about the AWB and we need to get it back on track.
As mentioned weapons do not cause crime, and a heat shield or bayonet lug does not make a weapon anymore dangerous