Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) is using the Aurora, Colorado massacre to justify renewed efforts to ban so-called “assault weapons” in Illinois.
“We should show the nation that when something really bad happens, as happened in Aurora, Colo., a horrific massacre, that we don’t stand idly by,” Quinn said. “We take action.”
Quinn’s measure would ban ownership of specific weapons – AR15s, AK-47s, etc; along with any magazine capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammo; in addition to any rifle with things like folding stocks, flash suppressors, pistol grips or collapsable or folding stocks.
Quinn’s actions – and those of his fellow Democrats at the State House – are designed to do one thing: to keep Illinois as blue as cyanide.
I can think of damn few Democrat voters who own guns, and none who own firearms falling into the “assault weapon” classification. I know a number of people, though, who own military-style semiautomatic rifles … all of whom vote Republican. If an “assault weapon” ban passed in Illinois, what would these Republican-voting, gun-owning people do?
Move to a different state.
It’s either that, or get rid of your “assault” weapons, or risk being charged with a felony.
The end result? A much bluer Illinois, particularly in the troublesome downstate region where I live.
And never mind the fact that anybody capable of buying a thousand-dollar-plus firearm like an AR15 works for a living; which means, they pay taxes to the State of Illinois. A bluer Illinois is also one in which the delicate balance between Taxpayers and Tax-aborbers, between Makers and Takers, is turned upside-down.
Quinn and his Democrat co-conspirators are said to face an “uphill battle” in passing the law. That doesn’t mean it won’t pass – if not this year, then perhaps next year, or the year after that. The Chicago Democrat Machine is relentless.
If you live in Illinois, and own much more than a .22 squirrel rifle, now might be a good time to develop an exit strategy …