Yesterday, United States Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced H.R. 965, "To prohibit the possession or transfer of junk guns, also known as Saturday Night Specials." The Hill quotes Rep. Gutierrez's justification for such a ban:
"I am concerned about the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. But I am also concerned by the 'slow-moving massacre' that is occurring every day with handguns," Gutierrez, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Monday in Chicago while announcing his bill.
Clearly an equal opportunity gun-grabber, Gutierrez wants to ban as many guns as possible--both so-called "assault weapons," and handguns. But why the focus on these handguns, in particular? Well, the ugly history of "Saturday Night Special" (itself a hideously racist term) bans makes that pretty easy to figure out.
Even enthusiastic proponent of oppressive gun laws Robert Sherrill acknowledges that such bans are intended to disarm the poor, and thereby to disarm blacks:
The Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed not to control guns but to control blacks.... Inasmuch as the legislation finally passed in 1968 had nothing to do with the guns used in the assassinations of King and Robert Kennedy, it seems reasonable to assume that the law was directed at that other threat of the 1960s, more omnipresent than the political assassin -- namely, the black rioter....With the horrendous rioting of 1967 and 1968, Congress again was panicked toward passing some law that would shut off weapons access to blacks.
By 1968, disarming blacks by pricing them out of the self-defense market was a nearly century-old strategy, pioneered in the Reconstruction Era Tennessee "Army-Navy Law":
Among these laws, the forerunners of so-called "Saturday Night Special" legislation, was Tennessee's "Army and Navy" law (1879), which prohibited the sale of any "belt or pocket pistols, or revolvers, or any other kind of pistols, except army or navy pistol" models, among the most expensive, and largest, handguns of the day. (Such as the Colt Model 1960 Army, Model 1851 Navy, and Model 1861 Navy percussion cap revolvers, or Model 1873 Single-Action Army revolver.) The law thus prohibited small two-shot derringers and low-caliber rimfire revolvers, the handguns that most Blacks could afford.
Roy Innis, President of the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) noted in 1988 that the same sick intent has gone nowhere:
To make inexpensive guns impossible to get is to say that you're putting a money test on getting a gun. It's racism in its worst form.
The text for H.R. 965 is not yet available, but Rep. Gutierrez is a true believer in the agenda of disarming the poor, and has introduced such legislation twice before: H.R. 35, in 1999, and H.R. 3679, in 2002. In those two bills (and presumably in this year's H.R. 965) Gutierrez defined "junk guns" for us:
`(i) a handgun that is not a sporting handgun; and
`(ii) any combination of parts from which a handgun described in clause (i) can be assembled.
Ah--the "sporting purpose" again--used for "gun control" by the most infamously evil genocidal racists in human history, as explained by Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership.
Furthermore, Gutierrez has announced that his bill would ban the manufacture and sale of "junk guns" in the same way that the Gun Control Act has banned the importation of them. This means that short barrels, small calibers, fixed sights, light weight--many of the very features that define an ideal defensive firearm for concealed carry--are to count against a gun's legal status.
In other words, Gutierrez not only pushes the evil "No guns for Negroes" agenda, but also demonstrates that in his eyes, all of us who refuse to abdicate personal responsibility for our personal security are "Negroes."
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