Yesterday in a dramatic ceremony on Capitol Hill, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – California), amidst a backdrop of normal garden variety one-shot-per-trigger-pull firearms, declared war on pistol grips. Feinstein stated that because "[o]ur weak gun laws allow . . . mass killings to be carried out again, and again, and again in our country . . . the bill she and her colleagues are introducing would bar the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation" of . . . rifles [with] pistol grip[s]."
Senator Feinstein’s office did not return phone calls from the examiner.com. But the Christian Science Monitor reported that Feinstein’s’ bill would not affect “[t]rue military rifles, such as the M16A2, [which] are automatic, capable of firing multiple bullets with one pull of the trigger [which have been] been tightly controlled in the US since the 1930s.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R – Texas) declared that Feinstein’s proposal would have done "nothing" to prevent the Newtown tragedy and vowed to fight to defeat the bill. OpenCarry.org co-founder John Pierce agrees with Senator Cruz, but went further, calling Feinstein’s legislation “ludicrous and laughable” considering that “nobody has ever been killed by a pistol grip.”
Philip Van Cleave, President of Virginia’s largest gun rights group, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said that Feinstein’s approach to public safety “is cosmetic, just a gimmick. If a pistol grip on a rifle is a threat to public safety, then why should we allow pistol grips on pistols?,” asked Van Cleave.