“Two members of Congress, including Arizona’s Ruben Gallego, are sponsoring a bill to keep high-powered guns out of the hands of children,” AZ’s 12news.com reports. “The bill was introduced after the children of Charles Vacca gained national attention in their quest to ban assault weapons from being used by kids.” High-powered. Assault weapons. What more do you need to know? Other than the peg upon which the pols are hanging their “do it for the children” attempt to subvert Americans’ gun rights . . .
Vacca, a White Hills, Arizona gun range instructor at Bullets & Burgers, was shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl who lost control of an Uzi submachine gun while he was teaching her on Aug. 25, 2014.
His kids, who forgave the little girl in a letter, launched the initiative “We Have a Voice” calling upon others to let their state and federal legislators know that kids should not have access to high-powered weapons.
The campaign caught the attention of Rep. Gallego and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts who introduced the new legislation in July.
It’s called the HEART (Help End Assault Rifle Tragedies) Act. Click here to read the bill which “prohibit(s) the transfer, loan, or other disposition of a machinegun or semiautomatic assault weapon to an individual under 16 years of age.”
Wait. Semi-automatic “assault weapons” as well? Yup. The bill’s definition of an “assault rifle” is a cut-and-paste job from Massachusetts’ “assault weapon ban,” including rifles with a shoulder thingie that goes up and the usual list of named firearms.
As our Nick Leghorn reported previously, the bill aims to cut off America’s gun culture at the knees, ensuring that the next generation of shooters would have zero legal trigger time behind America’s most popular rifle type. The reason for the renewed politician and media interest in the fortunately doomed bill? Money.
The children also plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Bullets & Burgers and other related businesses, in order to “hold them and the industry accountable.”
The lawsuit will coincide with the two-year anniversary of their father’s death on Thursday, Aug. 25.
“They want to send a message to the gun entertainment industry that if it engages in the unsafe practice of giving children [ED: anyone under 16] assault weapons and someone is hurt or killed, there will be consequences,” a spokesperson for the family said.
The “gun entertainment industry”? Like Machine Gun Vegas and the Texas Firearms Festival? Just so. While the plaintiffs sniff a payday, the bill’s sponsors really want to hamstring anyone anywhere who wants to teach their children how to exercise their natural, civll and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Heartless bastards like you. [/sarc]