In an interview last month, Iowa state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer went on an anti-gun rant in which he expressed his desire for government to enact a retroactive gun ban, in which semi-automatic, as well as other types of firearms, are confiscated.
Via the Daily Caller:
Muhlbauer, a Democrat from the western Iowa town of Manilla, is a cattleman and farmer. The newspaper reported that he owns a .410 shotgun, a .22 rifle and a .22 pistol.
“We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the semi-automatics and all of them,” Muhlbauer told the newspaper during a December 19 audiotaped interview. “We can’t have those running around out here. Those are not hunting weapons.”
“We should ban those in Iowa,” he said, adding that such a ban should be applied retroactively.
“We need to get them off the streets — illegally — and even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them,” Muhlbauer told the Daily Times Herald. “We can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out there they’re just going to get circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in the public’s hands. There are just too many guns.”
Shane Vander Hart writes:
A couple of points…
This isn’t talking about hunting. This amendment was written with the War for Independence in the Founders’ rear-view mirror so to speak. Some will say this is just referring to the military or a state militia, but the Constitution is pretty clear that the militia so to speak is “the people” – our citizenry.
To give you an idea of how radical State Representative Muhlbauer is being here even U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein didn’t suggest a retroactive ban.
As far as letting the public run around with “too big of guns.” Did you realize your typical semi-automatic weapon is less powerful than your average hunting rifle? Will he take those away too?
The idea of confiscating guns was also brought up by popular New York Governor and fellow Democrat, Andrew Cuomo. Just two days after the Muhlbauer interview, Cuomo had this to say about possible gun control legislation:
In the interview, Mr. Cuomo did not offer specifics about the measures he might propose, but, while discussing assault weapons, he said: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”
Cuomo mind you, is one of the leading names on the Democrat side of the aisle to run for President in 2016.
And now, the President is also considering side-stepping Congress (a tactic that liberals were vehemently opposed to during the Bush years), and implementing sweeping new gun control laws via Executive Order.
Via Fox News:
Vice President Biden suggested Wednesday that the White House could take unilateral action on gun control, as he kicked off a round of meetings aimed at finding ways to curb gun violence.
The vice president met Wednesday with gun-safety and victims groups, saying he is “determined” to take “urgent action” to address gun violence.
“This is not an exercise in photo opportunities or just getting to ask you all what your opinions are. We are vitally interested in what you have to say,” Biden said.
The White House has sought to avoid prejudging what Biden’s recommendations would be. But the vice president hinted Wednesday that executive action — action by the president in which Congress would not have a say — would indeed be involved.
“Executive action … can be taken,” Biden said, adding “we haven’t decided what that is yet.”
The idea of gun control legislation being implemented via Executive Order led to Drudge posting this headline:
If Democrats are looking for an actual revolution in this country, there would be no quicker path than the idea of government agents trying to seize weapons from law-abiding citizens. We’re entering dangerous territory here folks.