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Watch Out for a Rush Job
By Harold Hutchison

It is not even a month past the tragic murder of 20 innocent children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut, and already, anti-gunners in Illinois have one of the biggest gun grabs imaginable – one that is arguably in defiance of the Heller and McDonald decisions by the Supreme Court! This is stunning, especially as the investigation has been ongoing, and we haven’t even received the recommendations of the blue-ribbon panel that Barack Obama put together.

Have you ever wondered why anti-gunners are always so quick to try to push their legislation through after a crisis? They didn’t even wait a day after the tragic shooting in Newtown – when many Americans were still mourning. What could they gain?

The answer: A whole lot. When people have time to rationally consider the facts, they routinely reject gun control. In fact, a recent Rasmussen Reports survey noted that as the emotions have faded from Newtown, the NRA’s proposal for armed guards is favored over gun-free schools by a 62-22 margin among parents with school-age children! But what happened when they could capitalize on emotions? There is an example.

In 1996, a gunman killed 35 people in Port Arthur, Australia. Within weeks, the Australian government rammed through legislation that banned all semi-auto long guns and pump-action shotguns. Over 650,000 guns were “bought back” in what amount to a “Mr . and Mrs. Australia, turn `em in” of the style that Dianne Feinstein admitted she wanted for America in a 1995 interview with 60 Minutes.

Since then, Australia has been held up by anti-gunners in the wake of the Newtown shooting. What they didn’t mention was that the shooter in Port Arthur, like the shooter in Newtown, illegally acquired the guns used in the shooting. Other facts also would emerge over time. Between the facts and as the emotional shock fades, the push for gun control lessens.

The point person for the efforts in Australia was Rebecca Peters, who eventually went to work for the International Action Network on Small Arms and the Open Society Institute headed by George Soros. Soros has donated millions of dollars to left-wing causes, including gun-control and the legalization of drugs.

Anti-gun legislators in Illinois are not waiting. On Wednesday, they rammed the bill through committee. It is headed for a possible floor vote Thursday, and then headed to the State House. Much of the legislation was long-sought by Chicago politicians, where strict gun laws have not prevented one of the highest homicide rates in the country. Illinois is also notable for the presence of Armalite and Rock River Arms in that state, two major producers of AR-15 rifles. State legislation there could affect gun owners across the country.

Other pushes for gun bans are occurring across the country, with plans for gun laws rejected in past years being kicked around in a number of states, including Colorado, Maryland, and even California. Their hope is that this time, the exploitation of the emotions surrounding the tragic shooting in Newtown will get the gun bans they want passed into law.

This effort to rush through gun laws at the state level is a serious threat to the Second Amendment. Right now, gun rights hang by a 5-4 balance at the Supreme Court, and a switch of one vote could render our gun rights meaningless. Stopping the legislation is better than a legal battle that could be lost. To help stop the legislation, you have to get involved. Go to http://membership.nrahq.org/ to join the NRA. Then go to https://www.nraila.org/get-involved-locally/forms/secure/frontlines.aspx to become part of NRA-ILA’s Frontlines to help fight the anti-gun extremists.