I thought this was interesting - in light of the recent assassination attempt of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, there has been an increased amount of attention on gun control legislation - both existing and proposed. While on Big Government, I noticed they featured this headline at the top of their page: "US Lawmaker Urges Ban On Large Gun Clips."
I thought they were referencing a news story I had read on The Huffington Post regarding Republican Rep. Peter King, who is planning to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official - a ban similar to one already on the books banning firearms 1,000 feet from a school. I was curious because the Big Government headline featured no indication whether the lawmaker was a Democrat or a Republican, and usually when a conservative media site lacks an identifier, it is because the subject is a Republican.
When I clicked on the headline, I was brought to a Breitbart.com story regarding a proposal by Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg, which would ban high-capacity ammunition clips similar to the one the would be assassin used in Arizona.
"The only reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly. These high-capacity clips simply should not be on the market," Laughtenberg said in a statement.
Jared Loughtner fired 31 shots from his semi-automatic pistol.
As can be expected, the comments were filled with complaints against the "libtards" who wish to curtail second amendment rights.
I thought this story was interesting because searching Andrew Breitbart's websites, I found zero mention of Peter King's proposal, which is strange because it is a law that attacks one of the right-wing's favorite talking points: the second amendment.
I think King's planned legislation will make some very interesting inter-party conflicts. The right-wing base will oppose any and all gun legislation and they will surely apply pressure on Republican (and Blue Dog) lawmakers who look like they may support such a bill. Imagine how those people who stood outside of town hall meetings clinging to their guns would feel when their representative is considering banning such actions in the future?
While I am sure most Democrats would support such a measure, and with good reason considering the vitriolic rhetoric coming from the far right, I think the friction this would cause in the Republican party would be of most interest. Democrats could also use this issue to point out conservative hypocrisies - come election time, they can point out that their opponent supported gun limitations, and that would surely help promote tea party challenges that may siphon off votes...