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Was the Illinois Gun Ban [home state of Emanuel, Jarrett, Axelrod and Obama] the trial balloon to see how public responses to gun bans and confiscation would occur? (Via Washington Examiner) President Obama’s home state of Illinois won’t be the first to approve post-Sandy Hook Elementary School gun control measures after all, thanks in part to the Second Amendment advocacy of the National Rifle Association.
The Illinois Senate pulled the plug on legislation to ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammo clips late Thursday, a stinging rebuke to Democrats and a wake-up call to the president and his supporters who think the Newtown, Conn. school child slayings will make it easy to pass gun control.
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told Secrets Friday, “This was the first of many challenges gun owners and hunters will face this year. We will face many more and we need to keep our focus on those upcoming challenges.”
Gun advocates predict that the Illinois Senate will offer watered down legislation next year, likely limiting the number and types of guns to be restricted. “This is in no way a victory and nobody is doing a victory dance,” said a state gun advocate. “This is a minor win and we have to keep on.”
Public polls, meanwhile, show little change in the nation’s support for gun control measures.
Lawmakers in Springfield, Ill. who support the measures said they lacked the support to win, in part because some members were absent. (read more)
Having watched this crew for several years, the “trial balloon” makes sense. It makes sense in conjunction with all the White House prior statements about “fundamental change” and DOJ’s Eric Holder saying America needs to redefine the concept of freedom in relation to firearms.