From the Hill:
A prominent Chicago Democrat will propose legislation this week designed to ban the production of low-quality handguns, known informally as “Saturday night specials.”
In his book Restricting Handguns: The Liberal Skeptics Speak Out, civil rights attorney and gun scholar Don Kates found racial overtones in the focus on the Saturday Night Special (“niggertown Saturday night special“). Even gun control advocate Robert Sherrill claimed: “The Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed not to control guns but to control blacks.”
This is about going after poor people’s guns and disarming the black man again.
Not a big surprise, considering the racist sponsor:
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) is going after the handguns that are used much more frequently by violent criminals — particularly in urban settings like his hometown, where shootings are a daily plague.
Yes, that Luis Gutierrez:
“I have only one loyalty,” he says, “and that’s to the immigrant community.”
That’s the illegal alien community, by the way – not the legal immigrant community. He’s horrifically racist, to the point where he supports The Race above both people and citizens of all colors; and certainly he has no loyalty to the Constitution he lied his oath to.
Under current federal law, foreign-made handguns that fail to meet certain safety criteria outlined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are not allowed into the United States. In determining whether a handgun is legal for import, the ATF weighs features like firing-pin locks, loaded-chamber indicators, the quality of grip and what type of metal was used in construction.
But the same standards to do not apply to handguns produced domestically. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Act explicitly exempts firearms and ammunition from its consumer-safety rules.
Those “safety features” are wholly unnecessary, and just tools to stop imports. “Loaded-chamber indicators”, for example, are meaningless (the first rule of firearm safety is to treat everything as loaded), but they stop certain guns from being imported. Firing-pin blocks (not locks) aren’t used in some cheaper firearms – which are the ones specifically targeted.
CPSA has to exempt firearms, because just like anything else that has an inherent danger of misuse, allowing for consumer-safety rules would simply make the product disappear.
Critics like Gutierrez counter that current law allows U.S. gun manufacturers to make cheaper guns by using weaker metals and excluding safety features — two practices that can contribute to more accidents and misfires.
“In spite of being widely considered unsuitable for self-defense or sporting, they are very popular crime guns,” Gutierrez said.
Cheap metal doesn’t cause accidents or “misfires”. Cheap metal doesn’t cause negligence.
There is no such “widely considered” opinion. The first rule of gunfighting is “have a gun”.
If you’re poor, and all you can afford is a Hi-Point with a zinc slide that looks like a space hammer, then that’s what you can afford.
It’s worth noting that some of the earliest gun control was aimed at poor blacks. The “Army Navy” laws banned all but the most expensive handguns of the day for freed blacks:
The earliest law prohibiting inexpensive handguns was enacted in Tennessee, in the form of the “Army and Navy” law, passed in 1879, shortly after the 14th amendment and Civil Rights Act of 1875; previous laws invalidated by the constitutional amendment had stated that black freedmen could not own or carry any manner of firearm. The Army and Navy law prohibited the sale of “belt or pocket pistols, or revolvers, or any other kind of pistols, except army or navy pistols,” which were prohibitively expensive for black freedmen and poor whites to purchase. These were large pistols in .36 caliber (“Navy”) or .44 caliber (“Army”), and were the military issue cap and ball black-powder revolvers used during the Civil War by both Union and Confederate ground troops. The effect of the Army and Navy law was to restrict handgun possession to the upper economic classes.
This all ties in with how the left works. It’s racism from the racist Gutierrez, combined with a distaste for the underclasses and a desire for the Ruling Class to lord over the people – who can’t be trusted to defend themselves, and must be made reliant on the state. It’s pretty standard for a leftist tyrant.