Democrats are reacting to the Aurora movie shooting with new calls for gun control, but with a twist. Instead of going straight for gun ownership and running headlong into the Second Amendment right to bear arms, they are going after ammunition and specifically online sales of ammo. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has already proposed legislation that would ban sales of magazines larger than 10 rounds.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), the most prominent elected Democrats in the state of Texas, has called for the National Rifle Association to meet with her to discuss online ammunition sales. “I’m going to invite the National Rifle Association to one of my meetings,” Jackson Lee said on the House floor Monday. “I want to sit down and talk to them about how we can work together.” It’s unclear how much could be accomplished in a meeting with the congresswoman. Jackson Lee starred in a viral video in 2009, in which she spent part of a town hall meeting talking on her cell phone while a local doctor tried to ask her questions about ObamaCare.
Rep. Jackson Lee is calling for online ammunition sales outlets to report large quantity buys to the government: “I want an explanation on why someone can buy 6,000 rounds of ammunition on an Internet without any oversight whatsoever,” she said. “Why is there no basis of giving notice?” said the congresswoman, who has been in the House since 1995.
“If they’d given notice to the local police, maybe someone would have knocked on the door and found out what was going on.”
Rep. Jackson Lee, however, finds no problem with parents who took toddlers to a midnight showing of a PG-13 film. “I was a young mother with my spouse in an area where we moved away from our family, it’s hard to find babysitters, and so you take a sleeping baby to the movies. There’s no sin in that.”