As the gun control lobby seeks to exploit the Tucson tragedy to deprive American citizens of their Second Amendment rights, Democrats are already pressuring President Obama to support such unconstitutional legislation. As Raven Clabough reported for The New American, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has already introduce a bill in the House of Representatives which would go beyond the strictures of the old Brady Bill in limiting the capacity of the magazine of semiautomatic firearms.
Viktor Bout, 44, a former Soviet/Russian military officer and current black market arms dealer with ties to Russian military intelligence — the GRU, was apprehended by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Thai law enforcement officials in March 2008. Following two years of deliberations in Thai courts and much to the protest of the Russian government, Bout was extradited last November to the United States to face trial at the Southern District Court of New York, which is set to commence with a hearing on Friday, January 21.
The recent shooting rampage in Tucson that killed six and wounded 14, including a member of Congress, has inspired some predictable calls for new gun legislation. But it has also focused attention on state laws for dealing with the mentally ill and the call from some quarters for involuntary commitment or at least treatment of people with mental disorders — whether or not they have committed a crime.