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“The Man Who
Hated Work and Loved Labor — The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi”
This is a fascinating book about a labor leader who has had tremendous
influence on our lives, but whose name is not even known by millions of
Americans. Please read my review.
Clinton Attempting to Ban Guns
by Banning Bullets
On June 30, 1995, President Bill Clinton made the following statements while receiving
the Abraham Linclon Courage Award at 15th District Police Headquarters in Chicago,
Referring to the recent, fatal shooting of Chicago police officer Daniel Doffyn,
[A]s we remember Officer Doffyn, I say there is at least one more thing we must do.
Today I am announcing support for legislation that will ban armor-piercing bullets of all
[W]e do ban some kinds of armor-piercing bullets ... but ... the law is written ... in
the wrong way ... based on what it's made of. ... (that's) not good enough because clever
people have figured out how to design ammunition made from common materials that do just
as much damage. ... "This legislation will change that. It will see to it that we
judge ammunition not based on what it's made of, but based on how much harm it can do.
That should be the test, and the test should be simple and straightforward. If a bullet
can rip through a bulletproof vest like a knife through hot butter, then it ought to be
history. We should ban it. ... (I ask you to help me) "oppose their [NRA's] efforts
to keep us from getting all these horrible police-killing bullets out of our lives. ...
Points to Remember
- Clinton's notion that the current "armor-piercing ammunition" law, enacted in
1986 and added to in 1994, is too weak because "clever people" have designed new
ammunition with additional armor piercing abilities, is sheer nonsense, as definitively
demonstrated by the recent, nationally-broadcast expose of the "Black Rhino"
hoax swallowed hook-line-and-sinker by anti-gun politicians and their allies in the media.
Indeed, Officer Daniel Doffyn, whose death Clinton is shamelessly trying to use for his
own political purposes, was not killed because a bullet penetrated his protective vest.
According to a Chicago Police Department spokesman, one of the bullets that killed Officer
Doffyn struck him in the head, while a second bullet entered an opening in his vest -- it
didn't defeat the material of the vest.
- President Clinton is attempting to resurrect an approach to banning ammunition that the
Congress considered and rejected in the mid-1980s when it enacted the first "armor
piercing ammunition" law. The previously-rejected approach proposed today by the
president, would ban virtually all commonly used rifle ammunition, and a great deal of
handgun ammunition, commonly used by law- abiding hunters and target shooters, and by
people who own firearms for self-defense against criminals.
In 1986, Congress adopted the approach that Clinton now criticizes, an approach that
the original sponsor of the "armor piercing" ammunition legislation, Rep. Mario
Biaggi, a highly decorated police officer who had been wounded in the line of duty, said
"was no compromise on the part of police safety."
- Clinton's approach would ban virtually all rifle ammunition used for hunting, target
shooting, or self-protection in the United States, such as .30-30 Winchester, .30-'06
Springfield, .308 Winchester, .300 Savage, 7mm Remington, .270 Winchester, .257 Roberts,
.243 Winchester and .223 Remington, to name just a few.
- Clinton's approach would ban most handgun ammunition, including that which is used for
hunting, target shooting and self- protection, such as .45 Colt and Auto Colt, .44
Remington, .44 Smith and Wesson Special, .41 Remington, .357 Smith and Wesson, 9mm Luger,
and many .38 Special loads, to name just a few.
- About the only ammunition that would not be banned is .22 Rimfire ammunition, several
outdated rifle cartridges, such as .25-20 Winchester and .32-20 Winchester, and several
lower-powered handgun cartridges, such as .25 and .32 caliber (which anti-gun activists
have for years claimed, albeit incorrectly, that criminals favor.)
- The real problem is the criminal. During the last ten years, 73% of those involved in
officer killings had prior criminal arrests, 56% had been convicted of criminal offenses,
and 23% were actually on parole or probation when the officers were killed. (Source: FBI,
"Law Enforcement Officer Killed and Assaulted, 1993")
- The problem is not bullets that defeat the protective material of body armor vests.
During the last ten years, 70% of the police officers who have been fatally shot were not
even wearing their protective vests, according to the FBI. In fact, less than 2% of the
officers feloniously killed in the line of duty during the last ten years were killed
because a bullet penetrated their protective vests. A police officer is 30 times more
likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than be killed because of a bullet penetrating
his or her vest. (Source: FBI, "Law Enforcement Officer Killed and Assaulted,
The National Institute of Justice has found that "many (officers) who possess body
armor do not use it routinely." ("Selection and Application Guide to Police Body
NRA-ILA Research and Information Division, July 7, 1995