Monday, February 4, 2013

Sen. Harry Reid's S.2

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced S. 2 - Sandy Hook Elementary School Violence Prevention Act of 2013 - on January 22nd. The bill is a Potemkin Village of a bill: it is a facade with nothing behind it. That is nothing behind it - yet.

And therein likes its danger. The bill as it is written now consists solely of a list of items that "express the sense of the Senate". The co-sponsors of the bill are the usual Democrats who favor more gun control. I fear that this bill will be used as the aggregator for all the gun control proposals that Reid believes he can get passed. These will come as amendments to the bill and given that it is Reid's bill, he'll control the debate and the amendments.

The text of the bill is below:

1st Session

S. 2
To reduce violence and protect the citizens of the United States.


January 22 (legislative day, January 3), 2013
Mr. REID (for himself, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. SCHATZ, Mr. BROWN, Mr. COONS, Ms. HIRONO, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. MURPHY, Ms. CANTWELL, Mr. LEVIN, and Mr. ROCKEFELLER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

To reduce violence and protect the citizens of the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Sandy Hook Elementary School Violence Reduction Act'.


It is the sense of the Senate that Congress should--

(1) support the efforts of the President of the United States to reduce violence in the United States;
(2) promote common-sense proposals for preventing gun violence;
(3) provide law enforcement officers with the tools necessary to combat violent crime and protect communities, and protect themselves;
(4) ensure children can attend school free from the threat of violence;
(5) support States and local districts to ensure schools have the safe and successful learning conditions in which all students can excel;
(6) provide tools for identifying individuals that pose a threat to themselves or others, so they can receive appropriate assistance;
(7) keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals and individuals who are not lawfully authorized to possess them;
(8) promote information-sharing that will facilitate the early identification of threats to public safety;
(9) mitigate the effects of violence by promoting preparedness;
(10) provide training for educational professionals, health providers, and others to recognize indicators of the potential for violent behavior;
(11) examine whether there is a connection between violent media and violent behavior;
(12) enable the collection, study, and publication of relevant research; and
(13) expand access to mental health services, with a focus on children and young adults.


  1. Declaring "sense" by a bunch of senseless morons is not going to make it actually sensible or even anything close, my sense is that this is BAD...

  2. That is scary, who knows what is going to be 'attached' to that bill???

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  4. I'm guessing that this is a catchall into which most of the current crop of gun bills will be swept, excepting the universal background check bill. This one will fail and take everything else with it, and the "compromise" bill will be the UBC, which will require universal registration to work.

    Universal registration is the brass ring.