Speaking of grizzled, old relics

…and I’m talking about the bill as well as its sponsors.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) are back yet again with another attempt to ban standard capacity magazines. David Sherfinski at The Washington Times writes:

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg and New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said Tuesday that they have introduced companion bills to ban high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

“It is clearer than ever that there is no place in our communities for military-style supersized magazines like those used inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Aurora, and in Tucson, and I will keep working to reinstate the ban on them,” said Mr. Lautenberg.

His bill has attracted 16 Democratic co-sponsors, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who is planning to roll out a ban on military-style, so-called assault weapons on Thursday. He first introduced the bill in 2011 after a deranged gunman killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at a Tucson shopping center.

Ms. McCarthy, a Democrat from New York, called high-capacity magazines “the common thread in every mass shooting in recent history.” Her husband was killed in a shooting spree on the Long Island Rail Road in 1993.

(It should be noted that the gunman who killed Rep. McCarthy’s husband was already violating several gun control laws before he even pulled the trigger. It strains credulity to claim that, but for one more law, he might have been stopped.)

I guess that neither Lautenberg nor McCarthy could stand the idea of Dianne Feinstein getting all of that air-time without them.