Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced the SAFER (Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education for our) Streets Act Monday, a bill that would give gun owners tax credits if they turned over their so-called “assault weapons” to law enforcement.
DeLauro first introduced the bill following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“Just days after the Newtown tragedy, President Obama asked ‘Are we doing enough to protect our children?’ And he admitted the answer is no. That must change. The SAFER Streets Act is a common-sense, constructive step to help ensure such a tragedy will never happen again,” said DeLauro.
The SAFER Streets Act would give a citizen a refundable tax credit of $2,000 ($1,000 for two consecutive years) when that individual hands in their black rifle to authorities. The ostensible goal is to “get more assault weapons off the streets.”
“Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on Earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield,” said DeLauro.
“These weapons were used in Newtown, Aurora and countless other mass shootings across America,” she continued. “And they have been disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers in the line of duty. They have no place on the streets or in our homes.”
Given the fact that the GOP has a majority in both the House and Senate, in all likelihood, this bill is dead upon arrival.