WASHINGTON, D.C. – When Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) isn’t involved with federal corruption charges or allegations of having dalliances with underage prostitutes, he’s trying to gut the Second Amendment.
On Thursday, Menendez, along with Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Ed Markey and Congressman Hank Johnson (who thought Guam would tip over from overpopulation) introduced a gun control bill that would require ALL gun owners to be federally licensed.
“Under the legislation, Americans would be required to obtain a federal or state license to buy or own a gun, federal background checks would be required for all gun purchases, military-style assault weapons would be banned, and minimum age to buy a weapon or ammunition would be set at 21.”
The bill also would add confiscatory high taxes to both weapons and ammunition.
It probably would have been helpful if these people had actually checked existing law. Background checks are already required for all gun purchases.
In fact, many of the mass shooters actually had passed their background checks, and others should never have had guns in the first place. The only purpose of licensing is to know who has the guns, so it makes it easier to confiscate them later on. See Germany, Venezuela and Cuba for reference.
There’s a lot of ambiguous language in the bill that could easily be misinterpreted by a judge or judges. For example, one area of the bill says:
“(i) reliable, articulable, and credible information that the individual has exhibited or engaged in behavior to suggest the individual could potentially create a risk to public safety; or
“(ii) other existing factors that suggest that the individual could potentially create a risk to public safety”
See what we mean? Ambiguous. Lot of “potentially” in there.
But that is how politicians roll. Leave enough up to interpretation and ambiguous vague language and some left-wing court can do as they wish.
In addition, the gun control nuts believe that anyone who owns a firearm is a risk to public safety. I believe it was Barack Obama who made the reference to, when people “get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them…” This is what liberal Democrats think of gun owners and patriots.
Let’s see what is in this proposed gun grab:
-Create a federal gun licensing system- require a federal or state-issued firearms license to purchase or own a gun.
-Require universal background checks
-Keep guns out of the wrong hands- by banning individuals who present safety risks from buying guns, establishing Extreme Risk Protection Order systems, and cracking down on gun theft (like fast and furious maybe?)
-Ensure that guns are used and stored responsibly- raising minimum age for all gun or ammunition purchases to 21, establishing a 7-day waiting period for the purchase of all guns, strengthening gun storage laws, and banning guns on all school campuses
-Keep weapons of war off our streets- by banning military-style (otherwise known as scary looking) weapons, lethal gun accessories and untraceable and undetectable firearms.
-Crack down on gun trafficking by banning bulk gun purchases and establishing a new law to specifically ban gun trafficking (like Fast and Furious?)
-Improve oversight of gun dealers- by strengthening ATF’s authority to inspect gun shops, enhancing record-keeping requirements for gun dealers and repealing harmful appropriations riders that limit law enforcement’s ability to trace guns used in crimes, and hold gun dealers accountable when they break the law
-Hold the gun industry accountable- by clarifying that gun manufacturers can be held liable for civil penalties for the harms their guns cause, authorizing the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to address safety defects in firearms and firearm accessories and raising the excise tax on gun sales to 30% and ammunition sales to 50%
-Invest in research and community-based gun violence prevention by providing $100 million in annual funding for federal research into gun violence and creating a new grant program to provide $100 million per year for gun violence intervention programs.
There is a ton of stuff in there that should scare anyone who wants to protect their Second Amendment rights. They’re coming for us…big time.
For fun, let us compare gun deaths to motor vehicle accidents.
According to ASIRT nearly 1.25 million people die in motor vehicle crashes each year, an average of 3,287 deaths a day. An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled.
More than half of all motor vehicle crash deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44. Where is the hue and cry to raise the driving age to 21 or ban motor vehicles?
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, firearms deaths dropped from 11,006 in 2017 to 10,265 in 2018. The weapon of choice in most firearms deaths is not the eeeevil AR-15 or any other rifle but rather handguns. In 2017 there were 390 murders with rifles while it fell to 297 in 2018.
The bill proposed by the aforementioned clown show is called the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act. They claim in their press release that 36,000 people in the United States are killed with a gun each year. That is nearly three times what the FBI UCR report shows, proving once again that anti-gun nuts are intellectually dishonest.
We have been closely following Virginia and if you have been paying attention, so far most of the gun-grabbing legislation that was proposed has been passed by their legislature. This is what happens when you get one-party rule. They run roughshod over the will of the people, and worse yet, they run roughshod over the Constitution.
While this particular law has zero chance of passing the Senate, were it to squeak by thank God it would be vetoed by President Trump. Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety was heavily involved in the Virginia legislative races and when you have deep pockets like Doomberg, you can dump money left, right and center.
This proposed legislation makes it clear why we need to maintain a Republican majority in the senate and re-elect President Trump. They’re taking a run at the 2nd Amendment and they won’t be happy until they’ve accomplished that.
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