Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) defended Americans’ Second Amendment rights over the weekend as Democrats try to push stricter gun control legislation in the wake of the Atlanta and Boulder Colorado shootings.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Graham defied Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as he tried to bring an assault weapons ban to the Senate floor for a vote, vowing it would fail.
“I own an AR-15, if there’s a natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can’t protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last one that the gang will come to, because I can defend myself,” Graham said.
When Wallace asked what was wrong with any debate on the issue, Graham said he had no problem with debate, but “it won’t get 50 votes much less 60.”
According to CBS News, President Joe Biden said on Sunday that he was confident that a “rational” gun control bill could pass in an evenly divided Senate.
“I’m the only one who has ever got them passed, man. The only gun control legislation that’s ever passed is mine. It’s going to happen again”, the President said.
As a member of the Senate, Biden got passed the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. His presidential campaign website also lays out a plan for the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and “high capacity” magazines.
The Assault Weapons Ban that Biden got passed in 1994 expired in 2005. The National Rifle Association at the time had vowed to retaliate against any lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill, and claimed responsibility for the 1994 midterm election takeover of the House by the GOP.
Two gun legislation bills have already passed the House and now go to the Senate. H.R. 8 expands background checks required for the sale or transfer of firearms, and this includes individuals and groups, as well as online sales. It is designed to close the so-called “gun-show loophole.”
H.R. 1446 would extend the initial background check from three days to ten days. This is sometimes called the “Charleston loophole.”
The perpetrator in the Charleston church shooting in 2015 had purchased the firearm but was delayed in taking possession of it because of a drug possession arrest that showed up on a background check. However, the gun was transferred to him five days after his attempt to purchase it.
While Democrats are attempting to reign in Americans’ Second Amendment rights, Republicans, who see it as a very real threat are, are expanding gun laws in some states. According to a report in USA Today, the NRA was successful in helping to get through a measure in the Tennessee Legislature that would remove the state requirement for a permit to carry a handgun.
Gov. Bill Lee stated that, “What’s most important here is we allow the rights of law-abiding citizens to be protected.”
In Iowa, a similar bill removing the carry permit requirement, along with some other restrictions being loosened, will be on Gov. Kim Reynolds’ (R) desk within a few days. In February, the Indiana Legislature voted to remove requirements for a permit to carry a handgun. Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina are all considering similar legislation.
In a report from the Washington Examiner, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the President would be signing executive orders regarding gun control. What the time frame on any executive action, or what it would entail is not yet known. The President has said that the White House would be looking at possible action regarding imported weapons and weapons made by 3D equipment which are not registered as guns.
In his appearance on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Graham talked about something that neither Democrats or Republicans seem to talk about much, and that is the incidence of mental health issues that are involved in shooting like the one in Boulder.
“Most of these problems have a lot to do with mental health. Count me in for addressing that issue,” he said, adding, “Red flag laws exist in 19 states, there’s some things we can do.”
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