No Crisis Goes To Waste: Democrats Looking To Rush Gun Control Bills

Democrats Not Letting Crisis Go To Waste, Look To Pass Array Of Gun Legislation
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Editor’s note: The title of this article has been updated.

House Democrats will once again live by that tried and true adage – “Never let a crisis go to waste” – as they attempt to advance a surplus of gun control measures as early as this week.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) summoned House members back from Memorial Day break to consider eight gun bills

They’re looking to advance the bills as soon as Thursday.

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Throwing Everything In The Hopper

Democrats have a list of at least eight bills being considered. The list includes:

  • The Raise the Age Act would raise the required age to purchase a semi-auto rifle 18 to 21.
  • The Keep Americans Safe Act prohibits the import, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. 
  • Ethan’s Law, The Safe Guns, Safe Kids Act, and The Kimberly Vaughn Firearm Safety Storage Act all create new home storage requirements for homes with children.
  • The Prevent Gun Trafficking Act creates a new penalty for trafficking.
  • The Untraceable Firearms Act makes it illegal to 3d print firearms.
  • The Closing the Bump Stock Loophole Act would require so-called bump stocks to be registered with the ATF.

Sen. Ted Cruz represents the other side of the aisle, condemning gun control at the NRA annual convention:

Cruz also mentioned the one thing that Democrats will not when talking about guns:

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Singing A Different Tune

When the subject of mental health comes up, it is promptly dismissed by Democrats, who are more in favor of taking guns away from law-abiding Americans.

But during the summer of 2020, when it was fashionable for Democrats was to “defund the police,” they were singing the praises of, wait for it, counselors and social workers. Wouldn’t they come under the umbrella of “mental health?”

A bill was introduced in July of 2020 by Democrats, including several members of the ‘Squad,’ called “The Counseling Not Criminalization Act.” The bill would “prohibit the use of federal funds for maintaining police in schools.”

The bill would have provided a $2.5 billion grant to “hire the counselors, social workers, nurses, school psychologists, and other personnel they need to support students and create safe schools without police.”

Perhaps the Squad and Ted Cruz can have a discussion now.

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D.C. Clownshow On Guns Will Continue

As the debate over gun laws goes on, the political antics that are taking place on both sides of the aisle will go on. President Joe Biden continues to make completely untrue statements concerning guns.

When speaking to the media on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, Biden spread dangerous disinformation, saying, “The Constitution, the Second Amendment was never absolute. You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed.”

Constitutional Law Scholar Jonathan Turley, during an appearance of “Fox News Live” over the weekend, remarked that, “He’s (Biden) undermining his own case by repeating what is ironically disinformation.”

The companion to the cannon comment from Biden was that a 9mm handgun is a “high-caliber weapon” in which a bullet “blows the lung out of the body.”

In another political stunt, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is “open” to voting on bills that pundits say will most likely fail in the Senate, so Republicans will be seen voting against gun laws.

Democrats may not get as much opposition as they might think. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), said on Thursday that he had sent #2 GOP Senator John Cornyn to “negotiate” with Democrats on gun control. 

By Thursday afternoon a group of five Democrat and three Republican Senators including Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) were meeting in the basement of the Capitol to discuss expanded background checks and “red flag” legislation.

That sure didn’t take long.

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