Democrats haven’t even grabbed the Speaker’s gavel from Republicans in the House of Representatives yet, but they’re wasting no time in preparing a raft of gun control bills they plan on fast-tracking to the floor for votes. Their latest impingement on American’s right to keep and bear arms: banning all private gun sales.
With backing from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and key chairmen, Democrats will move to require federal background checks on all gun sales, part of a broader effort by the party to advance long-stalled gun control measures.
Yes, well we still have a bicameral legislature in Washington, so whatever the House manages to pass still has to make it through the (even more) Republican-controlled Senate. But House Dems have no illusions about their anti-gun measures actually becoming law.
While the proposal won’t get through the Republican-run Senate, much less become law, getting through the House will be a win for the gun-control movement, which has little to cheer about since President Donald Trump was sworn into office.
This is all about appeasing their increasingly port-leaning base and playing to what they have convinced themselves is a broader electorate that’s increasingly receptive to more restrictive gun control measures.
Some of the usual suspects on the GOP side from historically anti-gun states will conveniently provide the Dems with a fig leaf of bipartisan support for their civilian disarmament efforts.
Thompson, a close Pelosi ally, said the bill would have bipartisan sponsorship, although he declined to name the Republican lawmakers who’ll sign onto it. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who has co-authored background checks bills with Thompson in the past, has already told reporters that he will back this latest effort as well. …
Thompson’s legislation will require federal background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions. There likely will be some small exemptions, such as transfers between family members, or temporary use of a gun for hunting. Gun-control groups estimate that roughly one-fifth or more of gun sales don’t include background checks.
If you intend to argue that virtually no mass shooters have ever obtained their firearms through private sales, don’t waste the electrons. If you point out that just about all of them (those who didn’t steal their weapons) have passed NICS checks before committing their crimes, the proponents of “universal background checks” will just plug their ears and yell LA LA LA LA LA!
Don’t bother noting the fact that an anti-gun advocacy group found that universal background checks in California did nothing to reduce “gun violence” there. And save your breath if you’re thinking of mentioning the reality that most criminals get their guns through illegal channels.
Countering these bills with facts won’t make the slightest bit of difference to Congressional Democrats because SHUT UP.