It’s a symbolic victory but it invites the question: Why would gun owners give power to Republicans who vote with those who want them disarmed? (Congressman MikeThompson Facebook photo)U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “The House passed the most significant gun control measure in more than two decades on Wednesday when it approved the first of two bills aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for firearms purchases,” NPR and other news outlets are reporting. “The vote on the first bill dubbed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 passed largely along party lines 240 to 190 with Democrats who control the House cheering as they carried the legislation across the finish line.”
At this point this and the second bill — an expansion of the number of days a dealer must wait to have background checks completed from three to 10 days — look to be symbolic. It’s meant to garner publicity and gin up demand from a public that only “knows” what it’s told about guns by those who want to swindle them out of their rights.
That means — barring an exploitable atrocity — the Republican-controlled Senate should be able to block the bills, and if they falter, President Donald Trump is believed to be prepared to veto them. He’s savvy enough not to burn all his bridges like he’s doing with “bump stocks” and other outlier RKBA issues that most gun owners believe (probably) won’t personally affect them. There are, of course, no guarantees, and politicians are creatures of self-preservation if nothing else, but the conventional wisdom says the gun vote is still a force you can’t cross certain lines with.
Those lines don’t appear as strong as they were a few years ago, though, and the fact that some Republicans appear ready to “compromise” with the gun-grabbers is something we will only see more of as long as those who do are allowed to get away with it. That’s why we see more and more coming out for “red flag laws,” and “bump stock bans,” raising the age to buy rifles, and even “assault weapon” bans.
As long as they keep getting rewarded after brazenly cheating on us, what’s their incentive to remain faithful?
We don’t need to rehash the flaws of “universal background checks” here, except to note an edict only the “law-abiding” will obey is hardly “universal,” and that no less an authority than the National Institute of Justice has admitted:
“Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration…”
That’s certainly another of the incremental goals on the way down Nancy Pelosi’s “slippery slope,” but it’s a mask the more restrained in the gun-grab camp deem too early to pull off.
So, for now, we’re left with noise, with Democrat photo ops and with the media helping spook the herd to gin up demand for more infringements. But rather than just hunker down and wait for things to blow over, there is something productive gun owners can do with this latest betrayal: Learn who the “Republicans” are and do what you can to make them feel your pain.
“Republican” co-sponsors of this latest Intolerable Act were:
- Rep. Peter King (NY-2)
- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1)
- Rep. Brian J. Mast (FL-18)
- Rep. Fred Upton (MI-6)
- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (NJ-4)
Joining them in voting for this attack on gun-owning constituents were:
- Vern Buchanan (FL-16)
- Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
- Will Hurd (TX-23)
What incentive will voting for “Republicans” like these give the GOP to offer better candidates?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.