Two bills passed in the House last week and will now proceed to the Senate:
H.R. 8 would require a background check for nearly every gun sale or transfer. If signed into law, this bill would ensure that individuals already prohibited from gun possession under federal law, such as felons and domestic abusers, are not able to easily obtain firearms. Under present law, such criminals are able to bypass background checks by purchasing a gun through unlicensed gun sellers – people who sell guns online, at gun shows, or person-to-person without a federal dealer’s license. Federal law already requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on gun purchasers or transferees; this bill would extend the requirement of background checks to unlicensed gun sellers as well.
H.R. 1446 would close the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” which currently allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three business days. While 97 percent of background checks are processed within 3 business days, hundreds of thousands of incomplete background checks enter into “default proceed” status each year. If signed into law, an applicant could request an escalated review by the FBI if a background check had not been completed after the initial 10 business days.
This is what Warren Davidson, the U.S. House representative for my own district said about the bills in his weekly newsletter last Saturday …
Also, this week the House considered two gun control bills, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446. Though we already have an effective background check system in place, both bills would make it even more difficult and burdensome on law-abiding Americans to exercise their natural right to purchase and own a firearm. The effect of these bills is to criminalize mere possession of a firearm unless an individual has passed a background check and had their name added to a registry.
This violates not only the Second Amendment, but the Fourth Amendment, as these registries violate the privacy of law-abiding Americans who merely wish to exercise their God-given rights. Such a registry could lead to the eventual confiscation and disarming of Americans who have done nothing wrong. At the same time, the Democrat sponsors of these bills are doing nothing to address the ways that criminals actually do obtain weapons illegally.
Since entering Congress, I have always defended Americans’ right to bear arms. The right to keep and bear arms, clearly recognized in the Constitution, is an essential part of our founding principles, and I will always defend it. These bills now go to the Senate, which will hopefully stand up for our rights and defeat these misguided bills.
I find his views offensive, to say the least. What the Sam Hell is a “natural right to purchase and own a firearm”? When I think of ‘natural right’, I think of the right to fresh air, potable water, and food … I do not think of a gun. And then … “God-given rights”??? The first recorded use of a firearm was in 1364, and the first handgun was introduced in 1892. I’m not a Christian, have never read the book some Christians follow, but I would bet money that there isn’t a single mention of guns in the bible!
Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania had this to say about the bills …
“These bills are long overdue. Pittsburgh has seen too much senseless gun violence, and these bills are a commonsense step to ending the epidemic of gun violence in America. These bills will close existing loopholes that allow dangerous weapons to fall into the wrong hands. We need them to help keep our communities safe, prevent violence, and save lives. No one should be able to buy a gun without passing a background check, plain and simple.”
I think I’ll move to Pennsylvania! His views are far more sensible than those of Mr. Davidson.
We are 75 days into the year and already 8,746 people have died as a result of guns. Per the national Gun Violence Archive: 3,796 of those were homicides, the other 4,950 were suicides. There have been 94 mass shootings. 58 children under the age of 11 have been killed by guns, and another 121 have been injured. 227 teens have been killed by guns, and another 540 have been injured.
Mr. Davidson claims these bills would “make it more difficult and burdensome” to purchase a gun … it should be difficult and burdensome for a person to purchase something that is created for the sole purpose of killing! It should be damn near impossible!
We have a serious gun problem in this nation and for elected officials to stand up and say it is a ‘natural right’ or a ‘God-given right’ for everyone to own a gun and that no legislation should be passed that might keep guns out of the hands of people who are not qualified to own one is simply ludicrous! Will these two bills pass in the Senate? Probably not, unless something is done about the filibuster rule, for Congress has become more of a battleground between the two parties rather than a branch of government working for the good of the nation and its people. Nonetheless, I will send a short email to both of the senators in my state expressing my thoughts on the matter. These two bills are only the tip of the iceberg for what needs to be done to make this nation safer.
HR8 passed in the House by a vote of 227-203, with 8 Republicans voting for it. HR1446 passed by a vote of 219-210 with two Democrats voting against and two Republicans voting for. There is a vaccine to prevent the coronavirus … I wish there were one to prevent stupidty.