Yes Guns, Again …

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 …

warren-davidsonAlso, 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.

KILL The 2nd Amendment!

Think about this one for a minute:

More than 2 million guns were sold in January, an 80% jump and the second-highest monthly total on record.

According to The Washington Post, the surge is in line with the record pace set in 2020: Nearly 23 million firearms were bought, representing a 64 percent jump from the previous year.

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Said one Florida resident who tried to buy ammunition for his semi-automatic but found the gun stores had sold out …

“With the lockdown and a president who is saying things like ‘gun reform,’ there’s a fear within the gun community and people that are responsible gun owners that they’re going to be made into felons just by nature of law.”

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According to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) …

It’s common for gun sales to jump when a Democrat takes over the White House. In January 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated for his first term, the total number of firearm background checks registered through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 1.2 million. That was a record at the time and a nearly 29 percent jump from January 2008.

In January 2017, when Trump was inaugurated, more than 2 million background checks were recorded, a 20 percent drop from 2016.

Biden pledged during his campaign to reinstate a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He also proposed a buyback program for assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that would require owners to sell them to the federal government or register them under the National Firearms Act.

In three individual weeks in January, there was a record number of background checks, climbing into the top five spots since the FBI began tracking in 1998.

Why … just WHY does the average Joe need an assault weapon that can kill or maim dozens of people within a minute?  Would somebody please explain this to me, for I frankly think it is utterly stupid, and I know for a fact that more innocent people have been killed by lunatics with assault rifles than have been saved by a non-law enforcement individual with an assault rifle.  NOBODY outside of law enforcement or the military needs one.  In 1994, a ten-year ban on assault weapons was judiciously passed by Congress, but at the end of ten years, the damn fools said it ‘violated people’s constitutional rights’, and it has, despite multiple efforts, never been re-implemented.

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, firearm stocks spiked in the days leading up to the January 6th domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol and on Congress, inspired by Donald Trump and his witless minions.   I have seen enough pictures of those bozos with their assault weapons storming the Capitol to literally make me ill.

Today is February 4th, and already just this year there have already been 24 mass shootings in the U.S.  But that’s only mass shootings, involving multiple victims.  In total, there have been 3,976 deaths due to guns, and 3,026 injuries.  Take a look at this chart by the Gun Violence Archive

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I have a few thoughts on all of this …

  • Personally, I hate guns and would very much like to see a total repeal of the 2nd Amendment.  The Founding Fathers never … NEVER intended every person in the nation to own multiple assault weapons that could shred numerous people within a minute.  No, the intent was to form local militias that would have the right to own guns in case of something akin to a coup or hostile takeover.  The 2nd Amendment, like the 1st Amendment, has been so abused that if any one of the framers of the Constitution were to return to earth and see what is happening, he would be horrified.

  • I think that for the most part, those who feel a need to own a gun and carry it with them to the grocery store, restaurant, bookstore, etc., are cowards. If they think it makes them appear strong or macho, they are very much mistaken. I chuckle and roll my eyes when I see a man with a gun stuck in his belt, and then I leave the store, but not before informing a staff member that there is a man with a gun, that I am leaving because of this, and that I am not purchasing anything at this time.

  • Guns and gun owners are in the top five biggest problems with the United States today. How many parents will go to sleep tonight with a loaded gun somewhere that their child can access? How many school shootings will this year bring?  How many women will be killed by their significant other or husband because dinner was late and he was in a foul temper?  How many crazed people will go into a mall or other public venue with a chip on their shoulder and just start shooting for any or no reason?

  • Anybody who is an advocate of the 2nd Amendment and who is against any reasonable gun legislation is the problem … the biggest problem … in this nation.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t buy into that old NRA slogan about a ‘good guy with a gun’, for in my mind, if that ‘guy’ is toting a gun, he is NOT a ‘good’ guy.  I have zero tolerance for guns, they are not allowed in my home, and I refuse to occupy the same building as a person who is ‘packing heat’.  The good people of this nation, those who value their children’s and grandchildren’s lives over their ‘right’ to own a weapon, need to make it clear to all — Congress, state legislatures, gun owners, and anyone who has the power to make changes — that we will not continue to live in a nation populated by gun nuts.  Period.