Democrats Turning Gun Owners into Republican Voters by Continuously Introducing Anti-Gun Legislation
House Democrats appear determined to pass radical gun control laws that may just blow up in their face come the 2020 elections.
Two bills passed in the U.S. House of Representatives lay the blame for the actions of criminals and sociopaths on the shoulders of law-abiding gun owners, and they aren’t likely to forget who is responsible.
The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8) will criminalize the behavior of law-abiding owners should they loan a gun to a friend to use at the range or sell firearms to individuals, even close family, without getting permission from the F.B.I. first along with paying the government some ridiculous fees.
The Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 1112) will remove the burden from the government in denying or approving the sale of a gun quickly. H.R. 1112 will increase the time the F.B.I. has to deny a purchase from three to ten days. This is most troubling for legitimate candidates for a license because of the many false-positives that occur for common names.
H.R. 8 would criminalize the temporary transfer of weapons for a variety of reasons. Everything from loaning a weapon to a museum for public display, to keeping a gun for a suicidal friend, to a first responder keeping a weapon for an accident victim risk placing one in jeopardy with the law.
Failure to have background checks for temporary possession could produce penalties of as much as a year in prison and $100,000 in fines. Even transferring a weapon when a person is in a life-threatening emergency could be seen as a crime by a judge or federal prosecutor unless the transfer is not “immediately necessary to prevent … imminent death or great bodily harm.”
Never mind that neither of these bills would do anything to prevent the mass shootings Democrats claim their laws will combat. Shootings such as the ones at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Pulse Nightclub in Florida, First Baptist Church in Texas, the concert in Las Vegas, Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, and the high school in Parkland FL – none of these would have been prevented by a law like H.R. 8 or 1112.
Democrats claim that H.R. 8 will “prevent future gun violence” but the truth is they do nothing to prevent gun violence at the hands of criminals. According to the Department of Justice, over 77 percent of criminals housed in state prisons for firearm crimes obtained their weapon on the street, the black market, by theft, or from a drug dealer.
Such laws that burden lawful gun owners and do nothing to combat mass shootings may backfire on Democrats. This assault will not fool the blue-collar Democrat voters in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 or those who value Second Amendment rights.
Both bills are nothing more than political posturing for 2020 and it is likely misguided posturing at that. With their ‘within the Beltway’ groupthink, House Democrats have proven themselves once again to be out of touch with the people they claim to represent.
Considering neither bill has a chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Senate or, should all else fail, being signed by President Trump these Democrats may have spent political capital they can ill-afford to waste.
A study with information from the General Social Survey—which has gathered data on American society to monitor and explain trends—showed that since the 1970’s people who buy firearms have increasingly turned toward supporting the Republican Party.
In 1976, there was a 7.4 percent difference between gun owners and non-owners with regard to the likelihood of voting for a Republican presidential candidate. By the 2012 election between incumbent Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney that difference increased to 30.2 percent, says the study.
Democrat leadership may think rank-and-file Democrat gun-owning voters take their cue from liberal talking heads on CNN but such is not the case.
In fact, they might want to cool it on constantly introducing anti-gun legislation, especially when they know that they have no chance of getting their ridiculous bills passed–like right now with a Republican controlled senate and a pro-2A President in the White House. Especially considering that same study also pointed out that gun owners have historically been more politically active than non-gun owners. Which means we will vote Democrats who threaten our Second Amendment right out of office.