H.R. 3999

In my last post on October 20th, I thought the push for gun control had all but vanished, largely because the attitudes of the American people were unchanged by the Vegas shooting. As a result, the Democrats were advised by their leadership to chill on the gun control issue with elections approaching in 2018.

I came across an article from the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) in which they state this:

“A rogues’ gallery of House Republicans are recruiting Democrats and have just introduced what could be the most sweeping gun-control legislation to come before Congress in a very long time… it’s legislation that some are claiming could literally ban the MERE POSSESSION of just about EVERY semi-automatic rifle on the market today!”

Maybe the real reason Democrats are standing aside is their Republican counter parts are picking up the gun control mantel for them. Could it be that the Republicans would actually do this? It appears so the bill is H.R. 3999 and is introduced by the Republican Carlos Curbelo and has both Republican and Democratic co-sponsors.

What makes this bill so dangerous is that is written with very broad and non-descript language. As a result it could be used to ban BAN the possession of many rifle accessories; such as, MAGAZINES, trigger enhancements really anything that someone deems can increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.

The other insidious and deceptive trick is the bill isn’t labeled as a gun control measure. It states that it is simply a bump stock ban and the word bump stock isn’t in the legislation.

This bill is very dangerous and can have wide ranging implications on our second amendment rights.

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What about Gun Control?

If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering, what happened to that drumbeat of voices calling for gun control? It was there every time you turned on the television; some celebrity or politician couldn’t wait to get in front of the camera and trash the second amendment. This lasted for about 10 days after the tragic Vegas shooting.

I found an answer as to why all the anti-second amendment condemnations have disappeared. In an article by Awr Hawkins from Breitbart News, he states that:

“The gun control push that marked the first 10 days following the October 1 Las Vegas attack has now floundered and all but disappeared, in large part because the shooting did not impact American attitudes toward guns.”

There was a poll conducted by Politico in which 47% of voter’s support gun rights while, 42% support gun control. The poll also showed that “63 percent of Democrat voters supported limiting gun ownership, while only 25 percent believed protecting gun rights is more important. Republicans were just the opposite with 70 percent [saying] it’s more important to protect gun rights, compared with 23 percent who say limiting gun ownership is more important.”

With an election looming in 2018, in which many Democrats are up for re-election in red states, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) thought it wise if his colleagues put the brakes on a gun control push for now.

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