Waiting Period Bill A Non-Starter By Unserious Lawmaker

Democrat U.S. Rep., the “Honorable” Sheila Jackson-Lee, never the most dignified member of the House, truly outdid herself with the title of her latest bill.

The “Gentlewoman” from Texas routinely introduces a spate of extreme gun control bills, (coming from Texas, it makes it quite clear that only torturous gerrymandering keeps her in office,) every session — most of which rarely find co-sponsors — although they do serve to make more “serious” proposals by her colleagues seem “moderate,” even though they are anything but.

Her latest, however, descends into farce — even for her.

Lee has introduced H.R. 125, the “Gun Safety: Not Sorry Act of 2021.”

National Shooting Sports Foundation Public Relations Director Mark Oliva treated the bill with disdain, and the “Gentlewoman” with near-contempt in a statement:

It’s a non starter. The title tells you Rep Jackson Lee isn’t a serious lawmaker. She’s out to settle scores, not find real solutions. DOJ studies show criminals obtain firearms primarily through theft and the black market. Suppressors are rarely used in crimes, according to the FBI. 

Jackson Lee’s bill begins by repeating a raft of canards, including the widely-debunked notion that there’s one mass shooting a day in the United States.

That statistic is from a flawed study in 2015, something even Mother Jones — hardly a bastion of conservative thought — took issue with at the time.

Mother Jones’ National Affairs editor Mark Follman, noted:

This wildly inflated statistic isn’t just misleading the public—it’s stirring undue fear and may be encouraging bad policies.

Follman went on to say he’d written in the New York Times:

… about the dubious methodology behind the “mass shootings every day” claim—essentially, an anonymous guy on Reddit made it up …

The bill would require a seven-day (really 10 day, its’ seven business days, natch) before anyone could transfer (note that one carefully folks) a semiautomatic firearm, silencer (suppressor you nitwits), armor piercing ammunition (whatever that means), or “large capacity” magazine (ibid).

Remember how I said “remember” the world “transfer?”

Well Barking-Mad Sheila’s bill would require a waiting period even for private individuals.

It shall be unlawful for a person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer … to transfer to another person not so licensed a semiautomatic firearm, a silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or a large capacity ammunition magazine, unless at least 7 business days (meaning a day on which State offices are open) have elapsed since the transferee most recently offered or agreed to acquire the semiautomatic firearm, silencer, ammunition, or magazine, as the case may be, from the transferor.”

Yes, you read that right, the waiting period would apply not just to FFLs, but to private individuals as well.

Grandad wants to gift you his old Browning A5 12-guage? Well you have to do a background check and then wait seven business days before you can take possession.

Meanwhile, even Politifact had to admit that waiting periods don’t really work:

A study by researchers from Duke and Georgetown “… concluded that the law’s waiting period was associated with reductions in the firearm suicide rate for people age 55 and older, but not associated with reductions in homicide rates or overall suicide rates.

Not only that, but Politifact — again, hardly a bastion of conservatism — found:

… a 2012 study by one researcher from the University of Cincinnati and another from Arizona State University found no statistical effects from waiting periods on gun crimes.

In a nutshell, except for suicide, the studies show … (claims) about waiting periods and violence (are) largely correct.

The bottom line here, is that Oliva is correct — this is an unserious bill, by a supremely unserious politician, who couldn’t even get Hank “Guam Might Capsize” Johnson (D-Georgia), to cosponsor one of her bills. Jackson Lee’s primary purpose seems to be to make even Alexandria Occasio-Cortez look sane and to provide cover for more serious bills like H.R. 30, which has attracted 18 cosponsors — and is ultimately far more dangerous than the fever dreams sponsored by the “Gentlewoman.”

Aug 03, 2021 4:30 PM ET