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For better or worse, House Democrats believe their wins in November are because of their stance on gun control. They don’t want to listen to the idea that they might have had bigger wins if they hadn’t attacked the Second Amendment so vehemently. Nope. They’re going to push gun control no matter what.
It seems today’s vote on universal background checks is just the beginning.
Democrats on Wednesday are poised to pass the first significant gun control measures in decades through the House after pledging to take action during the 2018 election.
The effort will hit a roadblock in the Republican-led Senate, but House Democrats are touting the legislation as the first of many measures they will consider to curb the growing problem of gun violence.
“We’ve got a ton of things identified,” said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., who heads a House task force on gun violence established by Democrats.
The panel is examining conceal-carry reciprocity laws, “red flag” laws targeting gun owners who are deemed a safety risk, and laws to protect children from accessing guns, Democrats said.
“Background checks are just one way to deter the expansive culture that we are living in,” said Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., a member of the gun violence task force.
“We have a pretty aggressive schedule ahead of us,” Thompson said.
The group is examining red flag laws, which allow states to take guns away from individuals deemed to be a serious safety risk. Mucarsel-Powell said the panel is also weighing initiatives to protect children from accessing guns and will examine concealed carry reciprocity laws, which allows gun owners to carry in different states.
Mucarsel-Powell called expansion of concealed carry reciprocity to all states “the number one agenda,” of the NRA . Most Democrats oppose it and argue it would reduce safety in states with stricter gun laws.
So we can see what’s ahead of us.
The one that probably worries me most is the red flag law proposal, primarily because that one is harder for lawmakers to argue against, especially those in swing states. The best argument to be made will depend on the final bill but is likely to revolve around the lack of due process protections from such a law.
Hopefully, they’ll let it just linger and die. At least then, no one will have to go on the record as opposing a bill that does have broad support, but only because few have thought of the ramifications.
Don’t get me wrong, if the panel pushed for nationwide reciprocity, I’d be cool with that. However, I think we all know that isn’t going to happen. To anti-gun lawmakers, guns are always a problem, never a solution. All those dead bad guys who never got to complete their plans for a mass shooting are strong evidence to the contrary, mind you, but it’s not like gun control is logically-based anyways.
Looking at what House Democrats have in mind reminds us all of one very important thing. We need to dig in and stay ready for this fight.