All Sides React To House Vote On Gun Control Bills

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It happened.

We knew it would, of course, but it happened. H.R. 8 passed the House of Representatives and is on to the Senate. Of course, you’re going to see tons of news today about just what this means. Most of it will be total BS written by people who think a magazine follower is someone who uses Twitter to see what’s in the next issue of some newsstand rag.


Of course, we at Bearing Arms are of a more refined type.

Right now, though, let’s take a look at what the various groups involved might have to say about the vote.

First, the NRA.

So, once again, it all falls on the filibuster. I don’t think that’s going to go much of anywhere. I have reason to believe Sen. Joe Manchin will stick to his guns (pun fully intended) on that one. Still, there’s no reason to sit and wait.

After all, eight Republicans sided with the Democrats on H.R 8, which tells us that we can’t just assume our GOP lawmakers will respect our right to keep and bear arms.

But that’s from the pro-gun side. What did the anti-gunners have to say?

Well, here’s what Everytown for Gun Safety had to offer:

Of course, they keep calling it “lifesaving,” but have yet to put up any real data backing that up. After all, the people you generally have to worry about aren’t buying guns from some law-abiding citizens trying to liquidate his collection. They’re buying it from some guy trying to liquidate someone else’s collection, if you know what I mean.


For the Everytown crowd, I mean the guy is selling stolen guns.

Here’s what Giffords had to offer:

This, of course, would be the “gun violence crisis” that’s been trending downward for decades? Sure. Whatever you have to tell yourself, Sparky.

Gabby Giffords herself had this to offer:

Intimidation? No more than any other political action group has, but she knows that. She, like every other anti-gunner out there, likes to use triggering language in hopes of painting her opposition as dangerous.

March For Our Lives was a bit more talkative, though.


OK, enough of that stupid. Let’s move onto what more of the pro-Second Amendment groups had to say. Here’s what the good folks at the Firearms Policy Coalition had to offer.



Of course, they also note that H.R. 8 wasn’t the only one that passed the House yesterday.

As for Gun Owners of America, they didn’t boil stuff down into a tweet. They issued a press release.

GOA “Spanks” Representatives on Their Votes for Gun Control


Springfield, VA – As the House of Representatives voted on a backdoor gun registry (H.R. 8) and the indefinite delay of gun purchases (H.R. 1446), gun owners got glimpse into which Members of Congress cherish the Bill of Rights and those who thrash the founding principles of the United States.


While many expected Democrats to support gun control, eight Republicans joined the anti-gunners in their assault on self-defense by voting for H.R. 8. The “Hall of Shame” includes Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Christopher Smith (R-FL) and Fred Upton (R-MI). Representatives Fitzpatrick and Smith also supported indefinitely delaying gun purchases by voting for H.R. 1446.


GOA’s Director of Federal Affairs, Aidan Johnston said, “These Representatives have failed their constituents, and they have failed the Constitution — which they swore to uphold. Gun owners in these districts should take note today and remember this anti-gun vote when they go to the polls in the next election.”

Gun Owners of America described how H.R. 8 is a backdoor gun registry and how H.R. 1446 indefinitely delays gun purchases on an episode of the Minute Man Moment.

Furthermore, Members of the House of Representatives also had an opportunity to prove if they truly support the right to keep and bear arms. During the Motion to Recommit, a vote was cast on Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which recognizes one’s right to self-defense across state lines.

“On the campaign trail, Democrats often say they support the Second Amendment, but claim so-called ‘common sense’ gun control is needed,” Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for Gun Owners of America, said. “Well, there’s nothing more ‘common sense’ then Concealed Carry Reciprocity. Nonetheless, 212 Democrats voted against self-defense, clearly demonstrating their dishonesty and hatred of the right to self-defense.”

Gun Owners of America looks forward to mobilizing Second Amendment supporters to defeat legislation like H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 in the Senate.


So, obviously, this is just the start of the fight. Nothing is over and people are digging in and getting ready to slug it out in the Senate trenches. Here’s the thing to remember, though. H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 are among the least of their anti-gun proposals. This is just their opening act. There will be more coming down the line and we need to be ready to defeat all of that as well.

Otherwise, the gun-owning landscape of this great nation and the Second Amendment, in general, will be shattered beyond repair.

Let’s not allow that to happen.


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