Ever since the pandemic, we’ve had a lot of officials talk about so-called gun violence being a public health crisis. Considering what all transpired during the last public health crisis, it has a lot of people concerned.
After all, look at the draconian measures enacted throughout the United States over COVID. Will we see another example of this, only one targeting our right to keep and bear arms?
There’s reason to be concerned.
There’s also a bill intended to alleviate those concerns.
Today, Senator Mike Braun offered an amendment to the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act that would prevent President Biden and the Department of Health and Human Services from declaring gun violence a public health emergency for the purposes of instituting gun control measures and infringing on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
“National and locla politicians across the country are always trying to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Senator Mike Braun. “We need to set into law that no one can declare a national health emergency to seize the power to restrict our Second Amendment rights with the stroke of a pen. I will always stand up for Hoosiers’ rights to protec themselves and their families.
President Biden and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Senator Alex Padilla have called for gun violence public health emergencies.
Of course, as we saw during COVID, public health emergencies grant the government all kinds of otherwise illegal powers, which might well be enough to shut down gun stores indefinitely, as an example, or essentially end the carry of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
What’s more, as we’ve seen in just recent history, an amazing number of Americans will just go along with this simply because the powers that be claim this to be the case.
Never mind that the homicide rate has been dropping since 2020. Oh no, we need to declare another public health emergency.
Braun’s bill seeks to prevent that from happening, at least with regard to restricting guns in any way, shape, or form.
Frankly, I think that’s smart.
After all, it still leaves the avenue open for non-gun control interventions. It still allows them to do all sorts of things that might mitigate the violent crime issues if they’re needed. They just can’t go around the Second Amendment and restrict guns unilaterally.
Which, of course, is why Senate Democrats won’t let this see the light of day.
Braun’s proposal sure looks reasonable enough if the purpose of such a “national health emergency” is to simply deal with the problems of so-called gun violence and not to end around the Constitution.
Yet we all know that’s not the case. Violent crime isn’t the problem, it’s a pretext. It’s a chance for Biden and company to do all the things they’d like to do but that pesky Constitution won’t let them do.
They got a taste of that authority during the pandemic and they’re not thrilled they had to give it up then, but the great thing about “gun violence” is that pretty much everyone agrees the only acceptable number of murders is zero, which means this one can go on indefinitely.
So yeah, Braun’s bill should be passed, but probably won’t be.