Fair: Second Amendment under attack

Fair: Second Amendment under attack

The U.S. House has passed two bills that tighten gun sales regulations. House Resolution 8, authored by Rep. Mike Thompson, (D-CA), expands background checks on individuals seeking to purchase or transfer firearms. It passed the House 227-203, with eight Republicans (five of which co-sponsored) joining one Democrat in voting yes. The second bill is House Resolution 1446, authored by Majority Leader Rep. James Clyburn, (D-SC). It passed the House 219-210 with two Democrats opposing and two Republicans voting yes. It would extend the initial background check review period from three to 10 days. “This is an important step Congress must take to address the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” Clyburn said. All five Oklahoma House members voted no on both measures. Both bills now go to the U.S. Senate, where they face an uncertain fate. Three observations: First, the Second Amendment is under attack. President Biden has called on Congress to ban so-called ‘assault weapons,’ ‘high-capacity magazines’ and mandate background checks on all gun sales. Typically, few mass shooters have criminal backgrounds. Biden wants to eliminate immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put what he calls ‘weapons of war’ on the street. Most constitutional scholars don’t believe these laws will pass Constitutional scrutiny, but the mindset to disarm the public is clearly a part of the Democratic agenda. Second, increased gun regulations do not work. Three of the largest cities in America — Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City — all have strict gun laws. Violent […]

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