Guest column: Rutherford opposes realistic gun restrictions

Guest column: Rutherford opposes realistic gun restrictions

Your turn “H.R. 8 is a Trojan Horse. On the outside, it’s a background check bill, but on the inside, it’s a gun registration bill.”– Rep. John Rutherford, 3-11-21, Facebook Rep. Rutherford is wrong, of course, but that’s no surprise in that he has gotten money from the NRA and refuses to entertain any real gun control legislation. Rutherford also voted against HR 1446, the recent Enhanced Background Checks Act which passed with almost no GOP support. In fact, Rutherford wants to abolish what little gun control we have now, like removing a state’s right to determine if a non-resident person can carry a concealed weapon. So much for “state’s rights” when it’s not convenient for conservatives. Rep. Rutherford, as a former sheriff, you should be more aware of how firearms are misused. In fact, the majority of Americans clearly want something tangible done by congress members like you. However, your legislative efforts have been aimed at doing exactly the opposite, expanding so-called gun rights. Further, it has been repeatedly shown that “thoughts and prayers” … the GOP’s only strategy to lessen mass shootings… is not an effective solution. The Constitution does not provide for unregulated guns and the Supreme Court has never stated that there can be no legal restrictions on gun purchases. Americans want to control firearms to make our schools and communities safer. Specifically, it’s clear that the majority of Americans want action to restrict some gun purchases, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center poll. […]

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