Of course they wouldn't, right?
Surely the lawmakers elected to represent the people would be using their time to ensure ample medical supplies were being distributed and using American tax dollars to fill in the gaps and actually benefit the American people.
We all know the answer.
Smack in the middle of this time when most of the country is focused solely on a super cold, H.R. 5717, the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020, has started to move through the appropriate channels, most recently being referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. While this doesn't mean that the bill will pass, or even gain a vote, this is the type of political smokescreen we need to be watching for.
What's in this bill you ask? Well, a little of everything. It's quite literally the gun grabbers dream with twenty-five related bills attached to it. The following text, taken directly from the Congressional website, details exactly what unconstitutional measures Henry "Hank" Johnson (D-GA) (Double parenthesis, are we surprised) is foaming at the mouth to get pushed through, while not only are the people distracted, but also unable to gather and protest because of other unconstitutional statutes.
This bill makes various changes to the federal framework governing the sale, transfer, and possession of firearms and ammunition. Among other things, the bill does the following:
generally requires individuals to obtain a license to purchase, acquire, or possess a firearm or ammunition;
raises the minimum age—from 18 years to 21 years—to purchase firearms and ammunition;
establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties;
requires law enforcement agencies to be notified following a firearms-related background check that results in a denial;
creates a statutory process for a family or household member to petition a court for an extreme risk protection order to remove firearms from an individual who poses a risk of committing violence;
restricts the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices;
restricts the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, or receipt of ghost guns (i.e., guns without serial numbers);
makes trafficking in firearms a stand-alone criminal offense;
requires federally licensed gun dealers to submit and annually certify compliance with a security plan to detect and deter firearm theft;
removes limitations on the civil liability of gun manufacturers;
allows the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety standards for firearms and firearm components;
establishes a community violence intervention grant program; and
promotes research on firearms safety and gun violence prevention.
This bill makes the Clinton AWB of 1994 look like child's play. Companies such as Poly80 would have to begin serializing their kits, removing the one marketing tactic that sets them apart from Glock, and further, the company would incur the cost of changing their designs to meet the new capacity restrictions. Red Flag laws would become even more arbitrary, and corporate protections for firearms manufacturers would go away leaving organizations such as Mom's Demand and the Giffords Law Center free to sue them out of business based on the criminal action of someone who probably didn't obtain the firearm legally in the first place. This bill also allows for a government commission to determine what is considered safe for a firearm. Remember the Smart Gun fiasco? They don't work, and can potentially be remotely disabled.
There's a ton of other issues with this bill, which you can research here; https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5717
Jordan and I will also be discussing this on the podcast this week. Stay tuned.