Yesterday, a crazed employee about to be fired walked into his company's manufacturing location in Aurora, IL and opened fire on his co-workers. He killed at least 5 people and injured 5 police officers.
Illinois has some of the strictest gun control laws in the entire country. That isn't stopping Congressional Democrats from using this tragedy to push their own radical agenda.
But the worst part is that they have Republican help!
We have covered the biggest bill that the Left is pushing. H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Check Act, would create a government registry to monitor all private gun transfers in the country. That is what Democrats mean when they want "universal background checks."
In order for the government to tell whether guns are transferred/sold legally, they have to know who owned them before. Hence, the need for a registry.
But that isn't even the worst part of the Democrats' gun control package. They want the whole package to be "comprehensive," which means they want to throw al of their gun control dreams in!
Democrats are also working with Republicans to include a "Red Flag" provision to allow the government to confiscate someone's firearms without due process or even having to accuse them of committing a crime. Angry family members and neighbors would be able to turn gun owners in without having to present any evidence of a crime. Instead of the government having the burden of proving someone is dangerous, the Red Flag bill would let police seize the guns first, and force gun owners to prove to a judge that they deserve their rights back…
They are also pushing a massive semi-automatic gun ban that they're calling an assault weapon ban. Except Dianne Feinstein's bill doesn't just target AR-15s. It targets every semi-automatic rifle and shotgun that has a grip. If you can hold it in your hand, it would be banned.
But frankly, the most dangerous bill in the package is H.R. 1112. This would abolish the 3-day limit for the FBI to perform background checks on gun purchasers.
When the Brady Bill passed in 1994 and background checks were mandated for purchases from gun stores, the Democrats wanted to give the FBI an unlimited amount of time to process those background checks. The NRA fought back on this, and rightfully so. If there was no requirement for the government to finish a check by a certain time, then the FBI would be able to block gun purchases simply by refusing to process the paperwork.
The NRA forced Congress to set a 3-day deadline for the FBI to finish the background checks. That was back in 1994, when criminal records were still kept in paper records. Today, technology means that background checks are truly instant. With the click of a button, the FBI can access all state and federal criminal records. If the FBI can't get its act together within 3 days, then the gun store is allowed to proceed with the sale.
Democrats' new bill (H.R.1228) would eliminate this entirely. It would give the FBI 10 business days (not calendar days) to perform an instant background check. And instead of an automatic proceed after that period, it would be up to the purchaser to petition the FBI for permission to buy the gun. The FBI would then get another 10 business days to process the appeal. Since a background check is only good for thirty days, these 20 business days would allow the FBI to block most gun purchases, without even needing to tell a gun buyer why!
So not only does the Left's gun package create a universal gun owner registry, but it would also ban the most commonly owned guns in America. It would open the door for nationwide confiscations. And if the Left gets HR.1228, then the Federal government would literally have the power to veto ALL civilian gun purchases, without even needing to give a reason why!
As I said, the Democrats have Republican supporters for all of these different bills in the package.
Exactly one year ago, Rep Francis Rooney (R-FL) went on television and declared that Americans would have to 'give up some freedoms' in the push for gun control.
We now know what he meant by this: Universal gun registration, semi-automatic gun bans, loosening requirements for gun confiscations, and giving the FBI the power to veto ANY gun sale in the country, without even needing to give a reason.
That is what the Left's gun control package contains. Now that Pelosi has Republicans on board, she is pushing it forward!
Congressional committees started marking up these bills last week. We are hearing that Congress will vote on this in the next week. And with Republicans helping them in both the House and the Senate, Democrats have the votes to pass these radical bills!
Ronald Reagan famously said that freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. Reagan's words have never been truer than right now…
You must stop this unconstitutional gun control package before Democrats push it through!
Fight to protect your gun rights!