The Washington Post editorial board ran an opinion Thursday
applauding the U.S. House of Representatives for approving two gun control measures that it said demonstrate that chamber’s readiness to stand up to the National Rifle Association.
The board admits that neither measure is particularly Earth-shattering, but rather “are pretty modest” in scope.
The paper is also aware that neither measure has any possibility of being approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.
And even if it did squeak through that body, the president would more-than-likely veto it.
It concludes rather, that “Democrats’ newfound willingness to broach the issue and stand up to the bullies of the NRA carries the possibility of progress down the road.”
One measure would have required background checks for private gun transfers, which would have been impossible to enforce and could have led to tragic unintended consequences.
“You could no longer let your girlfriend or boyfriend use your weapon if you leave and they’re at home trying to defend themselves,” said Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a rising star in the Republican Party. “They’d be a felon if they used that weapon.”
The second bill would have increased the federal background check time for gun purchases to up to 10 days from the current three.
Neither bill would prevent criminals’ use of weapons given that they generally steal them or acquire them on the black market.
Neither bill would have prevented the massacres at Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, the Orlando, Fla. Pulse Nightclub, or Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
But instead of fighting the NRA, Congress should listen to the Second Amendment rights organization.
After the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre observed, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”
Although the Post’s editorial board doesn’t yet understand those words, a group of North Carolina senators do.
They introduced SB 192 Wednesday, the School Security Act of 2019, which would not just give teachers, who also possess a concealed carry permit the right to carry weapons on school campuses, but would give them a bump in their pay to do it.
Although it was introduced and failed last year, the bill’s supporters believe it will succeed this time.
“This is an idea whose time has come,” said Sen. Jerry Tillman, one of the bill’s sponsors, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “With the heightened awareness of the legislature, I believe this bill will see success.”
Sheriffs in at least four other states — Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and Illinois — also get it. After their Democratic majority state legislatures enacted draconian gun control laws, county authorities took matters in their own hands.
Taking a cue from the progressives’ own playbook, sheriffs declared their counties to be sanctuary jurisdictions, and refuse to enforce those laws, thus displaying the divide between legislators and those on the front line who can distinguish what works from that which doesn’t.
And in doing so, they pledge their allegiance to a higher authority — the Constitution.
"If they want to have their own laws, that's fine. Don't shove them on us down here," said Dave Campbell, a member of the board of Effingham County, Illinois.
Gun control laws slap handcuffs on law-abiding gun owners while doing nothing to stop real criminals. In addition, gun free zones are an open invitation to the criminal element and especially would-be mass shooters.
Also on Thursday, 126 House Democrats voted to lower the national voting age to 16. Ironically, many states require gun owners to be at least 21. The Post was silent as to whether that vote carried with it “the possibility of progress down the road.”
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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