We need to remain vigilant.
United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Second Amendment supporters have no need to fear honest research on Second Amendment issues. The facts have consistently borne out the folly of punishing law-abiding Americans for crimes and acts of madness they did not commit – especially when said punishments (usually in the form of infringements on our rights) do not deliver the results promised. The real problem, though, is making sure taxpayer funds go towards honest research.
One thing Second Amendment supporters can take to the bank is that they will not get anything close to an honest study out of HR 4740, the TASER Access, Safety, and Effectiveness Review and Study Act, or TASERS Act. For starters, the bill’s sponsor should be a huge red flag in and of itself. This bill was introduced by Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), who also is known for the Blair Holt Firearm Owner Licensing and Record of Sale Act.
This legislation, like the Gun Suicide Prevention Act, is intended as a trojan horse – and in two aspects. The first, most obviously, is the generation of “research” in the form of phony “studies” that will be used to attack our rights.
In this case, Rush is trying to make people think he’s just interested in taser research, but a look at the text of this bill shows that the title is a lie. Because the bill is not just going after stun guns. Nope, Rush’s bill requires “a national study of firearms and tasers.”
A study to determine what, exactly? Rush has a list of four things: The number of successful self-defense attempts, as well as the number of accidental discharges, the types and severity of injuries sustained, and the long-term health implications. This is for both tasers and firearms. The real trick will be how a “successful self-defense attempt” is defined, and you can bet the description will be very restrictive and will exclude many of the ways a firearm in the hands of a good guy stops bad things from happening.
Then, of course, there is who conducts the study. Rush wants it to be led by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health to consult. Furthermore, within two years, not only does the “study” get published, but the CPSC also gets to make recommendations. As we discussed with the Gun Suicide Prevention Act, this is just rife for mischief.
In other words, this study doesn’t just have involvement from agencies that were complete hacks, it also opens the door for “recommendations” that will likely line up with the Bloomberg wish list. At the very least, it should be amended to require that any “study” be reviewed by the Crime Prevention Research Center prior to publication – and that publication should not happen if it doesn’t pass muster.
Second Amendment supporters should contact their Representative and Senators to urge that this bill be defeated. Failing that, it should be amended as described in the previous paragraph.
About Harold Hutchison
Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.