How Do 8 Dems Announce New Gun Control Bill Without a Bill To Read?

H/T AmmoLand.

How can you have a gun control bill without a bill to read?


U.S.A. –-( When eight House Democrats announced a new gun control measure called the “Protecting Our Communities Act,” as reported by The Hill, they left out one important component: the text.

AmmoLand News checked for the language in H.R. 3299 and it hadn’t been posted despite declarations from Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) and colleagues that the bill is;

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“a package of common-sense efforts to close obvious loopholes in America’s gun laws, prevent mass shootings, and protect law enforcement officers and the public from high-powered, rapid-firing and untraceable weapons.”

That description of this legislation, which at this writing, consists of a title-only void, (presumably to be filled shortly) contains enough boilerplate hyperbole to delight any gun prohibitionist. It also demonstrates the danger of “title-only” bills. It allows sponsors to make things up essentially on the fly.

There is a benefit to reading all of the pronouncements. They allow an inside look at the mindset of anti-gunners whose interests just might collide with the Constitution.

Here are some excerpts:

Rep. Val Demings (FL-10): “I call on Congress to immediately advance and pass these common-sense reforms to stop mass shooters, slow the flow of untraceable weapons into our communities, and protect law enforcement officers. Despite the lies and screeches from the scandal-ridden NRA, the truth is that the vast majority of American agree that criminals shouldn’t be able to buy a gun or download one, that weapons which fire through police officers’ ballistic vests should be tightly and rightly controlled, and that weapon modifications that allow shooters to fire hundreds of rounds a minute simply have no place on our streets. I’m proud to join with my colleagues on this commonsense legislation. Let’s get this done and save lives.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18): This bill is necessary to address urgent issues such as ghost guns, individuals at extreme risk for committing gun violence, and concealable assault weapons. In addition, I intend to focus on other firearms issues, such as safe gun storage, as we in Congress take steps to pass additional gun violence prevention legislation.

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), “Over the past two decades, gun violence tragedies have grown exponentially, devastating communities across this country, including southwest Oregon. While I’ve pushed for sensible solutions for years, Congress has failed to pass comprehensive gun violence prevention reforms to address this epidemic. It’s well-past time for Congress to finally enact common-sense solutions to close dangerous loopholes, help prevent mass shootings, and protect our families, friends, neighbors, and dedicated law enforcement officers so we can make our communities safer.”

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13): “Closing loopholes to ensure that people who should not have guns cannot get guns is common sense and will save lives. Ghost guns are guns, plain and simple. They pose a serious concern for communities around the nation as well as for law enforcement agencies, who are often unable to trace these kits. I am proud that my bill, the Ghost Guns Are Guns Act, is part of this critical legislative gun violence prevention package. I look forward to continuing my work with my colleagues to ensure we implement comprehensive change that would close these loopholes, expand background checks, and improve the overall safety of our communities by making it more difficult for these weapons to fall into the wrong hands.”

Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-2): “Inaction on gun violence is simply not an option. Our communities in Colorado and across the nation have felt the pain and grief of senseless acts of violence far too many times, and these incidents demand a response. The Protecting Our Communities Act combines several common-sense, urgently needed gun violence prevention measures to close existing loopholes, protect our communities and save lives…We’ve lost far too many lives at the hands of mass shootings. We must find the willpower and the urgency to act for our kids and for our future.”

Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5): “I’m pleased to have worked with my colleagues to introduce a gun reform package aimed at protecting our neighborhoods and ensuring that weapons stay out of the wrong hands. My hope is that these reforms will save lives and prevent further gun violence. I also want to thank my colleagues for including my bill in this package and I look forward to seeing it move through our democratic legislative process.”

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5): “Tackling the scourge of gun violence requires that the Administration and Congress work together to keep guns out of the hands of those who may be a danger to themselves or others. That’s why today I’m proud to be an original coauthor of Representative Demings’ Protecting Our Communities Act, an important bill that will crack down on unregulated ghost guns and dangerous concealable assault rifles like the one used in the recent shooting in Boulder, prohibit bump stocks by law and boost the background checks system to notify state and local law enforcement when felons and others prohibited from purchasing a gun try to buy one. This is a critical bill in our work to keep our communities safe and I’m proud to support it as Chairman of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.”

Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22), “It’s been decades since Congress passed any meaningful updates to our gun laws, and existing enforcement regimes are failing to meet the challenges we’re facing today. Law enforcement officers understand these challenges more than most…We have no time to waste to pass focused reforms that can make a real difference in our communities and save lives.”

These names should be remembered in November 2022. They make good sales pitches, but will they be able to keep a single firearm out of the hands of a single criminal? The history of gun control suggests they will not.

There was an additional name in the Demings news release, not a member of Congress but from the gun prohibition lobby. The inclusion of his comment is enough to erase any doubt about where the loyalties of Capitol Hill Democrats lay.

Nick Suplina, Everytown’s Managing Director of Law and Policy, “The common-sense measures in this package address some of the most urgent threats to public safety. Vice Chair Demings has long been a champion for gun safety, from helping lead the House Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce to introducing today’s important legislation.”

Evidently, concerns about missing text are premature. Everytown, the billionaire-backed gun control lobbying group, will supply the wish list.


H/T The Truth About Guns.

The Second Amendment is the guardian of the other nine amendments.

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Connecticut US Senator Richard Blumenthal were given massive coverage in the media this week to push their new tyrannical gun control law. “The Ammunition Background Check Act of 2021,” would require all citizens who wish to purchase ammo for their already-legal firearms to undergo background checks first.

The law is also called “Jamie’s Law,” named in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, one of 17 victims in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.

On Thursday, the congresswoman from Florida took to shamelessly exploiting the Parkland tragedy to push even more senseless gun control measures.

“No person should endure the agonizing pain of losing someone they love to gun violence. Families in towns and cities across the country who have been touched by this agonizing epidemic are joining Fred Guttenberg and other gun safety advocates to demand Congress address this public health crisis,” said Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz. “Jaime’s Law is a crucial piece of the multifaceted approach needed to end the gun violence epidemic. Closing the ammunition loophole and requiring background checks for ammunition purchases can save lives.”

Jamie’s father all released a statement to push the bill.

“My daughter Jaime was murdered over 3 years ago. Since then, our failure to address the reality of gun violence has only become more challenging as we see more instances of gun violence. The gun surge unleashed during the pandemic has resulted in over 400,000,000 weapons on our streets,” said Fred Guttenberg, founder of Orange Ribbons For Jaime. “Unfortunately, as we are seeing every day now, many in the hands of someone who intends harm and wants to kill. The way to deal with this reality is to pass Jaime’s law and extend background checks to ammunition. The reality of gun violence in America will not fix itself. We need this life saving legislation or we will continue to face our current daily reality of gun violence and loss of life. We are better than this. THE TIME IS NOW!!! Let’s save lives together and pass Jaime’s Law.”

As CBS Miami reports, with Democrats in control of Congress, Guttenberg feels there is a great chance of passage this year.

“The gun lobby is weakened and this is the year to pass legislation,” he says.

While Guttenberg’s loss is certainly tragic, requiring background checks for ammunition would not have prevented Nikolas Cruz from shooting up Parkland. There were over a dozen red flags authorities completely overlooked and Cruz was allowed to buy a gun despite committing multiple felonies prior to committing mass murder.

But citing Cruz as the reason for advocating the erosion of the 2nd Amendment is commonplace for the the anti-gun activists who constantly claim he should’ve had his guns taken which would have prevented the tragedy. Sadly, however, they are ignoring the fact that he was accused of multiple felonies—and should’ve never been able to purchase a gun in the first place—but law enforcement failed to act on any of it.

According to a report by CNN, records obtained from the sheriff’s office by CNN show the law enforcement agency received at least 45 calls for service relating to Cruz or his brother from 2008 to 2017.

As TFTP previously reported, Cruz warned that he was going to shoot up a school and kill people and the FBI did nothing. “I’m going to be a professional school shooter,” A YouTube user named Nikolas Cruz commented on a video on Sept. 24, 2017. The video was posted on the channel “Ben The Bondsman,” and the owner, Ben Bennight, immediately took a screenshot and submitted it to the FBI. Nothing happened.

While this is bad enough, the Sheriff’s department records show that police were given this exact same warning—a year before—because Cruz had been declaring his wishes to shoot up the school publicly.

According to the records, in 2016, a neighbor warned police that Cruz posted on Instagram that he said he “planned to shoot up the school.” The person who made that call came forward in March and said that she begged the sheriff’s office to intervene. Instead of intervening though, police told her that they couldn’t act until Cruz actually did something.

The incompetence is staggering, especially given the fact that making a direct threat of violence is illegal.

A few months after he said he wanted to shoot up the school on Instagram—because the police failed to heed this warning and the dozens of other ones—Cruz bought the rifle he would use in the shooting—none of the gun control laws or the actual laws on the books designed to stop him from getting a gun worked.

In Florida, if a person making death threats intends for the victim to fear for his or her safety, specifically fearful of death or bodily harm, it is considered a credible threat under the law, which changes the crime from stalking, a first-degree misdemeanor, to aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree. Cruz was reported at least 4 times for this very crime before he bought his AR-15 — and police did nothing.

The reactionary nature of disarming Americans because deranged psychopaths kill people is dangerous and only serves to keep the guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens. Moreover, deranged psychopaths don’t even need guns to cause mass death.

This bill, like all gun control bills before it, do nothing to address the reason people go on killing sprees and only attempt to remove a single tool while laying waste to the rights of tens of millions of law-abiding individuals.