June 17, 2022

When will they ever learn?  Apparently not any time soon.

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Once again, progressive Democrats have lured weak-kneed Senate Republicans – apparently eager for ‘approval’ from people and organizations who will, in truth, never give it to them – to cross over to the dark side in a gun control bill.

These ten sell-outs – nearly half of whom having already announced they’re not running for re-election in 2022 – have signed on with Senate Democrats, to pull together what the Democrats love to misleadingly label as “commonsense gun laws,” as reported in the Washington Post

These senators have been urged on by New York senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and by Kentucky senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  These two have urged their members of this ad hoc working group to embrace a nine-point “framework” leading up to a gun control bill.  

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Oddly, that framework actually never even mentions gun control.  Those seemingly moderate nine points within it are primarily a whitewash – a wish-and-a-promise list of ideas linking mental health with gun ownership, as well as mandating school systems to turn their schools into armed encampments. That provision is, actually, relatively common sense, but only if the armed presence in the schools are well-trained and volunteers.  You can be sure those “common-sense” limitations will be ignored in the final legislation.

Another of the nine points will involve pressuring states to enact “red-flag” gun laws that permit authorities to “temporarily” confiscate legally owned guns, without due process, violating both the Second and the Fourth Amendments.   Fortunately, because there is no due-process in red flag laws, they will – if enacted – be constitutionally overturned.  Not as a Second Amendment violation – which they are – but as a more politically-acceptable Fourth Amendment violation.  But that takes years, and in the meantime, millions of legal gun-owners will be “temporarily” deprived of their firearms, let alone the right to buy new firearms. 

That – even the red flag laws – still sounds more-or-less innocuous. But in this case, as so often is the case, it is deceiving.  Hey, it’s Washington, right?   So of course, there’s a catch.  There is a world of difference between a framework agreement termed a “handshake deal” by the Washington Post, and what will actually appear in the legislation, which has yet to be drafted. 

What the Democrats always do, and what the “bipartisan” Republicans always fall for, is the old bait-and-switch. 

The “common-sense” framework for legislation contains nothing overtly egregious to the Second Amendment, except for those red-flag laws, and – in the framework – those will see the individual states arm-twisted into passing these state-by-state gun seizure laws.  However, if past Democrat performance is any indication – and I believe it is – the actual legislation will contain most, if not all, of the gun-grab ideas President Biden has been so vigorously advocating.  Even though there’s no such thing as an “assault weapon,” those semi-automatic guns which look like full-auto military rifles or carbines will be banned – as will gun magazines holding ten or more rounds.  Biden even recently called for the ban of 9mm semi-auto handguns, the most commonly-owned firearms in America.  When that inevitably happens, the out-front “let’s go along to get along” Republicans will feel trapped into signing on to whatever the legislation has to say.

In effect, the Democrats – using the horrific Texas school shooting as a fig-leaf – have carefully crafted a way around the current fifty-fifty split in the Senate, one sure to be lost to the Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections.  Not having time to push “normal” legislation through the Senate, they have doubled-down on the public horror of that latest shooting.