The 2nd Amendment is arguably the most infringed upon section of the Bill of Rights. Cities, counties, states, and even the federal government do exactly what the 2nd Amendment forbids them from doing, yet we’re seeing the number and magnitude of gun laws increase, not decrease.
This is absolutely wrong. The 2nd Amendment was made by people who knew first-hand what could happen if a government is allowed to oppress the people without recourse. They knew that if we were ever faced with a similarly oppressive government, then the ability for the people to defend themselves, their family, their property, and the Constitution itself would hinge on their right to firearms.
H.R. 8, known as the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019” despite the fact that only eight Republicans voted in favor of it, would not have prevented any of the major shootings that prompted people to push for the legislation in the first place. It places a background check restriction on essentially everyone, not just gun dealers. If you own a gun and while you’re out of town your significant other needs to grab it out of the closet for self-defense, you and they have just committed a felony under H.R. 8.
Knowing it wouldn’t have prevented any of the mass shootings in recent years, Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) made a video on his way to vote. He knew there was no chance to prevent it from passing in the House. It’s hard to imagine it passing in the Senate, but stranger things have happened, which is why this video is so important.
Any Republican Senators considering voting in favor of the bill needs to ask themselves the question that Crenshaw brought up in the video:
“If we’re going to infringe on people’s liberties, what are we doing it for?”
The truth about universal background checks and today’s vote. pic.twitter.com/koigvhKKYT
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) February 27, 2019
We need better protections from those who use firearms to hurt others illegally. That does NOT mean we need more laws. If the current laws were enforced better, America would be safer. Let’s start there and stop throwing more laws on the books, okay DC?