Yet another warning shot has now been fired across the bow of those of us law abiding citizens who choose to own a gun. We who desire nothing more than our constitutionally guaranteed right to protect ourselves and our families from those who would wish to do us harm. At a time when our president has seen fit to release thousands of convicted criminals from prison, allow millions into this country illegally and is now permitting an unknown number of Muslim terrorists in our country, it’s members of his own party who now wish leave the American people so thoroughly vulnerable to a increasing population of potentially violent offenders.
This most recent shot over the bow comes in the form of what is nothing more than a very thinly veiled threat from one of the top-ranking Democrats in the Senate who vowed that his party will “bring a universal background check bill to the floor of the Senate early next year.” It was none other than ‘Little Chuckie’ Schumer of New York who made this threat last Friday while at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. He was there, oddly enough, to be honored with the “Sarah Brady Visionary Award,” named after the wife of former President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary Jim Brady, who was shot and left brain-damaged by an attempted Reagan assassin in 1981.
A press release issued by the pro-gun control organization quoted Chuckie’s promise/threat to pursue the legislation, and he referenced 1993’s Brady Act, which mandated federal background checks and imposed a five-day waiting period on gun purchases in the U.S. Chuckie said, “The Brady Bill proved – proved – that we could do something in this country to make our communities and neighborhoods safer without in any way abridging rights or threatening a legitimate part of the American heritage.” However, there have been any number of studies that have shown that the Brady Bill has had virtually no impact on the number of gun homicides.
But none of that was enough to keep Chuckie from spewing his standard anti-gun drivel to what was, I’m quite sure, a very friendly crowd. Chuckie said, “The Brady Bill was step one… but it was always incomplete. We need to close the loopholes that still remain in the background check system and finish the job that Jim and Sarah Brady started so many years ago. If we could do it then, we can do it now…. We are going to bring the universal background check bill to the floor of the Senate, early next year, and with your help we’re going to win!” Well, with the president cadre of limp-wrists Republicans, Democrats may well succeed here.
And it was in reference to a bill that would ban people who are on the terror watch list from purchasing guns that we heard White House Spokesmoron Josh Earnest, just yesterday, expressed his hope that Americans would discuss the need for gun control over Thanksgiving dinner. He said, “As people are sitting around the Thanksgiving table talking about these issues — as they should and I’m sure they all will across the country — I hope that is a question that will be raised and asked by members around the table.” I’m not sure about anyone else, but any discussion about guns that comes up at my table won’t involve any sort of gun control debate.
The new bill to which our esteemed Mr. Earnest alluded is one that many Democrats have now dubbed the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015. It would give the U.S. attorney general, you know the very trustworthy Loretta Lynch, the authority to “deny the sale, delivery, or transfer of a firearm or the issuance of a firearms or explosives license or permit to dangerous terrorists.” And according to several of the bill’s Democratic sponsors, the proposed law would allow the attorney general to deny a criminal background check clearance to any individual whose name appears on the national terror watch list.
The huge problem with this expansive new power is that there are precisely zero statutory criteria for inclusion on this massive list. In fact, when statutory authority for the centralized government database was first codified into law via the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, Congress gave all authority for determining criteria for inclusion in the watch list to unelected, unaccountable government bureaucrats. So now, if some faceless Beltway bureaucrat decides you might be a terrorist, then guess what, you’re a terrorist. Needless to say the NRA is wary of such a bill due to what it says are numerous incidences of people being wrongly placed on the list.
And I think it might be worth noting here, that this terrorism watch list already has over one million names on it. Which does cause me some level of trepidation in light of just how eager the Democrats seem to be in their effort to violate our Constitution. And it’s unlikely that those of us who legally own a gun will get any meaningful assistance from our gutless Republicans in Congress. And as I have made note of before, more laws are not what’s needed, what’s needed is for the laws currently on the books need to be enforced. But to do so doesn’t accomplish for the Democrats that which they so desperately want. A completely unarmed American public.