Democrats never let a good crisis go to waste. That’s why the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, has spurred a new gun grab legislation bonanza.
House Democrats passed a legislative package restricting gun rights for law-abiding citizens, NBC News reported. The Protecting Our Kids Act bans certain ammunition and restricts the age of purchase for certain weapons, among other new laws.
The legislation passed 223-204 with all but two Democrats voting for it and five Republicans joining. It’s not expected to pass in the evenly-split Senate without serious rollbacks to avoid a Republican filibuster.
Some of the new restrictions involve banning high-capacity magazines as well as mandating how guns are stored in homes, and levying penalties on those who don’t comply. It also would require bump stocks to be registered and increase the minimum age to purchase certain weapons.
Democrats have used the heightened emotions following the Texas elementary school shooting to push for stricter gun laws that ban guns instead of addressing underlying issues. “Why? Why would someone be against raising the age so that teenagers do not have AK-47s?” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday after a 228-199 to include a provision raising the age to purchase military-type rifles from 18 to 21, Newsweek reported.
“Yes, they say mental health issues. Yes, we want to address mental health issues. Other countries have mental health issues. They don’t have a gun violence epidemic,” Pelosi claimed.
Meanwhile, Republicans are taking a more rational approach. “Airplanes were used that day as the weapon to kill thousands of people and to inflict terror on our country,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) pointed out about the 9/11 attacks. “There wasn’t a conversation about banning airplanes.”
Stopping these mass shootings is a complex issue that requires a dynamic approach. However, Democrats aren’t as interested in solving the real problem as they are in taking Second Amendment rights away from Americans.