August 19, 2022

House Democrats pass Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 on 217-213 vote

Whenever they’re looking for a political win with their base, Democrats attack the Second Amendment. However, this Hail Mary play may not help their political future.

The House of Representatives passed the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 Friday in a 217-213 vote, The Hill reported. This is the biggest win for the anti-gun left in nearly 20 years.

The legislation is similar to the assault rifle ban passed in 1994 by former President Bill Clinton. That bill sunsetted after a decade, and Democrats were unable to pass another such ban until now.

Weapons that fall under the new ban include certain semi-automatic pistols, semi-automatic assault weapons, and semi-automatic shotguns. Some are limited by features of the weapon, while others are prohibited based on magazine function, size, and capacity.

The bill received support from Republican Reps. Chris Jacobs of New York and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania. Joining the “no” votes were Democratic Reps. Jared Golden of Maine, Vincente Gonzales of Texas, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, and Kurt Schrader of Oregon.

There isn’t much chance the legislation will survive in the Senate. However, it was important to Democrats, who have nothing else and are staring down bleak prospects for the midterms.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) took to grandstanding during debate on the House floor. “A moment of silence is not enough,” he claimed.

“I should have counted how many moments of silence we have had on this Floor this year and lamented the loss of children and the elderly and everybody in between because of a weapon that is designed to kill a lot of people quickly,” Hoyer said. “No more moments of silence. Let’s act.”

The constant drumbeat to just do “something” usually ends in legislation that further limits the rights of law-abiding citizens. There’s little proof banning certain weapons will have an impact on safety, but Democrats don’t care — they’re just looking to score political points anyway.

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