With only thin majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats are working feverishly to pass everything on their legislative wish list before 2022, and the possibility that they’ll lose control.
Among the Democrats’ highest priorities is gun control legislation, including gun bans, magazine bans, criminalizing private firearms sales, and much more.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to Americans who have been paying attention. When Joe Biden told Americans he wanted Beto “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke as part of his team, and Sheila Jackson-Lee introduced the draconian HR 127, Americans were told everything they need to know about Democrats’ plans for their guns.
In the face of increased gun control measures passing, more people are buying guns. The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board comments, writing:
The Democrats running Washington seem intent on fulfilling every other progressive dream, so why not gun control? Last week the House passed two new gun measures, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promises they’ll get a vote on the Senate floor. They’d better hope this doesn’t boomerang the way rising crime has spurred gun purchases.
The first bill passed 227-203, with only eight Republicans, and would impose background checks for even person-to-person gun sales. The other bill passed 219-210, with only two Republican votes. This would extend the window for background checks to 10 days from three. The bills are aimed at making it harder to acquire and own guns.
Democrats are betting that background checks are popular, but the result in practice may be to spur more gun sales. In 2020 the National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported 21 million background checks, which translates to 8.4 million new gun owners. That’s a record. There were an estimated 2.9 million new gun buyers in 2019, and the previous record was 3.4 million in 2016.
More buyers are women and minorities. “Forty percent of 2020’s buyers were women and the biggest increase of any demographic category was among African Americans, who bought guns at a rate of 58 percent greater than in 2019,” says the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which tracks the data.
Mr. Schumer surely knows the bills have no chance to get 60 votes in the Senate. But holding the votes will please progressives, and if there’s new gun violence Democrats might benefit politically. But no one should think that pressing gun control will do anything other than spur more gun sales.
Action Line: If you haven’t gotten your gun and your training already, you may soon be too late. Get them now.
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