Speaker of the House Paul Ryan isn’t going to be making a lot of new fans among the millions of angry, establishment-weary Americans with his latest compromise.Ryan will allow a piece of legislation focused on guns and terrorism to be voted on next week.
Breitbart reports, The details of the legislation have not been made available, but Roll Call reports that Ryan told House Republicans about the vote during a June 30 conference call.
During the call, Ryan said it is “common sense that suspects on terror watch lists not be able to buy guns.” His announcement of this scheduled vote comes one week after House Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in for gun control.
Breitbart News previously reported that a number of Senate Republicans are ready to support gun control as well. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) observed that mixing the language of gun control with the language of fighting terrorism has yielded GOP support from Senators like Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Susan Collins (R-Maine), among others.For his part, Ryan continues to stress that House gun control has to contain “a provision [protecting] due process for people who may mistakenly be added to [no fly or terror watch] lists.” But it is important to note that Omar Mateen was not on such a list, so gun control based on such lists would have been impotent to stop him.
Not only was Mateen not on these lists, neither were San Bernardino attackers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, yet again calling into question the effectiveness of such a measure.
The question Speaker Ryan and other establishment types need to answer is why they seem to struggle so deeply with doing their job to protect and uphold our constitutional rights?There’s plenty of evidence floating around to suggest gun control laws are totally ineffective at stopping terrorists and criminals from being able to procure guns and use them in heinous attacks on innocent people.
Since we know these laws are useless in preventing attacks and mass shootings, why should there be a vote at all on legislation designed to limit the Second Amendment rights of the American people?Rather than continue trying to solve the issue of radical Islamic terrorism with more gun control, how about taking a different route and allowing folks to exercise the right to bear arms?
Just a thought.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]