President Biden and the Democrats in Congress openly attack the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Recently, President Biden took action to limit gun rights. President Biden is also calling on Congress to pass legislation that would make it harder for Americans to buy and own guns. As your elected representative, I bring the voice of West Virginia gun owners to Washington, DC, and know it is my duty to stand up for your God-given rights.
The Biden administration bypasses Congress and issues executive orders to heavily regulate the legal manufacture of home firearms and add expensive fees to popular gun accessories, like stabilizer suspenders. Additionally, President Biden is calling on Congress to ban rifles and popular sports magazines with capacities greater than 10 rounds.
This legislation includes a complete ban on AR-15 style rifles, which is the most popular sporting rifle in the United States. Alarmingly, President Biden is also calling for allowing lawsuits that could bankrupt U.S. gunmakers.
In addition to President Biden’s actions, President Pelosi and House Democrats recently voted in favor of two anti-Second Amendment bills, HR 8 and HR 1446.
HR 8 heavily regulates the private sale of almost all firearms, including shotguns and popular shotguns. This bill would criminalize law-abiding men and women for common occurrences. For example, if you hunt with a friend and lend them your gun, you could face up to a year in jail and / or a $ 100,000 fine. If you loan a firearm to a law-abiding person facing a threat or domestic violence, you could face criminal penalties. If a farmer lends his gun to another farmer to tend the coyotes, he could face a year in jail and / or a fine of $ 100,000. The list of innocent actions that could be subject to criminal sanctions goes on and on.
The second bill passed by the US House is HR 1446, which extends the waiting period for obtaining a firearm from three days to 10 days.
The federal government currently has the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is used to perform background checks. This system checks an applicant’s criminal history, immigration status, and mental health history (for example, if he or she has ever been involuntarily admitted to a mental institution). The NICS checks other information such as whether the applicant was discharged from the military without honor or whether there are warrants open on the applicant.
This control is thorough and sufficient. There is no excuse for further bureaucratic delay and inaction on the part of the federal government to delay the legal purchase of a firearm. In some cases, 10 days versus three days can be a matter of life and death.
It is hypocritical that the Liberal Democrats in the House passed a gun control law while under the protection of heavily armed police and National Guards on the United States Capitol. Democrats across the country are working to fund the police and disarm law-abiding citizens. Gun control not only violates Americans’ constitutional rights, but the data also shows that it makes us less secure.
According to recent FBI data, cities with strict gun control laws are much more dangerous than states like West Virginia. Chicago’s violent crime rate is 943 per 100,000 population; Baltimore City has an astonishing violent crime rate of 1,859 per 100,000 population. This all compares to West Virginia’s violent crime rate of just 316 per 100,000 population. These Democrat-run cities are among the most dangerous places in America. Some of the country’s most violent crimes are taking place in these blue cities and states, but Democrats continue to implement their failed gun control agenda.
Rather than banning guns, enacting new executive orders, and creating anti-Second Amendment legislation, we should enforce existing laws for the safety and security of our communities. As a law-abiding West Virginia, you should be able to protect your family and property, and you should be able to enjoy the competitive hunting and shooting experiences our state has to offer. No matter how hard the Biden administration and Democrats in Washington, DC try to take away your Second Amendment rights, I will continue to fight for your right to legally keep and bear guns.
Alex Mooney represents West Virginia’s second district in the United States Congress.