by Daveda Gruber:
On Thursday Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., made it very clear that the Senate would vote on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.
The bill was passed in the House on Thursday with a vote of 227-203.
In 2019 another version of the bill was passed by the House but not by the Senate when it did not receive 60 votes, which would be enough to clear the filibuster.
During a Thursday press conference Schumer said, “In the past, when they sent it over to us last time, it went into [fomer Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard. The legislative graveyard is over. H.R. 8 will be on the floor of the Senate, and we will see where everybody stands. No more hopes and prayers, thoughts and prayers. A vote is what we need, a vote, not thoughts and prayers.”
Maybe Schumer doesn’t believe in “thoughts and prayers” helping anything that he wants in the Senate.
Thursday was a busy day for gun-grabbers. The House passed H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Check Act, by a 219-210 vote.
That bill would extend the amount of time to complete a federal background check before a gun purchase is approved.
March 2nd was an indication that “guns” were on the minds of many. On the second Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and 131 co-sponsors reintroduced H.R. 8.
Schumer authored the Brady Act requiring background checks on all U.S. firearm buyers.
At the press briefing Schumer also said, “Certainly hundreds of thousands — maybe millions — of people walking the streets today because we passed [the 1994 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act] would be dead.”
Schumer went on to say, “But when we passed the law, little did we know, it had some loopholes in it that we didn’t know at the time. We didn’t know there would be an internet, so we didn’t prohibit internet sales without a background check.”
There is a loophole that the Democrats have criticized for quite some time now. It is called “Charleston loophole” after the 2015 Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina.
The “Charleston loophole” refers to current law that allows federal firearms licensees to proceed with a firearm transfer if a background check is not completed within three (3) business days.
A white supremacist, Dylann Roof, who was the shooter in the 2015 massacre, obtained a firearm after law enforcement officials did not block the purchase within three days.
H.R. 1446 would extend the three-day time frame to 10 days. If no denial has been given in 10 days, a potential buyer could ask for a final determination.
The purchase of the firearm would be allowed if no decision is made in the following 10 days.
The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action does say that the three-day window is a necessary “safety valve” and explains that without it, “the FBI has no incentive to complete checks in a timely manner.”
The Center for American Progress, a progressive organization, says that it allows unstable Americans to “evade the law and buy guns.”
During Thursday’s briefing, Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., argued that the political landscape has changed since 2019.
He also discussed the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting that killed 26 people, including 20 children.
Needless to say, the Biden administration is looking forward to working with Congress to strengthen the federal gun background check system. The said on Monday that they believe “commonsense” steps will reduce gun violence.
Folks, they want to disarm the American public. They can dress up the bills to make them appear to make people safer but it doesn’t change the fact that they are Hell bent on reducing the number of guns that are sold.
Conservatives in America must be diligent. We cannot slowly let the government take away our right to bear arms. If we give an inch, they’ll take it all.