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House Judiciary Committee goes ahead with new gun control measures as support for them declines

By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved legislation to create new gun control laws in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, including a federal “red flag law” and expanded background checks.

In addition, legislation banning “high capacity” magazines and making those who are convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime prohibited possessors was included.



“More than 35,000 Americans lose their lives because of guns every year. Every day in America, on average, 34 people are murdered with a firearm. Gun violence of this magnitude is a distinctly American problem. A country to country comparison is shocking. For example, in 2011 the United Kingdom had 146 deaths due to gun violence; Denmark, 71; Portugal, 142; and Japan, just 30,” Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said during the hearing.

“But in the United States, more than 35,000. Even when you adjust for population differences, Americans are disproportionally killed by gun violence,” he added.

“A recent study in the American Journal of Medicine found that, compared to 22 other high-income countries, the gun-related murder rate in the United States is 25 times higher,” Nadler said.

“The president and others try to pin blame for gun violence on mental illness, but we know that the United States does not have a rate of mental illness that is 25 times higher than the rest of the world. That is clearly not the source of our gun violence crisis.”

But Republicans, including Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA), were opposed to the proposal.

“I am concerned about addressing this important issue, addressing the issue of mass shootings to combating the discouraging laws plaguing our urban communities,” he said. “I stand ready to work with you on sensible solutions that will, that could actually prevent, these atrocities.

“What I am not willing to do is support legislation that will not do anything to make us safer and will simultaneously infringes on the rights and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution,” Collins continued. “Unfortunately, all three of the bills we’re considering today will do just that.”

Collins noted that while the Extreme Risk Protection Act may seem like a “common sense measure,” there are serious issues, especially relating to the lack of due process. Red flag laws, as ERPO’s are called, deprive individuals of their legally purchased and owned firearms without allowing them to defend themselves in a court of law.

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Also, Nadler’s gun casualty figures are wildly misrepresentative.

For years, FBI statistics have shown that the vast majority of gun deaths in the U.S. are caused by handgun-related suicides, not homicides.

“In 2016, the last year for which the CDC provides numbers, 22,938 people committed suicide by firearm, while 14,415 people died in gun homicides,” Vox reported in November 2018.

In addition, gun homicides — as are all homicides — are down from levels seen in the 1980s and 1990s.

Besides, as the Washington Free Beacon‘s gun writer, Stephan Gutowski, writes, support for new gun control measures is dropping:

Polls from Quinnipiac University and an ABC News/Washington Post partnership asked about the gun control debate in America and specific gun control proposals. Both polls showed a general downward trend in support for new gun control measures even in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Neither poll found heightened enthusiasm for any gun control proposal which had been polled more than twice. Instead, they found support for gun control policies either relatively stable or declining, though still substantial.

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Leo Smith
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Leo Smith

The House judiciary Committee is a Criminal Enterprise run by the Anti American deep state Chinese owned Democrats.

dickee
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WELL, NAZI-NADLER, MAYBE THE STATS YOU QUOTED SHOWED AN UNUSUALLY HIGH NUMBER OF DEATHS BY HANDGUNS (THE MAJORITY OF THEM SUICTDAL, *NOT* MURDERS) IN AMERICA COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT DID THOSE COMPARISONS SHOW HOW MANY OF THE MURDERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES INVOLVED YOUNG MEN ON PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS, AND IN “NO GUN” ZONES? WELL? DID THEY? YOU LITTLE NAZI!

Philly
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Philly

I recently purchased a .22 target pistol. I had to undergo a background check. This despite the fact that I have three three Federal security clearances!

Poneyexpress
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Poneyexpress

1. There’s No Evidence Red Flag Laws Reduce Gun Violence Most people haven’t heard of red flag laws until recently—if they have at all—but they aren’t new. Connecticut enacted the nation’s first red flag law in 1999, followed by Indiana (2005). This means social scientists have had decades to analyze the effectiveness of these laws. And what did they find? “The evidence,” The New York Times recently reported, “for whether extreme risk protection orders work to prevent gun violence is inconclusive, according to a study by the RAND Corporation on the effectiveness of gun safety measures.” The Washington Post reports… Read more »

wilbur stalker
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wilbur stalker

who cares any one will have to take my guns by force if i dont get them 1st

Jack
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Jack

They need to get a new model he is violating one of four basic safety rules, keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until the weapon is pointed at something you intend to shoot. Or maybe he don’t like his spleen.

Pilot Dave
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Pilot Dave

Great argument for NOT having any more “gun laws” – The UK does not allow any citizen to have a hand gun, and is very restrictive on long guns – so there should be ZERO gun murders in the UK. Plus, none of these new laws would have prevented the shootings in Texas and Ohio. In point of fact, the shooter in Texas could not buy a gun through current law, so he bought an illegally manufactured gun on the street, like most criminals do. Even if all “assault weapons” were outlaws, shooters would switch to a 12g shot gun… Read more »

Will Ford
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Will Ford

The TURDS trying to Disarm us, NEED to be STRIPPED OF the security at the Capital and any armed security EVERYWHERE they go. They should NOT be allowed own ANY firearms or ANYTHING with a TRIGGER. SCREW THEM! IMO!

AntiCommie
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AntiCommie

Listen, everybody! Dumpy and the House Judiciary Committee are herding Americans to the cliff…. they are pushing idea that we have guns to protect ourselves and must have their protection to protect ourselves instead of guns. HERE’S the thing…….. we do NOT have guns constitutionally to protect ourselves. At the time of the Constitution, Amendments, EVERYBODY had guns for hunting and they handled “disturbed” people needing help in other ways, without firearms…. what we have the 2nd Amendment for is NOT for our personal protection or hunting. LISTEN… we have the 2nd Amendment as a warning to POLITICIANS, TYRANTS who… Read more »