This hits close to home for a lot of us. The right to protect yourself is one of the things that set us apart from almost any other country in the world.
It’s bad enough that many social media outlets are doing everything in their power to restrict our speech online. Now the Republican party, the supposed protectors of the Second Amendment, are blindly signing bills into law that further restrict the rights of gun owners.
Read the attached article and tell us if you still think the Republican party is on the side of the American people.
Everyone likes to blame the Democrats for gun control, but here’s a news flash: those of us who fervently believe in the Second Amendment are actually being betrayed by members of the Republican party who are in Congress right now. The budget bill on the table right now would gut the right to bear arms for millions of Americans, it’s already passed the House and Senate, and the Congress is controlled by Republicans.
The spending bill that Congress hopes to pass is more than 2200 pages, according to Senator Rand Paul, who was outraged at being given less than a day to read the entire bill. Senator Paul live-tweeted his reading of the bill last night, and it’s a pretty safe bet that nobody else in Congress spent the evening reading it before they voted.
In this budget bill are some insidious things that affect our Second Amendment rights.
The bill revives an Obama-era restriction on firearms for senior citizens.
Just before President Obama left office, his administration finalized new regulations banning Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances.
Using the Congressional Review Act, Republicans and two Democrats passed a bill overturning the regulation. But the bill did more than that. It also prevents any future president from reinstituting the ban without new legislative authorization from Congress.
Unfortunately, the spending bill passed Thursday allows the ban to be reinstituted because it reauthorizes the 2007 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Amendments Act. This act allowed government agencies, not just the courts, to determine if someone is mentally incompetent to buy or possess a gun.
It’s extremely frustrating to watch politicians give away our rights when so many of us have fought for our entire lives to keep those rights.
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