As the coronavirus epidemic began to dominate news cycles and alter everyday American life, Congressional Democrats advanced a new ‘behemoth’ gun control bill that goes far beyond anything the American people have ever seen debated in the halls of Congress, combining the worst of the worst gun control proposals into a single piece of legislation.
H.R. 5717, the “Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020,” was introduced to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on March 10th, having been sponsored by Georgia’s Hank Johnson and and eighteen other Democrats.
The bill is exceptionally comprehensive in instituting various forms of federal gun confiscation proposals touted by anti-gun elements of American society. It includes:
-A ban on almost all semiautomatic rifles
-A nationwide gun registry
-Federal bans on magazine capacity
-A massive 30% tax on all gun transactions, and a 50% tax on all ammunition purchases
-A ban on gun ownership for Americans under the age of 21
-National ‘red flag’ extralegal gun confiscation programs
-Mandatory storage requirements for gun owners
And a bevy of other gun restrictions that Democrats have long dismissed as pipe dreams beholden to only a fringe element of their party.
Previously these proposed restrictions have been touted as sole proposals in state and federal legislation. The bill’s supporters appear to have rejected the strategy of piecemeal gun control, opting instead for an anti-gun omnibus that could wholly destroy America’s tradition of lawful gun ownership in a single stroke.
It shouldn’t be surprising at all that nationwide gun and ammunition sales are surging rapidly as the coronavirus epidemic rages. Democrats don’t appear to have taken the epidemic as a sign to let up on attacking the Second Amendment. The Sheriff of Los Angeles County openly said that purchasing guns is a “bad idea” during the duration of the epidemic.
The bill may never make it out of committee, but it sponsors deserve lasting ignominy.
Philadelphia Gun Store Owner Shoots and Kills Looter In Attempted Break-In
He says the man had tried to break into his store on three straight nights.
A South Philadelphia gun store owner shot and killed a man who had broke into his store early Tuesday morning.
He’s recounting seeing three men using bolt cutters to cut through the padlock locking the fence to the building containing Firing Line Inc. on surveillance camera. After the three men broke into a back window and entered the first floor of the building, the store’s 67-year owner retrieved his Bushmaster M4 AR 15-style rifle, later firing one shot at the group of three men when they made their way upstairs. The store’s owner had realized that the burglars were armed, and fired at the men.
One looter was killed from the shot, and the other two fled.
Philadelphia Police Inspector Scott Smalls is describing the incident as a clear cut example of self defense. After questioning of the gun store owner and review of surveillance camera footage, he won’t face any criminal charges for defending his shop.
“One of the individuals that broke into the property, pointed a handgun at him,” Smalls told Fox 29. “And that’s when the store owner fired his own weapon, striking the one perpetrator at least one time in the head and he collapsed, dropping his gun between his legs.”
The store owner was spending the night at his shop because he believed looters had tried to access the building two preceding nights, as race riots and widespread looting rocked Philadelphia and the nation.
Another man later showed up at an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Authorities believe he’s connected to the group of men who attempted to loot Firing Line.
Thank God for the Second Amendment.
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