Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (D-WI) does not expect red flag gun control to be passed any time soon, as the media-driven hysteria following the gruesome mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH continues to wane.
“I really don’t see the dynamic having really changed there much,” Johnson said. “I don’t anticipate we’re going to pass a federal red flag law.
“There are a lot of downsides to passing more legislation that doesn’t do anything positive,” Johnson added.
Johnson’s statements follow news that President Donald Trump, who initially signaled support for strengthening background checks and enacting federal red flag laws following the shootings, was pivoting on the issue following strong constituent feedback against gun control.
“A lot of the people that put me where I am, are strong believers in the Second Amendment, and I am also. And we have to be very careful about that. You know, they call it the slippery slope. All of a sudden everything gets taken away,” Trump said to reporters. “We’re not going to let that happen.”
Johnson understands Trump’s point regarding the pulse of Republican voters. They are firmly opposed to gun control, particularly red flag laws that could be used by their political opponents to seize their guns without due process.
“If he’s talking to the same people I’d be talking to, he’d probably be a little bit more careful in terms of saying: ‘This is for sure what’s going to happen,’” Johnson said.
“All I can really tell you is what I hear in Wisconsin: The debate really hasn’t changed at all,” Johnson added. “I realize the clamor and I realize the polling, but I don’t think that really assesses peoples’ knowledge of what we’re really talking about here.”
Trump reportedly told NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre yesterday that background checks are off the table, and the pro-gun group issued a tweet in celebration of the good news.
I spoke to the president today. We discussed the best ways to prevent these types of tragedies. @realDonaldTrump is a strong #2A President and supports our Right to Keep and Bear Arms! – Wayne LaPierre
— NRA (@NRA) August 20, 2019
Democrats are up in arms about the apparent unwillingness of President Trump’s Republican Party to sell out the 2nd Amendment for the purposes of political expediency.
“These retreats are heartbreaking, particularly for the families of the victims of gun violence,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a tweet.
“It’s time for Republicans and President Trump to decide whose side they’re on,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CN) said in a statement. “Are they going to stand with the 90 percent of Americans who want universal background checks, or are they going to once again kowtow to the desires of the gun lobby?”
In an era where Democrats are accusing all Republicans of being extremists, racists and white supremacists, President Trump and GOP Congressional leaders are finally understanding that infringing upon the 2nd Amendment is not an option.
“NFAC” Militia Leader Grand Master Jay Shows His Pitiful Knowledge of Firearms
This was laughable.
The leader of the black nationalist “Not F****** Around Coalition,” self-titled “Grand Master Jay,” (real name John Fitzgerald Johnson) demonstrates a poor knowledge of firearms in a new video of the militia leader.
The NFAC is a black militia group that actively supports secession from the United States, and has engaged in several armed protests for purposes of political intimidation. The group went viral for an armed march at Stone Mountain, Georgia, in which they hailed and hassled motorists.
Twitter user and firearms enthusiast @LouisvilleGun published the video of Grand Master Jay on Wednesday morning, in which he makes a series of false claims about an AR-15 style rifle.
Leader of the “Not F****** Aroind Coalition” shows off his firearms expertise. Remember, he’s a “highly trained shooter.” pic.twitter.com/bPUKdxPRRO
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) July 29, 2020
First, the Grand Master makes the claim that the AR-15 rifle he’s holding is a “bullpup.” A bullpup rifle’s magazine is placed behind its trigger group in proximity to the shooter. An AR rifle is not a bullpup rifle.
Johnson calls the rifle an “XR-15 shorty,” and claims that he bought the gun in 1990 in Germany. Firearms imported from Germany aren’t unheard of in American civilian ownership, but the rifle looks much more like an American-made Colt AR rifle.
Jay then goes on to demonstrate closing the caught bolt of the rifle by applying force to the stock. But he falsely claims that such an action will fire a live round from the rifle, when in reality it’ll just place a round in the chamber. Only the trigger can fire the rifle. Johnson also says this form of negligent discharge can happen when the safety is activated.
Perhaps most strangely, the militia leader goes on to claim that recruits in basic training for the armed services accidentally kill themselves on the regular through setting off that exact form of impossible negligent discharge and shooting themselves in the head. There’s no reason to believe that has ever happened, and if it did, it would almost assuredly be a major scandal leading to scrutiny of the military’s training practices.
An armed protestor of the NFAC shot three of his own demonstrators through a negligent discharge at a recent Louisville, Kentucky event. Maybe Grand Master Jay should’ve taught him more fundamental gun safety instead of incorrectly teaching that you can fire an AR-15 merely by closing the bolt of the rifle with a loaded magazine.
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