Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania called for expanded background checks after the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.
Toomey went on Twitter and declared, “While no law will end mass shootings entirely, it’s time for Congress to act to help keep our communities safer.”
While no law will end mass shootings entirely, it's time for Congress to act to help keep our communities safer. We should start by passing bipartisan proposals such as my legislation with Senator Joe Manchin to expand background checks to all commercial firearm sales.
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) August 4, 2019
He added, “We should start by passing bipartisan proposals such as my legislation with Senator Joe Manchin to expand background checks to all commercial firearm sales.”
Toomey’s plan has a major flaw, though. Without a national gun registry his plan is totally unenforceable.
BLP reported earlier this year about the House’s passage of universal background legislation, which was the first piece of gun control legislation to pass out of one chamber of Congress since the 1993 Brady Act.
Toomey and Democratic Senator introduced their own iteration of universal background check legislation, which would extend background checks to gun shows and online sales, in 2013 right after the Sandy Hook shooting. .
Toomey also seconded Senator Lindsey Graham’s motion to enact “red flag” gun confiscation measures.
Toomey tweeted, “I also agree with Senator Lindsey Graham that we should pass a bipartisan ‘red flag’ measure that enables families and law enforcement to obtain a court order to keep guns away from dangerous individuals.”
Despite the hype behind red flag laws, there is reason to believe they are not effective in stopping shooters.
In 1999, Connecticut became one of the first few states to enact red flag laws. This law proved to be ineffective in stopping Adam Lanza from slaughtering 27 children at Sandy Hook.
Based on data he studied from 1970 to 2017, pro-gun researcher John Lott assets that “Red Flag laws appear to have had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault or burglary. There is some evidence that rape rates rise. These laws apparently do not save lives.”
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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