Wow, this bill is the dumbest thing I’ve read all week! Actually, it may be the dumbest thing I’ve read all month!
Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) introduced legislation Monday into the U.S. House of Representatives that would mandate reporting for lost or stolen firearms, create a national database for those missing guns, require every gun sold to be equipped with “passive identification capability” and impose a $100 gun tax for firearm sales.
What is she smoking? Apparently, it’s good stuff because she is downright delusional. But as crazy as she is, I suppose I should commend her for her transparency. That is to say, she openly admits that she wants to chill the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners and kill commerce within the gun community.
“If making guns more expensive means fewer end up in commerce, I’m happy with that result,” Velázquez said in a press release. “However, if guns are going to be sold, then those purchasing and selling them should pay for programs that can reduce the incidence of gun violence in our local communities.”
By the same token, maybe we ought to start taxing free speech and use the proceeds to fund programs that teach the Constitution to idiotic lawmakers? Sound reasonable?
Velázquez’s bill, H. R. 3830, is seriously dumb. Consequently, we can expect it to die a quick death in the House. That said, it’s still worth looking at to get a sense of just how far off the rocker Dems have gotten on gun control. That’s correct, she’s not the only Democrat to support the bill, for the full list click here.
As we’ve seen in places like Seattle and Los Angeles, taxes on guns and ammunition really have one purpose: to make gun ownership a cost prohibitive right. Velázquez’s undoubtedly knows this, that’s why she said, to repeat, “If making guns more expensive means fewer end up in commerce, I’m happy with that result.” In other words, I’m happy when fewer folks can afford to exercise their Constitutional rights!
The mandatory reporting for lost and stolen guns is another way to punish gun owners. Under the letter of the bill, if one does not report a firearm lost or stolen within 48 hours that individual may face a $10,000 fine. Moreover, if one sells a firearm that does not have a “passive identification capability,” which I’m assuming is like an RFID chip in the firearm, one must pay $1,000 fine per firearm sold.
The national database of lost and stolen firearms is just another way to monitor gun owners, under the guise of “crime-fighting” and “public safety.” Yes, all levels of law enforcement should pursue and prosecute gun thieves, however, it ought not to come at the expense of the privacy rights of the individual gun owner.
“Too many New Yorkers have lost their lives due to the ‘Iron Pipeline’ that illegally funnels guns from southern states into our City,” Velázquez said. “By better harnessing technology, requiring gun owners to report missing firearms and establishing a national database for lost guns, we can assist law enforcement and encourage owners to be more responsible in safeguarding their weapons.”
As I said, this bill is most likely dead in the water. But it’s a prime example of the aspirational goals of the anti-gunners in Congress who want nothing more than to flush our right to keep and bear arms down the toilet.