Fresh on the heels of the midterms where Everytown for Gun Safety succeeded in populating the House with more than a handful of “gun sense” (aka anti-gun) candidates, the Michael Bloomberg-funded organization is now preparing to launch its 2019 blueprint for enacting gun control at the state and federal level.
Known as the #BreakThePattern Campaign, the agenda contains five major points which are centered around criminalizing private transfers, making it easier for the government to confiscate firearms, and opening up the gun manufacturers to frivolous lawsuits that would inevitably bankrupt the industry.
“In electing a gun sense majorities in the House of Representatives and key states, the American people sent a clear message to their elected leaders: Now is the time to break the pattern of gun violence by passing common-sense gun laws,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety in a press release.
“Everytown’s five-point action plan provides a clear roadmap for lawmakers, and the first milestone is building a better background check system to ensure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands,” Feinblatt continued.
The Everytown Action Plan (in its words):
- Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands – A Better Background Check System. Background checks on gun sales are the foundation of any effort to reduce gun violence. Lawmakers need to close loopholes in the system, such as those that allow people to buy guns without a background check.
- Protecting Kids and Communities – Supporting Red Flag Laws and Responsible Access to Firearms. To reduce gun suicides and keep our children safe from mass shootings, lawmakers must pursue policies like Red Flag laws, which allow family and law enforcement to intervene before deadly tragedies involving firearms take place if someone poses a threat to themselves or others. Lawmakers must also limit easy access to firearms and accessories capable of inflicting mass casualties and encourage safe and responsible storage of all guns.
- Addressing America’s Uniquely Lethal Domestic Abuse Problem – Disarming Domestic Abusers. More than half of women murdered with guns in America are killed by an intimate partner or family member, and women are five times more likely to be killed in a domestic confrontation when a gun is present. Lawmakers must strengthen laws that help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
- Combating Daily Gun Violence – Supporting Research, Law Enforcement and Local Solutions. The government needs to support law enforcement, researchers and local communities in their efforts to combat daily gun violence by funding new research into gun violence; community-driven, evidence-based interventions to curb city gun violence; and new tools to help law enforcement collect evidence, trace all crime guns, reduce trafficking, and solve gun crimes.
- Holding the Gun Industry Accountable – Repealing Gun Industry Immunity to Promote Safer Guns. Lawmakers must repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shields the gun industry from accountability for business practices that directly threaten public safety and put American lives at risk while removing any cost for failing to make guns safer or for marketing weapons that have no place in the hands of civilians.
Even though Democrats now control the House, the White House and the Senate still belong to the GOP. While it’s entirely possible that Congress will debate gun control legislation in the near future, especially given that we’ve witnessed two high-profile mass shootings in the span of about a month, one in Pittsburgh, PA, and one in Thousand Oaks, CA, it’s hard to see a future where Trump and Senate Republicans embrace bills that undermine the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens.
Of course, if we’re being honest, Trump’s first two years weren’t the best for the 2A cause. While the president did appoint two pro-2A justices to the SCOTUS bench, he also via executive action ordered a retroactive ban on bump stocks. And as for the goodies we were hoping for, the removal of suppressors from the NFA (The Hearing Protection Act) and 50-state-legal carry permits (The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act), those have fallen by the wayside mainly because pro-gun politicians were on the defensive post-Las Vegas and Parkland.
Heading into 2019 we’ll need to, as always, keep our heads up and our powder dry.