You’re getting tired of hearing it and we’re getting tired of saying it, but the truth remains: there is an all-out assault on our 2A rights, and it’s escalating with each passing day.
Last week it was the reintroduction of legislation to criminalize private transfers, known as H.R. 8, and a few weeks before that H.R. 127 made its debut, a proposal to mandate nation-wide licensing and registration while also making one’s right to keep and bear arms contingent upon a psych test.
Oh, and it would also require one to purchase liability insurance at the cost of at least $800 per year. No lie! Check out the bill if you haven’t already.
As bad as all that sounds, sadly, we know that things are only going to get worse.
Why? Because Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Circuit Judge Merrick Garland have told us so.
Earlier this month, Feinstein announced that she would bring back legislation to ban so-called “assault weapons” in the not too distant future.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill and other reforms, including the assault weapons ban I will reintroduce in the coming weeks,” said the Democratic senator from California on Twitter, in response to the announcement of H.R. 8.
“With a new administration in the White House, it’s time to take action to end gun violence,” she added.
I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill and other reforms, including the assault weapons ban I will reintroduce in the coming weeks. With a new administration in the White House, it’s time to take action to end gun violence. pic.twitter.com/SRSJ7BSDs0— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) March 3, 2021
Garland, who has been tapped by the Biden Administration to serve as attorney general, promised to do his part as the nation’s top law enforcer.
When asked if he would back a Feinstein-style ban on black rifles at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in February, he responded, “Well, as I’m sure you know, the president is a strong supporter of gun control and has been an advocate all his professional life on this question.”
“The role of the Justice Department is to advance the policy program of the administration as long as it is consistent with the law,” he continued. “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
In other words, Garland does not believe a sweeping prohibition on America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15, as well as other arbitrarily demonized firearms, would qualify as an infringement.
What other clear-cut infringements on 2A rights from the Biden Administration will Garland embrace as attorney general? The safe bet, all of them.
The best hope gun owners have against all this craziness becoming reality is that lawmakers don’t suddenly change the rules on how the game is played.
Meaning, that the Dems don’t blow up the filibuster, the procedure by which a lawmaker(s) can indefinitely delay the vote on a bill via a protracted debate unless 60 senators agree to invoke cloture.
Right now, pro-gun senators can still block draconian legislation by using the filibuster.
However, if Biden and the Dems get frustrated and decide to remove the filibuster, and all that is required is a simple majority to pass a bill in the Democratically-controlled Congress, gun owners are in deep, deep trouble.
If there’s any good news it’s this. President Biden has publicly come out against reforming the filibuster… at least for now.