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Eight House Republicans Join Democrat Gun Grab

Steve Scalise
Although the bill passed 240 to 190, Wednesday’s vote on HR 8, the Democrats’ first gun grab bill of the 116th Congress, was probably not what Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of her Second Amendment-infringing caucus expected.

But it was bad enough.

While Democrats and anti-gun groups were predicting many Republicans would defect and vote for the bill only eight did so:

Buchanan, Vernon (FL-16)
Diaz-Balart, Mario (FL-25)
Fitzpatrick, Brian (PA-1)
Hurd, Will (TX-23)
King, Peter (NY-2)
Mast, Brian (FL-18)
Smith, Chris (NJ-4)
Upton, Fred (MI-6)

And, as our friends at Gun Owners of America (GOA) pointed out, a number of Republicans stood tall during the debate.

One of the real heroes of the HR 8 battle was Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9). Under a successful amendment offered by Rep. Collins, illegal aliens who fail background checks would have to be turned in to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Given that most liberal Democrats want to abolish ICE, according to our friends at GOA, this threw the whole Democratic caucus into a tizzy.  As the clock ticked on the roll call vote, Democrats sat there -- stunned -- trying to figure out whether to alienate their gun control base or the illegal immigration advocates.

GOA says in addition to Rep. Doug Collins, particular thanks go to House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-1), and Representatives Debbie Lesko (AZ-8), and Ken Buck (CO-4), among others.

House Minority Whip Scalise gave an impassioned speech against the bill on the House floor, much to the chagrin of Democrats who had blocked him from testifying at a gun control hearing earlier this month.

Scalise, you will recall, was a victim of a Bernie Sanders-loving supporter who shot him on a baseball field in 2017.

But Democrats didn’t want to hear what Scalise had to say because, as Scalise later noted, “they just wanted to hear the side of people who [were] promoting gun control.”

Minority Whip Scalise slammed the bill saying it punishes responsible gun owners, and that the gun control “bills Pelosi is calling for will turn law abiding citizens into criminals.” He said, “it’s one more step towards federal gun registration and ultimately gun confiscation."

During a Tuesday press conference, Scalise voiced frustration at being unable to testify during a recent hearing on HR 8 in the House Judiciary Committee. “They didn’t want me to testify before the judiciary committee when Doug Collins tried to have me included in that panel. Because I wasn’t going to spread their messages of gun control, in fact, I was going to counter it,” Scalise said.

Scalise and former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was also shot by a Democrat, held separate back to back press conferences on Tuesday on HR 8.

Giffords, who claims to be a gun owner, spoke at her press conference on Tuesday, where she said: “stopping gun violence takes courage.” Since the 2011 shooting Giffords has vowed to continue to fight for gun control and urged members of Congress on both sides to be responsible to “be bold, be courageous.”

She told lawmakers on both sides of the aisle “the nation is counting on you.” However, HR 8 would not have stopped the individual who shot Ms. Giffords from purchasing a gun.

As our friends at GOA have documented, over and over again we see that mass shooters, who don’t steal their weapons, pass background checks before purchasing their firearms.  So, extending the background checks to private sales will do nothing to keep guns “out of the wrong hands.”

The reality, says GOA’s General Counsel Michael Hammond, is that HR 8 is all about “putting points on the board” for billionaire Michael Bloomberg -- as he pushes toward his goal of ultimately banning civilian possession of all firearms.

Democrats had hoped that dozens of frightened Republicans would defect -- and that the bill would go to the Senate as a genuinely bipartisan proposal – it didn’t.

What’s more, HR 8 goes to the Senate with the language requiring that illegal aliens attempting to purchase a gun must be reported to ICE which will make it considerably less palatable to anti-gun Democrats in the upper chamber, such as New York Senator, and Democrat presidential hopeful, Kristen Gillibrand, who has called for the abolition of the immigration enforcement agency.

Bottom line, HR 8 isn’t a crime prevention bill, it is part of the Democrats’ long-term plan to disarm the American citizenry to make us more pliable victims for the socialist utopia they plan to impose upon us.

The next stop for HR 8 is the US Senate, we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Senators TODAY. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) urge them to vote NO on HR 8 and tell them the Second Amendment means what it says, and that HR 8 is an unconstitutional infringement on our God-given right to keep and bear arms.

CHQ Editor George Rasley is a certified pistol instructor, a Glock ® certified pistol armorer and a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America's most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff, and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.

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Gun Grab

The Socialist Demoncrats want to take our guns..... They obviously forgot, this is how America began....

1775...the ole North Bridge in Concord, MA.... the Government sending troops out to confiscate people's guns and ammo..... and the troops got ambushed.... and they ran.... and all the way back to their HQ, they got ambushed.... a lot of families back in Britain got word their sons, husbands, fathers and brothers were not coming home again... Because some Demoncrat Socialist..... a person our country fought a Cold War against, gained a footing in our political system and are desperately trying to take over our country.... and let the Globalists walk right on in like conquering Heros .... No WAY!!!!....I say..... They want a fight.... I say they are Enemies of the State.... Enemies of the People.... This is a new kind of Warfare the Communists/Socialists have come up with to gain control of our Country.... Not without a fight, I say.... War is now inevitable....

Gun Confiscation

The Socialist Demoncrats want to take our guns..... They obviously forgot, this is how America began....

1775...the ole North Bridge in Concord, MA.... the Government sending troops out to confiscate people's guns and ammo..... and the troops got ambushed.... and they ran.... and all the way back to their HQ, they got ambushed.... a lot of families back in Britain got word their sons, husbands, fathers and brothers were not coming home again... Because some Demoncrat Socialist..... a person our country fought a Cold War against, gained a footing in our political system and are desperately trying to take over our country.... and let the Globalists walk right on in like conquering Heros .... No WAY!!!!....I say..... They want a fight.... I say they are Enemies of the State.... Enemies of the People.... This is a new kind of Warfare the Communists/Socialists have come up with to gain control of our Country.... Not without a fight, I say.... War is now inevitable....

HR 8 and Republican traitors in Florida

Brian Mast, Vernon Buchanan, and Mario Diaz-Balart should be ashamed of themselves. To sign this bill is to defecate on the Bill of Rights. These House members are badly in need of education about the US Constitution. What part of "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" do you not understand? How can you possibly believe it is appropriate to jail American citizens for simply loaning a gun to a friend or neighbor, but NOT appropriate to move to deport illegal criminals attempting to obtain firearms in this country?
Do you not understand that you work for the American citizens and NOT the "citizens of the world"? Or is it simply that you do not understand the concept of citizenship, and the RIGHTS that are possessed by that fact? Per the Declaration of Independence "all men are created equal, that they are endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights" certainly you three clowns do not believe yourselves equal to God? Or do you merely presume to be the intellectual equals to our Founders, the men that wrote this unparalleled document?

Gun control

I will bet that few living Americans know that Adolf Hitler and his NAZI party used the very same words as todays democrat communists to push for gun control back in the mid 1930's; "to protect the children". Gun control is NEVER used  to protect anyone but the socialist/communist minded politicians. Germany fell for it in the 30's and that is why Hitler became the military dictator that murdered millions of people. Americans had better "WAKE UP" to where the democrat party wants to take this country.We had better purge Congress of the subversives that infest it now. Socialism IS NOT compatible with our Constitution....PERIOD!