Urgent: Gun Vote Imminent—This Is Very Close

Jun 23, 2022

Democrats will stop at nothing to abolish the Second Amendment RIGHT to bear arms. In a recent House Judiciary Committee meeting, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) threatened, “If the filibuster obstructs us, we will abolish it. If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand it. And we will not rest until we have taken weapons of war out of circulation and our communities each and every day.” In addition to this threat, I will share breaking news today from the Supreme Court striking down a New York gun restriction!

The immediate threat comes from the U.S. Senate working to pass this freedom-killing 80-page bill, which needs support from 60 senators to advance. The Senate is expected to vote on the filibuster this week. We cannot rest until this bill is blocked. For many members of Congress, this bill is too radical. For others, it is not enough. We can still stop this bill. Send an urgent message today to block this disarmament bill. —Mat

One sweeping gun control bill (HR 7910) has already passed the House, and some Republicans may join Democrats on a “compromise” gun bill that is also advancing in the Senate. A vote on the filibuster is expected TODAY, which requires 60 votes to begin debate on the compromise bill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “I will put this bill on the floor as soon as possible.”  


Below is some of what’s in HR 7910, the misnamed Protecting Our Kids Act, which has already passed the House:
  • Increases the age requirement to purchase certain guns to 21. This means someone can join the military and die for our nation or get married and have children but cannot own certain guns.  
  • Requires registration to transfer a gun to a family member.  
  • Mandates all firearms be traceable and expands the prohibition on “ghost guns,” which are firearms built from purchased parts.  
  • Provides 750 million dollars over the next five years to incentivize states to pass Red Flag laws, which don’t work and often have little due process protections.
  • Those convicted of a non-spousal “domestic” misdemeanor (far less than a felony) will lose their Second Amendment rights for a minimum of three years.
  • And much more.

A provision banning “large-capacity magazines,” which the bill defines as anything that holds more than 10 rounds, will likely resurface through an amendment from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Even some concealed carry pistols, like the Sig Sauer P365 and the Ruger Security-9, have larger capacities than this limit would allow.

Even if gun control worked (which it doesn’t), the fact is that people under 21 are responsible for only 17% of mass shootings. The bill being pushed in Congress will not even address 83% of the problems they claim they want to fix. But for them, this is not about fixing the problem—it is about control.

The Founders knew from history that average citizens must not be disarmed. Despots, tyrants and even mass shooters target people who are disarmed.

Thomas Jefferson understood these facts and warned about disarming the people. He wrote, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

I don’t doubt the sincerity of some politicians who want to address mass shootings. But the fact is, since 2005, 96% of mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. This bill will only increase the problem! We urgently need to stop this bill. Send this message today to Congress with an urgent fax to stop attacks on our Second Amendment now.

The right of Englishmen to bear arms was established as far back as 700 years ago. And there are eerie parallels between the attempts to disarm British citizens in the 17th century and what we are hearing from the White House and many members of Congress today.

History has shown that disarmament precedes despotism and that truly free people are free to bear arms in defense of life and liberty. The first Revolutionary War battle on Lexington Green was in response to the 700 British soldiers who had been dispatched to disarm the “rebels” of Massachusetts. Col. John Parker, commander of 77 ragtag colonial minutemen, boldly told them, “Stand your ground.”

Today, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, struck down a New York gun restriction. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote: “The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not ‘a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.’ We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.

We need to stop this new threat to freedom in Congress. Send your faxes today to demand the Senate not allow this gun grab to continue.

Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court still holds to the principle that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm. In the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller case, the Court struck down the district’s ban on handguns. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia made no bones about the validity of the Second Amendment:

Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.

But I return to the first quote I shared with you: “If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand it.” They want to know where every gun is and who owns it at all times. The risk to freedom is too great.

Further, they want to use your tax dollars to get one step closer to grabbing your guns. Tell Congress in no uncertain terms to leave our constitutional liberties ALONE.

Our 9-0 win at the Supreme Court this year in the Boston Christian flag case is having great impact across the country as local governments realize they cannot continue to censor religious viewpoints.

We just won another case 3-0 involving a pro-life sidewalk counselor. And this month we are busy winning our military class action case. I will update you soon. I will also soon update you on a major development in our class action lawsuit against NorthShore University HealthSystem concerning Biden’s illegal shot mandates.

You can show your support for the Second Amendment and help our ministry at the same time. Take advantage of our Challenge Grant that effectively DOUBLES the impact of your gift!

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S. You can also sign a petition to urge the Senate to block these radical gun bills, by selecting here.



Sources:

Downey Jr., Kevin. “It’s Not MY Second Amendment Right — It’s OURS, and Yes, It’s Worth the Price.” PJ Media, June 4, 2022. Pjmedia.com/columns/kevindowneyjr/2022/06/04/its-not-my-second-amendment-right-its-ours-and-yes-its-worth-the-price-n1603199.

“Feinstein Introduces Senate Gun Bill Amendment Raising Age to Buy Assault Weapons.” United States Senator for California, June 22, 2022. Feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=press-releases&id=2EB67498-E2A5-4AED-A53B-C67DF65F9DEF.  

Morgan, David. “Bipartisan Gun Safety Bill Faces Votes in U.S. Senate.” Reuters, June 23, 2022. Reuters.com/world/us/us-senate-poised-step-forward-rare-bipartisan-gun-legislation-2022-06-23/.

Nadler, Jerrold. “Text - H.R.7910 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Protecting Our Kids Act.” Congress.gov, June 7, 2022. Congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7910/text#toc-HDBBD64ABA06744E8BE0F377C65655974.

“Supreme Court of the United States,” June 23, 2022. Supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/20-843_7j80.pdf.

“U.S. Senate to Take up Gun Bill as Soon as Possible, Schumer Says.” Reuters via US News and World Report. June 13, 2022. Usnews.com/news/us/articles/2022-06-13/u-s-senate-to-take-up-gun-bill-as-soon-as-possible-schumer-says.

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