US Constitution

H.R. 127

Over the last week I have received a ton of emails and phone calls about HR 127. This is understandable, as the bill itself is an extraordinarily egregious abrogation of a slew of our Constitutional rights.

 

I’ll use this space to go over some of the more “interesting” aspects of it but, in the end, I am not particularly concerned about its passage. Stranger things have happened… but I think it will, ultimately, be political suicide for Congress to even vote on this piece of trash.

 

Okay… so a bit of background:

 

HR 127 is a bill introduced by Texas representative, Sheila Jackson Lee. (For those of you considering a move to Texas for an expansion of “freedom”… you might want to avoid Ms. Lee’s district.)

 

Ms. Lee has never been a strong supporter of the Constitution. She is completely antagonistic toward the idea of firearm ownership. With the majority of the House depleted to the slimmest of majorities, she has decided to either virtue signal (most likely) or put her fellow Democrats at electoral risk for reasons that are inexplicable. Regardless… she has introduced the single most draconian anti-gun bill perhaps ever drafted in our republic.

 

So what does this little gem purport to do?

 

Read on, dear patriot!

 

The first thing would be to establish a firearms registry at the federal level. This would require every firearm currently in existence (regardless of age… yep… this includes great grandpa’s lever-action hanging over the fireplace at the cabin) to be registered with the federal government. This registry would be made available to a variety of “interested groups”… first would be the general public… criminals looking to steal guns could ask the government exactly what house they should hit. (Alternatively… and I am sure Ms. Lee has not considered this…the bad guys might look for homes that don’t have guns.)

 

The second group that gets access to this “list” is federal, state, and local law enforcement. Okay… this kinda makes sense. If a list is to be kept, it would be assumed that these guys and gals could access it. Then she goes here… “All branches of the United States Armed Forces”…WTF?!?

 

But wait… there is more!

 

If you want to possess a gun, you will need to get a license first. (Sorry… no “grandfathering” allowed. Existing owners will also need to get a license.)

 

Let’s pause for a second for a little sidebar. Can you imagine a proposed law that said before you go to a religious institution, you must first get a license from the federal government?! I mean, why not? If we are going to abrogate one Constitutional right, why not all?

 

So… about that license. You will need to apply to the Office of the Attorney General of the U.S. and the first thing it is going to do is a criminal background check (okay… that is pretty standard fare). Then it gets “interesting”…

 

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You will then need to go visit a state-appointed psychologist. Oh… and your family and friends may also have to visit said psychologist. No timetable is established for this little visit, nor the cost… but visit, you will.

 

If “doc” is okay with you having a gun, you then get the pleasure of paying the government $800 for an insurance policy. (Why $800???… Who knows?!)

 

Once this is done, you get to go through a 24-hour course on gun safety. If you decide to purchase a “military-style weapon”… (Does that mean one in current use? One that has been used in the last ten years? 100 years? 500 years?) …you get to go through an additional eight hours of training.

 

Okay… let’s go back to “grandpa’s lever-action”… or muzzleloader, for that matter. You need a special license, and essentially a waiver of your Fourth Amendment rights to allow the state to come into your home to make sure that evil beast is being secured properly.

 

Of course, we have our specifically enumerated firearms we will not be able to have, and those evil standard capacity magazines?… Done.

 

Oh… and if you are a retired cop?

 

F#$k you… you are not exempt either.

 

Oh… and if you screw this up somehow, or just ignore the law? You will be sent to prison for a minimum of 15 years… enjoy your stay, comrade!

 

Now… as asinine as this bill is, actually I am not particularly concerned about it. The fact of the matter is during the 90s the anti-gun crowd specifically went after AR-15s because there were few people who owned them. Their idea was incrementalism. This bill goes after everything. And here is the thing… there are a lot of Democrats in blue districts and in blue states who own “something”. It might be a shotgun, a handgun… or even “grandpa’s lever-action”… regardless… they all would have to comply… and they are going to raise holy hell to their Democratic representatives. It is extremely doubtful this piece of garbage would pass the Senate, meaning that anyone in the House who votes for this is going to be targeted by constituents of their own party… let alone the Republicans.

 

It has done two good things though:

 

It has eliminated, once and for all, the argument that “they don’t want to take your guns”.

It has provided a massive fundraising opportunity for the NRA, FPC, Second Amendment Foundation, et al.

 

Nicely done, Ms. Lee… Your utter contempt for the Constitution remains intact.

Comments (9)

  • Lauretta Reply

    Interesting read. “State-appointed psychologists” make me think of Workman’s Comp docs and VA docs who may not always ethically put the best interests of the patients they’re serving above governmental or organizational affairs… The Nazi’s had state-appointed psychs, too, to carry out unethical experiments in concentration camps…

    02/10/2021 at 07:47
  • Vince Mazzara Reply

    The Constitution means nothing to these bolsheviks. They want power; via an iron-fisted, centralized government. And as history has often proven, an oligarchy begins with stripping the citizenry of their guns.

    02/10/2021 at 07:59
  • Gary Lee Reply

    Who knows….maybe Sheila Jackson Lee has written her way out of Congress after 22yrs. Houston, her district, is in the top 5 cities in the U.S. for crime. The only thing her underlings who wrote the bill left out was a sample of our DNA.

    02/10/2021 at 09:10
  • Rodger Borge Reply

    Talking to an ex-wife certainly would eliminate a lot of gun owners:) They are releasing felons from prison, they don’t have enough prisons to incarcerate the millions of gun owners who will say F#ck You to the Government. This is insane legislation and we must fight back through funding one of the gun groups mentioned in the Blog. Put our $$$$ where are anger is!

    02/10/2021 at 10:12
  • Joseph Reply

    Yes it is extremely doubtful this piece of garbage would pass in all levels of government including the supreme court.

    02/10/2021 at 10:43
  • Ken Anderson Reply

    Welcome to the new America– The USSA.

    02/10/2021 at 12:00
  • Mark Billings Reply

    Thanks Steven, to someone who doesn’t understand the possibilities of their insane threats actually coming to fruition, this can be quite frightening. I appreciate the light of sanity you show on all the media headlines! Crap I gotta run, the excavator just hit a gas line!

    02/10/2021 at 15:24
  • Robert Hagler Reply

    I am still in favor of finding a way to bring about good politicians from the ranks of our society. I know they are out there (maybe any of you?) who could step up and represent us. We are in need of new leadership, especially the leader(s) who will stand and protect our rights. I hope that we can continue to promote many of our wonderful candidates of diversity & this nation is better equipped to do that than any other nation on this earth. We cultivate good leaders and, maybe we just need to encourage them a little more. I personally feel I am a good lieutenant for those leaders’ who step up. In other words, I am ready to support a good candidate (or many candidates) by giving my time and resources. I am retired now, still busy, but ready to dial a phone and make calls, or support a specific effort. There are many soldiers (metaphor [although I am a veteran] like me. Maybe some of you would be willing to do the same? I want the ground swell to begin. We hard working citizens need to be more active. I know that is asking a lot. But, we all know that we’ve kind of dug ourselves a hole with the current leadership in America. We need to get busy and re-work our situation. We need to be more politically active, sorry to say. But I believe that is a (the) solution. The good news is that we now have a much more “aware” citizenry and the lines are fairly clear. Thanks for letting me post and, for listening to my rant :-).

    02/10/2021 at 16:25
  • Louis Boffardi Reply

    It’s a good thing – in an ironic way – that this bill is such a “cluster.” As you mentioned, it seems to have very little chance of getting out of the starting blocks.

    02/10/2021 at 17:47

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