Americans are not taking the lefts gun-control push sitting down. Gun sales jumped by 15 percent in August, as Pelosi and Schumer take aim at the Second Amendment.
Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there would be “hell to pay” if Republicans don’t pass universal background checks.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned on Monday that there would be “hell to pay” for Senate Republicans if they don’t pass a universal background check bill.
“Some of the gun violence prevention groups have upped the ante even further to say that if this bill is not passed, Mitch McConnell and Republicans in the Senate and the president will have hell to pay,” Pelosi said at a press conference with other Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). “So let’s save time.” [The Hill]
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These types of relentless attacks on our Constitutional rights have prompted Americans to arm themselves in even greater numbers.
Congress returned to Washington for the first time on Monday since the mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where nearly 40 people were killed.
Democrats are trying to build pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Trump to pass and sign a House background checks bill, which has stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate.
The leading indicator of gun sales jumped in August, driven in part by Americans seeking self-protection and deep concerns congressional Democrats are going to push through expanded gun control legislation.
The overall number of background checks recorded in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System surged 15.5%, said the National Shooting Sports Foundation. That figure includes background checks done for security, concealed carry permits, and gun sales, and was the highest August number ever recorded.
The industry group said that August FBI background checks adjusted for sales surged 15.2% over August of 2018. The adjusted August number was second only to August 2016 during the heated presidential election.
The new surge came in the wake of heightened pressure for gun control, sales bans on military-styled rifles, and limits on ammo following a spike in mass shootings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday demanded Senate passage of a House-approved background check expansion. The White House, however, is focused on mental health drivers in shootings.
Analysts said that it might be the start of a 2016-style buying binge. Then, calls by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton for gun control and an assault weapon ban led to the highest yearly sales and background checks ever. [Washington Examiner]
President Trump has done an about face on his earlier support for gun control, after polling showed his base was so angry, that it could cost him the White House.
Late last month Washington Examiner reported on Michael Hammond, of the legislative counsel of “Gun Owners of America,” who said, “I am no longer committed to voting for Donald Trump. I think he’s about to make his ‘read my lips’ mistake. He thinks he can do anything on the Second Amendment and gun owners will love him.”
Hammond’s group positions itself as a bolder alternative to the larger National Rifle Association, which has about 5 million members. And he said he’s concerned that Trump could pass historic gun control legislation that Republicans successfully blocked under President Barack Obama.
However, the good news is, President Trump is listening to his base.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the way for more gun control.
Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for Kentucky, the president said he considers gun violence a public health issue and is considering ways to make background checks more strict. But he also said, “You’re on that slope and all of a sudden nobody has any legal protection,” adding, “Our Second Amendment will remain strong.” [Time Magazine]
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