by Jeff Charles
There is a reason why I constantly argue that the primary elections might be even more important than the upcoming midterms. The Senate, including Republicans, passed legislation on Saturday night that would make things harder for gun owners and those attempting to obtain firearms.Ammoland News reported:
In the middle of the night, the U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA). Some gun rights groups raised alarm bells when this act passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year with Republican support. At the time, Republicans like Dan Crenshaw said that the anti-gun provisions of the bill would be removed and accused Gun Owners of America (GOA) of fearmongering to fundraise.
Democrats and Republicans led by Senator Jodi Ernst negotiated the bill’s anti-gun provisions.
Many of the GOP senators who vowed not to vote for the bill if it still included anti-gun provisions ended up supporting it. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MI) voted in favor of the measure, which is notable because she released a statement to Ammoland News vowing never to vote for such a proposal. Her office wrote:
Senator Hyde-Smith’s position on the Second Amendment has not changed. The underlying measure placed before the Senate was one to keep the government operating and help the people of Ukraine fight an unhinged foreign dictator. Senator Hyde-Smith does not support the mentioned VAWA provisions and will continue to fight to protect Second Amendment rights.
Here is a full list of the Republican senators who voted for the bill:
When you understand what is included in these provisions, you will
understand why it is so important to call these people out. For
starters, it includes the NICS Denial Notification Act. This would
require federal authorities to refer those whose background checks are
denied to state and local law enforcement when they attempt to purchase a
firearm or obtain a license to carry. This would likely result in these
agencies investigating the person who was denied regardless of evidence
of wrongdoing. Given that most NICS denials are false, it is not
difficult to see how this could be a problem. [This ISN't about curbing violence on women; It's an attack on gun ownership. You WILL be prosecuted for the 'thought crime' - of desiring a gun - ED]
Another provision would fund research on gun violence, which sounds nice, but is far more insidious than it appears. Ammoland News explains: