As Democrats have launched “their most aggressive push to enact gun-control laws after years of congressional inaction,” according to the Washington Post, former astronaut-turned-gun-control advocate Mark Kelly has launched a campaign for the Democrat nomination for U.SA. Senator from Arizona.
Kelly, husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an attempted assassination in Tucson several years ago and is now also campaigning for stricter gun laws, raised more than $1 million already, according to Bloomberg News.
Bloomberg reported in its headline that “the party has recruited…Kelly.” The story says Kelly is “widely considered the best possible choice to run against the incumbent senator, Martha McSally, a Republican.”
It’s all part of a Democrat effort to take back the Senate and enact more restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms that is protected by the Second Amendment and most state constitutions.
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On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill to require so-called “universal background checks” on firearms transfers. The vote was 21-14.
In a separate vote, the committee passed a measure 23-15 that would prevent gun purchases after a three-day delay on a background check that is not completed within that 72-hour timeframe.
Kelly and his wife have founded “Giffords,” a gun control lobbying organization that began life as Americans for Responsible Solutions. They have traveled around the country, testifying before various legislatures and appearing at speaking engagements to push gun control.
All this comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that a future Democrat president could declare a national emergency and enact stricter regulations on guns in the same way that President Donald Trump declared an emergency Friday to secure funds for his border wall. Her remark has been widely considered a threat against the Second Amendment, and it has infuriated gun owners and rights activists.
Pelosi’s comment came during a press conference Thursday. It was the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and Pelosi seized the opportunity to talk about so-called “gun violence.”
“Let’s talk about today,” she told reporters. “The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that.”
Her remarks, and the Bloomberg headline and Kelly’s candidacy only reinforce the widespread belief that Democrats truly are the “party of gun control” with an eye on severely limiting private gun ownership.
Writing at Ammoland, Armed American Radio host Mark Walters asserted Friday that Pelosi was revealing an unpleasant truth to gun owners.
“In one bold, profound statement,” Walters wrote, “(the) current speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, second in line to the White House after the vice-president in order of succession, finally said what we all know she and the rest of the Democrats have in store for us when (inevitably) another Democrat is elected President. In case you still have trouble understanding, let me make it clear for you. Nancy Pelosi has just made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that her party is willing to abolish the Second Amendment with the stroke of a pen via executive fiat and when the next Democrat is (inevitably) elected, they intend to do so.”
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