The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee, chaired by perennial anti-gun Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), has scheduled what may become a showboat hearing on so-called “gun violence” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with a list of witnesses that includes one person who might be considered a Second Amendment scholar.
In a Friday statement, Nadler declared:
“For far too long, Republicans in Congress have offered moments of silence instead of action in the wake of gun tragedies. That era is over. As the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I’ve made gun violence prevention one of our top priorities this Congress. We will examine this issue holistically and work to advance critical legislation to keep guns out of the wrong hands, and keep Americans safe.”
The hearing is already being headlined as “Preventing Gun Violence: A Call to Action,” suggesting that there will be anything but balance with Nadler handling the gavel. Among the scheduled witnesses are a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., scene of the Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students and adults. Houston, Texas Police Chief Art Acevedo and Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence are also on the witness list.
But so is Dr. Joyce Lee Malcolm, professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Va. She is the author of Guns and Violence and To Keep and Bear Arms. She has appeared at the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, co-sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
When Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats regained majority control of the House, they quickly began promising action on gun control. There are already several proposals under consideration, although they may go no farther than the U.S. Senate, where Republicans more friendly to the Second Amendment remain in control and actually increased their majority in November.
Last year, Nadler attended a rally outside the Capitol building to show support for students who were protesting across the country in support of gun control. He then went inside to speak on the House floor, where he proclaimed, “Congress MUST do more to stop gun violence. It is not enough to say that staff and students must do more to protect themselves. It is time to take decisive action to stop gun violence in our communities. You are faced with a simple choice, Ms. Speaker, will you stand with these young people who are demanding action? Or will you stand with the NRA?”
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