Among the many items on President Joe Biden’s lengthy legislative agenda is a desire to work toward implementing new gun control measures.
In response to the Democratic Party’s pursuit of such proposals, however, U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) made a clear statement of opposition this week.
“Swept under the rug by the left”
According to Breitbart, the freshman lawmaker said that if Democrats on Capitol Hill want to take his gun, they will have to “come and take it.”
His fiery remarks came on Wednesday during a debate on gun control legislation that took place on the House floor.
“I want to remind my colleagues of a simple fact that is far too often swept under the rug by the left: Americans have a right to obtain firearms for lawful purposes,” Cawthorn declared.
Democrats were successful in passing two measures, largely along partisan lines, this week. The first seeks to expand a requirement for background checks to almost all firearm transactions and received support from just eight GOP lawmakers.
Even fewer House Republicans supported the second bill, which aims to extend to 10 days the amount of time the government has to complete background checks prior to the issuance of a gun license.
“The government is never going to know”
Though Republican opponents came up short in the vote, Cawthorn made sure to include his objections in the record.
“Let me be clear to everyone in this chamber,” he said. “You will not take this right away from us. I know it’s easy to be sucked into the D.C. bubble, but outside of here, in real America, when we say ‘come and take it,’ we damn well mean it.”
Of course, he was not alone in voicing his displeasure over the latest round of gun control legislation being pushed by Democratic lawmakers. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) recently insisted that “the government is never going to know” how many or what types of weapons he owns.
“Let me be clear about that,” he added. “It’s not going to happen.”
The House-passed measures must now face a vote in the U.S. Senate, which could spell their doom. With the balance of power evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, it seems unlikely that the bills will achieve the majority vote necessary for them to advance to the president’s desk.