House Democrats pass gun control bills

House Democrats have passed a pair of gun control bills, making good on promises to restrict civilians’ access to firearms in the wake of recent mass shootings.

The so-called “Protecting Our Kids” act raises the age limit to buy semi-automatic rifles to 21 and bans so-called “high capacity” magazines. Democrats also passed a federal “red flag” law.

House Dems pass gun control, red flag bills

The bills both passed with support from five Republicans: Adam Kinzinger (IL), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA), Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Chris Jacobs (NY), and Fred Upton (MI).

The “Protecting Our Kids Act” raises the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21 and bans “high-capacity” magazines, which the legislation defines as any magazine holding 10 rounds or more. Existing “high-capacity” magazines would be “grandfathered” in.

The legislation also bans “bump stocks” and so-called “ghost guns,” and introduces new home storage requirements.

Republican Thomas Massie (R-KY) bristled at the “unconstitutional and immoral” idea of denying those old enough for military service the right to bear arms in self-defense.

“You can go die for your country. We expect you to defend us, but we’re not going to give you the tools to defend yourself and your family,” Massie said.

Pelosi says gun grab is “for the children”

The good news is that the bill has little chance of passing the evenly divided Senate. The bad news is that Republican Senate leaders such as Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are discussing a compromise bill that could include “red flag” provisions.

A handful of states currently have “red flag” laws, but the bill that passed the House on Thursday would make every state a “red flag” state.

The legislation would allow a judge to take guns from a person without due process, provided the authorities or family members show the person is a danger to the community.

Ever the demagogue, Pelosi says the gun control push is “for the children.”

Instead of addressing most gun violence where it actually occurs, in Democratically run cities, Democrats are trying to confiscate firearms from law-abiding Americans. They’re doing this in the middle of a crime wave, no less, that Democrats created. Republicans in the Senate are obligated to block this gun grab.

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