Pelosi touts gun-control measure critics say would negatively impact law-abiding citizens

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has long advocated for new gun control legislation — and at a news conference this week, she again touted what she sees as the benefits of a controversial new reform bill.

Although she proclaimed that the measure would protect children, some of Pelosi’s critics contend that it would actually leave certain victims of violent crime helpless. The bill in question, H.R. 8, passed in the Democratic-controlled House and, if it becomes law, would require all firearm transactions to be conducted through a federally licensed dealer.

“Minuscule exception”

“There is nobody in Congress whose political survival is more important than the survival of our children,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, according to Breitbart.

The speaker went on to share her belief that support for the legislation “should be bipartisan to Congress, as it is in the country.”

Gun rights advocate Dave Kopel, however, offered a much different assessment of this type of regulation in a piece published by Reason in 2019.

“If you loan a gun to a friend without going to the gun store, the penalty is the same as for knowingly selling a gun to a convicted felon,” he proclaimed at the time. “Likewise, when the friend returns the gun, another trip to the gun store is necessary, upon pain of felony.”

Kopel further dismissed a “minuscule exemption for self-defense” that he contended “does not cover stalking victims.”

“Harder for law-abiding citizens”

Also not covered by the regulation, Kopel wrote, are “farming and ranching, sharing guns on almost all public and private lands, or storing guns with friends while on vacation.”

Perhaps most troubling was his assessment of the impact this legislation could have on individuals trapped in abusive relationships.

“For example, a former domestic partner threatens a woman and her children,” Kopel wrote. “An attack might come in the next hour, or the next month, or never. The victim and her children cannot know. Because the attack is uncertain — and certainly not ‘immediate’ — the woman cannot borrow a handgun from a neighbor for her defense.”

Nevertheless, Pelosi declared this week that “there is broad support for background checks legislation, so we hope with the big, strong bipartisan vote we have today to send it over the Senate, the drumbeat across America, that the change will come.”

A number of prominent House Republicans also spoke out in opposition to the Democratic-backed measures, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who accused the other party of “making it harder for law-abiding citizens to buy a gun.”

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  1. that’s right Democrat’s defund the police than take peoples protection from them, that will kill a lot of Americans. The only thing the Democrat’s can FIX is elections every thing else they DESTROY.

    1. Actually they destroyed this last election with their widespread fraud that Biden told us they had set up before election and they still got away with it.

  2. IF THAT STUPID WOMAN WOULD JUST DO HER JOB, WHICH IS NOT TO TRY AN RUN THE COUNTRY, THINGS MIGHT POSSIBLY START TO CORRECT THEMSELVES. HER CONSTANT AGGRAVATING WILL NEVER HELP GET THE COUNTRY BACK TO SOMEWHAT NORMAL. SHE NEEDS TO BE REPLACED WITH A REAL HUMAN BEING. SHE IS AN ACCIDENT LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO HAPPEN AND IF SHE STAYS WHERE SHE IS IT WILL BE THE UNITED STATES!

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  4. WHY CAN WE NOT OVERTHROW THE DEMOCRATS??? THEY DON’T SEEM TO BE DOING ANYTHING RIGHT !!!!!! I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET HOLD OF MARKWAYNE BUT SEEMS I’M NOT DOING THE RIGHT THING!!!!

  5. The second amendment was wretten to protect us from an illisent government, like the one we have now, get over it, we need protection now, more than any at time in my life and i am 88 years old. this is not the same world i grew up in.

  6. Piglosi uses the excuse” to protect the children”, if she is so concerned about children, WHY is she one of the biggest proponents of abortion? Piglosi speaks with” forked tongue”, she could care less about children! It is her “ pious posturing” to make herself look good! What a snorting old pig!

  7. I don’t know why…I mean WHY…don’t those who wish to take away or even
    limit the law abiding citizen to possess a weapon for self defense of their home, family, and property, understand that the “bad” guys are not going to respect any laws. They will ALWAYS have guns.
    I read somewhere a long time ago that prisoners were asked who they were afraid of the most, a homeowner or the police. They all said the homeowner.
    Now…if the home owner is stripped of their right to own a firearm how will he protect his family from the bad guy(s) with guns?

  8. Why do you let them get away with it?? They want to upset your ego, then upset theirs. Don’t let them forget their mistakes. Force them to become humble.

  9. Currently our nation is working out to be come another Cuba–the way biden and obama and a few others are doing–it seems they are selling us to the communist party—I do not like it–I did not service my country for many years to have it go down the river –sold out by a few anti American crooks..
    (I have to many of my friends in the ground,/ killed defending our country) to see they had done it for a few crooks/turncoats for money. TIME WE STOP ALL THIS and put the crooks in prison.

  10. Dumb Dumb Pelosi only wants one thing is to make it extremely easy for the criminal element in this country to obtain guns and for the rest of us harder for law abiding citizens to be able to defend ourselves.

  11. Everybody is right. She ought to be carrying out her constitutional obligations, instead of destroying it. She needs to go. Wise up Congressman. She will take you down with her, if you don’t.

  12. Pelosi , you can no longer invest in the Stock market. We know you do and did some insider buying, by the way its illegal. But as Democrats go , hide it.

  13. This is the most insane stupid setup I have ever seen in the government. At 72, we would like to go somewhere besides the grocery store. Lots of really mad seniors out there. Really mad. WWII kids, now seniors, pissed off to the max. Worked for 55 years paid our way through school, most grew up with nothing. Now retired, and the idiot becomes speaker again. Huh huh. Not flying.

  14. She is going to start a civil war, then blame it on guns. By that time it won’t make any difference what or who started it. A lot of people are going to get hurt, but in the end the best she can hope for is her life. The country will have to go back to go, and start over again, minus about 50 million people.

  15. Yep, Piglosi wants our guns now. Then she will try to get our knives because we might stab someone. Sure hope if someone’s breaking into my house to do harm to my family I can get to the kitchen in time to get my egg spatula. Oops, I know Piglosi, there goes my egg spatula.

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