Democrats are pushing for legislation that will dramatically change gun ownership in the United States. Rep. Jerry Nadler’s (D-NY) Protecting Our Kids Act, which the House Judiciary Committee will hear today, will make it much harder for people to defend themselves against crime.
Americans are rightly skeptical of the Democrats’ intentions. President Joe Biden spoke about it on Monday Ban on the vast majority of handgunsand a Gallup poll of Democrats last fall found that 40% of Democrats wanted to ban a ban Everyone Civilian-owned handguns. It seems Democrats will not be satisfied until guns are completely banned in the US
If Democrats pass this legislation, otherwise law-abiding citizens could face up to 10 years in prison for temporarily lending a gun to someone else — and with good reason.
Here are some of the terrible provisions in this bill.
Raise the purchase age for firearms to 21.
If Democrats succeed in raising the gun purchase age to 21, a vulnerable 20-year-old woman would not be old enough to purchase a gun to defend herself. Research shows that owning a gun is the most effective way for women to defend themselves against male attackers.
The push for a higher age limit comes from 18-year-olds, who have committed some of the high-profile mass shootings of recent times. But of the 89 public mass shootings in the US since 1998, eight would have had higher age ratings. If the higher age limit had been in place since 1998, only four of the 88 attacks – 4.49% of the total – could have been clearly prevented. This also assumes that the perpetrators would not have found any other way to get hold of a weapon or would simply have used a different weapon. For example, the perpetrators of the Columbine mass shooting enlisted an elderly woman as a straw buyer in order to obtain three firearms that their age prevented them from buying themselves.
If we ban gun sales based on the age groups that have committed the most public mass shootings, most attacks will be committed by 21-25 year olds, followed by 36-45 year olds.
While some states had their own age limits prior to 1994, there was no state age limit for purchasing a rifle. Thomas Marvell conducted the only peer-reviewed study of this change The journal for law and economy. He concluded: “Where the 1994 laws seem to have an impact, almost always there is an assumption that crime will increase; therefore, there is no evidence that these bans had their intended effect.” Marvell found that age limits at 6% increase in homicides with firearms.
“Universal Background Check”
Suppose a stalker threatens a friend of yours. She asks you if she can borrow your gun. She is educated and has no criminal record. Would you like to lend her your gun? If the Democrats’ gun control act becomes law, borrowing your gun could land you in prison for up to 10 years, plus fines. The only exception would be for family members. Even annual Boy Scout shooting trips would have legal ramifications; Adults who lend their guns to military personnel could soon end up in jail.
Democrats can’t point to a single public mass shooting this century that was prevented by federally mandated universal background checks. Even ardent gun control advocate Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) had no answer when CBS’ Jon Karl asked him six years ago, “Why do we focus on things unrelated to the massacres on we react?”
Cost is another factor when it comes to universal background checks. In Washington, DC, where Democrats will vote on this law, it costs $125 to conduct a background check for the private transfer of a gun. This cost poses a real handicap for poor people living in urban areas with high crime rates. The law-abiding victims of violent crime living in these areas may not be able to afford these costs. Criminals and gang members will certainly not pay these fees.
Democrats regularly claim that demanding free voter ID cards puts too much of a burden on poor minorities who want to vote. However, they see no irony in requiring ID cards – which in this case are not free – and charging additional fees for those wishing to exercise their second amendment right and purchase firearms.
Ban on homemade weapons
Americans have been making guns since before the United States was a country, and the process is only getting easier with the advent of 3D printing. Some homemade guns do not have serial numbers like those engraved on guns from licensed manufacturers.
Democrats argue that serial numbers are essential for identifying criminals and solving crimes. Their reasoning is simple: if a gun is left at a crime scene and the criminal purchased it through a licensed dealer, the gun serial number can help trace the gun back to the criminal.
Nice logic, but realistically it’s never worked like this before. Weapons used to commit crimes are very rarely left at the scene of a crime. The few that existed were not bought from a licensed dealer. Criminals are usually not stupid enough to leave behind a traceable weapon. When a gun is left at a crime scene, it is usually because the perpetrator was seriously injured or killed. It is not a challenge to solve such crimes, even without tracing.
Even going one step further and compiling a gun register hasn’t solved any crimes either. Expensive gun registry programs from Hawaii to Chicago to New York have failed to solve crimes.
Democrats are pushing for regulations that don’t protect our children. While Democrats promote “soft crime” policies, such as paroling criminals from prison and refusing to prosecute criminals, they also want to make it harder for law-abiding Americans to protect themselves. At the very least, Democrats will have a ban on the criminal vote this November.
John R. Lott, Jr. is the President of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the most recent author of Gun Control Myths.
Rep. Thomas Massie represents Kentucky’s fourth congressional district and is co-chair of the Second Amendment Caucus.
The views expressed in this article are the authors’ own.
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