If Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush has his way, gun owners in America will be required to submit to the federal government a photo, thumb print and mental heath records. Rush’s proposed bill H.R. 45, also known as “Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009,” will make it illegal to possess a “qualifying firearm,” specifically any firearm that takes an ammunition clip, without a license.
If passed, the law will amend the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license. It would establish and maintain a firearm injury information clearinghouse with the Attorney General. It should be noted that Obama’s proposed attorney general, Eric Holder, is a notorious gun-grabber.
The very name of the bill reveals what Mr. Rush and the Democrats think of gun ownership and the Second Amendment. “On the afternoon of May 10, 2007, Blair Holt, a junior at Julian High School in Chicago, was killed on a public bus riding home from school when he used his body to shield a girl who was in the line of fire after a young man boarded the bus and started shooting,” text from the bill states. The bill argues that children dying from gun violence is a legitimate reason for the government to monitor gun ownership and place restrictions on the Second Amendment.
As Drew Zahn notes, “H.R. 45 is a resurfacing of 2007’s H.R. 2666, which contained much of the same language and was co-sponsored by 15 other representatives and Barack Obama’s current chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel. H.R. 2666 was assigned to the House Judiciary committee, where no action was taken.”
In 2000, Barak Obama cosponsored a bill that would have limited the purchase of handguns to one per month. “According to the 1998 Illinois State Legislative National Political Awareness Test of July 2, 1998, Obama also supports the banning of all semi-automatic weapon sales and transfers,” Associated Content reported in March of last year. “The only reason to try to ban a whole class of gun, with such a wide stroke, is to start the progression of banning all guns eventually.”
Now that Democrats control Congress and the executive, they will aggressively move to ban gun ownership. “In the 20th century, the Second Amendment has become an anachronism,” explains the Brady Center. “The rights guaranteed by the Constitution have never been absolute… The vast majority of the American people support reasonable gun control laws and view them as necessary to reduce the level of gun violence in this country. The framers of the Constitution would surely agree.”
In fact, Thomas Jefferson would strongly disagree with Brady, the Democrats, and no shortage of allegedly conservative Republicans. “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms,” wrote Jefferson, quoting the criminologist Cesare Beccaria, “disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.”
Brady and the Democrats have deliberately distorted the meaning of the Second Amendment in order to take firearms away from the people. Democrat Bobby Rush and his ilk are shamelessly exploiting the young victim Blair Holt in order to dismantle our right to self defense, not only from thugs but from the government itself. As the framers understood, the Second Amendment is primarily about resisting tyrannical government, not hunting or target shooting.
Rep. Bobby Rush and the Democrats who support Brady and other gun-grabbers should read Samuel Adams’ Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Adams wrote that the “Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of The United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
Adams obviously understood something the gun-grabbers refuse to consider — liberty of the press and rights of conscience are intimately entwined with the right of peaceable citizens to keep firearms.