Even though most gun owners support common-sense regulations, the National Rifle Association (NRA) immediately threw a temper tantrum after the Senate advanced a much-needed gun safety bill just weeks after the Uvalde mass shooting.
It appears that gun safety legislation is about to become yet another achievement of the Biden administration after Senate Democrats and 14 Senate Republicans voted in favor of advancing a bill that will require stricter background checks on gun purchases by those under 21 while creating funding for mental health services and schools. The bill also keeps guns out of the hands of domestic abusers by closing the “boyfriend” loophole.
While the legislation does not include everything necessary to reduce and prevent gun violence such as an assault weapons ban, it’s at least something that goes beyond the “thoughts and prayers” that Republicans always offer.
Of course, the right-wing NRA organization released a statement in opposition to the bill.
“We will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level,” the NRA said Tuesday. “It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners.”
The NRA went on to double down on Twitter.
🚨BREAKING: NRA Announces Opposition to Senate Gun Control Legislation
“This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, & use fed dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state & local politicians.” pic.twitter.com/tXriTiWLzw
— NRA (@NRA) June 21, 2022
This legislation places an additional firewall in the gun-purchasing process to ensure that criminals or unstable people cannot purchase a gun. It does not prevent law-abiding Americans from purchasing a gun. This is a worn-out claim that the NRA always uses regardless of what is in legislation. For years, the NRA and the Republican Party have claimed that the government is coming for our guns, especially when a Democrat is in the White House. It’s been decades, and still, no one is coming for our guns. It’s a myth the NRA pushes a scare people into buying more guns. This bill will make it a little harder for Americans under 21 to get a gun, but as long as they pass a tougher background check it shouldn’t be a problem.
Clearly, the NRA believes that even felons, domestic abusers, and unstable people should have unfettered access to guns. The NRA enables mass shootings and won’t do anything to prevent them because each mass shooting is an opportunity for them to sell more guns through fear. This cycle has to stop. The NRA used to stand for gun safety. Now it only stands for blood.
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