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‘Former Gun Criminal’ Rush Resurrects Old Plot to Gut Second Amendment

‘Former Gun Criminal’ Rush Resurrects Old Plot to Gut Second Amendment
Bobby Rush had no problem with guns for himself and his fellow subversives. CBS News YouTube screenshot)

“Two House Democrats [actually, one House Democrat and one Sernate Democrat — DC] on Wednesday introduced legislation that would set up a federal firearms licensing system, and all gun sales and transfers to be registered on this system,” The Washington Examiner reported Thursday. “Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., introduced the bill after a recent wave of school shootings, but he has introduced similar bills in past congresses.”

You can say that again.  Rush has been trying to get his name in the papers over this abomination for almost 10 years.

I reported on his efforts* to eviscerate the right to keep and bear arms back in 2009, when Holt introduced H.R. 45, the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act. Per Jeff Knox of The Firearms Coalition at the time:

‘Former Gun Criminal’ Rush Resurrects Old Plot to Gut Second Amendment
My response at the time to Bobby Rush’s demand for a thumbprint to own a gun.

“If passed, this bill would require that anyone wishing to purchase, own, or possess a “qualifying firearm” – that’s any handgun, and any long gun capable of accepting a detachable magazine – would have to be licensed by the state or the federal government in a licensing program managed by the Attorney General. To get a license you would have to prove you’re you, provide a passport-style photo, a thumbprint, and take a written exam which includes questions about firearms safety, safe storage, the risks of firearms ownership, and anything else the Attorney General deems appropriate. All transfers would be required to go through a licensed dealer with the exception of occasional gifts or bequests between parents, children (18 or over), and grandparents, or loans of not more than 30 days between “persons who are personally known to one another.” (It actually says that. I’m not making this up.) And all transfers would have to be recorded in a “Transfer Record” established and maintained by the Attorney General.

“The bill also makes it a crime for a dealer to have shoddy records or fail to appropriately cooperate with any inspectors. It makes failure to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours a felony punishable by up to 2 years in prison. Failure to keep a firearm locked up in such a way as to keep it inaccessible to anyone under 18 becomes a federal felony too.”

I followed up with an analysis of the bill’s proposed infringements, an assessment of the information the government would have and what they’d be able to do with it, and a look at reporting, storage and other requirements, any violations of which would bring the full force of the federal government down on “errant” gun owners’ heads.

Rush, of course, in addition to trying to make himself relevant and keep his name in the papers, is trying to make good American gun owners pay for the out of control violence his Chicago constituents who disregard all “gun laws” visit on each other. A member of the collectivist (and demonstrably racist) Congressional Black Caucus, he had nothing but praise for Marxist tyrant Fidel “¿Armas para que?” Castro.

That’s hardly surprising, considering his own radical past:

 “After co-founding the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968, he served as its defense minister. After Black Panther Fred Hampton was killed in a police raid, Rush said, ‘We needed to arm ourselves,’ and referred to the police as ‘pigs.’ Earlier that same year Rush had discussed the philosophy of his membership in the Black Panthers saying, ‘Black people have been on the defensive for all these years. The trend now is not to wait to be attacked. We advocate offensive violence against the power structure’ … Rush’s own apartment was raided in December 1969, where police discovered an unregistered pistol, rifle, shotgun, pistol ammunition, training manuals on explosives, booby traps, an assortment of communist literature, and a small amount of marijuana. Rush was imprisoned for six months in 1972 on a weapons charge, after carrying a pistol into a police station…”

And this character wants to control your guns. He wants to set you up for police raids like these:

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Here’s Rush’s dusted off bill.  The text is not yet available, but it will no doubt retain all the old infringements, and possibly offer up some new ones. Ditto for Tammy Duckworth’s Senate version.

Expect at this point no more will come of it this time than before. Consider it a wish list of further ways to tighten the noose with the goal ultimately being a government monopoly of violence that can only be achieved with a disarmed citizenry.

The takeaway here is what these totalitarian wannabes are itching to impose if and when they ever achieve irreversible Democrat majorities, which is also why the same politicians pushing to take your guns are universally bent on expanding that “pathway to citizenship” into a superhighway that they control (and note Rush and Duckworth have both been graded “F-“ by NumbersUSA).

* Note that many of the articles referenced herein have disappeared from the internet and are only available via Internet Archive/Wayback Machine links. As such, some may load slowly, and some may even require multiple attempts to access.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. Bobby Rush is a gun toting Black Panther criminal whose son was killed by a gang banger who used a gun. All of a sudden he decided that guns are bad. Not the people with guns, but the guns. He’s a piece of crap who doesn’t really hate guns. He just hates people, other than himself, who have guns.

    1. He needs to carry a potted plant with him, everywhere he goes. To replace the oxygen that he is wasting.

  2. Only power hungry government officials, criminals and terrorists want you disarmed while Freedom lovers want all good people armed which makes for a lot safer country. Not perfect but much safer.

    1. They’re just going to keep chipping away until they either disarm/subdue the general population or set off the revolution… tyrants never stop being tyrannical voluntarily.

    2. They will continue to chip away until the general public is either disarmed/subdued or they ignite the revolution…. tyrants never stop voluntarily.

  3. I think it is a good idea to question all forms of gun limitation and licensing. The Russians were basically disarmed people before the huge slaughter began. A defenseless people are the first victims of an onerous and lawless military regime.

    “A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    “According to Colonel Ely Garrison, in his autobiography and according to the United States Naval Secret Service Report on Paul Warburg, the Russian Revolution had been
    financed by the Rothschilds and Warburgs, with a member of the Warburg family carrying the actual funds used by Lenin and Trotsky in Stockholm in 1918.” — Eustace Mullins

    1. Had Hillery’s extreme totalitarian oriented administration taken power, This opportunist moron Bobby Rush’s Act would have been (anti-Constitutional) Federal Law by now. Trumps victory is only a temporary stumbling block for their horrendous enslavement agenda.

      The Russian people waited too long, and the German Jews never believed they could be disarmed, and now we, the American Free Patriots not only have the government morbidly obsessed with disarming the populate, but HALF THE CITIZENS ARE ‘OKAY WITH THAT’ due to the incessant brainwashing by the complicit Mainstream Media.

      Our problem is that we think the threat of 2nd/A revolution will scare these Tyrannists. Maybe some years ago it might have, but not anymore. Even if we all could rise up under well organized revolutionary leadership and direction, (which they’d take out first) and manage to get our corpulent carcasses off the couch long enough to get in shape and train up on some basic guerilla-revo tactics, it would be too late today because of the intense advancement of privacy invasion, total tracking ability, and absolutely no privacy left technology if they want to know virtually everything about you. Certainly some groups would ensure a noble measure of resistance initially, but they will be easily eliminated with special government/police tactics and technology weapons that simply cannot be defeated by common armed civilians.

      The only chance we have is the one the Framers designed for us. Amass ourselves to organize politically in keeping Trump’s administration in power provided he doesn’t cave completely on the Deep State’s pressures. In six months it could be all over for your right to have a gun anymore.

      It starts with the midterm elections. Get your friends and families involved in vote gathering and make sure leftist Tyranists DON’T GET IN! Get moving NOW!

      1. Mahatma Muhjesbude……the last paragraph basically says it all. We either win the mid terms and reelect Trump or we will have to fight for our freedom. The ball is in our court !

  4. People with prison records should not be allowed to hold office. He wants to restrict MY rights. He and all the other anti gun Washington hypocrites are surrounded by armed guards Why wont he and the other gun control people push to punish the gang killers, make tough laws on the bad guys.

  5. The violence in Chicago has been perpetuated by people like Rush and now he’s a congressman? He doesn’t care about controlling guns, he wants to control people, at least the law abiding citizens who have guns. He’d probably have the guns turned in/confiscated then give them to his gangster pals like Obama and Holder did.
    At some point the federal government is going to declare martial law and that will not be good for anyone.

  6. Rush is a radical communist whose goal is the disarming of the citizens to government can have total control. The fact that he’s a Dummocrap and actually got elected by voters, some of whom may have been alive, tells you all you need to know about the stupidity and/or raging ignorance of the people of Illinois.

  7. Bobby Rush started out as an anti American Communist gutter punk and remains a gutter punk….what a piece of irrelevant filth. What an embarrassment to his family, friends, gender, race, city, state and the United States of America. How can one live his entire life in the gutter ?

  8. Bobby might be on to something with I.D.’s , and I believe if we apply the same standards to voting I could be convinced to consider some of his ideas. Testing for knowledge of the Founding Documents should be included and tested for if you want to hold Public Office. The Voter base would be reduced to a few Conservatives and a Libertarian or two. Now That’s CHANGE I can support.

  9. Another Commucrat trying to take the guns so they can enslave everyone. You can’t make a slave out of a man holding a gun, you can kill him, maybe but you cannot enslave him.

  10. Yeah. Right. Predators don’t like armed prey. We get it. Assailants beware. Evil-doers be afraid. The 2nd amendment is needed because I can’t count on your good nature to not hurt me after you’ve threatened to do it. Throughout history, you would have been run-through with the sword without remorse. People were a lot more polite back then.

  11. If some idiots want to outlaw all guns why have they overlooked baseball bats, knives, cars with drunk drivers, hammers, screwdrivers, sticks & stones to name but a few murder weapons they overlooked/forgot/ignored? DUH !!
    Guns do not kill people…bad thugs do. Good guys with guns save lives.

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