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