Gun Background Check Bill Won’t Stop Violence but Helps ID Republican Turncoats

It's a symbolic victory but it invites the question: Why would gun owners give power to Republicans who vote with those who want them disarmed? (Congressman MikeThompson Facebook photo)
U.S.A. – -( “The House passed the most significant gun control measure in more than two decades on Wednesday when it approved the first of two bills aimed at strengthening the federal background check system for firearms purchases,” NPR and other news outlets are reporting. “The vote on the first bill dubbed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 passed largely along party lines 240 to 190 with Democrats who control the House cheering as they carried the legislation across the finish line.”

At this point this and the second bill — an expansion of the number of days a dealer must wait to have background checks completed from three to 10 days — look to be symbolic. It’s meant to garner publicity and gin up demand from a public that only “knows” what it’s told about guns by those who want to swindle them out of their rights.

That means — barring an exploitable atrocity — the Republican-controlled Senate should be able to block the bills, and if they falter, President Donald Trump is believed to be prepared to veto them. He’s savvy enough not to burn all his bridges like he’s doing with “bump stocks” and other outlier RKBA issues that most gun owners believe (probably) won’t personally affect them. There are, of course, no guarantees, and politicians are creatures of self-preservation if nothing else, but the conventional wisdom says the gun vote is still a force you can’t cross certain lines with.

Those lines don’t appear as strong as they were a few years ago, though, and the fact that some Republicans appear ready to “compromise” with the gun-grabbers is something we will only see more of as long as those who do are allowed to get away with it. That’s why we see more and more coming out for “red flag laws,” and “bump stock bans,” raising the age to buy rifles, and even “assault weapon” bans.

As long as they keep getting rewarded after brazenly cheating on us, what’s their incentive to remain faithful?

We don’t need to rehash the flaws of “universal background checks” here, except to note an edict only the “law-abiding” will obey is hardly “universal,” and that no less an authority than the National Institute of Justice has admitted:

“Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration…”

That’s certainly another of the incremental goals on the way down Nancy Pelosi’s “slippery slope,” but it’s a mask the more restrained in the gun-grab camp deem too early to pull off.

So, for now, we’re left with noise, with Democrat photo ops and with the media helping spook the herd to gin up demand for more infringements. But rather than just hunker down and wait for things to blow over, there is something productive gun owners can do with this latest betrayal: Learn who the “Republicans” are and do what you can to make them feel your pain.

“Republican” co-sponsors of this latest Intolerable Act were:

  • Rep. Peter King (NY-2)
  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1)
  • Rep. Brian J. Mast (FL-18)
  • Rep. Fred Upton (MI-6)
  • Rep. Christopher H. Smith (NJ-4)

Joining them in voting for this attack on gun-owning constituents were:

  • Vern Buchanan (FL-16)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
  • Will Hurd (TX-23)

What incentive will voting for “Republicans” like these give the GOP to offer better candidates?

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 50 thoughts on “Gun Background Check Bill Won’t Stop Violence but Helps ID Republican Turncoats

    1. I disagree with many of the comments here. Some of these Republican members have very strong pro-life records which is often a harder vote to make. I appreciate the article and don’t know the circumstances surrounding each member’s vote. I will be in touch with those I support regarding this vote. However, without knowing the complete story I cannot stop supporting them at this point.

    2. Like the “bumpstock ban”, the “universal background check” is just one more UNJUST “law” I will freely IGNORE. I’ve committed no crime(s), and will NOT be held accountable for those that do. They’re going to have to TAKE MY GUNS, and the “price” will NOT BE CHEAP.

    3. Theses people live in their own concrete world. The media and and rumor mill their only way of learning. All their anti gun won’t do a bit of good. Two nights ago I heard a noise outside. Looking outside I couldn’t see anything but a dead chicken lying on the ground. My husband fired a shot in the ground noise in the coop and quiet. Two chickens dead, three less eggs a day.. The cost of food would go up big time if a farmer can’t protect their livestock. Their fear of guns is because of their ignorance plain and simple.

    4. I humbly suggest to the folks in those states to tell the Republican Party there to offer appropriate replacements or you don’t vote Republican. How is replacing these knot heads with Democrats worse?

      Or you could vote for Libertarians who support your rights. All the time.

      Democrats and Republicans: thugs, thieves and clowns, every damn one.

      Cheers, Cutterjack

      Buchanan, Vernon (FL)
      Diaz-Balart, Mario (FL)
      Fitzpatrick, Brian (PA)
      Hurd, Will (TX)
      King, Peter (NY)
      Mast, Brian (FL)
      Smith, Chris (NJ)
      Upton, Fred (MI)

    5. Lots of tough talk, but when are the local gun clubs and groups going to get one of theirs to run PRIMARIES against these RINO’s? You don’t need term limits to get rid of these traitors, primary them away.
      And even if its a losing cause because they have the party machine behind them, a primary challenge forces them to spend money and time beating the gun guy back. Further, it provides an opportunity to debate the gun rights issues in public forums which helps educate the voters

    6. Why vote republican? There is already way too many democrats in Congress. I am beginning to understand why so many people don’t bother to vote and just stay home and watch a movie.

      1. @Bryan…
        You know, even getting up off their apathetic fat rearends, and voting for aLibertarian, or a Constitutionalust, or a Green Party, or a WRITE IN, would do something to send a message, don’t you think ? I have voted for DONALD DUCK more than once, just because I didn’t like “any of the above”. And yes, when I was younger and hated them all, I did stay home. Now I see that as a mistake. It would have been better to go and vote for Donald. Always encourage all to go to the polls and vote for someone, just to let them know you still exist. What would happen if Donald Duck got a majority of the votes ?

      2. Watch the Glock commercial,
        Even watching a movie at home alone can become unsafe.
        Imagine a person alone late at night, and someone breaks in, it matters not if you are a man or woman and children are oftentimes victimized.
        It has gotten to the point that people are not safe in their own homes or out and about in public.
        I have been attacked in parking lots of malls and shopping centers and supermarkets even at a bus stop.
        Two Teens approached me at a bus stop, they both had knives, I started laughing at the two cute dumb blond haired boys, cute as hell White boys and they sure didn’t look like your average criminal, they seemed uncomfortable with me laughing at them, lets go, this guy is Crazy, and they took off.
        Crazy like a Fox… lol

        People need to be Armed oftentimes, not just farmers or hunters or in the home, ordinary people minding their own business, not in bad or dangerous places, you can be attacked fueling your car, shopping for groceries, broken down on the side of the road, just about anywhere, and police response may arrive too late and that small concealed handgun may be the only thing keeping you alive to see your loved ones again.

    7. Rep. Buchanan FL16 is my representation in Congress, how lucky I am that he’s doing so much our Second Amendment Rights. How humorous that Rep. Buchanan has portrayed himself as a protector of gun rights.
      Please make sure you know what your local politicians are doing to protect your Constitutional rights. Thanks Vern I’ll
      remember your love of individual liberties.

    8. I would lol, but the comments, regarding ‘voting’ as the way to fix our issue are too sadly being promoted by the ill-informed. Our vaunted, esteemed, educated, intelligent Electorate, none of that which it is, illustrated in that last mid-term election how STUPID are the American people, at least those that do vote! Problem being, only less than 50% of voting age eligible people actually VOTE, and that 50% are stupid enough to believe that the likes of Pelosick or Scrumer should be given control of ANYTHING more important than ‘toilet watch.’ Americans, sitting on their hands, failing to become ‘informed’ enough to vote with some KNOWLEDGE, are contributors to the INSANITY we are watching! That esteemed (NOT) “Silent Majority” has been and IS allowing the country to be run by ‘minority’ enclaves of socialism.

    9. Submitting to liberalisms “extended” background check will gain Americans nothing. Liberals will scheme to disarm this nation no matter how many background checks are cleared. Americans should squelch future liberal anti-gun actions the most effective way of all. By burying them with 100% non-compliance!

    10. Anyone reading this list needs to take note of any RINO’s that are in their district and remember them toward the next election. Word of mouth is a much greater advertisement either for or against so the trader can buy all the air time he can afford but one person with a voice can stiffel his efforts and put someone else in his place. I am surprised with Hurt from Tx. because I thought he was a conservative but maybe the money looked too good for him to turn down.

      1. To give credit where credit is due, one thing the Democrats do right is primary the shit out of what they consider to be “sell outs” to their cause. The Right needs to start doing the same. Occassional-Cortex beat out one of the top ranking House Democrats for her position. All RINOs need to be purged.

    11. It’s NOT about stopping violence.

      From Ayn Rand, ATLAS SHRUGGED (1957) –

      “We’re after power, and we mean it!

      There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack-down on criminals.

      Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”


    12. Dan III’s use of the Nazi slogan “Erwache” (awake!), didn’t go unnoticed. The cause of 2nd Ammendment rights doesn’t need or want input for Nazi or fascist sympathisers.

      1. Ronald Nuxon, The use of one word does not mean someone is a nazi or a racist but I can see you are a liberal troll and will try to make everything out to be racist or fascist! Crawl back under your rock!

      2. Are you going to freak the next time you read; “Verboten, or Kindergarten?” His allusion was perfect…He is pointing to the one party Fascist system forming here in the US. He has it correct.

      3. America has been thoroughly brainwashed about WW2 by the winner, because he gets to write “his story”. I would suggest that you get your hands on a copy of “The Bad War” by Mike King. It is in hard copy, and also digital form, but don’t expect to buy it from Amazon because they banned it. Can you imagine that, a company (Amazon) operating in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, and they practice good old fashioned Anti-First Ammendment Censorship. Just like Facebook, and Twitter, and others. Perhaps it is time for you to take a look at who controls those anti American companies and see who it is that is setting the policies. And you might want to google up a search for “Ben Friedman’s 1960 Speech at the Willard Hotel”. He seems to agree with the facts written about in “The Bad War”.

    13. This is a Republic not a democracy, do these a-holes in government understand this?
      This is basic 6th grade civics, which obviously they do not teach any longer, or want to.
      They prove to be Anti-Constituionalists’ with their actions. I have yet to find an article in these documents stating that re-interpretation is acceptable or should ever be tolerated. Over reach is the policy of today.
      Cut thy nose in spite of thy face. Over paid LOSERS.
      Term Limits & Merit should also be considered during their political terms. If they fail on merits they should be banned from political service period.

      1. Term imits won’t FIX a thing… the Dems and republocrats have an endless supply of corrupt dirtbag suits to stand for office. But when we DO manage to get a good one in office, he’s gone in two terms, before he can really get the traction to make a difference for us.

        The PEOBLEM is comatose voters who get their “news” from the lying media hacks and swallow their pill without even considering. Until the VOTING PEOPLE wake up and educate themselves, nothing will change. The pain level is not high enough yet. But it is getting there.

        No to term limits. YES to aware voters. Oh, and voter id laws with TEETH.

        1. Exactly. We actually do have “term limits”. They are just known as “voting.”

          And to add to what you said, why would any elected person care what kind of laws they pass when they have no reason to care what the people think, they won’t be there very long anyway.

    14. This is treason and it has a price. The day is coming. Just like ole King George, they look on us (that’s U.S.) as subjects, not citizens. They are doing the same kinds of things he did. The FIRST war for independence started when the British marched on Concord to deprive the subjects of weapons. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that gun control is just people control. This is how they enslave the masses. They do so with cheers and clapping. They are, by definition, treasonous–ALL of them. Arm up, carry on because it’s coming to a house like yours. It’s going to start someplace. Stay armed or be enslaved. Arm up, carry on.

      1. They have sealed their fate, and a military tribunal will be waiting for each and every one of them. Do you think that the Mockingbird Press would print the story of these TRAITORS being dragged out of their houses at 4am and forced to face their military judges right there in the street in front of their homes ? I wonder what kind of a slant they would put on that story ? For them, justice could come very swiftly, and out of the dark. But for some reason they seem oblivious to it, and very self assured, as if it is a done deal. Is it because they think that for everyone money talks ? Do they believe that they have enough bribed and blackmailed cohorts on their side ? Are they counting on an invading army that will be under their control, and ordered to go door to door ceizing guns and ammo ? Perhaps they are counting on the apathy of the populace, or maybe they have been informed of the “Voice of God Weapon”. Something is making them very bold to be a TRAITOR.

    15. A turncoat is a turncoat regardless of their party affiliation. The Republican party just happens to be, for the most part, supporting President Trump and the 2nd Amendment, AT THIS TIME, but that can change at any time. I detest (okay hate) Democrats, but keep in mind that the Republicans are just the other side of the same rotten coin. All the politicians in Washington are more interested in their own power than in what is good and right for the American citizens. The system is broken and if it can’t be fixed, needs to be replaced, redone or overhauled. Citizens can call for Amendments to the Constitution and circumvent the Congress and Senate and would be the only way to get term limits and re-enforce the Constitutional Amendments by making ANY infringement upon them a criminal act applicable to legislators.

      1. Dan lll, stowe this term Immediately! You’re either at worse knowingly, or naively playing to the libs. WE (law abiding gun owners) DON’T WANT THIS CRAP ASSOCIATED WITH US!!!

    16. GEORGE WASHINGTON –“When government takes away citizens right to bear arms it becomes citizens duty to take away governments right to govern”.
      JAMES MADISON — ” The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned”.
      THOMAS JEFFERSON — “The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it”.
      SAMUEL ADAMS —“it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in peoples minds”.
      THOMAS JEFFERSON — “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so”.

      1. This needs to be posted on every republican, right wing ,red newspaper on a regular basis. Front page…..then maybe just maybe the gun grabbers will realize the people know their rights.Given to us in words by the most powerful and respected men our country has mustered.

    17. Mr King you took an oath and you violated it by switching party lines so now it’s time to vote you out you have betrayed the New Yorker’s that voted you in office to protect our rights and then you vote Democrat. You sir are a disgrace to the Republican party and the New Yorkers that voted for you .

      1. In any war, one side will always have spies and/or people claiming to be on the side of justice, when in fact they are wolves in sheep clothing. Just how many so-called republicans are sheep is continuously being revealed. Look at the Kavanah hearings and mid-terms. I’m not talking about RINOS either but those who have always been democRATS but put on the republican/conservative attire every morning and go to work -almost like a sleeper cell.

        Make no mistake, we ARE at war with every politician in DC, state and local levels who swore an Oath to defend the Constitution and are failing to do so. FDR altered the original content of the “Trading-With-The-Enemy Act” to include all American citizens. Why? Because the 10-mile square known as Washington DC is beholden to the Rothchilds etc… (Powers-That-Be) just as the Vatican, London and Vienna have been.

        This is the greatest test for the Senate GOP and Chump himself – will they shut down the bills or will they succumb and pass them? Will Chump veto bills that are against the 2A? If the GOP or Chump fail, what will we do as Americans and as the community of patriots who understand the stakes? We are at the precipice in our history and everything is at risk. Will we allow communism to rule the day or will we stop it?

    18. Those RINO’s are enemies of the Republic and need to be booted in the next election they stand for,as they by their vote today have violated their oath of office.

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