Below The Radar: Gun Suicide Prevention Act

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United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Some attacks on our rights can be so subtle, they can be missed at first glance, even in a relatively short piece of legislation. In fact, these are the ones worth studying, if only to be more aware of them.

One such attack is contained in HR 4271, the Gun Suicide Prevention Act, introduced by Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA). At first glance, this very short piece of legislation – all of three pages long in the PDF provided at Congress.gov – seems very innocuous. All it requires is that the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline be provided on a warning label that is included with every firearm sold.

Much of the discussion when it comes to attacks on our Second Amendment rights concern the misuse of firearms – often for homicides. But suicides involving firearms kill about twice as many people as homicides involving the misuse of firearms. Either way, the deaths involved target our rights, and reducing them is in the interest of Second Amendment supporters.

But looking closely at the bill reveals a serious land mine. The requirement to include the warning label amends the Consumer Product Safety Act. Now, we see the trap that has been laid by Representative Brownley.

This is because some anti-Second Amendment extremists, like the Violence Policy Center, have long sought to give unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats the power to order gun bans and recalls. Even with the Congressional Review Act, such bans could be very difficult to defeat. For starters, there would be a limited amount of time to pass the resolution, and if the President is anti-Second Amendment, then you’d need the two-thirds vote to override a veto.

Any law that allowed the Consumer Product Safety Commission to regulate firearms would represent a major shift in power from elected officials that are relatively easy to hold accountable (they have to face elections) to those same unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. What we have with HR 4271 is just the first small step.

On the PR front, it is a brilliant move. Everyone wants to see suicides reduced. Having the number more available could save lives (and certainly would have more efficacy than many of the usual anti-Second Amendment schemes). Furthermore, a warning label is far less intrusive than waiting periods, licensing schemes, or even outright bans. The releases upon the defeat (or veto) of this bill from the likes of Charles Schumer and Jerrold Nadler seem to write themselves in your mind, don’t they?

While preventing suicides is a laudable goal, even the slightest opening to give the CPSC any power over our Second Amendment rights needs to be shut down. Second Amendment supporters need to contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge them to defeat this legislation, and to instead fund suicide prevention via other means. Failing that, this is a bill that should be loaded up with pro-Second Amendment legislation as amendments, like the Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act, the FOPA improvements sought by Senator Daines, HR 5301, and the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, and your Senators and Representatives should be politely, but firmly, encouraged to do just that.



About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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RoyD
RoyD

After reading the article I would say that being ate up with the dumbass is standard fare for that department given this sentence in the article: “An investigator askedHudson, “OK, you left a rifle — an automatic rifle, assault rifle — in a room with no one else there?”” So, which was it, a semiautomatic AR15 or a rifle that was capable of full auto fire? Maybe it is the reporter that should be fired. And I seem to remember a group of Federal LEOs who stopped someplace for lunch and got all their guns stolen out of their vehicle… Read more »

RoyD

I started reading this article without looking to see who wrote it or reading the comments first. When I got to this sentence, “Either way, the deaths involved target our rights, and reducing them is in the interest of Second Amendment supporters.”, I knew who the author was and then confirmed it. He is like a broken record.

moe mensale

Another ass clown heard from. Here’s a lollipop for your effort, unimaginative as it were.

Get Out

I’m just glad someone is reading these BS proposed gun laws and looking out for gun owners. The anti-gunners are slipping legislation into these bills and then it takes long drawn out legal action to fix it. Thanks Harold for bringing it to our attention.

cav2108

As soon as I saw the title of this moronic article I knew who the author was. Another disgusting apology by leftist sympathizer Harold. Stop publishing articles by this leftist weasel. Drop dead, Harold, you treacherous liar.

loveaduck

Did you even bother to read the article? It would seem not.

moe mensale

The article’s title is taken directly from the submitted bill. But you wouldn’t know that because you didn’t even bother to give it even a cursory read did you? Another ass clown with a hard on for Harold.

moe mensale

The only constant bullshit here is from you ass clowns with hard ons for Harold. Your stupid pathetic moaning and groaning is old and tiresome. Try doing something useful with your lives besides living in mom’s basement and jerking off when you come up on a Harold article.

nrringlee

This is why you cannot legislate with progressives. They will find a way to plant a poison pill in everything. If this passed you would soon find yourself facing a nation wide version of California’s “safe’ handgun roster.

Jacky

VERY off topic, like you want to relate everything you can to this topic. You need to grind your axe somewhere else.

Knute

30 years ago I and some acquaintances went out to the local “shooting range” (just fields with backstops. All of Montana is the range 🙂 ) to do some shooting. Guess what we found there? An M-16 just lying in the weeds. One of my newbies found it! Full auto. I checked. It was unloaded but I had AR shit along. I put a few mags though it. The giggle switch worked perfectly! It turned out it had been “lost” by the local National Guard unit. We turned it in at the cop shop. I never heard what punishment whoever… Read more »

Finnky

@USA – That was my first thought as well. He sold it “on the street”, because after all cops are the only ones competent and honest enough to legally have firearms.

Jacky

You have no credibility with this….

RoyD

Will: Yes, as long as it is true and interesting, as it was this time, bring it on.