Below The Radar: The TASERS Act

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Below The Radar: The TASERS Act

United States – -( Second Amendment supporters have no need to fear honest research on Second Amendment issues. The facts have consistently borne out the folly of punishing law-abiding Americans for crimes and acts of madness they did not commit – especially when said punishments (usually in the form of infringements on our rights) do not deliver the results promised. The real problem, though, is making sure taxpayer funds go towards honest research.

One thing Second Amendment supporters can take to the bank is that they will not get anything close to an honest study out of HR 4740, the TASER Access, Safety, and Effectiveness Review and Study Act, or TASERS Act. For starters, the bill’s sponsor should be a huge red flag in and of itself. This bill was introduced by Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), who also is known for the Blair Holt Firearm Owner Licensing and Record of Sale Act.

This legislation, like the Gun Suicide Prevention Act, is intended as a trojan horse – and in two aspects. The first, most obviously, is the generation of “research” in the form of phony “studies” that will be used to attack our rights.

In this case, Rush is trying to make people think he’s just interested in taser research, but a look at the text of this bill shows that the title is a lie. Because the bill is not just going after stun guns. Nope, Rush’s bill requires “a national study of firearms and tasers.”

A study to determine what, exactly? Rush has a list of four things: The number of successful self-defense attempts, as well as the number of accidental discharges, the types and severity of injuries sustained, and the long-term health implications. This is for both tasers and firearms. The real trick will be how a “successful self-defense attempt” is defined, and you can bet the description will be very restrictive and will exclude many of the ways a firearm in the hands of a good guy stops bad things from happening.

Then, of course, there is who conducts the study. Rush wants it to be led by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health to consult. Furthermore, within two years, not only does the “study” get published, but the CPSC also gets to make recommendations. As we discussed with the Gun Suicide Prevention Act, this is just rife for mischief.

In other words, this study doesn’t just have involvement from agencies that were complete hacks, it also opens the door for “recommendations” that will likely line up with the Bloomberg wish list. At the very least, it should be amended to require that any “study” be reviewed by the Crime Prevention Research Center prior to publication – and that publication should not happen if it doesn’t pass muster.

Second Amendment supporters should contact their Representative and Senators to urge that this bill be defeated. Failing that, it should be amended as described in the previous paragraph.

Harold Hu, chison

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,, and other national websites.

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Yes, Harold, yes!

Will Flatt

Shh nobody can understand what you’re saying when you have a mouthful of Harold.


Thanks, WF, your personal insults are pretty much expected and useless.

Will Flatt

Well I must be hitting a nerve because I’m being upvoted, you’re being downvoted, and curiously you did not deny having a mouthful of Harold. You are butthurt. Put a rub on it.


Booby Rush is a well known racist Black supremacist.


Will, maybe he is learning you can`t be polite to gun grabbing trash, they hate gun owners like us!

Will Flatt

Or maybe Little Quisling Harold is treading lightly so as not to have his association with Ammoland publishing severed. Which wouldn’t hurt him in the least. As a cuckservative RINO writer, he writes trash for numerous other outlets online. His departure from here wouldn’t drastically affect him, but it would be a huge improvement for us!!
People need to keep boosting the petition with their friends!

Will Flatt

AS IF we don’t already know that antigun Commiecrat Bobby Rush is someone who cannot be trusted one iota no matter what! STOP INSULTING READERS, HAROLD!

With the corona madness going on, we know the Commecrat Party is trying to pile on antigun legislation in DC. Just as we know they’re trying to nullify 2A through their unconstitutional and tyrannical police state lockdown orders at the state & local levels!


Why the attack on Harold for this, WF?


ld: The fact that the 24 hour period of time we are currently in ends in the letters, day, is enough reason to diss Harold. YMMV.