Chicago/Washington D.C. – -(AmmoLand.com)- Second Amendment supporters can know one thing for certain: Many times, when “public health” is thrown around by anti-Second Amendment extremists, you can bet the target is actually our Second Amendment rights. One case in point is a recently introduced piece of legislation.
HR 4888, also known as the Local Public Health And Safety Protection Act of 2021, sponsored by Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL), seeks to bribe states to repeal preemption laws. These laws help by preventing a patchwork of laws across states, meaning that someone exercising their Second Amendment rights doesn’t become a criminal just by crossing a county line.
If you think you’ve seen Kelly’s name before – you’re right. This Congresswoman’s bills have been discussed here before. Whether it’s trying to pass off attacking our rights as urban progress, her multiple efforts to legally authorize bureaucratic gun bans that only the Violence Policy Center would love, or other schemes that target our rights, whether disguised as opposing “gun trafficking” or adding people to the prohibited persons list, Kelly has consistently attacked Americans who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
If gun control laws really worked, then Chicago, with all its onerous provisions, would be the safest place in the country.
The crime stats, though, tell a very different story. And according to NRA-ILA’s summary of the laws in Illinois, that state also has strict laws and there is precious little preemption regarding firearms. Illinois is not exactly friendly towards the Second Amendment.
Robin Kelly wants to bribe states to adopt this patchwork formula, with the promise that it protects “public health.” How tripping up those who are trying to exercise their Second Amendment rights in a safe and responsible manner protects “public health” is a complete mystery, because we’ve got decades of experience showing that passing onerous firearms laws has not worked to control crime.
What has worked? Project Exile did, for starters. Using some sentencing provisions from 18 USC 924 and some of the provisions of 18 USC 922 would make a much bigger positive difference in a positive direction. So, why won’t Robin Kelly introduce legislation to do that?
Second Amendment supporters should contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge them to oppose HR 4888. They also should urge their Senators and Representative to support legislation like the Prosecuting Gun Crimes Saves Lives Act, the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act, and the Restoring The Armed Career Criminal Act. In fact, maybe Representative Kelly ought to be asked why she refuses to support those bills.
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.