Below the Radar: The MASS Act

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Second Amendment Activist Protest Activism Take Action

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- You have to hand it to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), the title of the legislation they introduced in their respective bodies has two huge lies in just five words. When you look over what the Making America Safe and Secure Act of 2021, you will find it will provide neither safety nor security.

This legislation, with the bill numbers S 2325 and HR 4238 for the Senate and House version respectively (see earlier coverage of the types of legislation Second Amendment supporters will deal with at the federal level), promises to bring safety and security by bribing states to implement gun licensing schemes. The fact is, licensing schemes don’t work. Maryland has passed a handgun licensing scheme, but Baltimore is still one of the cities with a high murder rate.

Furthermore, New York, despite its licensing scheme, had massive crime increases. What did get crime down? Well, they actually went after the criminals. All of the burdens and infringements they imposed on those who wished to exercise their Second Amendment rights didn’t work, either. Illinois has seen the same situation in Chicago.

But the fact is the two whoppers (with apologies to the delicious Burger King menu item) that this bill sells is not the worst part. When you check out the text of the legislation, you’ll see that one of the criteria for a state licensing scheme to qualify for one of those grants is “other factors relevant to the suitability of a license holder” with “suitable” person defined as someone who “does not create a risk to public safety.”

What does create a risk to public safety? Well, the proposed legislation does not say. That’s not all that is vague in this legislation. There’s a lot more room for some bureaucrat to deny a license through delay – since no timeframe for approval is in this legislation. This is how you get a tragedy like what happened to Carol Bowne in New Jersey. Not that her safety or security – or that of others facing real threats to their safety and security – matter to Markey and Pressley.

These sorts of schemes need to be stopped with the use of our First Amendment rights. Second Amendment supporters should contact their Senators and Representative to politely urge that they oppose S 2325 and HR 4238. They also should join a pro-Second Amendment organization and work to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists at the federal, state, and local level via the ballot box as soon as possible.


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.Harold Hutchison

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SGT_Wombat
SGT_Wombat
1 month ago

Illinois and Chicago has had the Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) card since 1968. Anybody want to guess how many shot & killed last WEEKEND in Chicago? 11 dead, 51 wounded

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
1 month ago

These are an example of politicians that should be IMMEDIATELY removed from office through grand jury indictment for Willful Neglect of Statutory Duty as per their oath of office. WHY isn’t anyone in their district enacting grand jury investigation and prosecution into these high crimes?

18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law | U.S. Code | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute (cornell.edu)

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
1 month ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

A DOWN VOTE for questioning why nobody in this district has backbone to remove these corrupt officials?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

WHY hasn’t ANYONE removed THESE politicians FROM office FOR willful NEGLECT of STATUTORY duty? https://bigjolly.com/sheila-jackson-lee-goes-berserk-on-gun-control/ Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (Texas) Congresswoman Fletcher supports a ban on military-style assault weapons, and has been talking with constituents about this issue and related legislation Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (Texas) The Congressman supports a high capacity magazine ban, stronger background checks, and wants to take a closer look at restricting the availability of military grade weapons He voted in favor of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. Regarding H.R. 1296, he does not oppose it Rep. Filemon Vela (Texas) Did not respond to a request for… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

What’s YOU doin’ about it, grunt? Donate-volunteer-organize? Or just nag on what others should do?

What stops chatty commandos from helping other districts? Do anything in your own? Where’s your 2A vet group? Can’t find it.

Legislators write laws, not enforce. That’s for BLUE like TEX who hide assets despite “qualified immunity” = immunity for 99% of their crimes. See Tony Timpa, Donald Scott, LaVoy Finicum, Vicki & Sammy Weaver, Branch Davidians, Daniel Shaver.

What’s you doin’ to stop idiots votin’ for varmints who write illegal laws? Can’t make’em stop electin’ ’em, how you gonna make ’em arrest ’em?

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Bob
Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

If you remember, we have a few dumbass trolls here tight now.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

What’s a troll to you, Bob? Someone who disagrees with you? Someone who points out that the majority of ex-military people who become U.S. legislators are anti 2nd Amendment? Someone who points out that many senior military people (current and former), who don’t go into politics, are anti 2nd Amendment? Someone who points out that many states have polticians who are anti 2nd Amendment? Someone who points out that state, county, and city/town LE have cooperated with federal LE to enforce federal firarm laws and there is no reason to expect they won’t continue to do so unless laws are… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

“we have a few dumbass trolls here tight now.” -Neal’nBob

3 signs of weakminded projection:

1) Can’t address issues, say “troll”.
2) Can’t address issues, say “dumbass”.
3) Can’t spell “right”, say “tight”.

nrringlee
nrringlee
1 month ago

These New Left Progressive attempts to disarm law abiding Americans make only one class of people safe: tyrants. The recently emasculated and humiliated clown I have in mind at present is Andrew Cuomo, thug of New York. Folks have been saying he is an example of arrogant political power. Well New Yorkers, arrogant political power can only exist when you have a large majority of compliant serfs. Serfs. That is how to describe the majority populations of all progressive utopias. Folks in these aspiring utopias reject the fundamental truth about humanity, original sin and attempt to replace morality with law.… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
1 month ago

Their candor is amusing. Read the title of the act.. then take just the first letter of each word in the name. Yep. They are working on passing the “MASSA” act. Dey wantin ta be are Massa, all right.

When they take all our guns, WHO will be in charge? And WHO will be obeying?

Last edited 1 month ago by Tionico
nrringlee
nrringlee
1 month ago
Reply to  Tionico

Progressive utopias are populated by serfs.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
1 month ago
Reply to  Tionico

“When”? Blood will flow and “When” will never come.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

“I spent a career carrying typically either a M16, and later a M4 carbine, and a M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed to do that. That’s what our soldiers ought to carry. I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we’ve got to take a serious look — I understand everybody’s desire to have whatever they want — but we… Read more »

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
1 month ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

Tex, I now understand WHY you get the rants and rhetoric tossed at you on these forums. You truly are a spineless idiot.

Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

“What bothers you the most old man,keeping your powder dry or your chin to the wind?” -TEX

Hey TEX, long as you’re callin’ someone “old man”, how ’bout you keep your chin dry & off Abbott’s junk?

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Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
1 month ago

An old friend from MA was listening to me and my brother as we discussed the choices for a new carry gun. This friend from MA shrugged and said “What do you need a gun for?” as though it was a complete waste of breath even talking about guns.
Nothing about the 2nd Amendment even mattered to this guy – ownership, need, use, practice, etc. This is what we are up against. In their elitist minds a gun is simply for killing, and we misguided hoi-polloi need to be protected from that evil, poisonous, corrupting object.

nrringlee
nrringlee
1 month ago

Let them give up their liberty. They cannot give up my liberty.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
1 month ago

Wow, your post is an hour old and the commies haven’t even attacked yet.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago

Patriot Solutions 8/17/21: “Wow, your post is an hour old and the commies haven’t even attacked yet.” Response to Patriot Solutions: Do you define “commies” as people who: Believe in a free, capitalistic market? Believe the government should not be in the business of redistribution of wealth? Believe government should be smaller, less powerful, more honest, and less expensive? Believe there are too many gun laws right now and that enforcers at the state, county, city/town level should be prohibited by law from cooperating with federal enforcers in enforcing any new federal laws? Or, are you just mad that I… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by JSNMGC
Russn8r
Russn8r
1 month ago

Ain’t you?

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Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
1 month ago

I’m American – I respect everyone’s opinion, no matter how ignorant. That said, “If you must ask, you won’t understand anything that follows.”