After being shot on a baseball field this past summer, Steve Scalise still maintains a rather impressive level of intestinal fortitude. Those who seek to protect our right to bear arms should be grateful that Scalise is in the GOP leadership, and is not waffling like other high-ranking Republican lawmakers.
Scalise was interviewed on Meet the Press on Sunday morning. Of course, following the massacre in Las Vegas last Sunday evening, the topic of new gun laws came up. Scalise was asked by the host about the proposed ban on bump-stocks, a proposal which has Democratic backing (obviously), but some Republican supporters as well.
Scalise stated that the idea is a “rush to judgment,” and criticized the idea that we should be going after a ban on the device, especially given the fact that so few people even know what it is or how it really works.
“If you talked to anybody about a week ago, most people, including myself, didn’t even know what a bump stock was,” Scalise said. “So now we’re finding out about it. There are people that want to rush to judgment. They’ve got a bill written already.”
“It’s a little bit early for people to say they know what to do to fix this problem,” Scalise said.
Now he did endorse a review of the legality of the device by the BATFE, the agency which carries out various federal firearms laws. Surprisingly, the Bureau ruled back in 2010 that the device was not something prohibited under the National Firearms Act, and that attaching it to a rifle is not illegal.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the country’s most ardent supporters of complete confiscation of all privately owned firearms, wants it to be codified into law that the device would be illegal. However, the language of the bill is dangerously ambiguous, and could be read as banning all sorts of other standard rifle upgrades and parts.
But yet again, this is a left-wing Senator who hates the idea of anyone besides the government and her own private security owning firearms, so licentiously ambiguous language is to be expected, so that oppression of any gun owners can be as statutorily easy as possible.
Scalise opposes such measures, though, even in spite of being shot by a deranged leftist over the summer and nearly losing his life.
“They want to go out and limit the rights of gun owners,” Scalise said of Democratic proposals, naming House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who wants wider gun control measures beyond just banning bump stocks.
Instead of more laws, Scalise stated that the ones on the books just need to be enforced as they are. Part of the issue is that firearms laws, particularly regarding when firearms are used in crimes, are not being enforced, and those who commit gun crimes are easily back out on the streets doing their thing again after being convicted. Chicago is one of the most notorious examples of this despicable lawlessness.
“Frankly, let’s go out and enforce those laws,” Scalise further said. “Don’t try to put new laws in place that don’t fix these problems. They only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to own a gun.”
And you know something, he’s right on. The fact that the government refuses to enforce existing laws shows where their real priorities are: restriction of civilian ownership of firearms. Not about safety, not about reasonableness, not about anything less than further encroachments on civil liberties.