Democrats Pass ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban: “The Second Amendment Needs to End”

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Democrats pass assault weapons ban as war on 2A escalates

House Democrats passed an ‘assault weapons’ ban on Friday in a 217-213 vote, with two Republicans voting in favor of the ban and five Democrats opposed (and one Republican not voting).

The abolishment of the Second Amendment, disguised as bill HR 1808, started on Thursday evening when the House Rules Committee scheduled an emergency meeting to pass a rule allowing legislation to be sent to the House floor the same day it’s considered, even without the 2/3rds majority support that’s normally needed. On Friday morning, the House swiftly approved that rule with 218 votes in favor; all of them coming from Democrats. reports: Ironically, the debate over the resolution, which was supposed to last for 60 minutes, actually took far less time than the “15 minute” vote on the resolution itself, which ultimately lasted for well over an hour. The “15 minute” aye/nay vote started at 10:06 a.m. and magically lasted until almost 11:20 in order to give Democrats enough time to twist arms get the caucus to fall in line. Democrats did ultimately hit their magic number of 216, however, and actually had two votes to spare to adopt the rule. 

Less than an hour later, at a little past noon Eastern, the House Rules Committee gaveled in another emergency meeting that was scheduled on short notice in order to pass HR 1808 out of committee and send it on to the House floor.

During that Rules Committee hearing, Rep. Jim McGovern claimed in one breath that the bill must pass with urgency in order to “save lives,” while pointing out that Republicans have had more than 500 days to read the text of HR 1808. If this bill is truly about public safety, why did Democrats wait more than a year before bringing the bill to the floor of the House for a vote? I know I’ve said it before but the push for a gun ban this week is about saving Democratic seats, not saving any lives.

Republicans in the Rules Committee unanimously opposed approving HR 1808, but with Democrats in the majority on the committee the objections about a “ultimately pointless political exercise” fell on deaf ears and the measure was sent to the House floor just after 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Shortly before 2 p.m. the House took up the motion to consider HR 1808, with Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern leading the debate for Democrats.

McGovern was quick to say that this bill is not “taking away anyone’s guns”, but moments later declared that people don’t have the right to own the firearms banned under HR 1808. That begs the question; if Democrats don’t believe that anyone should own these types of firearms, why aren’t they adopting Joe Biden’s campaign plan to require existing owners of AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles to either hand them over to the government or register them under the National Firearms Act?

The honest answer is that Pelosi and House Democratic leadership were unsure of support for the ban as late as Thursday afternoon, and if the bill actually required existing owners to give up their guns it likely would’ve drawn enough opposition from embattled Democrats running for re-election in close districts that it would have failed. Those who voted in favor of this bill aren’t going to be satisfied with what passed the House today. This is an intermediate step, not an end goal.

Still, there was an obvious contradiction for Democrats with comments from representatives like this from Jerry Nadler:

Then there was North Carolina’s Deborah Ross, who started out her statement in support of the ban by declaring it “doesn’t take away anyone’s guns” before saying seconds later that no one should be able to own them without “specialized training.” The whole thrust of the Democrats’ arguments is about “saving lives” and “no one needs to own these guns” while also patting themselves on the back and trying to reassure gun owners that they can keep their “weapons of war.”

For that matter, why did Democrats wait 500 days between the introduction of HR 1808 and its first hearing in the Judiciary Committee if this gun ban is so urgently needed? Supports of the ban did a great job of emotionalizing this debate, declaring that opponents have taken “blood money” from the NRA in order to keep “weapons of war” (yeah, that got used a lot) in the hands of millions of Americans, but they never did explain why they’re supposedly okay with those guns staying there as long as new sales are banned.

Democrats like Sheila Jackson Lee accused Republicans of trying to scare gun owners into thinking that the left is coming for their guns, but my question to her would be “why on earth would any gun owner take your word that you won’t try to repeal that grandfather clause at some point in the future?”

Well, that would be one question anyway. “Why are you so intent on passing something so clearly unconstitutional” would be another. Democrats like McGovern and Jerry Nadler, who shepherded the bill through the Judiciary Committee, are well aware that a federal judge (appointed by Barack Obama, incidentally) in Colorado recently granted an injunction against a town that had adopted a local “assault weapons” ban, declaring that “”the Court is unaware of historical precedent that would permit a governmental entity to entirely ban a type of weapon that is commonly used by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, whether in an individual’s home or in public.”

We know the answer, of course. The Democrats have no respect at all for the Court or its opinions, particularly after the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Passing a bill that would almost certainly be overturned if ever enacted into law isn’t a wasted opportunity to them, but a chance to show their base that they’re “fighting”.

The floor debate over the gun ban itself played out in much the same way; Democrats falsely promising that passing the ban would save lives, proclaiming that AR-15s need to be “taken off the street” while touting the fact that the bill doesn’t take away anyone’s gun, and making an emotional but ultimately nonsensical argument in favor of the ban. Republicans, meanwhile, largely avoided the emotional rhetoric and focused on statistics and the likely unconstitutionality of the ban if it’s ever challenged in court. Thomas Massie once again provided a master course in the hyperbole and misleading statements used in support of HR 1808, pointing out both technical problems with the legislation and the flaws with the Democrats’ argument that the previous ban on so-called assault weapons reduced violent crimes.

In the end, with the help of rhetoric like that from Rep. Gerry Connolly, who proclaimed that House members would be “bathed in blood” if they didn’t vote to ban the future sale of so-called assault weapons (while allowing people to keep the 24-million currently possessed, of course), Pelosi was able to sweet talk and strong arm enough of her caucus to vote for the gun ban as a standalone measure with promises that progressives will go along with the bills to increase grant money to local law enforcement when the House comes back from its August recess. Pelosi cynically argued that saving children’s lives was more important than saving political careers, but sadly, that’s exactly what today’s vote is all about.

While the bill is almost certainly doomed to defeat in the Senate, gun owners shouldn’t dismiss today’s vote too easily. There’s nothing moderate, reasonable, or common sense about the gun ban approved by the House today, but Democrats are almost uniformly behind it nonetheless. The only thing stopping this bill from being rammed through the Senate on a 51-50 vote are a couple of senators who say they won’t nuke the filibuster. If Democrats hold the House this November (unlikely, but not impossible) and pick up a couple of Senate seats (a distinct possibility, unfortunately) they could jam this bill and much worse down the throats of tens of millions of law-abiding Americans in just a few months.


  1. Here comes a massive amount of mass shootings done my people known by the FBI.
    They have to push it thru the senate.

  2. Now you know why you should not accept the word “democracy” when politicians use the word to describe our government. All of you love to hear the word “democracy”. Even your heroes like ted cruz, Tom fitton, linsey graham, use it and everyone gets all buttered up.
    The fact is, Democracy is the worst forms of government a country can have, and the USA was never intended to be a democracy. the word democracy does not show up in the Constitution once. never. and that was on purpose. The founding fathers knew that democracy was garbage.

    It is essentially mob rule. and this is what they are trying to do here, and they are doing it without the majority, but with cheated elections.
    The constitution is to trump all attempts for a majority to steal from the minority.
    Yet they are trying to vote away our constitutional rights.

    We are a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. You people understand this?!!! Democracy sucks. Democracy is evil.

      • I scanned thru that document. Gods way for us is of free choice to love and obey him.
        Having a country where this can provide an environment to do so is what God intended.
        Any government that forces you or coherses you to worship Christianity or any other religion is not from God, but from the adversary.
        Satan has infiltrated the USA government and is driving us to destruction. He was able to do this because we chose to let this happen.
        We allowed people of low morality to be in leadership roles. This is our own doing. The constitution is not a deception.

    • Hate speech war drumming anti-american actives they should have banned you years ago and than locked you up

  3. The window of opportunity to remake our Republic by any means is narrow and closing swiftly. Armed insurrection is a bad idea doomed to fail. The armed forces are big government mercenaries.. heck they even get automatically approved home mortgages with 0% down. Indoctrinated, bought and paid for. On the other hand massive general strikes and peaceful demonstrations could have swift and immediate results. Alas, Americans are too well fed (even now) and too divided to undertake any such. It’s been nice knowing you, America.

  4. TARGET: The Bill of Rights.

    The 2nd Amendment is the door to open, to walk through, for the cancellation of the Bill of Rights.

  5. How can any weapon be banned? This is not for safety,the 2nd is to fight governments like this tyrannical Biden stolen election. This fake Biden and Obama are both illegal government run by the same people that over threw the Russian government in 1917. They took the Russian people’s guns and then ran them in to camps and slaughtered MILLIONS. The people should have any weapon they please to kill an illegal, stolen government that is hell-bent on killing and destroying the country. The bioweapon they are injecting in to the population is just the start. Hopefully, like Mary said to the children of Fatima, Russia is the hope of the world, they destroy this evil Obama government run by insane evil tyrants’. It is obvious when the MSM cuts out the name of Jesus in all broadcasts that evil is aware of the war between good and evil. One would think that government goons would stand with the people when they see their family killed by these injections and starved intentionally. The world is waking up to the evil like Satan Shwaub, Gates, Soros,and the banking families that are trying to kill God’s creation and his people.

  6. We won’t believe any of the mass shootings that are about to occur (gvt. sponsored). If “authorities” try to take our guns, they will be given bullets to the head. Enough is enough is enough. You weren’t elected. You are illegally in office. You should have been tried and hung over a year ago.

  7. The tiny 38 Special fires one round per trigger-pull. It’s an efficient device, requiring to be properly aimed at a target. Assult capable. Defense ready.

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