By: José Niño
When Gun Control Inc. can’t pass legislation that directly deals with civilian disarmament, they’ll get creative by sneaking anti-gun provisions into bills that have nothing to do with gun policy.
Take, for example, the case of the House Appropriations Committee FY22 bill. In this bill, there are $40 million allocated towards a program that would push states to adopt “Red Flag” gun confiscation orders. This effort is being pushed on the grounds that it would promote “safer communities” and broaden “gun violence prevention efforts.”
In a draft of the FY22 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill that was published on July 11, 2021, roughly $150 million was allocated towards “Gun Violence Reduction Grants”, which are “aimed at reducing gun violence.”
On top of that, $40 million will be directed towards “Red Flag” gun confiscation orders, with another $100 million for grants to help states improve their National Instant Criminal Background Check systems for firearms transactions and $10 million for the purpose of developing and expanding “gun buyback and relinquishment programs.”
Liz George at American Military News noted that “Biden had announced the concept of the red flag rule in April and directed the Department of Justice to publish a model rule within 60 days.” George added, “Biden called on Congress to pass ‘an appropriate national red flag’ law,’ but said the White House will move forward with gun control policy ‘whether Congress acts or not.’”
Back in June, the DOJ published its model red flag legislation, in which the agency declared that it would “make it easier for states to craft ‘extreme risk protection orders’ authorizing courts to temporarily bar people in crisis from accessing firearms,” and that “by allowing family members or law enforcement to intervene and to petition for these orders before warning signs turn into tragedy, ‘extreme risk protection orders’ can save lives.”
Gun rights groups, such as the National Association for Gun Rights, have stood firmly against these dangerous measures. In an email directed to its members, Dudley Brown, president of NAGR, declared that the “2021 Federal Appropriations bill was hijacked by anti-gun politicians and stuffed full of gun control funding.”
Brown added that “wishy-washy “Republicans” are already going out of their way to compromise on gun control, and this “must pass” bill may be the gun grab they are willing to hand to Biden on a silver platter.”
All told, this is starting to turn into a bipartisan affair, further making the threat of gun control passing even more palpable.
Democrats have been emboldened after the January 6 incident. They’re using the actions of a select few individuals to construct a dubious “insurrection” narrative to justify a massive power grab against lawful Americans of the conservative persuasion. They’re especially focused on infringing on the right to bear arms.
Indeed, the level of polarization and the fractious nature of the Democrat coalition could be a blessing for gun-owning Americans. There’s simply no monolithic gun control constituency that can pass anti-Second Amendment legislation through traditional legislative channels.
But we’re dealing with the Left here, who is more than willing to pull all stops to see their freedom-hating agenda through. On top of that, they have an uncanny ability to flip squishy Republicans to co-sign their anti-freedom legislation.
Undoubtedly, Second Amendment activists must respond in a resolute manner against Gun Control Inc. and the Republican sell-outs who aid them. The only language our foes understand is power, and they must be confronted every time they try to make moves against our rights.
José Niño is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook, Twitter, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get his e-book, The 10 Myths of Gun Control, here.