McCarthy/NRA Gun Control Act on fast track

H.R. 2640 (mentioned here–although I incorrectly assumed it was H.R. 297 being discussed–and here) passed by voice vote in the House, today–two days after its introduction.

Predictions are that Senate passage will be similarly swift and effortless, and the presidential signature is fairly inevitable. Those predictions seem plausible.

What does not seem so plausible is the NRA’s justification for supporting the bill.

The NRA insisted that it was not a “gun control” bill because it does not disqualify anyone currently able to legally purchase a firearm.

So “gun control” isn’t really “gun control,” if it mandates an enlarged bureaucracy for enforcing old “gun control” laws, rather than imposing new restrictions? I hadn’t known that.

The NRA has always supported the NICS, said the organization’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre.

Yeah–I know you have, Wayne. Care to explain why you’ve never supported something vastly better, instead?

David Codrea says it best.

Oops–almost forgot to post just one more reason that Ron Paul is one of the only politicians for whom I have vast respect.

The only dissenting vote in the short House debate on the bill was voiced by GOP presidential aspirant Ron Paul of Texas. He described the bill as “a flagrantly unconstitutional expansion of restriction on the exercise of the right to bear arms.”

Couldn’t have said it any better myself.

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