Last week was a disaster for immigration enforcement, with plenty of blame to go around. But some how, no matter how egregiously swamp Republicans let us down, Democrats can always be counted on to be worse.
Fox News reports that a new bill to mandate background checks for virtually all gun sales and transfers just cleared the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee. In the process, they rejected an amendment by Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) to require notifying law enforcement “when an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a federal background check” — which would include notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement when an illegal immigrant fails his check:
The vote on the bill came after a contentious, daylong hearing in which Republicans offered a series of other amendments in addition to Steube’s proposal, all of which were blocked by Democrats […] Republicans said they were ready to offer additional amendments when Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., shut off debate around 8 p.m., 10 hours after the hearing began.
Nadler called the background checks bill long overdue to address a “national crisis of gun violence” that claimed nearly 40,000 lives in 2017.
“Our country is awash in guns, and we have the shameful death toll to show for it,” he said.
Got that? Gun violence is a “crisis” demanding immediate, draconian action — but not enough of a crisis to spend a few more hours listening to everyone’s ideas about how to address it. Seems legit.
“Democrats in the Judiciary Committee just voted against notifying ICE when an illegal alien fails a background check to buy a gun,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said. “They hate ICE so much that they’d keep ICE in the dark when illegals try to get guns!”
Even under Democrats’ own logic, there’s no way to justify this one. if someone who fails a background check can’t be trusted with a gun, it follows they may try to get a gun elsewhere. If someone who shouldn’t have guns is trying to get guns, it follows the people tasked with protecting us should probably know about it. And if people who aren’t legally supposed to be here anyway are (a) trying to do something authorities should know about and (b) engaged in transactions that easily identify where they can be found, this should be a no-brainer.
After all, though it tends to be drowned out by “Abolish ICE!” chants these days, Democrats themselves still claim to be all for deporting the dangerous illegals. They swear up and down their amnesty sympathies are strictly reserved for mild-mannered dishwashers and college kids who’ve never known any other homeland.
Turns out that’s a lie, as is everything else out of a Democrat’s mouth. As Tom Knighton puts it at Bearing Arms:
The fact that it wasn’t tells you all you need to know about how much House Democrats care about preventing gun violence. At the end of the day, they don’t want to alienate their voter base, which they apparently think consists of illegal immigrants and convicted felons but not law-abiding gun owners.
Indeed. My friends, I know how jaded we all are about the GOP. Establishment incumbents need to be primaried by the truckload, and conservatives need to do a much better job of holding every Republican’s feet to the fire. But as the twisted priorities of Nadler and company show, the fact remains that Democrats don’t just let us down; they actively mean to do us harm.
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