The Democratic Party has long had their sights set on undermining the Second Amendment-protected right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, and have supported a plethora of proposals that would limit or even prohibit that right to certain individuals for a variety of reasons.
Many Democrats have also recently called for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, dead-set in opposition to President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration and secure the nation from criminal illegal aliens.
But what happens when those two issues — strict gun control versus strict immigration control — come into conflict? As it turns out, Democrats seem to prefer to side with illegal immigrants and oppose ICE over strengthening the gun control laws they themselves have proposed — laws that would alert certain authorities when an individual fails a background check for an attempted purchase of a firearm.
Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted on Wednesday, “Democrats in the Judiciary Committee just voted against notifying ICE when an illegal alien fails a background check to buy a gun. They hate ICE so much that they’d keep ICE in the dark when illegals try to get guns!”
Democrats in the Judiciary Committee just voted against notifying ICE when an illegal alien fails a background check to buy a gun. They hate ICE so much that they’d keep ICE in the dark when illegals try to get guns! pic.twitter.com/WIkUDsW6FJ
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 13, 2019
As evidenced by the attached document to Gaetz’s tweet, an amendment to a Democrat-sponsored gun control bill put forward by a Republican would require pertinent law enforcement agencies be notified if any individual failed a National Instant Criminal Background Check System check ahead of a firearms purchase.
Those agencies would include the nearest FBI field office, both the state and local law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction over the would-be buyer, and “(i)n the case of an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
The bill is a purported “bipartisan” effort to strengthen and expand background checks for gun purchases, and Steube’s amendment borrowed the language from a Democratic proposal known as the “Unlawful Gun Buyer Alert Act” — yet the Democrats who’d supported that proposal just voted against the amendment that would do the same thing, only also including illegal aliens and ICE.
“Clearly, the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee don’t care about preventing gun violence, they simply are playing politics with Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” Steube told Florida Daily. “The fact that Democrats do not want law enforcement notified if an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a background check is truly troubling.”
“In rejecting this amendment, the Democrats have shown their true colors,” he continued. “It is clear they are not interested in preventing gun violence or stopping the illegal purchase of firearms, but rather they are only interested in limiting the rights of law abiding citizens to advance their own political agenda.”
Steube noted that the bill under consideration by the Democratic-controlled Congress would have done nothing to prevent several recent high profile mass shootings in the state — such as the 2018 Parkland high school shooting or the 2016 mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub — as those shooters had passed the already existing background check system and had purchased their firearms legally.
“H.R. 8 will do absolutely nothing to prevent gun violence in Florida or around the country,” Steube said. “Instead, it will only restrict the rights of the millions of law abiding citizens that legally carry a firearm every day.”
Indeed, by virtue of their vote against Steube’s amendment that would require ICE to be notified if an illegal immigrant failed a background check for a gun purchase, Democrats have made it clear that they only seek to impose their anti-gun limitations on American citizens, but not criminal illegal aliens.
Democrats have no problem siccing the FBI and state and local law enforcement on American citizens who are rejected by the NICS system, but are apparently aghast at the idea that those agencies, as well as ICE, would be similarly alerted if a non-citizen who isn’t even in the country legally also failed the background check for a firearms purchase.
At least now we know for sure that when it comes to destroying the Second Amendment or protecting illegal aliens, Democrats will set aside their plans to limit and outlaw guns in the hands of American citizens in favor of shielding criminal illegal immigrants from the proper federal law enforcement agency.
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