It’s an uncomfortable fact that most people who run for political office are the types that believe life cannot exist without government – and lots of it – intruding into our lives. Many politicians seem to believe that you would not be able to tie your shoes in the morning, and that animals in the forest will all starve to death, were it not for their benevolent intervention.
Now that we will have a “split” Congress starting in 2019, it presents an added danger for gun owners. Career politicians are already starting in with the “Let’s do something bipartisan!” refrain – and our gun rights could end up in their crosshairs because of this. Here are some of the Republicans we think you should keep a close eye on, and never ever trust when it comes to your gun rights.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): Cornyn is Mitch McConnell’s right-hand man and the #2 most powerful person in the US Senate. In 2016, Cornyn sponsored a mental health “red flag” gun-grabbing bill that was literally written by the Obama administration. The media praised the bill because it would “finally” provide help for mentally ill people who “really need it.”
If the Cornyn-Obama bill had been passed by Congress and signed into law, the following “mentally ill” groups would have had their gun rights stripped away and their firearms confiscated by the federal government:
- Couples who have visited a marriage counselor
- Every American soldier ever deployed to a combat zone
- Seniors who have difficulty balancing their checkbooks
- Anyone who ever visits a mental health counselor for any reason
Fortunately, the Cornyn-Obama bill never made it out of committee. That doesn’t mean that it won’t resurface next year, however. Also, keep in mind that Cornyn has an A+ rating from the NRA.
Newly-Elected Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL): Scott is another one of those Republican politicians who talks a good game on the campaign trail. As always, it pays to look at a politician’s actions rather than just listening to his or her words. In fairness, Scott has done a few good things for gun rights in Florida, such as preventing doctors from asking about gun ownership, cheaper concealed-carry permits and a “stand your ground” expansion. But on the flip side, Scott signed Florida’s “bipartisan” SB 7026 into law. This was one of the most sweeping anti-gun bills to become law in the Sunshine State in many years.
SB 7026 includes “red flag” confiscations, imposes a three-day waiting period on gun buys and raises the minimum age to buy a firearm to 21. There’s that “red flag” thing again. Oh, and Rick Scott’s NRA rating? A+.
Little Marco Rubio (R-FL): Isn’t it amazing how Marco Rubio always has his finger right on the pulse of what Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi want? After the Parkland school massacre, Rubio immediately co-sponsored a “red flag” bill put forward by Democrat Senators Manchin, Nelson and Reed. There’s no word on whether Rubio pushed John Cornyn out of the way to get his signature on the bill first.
During his embarrassing appearance on CNN’s town hall “meeting” with the heavily-coached Parkland brat squad, Rubio immediately caved and offered to abandon the Second Amendment. Faced with the rhetorical wizardry of teenagers, Little Marco offered to sponsor bills banning magazines, raising the minimum age to buy an AR-15 and expanding the NICS background check system. Rubio’s NRA rating: A.
Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL): We didn’t mean to pick on Florida so much in this article when we started writing it – honest! Congressman Mast made one of the most dramatic flip-flops we’ve ever seen in the wake of the Parkland shooting. He actually wrote an op-ed for the New York Times calling for a ban on America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15.
Mast then jumped on board and co-sponsored a bill from California Democrats to give more of your tax dollars – in the form of Department of Justice grants – to states that impose “red flag” confiscation laws. We’re on pins and needles waiting to see if his anti-gun antics will somehow affect his ‘A’ rating from the NRA in 2020.
As we’ve covered numerous times in the past, so-called “red flag” gun laws will be the death of the Second Amendment if they spread to the federal level. What’s to stop the federal government from declaring “patriotism” or “support for low taxes” as a mental illness if we give it power to take people’s guns away based on something as subjective as “mental health.” Where do you draw the line?
Those are 4 Republicans currently in Congress who have proven that they cannot be trusted to protect our gun rights. Keep a close eye on them and don’t trust them once they inevitably start claiming they’ve discovered a “bipartisan” solution to gun control.