Democrats proved once again this month that having a “national conversation” on gun violence is not their real goal in what they now call “common sense gun reform.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) followed President Donald Trump’s announcement he has decided to declare a national emergency over the border wall with a threat of her own. She thinks the first democrat president to follow him should declare a national ‘gun violence’ emergency.
Pelosi declared, “Just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people. Want to talk about a national emergency? Let’s talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency Mr. President? I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that. A Democratic President can declare emergencies as well.”
Pelosi proceeded with the same narrative devoid of facts she and others have been pushing since last year’s school shooting in Parkland, FL – gun violence is at an all-time high and epidemic levels.
Parkland survivor David Hogg found another 15 minutes of fame on CNN earlier this year where he told a panel, “If we really want to start talking about the national emergency like the president likes to talk about, 40,000 Americans dying annually from gun violence is a pretty damn good one to start off with.”
No one on the CNN panel reminded Hogg that the vast majority of those deaths were due to suicide and had nothing to do with school shootings or crime. Nor did anyone remind him that the NRA and most gun-rights advocates support the improvement of the NICS and mental -health issue.
The Speaker is either ignorant of the truth or an outright liar when it comes to this issue. Facts show that the murder rate in the U.S. has fallen since 1991 and in that same time period, violent crime fell by 48 percent. During that same time frame Americans acquiring a record number of firearms.
As we have shown reported elsewhere school-related gun violence has been in a decline for over 20 years. Professor of Criminology James Alan Fox and other researchers at Northeastern University collaborated to declare: There is not an epidemic of school shootings.
This isn’t the only issue that Democrats have latched on to, to push their own cause while making light of the very real crisis at the border.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) listed several things he considers ‘national emergencies’ saying in a tweet, “Gun violence is a national emergency. Climate Change is a national emergency. Income inequality is a national emergency. Access to healthcare is a national emergency. Building a wall on the southern border is not.”
Doug Hele, former aide to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Republican strategist warned there is reason to take Pelosi at her word on this one. “Make no mistake,” he tweeted, “the next Democratic President will declare national emergencies on guns and climate change and cite the Trump precedent when doing so.”
A recent article in The Pacific Standard reveals the game plan future leftist Presidents might follow in declaring such a national ‘gun violence’ emergency.
The Insurrection Act of 1907 allows for the deployment of U.S. troops in emergency situations. Before it the Insurrection Act of 1807 provided the President with “explicit constitutional authority to send U.S. troops into American cities” should he see rebellious activity that cannot be policed by “regular means.”
The nation witnessed how a blanket gun-restriction is more than possible during the evacuation of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. One week after the storm New Orleans Police Department superintendent Edwin P. Compass III demanded a blanket confiscation of all firearms not owned by law enforcement.
It took a Federal restraining order handed down three weeks later by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to ensure law-abiding citizens were not deprived of their 2nd Amendment rights.
Following Hurricane Katrina, several states passed measures that explicitly protected gun rights during declared emergencies. Governor Rick Scott signed a Florida bill in May 2015 going further to allow state gun owners to temporarily carry concealed handguns without a permit even during the mandatory evacuations.
Events like Katrina and comments like those of Nancy Pelosi should remind us to take protecting the 2nd Amendment seriously.