“The legislation, titled the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, cleared the chamber in a 217-213 vote.”
In a week where we learned the country is in a recession and millions of Americans are still struggling with inflation, Congress came together to curb the rights of law abiding citizens.
On a mostly party-line vote, the House has passed an assault weapons ban. Two Republicans voted yes and five Democrats voted no.
Congress is powerless to solve any of the myriad of problems the American people are struggling with right now, but they somehow found a way to try to curb our rights.
The Hill reports:
House passes bill to ban assault weapons
The House on Friday passed a bill to ban assault weapons, securing a significant victory for Democrats following a spate of mass shootings across the country and marking the first time lawmakers have approved a prohibition on the popular firearms in more than two decades.
The legislation, titled the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, cleared the chamber in a 217-213 vote.
Republican Reps. Chris Jacobs (N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) supported the measure, while Democratic Reps. Henry Cuellar (Texas), Jared Golden (Maine), Vicente Gonzalez (Texas), Kurt Schrader (Ore.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) voted “no.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Friday morning that the House would take up the legislation that afternoon, scheduling the last-minute vote days after she said the chamber would punt consideration of the legislation to next month.
Democrats had planned to move the assault weapons ban with community safety legislation under one rule, but ultimately decided to consider them separately after some liberals voiced concerns about a lack of accountability in the police measures.
Watch below as the party that wanted to defund your police, now applauds as they take away your gun rights.
House Democrats erupt in cheers as they vote to take away your second amendment rights. pic.twitter.com/8fRtzo9NXd
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 29, 2022
The only good news here is that it’s probably DOA in the Senate.
Stephen Gutowski writes at The Reload:
The successful vote provides House Democrats with another example of a key policy proposal they managed to pass as they go into the midterm elections. However, it may also prove to be another hard vote for moderate Democrats who are facing the toughest races and are now saddled with a vote for a new ban affecting guns owned by tens of millions of Americans that has only lost support in the wake of the Uvalde shooting. And it’s an accomplishment that is likely to prove mostly symbolic.
The ban will now head to the Senate, where it faces a likely-insurmountable hill to climb. The bill will need 60 votes to pass, meaning ten Republicans would have to support it. Not a single Republican has voiced support for a ban, and key members of the coalition that negotiated last month’s bipartisan gun law have already explicitly rejected it.
“So-called ‘assault rifles’ are semi-automatic firearms,” Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) tweeted recently. “Firing mechanism essentially the same as a semi-automatic pistol and shotgun. They should be honest: Democrats want to disarm law abiding citizens while doing little about crime and undermining the police.”
It’s just such an insult that this even happened.
November can’t come soon enough.
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