Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke isn’t the only 2020 contender who’s let the cat out of the bag vis-à-vis his intentions regarding America’s constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.
The difference is that whereas O’Rourke seeks to confiscate all of America’s rifles, fellow 2020 contender Sen. Cory Booker wants to supersede state authority and force all Americans to obtain a license through the federal government to buy a legal firearm.
My bill is based on a simple idea: if you need a license to drive a car, you should need a license to buy and possess a gun.
We have the data: gun licensing will save lives. Congressional inaction is proving deadly—we must act now to keep Americans safe.https://t.co/LDDIl9RieW
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 10, 2019
“Following a series of fatal mass shootings across the country, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today introduced the Federal Firearm Licensing Act,” a press release on his Senate website reads.
“The ambitious legislation would require individuals to obtain a firearm license from the Department of Justice (DOJ) before purchasing or receiving a firearm.”
The so-called Federal Firearm Licensing Act would specifically require all aspiring gun owners to do the following:
- Complete a firearm safety training course that “must include a written test and hands-on training to ensure safe use and accuracy.”
- Undergo an extensive criminal history background check (unless they’re illegals?).
- Essentially register the desired firearm by providing its “make, model, serial number, and the identity of the firearm seller or transferor.”
- Submit their fingerprints and proof of identity.
“The consequences of continued congressional inaction are deadly,” Booker said in a statement accompanying the bill’s announcement. “There have been more mass shootings this year than the number of days — we cannot continue to accept this shameful status quo.”
According to National Review, the nonprofit “interprets the term literally and in the broadest possible way: Any incident anywhere, including a gang fight, in which four or more people are wounded is a ‘mass shooting.'”
In other words, anytime four or more people are shot and/or killed, the shooting counts as a so-called “mass shooting.” This differs sharply with the federal government’s definition.
“In the 1980s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defined mass murderer as someone who ‘kills four or more people in a single incident (not including himself), typically in a single location’ (Krouse and Richardson, 2015),” the RAND Corporation notes.
Facts matter, Sen. Booker …
Gun violence is ravaging our country—there have been more mass shootings this year than number of days. We need to bring the fight to the NRA and corporate gun lobby like it’s never seen before. Enough.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 1, 2019
Or maybe they don’t …
“While the world moves on to the next news cycle, the victims and their loved ones in places like El Paso and San Bernardino and Parkland and Las Vegas are stuck living with their pain and suffering every single day,” Booker’s statement continues.
“We owe it to them, and all victims of gun violence, to do our jobs and pass meaningful gun safety measures that will make our communities safer. This bill is based on a very simple concept — if you need a license to drive a car, you should need a license to buy and possess a gun.”
Except, as noted by a vast swath of social media users, the U.S. Constitution doesn’t contain any explicit rights pertaining to driving a car. It does, however, contain very detailed information regarding every American’s right to own a firearm. These rights are called the Second Amendment.
Nowhere in the bill of rights or constitution does it say that we have the right to drive. That’s why you can regulate and license driving privildges.
— Milt Haynes (@MiltHaynes) September 12, 2019
Driving a car is not a right protected by the constitution. Your bill will never pass, but you insist on wasting the taxpayers’ money in your own quest for power. You are an enemy of the people.
— Dr. Awkward (@selfplex) September 11, 2019
We have a license to own a gun it’s called the constitution and it’s a right. Driving on public roads is a privilege and voting for anyone but you is a duty and great honor! #2AShallNotBeInfringed #2ADefenders #2A #NRA #Constitution #ConcealedCarry #spartacus #GunControlNow
— Gun Owner, “Wilkes and Liberty 45,” (@GunOwner2) September 11, 2019
Driving a car isn’t recognized as an inalienable right under the Constitution. Why do #Democrats always leave that out? Because they don’t give a damn about the Constitution or Americans. It’s time to #WalkAway and #VoteRepublican.
— BJ Rechtel (@BjRechtel) September 11, 2019
Driving is a “privilege” granted by the state to drive on publicly owned roadways Owning firearms is a “Right” guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment I’m beginning to think @CoryBooker rich parents bought his way into all those elite schools if he doesn’t understand the difference!
— Alan Burns (@anitaburnsalan1) September 11, 2019
Right are not privileges. Freedom of movement is a right, but freedom of movement USING A CAR is a privilege. Freedom to defend yourself is a right, but freedom to defend yourself USING A GUN is a privilege. See the difference?
— Chuck (@chuckusan) September 12, 2019
1. Driving a car is a PRIVILEGE not a right.
2. The Second Amendment confers a RIGHT to bear arms.
3. The Fed govt does NOT licence vehicle operators. States do.
Try again, Sen Booker, b/c you cannot ‘licence’ constitutional rights.
— Sophiestications (@Sophiesticatio2) September 13, 2019
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” the Second Amendment of the Constitution clearly states.
Plus, like one Twitter user correctly noted, drivers’ licenses are handled on the state level, not the federal one.
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