Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) grilled House Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) over his hypocritical argument that the age for owning a gun should be raised from 18 to 21 because brains at that age aren’t fully formed yet.
“We recognize different ages with different purposes. We recognize 18 for the draft. We recognize 16 for driving and in some states, we recognize 21 for drinking. So we recognize different ages for different purposes. That’s all I wanted to say,” Nadler stated at a House hearing on gun violence.
“Could I have a second to engage that,” Massie asked and then was allowed to proceed with questioning Nadler.
“Would the chairman join me in co-sponsoring a bill to raise the draft age to 21?” Massie asked.
“No,” Nadler responded.
“But the chairman feels their brains aren’t fully formed at 18, 19, and 20?” Massie pressed.
“The research does indicate that in certain respects, but the selective service needs… I mean, if the country needs, it needs people,” Nadler weakly replied.
“It needs people whose brains aren’t fully formed?” Massie grilled Nadler.
“In some respects, yes,” the chairman nonsensically responded.
Jerry Nadler says he supports banning 18-year-olds form buying guns because their brains aren't fully formed but opposes raising the draft age to 21 because "if the country needs people [to fight wars], it needs people." pic.twitter.com/a82v1rbMSO
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 2, 2022
Either you are an adult, with all the privileges and responsibilities, or you are not. It’s not subjective.
— IndifferentPenguin (@AliLaurelG) June 3, 2022
But they want 16 year olds to vote. Fml 🙄
— CK (@USA_Is_Life) June 2, 2022
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) then quipped, “Hoping mine is fully formed at 40. We won’t put that to a vote.” He then tore into the Democrats’ push for gun control.
.@RepMattGaetz is spot on.
“Democrats want to ensure that the government has the power to take your guns away without giving you due process.” pic.twitter.com/bAEZBG42DI
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 2, 2022
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee in that hearing on Thursday put forth a bill that contained a ton of gun control proposals, setting up a floor vote as early as next week, according to RollCall.
Nadler argued in his opening statement that the legislation would help cut down on gun violence, while Republicans staunchly opposed the proposals for gun control.
Nadler’s just another lunatic progressive liberal fanatic. SMH.
— Bill Wilson (@OPM4everNot) June 3, 2022
The bill combines eight individual bills, including measures that would increase the age to buy some rifles, limit magazine sizes, codify regulations banning bump stocks and ghost guns, and provide standards for safe gun storage.
Nadler said the mark-up of the bill would set the stage to pass gun control legislation when the House returns from its break next week.
“We are painfully aware that we cannot do enough today to save all of these lives,” Nadler proclaimed, referring to gun violence. “But that each life, we say, is an entire world.”
“Democrats control the major cities that have the worst murder rates,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) heatedly pointed out during the hearing. “That’s why your ideas have been shown to get people killed.”
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) June 2, 2022
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who is the top Republican on the committee, joined Republicans who proposed other solutions to gun crime, such as increasing school security investments and repealing gun-free school zones, over further restrictions being applied to gun rights.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 2, 2022
Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) contended that the bill would violate the Constitution. Bishop pointed to a recent federal appeals court decision that tossed a California law setting the minimum age for gun purchases to 21, as well as the Supreme Court’s 2008 District of Columbia vs. Heller decision that referred to gun storage in the home.
“At least two parts of this proposed hodgepodge raise questions about constitutionality,” Bishop declared.
“A man’s rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.” – Frederick Douglass
— Dan Bishop (@jdanbishop) June 2, 2022
The committee predictably rejected all but one of 11 amendments Republicans offered. Massie and other Republicans argued that Democrats on the committee had advanced the legislation too quickly at the expense of understanding their own legislation.
“I think it’s indicative of the lack of thought and the unintended consequences that will stem from these bills that they’re trying to pass today, and their lack of knowledge of what it does and doesn’t allow,” Massie posited.
He offered the one successful amendment, mandating a report on denials issued by the National Instant Background Check System within a year of the bill’s enactment.
Judiciary Democrats just defeated my BIPARTISAN amendment to protect victims of domestic violence.
As written, their gun control bill would punish domestic violence victims for gun trafficking if they receive a firearm from a friend for personal protection.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 2, 2022
Republican opposition mirrors the steep climb for the legislation to pass in the Senate, even if the House passes the bill next week.
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