Congressional Democrats think they made America just a little more safer Thursday by passing a measure making it illegal for the Widow Smith to sell her dearly departed husband’s guns without conducting a background check.
The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 (H.R. 8) passed by a vote of 227-203 with eight Republicans voting in favor, and one Democrat voting against it.
The Colorado delegation voted along party lines. The lone Democrat who crossed party lines to oppose the bill was U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine.
Republicans voting in favor of the bill included U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Andrew Garbarino of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan, Chris Smith of New Jersey, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, and Florida Reps. Vern Buchanan, Maria Salazar and Carlos Gimenz.
By creating this defacto gun registry, criminals could no longer just waltz into a gun show or store and legally purchase a gun without submitting to a universal background check.
No, that criminal would have to get their weapon from another criminal, which makes America safer.
Colorado Democrat U.S. Rep. Jason Crow voted for it, because he believes Americans should not own guns that are also used for warfare … or perhaps a well regulated militia necessary to the security of a free state.
As an Army Ranger, I carried weapons of war in Iraq and Afghanistan to defend our nation.
They have no place in our communities.
We have the opportunity now to save lives. I urge my colleagues to join me. pic.twitter.com/pjE2Z3vQ7A
— Rep. Jason Crow (@RepJasonCrow) March 11, 2021
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette cited the Columbine tragedy, but neglected to mention those shooters obtained guns through an illegal straw purchase.
Our community is still recovering from Columbine, where Coloradans lost their lives to gun violence at school.
But we’re not the only ones who’ve experienced that horror.
We need to enact new gun safety laws now.
That’s why this vote to pass H.R. 8 was so important.
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) March 11, 2021
Colorado Republicans all voted no:
I voted NO on #HR8.
I will always stand up against the Democrats’ attack on law-abiding gun owners. pic.twitter.com/sHe2EAG0r5
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) March 11, 2021
Senate hearings will begin on the measure next week, said Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer.
“HR 8 will be on the floor of the Senate and we will see where everybody stands,” the New York Democrat said at a press conference ahead of the House floor vote. “No more hopes and prayers, thoughts and prayers — a vote is what we need.”
President Biden is expected to sign the bill if it reaches his desk, having made it abundantly clear he does not support the right to bear hands … fingers … toes … oh, you know the thing.