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Gun bill H.R. 5717 moving through House
While COVID-19 fills the news, what else is the House of Representative doing?
One bill to be voted on is H.R. 5717, which will add a federal 30% tax on all guns and a 50% tax on all ammo and will require a federal license on top of the state license to purchase both. A gun owner would now need a federal license to own, handle or shoot any guns he or she already owns.
I called and wrote an email to both of Hawai‘i’s U.S. Representatives, Rep. Ed Case (CD1) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (CD2). There was no one to answer Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s phone, only a recording, and she has not responded. Rep. Ed Case’s secretary said my phone call was the fourth call she received that day, and Rep. Case responded to my email. This was his response:
“Mahalo for contacting me with your opposition to H.R. 5717, the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020. This bill would mandate a federal license for the purchase of any firearms, ban certain semi-automatic (assault-style) weapons, and prohibit certain silencers and mufflers, among other things. The House has referred this bill to our Judiciary Committee. I am firmly committed to gun-violence-prevention legislation that respects the Second Amendment rights of Americans and keeps guns away from those who seek to do harm with them. I will keep your views in mind as the Congress considers H.R. 5717 and works to secure both the safety of our communities and the constitutional rights of all Americans.”
Steve Yoder, Kapa‘a
“Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 22:39
I have lived in France, India, Germany, and USA and learned we don’t actually have the best constitution. Abraham Lincoln said, if your government is failing you, change it. The USA has much too much gun violence. In India, where most people are vegetarians, you wake up in the morning and think, what nice thing can I do to a cow today? Like that banning the second amendment but keeping the first amendment, is wiser. When we wake up in the morning, we should think, what kind, respectful thing, that my neighbor will appreciate, can I do for my neighbor, today? Those that are crazy and want to create mass murders with weapons, won’t have access to automatic weapons by banning the second amendment. Thank you rep. Case for taking a step in the right direction: Please pass H.R. 5717, the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020.
Gum drops on candy cane lane. Community safety act, more like communism safety act. I love how hip and cool communism sounds, just wait until it is put into action.
Are you referring to the India where women are raped by the hundreds daily…and rarely punished? Or the India where honor killings happen daily? Or the India where they have trouble getting people to not defecate in public?
Democrats are the criminals.
TAKE THEIR GUNS!
It’s a shame that Democrats want such taxes and fees on gun and ammo purchases when it is the Democratic lead cities that have uncontrolled violence and violent protests, and not a single Democrat has come out to condemn the violence. So what happens? People will buy more guns to defend themselves and their property. Violent criminals don’t buy guns legally, they buy them on the black market and from thieves that have stolen them from legal gun owners. So this bill will punish the ones buying guns legally, and does nothing to the criminals. This matches the tactic of not condemning the violence as stated earlier. Gun sales are increasing once again. The same thing happened under Obama, gun sales went up to record levels. The solution if for all politicians to condemn the violence, not de-fund the police, and to crack down on all forms of violence. Politicians should be required to pass a “Common Sense” test before being put on the ballot. And maybe voters need to take the same test before voting. This proposed bill is a clear display of mental illness.
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