While No One Was Looking, the U.S. Senate Passed a New Gun Grab

It’s often the times when we least expect it that tyrannical measures get passed. Congress critters rely on people getting distracted with whatever outrage incident pops up so that they have enough breathing room to sneak in gun control while everyone is distracted. 

On the night of March 13, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act of Reauthorization Act of 2022 (VAWA). A handful of pro-Second Amendment groups loudly protested the passage of this bill in the U.S. House in 2021. This bill obtained Republican support. These Republicans justified their votes on the grounds that the anti-gun provison of the bill would be removed.  
Iowa Senator Jodi Ernst led a bipartisan coalition to negotiate the bill’s anti-gun provisions. The sick part about this vote is that Republicans, who had promised beforehand to never vote for this anti-Second Amendment bill unless the anti-gun provisions were removed, ended up voting for the bill with the anti-gun clauses still in place. 

John Crump of AmmoLand listed off the following Republicans who voted “yea” for this bill restart: h/t@JSNMGC

Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Capito (R-WV)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Ernst (R-IA)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Portman (R-OH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Tuberville (R-AL)
Wicker (R-MS)
Young (R-IN)

Featured in this bill is the NICS Denial Notification Act. This provision will mandate the criminal investigation of all the denials in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. According to Crump, the “vast majority of NICS denials are false.” 

As a result of this bill being passed, thousands of lawful Americans will be forced to go through criminal investigations because of mistakes that managers of an unconstitutional government database make. Crump summed it up perfectly, “Guilty until proven innocent.”

Further, this bill would empower the ATF by allowing it to deputize local law enforcement. The provision in question that grants ATF greater power constitutes a direct attack against states that have passed Second Amendment Protection Acts (SAPA).  

These types of bills bar state and local law enforcement bodies from enforcing federal gun control laws. However, VAWA changes the game by allowing for local law enforcement to be deputized. In essence, the federal government is able to restore the power of local police to carry out the enforcement of federal gun control by turning them into de facto ATF agents.

What’s more, the bill features funding for so-called “gun violence” research. Crump exposed the dangerous nature of gun violence research:

The bill also includes funds for “gun violence” research. Federal research into gun violence has always been flawed in the past. Instead of using evidence-based science to come to a conclusion, the government has been caught using a predetermined result. The federal agency would decide on a conclusion they wanted first and work backward by using evidence to back up their opinion while ignoring evidence contradicting their stance. 

The gun control crowd is clever in how it markets some of its most egregious civilian disarmament schemes with innocuous labels such as “violence against women.” This is how it garners support among everyday people. From there, once they’ve hoodwinked the populace, they can then sneak anti-gun provisions into said bills. 

The name of the game is to have an otherwise normal looking bill as the principal vehicle for gun control. Later on, nasty anti-Second Amendment provisions are tacked on. 

This case just shows how important it is to always be monitoring legislation and making sure that it doesn’t get fully corrupted. Politicians know that most people are too lazy to read bills, so it’s up to the grassroots to observe legislation like hawks and expose secret gun grabs. 

José Niño is a freelance writer and political analyst based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook or Twitter. Get his premium newsletter on political strategy here. Subscribe to his Substack here.

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