McClaughry: Democrat push for more gun restrictions weak at best

By John McClaughry

House Democrats in Congress are vowing to push gun violence legislation and funding for research with their new majority.

Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois says, “From listening to and speaking with leader Pelosi … gun violence prevention strategies and bills will be on the list of priorities.”

Kelly’s gun violence coalition, including some prominent doctors, has called for funding the U.S. surgeon general to submit an annual report to Congress on the effects of gun violence on public health, and for federal legislation on universal background checks, among other ideas.

A recent study from UC Davis found that in the ten years following the implementation of California’s universal background check law, there were no changes in the rate of firearm or nonfirearm homicides — and while there was a decrease in firearm-related suicide rates, the same decrease was seen in nonfirearm-related suicides.

One leading gun violence researcher, Gary Wintermute, said that “A study like this one in California is going to be interpreted [as] background checks are useless, and that’s not what we’re saying,” he said. “What we’re learning is this policy, which makes intuitive sense, is not well implemented.”

So let’s cut through the spin here. The Democrats are keen on more gun controls to prevent gun violence, regardless of anybody’s Second Amendment rights, but the only thing they dare to come up with is more useless background checks and requiring the surgeon general to make a report. This is all for show.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.

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10 thoughts on “McClaughry: Democrat push for more gun restrictions weak at best

  1. Neither Baruth not Pelosi are interested in your arguments, statistcs, nor proofs that their anti-selfdefense legislation does not accomplish what they purport. That’s because their real goal differs from what they represent to the public.

    The left’s true agenda requires confiscation of all firearms from civilian hands, period! Their inexorable push for so called “common sense” gun control to rid the country of “gun violence”, prevent suicide, make our cities and children safe, save just one life, or any other feel good platitude, are excuses put forth to the voting masses who know little and vote blind; though most of this legislation is accomplished in State Houses already controlled by similarly disposed leftists.

    This battle must be won by taking back state legislatures. Here, each Vermonter must be shown they’re bring stripped of their right of self defense AND of their means of self defense. Each Vermonter must be made to understand that this most serious of eventualities applies to each and every one of them!! It applies to each and every one of US !! Once the the right to and means of self defense are lost to individuals, we will have lost our country. We will have followed Goerring’s prescription for a successful police state in which the civilian is defenseless. In Nazi Germany the Jews were marched (naked) to the gas chambers. Where will Americans be marched?

    Senator Joe Benning’s article in this issue of True North Reports addresses the current plight of Vermont Republicans. The excellent Commentary which follows gets more to the point, speaking towards solutions. Our people are motivated for change. What we need now is trustworthy compelling leadership! A moral, ethical, person in awe of G-D, respectful of the Constitution, who casts aside political correctness and puts the people first, not special interests nor their own. One who will partner with our President who is putting America first, as we put Vermont first. Find this person and we have a good chance to Make Vermont Great Again!

  2. I believe that California has a ten day waiting period. How has that worked out for them. It hasn’t changed nothing along with Chicago and Washington DC. They have the strictest gun laws in the nation and the highest murder rates. Look how gun control laws and confiscation has worked in England and Australia. Their gun related crimes have increased greatly.
    These liberals push their agenda’s with nothing to back them up. It’s what they want because they know what’s best fir you. Learn from history instead of trying to make your own.

  3. Just as an example of how ignorant the liberals in Montpelier are, at the federal level it’s already illegal to “print” 3D guns. And they blow up when you shoot them as the plastic is not able to handle the chamber pressure of the cartridge.

    • “at the federal level it’s already illegal to “print” 3D guns.”

      Not so fast with your ruling,one would hope we weren’t to help spread misinformation of the violation of our Constitutional rights. As of yet it isn’t and if it were found to be so it would be a clear usurpation of the First Amendment,not to mention the Second.

      New Bill Prohibiting 3D Printed Firearms Introduced to Congress

      Following the debate and legal actions surrounding 3D Firearms printing this summer a new bill has been introduced to Congress attempting to ban the sale, purchase and distribution of 3D printed firearms parts and to require homemade firearms to have serial numbers.

      Back in August a ruling from the Justice Department clarified and essential ‘legalised 3D gun printing following a campaign against censorship of information led by Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation. This ruling quickly led to backlash and state and federal moves by representatives and federal judges to block the proliferation of 3D printed gun plans.

      New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, has now introduced fresh legislation to the House of Representatives. H.R. 7115, known as the ‘3D Firearms Prohibition Act’ was introduced in early November and is waiting to move to the committee stage with the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on the Judiciary.

  4. Baruth is a NY Flatlander, elected to Montpelier who’s motivation is to control, tax, and obtain power over the populace in the form of a Monarchy. Elected by a few (shepople) in a county comprising mostly of migrating alike Flatlanders who are blind, uncaring and don’t know the history and Constitution of Vermont and the US Constitution. So you have the alikes of Baruth and similar supporting electorate.

    It’s obvious that Baruth et al haven’t learned-read informational material-statistics concerning the real facts of firearms deaths (and causes) vs the means of numerous means of deaths. Many firearm deaths were accomplished in gun free zones, (example-Chicago) and mostly have mental problems. But according the the mentality of Baruth (and Scott) if there’s one incident of a mental being threatening or doing a crazy gun act, then all law abiding people should be crucified and be controlled. The Fair Haven case is one incident that was the incident for Montpelier to pass unconstitutional “gun laws”. I believe they pass these gun laws knowing it’s unconstitutional to get their “feel good” notoriety and see if legally challenged. Note the population of VT is 623,657 in 2017. The ration of the mental person threatening to the populace is 1/624,000 (0.00016%). Yup that means we need gun control.

    Here are some easy obtainable web sites for information of gun deaths (suicides) vs other death means that Baruth & Scott wouldn’t (don’t care) learn from:

    List of killings in Gun Free Zones:

    Firearm death rates by state:

    2018 Current Death Toll, categories

    CDC Leading causes of Death

    Baruth, read, weep, comprehend and be a human being.

    • Another viable source of accidental deaths due to medical errors from the Washington Post being “the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that took place between 2000 to 2008. His calculation of 251,000 deaths equates to nearly 700 deaths a day — about 9.5 percent of all deaths annually in the United States”. This is far above firearm deaths. The legislator’s only concern is gun control and not concerned about drug deaths (that include road deaths). Maybe one of their deaths will be due to a druggy accidental death traveling from Montpelier. They want the drug money. Their demise might be of their own doing.

      Article: Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

      John Hopkins University researchers estimate that medical error is now the third leading cause of deaths. The page diagrams the various causes of yearly deaths.

      “Although all providers extol patient safety and highlight the various safety committees and protocols they have in place, few provide the public with specifics on actual cases of harm due to mistakes. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t require reporting of errors in the data it collects about deaths through billing codes, making it hard to see what’s going on at the national level.”

      These “feel good” fools jeopardize my well being. The data is there. CO is having major drug probs. The Libs won’t pass legislation to control Hospitals or doctors………huuuuummmm.

      The Consumer Reports Magazine cover in this web site really is an eyeopener.

  5. DemocRATs, feel they have the upper hand it’s time for ” Pro Gun ” to stand up and take control
    and I mean Control stop pussy footing around !!

    We have the Constitution, time to defend it. Watch the Fools we have in Montpelier they will be
    out in full force ………

    • Speaking of the Marxist tools and or fools in Montpelier,here are a couple that mr. Baruth is planing on introducing to further Infringe on Vermonters rights,both Federal and State.

      “Philip Baruth. State Senate.”
      2 hrs ·
      “Folks: If you haven’t yet read about this young man’s death, you should. A young, vibrant Vermonter, who made an impulsive decision to end his own life. I’ve been working on a package of gun safety proposals over the last several months, including a waiting period to purchase a firearm. It looks like this: 1) 48-hour waiting period for purchase; 2) requiring safe storage of weapons in the home; and 3) a ban on 3D printing of guns, which makes a mockery of the universal background check system. I’ll be submitting the legislation at the beginning of this session. If you support these common-sense ideas, please make your voice heard. And then make your voice heard again. It actually works.”

      Supposed safe storage was ruled UnConstitutional in 2008 under Heller.

      Waiting periods – won’t stop anyone bent on suicide,just further harassment of Vermonters Article 16 and 2 nd. Amendment rights.

      3 D printing – a clear violation of the First Amendment as already ruled in court,the message can’t be stopped.
      Mr. Baruth is so knowledgeable and educated that he is unaware the Americans have from the beginning of this nation and state,made their own firearms and it’s perfectly legal and doesn’t require a 3 D printer to do so.

      As to the Feral critters ,they will most assuredly run amok with further infringements of Americans 2 nd. Amendment rights .

      • There should be a significant waiting period, along with a background check (nominal fee, naturally), for the purchase of recreational marijuana. Let’s get that tacked on to any new ‘gun control’ legislation.

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