U.S. House passes gun control bill enforcing universal background checks

By Andrew Trunsky

The House passed a gun control bill Thursday that requires a universal background check for every purchase of a firearm.

HR 8, titled the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021” and led by California Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson and Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, passed 227 to 203 with eight Republicans voting in favor. If signed into law, it would mandate background checks whenever somebody purchases a gun, regardless of where they purchase it.

The bill has the wide support of Democrats and gun safety groups, who have argued that universal background checks will help stop guns from coming into the possession of people who should not have them.

“It has been two years since we stood together in the House chamber and voted to pass this common-sense bill,” said Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, whose son was shot and killed in 2012. “Today, we once again take an historic step to protect our children, to protect our communities, and to save American lives.”

“Joined by Democrats and Republicans, we introduce the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 to help keep guns out of the hands of those who may be a danger to themselves or others,” Thompson said when reintroducing the bill. “Time and time again, we have seen that the American people want universal background checks, in fact public polling shows that the majority of people, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, support this.”

Republicans, however, accosted HR 8 and HR 1446, another bill set to pass Thursday that gives the government 10 days instead of three to complete a background check when purchasing a firearm, as a direct attack on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

“Democrats in Washington, D.C. are trying to infringe upon your Second Amendment as we speak,” said Florida Rep. Byron Donalds. “I will always stand up for law-abiding citizens’ right to keep and bear arms because I know gun laws only impact law-abiding citizens, not criminals.”

“Unfortunately, the Democrats in Congress are not serious about ending gun violence,” said North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson. “And it’s obvious by the bills – they’re bringing up four this week – which would do nothing to have stopped a single mass shooting in this country, yet, they threaten the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

While both HR 8 and HR 1446 will come up for votes in the Democratic Senate, it remains unlikely that they will each garner the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster.

Universal background checks have enjoyed wide, bipartisan support. A 2018 Gallup poll found that 92% of voters supported requiring background checks for all gun sales, more than almost every other gun control measure.

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10 thoughts on “U.S. House passes gun control bill enforcing universal background checks

  1. Let me see if I understand the logic here…We usually argue about proximate/instrumental cause of shootings…GUNS they are the problem…”we have to do something about all those bad guns.” So we’ll make laws and regulation to obstruct citizens access to guns, ammo etc. What color is it? how many bullets? what shape? how loud? you know any opening where we can obstruct gunish stuff…because, after all, it’s GUNS that KILL!!!!. The more we restrict these instruments of death, the safer we’ll be. Can you imagine applying this “proximate cause” logic to the problem of rape? …coming to a legislature near you soon. (Perhaps, that’s a discussion for another time.) For this present go round we are arguing that we need background check who’s buying, to keep the guns out of the hands of …???…bad people (for now it’s dangerous crazy people, we’ll see who else later) See any problems here?

  2. This is just the beginning. Feinstein is reintroducing her so-called assault weapons ban. Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced the following: Gun owners or buyers must submit to a psychological exam, file an application for a license to buy or own a firearm 13 pages long, must purchase an $800.00 insurance police from the government, magazine capacity 10 rounds or less and more. This is the Texas rep. in congress who wanted to know why we are going back to Mars because we already planted the US flag there. And then there’s Hank Johnson, congressional rep who was concerned about to much military equipment being placed on the island of Guam. He was concerned the island would tip over. These are people who are taking oaths to defend our constitution and lying with their hand on the bible.

    The same goes for those here in our Vermont House (Our House not theirs) who take the oath then perjure themselves. Ideology and control, not of guns or firearms but of people. All of the 20th century despot knew that they had to disarm their people before they could rule them. Americans have forgotten that we are not to be ruled, the law of the land is our constitution which does not give us our rights. Our state constitutions support and mirror our rights as citizens of our respective states as well. Our rights are natural and our constitutions protect those rights from the likes of oath breakers and those dishonest politicians who happened to get elected to a government position and chose ideology over truth and honesty. These people have no value, no respect and no honesty for they have violated their oaths of office. We must have a mechanism for charging those who would steal our rights with perjury and to pay the price of swearing to a lie. These people are waking the giant. Either we as citizens have truth and honesty or we succumb to these elites who believe they are above the laws of our country. Those who have violated their oaths must be named for they have corrupted our institutions and our faith in government.

    • The mechanism for charging the politicians who steal our rights are right in our foundin documents.

      “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpation’s of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons in-trusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28

  3. So this in is not a Vermont problem,

    It is much, much larger. My hunch is, in every state across the united states they are all trying to do this at the same time. Because the press is owned by those whom want to have control of USA, let’s say for conversation, the NWO pimps…you’ll never know how coordinated, massive and organizes their efforts truly are.

    Yet here in California,

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/03/11/house-passes-democrat-bill-criminalizing-private-gun-sales/

    They are trying to pass the same law as us? Coincidence? I think not. These people in office are just puppets, they don’t prioritize the needs of the state. They get their marching orders from above and carry out the plan. This plan has nothing to do with supporting America or solving problems.

  4. What about background check for voters…….are you a resident?

    What about background check to make sur our lt gov gray met the qualifications?

    VTGOP where are you?

    • Or how about back ground checks for motor vehicles. Or you can’t buy or register a car if you were convicted of drunk driving or using a motor vehicle in the commission of a crime. How about confiscating cars for drunk driving. More people are killed by cars than guns in Vermont.

  5. Eight Republican congressmen, voted for and three of them co-sponsored this illegal legislation. And then the Republicans wonder why they get beat time, after time, after time.

    Vern Buchanan R-Florida
    Brian Fitzpatrick R-Pennsylvania – Co-Sponsor
    Maria Salazar R-Florida
    Andrew Garbarino R-New York
    Chris Smith R-New Jersey – Co-Sponsor
    Fred Upton R-Michigan – Co-Sponsor
    Carlos Gimenez R-Florida
    Adam Kinzinger R-Illinois

    Round up the usual suspects.

  6. We have criminals passing laws to make us criminals.

    https://bearingarms.com/tomknighton/2021/03/11/gun-rights-advocate-lawmakers-perjury-n42016

    Section 56:
    Oaths of Allegiance and Office
    Every officer, whether judicial, executive, or military, in authority under this State, before entering upon the execution of office, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation of allegiance to this State, (unless the officer shall produce evidence that the officer has before taken the same) and also the following oath or affirmation of office, except military officers, and such as shall be exempted by the Legislature.

    The Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance
    You do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will be true and faithful to the State of Vermont and that you will not, directly or indirectly, do any act or thing injurious to the Constitution or Government thereof. (If an affirmation) Under the pains and penalties of perjury.

    Notice in the article the Sheriff, the Sgt. At Arms and the State Police all claim it is not their responsibility to charge the lawmakers with perjury. Then why have them take an oath under penalty of perjury in the first place. I do not agree with the author of this piece. We are talking about a blatant violation of our constitution not a general welfare clause. If I could not get away with perjuring myself in a court of law or my military oath why should they. Like I said criminals passing laws to make us criminals.

  7. Let’s see them enforce it – start with Chicago, Philly, Baltimore – then let us know how successful it was.

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