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14th Congressional District Update 6/24/19–2nd Amendment and Gun Violence
Today’s update is on the 2nd amendment and gun violence, given what Congresswoman Underwood did in Batavia yesterday.
As has been said elsewhere, discerning Republican primary voters will likely be taking apart what all of the congressional candidates say and do about the issues, including the 2nd amendment and what Congress should do concerning gun violence.
It is necessary for voters to apply discernment in order to cast informed votes in the March 17, 2020, Republican primary in order to nominate the best Republican who can beat Lauren Underwood in November of 2020 on all of the issues.
Republican primary voters are smart, and if most/all cast informed votes, the most qualified candidate will also be the one who can win in November of 2020.
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s Invitation-only Meeting of Stakeholders and Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy Groups in Batavia 6/23/19
Departing from her town hall meetings strategy and being accessible to all voters in the 14th district, Congresswoman Underwood held an invitation-only meeting with gun violence prevention advocacy groups and other stakeholders “…hoping they will help mobilize efforts this summer for gun reform.”
This meeting took place yesterday in the city of Batavia.
Underwood’s approach sounds like what the ISRA reported last month how SB 1966 was approached, first with all stakeholders, and then excluding 2nd amendment rights supporters from the General Assembly discussions. Fortunately, SB 1966 did not pass this legislative session.
Congresswoman Underwood stated yesterday at a post-meeting news conference:
“I stand with all of you today to call on the Senate to bring these bills to a vote and send them to the president’s desk. We can’t wait.”
Underwood also said at the post meeting press conference:
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell several times has expressed reluctance to consider ‘bipartisan, common sense legislation,’ Underwood said. ‘The American people speaking out boldly,’ would help convince him to do otherwise, she said.”
First, some additional facts the Chicago Tribune article did not include.
There are 2 pieces of legislation concerning the 2nd amendment which have passed the House back in late February and awaiting action in the Senate. They are:
— H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
— H.R. 1112: Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019
The links below will allow anyone to read what specifically is in these 2 pieces of legislation. Now, let’s apply some discernment to what Underwood is saying.
“bipartisan, common sense legislation”
The terms “bipartisan” and “bipartisanship” have been used a lot lately.
When Underwood talks about “bipartisan” what does that really means?
Let’s look at the final vote counts for both bills when they passed the House:
— H.R. 8: Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, 240-190; 8 Republicans in favor, 2 Democrats opposed
— H.R. 1112: Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, 228-198, 3 Republicans in favor, 7 Democrats opposed
Underwood thinks the support on the final vote for both pieces of legislation because they have barely 4% and 2% Republican votes in the affirmative is “bipartisan” support?
I guess we can look at the number of Democrats who voted against these 2 bills and can claim “bipartisan opposition”, right?
Throwing around terms like “bipartisanship” makes for a nice news story, but the truth is a reasonable person would not call either support or opposition as “bipartisan” to those 2 pieces of legislation given their respective vote counts.
Personally, I think to call something with bipartisan support, it should have at least 10% or more of affirmative votes from both parties to even be considered to be called “bipartisan”.
It wouldn’t be right for opponents to call the vote totals “bipartisan opposition”, and we do not want to dumb-down to Underwood’s level and calling a single-digit number of members of a political party as bipartisan. Discerning voters know better.
Now, what are the Republican candidates saying about what happened in Batavia yesterday? Thus far, only Danny Malouf has made a statement through a Facebook meme he posted this morning:
Danny Malouf for Congress 2020
5 hrs ·
Lauren Underwood is wrong on guns. Especially for women, the elderly, and the disabled, firearms provide equality in their ability to defend their lives. Why such a push against this equality and these peoples’ natural human right to defend themselves?
Time and again, Lauren Underwood has formed a public record of calling for restrictions on the Second Amendment, further infringing on a human’s basic right to protect themselves.
However, gun control, just like gun-free zones, doesn’t work. So, while she and the media propagandize tragedies involving guns, unfortunately for their agenda, none of their proposals would actually eliminate the tragic human behavior and gun crime.
So, in the case of women, the elderly, and the disabled’s right to defend their lives, is Lauren really for equality? And in the case of legislation, is she being logical?
It is unclear if Mr. Malouf has actually read the legislation, but the last sentence in the 2nd-to-last paragraph stands out, and is the truth. His statements greatly echo James Marter’s statement from earlier this year, which will be posted a little later.
But make no mistake, Congresswoman Underwood’s invitation-only event and press conference yesterday was more about her political agenda and grandstanding against the law abiding citizens and the 2nd amendment and less about passing legislation.
Her loose use of labeling the 2 pieces of legislation is “bipartisan” betrays the approach Democrats will continue to paint Republicans as “extreme”, when in truth, it is House Democrats, including Lauren Underwood, who are the real extremists because they throw all supporters of the 2nd amendment into a lawbreaking citizen group.
Tribune Link: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-underwood-gun-violence-st-0624-20190623-vcplm5brq5frldsn6v65zjvnhu-story.html
H.R. 8 Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/8?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22gun+violence%22%5D%7D&r=2&s=3
H.R. 1112 Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1112?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22gun+violence%22%5D%7D&s=3&r=8
SB 1966 Link: http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/06/15/behind-the-scenes-look-at-gun-control-legislation