IL-14: Lauren Underwood Email on Gun Legislation

Lauren Underwood

Portend to her general election campaign next year, Underwood uses fears and disinformation to district residents

The following email was sent today throughout the 14th congressional district concerning guns and “bipartisan” legislation passed in Congress and her recent cosponsorship of the federal assault weapons ban.

Letter cut & pasted for east of reading. Commentary at end:

November 21, 2019 

Hi Neighbors, 

There have been more mass shootings than days in 2019, one of which deeply impacted our community in the 14th District. In February, five innocent lives were taken in a senseless workplace shooting in Aurora, just one day after the 11th anniversary of the shooting at Northern Illinois University.

As a nurse, I know that gun violence itself is a public health epidemic that can have long-lasting impacts. I’ve met with families, students, and teachers across our community who have shared how gun violence has impacted their lives.

There was a young elementary school student who wasn’t excited about this school year; instead, he was scared that he wouldn’t be able to reach his older brother if there was an active shooter on his school campus. I’ve heard from teachers who describe how their ability to teach is impacted by the responsibility of balancing the emotional well-being of their students and ensuring they are prepared in the event of a shooting.

This cannot continue to be the norm in this country.

That’s why one of my first votes in Congress was to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. The passage of this bill marked the first time in more than two decades that Congress passed a major gun safety bill. H.R. 8 would require a background check on every gun sale or transfer, with limited exceptions. In addition to keeping our communities safer, universal background checks would help keep our first responders out of harm’s way.

I’ve also supported H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. The bill would extend the federal wait period from three to ten days to allow the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to complete background checks— addressing the loophole that contributed to the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

The bills have something in common— bipartisan support to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic. Recent studies show that more than 90% of Americans support universal background checks on firearm sales.

Following the passage of H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112, the House should consider additional legislation to prevent gun violence, including H.R. 1296, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. After listening to students, parents, teachers, gun owners, and law enforcement in our community, I recently decided to cosponsor the Assault Weapons Ban. Weapons of war do not belong in our neighborhoods, and we have seen too many of these weapons used in mass shootings across the country. 

These common sense policies would save countless lives, and I’ll continue to work in Congress until families no longer have to mourn lost loved ones due to preventable gun violence.


Lauren [signed]

COMMENTARY: All gun violence is preventable, and the legislation, H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 would have made no difference in the bulk of the tragedies taking place across the country this year.

For example, the Santa Clarita shootings last week was done by a minor, and nowhere in the United States can a minor legally purchase a firearm. Now it was learned today the handgun used was a “ghost gun”, and I’ll defer to our 2nd amendment friends to explain to me what that is.

But in typical Lauren Underwood fashion, she misleads district residents and says there is “bipartisan” support, when there isn’t, so let’s review the facts:

  • H.R. 8 received votes from only 8 of the 198 Republicans in Congress at the time, and just because the word “bipartisan” is in the bill title does not make it a bipartisan bill. Understood there are varying definitions of “bipartisan”, but if Democrat legislation has fewer Republican supporters than fingers I have, that is not bipartisan
  • H.R. 1112 received only 3 Republican votes on passage.
  • H.R. 1296 if Underwood really feels the way she did about H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112, why did it take her nine months before cosponsoring the legislation, which she did last Friday. Underwood became the 215th cosponsor last week and only one is a Republican.
  • Negotiations with the House and Senate broke down in the summer because the Democrats would not negotiate on the restrictive measures of transfers of gifting among family members among the issues preventing agreement.

And Underwood continues to tweet her disinformation, too:


IL-14: Lauren Underwood Email on Gun Legislation — 11 Comments

  1. if the government were to become oppressive, the people would be able to overthrow it we have this right to bear arms. 

    For this reason, gun control presents a potential threat to American freedom

  2. The Jews during WWII were not armed and had no way to defend themselves.

    The Germans disarmed the Jews, while others were allowed to own guns.

    Tommy G, is absolutely right, in that gun control is a threat to American freedom.

  3. All that gun control proponents do is lie to the misinformed.

    It’s the only way they can advance their message and get what they want

  4. Underwood’s solutions are only the camel’s nose in the tent. She wants to take our firearms, increase license fees, and tax ammunition.

  5. Chuck Wheeler would have been a better congressional candidate than this whole Republican clown car.

    Good luck to Chuck in his other endeavors though.

    I know he’s been busy with a few other important things.

  6. @John Lopez

    Every commercially available firearm has a part with a serial number that is legally considered a firearm.

    All the other pieces are just parts, and they can legally be bought and sold without any paper trail.

    When dealing with a handgun, the serialized part is usually the frame.

    When dealing with a weapon in the AR15 family, the serialized part is the lower receiver.

    Other types of firearms might have a different serialized part.

    A so-called “ghost gun” is a firearm in which the end user has made the serialized part himself, and avoided all government paperwork.

    It is currently legal to make a gun for your own use as long as you are able to legally possess a gun.

    There are some gun grabbers who want this practice stopped, but they are basically pissing in the wind, because advances in 3d printing and the availability of home CNC machines have made it all but impossible to stop people from rolling their own if they wish to.

    A so-called “ghost gun” is a gun in which an individual has made the serialed part himself without going

  7. She’ll be shaking down beer distributorships from her Operation Push office once she’s ejected.

  8. I see most of the racist haters are out. Soon blogs like this will be shut down 4-ever. Underwood is the best thing that has eve happened in the area, at least since the County answered Abe Lincoln’s enlistment call to preserve the Union from racist rebels.

    You people can’t be ashamed of yourselves, Nazis have no shame!

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