It is fairly safe to say that Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no friend of gun owners and the Second Amendment. That being said, while President Trump is invoking a National Emergency over illegal immigration and the border, Speaker Pelosi made a thinly veiled threat that a future Democratic President could make firearm ownership a National Emergency (under the guise of “gun violence”). Essentially, this would equate to an Executive Action to enact new gun control.
Since top Democrats have solidly declared that they are the party of gun control, and few state and local legislatures or mayors and governors with a Democratic majority have pushed back or bucked the “party of gun control” moniker. On the other hand, President Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate have been filling dozens of Federal court vacancies with judges that hold a stronger, more originalist view of the Second Amendment as a protected Constitutional right of the individual. This is capped by the confirmation of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.
Marking the one-year anniversary of mass shooting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, Speaker Pelosi took full advantage of the opportunity to exploit the tragedy.
“Let’s talk about today,” Pelosi said. “The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. But a Democratic president can do that.”
Rhetoric such Speaker Pelosi’s could in fact be a danger to our rights under an anti-gun President, but is there truly an “epidemic of gun violence in America?” According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2017 the number of firearm-related homicides climbed in 2015 and 2016, but dropped in 2017. In Chicago, which might the ultimate bellwether for so-called “gun violence,” in America, homicides dropped in 2018, meaning it has dropped for the second year in a row in the murder capital of the U.S.
Nationally-syndicated radio host Mark Walters at Armed American Radio recently suggested that Speaker Pelosi was signaling something more sinister.
In one bold, profound statement Walters wrote, “…the current speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, second in line to the White House after the vice-president in order of succession, finally said what we all know she and the rest of the Democrats have in store for us when (inevitably) another Democrat is elected President. In case you still have trouble understanding, let me make it clear for you. Nancy Pelosi has just made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that her party is willing to abolish the Second Amendment with the stroke of a pen via executive fiat and when the next Democrat is (inevitably) elected, they intend to do so.”
Whether or not “The Wall” gets built is outside of the focus of The Armory, but the potential future danger of a National Emergency being declared against so-called “gun violence” as justification for an Executive Order to strip us of our Second Amendment rights is, so that is the question.
Will an anti-gun President of the future declare a National Emergency simply as a way of instituting gun control through a backdoor? Would the courts uphold such a measure? Share your answers in the comment section.
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