To say that the far-left hasn’t gotten much of their hoped-for legislation through Congress since Biden’s inauguration is an understatement.
Of course, that just means that everyone else now needs to be constantly vigilant for them trying an end-run around the rules.
And now a top Democrat Congressman is threatening to go scorched earth if he doesn’t get his way on gun control.
The Protect Our Kids Act, introduced by Congressional Democrats would prohibit individuals under the age of 21 from purchasing several types of semi-automatic rifles, require gun owners to store weapons using gun safes or other devices and expand regulation of bump stocks.
But this legislation is unlikely to pass the Senate.
Enter Democrat New York Rep. Mondaire Jones who is cosponsoring a bill that would add four Justices to the Supreme Court and eliminate the parliamentary procedure known as the filibuster required to pass legislation that would nationalize election laws.
The problem for Jones is, back in January, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer held a vote to eliminate the filibuster, but Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona opposed the move, with Sinema saying she wouldn’t support eliminating the filibuster under any circumstances.
Jones said, “You will not stop us from advancing the Protecting Our Kids Act today. You will not stop us from passing it in the House next week and you will not stop us. If the filibuster obstructs us, we will abolish it. If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand it. And we will not rest until we have taken weapons of war out of circulation in our communities. Each and every day, we will do whatever it takes to end gun violence, whatever it takes. Enough is enough. Enough of you telling us that school shootings are a fact of life when every other country like ours has virtually ended it. Enough of you blaming mental illness and then defunding mental health care in this country. Enough of your thoughts and prayers. Enough. Enough.”
Grandstanding aside, Jones can assert whatever he likes, but the math hasn’t changed since January.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) got to the crux of what Mondaire and the Democrats are really up to, saying, “Now we know where they want to go. They’ve told us what they want to do. Their real beef is with the Second Amendment. Think about what this bill does. It tells law-abiding citizens when you can get a gun, what kind of gun you can get, what kind of accessories you can get for your gun, and where and how you have to store it in your own darn home.”
All true, but something else is at play here, as Jones’ gambit is destined to fail.
The Democrats are well aware that their support is dangerously tepid on an entire host of issues as the Midterm elections draw near.
One horrible tragedy at the hands of someone obviously mentally ill isn’t going to absolve the Democrats of their role in our 40-year high inflation, record violent crime and $5 per gallon gasoline.
Jones’ rant reeks of desperation, and deep down the Democrats know it too.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.