GUNPROPLUS.COM FEBRUARY 8, 2019 By Ward Williams
The Democrat House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held its first hearing on gun violence amid a room stacked with gun control advocates wearing t-shirts emblazoned with slogans or logos from the March For Our Lives youth group, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Moms Demand Action, the Everytown For Gun Safety group founded by potential presidential candidate, billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
The majority witnesses were essentially pro-gun control supporters. Although there were a few Second Amendment advocates, they were mostly overwhelmed and definitely in the witness minority. Steve Scalise (R-LA), shot by a mentally disturbed man during a congressional baseball game in June 2017, was denied his request to testify on behalf of gun rights supporters by Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who said Scalise’s written comments would be entered into the hearing’s records.
Democrat members of the Committee encouraged the parade of gun control witnesses to push for enhanced background checks to cover private gun sales. “Because background checks are not required for sales by unlicensed gun dealers, guns end up in the hands of dangerous people,” said Representative Henry Johnson of Georgia. “The failure of Congress to pass universal background check legislation has eroded our sense of safety on the streets, in our schools, and even in our places of worship.”
Savanah Lindquist, a student at Temple University in Philadelphia, testified about her rape on a gun-free-zone campus in Virginia, saying that gun control could leave crime victims helpless. There was little to no reaction from the gallery of mostly gun control advocates to Lindquist’s criminal rape experience. In contrast, however, Aalayah Eastmond, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida that was the site of a mass shooting in February 2018, got a standing ovation for demanding strict gun control laws.
In his remarks at the start of the proceedings, Chairman Nadler stressed that action was needed from Democrats to get new gun restrictions enacted. “For far too long, Republicans in Congress have offered moments of silence instead of action in the wake of gun tragedies. That era is over,” Nadler said. “It is evident from the energy and the crowd in this room, as well as the millions of people across the country fighting for sensible gun safety laws, that the public is demanding national legislation.”
Democrats are high on additional proposals that include restrictions on high-capacity magazines and a federal ‘red flag’ law to allow temporary removal of guns from people deemed an imminent risk to themselves or others.