Thank God we have Congressional Democrats to keep us safe from gun crime. Right? Stalwarts like Elijah Cummings and Carolyn Maloney are ever-vigilant, watching the horizon for new threats. And as soon as they spot one, bam! They throw all of their well-practiced legislation-writing capabilities into making sure that gun trafficking isn’t just against the law, it’s even illegaler than it already is. Because nothing fixes a problem like more laws…
They’ve introduced more doomed gun control legislation in the house.
The bill would make it illegal for a person to receive or transfer two or more firearms while “knowing or having reasonable cause to believe” that those guns would end up in the hands of a felon or someone intending to commit a felony.
Because straw purchases, or conveying a gun to a known fellon isn’t already illegal. Enough.
“If you actually charge someone with actually firearms trafficking, we have never been able to do that,” said McMahon, according to Cummings’s letter. “We say it all the time, that we are locking up firearms traffickers, but really what we are locking up are people who lie on a federal form, or people who deal without a license … so I think a firearms trafficking statute would be most helpful.”
Really? That might surprise a few inmates serving time in federal prisons. And if the laws currently on the books cover the illegal activity, what good will more laws proscribing the same activity do?
But this, along with the Administration’s new gun-control-by-executive-0rder rules, is just a sparkly dog and pony show, nicely coordinated between Congress and the White House. The NRA’s Chris Cox has a pretty good bead on it:
“This is a blatant effort by the Obama administration and ATF to divert the focus of Congress … from their gross incompetence in the Fast and Furious scandal,” wrote Chris Cox, the NRA’s executive director. “This scheme will unjustly burden law-abiding retailers in border states.”
The Maloney’s and Cummings’ bill is DOA, of course. Go ahead and fit it for a toe tag. It has no prayer of advancing in the GOP-controlled House. But that was never the point. Like the President’s little gambit, it’s designed to throw up a smoke screen and attract attention away from the Fast and Furious fiasco. Fortunately, unlike the President, Congress can’t decree that federal agencies implement the rules without being voted into law.