Americans for Responsible Solutions is the anti-gun group led by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. In a surprise move (for me anyway), ARS has thrown its support behind Pennsylvania Republican congressional candidate Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. The “Not Afraid to Lead” ad above touts Fitzpatrick’s legislative efforts to keep guns “out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill, stalkers and domestic abusers.” It shows two bills: H.R. 329 and H.R. 1565. The first, Strengthening Background Checks Act of 2013, never made it out of subcommittee. It would have penalized states that didn’t submit adequate records to the FBI’s firearms background check system. The second . . .
the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, also died in subcommittee. It was New York congressman Peter King’s boondoggle to “Amend the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to reauthorize for FY2014-FY2017 the grant program for improvements to the criminal history record system.” In other words, more money for more reporting to a system that has no proven effect on firearms-related crime rates.
So that’s what gun grabbers Giffords and Kelly like about Fitzpatrick? The guy who voted “yes” to prohibiting product misuse lawsuits against gun manufacturers (the Brady Campaign must LOVE this guy). But also voted for the post-Newtown Toomey-Manchin bill to create “universal background checks.” And said the following:
Their proposal also closes gun show loop holes while creating a national commission on finding the best ways to address a culture of violence in America. Ultimately, their proposal creates a comprehensive system for background checks that protects family transfers while not infringing on constitutional rights. These policies have my support . . .
This is a common-sense proposal that can make a real difference. As proposed, it deserves the support of the House. I will work with a bipartisan group in the House to introduce a similar proposal this week.
Et voila! Le smoking gun. Fitzpatrick wants the feds to monitor any and all firearms transactions in the United States. For the children (presumably). As always, the friend of my enemy is my enemy, no matter which political party claims him or her as one of their own.