The quote of the day is presented by Guns.com.
Democrats will demagogue the gun control issue from now until the election (and beyond). But the fact is, when they had a shot at luring Trump into a deal on background checks, a red flag bill or both, they decided to open an impeachment inquiry.
They have no one to blame but themselves.
On Wednesday, Barr declared the legislative effort officially dead, while rolling out an operation that aimed to take illegal guns off the streets.
The gun initiative, known as Project Guardian, was among the proposals offered by the Justice Department in September. It amounts to one of the few responses to the mass shootings that the Trump administration has offered.
“Unfortunately, our discussions on the legislative aspects of this have been sidetracked because of the impeachment process on the Hill, and so we are going forward with all the operational steps that we can take that do not require legislative action,” [Attorney General William] Barr said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will lead the new Justice Department initiative. A nationwide program, Project Guardian will involve enhanced coordination between federal law enforcement and local policing partners to identify gun crime offenders who could be charged on the federal level, where punishment can be more severe.
The program will also aim to crack down on evasions of the federal background check system, with a special focus on people who are rejected for mental health reasons.
– David Shortell in Barr blames impeachment inquiry for derailing gun legislation efforts