On January 30, 2020, Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson (D-GA) introduced HR 5717 to the House of Representatives. HR 5717 is known as the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020.
Sounds like a great idea, right? The safety of our communities is certainly a priority to most gun owners.
The problem with HR 5717 is that through careful wording and very well thought out restrictions, it could destroy the right to bear arms in America – in just one generation.
This sweeping bill includes every single previously proposed approach to gun control, from expanding gun free zones to creating a national license requirement.
Eradicating gun violence will always be a convincing argument for more stringent regulations on firearms. Living in a world plagued by school shootings, gang violence, and accidental in-home shootings is frightening.
These very real fears are driving a national movement to end the 2nd Amendment, as we know it.
Let’s take a look at HR 5717 in some detail.
Here are the top takeaways:
- Create a nationwide gun registry
- Ban almost all semiautomatic rifles
- Institute a federal Magazine Ban
- Implement national “Red Flag” gun confiscation
- Tax guns at 30% and ammo at 50%
- Ban anyone under 21 from owning a gun
- Ration guns by making it illegal to purchase more than one firearm in a 30-day period
- Force “Safe Storage” requirements on gun owners
- Ban home builds
- Ban suppressors
- Force Federal Firearms Licensees to spend massive amounts of money to comply with new “security” requirements
- Expand “Gun Free Zones”
There’s more hidden in HR 5717, but this should be enough to get your blood boiling.
One of the most concerning elements in HR 5717 is the Catch-22 that a person who is 21 years of age must pass both a written test and a hands-on test after proper firearms training – but cannot own or use a gun until that time.
How can one pass a hands-on tactical test without ever having handled a firearm?
In just one generation, the right to bear arms could be restricted so heavily as to become impossible for the average American. What would our forefathers think?
Many Americans fail to see the irony in allowing children as young as 17 years old enlist in the Armed Forces but restrict their abilities to own a gun in Civilian life. If gun safety is our top concern as a nation, certainly our military should be teaching gun safety at the highest level.
If we can’t trust our Veterans with firearms, whom can we trust? If it’s Veteran suicides that concern you, perhaps take a look at the broken VA system and lack of support most Veterans experience.
The real problem with attacks on our 2nd Amendment is that they are band-aids for other underlying issues in our society. No law-abiding gun owner wants to see another school shooting. But why do school age children have desires to murder their classmates en masse?
Until our society addresses our total lack of understanding as to why gun violence occurs, no Gun Safety bill will change what’s happening.
It is our duty to fight bills like HR 5717 and stand up for our 2nd Amendment. Our rights depend on it.