Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report for June 12, 2022Ozark Radio News


It has become an unfortunate theme in Washington – whenever crisis or tragedy strikes this nation, Democrats in Washington spring into action to exploit that situation to increase the power of government. In response to the current economic crisis that they themselves created, Democrats are choosing higher taxes; in response to the energy crisis, they choose new, less reliable sources of energy rather than affordable energy associated with new limits and regulations on oil and gas; in response to a border crisis, they choose open borders and government incentives for illegal immigration. Every solution they come up with will only inflame the crises we face, but every solution also has one thing in common: They are liberal wish list items that have been around for decades.

So it’s no surprise that the party that has tried for years to ban or limit access to guns is taking advantage of a tragedy to bring forward new proposals to ban or limit access to guns. fire. Last week, in response to the killing of 19 children and 2 teachers in Uvalde, Texas, House Democrats passed anti-gun legislation that should affect law-abiding gun owners everywhere. President Biden and the Liberal Democrats are pushing their radical agenda to try to play Americans against each other, vilifying gun owners and guns instead of holding accountable deranged criminals who commit acts of despicable violence.

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As a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, I was proud to vote against their anti-gun legislation. I will never accept the attempts of the Democrats in Washington to take away your constitutional right to bear arms. A right our Constitution directly states that Congress should make no law to break.

Many in southern Missouri, myself included, grew up around guns. Our parents taught us to hunt and shoot on sport sets long before we learned to drive a car. We know how to use and store a gun safely. We know that guns are the best tool to defend our homes and protect our families from violent criminals. And, most importantly, we know full well that the liberals in Washington have no reason – or legal authority – to impose their unconstitutional agenda on law-abiding gun owners.

One of the proposals from the Washington Democrats’ anti-gun agenda is a federal so-called “red flag” law. This would remove individuals’ due process rights, while allowing law enforcement to remove weapons from individuals at the request of a long list of acquaintances. Red flag laws have a very disturbing track record; nearly a third of firearm confiscation orders are wrongly issued against innocent, law-abiding gun owners. In America, a person is innocent until proven guilty. But in the progressive dystopia the Liberal Democrats want to transform our nation into, the presumption of innocence — the bedrock of our criminal justice system — does not apply to gun owners.

Another provision of the Liberal Democrats’ legislation would violate Americans’ Second Amendment rights by prohibiting adults under 21 from purchasing semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. Last month, a US appeals court ruled that a California law banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons to adults under 21 was unconstitutional. In his decision, Judge Ryan Nelson wrote, “America would not exist without the heroism of the young adults who fought and died in our revolutionary army. … Today, we reaffirm that our Constitution still protects the right that enabled their sacrifice: the right of young adults to own and bear arms. I couldn’t agree more with Justice Nelson.

The Washington Democrats’ anti-gun bills include banning a very popular type of magazine. According to their proposal, it would be illegal to buy magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds. From home defense to hog hunting to sport shooting, larger capacity magazines are popular among gun owners. Law-abiding citizens would be outdone by criminals, who always find a way to illegally get their hands on firearms or gun parts.

Progressives also want to dictate how you store your guns in your own home. Violation of their so-called “safe storage” measure of this proposal could result in the seizure and confiscation of personal firearms. In a dangerous situation, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. In addition to violating Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms, the proposal is a blatant attempt to dictate what Americans can or cannot do in the privacy of their own homes.

No matter how Washington Democrats try to spin it, their anti-gun agenda isn’t about stopping the bad guys from committing deadly, unspeakable crimes. They are simply trying to achieve their decades-long goal of eliminating Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms.

I will always fight tooth and nail to protect Missouri families from the Liberal Democrats’ relentless attacks on our freedom and way of life.

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