Ok. No one with a normal functioning brain should ever believe that this United States Congress will have America’s best interests at heart when it comes to these “terrorist watch lists”. All of us law abiding citizens will somehow find themselves on that list. I GUARANTEE IT.
The words “Republican” and “gun control” typically don’t go together, but House Speaker Paul Ryan has decided to change that, according to Roll Call.
A week after the House Democrats’ 25-hour sit-in for gun control, Ryan announced Thursday via a conference call with House Republicans that the House will vote on a counterterrorism package with a stipulation to prevent people on the federal government’s terror watch lists from buying guns.
“It’s common sense,” Ryan reportedly said on the conference call.
Many Second Amendment supporters are opposed to such legislation because of the lack of transparency and due process involved in the government’s watch lists.
@BreitbartNews Ryan has completely betrayed his fellow Republicans. The 2nd Amendment is Iron Clad there is no way to Legally change it!
— Dreaming of Peace (@cjsienna55) June 30, 2016
Breitbart News reported that a number of Republican senators are ready to join Ryan in supporting gun control legislation, including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Susan Collins of Maine.
Roll Call said it wasn’t clear whether the plan to be considered would be the Democrats’ “no fly, no buy” bill or a less-restrictive proposal endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
Some leading Democrats said they wouldn’t be satisfied with a vote on the NRA-backed plan.
“House Democrats will keep up our efforts to push for the majority to allow a vote on gun violence legislation,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, “but bringing up a bill authored by the NRA just isn’t going to cut it.”
Likewise, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s office said that the Democratic Party will want to have a say in the bill.
“We will also be urging the Speaker to allow for an open process that provides House Democrats with a chance to file amendments and have a vote on the bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill,” said Hoyer spokeswoman Mariel Saez.