COMING TUESDAY: A NEW ATTEMPT TO CURB GUN SALES, TRANSFERS
On Tuesday, a proposal to mandate universal background checks for nearly all gun transfers will be introduced in the U.S. House.
The proposal is spearheaded by Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Rep. Mike Thompson, also a California Democrat, and Republican Rep. Peter King of New York.
The existence of the bill was reported in Politico. It would make exceptions for “hunting and family” transfers, and does not address the boogeyman topic of “assault weapons,” sources have told reporters.
Critics say the attempt to force universal background checks is misguided, since the top cause of gun death is suicide, and in that cohort, male veteran suicide is the highest cause of gun death.
Beyond that, the leading cause of gun deaths are vice crime-related, especially involving illegal transfers of guns between criminals who are not legally allowed to own firearms and are not likely to register such transfers.
Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords will be on the House floor on Tuesday to help introduce the bill. Tuesday is the 8th anniversary of the shooting that nearly killed her in Arizona. Six people died and she sustained extensive brain injury.