Lauren Boebert calls to repeal last year’s bipartisan gun legislation: Last June, President Joe Biden signed the first piece of significant federal gun legislation in decades. The Colorado Congresswoman, who is often photographed with guns, is pushing to repeal it.
Lauren Boebert Is Back At It Again…
Last June, following the school shooting in Uvalde, Tex., President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first major federal gun restriction legislation since the early 1990s.
The bill, which had bipartisan support in Congress, mandated new school safety systems, background checks for gun buyers under 21, and changes to the mental health system. The measures fell far short of the long-held goals of the gun control movement, but still represented progress, and a political victory for the president. Biden has proposed the return of the 1990s-era assault weapons ban, although it doesn’t appear that has any chance to pass with a Republican-controlled House.
“Their message to us was: Do something,” Biden said of the families of gun violence victims, the New York Times reported after the bill was signed. “How many times have you heard that? Just do something. For God’s sake, just do something.”
Now, there’s a push to repeal that 2022 law.
Boebert introduced the Shall Not Be Infringed Act shortly after the 2022 law passed and has now re-introduced it in the current Congress.
“This bill repeals the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was signed into law on June 25, 2022,” the summary says. “The act makes various changes to federal firearms laws, including to expand background check requirements, broaden the scope of existing restrictions, and establish new criminal offenses. The act also reauthorizes, funds, and supports various programs, grants, and activities to promote access to behavioral and mental health services, enhance school safety and security initiatives, and address gun violence in communities.”
Boebert has 16 cosponsors for the bill, all of them House Republicans.
“I unapologetically support the Second Amendment. No amount of gun control will ever eliminate evil in our society, and unsurprisingly, the data has shown time and again that gun control does not decrease gun violence,” Boebert said in a statement.
In addition, per The Hill, Boebert’s legislation would repeal other provisions in other measures in the previous Congress that deal with guns, which include “the 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2023, and the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.”
It would not appear that either the National Gun legislation or the Safer Communities Act repeal legislation has much chance of passage in the current Congress, especially with a Democrat in the White House and a Democrat-controlled Senate.
She Loves Those Firearms
Lauren Boebert formerly owned a gun-themed restaurant in Colorado called Shooters Grill and has posed with her family holding guns for a Christmas card.
It’s been pointed out by multiple people that NBA star Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies has repeatedly been suspended for his habit of posing on social media while brandishing guns- something that politicians like Boebert have frequently done themselves, to very different reactions.
“The situation with Morant, however, is much more layered than some people want to admit,” columnist Mike Freeman wrote this week for USA Today. “That’s because Morant is unflinchingly and embarrassingly American in one huge way: he has an apparent gun fetish. Morant displays this fetish by brandishing his gun on social media. This makes him the same as some other athletes, ordinary citizens, and members of Congress.”
Boebert won the closest Congressional race in the country last fall, and is once again facing a challenge from the same Democrat, Adam Frisch, who nearly defeated her in 2022. Frisch, as of the first quarter, had out-raised Boebert by a significant margin.
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