As this is being written, it appears that both Senate runoff elections in Georgia have been decided. Raphael Warnock (D) and Jon Ossoff (D) have reportedly come out on top, and with them, the balance of power has shifted in the U.S. Senate away from American freedom.
Americans who cherish their Second Amendment rights now face an uphill fight.
With both seats flipped, the U.S. Senate will now be split evenly, 50-50, and presumed Vice President Kamala Harris will cast any tiebreaking votes in her role as president of the U.S. Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) laid out his party’s intentions in no uncertain terms last November when he said, “Now we take Georgia, then we change America”
Schumer, who has been in Congress for 40 years, helped to author the “Assault Weapons Ban” of 1994, at a time when his party controlled both chambers of Congress as well as the presidency.
Not only has an incoming Biden-Harris administration made clear its desire to once again enact such a ban, it has gone a step further and seeks to register those semi-automatic firearms it wishes to reclassify as so-called “assault weapons” using the National Firearms Act, legislation enacted in 1934. If Biden’s plan is put into place, it could require a $200 fee to register each affected firearm and require each individual to undergo a new background check for items already lawfully acquired, and to be fingerprinted and photographed. Biden’s scheme could require the same treatment for each standard capacity magazine currently owned.
Banning commonly owned firearms is one of their goals. Biden has also made clear his intentions to go after gun manufacturers by holding them responsible for the criminal misuse of their products. Biden actually called America’s gun makers “the enemy” during a primary debate.
And this is just the beginning of what Biden, Harris and their administration’s anti-Second Amendment advocates want to do.
Of course, the criminal element of society will never follow such restrictions; actually, law-abiding Americans would be put at risk if these policies get through, as normal, average citizens will find it much more difficult and expensive (if not impossible) to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
The U.S. Supreme Court has not heard a major Second Amendment case since McDonald v. Chicago (2010), and the landmark D.C. v. Heller (2008) just before it. Now, though, with our freedoms looking to be put to the test, the high court may soon have a chance to make sure freedom is protected.
There is a long road ahead in this continued fight for our Second Amendment rights, and NRA members and freedom-loving Americans across this great nation must be prepared to protect and preserve these freedoms we hold so dear.