Deals With The Devil

Every news source this afternoon is all excited that “a bipartisan deal has been reached on gun reform” or something like that. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly has been pushing for some “compromise” so that guns as an issue are negated for the mid-term elections. The problem with that is that gun control supporters are still going to vote for the Democrats and many pro-rights supporters might just say screw you and not vote.

When you make a deal with the devil, the devil is in the details. Of course, other than about nine bullet points, there are no hardcore, defined, written in stone details.

To even get the release on the “deal”, I had to go to Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) website. My own Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) who were both negotiators on the “deal” were so proud of their own actions that they aren’t going public with the details.

Support for State Crisis Intervention Orders

Money goes to states and tribes to set up their own system of gun confiscation orders aka red flag laws. Supposedly, consistent with state and Federal due process. Right.

Investment in Children and Family Mental Health Services

I’ll give them a pass on this one. They say: “National expansion of community behavioral health center model; major investments to increase access to mental health and suicide prevention programs; and other support services available in the community, including crisis and trauma intervention and recovery.”

Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence
This would expand the Lautenberg Act prohibitions to convictions for domestic abuse and restraining orders involving current and ex romantic partners. Thus, a vengeful ex-boyfriend (or girlfriend) could get a restraining order against you which would prevent you from protecting yourself from their wrath. Think Carol Bowne in New Jersey who was stabbed to death while waiting for a pistol permit with which to protect herself.

Funding for School-Based Mental Health and Supportive Services

I don’t have many issues with this. The release says: Invests in programs to expand mental health and supportive services in schools, including: early identification and intervention programs and school based mental health and wrap-around services.

Funding for School Safety Resources

It says it will invest in programs that increase school safety in K-12 schools including providing training to school personnel and students. I doubt they mean programs like the FASTER Programs in Ohio and Colorado. At the very least, they should have “Stop the Bleed” training as well as blow-out kits for every teacher.

Clarification of Definition of Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer

This one will definitely be the devil in the details. Will it be based upon how many firearms you sell in a year such as dispersing an estate or will it be based upon intent as the current law does? Current law says that if the intent is to engage in it as a business, you need a FFL.

Telehealth Investments

The release says, “Invests in programs that increase access to mental and behavioral health services for youth and families in crisis via telehealth.” That is fine but I wonder if this will just become another government boondoggle.

Under 21 Enhanced Review Process

For those under age 21, there will be an “investigative period” with checks of juvenile and mental health records. As Stephen Gutowski notes, this could mean a non-instant background check process for those under age 21. They also say they will check with local law enforcement and state databases.

Penalties for Straw Purchasing

Is this going to be like doubly illegal? It is already against the law to engage in a straw purchase. As it is, US Attorneys and Federal law enforcement rarely bring cases to trial involving straw purchases. I think they believe the optics of going after the girlfriends and “intimate partners” of gang members have too many racial overtones.

Charles Blow, a columnist for the New York Times, had an op-ed a couple of Sundays ago calling for more gun control as well as attacking the gun culture. He said he did agree with the Republicans on one thing.

But I am on the same page as they are on one point. They see the passage of gun safety laws as a slippery slope that could lead to more sweeping laws and even, one day, national gun registries, insurance requirements and bans. I see the same and I actively hope for it.

While I vehemently disagree with Blow, at least he is honest about it unlike most politicians on either side of the aisle. It is a slippery slope and must be fought tooth and nail.

7 thoughts on “Deals With The Devil”

  1. Just as President Trump alienated much of his base with his bump stock ban, Mitch and the other Rinos will alienate much of their base, who may very well stay home, as you stated.

  2. I am one of those former Republicans who may not vote. Not only have I grown sick of being taken for granted, it is difficult to see the difference between the average Democrat and the so called “conservative Republicans”. The only thing they want to conserve is their place at the table.

  3. While I don’t expect any of this to affect me personally, it means the next fight starts in a worse place for us and thus I am totally opposed. Do the Republicans think that the Democrats negotiate in good faith or do they despise us and think we are stupid.

    I am done with the Republicans until they clean up their act which probably means I am done forever.

  4. I think the Red Flag laws are blatantly unconstitutional. If someone is that much a danger, they should be involuntarily committed for an evaluation. Tennessee, several years ago passed legislation that allows victims who have a temporary restraining order to go to DMV and get a Carry Permit valid for the length of the protective order at no cost. But now that we are a Constitutional Carry state, that doesn’t matter as much.

    I’m Ok with the rest of it in the broad strokes. I expect it to fall apart when they get into the details. I don’t think Democrats will be able to keep themselves from trying to insert poison pills.

  5. I think the redefinition of or clarification of FFL is likely to be on the manufacturing side of things. Under current regulations making/manufacturing your own gun is completely legal at a federal level.

    It would not surprise me to hear that they are going to clarify FFL requirements to include manufacturing any firearm. So yeah, you can build your own firearm for yourself but you have to register for a C&R like manufacturing FFL.

    1. An FFL to manufacture is a Type 7 FFL, C&R is a Type 3. Congress might force ATF to amend the Type 3 license but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

      1. I’m sorry, I wasn’t trying to say it would be a Type 3 FFL or that it would be a Type 7 FFL. I’m not an FFL, I don’t know the codes or types well enough to speak about them. Best I can do is talk to my FFL that is trying to become a SOT.

        What I’m trying to say is that it would not surprise me if they make a version of what you have called a Type 7 FFL, manufacturer that is similar in scope to a C&R (Type 3).

        So that you or I could make a gun at home but only after we get our own FFL but that FFL wouldn’t be a full Type 7, it would have a bunch of limits on it.

        My point in all of this is that it looks like a way for them to backdoor ban home assembled or manufactured firearms.

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