By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved legislation to create new gun control laws in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, including a federal “red flag law” and expanded background checks.

In addition, legislation banning “high capacity” magazines and making those who are convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime prohibited possessors was included.

“More than 35,000 Americans lose their lives because of guns every year. Every day in America, on average, 34 people are murdered with a firearm. Gun violence of this magnitude is a distinctly American problem. A country to country comparison is shocking. For example, in 2011 the United Kingdom had 146 deaths due to gun violence; Denmark, 71; Portugal, 142; and Japan, just 30,” Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said during the hearing.

“But in the United States, more than 35,000. Even when you adjust for population differences, Americans are disproportionally killed by gun violence,” he added.

“A recent study in the American Journal of Medicine found that, compared to 22 other high-income countries, the gun-related murder rate in the United States is 25 times higher,” Nadler said.

“The president and others try to pin blame for gun violence on mental illness, but we know that the United States does not have a rate of mental illness that is 25 times higher than the rest of the world. That is clearly not the source of our gun violence crisis.”

But Republicans, including Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA), were opposed to the proposal.

“I am concerned about addressing this important issue, addressing the issue of mass shootings to combating the discouraging laws plaguing our urban communities,” he said. “I stand ready to work with you on sensible solutions that will, that could actually prevent, these atrocities.

“What I am not willing to do is support legislation that will not do anything to make us safer and will simultaneously infringes on the rights and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution,” Collins continued. “Unfortunately, all three of the bills we’re considering today will do just that.”

Collins noted that while the Extreme Risk Protection Act may seem like a “common sense measure,” there are serious issues, especially relating to the lack of due process. Red flag laws, as ERPO’s are called, deprive individuals of their legally purchased and owned firearms without allowing them to defend themselves in a court of law.

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Also, Nadler’s gun casualty figures are wildly misrepresentative.

For years, FBI statistics have shown that the vast majority of gun deaths in the U.S. are caused by handgun-related suicides, not homicides.

“In 2016, the last year for which the CDC provides numbers, 22,938 people committed suicide by firearm, while 14,415 people died in gun homicides,” Vox reported in November 2018.

In addition, gun homicides — as are all homicides — are down from levels seen in the 1980s and 1990s.

Besides, as the Washington Free Beacon‘s gun writer, Stephan Gutowski, writes, support for new gun control measures is dropping:

Polls from Quinnipiac University and an ABC News/Washington Post partnership asked about the gun control debate in America and specific gun control proposals. Both polls showed a general downward trend in support for new gun control measures even in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Neither poll found heightened enthusiasm for any gun control proposal which had been polled more than twice. Instead, they found support for gun control policies either relatively stable or declining, though still substantial.


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