By Jon Dougherty
Democrats, in an attempt to paint Republicans — again — as “anti-women,” snuck a gun control measure inside a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
On Thursday, the House voted in favor of the doctored reauthorization bill 263-158, with 33 Republicans, amazingly, voting with them.
But before the Democrat propaganda machine known as the “mainstream media” gets to claim the rest of the GOP caucus is filled with women haters, here’s the rest of the story.
The reauthorization was not a clean bill; it was packed with new gun control legislation that backers claim was aimed at cutting domestic violence and sexual assault.
Roll Call noted:
The House is expected to pass the bill to reauthorize the 1994 law and add language to expand housing protections for victims, give more help to Native American women and enhance law enforcement tools through grants.
It would also expand the category of who could lose the right to possess guns under the law, adding those convicted of dating violence or misdemeanor stalking to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole.”
The bill should have been easy — even in a GOP-controlled Senate. And it would have been, had Democrats not turned it into yet another attempt to scratch away at the Second Amendment.
“Republicans are committed to reauthorizing VAWA, however, Democrats have refused to engage on the issue in a meaningful, bipartisan manner and instead rushed a partisan bill to the floor,” reads a statement to Blaze Media from the office of Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La).
In a Wednesday speech on Capitol Hill, Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) said the current bill is nearly “unrecognizable from the legislation originally passed in 1994.”
“In the name of protecting women, Democrats are exploiting this bill as an opportunity to assault the Second Amendment rights of American citizens,” Roy continued, “and it’s despicable that anyone would seize on this as such an opportunity to weaponize a measure that was intended to protect victims.”
“You’re taking something that should be an easy bipartisan reauthorization of existing law and complicating it to make a political point,” Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican and bill supporter, said. “You’re certainly free to do that, but in the meantime, you should have at least extended it through the fiscal year so that you can make whatever point and then sit down and negotiate.”
Except that Democrats have the mindset that they are ‘in charge’ and don’t have to negotiate with Republicans or the president.
“Our calculation was that we’re in charge now, we can pass a bill that we think is a comprehensive bill to protect all women,” House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland told reporters Tuesday. “I’m hopeful that the Senate will take it up … or ask to go to conference on it. But we need to reauthorize it.”
As usual, there’s more to it than just ‘protecting women from abusive male partners.’
Tom Knighton explains at Bearing Arms that “Second Amendment advocates take the bill as written because, while federal law already bars convicted abusive spouses from purchasing guns, the new bill would take away Second Amendment rights for things that aren’t felonies and aren’t considered domestic violence,” The Blaze reported.
“The NRA opposes domestic violence and all violent crime and spends millions of dollars teaching countless Americans how not to be a victim and how to safely use firearms for self-defense,” according to a statement from NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker to Fortune Magazine.
“The gun control lobby and anti-gun politicians are intentionally politicizing the Violence Against Women Act as a smokescreen to push their gun control agenda. It’s appalling that the gun control lobby and anti-gun politicians are trivializing the serious issue of domestic violence,” she added.
“How it’s written right now, you could be convicted for a misdemeanor stalking offense for a tweet that causes someone emotional distress and then you would be prohibited from owning a firearm,” Baker explained to The New York Times.
And there is this: With men now claiming to be women, how is the Violence Against Women Act prepared to deal with that? If it passes as is, will female abuses have to give up their guns?
Democratic policies are riddles surrounded by questions wrapped in enigmas.
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