Well, it looks like there are some Republicans who are not willing to just react to issues, but go on the offensive to advance an agenda, one of protecting the rights of the American people. This is something they have a duty to do in the first place. With that in mind, the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus has now been launched by House Republicans.
“The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that’s occurred over the last few decades. I look forward to working with the new President and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda,” Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) stated.
“Preserving the right to keep and bear arms is essential to maintaining freedom and liberty in our country,” said former Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA), who chaired the caucus from 2009 through 2013. “I’m honored that Representative Massie will build on the foundation that I established with this caucus.”
“With so many laws disarming the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society and others who face real threats to their and their family’s safety, it is reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is there to ensure people’s safety,” said John Lott, author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.
“While many of us lawyers are working to secure pro-gun reforms in the courts, it’s reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is doing the same in the legislature,” said attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued McDonald v. City of Chicago and District of Columbia v. Heller before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Founding members of the caucus include:
- Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
- Ted Yoho (R-FL)
- Brian Babin (R-TX)
- Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
- Mark Meadows (R-NC)
- Ken Buck (R-CO)
- Alex Mooney (R-WV)
- Justin Amash (R-MI)
- Jody Hice (R-GA)
- Dave Brat (R-VA)
- Warren Davidson (R-OH)
- Scott Perry (R-PA)
- James Comer (R-KY)
“Caucus members will lead efforts in the House of Representatives to pass meaningful firearms legislation and protect Americans against infringements of the Second Amendment,” the group said in a statement.
A recent report from Reason mentioned that Massie could possibly leave Congress to join the Trump administration in some capacity, possibly head of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.
“This is all just speculation,” Massie said. “But from my end, I would consider either of those positions if I was approached.”
Massie has received endorsements from Gun Owners of America, is a long-time concealed carry permit holder and a Class III weapon collector. Unlike many people who think the Second Amendment applies to sports shooting or hunting, Congressman Massie sets the record straight that it isn’t about any of that.
“In fact, the Second Amendment to our Constitution is our Founding Fathers’ restatement of our natural God given right to defend life, liberty, and property,” he said on his campaign website.
Massie is exactly right. DC has absolutely no authority to write any legislation that restricts or removes the right to keep and bear arms. In fact, our founding fathers had to fight off the British from taking their arms. That is what actually brought about the American Revolution.
Eligibility for membership in the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus will depend on a U.S. Representative’s voting record and his or her commitment to the caucus’s founding principles.
The Second Amendment Caucus, which operated from 2004 through 2008, was originally formed by former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado. In 2009 the caucus was reformed and renamed the Second Amendment Task Force by former Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia.
As Guns.com points out, “The new group is separate from the Second Amendment Coalition formed by President-elect Trump, which includes six U.S. Representatives as co-chairs, none of which are a part of the Massie caucus.”
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