In response to President Trump’s Threat to declare a National Emergency in order to build portions of a border wall with Mexico, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is warning that should a democrat become President in 2020, they will use the same National Emergency powers to push gun control.
In a press conference earlier today, Pelosi told reporters that Republicans should “have some dismay about the door that they’re opening.”
“You want to talk about an national emergency? Let’s talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” Pelosi said, referring to the Parkland, Fla., shooting that left more than a dozen high school students dead. “That’s a national emergency …. A Democratic president could do that.”
“You want to talk about a national emergency?” Speaker Pelosi says. “Let’s talk about today, the one-year anniversary” of the Parkland shooting.— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2019
“Why don’t you declare that a national emergency? I wish you would. But—a Democratic president can do that.” https://t.co/RtDFa4fl1T pic.twitter.com/nohS0WmH2u
Democrats make moves in Congress to push gun control
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved multiple gun control measures for floor votes, including H.R.8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which will require universal background checks for all gun sales and most gun transfers.
“There is a clear consensus among academics, public health experts and law enforcement personnel that universal background checks would greatly enhance public safety,” said Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
On Tuesday, Anti-gun Senators Bob Menendez and Richard Blumentha re-introduced the Keep Americans Safe Act, or S. 447. The bill would ban the sale of magazines that hold 10 or more rounds.
“Guns become doubly and triply deadly in these massacres because of these high-capacity magazines,” said co-sponsor Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “And so if we take one simple step in approving this prohibition, we can literally save lives. There is no more simple, straightforward way to save lives from gun violence than to ban these high-capacity magazines.”