BISHOP: Democrats push gun control measures

FILE - Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., speaks at a news conference held by members of the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021. Bishop has filed a federal lawsuit to demand North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges disclose their votes on a case that prompted the 2022 primary to be postponed by 10 weeks. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Last week, Democrats said the quiet part out loud – they are coming for your guns.  

During Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee markup, the Democrats admitted what many Americans fear. I confronted U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler about whether Democrats really intended to ban guns in common use, a clear violation of the Supreme Court’s Heller decision. He admitted that they want to ban weapons, in open defiance of the Supreme Court, and decimate law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights.  

Our Constitution makes it clear that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The God-given right to own a firearm is what separates America from every other country in the world.  

In nearly every dictatorial regime change since the advent of firearms, the tyrants have seized control by disarming the citizenry.  

We can’t allow this to continue. Chairman Nadler even insinuated that an Australian system of gun confiscation would be preferable to his party.  

Democrats have no respect for the millions of lawful gun owners in this country, and want the only citizens with guns to be violent criminals. As your representative, I will never let them.  

The left’s chickens have come home to roost. Years of anti-police rhetoric and efforts to defund law enforcement have led to a rapid spike in crime across the country. Since 2019, there has been a 28.64% rise in crime in the United States. Democrats want to ban responsible gunowners, like Elijah Dickens of Indianapolis, from owning a firearm. Last week, in a selfless act of heroism, Elijah stopped a violent gunman at the Greenwood Park Mall from committing a mass shooting through precise marksmanship and his willingness to act.  

Once Democrats start banning weapons, they won’t stop. Despite the tens of millions of guns in this country and the nearly 2.5 million AR-15s sold last year, the left has no regard for the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, the Constitution or the unalienable right to protection that shall not be infringed. 

Dan Bishop represents North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.