Super Committee Could Use Debt Crisis to Impose Gun Control
Second Amendment watchdog groups are alerting gun owners to keep a close eye on the recently created Congressional “Super Committee.”...
Second Amendment watchdog groups are alerting gun owners to keep a close eye on the recently created Congressional “Super Committee.” Although the special panel’s mission is to resolve the government’s debt crisis, some fear it may use its unprecedented legislative power to initiate gun control measures.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul warned in early August that the “‘Super Committee’ limits the constitutional check of the filibuster by expediting passage of bills with a simple majority. The ‘Super Committee’ is not precluded from any issue — including gun control — therefore the filibuster could be rendered moot.”
National Association for Gun Rights Executive Director Dudley Brown said in an August 8th blog on ammoland.com that the committee, essentially, has carte blanche to “include anything in its legislation, including gun control.”
Brown says pay close attention to who gets appointed to the 12-member committee. Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi will pick six Democrat members; House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell will pick six Republicans.
“If the six Pelosi/Reid Democrats can cower a single Republican into going along with their radical agenda — using the threat of a massive defense cut totaling hundreds of billions of dollars — then we could be stuck with additional gun control,” he writes.
The committee reports to Congress in November. “Whatever legislation it proposes” will have to be passed or the Pentagon loses a total of $800 billion (effectively shutting it down),” Brown writes.
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