Capital Briefing From District 22 State Rep. Gabe Firment

It’s not often that I agree with “Crazy Bernie” Sanders, the radical leftist Senator from Vermont, but I am in complete agreement with his recent comments at the 2020 Democratic National Convention that the “2020 presidential contest is the most important election in modern American history”. Perhaps no issue more clearly illustrates the stark contrast between the Democratic and Republican platforms than the parties’ official stances on the constitutional right of the American people to keep and bear arms. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has clearly documented his intent, if elected, to wage war against the Second Amendment. Mr. Biden’s full plan to eviscerate the Second Amendment can be found on his website – https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/.

Highlights of the former vice-president’s plan include banning the manufacture and sale of so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines”, restrictive licensing and registration measures, intrusive and repressive background checks, ending online sales of firearms and ammunition, and legislation requiring mandatory safe storage of guns inside private homes. Biden’s plan makes it clear that he intends to wage this war against the Second Amendment by wielding the power of governmental agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations(FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms(ATF), Centers for Disease Control(CDC), and the National Institutes of Health(NIH). He also states that he would use executive authority to ban firearms, and there is no question that he would also appoint federal judges and Supreme Court justices who agree with his totalitarian anti-gun agenda.

Make no mistake about it – Joe Biden means what he says about taking our guns. In his nearly 50 years of crawling through the swamp of Washington D.C. politics he has proven that he has no regard for the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. There is little doubt that he will be even more brazen in waging his personal war against guns now that he and the Democratic Party have completely sold out to the demands of left-wing extremists who hate America such as Sanders, AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. Biden frequently brags about his role in passing a 1994 bill that banned commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, an infringement on our rights that thankfully expired in 2004 under Republican leadership in the White House. Recent statements by Mr. Biden indicate that he would like to ban “military style weapons” including pistols with 9mm bullets that can hold 10 or more rounds”(Seattle Times).

If you currently own what Biden would define as an “assault weapon” or “high capacity magazine” you would be forced to sell your weapons to the government at a price they mandate, or forced to register them under the National Firearms Act. The number of firearms free citizens can purchase would be limited under the Biden plan, and state and local governments would be given grants from the federal government to establish processes requiring the licensing of all individuals prior to purchasing a gun. One of the most radical components of the Biden plan calls for 100% of firearms to be “smart guns” that require sophisticated technology that would only allow a firearm to be used by someone authorized to do so by the government.

Perhaps the most disturbing piece of the Biden/Harris gun control plan involves passing legislation that would hold adults criminally and civilly liable for allowing minors access to a firearm, regardless of whether or not the minor actually gained possession of the weapon. Biden’s legislation would likely seek to impose criminal penalties on gun owners who did not store their weapons inside their private homes in accordance with government-imposed restrictions. Let me be clear, it is my unequivocal belief that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms extends to my minor children who have been properly trained to handle and operate firearms. My 12 year old son knows where every gun in our home is located, he has access to them, and I pray that he will use them if necessary to protect his life, his family, and our private property if forced to do so.

What you will not find in the Democratic platform is protection for the most vulnerable in our society, those who cannot fight to defend themselves – the unborn. It is quite ironic that the political party that claims to advocate for the poor and downtrodden amongst us cannot find the moral courage to stop the evil practice of abortion that disproportionally targets the unborn children of minorities. Just as puzzling is the ridiculous assertion of many prominent Democratic leaders that we should defund law enforcement AND inhibit the right of law-abiding citizens to possess weapons to defend themselves.

There is one statement on the Biden/Harris website that I can agree with – the 2020 Presidential election is described as a “Battle for the Soul of the Nation”.   Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the war Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have declared against our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. This war against guns strikes at the heart of our most basic constitutional and God-given rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  With less than 3 months to go until the Presidential election I pray that the citizens of Louisiana and our great nation will listen to the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson, the man who famously authored the Declaration –  “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

Thank you and God Bless.

Gabe Firment
State Representative
District 22
(318)765-9606 – office
gfirment@legis.la.gov


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