Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tea for Two: Republican Congressional Conversation

Congressman Russell and Congressman Gowdy Clear-up Firearm Misconceptions - YouTube: Published on Jul 6, 2016 Discussion with Congressman Trey Gowdy on Firearm Facts during Oversight and Government Reform Hearing on Firearm Inventory and Control Practices. 

 Foreigners already may not purchase a firearm in the United States. There is no "Gun-Show Loophole" because ALL licensed firearm sales require a NICS background check. We know NICS background checks (established in 1998) are working because, in 2014, there were 8,124 homicides due to firearms. This is a 9% decline in gun murders since 2010. This also represents a 20% decline in gun murders since 2005, and a 50% decline in gun murders since 1995. Of the 8,124 murders with firearms in 2014,only 248 were with rifles of ANY kind. To put that in perspective, 435 people were murdered in 2014 with clubs and hammers and 660 were murdered in 2014 with hands, fists, or feet.

(The above is a quote, including an opinion.)


Anonymous said...

Means nothing. In our modern government, the president wields all the real power.

Archer said...

Nice to see them get real FACTS entered into the Congressional record.

@Anonymous: The President has powers and duties delineated by the Constitution, PLUS whatever Congress lets him/her get away with. Unfortunately, Congressmen Russell and Gowdy notwithstanding, most in Congress are willing to let the President do whatever he wants. Congress has every right and authority (and some, myself included, would also say DUTY) to smack the Executive back into his Constitutional limits, but too many are unwilling to stand up to him.

So yes, you are correct: the President currently wields the real power. But it's nevertheless appalling that such an observation IS correct.

Anonymous said...

@Archer: You are so correct. Someone once said something to the effect that "all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." We could change the "men" to congress critters, and it would fit the relationship between our modern congress and president.