The maniacs of congress have set upon you with ‘the death of a thousand cuts strategy’ this time. It comes in the form of a budget, a budget that has nothing to do with guns, but now, thanks to some last minute insertions in the dead of night, includes anti-gun regs that allegedly tighten background checks. Of course, the devil is always in the details, and some of those tightening regs appear to open the door to expand who is on or off the good gun list and who is now newly ON the naughty gun list.
The writer of the piece in NY Mag that we’re highlighting, Ed Kilgore, considers this tightening a “modest gun regulation tweak.” It goes without saying that Ed would love to see much more done to impede your ability to acquire and possess tools of self-defense, but he should make that more obvious and stop hiding behind an opinion piece poorly disguised as a straight news piece.
|Congress Adds Last-Minute Gun Regulation to Spending Bill|
There were no big surprises, though the inclusion of legislation to tighten the firearms background-check system without additional concessions to gun fanciers is annoying some conservatives.
On the issues that were still hanging fire yesterday, decisions were mostly made to avoid major controversy, according to an account in Politico. There’s no explicit funding for the Gateway tunnel project connecting New York City and New Jersey that the White House opposed. But the project was indirectly accommodated by boosts in transportation grants that could later go to Gateway. There’s $1.6 billion for border security, but none of it will go for a concrete wall (as opposed to fencing). A real deal was cut in which Republicans got a “fix” to the so-called “Grain Glitch” in their tax bill, which gave a large advantage to farmers who sold grain to cooperatives, while Democrats got a temporary low-income housing credit increase. The bill will include money for the FBI and for states to safeguard against Russian cyberattacks on election systems, but will not include safeguards against the president firing Robert Mueller.
The modest gun-regulation tweak made it into the bill after Fix NICS co-sponsor Senator Chris Murphy talked Democratic leaders out of demanding more on the firearms front; House conservatives, always on the hunt for signs of betrayal, are reportedly steamed that the concealed-carry reciprocity measure attached to Fix NICS in the House was dropped by their leaders.