POLIZETTE — House Speaker Paul Ryan is bowing to the Democrats’ raucous demands and has set himself up for more strife among his own party by agreeing to push a piece of gun legislation through Congress this week.
In the wake of the June 12 Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub, the House Democrats began renewing their calls for stricter gun control as the Republicans pushed for legislation that focused on national security and terrorism. But the Democrats — who proceeded to stage a highly publicized House sit-in as part of their protesting process — have succeeded in deflecting the focus and disrupting the House proceedings to reach Ryan’s breaking point.
Hence the proposal of the Homeland Safety and Security Act, H.R. 5611: a bill that would allow the Department of Justice to deny someone the right to purchase a firearm if it can convince a judge in three days that there is probable cause that a prospective buyer would engage in terrorism-related acts.
But rather than pacifying both liberals and conservatives, Ryan’s push for the bill has caused severe fracturing and backlash within his own party.
“If successful this week, H.R. 5611 will be among the most egregious gun control measures ever to pass either house of Congress,” said Rep. Justin Amash in a statement on Facebook. “If the bill becomes law, it will mark a massive expansion of the government’s ability to restrict gun rights on the basis of pre-crime — a crime not yet committed. H.R. 5611 is the actualization of dystopian fiction.”