Make no mistake about it--the Second Amendment is inexorably tied the right of self-defense. The right to self-defense is meaningless if the means of self-defense are prohibited. The Truth About Guns reports that Senate Republicans have agreed to two gun control votes: the so-called "No-Fly, No-Buy" (where purchase is prohibited if you somehow wind up on the mysterious "no fly" list maintained by the DHS) and universal background checks for all sales (to include private sales). Given the IRS's targeting of conservative groups, how long will it be before conservatives start to disproportionately show up on the "no fly" list? To add insult to injury, Senator John McCain (RINO, Arizona) has added a provision to the military spending bill that would require the military to melt down old firearms--including the .45 ACP 1911s that were slated to be distributed to the CMP for sale to the public. It is long past the time for McCain to be put out to pasture, and I've never understood why Arizona voters keep voting for him.
As Robert Farago observes, this may be one of the worst of times for gun control. He observes:
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has come out of the civilian disarmament closet, the NRA and her Republican rival are down with “temporarily” denying Americans their gun rights without due process, California is busy redefining the term “full retard” on gun control, the 9th Circuit Court pissed on the Heller and McDonald decisions from a great height (upholding a de facto ban on bearing arms), the Supremes aren’t going to run to the rescue, and the Senate’s set to vote on universal background checks — again — and the whole “no-fly, no buy” misegos.
With Trump negotiating with the NRA and the NRA’s Texas guy Senator Cornyn negotiating with Dianne “Ban Them All and Let God Sort Them Out” Feinstein, there doesn’t seem to be a bright light at the end of this tunnel — unless it’s the headlight of an oncoming train. I’ve never been so pessimistic about our firearms freedom.I suspect that the Congressmen that vote for any of these measures are going to pay come the next elections. Unfortunately, the damage will have been done and, as we've seen over the past 20 years since the last time Congress did something similar, their replacements won't do anything to repeal any laws that are passed.