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GOP Goes Silent (for Now) on Gun Silencer Bill

October 3, 2017

For years now at my public high school, faculty and students have been required to periodically participate in “lock down” and “shelter in place” drills, the purpose of which is to help ensure safety of school personnel and students in cases of emergency, including those that might include an armed intruder on campus.

It is a frightening prospect to have to possibly protect my students from such a danger.

The idea that Congress could make possession of gun silencers both cheaper and easier only adds to my concern, for it adds yet another layer of danger to the ever-growing American problem of gun violence in public places.

In June 2017, our US House of Representatives was prepared to move forward with House Resolution 367, “Hearing Protection Act of 2017”; “To provide that silencers be treated the same as long guns,” when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at GOP baseball practice. The House decided to postpone its work on the bill at that time.

He underwent numerous surgeries, and his life was in the balance as a result of the shooting; even so, Scalise told The Hill on October 03, 2017, that he continues to support gun rights.

Scalise, who received a 93% rating from the National Rifle Association and a 90% rating from Gun Owners of America for his support of gun legislation, has decided following the October 01, 2017, mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music concert to go the diplomatic way of the GOP and state that now is the time to focus on supporting victims of the Las Vegas tragedy (as The Hill puts it) “before advocating for a legislative response.”

As the October 03, 2017, Chicago Tribune reports, it seems that the GOP has chosen to walk a safe line, one that does not kill its gun legislation, including the House bill on silencers, but that sets it aside for now– again–:

…Republicans postponed a hearing on the silencer bill in June when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and others were shot at a congressional baseball practice. …

Besides the silencer measure, House GOP leaders had been moving forward with a bill to allow people with concealed-carry permits to take their weapons to other states. A vote on that measure also seemed unlikely.

Don’t let the gun lobby down. Just tell them that in order to pass the legislation they paid for, it is more strategic to wait for a break in the shootings….

steve scalise  House Majority Whip Steve Scalise

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