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Demorats introduce national Safe Gun Storage Act, modeled after Washington state law

Reps. Engel and Payapal

On Wednesday, Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduce a bill that is similar to the recent gun storage law passed in Washington state. From Engel’s tweet:

“Today I intro’d the #SafeGunStorageAct w/@RepJayapal. In the national dialogue surrounding #GunViolence, what is too often lost is the huge role guns play in the majority of suicides. Instituting safety standards on gun safes & locks will save lives.”

Excerpts from their statement:

“Congress Members Eliot L. Engel (NY-16) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today introduced H.R. 4691, the Safe Gun Storage Act, legislation which would direct the Consumer Protection Safety Commission to establish safety standards for firearm safes and firearm locks.

Unsafely stored firearms are a major public safety and public health issue in our country. According to a 2018 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey, 54% of gun owners report not storing their firearms safely, and 34% of these homes had children 18 years or younger in the home. 18% of all gun injuries in our nation occur because of improperly stored firearms in homes.

Additionally, household gun ownership increases the rate of gun related suicides, and this is particularly true in households with young children. In 2016, the CDC noted that 60% of all firearm deaths were from suicides, with more than 1,100 suicides by people between 10 and 19 years of age. The following year, 43% of all youth suicide involved a firearm. A 2018 study conducted by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that a 10% increase of households with firearms has led to a 25% increase in the rate of youth suicide by a firearm. Study after study shows a clear correlation between an increased rate of households with guns and an increased rate in youth suicide by a firearm.

“Our nation has been plagued with gun violence. But what too often gets lost in the debate is the suicide rate by firearm,” said Rep. Eliot Engel. “Youth suicide rates are already staggeringly high and have been trending upward. We must decrease them, and we can, by ensuring firearm safes and firearm locks are used in homes. Those safes and locks also must have strong safety standards to prevent unauthorized people, especially children, from gaining access to firearms. This bill will save lives and I’m proud to introduce it with my colleague Rep. Jayapal. I thank her for joining me in this effort to keep our families and communities safe.”

Read the whole statement here.

The impact of this gun storage law in Seattle has yet to be realized. In fact, officials say it may take two years to determine the impact.

While I’m all for trying to prevent suicides, this gun storage law is aimed more at law-abiding citizens and cannot stop every gun-related suicide. It may prevent a few suicides yet will not minimal effect – in my opinion – on the number of gun-related deaths.

This law cannot be enforced unless bureaucrats go into your home to verify how you store your firearms. This law will punish people after a gun-related incident has occurred (someone stole your gun or a youth obtained a firearm that wasn’t stored properly).

This is just another Bloomberg/Giffords-initiated measure to erode your Second Amendment rights.

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Medicare For All will force taxpayers to fund all abortions in America

The Party of Death is at it again.

It’s bad enough that U.S. taxpayers are forced to pay for abortion via the federal government’s funding of Planned Parenthood, a new bill introduced by Demonrats will force taxpayers to fund any and all abortions in America.

Under the guise of a benevolent concern to provide government health care for all Americans, the Medicare For All Act of 2019 isn’t just socialism. The bill funds the killing of unborn Americans — all at taxpayers’ expense.

Currently, federal law prohibits Medicare money from paying for abortion services via the Hyde Amendment, but some states have programs that fund abortions by “low-income” women. Some private insurance policies also cover, or partially cover, abortion services. The Medicare for All Act of 2019 would fund abortion by repealing the Hyde Amendment.

On February 28, 2019, Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019. The bill is co-sponsored by more than 100 House Democrats.

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 promises a utopia of lollipops and raindrops:

  • It’s free!: “Enrollment in Medicare for All would not require any private insurance premiums or deductibles. Upon receiving care, patients would not be charged any co-pays or other out-of-pocket costs.”
  • It covers everything!: “Provides comprehensive health care coverage including all primary care, hospital and outpatient services, dental, vision, audiology, women’s reproductive health services, maternity and newborn care, long-term services and supports, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse treatment, laboratory and diagnostic services, ambulatory services, and more.”
  • You can choose your doctor!: “Patients will have complete freedom to choose the doctors, hospitals, and other providers they wish to see, without worrying about whether a provider is ‘in-network’.”
  • It’ll save money!: “Simplify the healthcare system by moving to a single-payer model,” thereby reducing “the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted on the administration of the current inefficient multi-payer system, allowing providers to focus on patientcare instead.”
  • Lower-price meds!: “Substantially lower the costs of prescription drugs” by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, “as other countries do.”
  • We’ll stick it to those greedy bastards!: “Prevent healthcare corporations from overcharging for the costs of their services and profiting off illness and injury. The legislation prevents providers from using payments from the program for profit, union-busting,marketing, or federal campaign contributions.”

Reporting for Catholic News Agency, Christine Rousselle warns that the Medicare for All Act “also aims to introduce universal ‘comprehensive reproductive health’ coverage for women, including abortions. It is unclear what the scope of abortion provisions would be, or if doctors would be able to refuse to participate in abortions if they are morally opposed to the procedure.”

President and CEO Ilyse Hogue of the pro-abort NARAL Pro-Choice America enthused in a statement: “Representative Jayapal has been an unwavering champion for women and reproductive freedom [abortion] and we applaud her leadership today. Rep. Jayapal’s Medicare for All proposal recognizes the simple truth that women will never be equal members in society until we have full access to reproductive healthcare. Put simply, a right is not a right if you cannot access it.”

Tom Shakely, the chief engagement officer at Americans United For Life, points out that the Medicare for All Act would:

  • Fund abortions by repealing the Hyde amendment.
  • Ban private insurance, which can have serious consequences for healthcare choice and accountability.
  • Create a single and unaccountable government monopoly on healthcare. Shakely warns: “We would never want the U.S. Postal Service to be granted a monopoly over the delivery of all goods in America. Take that principle and apply it to healthcare, if you’re not certain of how you feel about Medicare for All.”

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