When you think of gun control laws, your mind may automatically trail to the Democrats, and in most cases, you would be right. However, Paul Ryan is doing the unthinkable and betraying gun owners around the country.
On the September 7th episode of the show Armed American Radio with Mark Walters, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) expressed that he has concern regarding Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and his views on guns. Ryan is currently trying to stall a bill that would treat concealed carry permits the same way that you would treat a driver’s license — valid in all 50 states, according to Breitbart. This is unsettling and teetering towards a restriction of our Second Amendment rights.
The bill is national reciprocity legislation and called H.R. 38. What this means for gun owners, is that if you have a permit that is valid in your home state, you can take it with you.
Massie initially sponsored H.R.2909, which covered a proverbial blind spot in the current legislation. It mandates that Washington DC has to acknowledge any concealed carry permit, regardless of the state of origin.
H.R. 38 was introduced to Congress January 3rd of 2017, and the 2909 variation of the bill was introduced in June. Yet, both are sitting on the sidelines right now, and Speaker Ryan is to blame.
Mark Walters spoke with Massie on the show about the stagnant state of the bills. Massie soon cleared up why this is the case, “The Speaker told me he didn’t think the timing was right.” The clearly irritated Massie continued, “But this is the exact time to bring this bill. So it is frustrating me.”
Massie then went on to say that he may not have been a fan of the former Speaker John Boehner, but at least Massie could reason with him. Boehner allowed Massie to add an amendment to the DC Appropriations Bill that would defund their gun control laws.
He begs the question, why was this allowed to pass when there was no event to prompt it, yet now, after the Alexandria baseball practice attack where Steve Scalise was shot, this potentially life-saving bill is being questioned.
Massie blatantly admitted, “Paul Ryan will not let me bring that amendment to the floor.” Ryan has not only managed to alienate himself from his own party, but he has also alienated himself from the Democrats. Instead of focusing on what “the people” want he is just worried about what “Paul Ryan” wants.
This scenario is only lending to prove that the conversation amongst the Freedom Caucus to replace Speaker Paul Ryan might come to fruition sooner than anyone imagined.
A good way to see this story is the old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” Speaker Ryan seems to want everyone’s cake and doesn’t care who gets in the way. He may learn a valuable lesson soon — if you try and take a little bit from everyone, before long, no one is going to want to deal with you anymore.