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to stand up for the values that have
made this nation great, which is, of
course, our constitutional rights and
freedoms-one of which is the right
to bear arms and to defend ourselves.
A1F: In March 2021, you spoke on
the fl oor of the House of Representatives
to oppose H.R. 8, a so-called
" Universal Background Check " bill,
that would curb Second Amendment
rights and turn law-abiding
citizens into criminals. You said, if
passed and signed into law, it would
lead to a national gun registry. Can
you explain?
Rep. Lesko: " Universal Background
Check " legislation is just another
attempt to give government more
control over individual citizens.
Th ese gun-control bills won't stop
crimes. Our cities-the ones with
the strictest gun-control laws-have
the biggest murder problems. Gun
control doesn't work.
I am a good example. I wasn't
raised with guns. My family didn't
have guns. So, as I said, I had this
irrational fear of guns. It didn't
make any sense. It took a very rational
person to explain that if you pass
these gun-control bills, all it is going
to do is take away the rights of the
law-abiding citizen. I was afraid to
pick up guns, to go to a gun range.
But then I learned how to shoot.
And so now I am not afraid anymore.
It is people who have mental illnesses
or ill intent that are a danger,
and we do need to enforce the laws
on the books to stop or to prevent
them from doing harm to themselves
or others.
One of the examples I gave when
I spoke out against H.R. 8 is that I
am a survivor of domestic violence.
Women that are survivors of domestic
violence may have to defend
themselves against an ex-abuser. It
is important for us to have the right
to defend ourselves.
Let's take the example of a
woman who is in fear for her life and
she doesn't own a gun, but a friend
of hers owns a gun; under H.R. 8,
that friend wouldn't be able to loan
her a gun without legally transferring
the gun to her friend-and so
paying fees and more-because if
she just loaned her a gun, she would
become a criminal. What if there
isn't time for all of that? Why should
there be these legal hurdles and
costs placed in their way?
A video interview with Rep. Debbie
Lesko can be seen at A1F.com
and on NRA Publications' YouTube
channel.
Let's take another example. Let's
say someone has suicidal thoughts
and they own a gun. Th is troubled
person contacts a neighbor or a
friend and says, 'Listen, I am not in
a good place right now; would you
please take my gun?' Again, H.R. 8
would prevent that. It would make
the person giving and the person
taking the gun into potential felons.
Also, how in the world would the
government enforce H.R. 8? Th e only
way to enforce it would be with a
national gun registry, as how else
would the government know who
had what gun? Even if creating a gun
registry were practically possible-
and it's not; in fact, they have failed
everywhere they have been tried-
we don't want the government that
involved in our lives. I don't want
the government knowing about
every gun I have. It only leads to
these gun-grabbing people tracking
us, and then, at some point, moving
to take away our guns. I am so
thankful for all of the work the NRA
does to prevent things like this.
A1F: How can people follow or fi nd
out more about you?
Rep. Lesko: Go to Lesko.House.
Gov. I have a weekly newsletter that
is a really good source of information.
You are not going to get the
facts from the mainstream media,
but as a member of Congress, I am
tuned into things I can share.
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