Calling out a pol's Second Amendment shenanigans
Congressman Vern Buchanan touts his 2A credentials but has none.
I have nothing but disdain for most politicians. They lie. They spin. They’ll sell you out in a New-York minute if it benefits them. You certainly can never trust one.
Most of the time I simply ignore their political nonsense. I’m usually too busy to engage. However, when they wrap themselves in the Second Amendment or tout their pro-gun record, I pay attention, especially if it is not deserved.
Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-16) is just such a pol. He recently sent a blast email touting his alleged pro-gun views.
This is a problem, because when it comes to our gun rights, Vern is about as reliable as a $10 Rolex. It wasn’t that long ago — February 2019 to be exact — that Vern had a different view of our right to keep and bear arms. In fact, he was one of only eight Republicans to vote in favor of the so-called Bipartisan Background Checks Act.
For those of you who don’t remember the bill, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 would have criminalized all private firearm sales, requiring every transfer to go through a dealer and background check. It would have been a perfect tool for confiscation because the government would know exactly who owns what.
I remember calling Vern at the time to see if he was willing to explain his vote. Neither he nor his people returned my calls, but he did speak to other media.
“Our laws cannot be effective if there are gaping loopholes that allow criminals and deranged individuals to purchase firearms at gun shows or over the Internet without being subject to background checks,” Buchanan said at the time. “Today I voted for HR 8 to close these loopholes — a proposal supported by over 90 percent of gun owners in America, according to respected polling organizations.”
Gun show loopholes, internet gun sales without background checks, 90% support, respected polling organizations — there’s a lot to unpack here, buy you can smell the BS just as easily as I can.
Vern is clearly pivoting to the Second Amendment because he is facing a primary challenger, Sarasota businessman Martin Hyde, who destroys him on gun issues.
I know Martin. I’ve shot with him. I’ve seen him at events. We’ve talked at length. Not only is Martin a real gun guy, he supports national constitutional carry, repealing the NFA and abolishing the ATF. I doubt Vern even knows what these are.
There are dozens of other issues Vern could have chosen to tout. After all, he’s been in Congress since 2007. But a Second Amendment advocate he is not and never will be. In my humble opinion, when it comes to our RKBA Vern needs to STFU.