A national gun rights organization is denouncing U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and 17 other GOP senators who voted with Democrats to pass last month’s $1.7 trillion dollar government funding bill, which is riddled with gun control initiatives, including $11 million for groups that push for increased gun restrictions.
Gun Owners of America (GOA) issued a statement last month noting that the spending bill contained appropriations that promote President Biden’s agenda to disarm law abiding Americans.
GOA pointed out that many who voted for the spending package are fully on board with this plan, while others – like Murkowski – claim to support Second Amendment rights, while helping to under mine them.
“You’ll notice a lot of repeat anti-2A offenders on that list,” GOA stated. “But you’ll also see a ton of Senators who hail from pro-gun states, and yet, voted for 12 gun control items.”
The most egregious items from the bill, according to GOA, include the following:
— 14.1% ATF budget increase to facilitate Biden’s Pistol ban
— 50% increase for the ATF part of the budget that maintains the illegal near-billion record gun registry
— $700+ million in funding available to bribe states to pass “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Laws, which grant law enforcement the ability to confiscate a citizen’s firearms if they’re suspected (not charged or convicted) of being a threat to themselves or others.
— Money for anti-gun CDC research while the agency suppresses self-defense statistics
“This is how the Swamp says Merry Christmas to you – by attacking your God-given rights,” the group added.
The Epoch Times pointed out that all 18 of the Republican senators claimed to support the Second Amendment on their respective websites and yet most – including Murkowski – justified their vote on the omnibus bill with appeals to national security issues, military spending, and funding for special state projects.
Anti-gun groups often advocate for indirect gun control measures that won’t spark as much national pushback from Second Amendment groups. Embedding gun control measures in a massive government funding bill, is an indirect way of advancing the anti-gun agenda.