THE EFFECT ON THE CORRECTIONS SECTOR
The same prohibitionist far left wing that wants to ban guns has of late been vociferous in demanding reduction of incarceration. It’s not just social justice posturing: there are genuine concerns about jails and prisons being hotbeds of COVID.
There are an estimated 2.3 million people currently incarcerated in the United States.
How many law-abiding citizens own semi-automatic rifles erroneously called “assault rifles”? It’s hard to pin down a number. A common estimate is 17 million. If each of those refused to register or turn in their firearm under HR 127, we would increase our nation’s prison population by more than seven-fold.
That probably underestimates the depth of the problem. The way 127 is written, a great many more rifles, handguns, and shotguns would “fit the profile” than just those which outwardly resemble M16s, M4s, and AK47s in form though not in function. If it passed into law, every single man and woman who lawfully possessed one would become a felon overnight.
Of course, some feel that the intent of the “felonize America bill” is not to lock up the gun owners – after all, the elites need all those people to grow food and make automobiles and fix things for them – but instead to make it illegal for them as convicted felons to own firearms of any kind.
And to disenfranchise them from voting, since in most jurisdictions a felony conviction costs you the right to vote.
Write your elected representatives in Washington, DC. Do so politely. Ask them how any elected official could on one hand support emptying the correctional system, and on the other hand advocate overflowing that system with several times its current population, all of whom would have been law-abiding citizens prior to the passage of HR 127 into unjust ex post facto law?