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Nancy Pelosi Suggests National Emergency For Gun Violence

After learning that Trump is planning to declare a national emergency in order to force the building of his desired border wall, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hit back with a dire public warning. Precedent is a thing, she reminded him, and if he goes through with declaring an emergency on something that is definitely not an emergency, future Democratic presidents could declare all kinds of national emergencies on issues that are important to them. Like climate change. Or gun violence.

The funny (or not) thing is, Republicans have been trampling over political tradition and unwritten rules for years now. Democrats have hesitated to do the same in order to keep Republicans in check (and because they believe in the integrity of democracy or something), but it sounds like Pelosi might have finally had enough.

“I know the Republicans have some unease about it, no matter what they say,” Pelosi said. “If the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people.”

“A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well. So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”

Pelosi specifically brought up the issue of gun violence, probably because she knew it would upset Republicans more than anything else.

She was right.

Who owns a cannon anymore?

Meanwhile, the people who realize that far more people have been killed by gun violence in the U.S. every year than have been killed by asylum seekers are suggesting other things in this country that are bigger national emergencies than desperate people seeking a future for their children.

It’s important to note that today is the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that ended in the deaths of 17 children and staff members. Since then, the only significant federal legislation passed that could be called gun control was a ban on “bump stocks” which basically turn semi-automatic firearms into automatic ones. This has not had an effect on the number of mass shootings or gun violence deaths in the U.S.

Very few mass shooters have been immigrants, let alone Latinx asylum seekers.