Posted April 03, 2019 07:23:00 The National Rifle Association is pushing back on Republican efforts to ban women’s magazines, including a proposal to force women to have their children vaccinated.
A new draft bill that would ban all women’s access to the NRA’s magazines has already sparked a fierce backlash on social media.
Democrats have called the plan “viciously anti-woman,” and GOP lawmakers are planning to try to kill it with a filibuster.
The NRA’s response to the backlash is to call the legislation “stupid” and “dangerous.”
The bill would create a “prohibited class” of magazines, meaning the NRA could take action against magazines that are deemed to be harmful to women.
“We’ve been fighting against the NRA for a long time.
And it’s time for us to get serious,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told the Washington Post.
“We’ve got to stop this madness, and we’re going to fight this as hard as we can.”
“The fact is, the NRA has been an engine of violence for the last two decades,” LaPierre said.
“It’s time to stop it.”
In response to concerns that a woman could not be vaccinated because of her body type, the bill would also ban the sale of “biological weapons,” such as smallpox vaccines and the “non-essential” use of vaccines in public.
The legislation also would prohibit “a person from purchasing a firearm or ammunition unless the purchaser is a licensed firearm or firearm accessory dealer and the purchaser has been issued a temporary firearm or firearms permit.”
NRA spokesman Tim Burke said that the group does not support banning all women from magazines.
But he said the NRA would fight efforts to pass legislation that would allow women to own and purchase firearms.
“It’s really important to note that we have a history of fighting for women’s rights, and protecting women and girls, not trying to ban them from owning firearms,” Burke told Fox News.
The NRA’s proposal is similar to a proposal introduced by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2017, which also sought to ban all magazines that could be used to sell “biohazardous” materials, such as a bullet that is not manufactured to the specific safety standards for a particular type of ammunition.
The bill was also met with opposition from gun rights groups, who said it would have prevented the Newtown massacre.
Nra members, who represent more than 2 million people in the United States, have been vocal in their opposition to the bill.
It was announced last month that the NRA had received more than 100,000 comments against its bill, according to the Associated Press.
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