A former Oklahoma police officer made an impassioned defense of Second Amendment rights Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee and breathed defiance in the face of Democrats who have supported taking away guns.
The hearing was part of an effort in Congress to pass gun control laws — an effort that gained steam after this summer’s shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
This month, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, said that if elected, he would push for a mandatory so-called “buyback” of AR-15s.
On Wednesday, Dianna Muller, who was with the Tulsa Police Department in Oklahoma for 22 years and founded The DC Project, a gun-rights group, told Congress that a ban on so-called “assault weapons” is bad policy.
“I find it ironic in today’s effort of criminal justice reform that you are taking steps to be lenient on people who have actually committed crimes against laws you created, while at the same time you are proposing more laws, like the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, that turn ordinary, law-abiding citizens into criminals,” Muller said in a prepared statement that she delivered. [RELATED: [VIDEO] Adam Schiff Slammed For ‘Ad-Libbing’ Trump Transcript]
“I submit that we work on holding people accountable for the laws that are already on the books before we pass any further legislation, that would only be a burden on the law-abiding. If these laws were the answer, Chicago, Baltimore, LA, and even this city, would be the safest cities in America.”
Muller deviated from her prepared remarks to make the issue plain for the members of Congress she spoke to.
“Please don’t legislate the 150 million people just like me into being criminals. It has happened. You’ve already done it,” Muller said, citing the Trump administration’s move to make bump stocks illegal, according to Fox News.
“I was a bump stock owner, and I had to make a decision: Do I become a felon, or do I comply?” she said. [RELATED: Trump Approval Rating Jumps to 53%, Amid Dem Push for Impeachment]
The issue of gun control took on renewed vigor last month after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which left approximately 30 people dead. Following the massacres, President Trump argued in favor of closing some of the loopholes in background checks but later walked back that idea after facing backlash from the National Rifle Association.