Joining protestors outside the National Rifle Association’s annual conference in Houston on Saturday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) told TheBlaze in an exclusive interview that she would support legislation that created a national registry of firearms.
“Registering your guns, people think that’s something sinister. But it helps you [to protect] your guns when they’re stolen. It helps us find them for you, like registering your car,” Lee told TheBlaze.
When asked specifically if she would support legislation that called for a national gun registry, Lee said confidently, “I would.”
“But at this point in time, it should be clear that the universal background check bill didn’t have anything in it about registration and I would have voted for that,” she added. “I believe in a hand of friendship and compromise.”
She went on to call for universal background checks, a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” high-capacity magazines and ending gun trafficking. “I don’t believe that we are shredding the Constitution simply because we ask for a regulatory scheme to be able answer the questions of these moms: ‘Is my child going to be protected?’,” Lee added.
Lee also rattled off a set of prepared gun stats during the interview. She noted that gun “homicide is the leading cause of death” and the second leading cause of death among young people aged 16-24 among blacks.
The Texas congresswoman dismissed the notion that anyone actually wants to repeal the Second Amendment.
“Who’s going to repeal the Second Amendment? No one,” she told TheBlaze. “We have a right to bear arms. I will say that in historical context, the militia was organized when we did not have a standing Army. So citizens needed to arm themselves.”
Lee said she just wants “common sense” gun control measures, adding that universal background checks would be a good first step to decrease gun violence.
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