Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) exploded during a congressional hearing Thursday, admitting that he does not want to be bothered with constitutional rights when it comes to discussing gun control.
During a House Judiciary Committee meeting to discuss gun control legislation, Cicilline shouted down Republicans for raising due process concerns over so-called "red flag" laws.
Red flag laws permit authorities to preemptively strip citizens of their Second Amendment rights if they are ruled an imminent danger to themselves or others. Some Republican lawmakers believe citizens should be afforded due process before a judge bars them from possessing firearms.
When several Republicans made that exact objection at the hearing, Cicilline lost it.
"This is a radical position being offered by our friends on the other side of the aisle," Cicilline began. "They claim that we should support ensuring that people who are an imminent danger to themselves and others, such as they might commit mass murder, have a constitutional right to access a firearm. And to deny them that right would, quote, 'trample on an individual's due process and Second Amendment rights.'"
"You know who didn’t have due process? You know who didn’t have their constitutional right to life respected?" he continued. "The kids at Parkland, and Sandy Hook, and Uvalde, and Buffalo, and the list goes on and on."
"So spare me the bulls*** about constitutional rights," Cicilline declared.
Markup: H.R. 7910, the “Protecting Our Kids Act” youtu.be
What do Democrats want?
This week, Democrats proposed the Protecting Our Kids Act.
The legislation would raise the age to purchase most semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21 years old; create new federal offenses for gun trafficking; prohibit the import, sale, or possession of so-called "large-capacity" magazines, thus limiting magazines to just 10 rounds of ammunition; and set new regulations on the storage of firearms on residential properties, among other provisions.
The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee late Thursday in a vote that fell down party lines. The bill will likely pass the full House, but is doomed to fail in the Senate.