Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) demonstrated the pitfalls of the “Protect Our Kids” gun control bill put forth by Democrats, which made his colleague Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-Texas) a bit nervous during a House Judiciary Committee meeting on Thursday.
During Steube’s virtual attendance at the hearing, he showed how his handgun would essentially be banned under the legislation.
“Here’s a gun I carry every single day to protect myself, my family, my wife and my home,” Steube said, according to Fox News.
“This is a XL Sig Sauer P365. It comes with a 15-round magazine. Here’s a seven-round magazine, which would be less than what would be lawful under this bill if this bill were to become law,” he continued. “It doesn’t fit, so this gun would be banned.”
Jackson Lee appeared to misunderstand what the congressman was doing, and she made a quip regarding his safety.
“I hope that gun is not loaded,” she said.
Unfortunately, she appeared to have missed the point of Steube’s visual, which was to explain that the magazine does not fit, so it would not be loaded.
“I’m at my house. I can do whatever I want with my guns,” he bluntly replied.
While Jackon Lee’s concern is respectable, Steube’s got a point. His demonstration provided an important perspective on the bill, which is that typically these laws can have seemingly accidental far-reaching implications.
It’s no secret that Congress can be a circus, especially when the cameras are turned on. People are used to seeing large posterboards with bold statements or charts on them, and politicians constantly trying to own each other on social media.
While this could be considered one of those moments, it comes across differently. Having a real-world example of how the law would potentially trickle down to someone’s personal property, like a handgun, helps better inform the public. As numerous mass shootings have plagued the nation in recent weeks, it’s important to distinguish emotions from reality when developing policy.
The gun control discourse is complex because of the amount of information it takes to understand the specifics of firearms. Most Americans are not gun experts, and neither is most of Congress, so it’s helpful to have gun owners like Steube go beyond talking points and trust the intellect of Americans.